Etcetera - 04/29/10

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A community dedication of a tree in memory of the late Aleta "Sally" Saxon and husband Virgil and a memorial celebration of life will be 2 p.m. May 8, just behind the Garden Center in Pioneer Park. A reception will follow at the Garden Center, where those who attend are encouraged to meet, then walk together to the tree site, said son Rich Saxon.

A $300 donation to Pioneer Park from Sally and Virgil's family, enabled the Parks Department to purchase two elm trees. A stone marker has been placed at the base of one of the trees, said the couple's granddaughter, Michelle Chiodini.

Created by Wylie Monuments, the brass and concrete marker reads, "This tree is dedicated in loving memory, Aleta "Sally' Saxon, Aug. 4, 1912-Nov. 3, 2009; Virgil C. Saxon, Dec. 7, 1908-Oct. 21, 1993. Forever in our hearts."

The Saxon name may be familiar to many readers as the couple owned and operated the SAXON Sewing Center at 25 E. Main St. for many years. One of their sons may have fixed my sewing machine when it needed a new foot control and a tuneup back in the 1980s, Rich said.

Sally was born in Milan, Wash. She and Virgil wed in 1941 and worked alongside one another in the Portland shipyards during World War II. They lived in various places around the Northwest, settled in Walla Walla in about 1946 and raised their family here. Sally worked in the SAXON shop and was involved in different civic organizations. The Saxons were married for 52 years, until Virgil's death. After 63 years in Walla Walla, Sally left for Colorado in about 2009 to be near family.

She especially enjoyed being with her sons, Dennis and Ron Saxon, both of Seattle, and Rich Saxon of Lafayette, Colo.; four grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. She also liked to play cards and bingo, go bowling and be with people.

Jacob Leinweber, an eighth-grade Homelink student, tied for seventh place in the state-level National Geographic Geography Bee competition in Tacoma.

In preliminary rounds, Jacob was one of only three participants to correctly answer all eight questions, the April 16 Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported.

He was the only finalist from the east side of the state.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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