Sept. 22, 1921 - July 2, 2010
Geraldine Standley Walpole passed away at her home in Dayton on Friday, July 2, 2010; she was 88 years old. Mrs. Walpole was born to Albert Arthur Mullins and Florence Standley Mullins on Sept. 22, 1921, in Hermiston, where she grew up. In 1941 she married William Robert (Bob) Walpole, of Irrigon, Ore. After their first married years at Redmond, Ore., from 1948 they lived in Pendleton, where they brought up five daughters and where the family was active in music, 4-H and the First Presbyterian Church. For seven years from 1968 they owned and operated Hamilton Hardware in Dayton, where their last childattended school and where Mrs. Walpole has resided since. She was widowed in 1989.
Gerry Walpole descended on her mother's side from pioneers who crossed the plains and settled in the Palouse at Colton, Wash. She gave her children the family stories from those times and the ethic of hard work, cooking, canning and sewing for her family.
She is survived by her daughters, Gayle (Walt) Umenhofer of Eugene, Ore., Marilyn Putney, who has lived with her in her latter years, Barbara (Jack) Howard of Milton-Freewater, Jeanne (John) Crooms of Kensington, Calif., Claire Walpole of Sandpoint, Idaho; her sister, Roberta Casseday, of Dayton; eight grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by a sister and a brother.
At the request of the deceased, interment at the Hermiston Cemetery will be without service. Gifts in her memory may be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice.