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Leta Joyce Marchington

Longtime Rogue Valley resident, Leta Joyce Marchington, 80, of Medford, died on Christmas Day 2010, at a local Medford foster care home.

Arrangements were handled by Conger Morris in Medford. There is no public service planned. Any memorial contributions may be made to the Nature Conservancy - Oregon Chapter, 821 S.E. 14th St., Portland, OR 97214 or the Alzheimer's Association - Oregon Chapter, 1650 N.W. Naito Parkway, Suite 190, Portland, OR 97209.

Leta was born on November 9, 1930, in Santa Fe, N.M., to Simon Lloyd and Mary Inez (Cobb) Adams. She moved to Portland, Ore. in 1943, graduated from Franklin High School in 1948, attended Willamette University from 1948 to 1949, and received a bachelor of arts degree from Southern Oregon College in 1969. She was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority.

After attending one year at Willamette University in Salem, OR, she married her high school sweetheart, Stanley Eugene Marchington, in 1949. They resided in Salem and began to raise a family. After he graduated from the university, they moved to Chiloquin, Ore., in 1952.

The family moved to Grants Pass in 1955, and to Medford in 1966. She raised her family and worked as a bank teller for many years before returning to college, and eventually became a second grade teacher at White City Elementary School in 1970.

She was a member of the Rogue Group Sierra Club, participating in numerous day hikes and backpacking trips during the 1970's and 1980's. These included weeklong trips through the Three Sisters and Mount Jefferson Wilderness areas in Oregon, and many more.

In 1983, Leta retired and continued to live in Medford, actively enjoying her hobbies. These included spending time with family, gardening, and RV camping, along with traveling whenever they could across the country, and around the world.

In her final years, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and resided in a foster care home in Medford. Leta's death was preceded by her husband's on New Year's Day 2010. She is survived by two sons, Scott Marchington, of La Pine, and Doug Marchington, of Grants Pass; one daughter, Sylvia Bossingham, of Medford; a sister, Inez Gusey, of Walnut Creek, Calif.; seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. She will be missed!