Thursday, March 30, 2006

Ella Erline Ohlegschlager 1919-2001

Ella Erline Ohlegschlager (Huston)(Prince)(Cooper), 82, a resident of The Dalles, OR. died at her home Friday, Mar 2001.

She was born May 10, 1919, in The Dalles, the older of two children, to Roy Harold James and Mary Emma (Shearer) Ohlegschlager. She grew up in Shaniko and Heppner, until moving to her uncle Walts homestead(one of Great grandma Keenans properties) on Upper Mill Creek near The Dalles in 1933. During the great depression many families had to double up and make do.

Ella's father, Roy, was my dad's half brother, Ella's mother was my mothers sister,Mary Emma (Shearer). This threw four young females together. we became, like sisters, Ella being the oldest, me, then my sister, Edwina, then Joyce the youngest. She and her sister Joyce went to the Mill Creek school and on to The Dalles High school with Edwina and I.

Ella married "Bud" Houston first and had a daughter Joyce Marie White) Joyce proceeded Ella in death in 1981,(Joyce Marie was murdered in her bed by an ex husband or boyfriend.)

Ella married 2nd Sam Prince and they had a son, Samuel Prince. She later married her 3rd husband, Whitey Cooper, had n/i, lived in Idaho. When Ella and Whitey were coming from Idaho to attend my parents 50th wedding anniversary at their home on Upper Mill Creek ... an accident happened that changed Ella's life completely ... a deer jumped out in front of the car ... throwing Ella out onto the pavement where she slid on her head doing much damage to her head .... she was never the same, she retired back to her mothers and her Aunt Bertha's home at 905 Case St. The Dalles, She and Whitey were divorced in 1967. She worked as a bartender at the Liberty Club and the Legion Club for many years. She enjoyed storytelling, hunting, fishing, bingo and shuffleboard.

Survivors include her son, Samuel Prince, her aunt Bertha Spletzer, her sister Joyce, all of The Dalles along with 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and several neices and nephews.

(see the photo taken on the back porch of great grandma's Hotel in Biggs, OR abt. 1921 or 1922 showing our great grandfather, Bernard Keenan, holding his three great grand daughters, Ella, standing, Berniece on the left and Me - Winiford, on the right knee.)

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