Erlene passed away on December 18, 2010. Her three sons and several extended family members were with her in her final hours. Erlene was born October 10, 1927, in Bridgewater, Iowa, and is the daughter of Edward H. Thomsen and Eva (Culver) Thomsen. She moved to Riverside, Calif., in 1944. She married Donald F. Whipple in June of 1947, who preceded her in death in July 1990.
Erlene was a supply clerk, at March Field; a bookkeeper, at Siskiyou Distributing; and a bank teller, at Bank of America, before moving to Oregon in 1952. Erlene enjoyed gardening, reading and was an amateur genealogist.
Erline is survived by her three sons, Steve Whipple, of Central Point, Ore., Scott Whipple, of Redmond, Ore., and Mark Whipple, of Bend, Ore.; two sisters, Jean Danielson, of Mira Loma, Calif., and Nadine Finney, of Kamiah, Idaho; ten grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren