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Obituaries: Week of Dec. 26, 2022: Susan Kessler Chandler, Norma Jean Perdue, Margerie Shoemaker

Margerie Evelyn Shoemaker

Jan. 12, 1927 – Nov. 21, 2022

We are sad to announce that Margerie Evelyn Shoemaker passed on to be with the Lord on Nov. 21, at the age of 95.  

Marge was born in Weiser, Idaho, to parents Grover and Pearl Foster on Jan. 12, 1927, at a camp where her father was tending sheep. Marge spent her childhood growing up on the family ranch in Vale, Oregon and was the third of seven children which included siblings Glen, Edrie, Thursie, Donald, Everal (Sally) and Delbert (Sam).    

There are countless interesting stories from the ranch days and Marge often said “If I wrote a book, no one would believe it!”  

Marge married Stephen Shoemaker on Sept. 20, 1948, and together they had two daughters, Denise and Stephanie. 

Marge will be laid to rest in in Vale, where her husband and two daughters also reside. Marge is survived by her granddaughter Alicia, grandsons Gregory and Stephen as well as great grandchildren Justin, Angela, Abigail, Grayson, Darius and Sarina.   

Graveside services will be at Valley View Cemetery in Vale, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28. 

The family requests that any donations be made to Lighthouse Church in Novato, California, in lieu of flowers. 


Susan Louise (Kessler) Chandler

April 13, 1940 – Dec. 15, 2022

Susan Louise (Kessler) Chandler appeared on our earth at the Ontario, Oregon, Holy Rosary Hospital on April 13, 1940, and graduated from her earthly bounds on December 15, 2022.

Susan was of hardy Oregon Trail Pioneer stock as her paternal grandmother Lulu Kessler was a granddaughter of the Wells’ and Glenn’s wagon trains from Iowa. Lulu met Susan’s grandfather Arthur Kessler while she ran a boarding house in Vale, Oregon. Lulu and Arthur’s son, Susan’s father was Kenneth Kessler (Kessler’s Chevrolet Vale). Susan’s mother, Esther Kessler was a daughter of James and Grace (Handcock) Atherton.

Susan attended Vale School from kindergarten to her 1958 senior graduation. Susan was a member of the dance team and a Harvest Festival princess her senior year. Susan married Kenneth Perkins soon after graduation and together they had three children, David (1959), Danny (1961) and Debra (1968). This marriage ended in 1976.

Susan married Delmer Chandler in 1977 and moved out to the Westfall, Oregon ranching community. Delmer and Susan later moved to Vale and Susan attended the nursing program at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon. In 1987 Susan earned her Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts. Susan received her Registered Nursing license after passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses exam. In 2004 Susan earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies from the Eastern Oregon College in La Grande, Oregon. As an RN, Susan managed nursing staff at several medical institutions before settling in to enjoy her later years helping out with grandchildren, daily luncheon trips to Ontario including meetups with her lifelong friends at Tacos El Zarape. Susan and Delmer also enjoyed many trips to the Oregon Coast.

Susan was well known for being available and sensitive to the needs of others. This attribute extended to the local cat population who knew where to come for a kind word and a free meal.

Susan was proceeded into the arms of Jesus by her parents, Kenneth and Esther (Atherton) Kessler, her son David Perkins, granddaughter Danieile (Perkins) Sanders and stepgrandson Kevin Gambles.

 Susan is survived by her husband Delmer Chandler (Vale), sister Kay (Kessler) Johnson (Rick Patsche) (Medford), niece Jeannie and nephew Tucker Johnson (Kay,) son Danny Perkins Sr. (DeAnn) (Vale), daughter Debra (Perkins) Lukehart (Martin Coy) (Ontario, Or.), grandchildren Megan and Tony (David), Raquel, Eric and Danny Jr. (Danny Sr.), Jennifer, Teresa, Stacy and Andrew Hicks, Rebecca Lukehart (Debra) and 22 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Vale Feral Cat Project (Vale City Hall or 208-412-0463).


Norma Jean Barton Perdue 

July 21, 1928 — December 18, 2022

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend Norma Jean Perdue went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 18, 2022. Norma Jean Barton was born on July 21, 1928, to Austin and Myrtle Barton at Butler Oklahoma. Her brother Leroy was two years older and a constant companion as they grew up. Leroy even encouraged Norma, age 6 to climb the town water tower with him. She attended Butler High School and was active in the school band playing the clarinet. Norma Jean was an amazing seamstress and was a great cook, famous for her fried chicken and potato salad. No event was left without her camera in hand documenting the occasion.

Her testimony was from her heart and written in her own hand on June 1, 2014.

Loved ones gone on before are her parents, her husband Don Perdue, her brother and sister-in-law Leroy and Irene Barton.

She is survived by her loving family. A daughter, Cathy (Jerry) Anderson, of Nyssa; a son, Greg (Pam) Perdue, of Fruitland; six grandchildren: Jason Anderson, Travis Anderson, Natalie (Riley) Morgan, Ashli Perdue, Cody (Shawnee) Perdue, Madison Perdue; eight great-grandchildren: Zane, Macey and Tatum Morgan, Tova and Oly Anderson, Jackson Lake, Lucas and Madeleine Perdue; sister-in-laws Jackie (Jerry) Kysar and Joan Perdue; a brother-in-law Mickey (Teresa) Perdue; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to New Life Christian Church — Nyssa, Oregon.