Ms. Tilson, of Keizer, died Monday, May 9, 2011 at her home. She was 65.
Born May 19, 1945, in Alturas, Calif. to John and Mabel (Blankenship) Tilson, she worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation in Bend and Salem for 33 years. She was a member of Peoples Church for more than 35 years, and enjoyed woodworking, gardening, flowers, crocheting, knitting and going to the beach.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Ida Lee Butler, and her parents. Survivors include: two brothers, Lewis and Perry Tilton.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Chapel at Peoples Church. Private entombment at Belcrest Mausoleum.
Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
Mary Lee, of Keizer, was called to the Lord on May 10, 2011. She was at home with her husband and children, with the sun shining down on her. She demonstrated incredible strength and determination during her battle with breast cancer. She will be remembered for her joy of life, her devotion to family and friends and her fighting spirit.
Mary was an only child born to James and Mildred Russell on September 1, 1944 in Missoula, Montana.
Mary and Charles Lee were married on July 9, 1983 in Seattle, Washington and they moved to Oregon in 1985. They had the opportunity to travel to Italy, Japan, the East Coast, California, and New Orleans with a few stops in Reno whenever they felt the urge. They established many family traditions over the years with annual family gatherings during the holidays and trips to Eagle Crest.
Some of Mary’s favorite activities included Volcano baseball games, golf at Creekside, Stamp Club, and her pinochle group. She enjoyed helping others and volunteered for Right To Life, March Of Dimes, Relay For Life, Blanchet School, and the Fr. Taafe Foundation. Mary was strong in her faith and active in her parish at St Edward Catholic Church.
Mary loved being a grandma and she was Grandma Mary to every child she met. She enjoyed entertaining guests in her home and has friends near and far who would come for her annual Open House which was always the event of the season.
Mary is survived by her loving husband Charles Lee, her children Dana (Wendell) North, Roy (Shonie) Fulwiler, Mark Fulwiler, and Paul Fulwiler (Lara), and ten grandchildren: Melissa, Ashley, Hannah, Madeline, Sam, Russell, Peyton, Jack, Norma, and William.
A rosary will be held on Friday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. and the funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Chuck and Mary Lee Scholarship Fund at Blanchet Catholic School.