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Fauneta Zoe LaVine

Posted: Thursday, Jan 24th, 2013


Fauneta LaVine


Fauneta Zoe LaVine, 89, of Salem, Ore., formerly of Toledo, Ore., died Jan. 15, 2013.

She was born Oct. 20, 1923 to Harry Philo White and Una Mae (Woods) White in Gates, Ore. Fauneta loved to tell the story of how she got her name – her father delivered her before the doctor got there by 11 minutes. Her father saw a fawn out in the woods so he named her Fauneta.

She loved talking about the “family farm” on 40 acres in Gates. There was an orchard, a creek, garden space, a power house (providing their own electricity) and workshop, big bar and chicken house, open sided shed where the laundry was done, smoke house and outhouse.

Fauneta attended Gates grade school from 1929 to 1936 until the sixth grade, then she went to Mill City for seventh and eighth grades from 1936 to 1942. She graduated from Mill City High School. She did weekend ironing for people and cleaned house for 25 cents an hour. She also picked beans in the summer at one cent a pound. Her best friends were her sister, Zeta (White) Troyer, who is now deceased, and Wanda (White) Chance, Harry White and Edwin Seamster.

When Fauneta wanted to be with Melvin when they were dating, she had to sit on the fishing bank and enjoy the fishing. She married the love of her life, Melvin Willis LaVine, in Denver, Colo. on July 3, 1942, when he was in the Army. They moved back to Mill City when Melvin went overseas in World War II.

When he came home from the service, they moved to Toledo, Ore. to start a logging company with his brother, Clifford LaVine. Melvin and Fauneta spent the next 53 years in Toledo.

They raised two daughters, Sharon and Susan. She did not work out of the home, but she always had Melvin’s supper hot on the stove when he got home.

Melvin died on Oct. 12, 1998, due to a stroke. Fauneta had to learn to live on her own. She got on the Lincoln County senior bus and met Maggie Wright, who opened up the world to her. She got her first plane ride back to South Carolina with Maggie for a wedding, rode the train to Seattle to watch the Mariners baseball game, and took many short trips around Toledo, Newport and Corvallis.

Fauneta accepted the Lord at age 79 and went to Toledo Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school. She was active in Children’s Evangelistic Fellowship (CEF) of Lincoln County.

She is survived by her daughters, Sharon (Rick) Chesher of Salem and Susan (Terry) Sewell of Castle Rock, Wash.; sister, Wanda Chance; brother, Harry White; grandsons, Mike and Jay Dairy, Dawayne Coomes and Melody and Bobby Dobbs; and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 4600 Swegle Road NE in Salem, with an informal reception after the service. A gravesite service will be with family in the spring at Fairview Cemetery in Mill City.

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