Charlene Lemley

Obituary of Charlene Ruth Lemley

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Charlene Ruth Lemley passed away to the arms of the Lord on December 10 th , 2022 in Yakima, WA due to long standing illness. Charlene was born in White Salmon Washington on September 6 th , 1939 to Margaret (Hildenbrand) and Melvin Walker Sr. Charlene married Raymond O. Lemley on February 7 th , 1958 in White Salmon, WA. They have four children, Raylene, Raymond Lee, Donna, and Sandra (Sam). Charlene was preceded in death by her husband Raymond, parents Margaret and Melvin Walker Sr., and son in law Olan Williams. She is survived by her children Raylene (Dwight) Steinbach, Raymond (Sally) Lemley, Donna (Bill) Clack and Sandra Lemley. Charlene has 8 grandchildren Fred Steinbach, Kari Carlton, Trent Steinbach, Rocky Lemley, Shelby Pomerinke, Nichole Page, Benjamin Clack, Robert Clack and 14 great grandchildren. Charlene is also survived by her siblings, Beulah (Russell) Dallas of White Salmon, Ann (Charles) McGraw of Lyle WA, Melvin (Dixie) Walker Jr. of White Salmon and George (Karen) Walker of Toledo, WA. Charlene attended the one room school house of Mt. Brook school and graduated from Columbia High School in White Salmon, WA in 1957. She worked at the Telephone Company as a switchboard operator and later worked for Ron and Lillian Ladiges as a meat wrapper at the L&L Meat Lockers in Bingen, WA. Charlene and Ray purchased the Glenwood Market store in Glenwood, WA in 1972 from Moxee and Irma Ladiges and ran it for several years. She also worked at Jantzen’s in Hood River, as well as with Duck Wall and Mt. Adams Fruit in Odell. She had a passion for selling Princess House Crystal and Magnetic Jewelry at local bazaars. Charlene was an active member of the Glenwood Community, serving roles in the Glenwood Homemakers Club, especially enjoying the annual Mother’s Day Tea event. Every Glenwood Rodeo season Charlene would be there beside her husband Ray, and volunteering in any way she could help. Charlene volunteered as the Entertainment supervisor at Klickitat County Fair for several years. She loved discovering new talents, and giving local acts a chance to shine at the fair. No one ever left her acquaintance feeling like a stranger. She loved to visit with everyone, and was always bragging about her children and grandchildren. She brought a smile to all who knew and loved her. The family will be holding a joint Celebration of Life services for Charlene and her brother Melvin Walker Jr. on Saturday, February 25 th , at 1 pm at the Grace Baptist Church in White Salmon, Washington.