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Charlene Poe - November 11, 2009


Charlene Loraine (Sawin) Poe died Nov. 11, 2009 in Albany, Ore.

Charlene was born Aug. 22, 1917 in Carrol County, Mo. to Rose Heiney and Charles Sawin. Rose had three girls by her first husband when she was widowed. Their names were Therma, Leah and Nellie. Rose married Charles Sawin, and they had three more girls, Edith, Ruth and Charlene.

Charlene was the youngest, and all six were raised as sisters.

The family moved from Missouri to Colorado when Charlene was 8 years old, and she finished her education in Holyoke.

Charlene met Chester Poe in Holyoke, and they were married Jan. 13, 1934. Four children were born to this union, Shirley, Charlotte, Benny and Gerry.

The family lived on a farm in Northeast Colorado near Holyoke for 20 years. Because of hail and drought, they had a farm sale and moved to Corvallis, Ore.

Charlene worked for Citizens Bank of Corvallis for 17 years. After retirement, Chet and Charlene moved to Albany, Ore. in 1980, where all their children lived.

Charlene joined South Albany Community Church in 1981. She was active in church when her health permitted.

Writing her life story had always been her goal. She took classes through LBCC at Sr. Citizens for six years, and in 1987 she put it all together and had it published as, “Reaching Back.” Her other interests were music, poetry, oil painting and crocheting.

Charlene was preceded in death by her mother, father and five sisters, as well as her husband Chester who died in February of 1999 after 65 years of marriage.

She is survived by daughters Shirley Kruse and Charlotte Fisbeck and sons Benny Poe and Gerry Poe, all of Albany, Ore.; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and many friends and loved ones.

Funeral service for Charlene Poe is scheduled Saturday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. at South Albany Community Chuch in Albany, Ore.

Aasum-Dufour Funeral Home of Albany is in charge of arrangements.