June 22, 1930 - Oct. 16, 2010
Deloris Ford, 80, longtime resident of Prescott, died Oct. 16, 2010, in College Place. Memorial services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 607 E. Main St., Walla Walla. Private family graveside services will take place prior to memorial services at the Mt. View Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Spokane Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children or to the Alzheimer's Foundation through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater.
Deloris was born on June 22, 1930, in Walla Walla. She was the daughter of Merle and Evalyn Jones Brown of Prescott. Growing up in a farming family, Deloris was proud of her family heritage and to have lived most of her life in the Prescott area. She attended school in Prescott, graduating from high school in 1949. She was involved in many school clubs, a cheerleader and was queen of the Waitsburg Days of Real Sport in 1949.
On Sept. 25, 1949, Deloris married Donald Ford of Waitsburg. They lived briefly in Waitsburg, Walla Walla and Touchet, but spent most of their married years in Prescott. She took a great deal of pride in their home they built themselves. There they raised three children, Allen, Annette and Adelle. Deloris and Don felt blessed that their three children chose to live near enough to visit often.
Deloris enjoyed the peacefulness of the country and being outdoors. She loved working in her yard and helping Don with farm work. For years, Deloris cooked three meals a day for harvest crews. Her love of animals flowed to her children, who had many cattle and horse projects. Although Don was famous for his practical jokes, Deloris was often the mastermind behind many hilarious occasions. Deloris like to fish, sew, crochet, knit, bowl and travel.
For a number of years, Deloris drove school bus for the Prescott School District. Deloris enjoyed being a member of Waitsburg Chapter No. 9 of Eastern Star (past Worthy Matron and a state Grand Representative), Prescott Homemakers, Prescott Alumni Association, 4-H leader, Rainbow Girls Mother Advisor, Historical Auto Club.
Survivors include her son, Allen, and his wife, Cheryl, of Walla Walla; two daughters, Annette Bergevin and her husband, Mike, and Adelle Smith and her husband, Glen, both of Waitsburg; sister, Carole and Lee Pennell of Walla Walla; aunt, Helen Brown of Walla Walla; brother-in-law, Dale and Sharon Ford of Walla Walla; grandchildren, Scott (Amy) Ford, Katie Ford, Michelle (Jason) Rutherford, Justin Bergevin, Greg Smith and Angela Smith;and four great-granddaughters, Julie and Amber Rutherford and Ellie and Ava Ford. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Don, who passed away March 17, 2005.