Ethel Marie (Scott) Burgett, 94, died Nov. 2, 2008. She was born Sept. 23, 1914, to David and Estella Scott at the Scott Brothers' sawmill on Smith Mountain in Wallowa County. She grew up in Joseph and Wallowa and it was at Wallowa High School that her passion for the arts began. She also shared many fond memories of singing alto with the Women's Glee Club and Women's Quartet.
After graduation from Wallowa High School in 1932, Ethel was employed as a legal secretary to the district attorney in Enterprise.
Ethel married Raymond Burgett on July 23, 1938, and they began their 52-year marriage in Chelan, Wash., where Ray was assistant manager of J.C. Penney Company. Ethel worked as a secretary at the Howe Sound Mining Company until the birth of their first-born, Robert, in 1939.
After the birth of daughter, Marcia, in 1942, Ray and Ethel moved to Pateros where Ray operated the Union Oil distributorship for 37 yrs. Ethel assisted with many aspects of the business, even driving truck on occasion.
While living in Pateros, Ethel gave birth to daughters, Karen (1947) and Kathleen (1950) and youngest son Richard (1951). The couple raised their young family in Pateros and were active in the community where they had many friends. Ethel was a member of the Pateros Jr. Women's Club, the Altar Society of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brewster and the Pateros P.T.A.
While raising her five children, Ethel developed her artistic talent by taking oil painting lessons. She later taught art lessons in her home to many folks in the area and to students at Pateros High School. She was well known for the beautiful paintings she created.
Ethel was devoted to her large family, and they were the focus of her love. She and Ray instilled in them the values of caring, honesty, hard work, and the importance of education. Ethel nourished their appreciation for music and the other arts as well. Ethel's grandchildren adored her and were adored by her and her home was known as a place where they knew her unconditional love.
Ethel particularly enjoyed listening to musical performances by her children and grandchildren during family gatherings.
Those who knew Ethel well, loved her for her sense of humor and strength of character. In later years, her strength shone in the tender care she gave to daughter, Marcia, who was disabled by M.S. and to her husband, Raymond, after his debilitating stroke.
Ethel was preceded in death by Raymond, Marcia, granddaughter, Karissa, parents David and Estella Scott, brothers Virgil, Noel and Kenneth Scott, and a sister, Lena Turner.
She is survived by daughters Karen Purvis (Stan), Kathleen Bleakney (Jim), and sons Robert Burgett (Brenda) and Richard Burgett (Val). Also surviving are 12 grandchildren:
Bob's children, Katrina Burgett and Kurtis Burgett; Karen's children, Teague McKamey (Carrie), Megan Barrett (Richard), and Ian McKamey; Kathleen's sons Trent Danielson (Jenelle), Cale Danielson (Liesel), and Craig Danielson; Richard's children, Chase, Allie, Claire and Blake Burgett. Ethel also has five great grandchildren: Katie McKamey, Isobella McKamey, Morgan Danielson, Ciara and Aidan Danielson. She is also survived by her brothers Harold (Katie) and Ralph (Jean) Scott and her sister Eunice Gray.
The family would like to express special thanks to Shelley Sandoval and her supportive staff at Park Place Adult Family Home in Omak for the loving care they gave to our mom in her last years.
A service will be held at a later date. There will be a service
Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel in charge of the arrangements.