Elizabeth “Liz” Moles passed from this earth to her heavenly home on April 27, 2018. She was at home and surrounded by loved ones in her final hours. She was deeply loved and will be deeply missed by those who knew her. Elizabeth was sweet, kind, caring and full of grace and mercy.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 1:00 PM at the John Day Senior Center with Pastor Jack Rutheford officiating the service. A potluck reception will follow the memorial service also at the John Day Senior Center. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Blue Mountain Hospice at 422 W. Main St., John Day, OR 97845.
Elizabeth was born in Fairfax, Oklahoma on August 6, 1937 to Mabel and Homer Miller. Her brother Billie was 10 years old and excited to finally have a sibling. She lived in Oklahoma until her parents moved in 1939 to Canby, Oregon and bought a farm. Liz attended school in Molalla. During her high school years she met and married her high school sweetheart David R. Moles. The two of them eloped and on August 8, 1952 they were married, Liz only being 15 years old. Liz and David had four children together, Carol, David, Donald, and Connie. Together with their children they lived in Scotts Mills, Mulino, Silverton, Oregon City, and Salem. Then in the summer of 1964 they moved to John Day. David worked at John Day Motor Company and she worked at Marion’s Cafe. Elizabeth and David divorced a few years later. Then on December 31, 1967 she married the “Love of her life” Raymond L. Moles. This union created an even bigger family as Raymond’s children Terri, Renee, Laura, Shawn and Ray joined the already full house. Even with a full house there was always room for extra, whether for dinner or a place to sleep. Raymond and Liz enjoyed many hunting and fishing adventures together. This spring the squirrel population in Grant County will be able to rest a little easier knowing that Liz Moles won’t be on the hunt. Elizabeth was a master seamstress. She shared her sewing abilities with the youth of Grant County by volunteering as a 4-H leader. She also made beautiful matching dresses for granddaughters and taught her children how to sew as well. Elizabeth was a great cook. If asked over for dinner friends and family flocked in her direction. Her chocolate cakes, baked beans and savory stews were to die for. Later in her life Elizabeth learned how to paint. It took some coaxing by her best friend of 54 years, Dorothy Palmer, but in this venture she created some beautiful portraits of her children and multiple country landscapes. She became quite the artist and her family was blown away by this hidden talent.
Elizabeth will be remembered for her fierce love of her family. They were her everything! She stood up for them and protected them all to no end. Her memories will live on for years and years to come.
Preceded in death by her parents Mabel & Homer, brother Billie, husband Raymond, & grandson Joseph.
Survived by children - Terri Stevens (Larry) of Silverton, OR; Carol Thompson (Darwin) of John Day, OR; Renee Marks (Cory) of Prairie City, OR; David Moles & Donald Moles of John Day, OR; Laura Moles of Umatilla, OR; Connie Karns (Jim) of Chehalis, WA; Ray Moles (Vicki) of Silverton, OR; and Shawn Moles of John Day, OR. As well as, 30 Grandchildren, 46 Great-Grandchildren & 1 Great-great-grandchild.
Donations may be made to:
Blue Mountain Hospice
422 W. Main St., John Day OR 97845