Passed away August 19, 2014, two weeks after her 99th birthday. She said she thought she would live to be 99, but not 100! Omogene was nicknamed “Dickie” by her brothers because she was a tomboy who loved to hunt and fish. In the 1940s as a single mom, she supported her two daughters by working at the Pine Bluff Arsenal in Arkansas. In her later years, Dickie was a valuable asset as an employee at Winston Drug, Winston, OR, owned by her son-in-law, Lynn Parkel, and daughter Paula. Dickie was a dedicated member of the Church of Christ in Winston and Roseburg, where she was blessed with the fellowship of their congregations. She is survived by daughters, Paula Parkel (Lynn) of Surprise, AZ, and Romayne Southon (Al deceased) of Antioch, TN; grandchildren Clay Parkel (Missy), Ross Parkel (Lourdes), Emily Parkel Sharpe (Alex), Mike Southon, Taryn Southon Nunes (Sonny), and Tim Southon: and 7 great-grandchildren. Dickie’s last 5 years were spent in Memory Care at Farmington Square, Beaverton, OR, where she received the utmost TLC.
Omogene "Dickie" Whan
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