Sharell Blomquist

May 24, 2019


Sharell Blomquist, 78, of Baker City, died Friday evening, May 24, 2019 at Meadowbrook Place where she lived with her husband Rod. Instead of a formal funeral service, Sharell has requested a casual gathering of family and friends to remember the good times they all had together. This gathering is to celebrate Sharell and her marriage to Rod which would have been 60 years. This celebration will be held on Saturday, June 22 from 2pm–4pm, at the Martin residence, 20666 Hwy 7. Please park along the highway and walk in the driveway which crosses the river to their yard. (The Martin residence is 10 miles from Baker City on Highway 7 just before reaching Bowen Valley Fire Station and across the Hwy.) Cake, coffee and punch will be served.

Sharell was born August 8, 1940 in Portland, Oregon to parents Kenneth and Pearl Redding. She was raised on Cooper Mountain in Beaverton, Oregon where she attended Cooper Mountain Grade school.  She graduated Beaverton High School in 1958, followed by a year of college at Willamette State University.

Sharell and Rod met when she was in the 1st grade and he was in the 3rd grade and began dating when she was a Junior in High School.  Sharell and Rod were married in Beaverton, Oregon on July 19, 1959. 

Soon after they were married, Sharell and Rod moved to Coraopolis, Pennsylvania while Rod served in the Army.  After Rod's service in the Army they returned to Beaverton where their son Tracey was born. They bought a farm outside of Newberg, Oregon where their second son Darin was born. They lived on the Newberg farm until 1998, when Rod retired. It was then that they purchased a ranch outside of Baker City, Oregon. 

Through her many years Sharell enjoyed working on the farm and ranch, horseback riding, ATV riding, bowling, tennis, snow skiing, and gardening.  She belonged to a bowling league, a ski club, 4H and was a 4H leader.  Sharell will be remembered for her bright red hair, quiet manner, hidden wit and friendly smile.

She was preceded in death by her parents Kenneth and Pearl Redding and her sister Charlene Jensen.

Sharell is survived by her husband of almost 60 years Rod Blomquist; sons Tracey and Darin Blomquist, and 3 grandchildren.

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