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Alma Lightner
March 30, 1924 – October 17, 2010

 

Stayton – Alma, 86, died Sunday in Stayton. She was born in Dufur, Oregon to Franklin Patterson and Ida (Martin) Patterson. A multi-talented woman who could and did do anything she set her mind to, including excelling in a man’s world before anyone had heard of women’s lib. Alma was Oregon’s first female journeyman optical technician, receiving that honor in 1949. During WWII she was a member of the Women’s Ambulance Corps and was always willing to take on a new challenge, provided it wasn’t too easy. She genuinely enjoyed work and held many positions after retiring from the optical business. She took pleasure in learning new skills and held jobs as diverse as fishing commercially for halibut in Alaska, managing motels, raising cattle and even did a stint assisting the wardrobe mistress for the Royal Lipizzan Stallion Show. She learned to fly after the age of 60.

She was married to Mike Lightner until his death in 1966 and later Bob Olson, who also preceded her in death. She is survived by daughters Marilea (Richard) Freeman and Connie (Lee) Erickson, granddaughter Pam Leymaster, brother Hubert Patterson, 2 great grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A member of St. Boniface parish in Sublimity, OR. Rosary will be Tuesday, October 26 at 7:00 pm and Mass of Christian burial on Wednesday, October 27 at 11:00 am both at St. Boniface. Burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery, The Dalles, Oregon. Donations may be made to Mt. Angel Seminary. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

 

 


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