Friday, October 7, 2011
Aug. 20, 1913 - Oct. 6, 2011
Ravenna Marie Ferrel, 98, of Walla Walla passed away Oct. 6, 2011, at Washington Odd Fellows Home.
Ravenna was born on Aug. 20, 1913, the daughter of Louis A. and Lucy Lynn Porter in Pomeroy. She was the third of seven children. She
grew up in Pomeroy and graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1930. She met her future husband on a blind date and married David Carlton
Ferrel on Dec. 12, 1934. When her husband brought her home to meet his mother, Ravenna knew that his ranch on Russell Creek was the place
where she wanted to spend the rest of her life. Together the couple made their home on the family ranch and had two children, James C.
Ferrel and Nancy L. Radke. She embraced life as a ranch wife and mother, tending the chickens, growing the garden and keeping the books. She loved to dance, swim, bake and spend time with her family.
She cooked for a harvest crew of 16 to 20 people for several years.
Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Radke of Kirkland; brother, Loren Porter of Lewiston; daughter-in-law, Kaye Ferrel of Walla Walla; five grandchildren, Greg (Terri) Ferrel and Gary (Lynn) Ferrel of
Walla Walla, Ryan Radke of Puyallup, Nolan (Gail) Radke and Allison (Mark) Miller of Kirkland; 10 great-grandchildren; 16 nieces and nephews; and several other relatives. Her husband, David Carlton
Ferrel; son, James C. Ferrel; brothers, Alvin and Floyd Porter; sisters, Celeste Parker, Leona Bishop and Myrn Bartles; son-in-law,
Walter Radke; and dear friend, Cecil Waldrip, all preceded her in death.
Viewing and visitation will be held on Monday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder,
Walla Walla. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 11, also at the funeral home with the Rev. Steve Morris officiating.
Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice or a charity of choice through the funeral home. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at www.herringgroseclose.com.