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“I have such comfortable and loving memories of our families' friendship. Murel let me stay for the summer when our house was being built, instead of...Read More »
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“Lory , still remember the trip you and your mom and me and my mom and brother took in the "hillman" to weaverville one spring break. Your house was...Read More »
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Murel Tichenor peacefully entered the Lord's home on May 10, 2012 concluding a journey of 97 fun-filled years. She was born on April 9, 1915 in Spring Hill, Montana, to John C. Miller and Alice Lucrecia Powers Miller. Her father delivered her into a large, loving family where she was the youngest of 7 children. Her siblings, Irving, Vernon, Lucrecia, Little May, Clifford and Bess, met her at Heaven's gate. She was also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 54 years, Brian Ellsworth Tichenor (DOD: May, 4, 1989) and adored son, Bruce Alan Tichenor (DOD: January 3, 2012). She is survived by her dearly loved children Dennis (Judy) Tichenor, Joan (Mick) Klein and Lory (Gordon) Swanson, grandchildren Karen, Alice, Kristin (Krissy), Shaun, Matt, Eric, Carol, Shannon, Karissa (Kari) and Andrea (Andi) and 19 great-grandchildren. She lived for her grandchildren and their families. They were the apple of her eye and fountain of her youth, keeping her young at heart and in turn, providing them the world's most loving grandma or "Grandma T." Murel graduated from Franklin High School in Portland, OR. After raising her children, she found her work passion at Phagan's Beauty School in Vancouver, WA, where she mentored students for more than 20 years, retiring at the age of 78. Murel's other passions included international travel with Brian (with favorite trips to Europe, the Mediterranean, and Israel), tending to her beautiful gardens, sewing, reading and nurturing relationships with her family and friends. She had many lifelong friendships and cherished her time and memories of the Quadrille Club and "The Girl's Club." She had a quick wit and was a wonderful listener who always said the right thing at the right time. Her words of wisdom are forever etched in the hearts of all who knew her. Because "Murel" was an uncommon and frequently mispronounced name, she would always say "Murel, as in 'pearl'" when introduced. This description befits her: a precious gem, beautiful from the inside out with a luminous exterior. Pearls are thought to give wisdom through experience and to keep children safe. Murel did all that and so much more. Murel will always be remembered as someone truly devoted to her family, friends and especially her faith. She was a humble and true servant of God and dedicated member of First Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, WA. Memorial services to celebrate Murel's life will be held on Friday, May 18 at 1:30 p.m. at Glenwood Place in Vancouver, WA and on Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, WA. She will be laid to rest at Skyline Memorial Gardens in Portland, OR. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to ChildFund International.

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