Charlotte Lundell, 88, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007, at the Liberty County Nursing Home.
A memorial service will be held today at 3:30 p.m. at the L.C.N.H. Activities Center in Chester. A funeral service will be Saturday at Valby Lutheran Church near Ione, Ore. Following burial in the family plot at the High View Cemetery in Ione, a luncheon will be held at the Ione Community Church. Visitation will be at the Rockman Funeral Chapel today and Wednesday. Charlotte Louise (McCabe) Lundell was born Dec. 15, 1918, at Ione. She was one of nine children born to Lola Eleanor Olden and Alonzo Alvin McCabe. Charlotte grew up and received her formal education at Ione, graduating from high school there in 1937. The following year, she took a job as waitress at the Welcome Hotel in Arlington, Ore. Charlotte, because of her pleasant personality and good work ethic, was selected to serve a famous baseball player, Ty Cobb and his group, when they visited friends in Arlington. She married Raymond W. Lundell on Oct. 6, 1938, in Vancouver, Wash. Soon after, they moved to the Nelson place (located 17 miles south of Ione) where they raised wheat and barley for 30 years. While there, Charlotte worked diligently as a farmwife and mother of two daughters. In 1969, the Lundells left the farm and moved to Eugene, Ore. To be closer to their daughter, Karen and family. Charlotte continued to enjoy her life as housewife and grandmother. After 65 years of married life, Charlotte’s beloved husband died on Feb. 3, 2004. She remained in Eugene until 2005, then moved to Chester to live at the Liberty County Nursing Home. Charlotte was born in the same farmhouse where her mother was born. This farm has been in the Olden-McCabe family for over 120 years and was officially designated as a “Century Farm” by the state of Oregon. Charlotte was a longtime member of Valby Lutheran Church near Ione. She was also a member of the Amica (“Secret Pal”) Club and the local P.T.A. She spent countless hours chauffeuring her girls to and from their piano lessons and many school activities. Charlotte’s hobbies included sewing, cooking, gardening, and reading. She enjoyed her home, which was always wellkept and tastefully decorated. She became interested in family history and did some extensive genealogy work in the 1990s. Charlotte had a deep love for the Oregon coast, where she and Raymond enjoyed searching the beaches for collectible agates and shells. The Lundells made several wonderful trips during their life, namely to the New England states, New York, the West Coast and Canada. Their 50th wedding anniversary was celebrated on a memorable trip to Hawaii. Charlotte was always interested in good nutrition. She maintained a positive attitude about her health, be it physical, emotional or spiritual. And people often commented on her youthful appearance. Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sisters, Jessie Ingalls and Annabelle Eubanks; and brothers, Jim, Lonnie, Bob, Earl and Cliff McCabe. She is survived by her daughters, Karen (Francis) Stack of Chester and Cheryle (Bob) Foskett of Monterey, Calif.; brother, Ernest (Mary Jean) McCabe of Heppner, Ore; sister-in-law, Helen Crawford of Ione; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be sent to the Liberty Medical Center in Chester, Valby Lutheran Church of Ione, the Ione Community Church or to the donor’s choice. Montana arrangements are by Rockman Funeral Chapel of Chester. Oregon arrangements are by Sweeney Mortuary in Heppner.