Henrietta Helen Coe Quinn Gavin


Henrietta Gavin

Oct. 19, 1927 -Aug. 5, 2011

Henrietta Helen Coe Quinn Gavin of Pendleton, a former resident of Wallowa County and Milton-Freewater, died Aug. 5, 2011, at her home at the age of 83 years. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery.

Visitation for family and friends will be held Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home,902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater. A gathering for family and friends is planned at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, in Joseph at the Masonic Lodge.

Mrs. Gavin was born Oct. 19, 1927, to Harold and Ora Coe in Milton-Freewater. She was a cheerleader and graduate of McLoughlin Union High School. In February 1946, she and L. Gordon Quinn were married in Walla Walla. They lived a short time in Texas while Gordon was in the Army. Upon his discharge they returned to Milton, living first on the family ranch on Lincoln Mountain, then for a short time in Pendleton, before moving to Joseph, where they were dedicated ranchers.

She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. Their family included two daughters, Karen and Patricia, and son Robert, whom they lost in 1957.

She loved the Joseph area, and was known as a talented cook, seamstress, painter, entertainer, golfer and public servant. She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary, PTA, Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, Mother Advisor for the Order of Rainbow for Girls, Alpine Meadow Golf Course and Methodist Church in Joseph.

She worked many years to promote Chief Joseph Days as court chaperone and court luncheon chairperson, sold rodeo programs, and helped with the Shriner's breakfast on Main Street. While her daughters were in high school, she was leader of the Joseph Empire Builders 4-H service club. Friends called her Henri, and some called her Hank.

She was preceded in death by Gordon, and married Charles Gavin in Joseph on Aug. 17, 1984. They were married 16 years when he died in 2000.

In addition to her husband, Gordon; and son Robert, she was preceded in death by her parents; sister Dorothy; brother Donald; and husband, Charles.

She is survived by brother, Leland of Sacramento, Calif.; daughters and sons-in-laws, Karen and Gary Prout of Pendleton and Patricia and Doug Nielsen of Portland; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions in memory of Henrietta to the American Cancer Society, Albertina Kerr Homes or the Alzheimer's Association in care of the funeral home.


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