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1918 - 2010

Ethyl was born in East Rockhill, Pennsylvania, on August 28, 1918. After she graduated from high school in New York City, she traveled alone by train across the country to catch up with her fiancé, Ralph. He was in the Navy, stationed in Bremerton, Washington where they were married, in 1937.

After the war, they left the Navy and entered their adventurous life in Oregon, buying property in the mountains in the Rogue Valley where they raised their three children.

Ethyl was a talented award-winning artist who sold many paintings. She served as President of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists. She and a few others pioneered the first art gallery in Jacksonville. She was also passionate about gardening and served as President of the Central Point Garden Club.

After raising their children, they moved to Oroville, California in 1969 where she continued her painting and leadership in the artist community. She served as President of the Art Club and the Garden Club of Oroville. In 1975, Ralph retired from the State of California as a chief operator at the Oroville Dam.

Ethyl was known for her quick wit. As one friend put it, "she was warm and loving but with a wonderful, slightly irreverent sense of humor." She is very loved, will always be missed, and her passing will change our family forever. We love you dearly mom.

Ethyl, age 91, died on January 15, 2010, preceded by her husband of 67 years in 2005. She is survived by her daughters, Cozette Caster (John), Loraine Biederman (Chuck) of McMinnville, Oregon and son, David Hixson (Yvette) of Victoria, B.C.; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She also left three step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.

We would appreciate any contributions would be given in Ethyl's name to the American Red Cross-Haiti Relief, c/o Macy & Son.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Jan. 20, 2010
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