Mabel Lenore Denny (Eaton), known as “Lenore” by family and friends, of Elgin, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Lenore was born on July 4,1926, in Clinton, Oklahoma. She was the fifth child of eight children born to Jesse and Iona Eaton. A private family memorial is planned.
Lenore spent her early years in Norman, Oklahoma on her family’s farm and attended Red Rock Elementary School. When she was 12 years old, the family sold their farm and moved to Clovis, California, which is located in the San Joaquin Valley. Lenore’s family continued to farm cotton and also began curing olives from the olive trees on their new property.
Lenore graduated from Clovis High School and shortly after graduation she was hired by Pacific Telephone as a local and long distance operator. She was well known for her efficiency, which was apparent, as she broke several standing records with her speed in completed calls.
Lenore met Lawson Ray Denny at a community dance in December 1947. They were married on February 27, 1949. They were married for 70 years. Lenore and Lawson made their first home in Fresno, California where she continued her work as an Operator until the birth of her first child in 1952.
Lenore and Lawson had four children, Linda Rae, Janice Louise, Pamela, who died shortly after birth and Lawson “Ray” Jr. In 1965, Lawson and Lenore pulled up stakes in California and moved to their forever farm in Elgin, Oregon. Together they built the working farm that is still operating today. Lenore raised many kinds of flowers and a beautiful garden year after year.
During Lenore’s long rich life she enjoyed sewing and made many clothes for her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed jigsaw and crossword puzzles, crocheting, embroidery and cross-stitch. Lenore was a Cub Scout Den Mother, loved the beach, rock hunting and traveling the backroads of the U.S. Lenore enjoyed the abundant deer and birds that were regular visitors to her home and she always kept several hummingbird feeders and birdhouses.
Lenore was a member of the Church of Christ, and as a member, she participated in programs in which she made bandages for missionaries in Africa and other projects for the needy. Lenore was a dedicated member of the Wallowa Church of Christ at the time of her passing.
Lenore is survived by her husband, Lawson, her three children, eight grandchildren, six great-children, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by two younger brothers.