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Lillian LattinAugust 1, 2017
A Loving Tribute ~ Lillian Marie Lattin
Born on April 29, 1927, in Clarissa, Minnesota, Lillian passed away with her daughter by her side in Baker City, Oregon on August 1, 2017. Please join us, her family, as we honor Lillian at her final resting place beside her husband and granddaughter, at the Eagle Valley Cemetery, Richland, Oregon, on August 10, 2017 at 10 a.m.
Lillian, with her parents Howard and Sadie Sarff, welcomed brother, Billy and sisters, Marilyn and Carol. Lillian’s family then moved to Seattle, Washington, where she attended West Seattle High, then went on to a business college in Vancouver, Washington.
Lillian met Robert (Bob) Lattin in Elma, Washington, while spending time with her sister. They married on February 21, 1954 in Montesano, Washington, and eventually made their home in Elma, Washington. After about 15 years, the family packed up and moved to Sandpoint, Idaho, Halsey, Oregon, then eventually found an opportunity to purchase a telephone company in Richland, Oregon, moving into a 2-bedroom 1-bath home. Her living room was her office for too many years to count.
Throughout those years, Lillian continued to work, raise her family, attend church, and support her husband, Bob. She sewed clothing for her children, canned fruits and vegetables, and always strived to make a nice home for her family. It was the little things she did that resonate with the family. Two things that stand out were the incredible Christmas cookies and her delicious carrot cake.
Lillian worked side-by-side with Bob, as the only bookkeeper to this tiny, family-owned telephone company. After her retirement, she could lay acclaim to bringing new and futuristic telecommunication technology to Richland, even besting Baker City in its advancement! Her boys were the outside workforce and her girls, the front office staff. It was through this diligence and dedication that her children learned their work ethic. Her innovation and intuition were instrumental in forming an additional cable, communication and construction company.
Lillian was a life-long member of the Newbridge Nazarene Church where her friend Leora Sharp ministered. She was a strong advocate for the local Eagle Valley-ites and for those less fortunate. Lillian’s true love, though, were her children and their children. She would have and did do anything to help and support each of them.
Lillian was preceded in her passing by her parents, her brother, Billy, her husband, Robert, a sister, Marilyn Potts, a granddaughter, Gienel DelCurto, and two great-grandchildren.
Lillian is survived by her son Dan of Hugo, Minnesota, daughter, Robin (Doug) Schrade of Middleton, Idaho, sons Pat (Kathy) Lattin and Mike (Rusti) Lattin of Richland, Oregon, and her daughter, Julie Daly of Baker City. As well, Lillian leaves her sister, Carol Sarff, of Emmett, Idaho, brother, Terry Sarff, of Tonasket, Washington, brother-in-law, Buzz Potts of Seattle, Washington, grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family.
She is missed, loved and revered, but we know she has her angel’s wings.
For those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of Lillian, the family suggests the Eagle Valley EMT's through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834. On line condolences may be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com