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Mamie Emily Senter June 12, 1936 - December 13, 2023

Mamie Emily Senter, known lovingly as ‘Scottie,’ passed peacefully in Portland, Oregon, on December 13th, 2023, at 87 years old.

Scottie was born on June 12th, 1936, to her parents Mamie (Lamson) and Hubert Mariels in the town of Wenatchee, WA. At 6 months old, she moved with her family to Portland, Oregon, where she would reside for the majority of her life. She attended Joseph Lane and Woodmere Elementary Schools, and graduated from Franklin High School in the spring of 1954.

After graduation, Scottie enlisted in the US Navy. She completed her basic training in Bainbridge, Maryland and was then transferred to her assignment as a Clerk at the Naval Base in Jacksonville, Florida.

While enlisted there, she met her first husband, James ‘Jim’ Patton, who was also enlisted in the US Navy, and serving on a Naval ship. They were married in February 1955.

Months later, Scottie received an Honorable Military Discharge, to begin her new career of “Mother,” and in February 1956, she and Jim welcomed their first child, Laurie.

In March of 1956, James received orders to ship out. Not knowing how long he would be away from his wife and daughter, the decision was made to move them to Comer, Georgia to live with his parents and family until he returned.

It was not long until Scottie was missing her parents and family, and in August of 1956, she flew back home to Portland, Oregon to live with her parents. She decided to attend beauty school to support herself and daughter. After a period of time, Jim and Scottie divorced.

In 1958, Scottie met and married Don Senter, who had a son, David, and a daughter, Sue. Both children came to visit their home many times. Together, Scottie and Don would welcome three more daughters; Mary in April of 1959, Patricia in May of 1960, and in July of 1962, Betty Jo.

Scottie was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker to her husband and children. The education of her children was very important to her, and she encouraged them in school, and in their outside interests.

When her children were a little older, she pursued other careers, including Hairdresser, Safeway Bakery Clerk and Cake Decorator, Bookkeeper for JK Gill, Telephone Operator for Raptor’s Answering Service, and a Receptionist for KPTV’s Television Station, where she made many friends. She also assisted with the High 5 and Rambling Rod TV Shows at KPTV. She loved working at the station and being a part of making a difference. She began work there in 1978, and retired from the network in 2002, after 24 years of service.

In the 1980’s, after all their children were grown, and were on their own, Don and Scottie divorced. Scottie was a very strong woman, and learned to live on her own and support herself. She had many skills and talents throughout her life. She was a voracious reader, (the thicker the book, the better) and could intelligently discuss many topics. She especially enjoyed History. She also quilted beautifully, (every stitch hand sewn). She would spend hours planting and weeding her flower garden (she loved to get her hands in the warm soil each spring.)

She was a kind and generous person who cared for her parents, Norman Thompson and Mamie Thompson at the end of their lives, and volunteered as much as she could, donating her time to the Bradley Angle House for Women and Children, and the St. Francis Dining Hall, where she would bake 12 dozen cookies weekly. She monetarily supported Oregon Public Broadcasting, and The Humane Society.

Scottie is survived by her children Sue (Josh) Logan, Laurie Watson, Mary Senter, Patricia Mansker, and Betty Jo (John) Brooks, as well as 13 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Hubert Mariels and Mamie Thompson; stepfather, Norman Thompson; brothers, Grover Mariels, Herbert Mariels, and Norman Thompson; son, David Senter; sister, Debra Cain; sisters-in-law, Gloria Thompson and Suzanne Thompson; brother-in-law, Chuck Hobbs; son-in-law, Rick Mansker; and grandson, Jeffrey Watson.

Scottie will be remembered as being in her flower garden, or in her chair, with dogs or cats on either side, deeply involved with a book she’s reading and rocking contentedly with her feet on her wooden footstool.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on February 23, 2024, at the Gresham Memorial Chapel, located at 257 SE Roberts Ave, Gresham, OR 97080. An Honor’s Service will take place following the Memorial Service at 2:30pm at Willamette National Cemetery, located at 11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd., Portland, OR 97086.

You can also stream the service by following the Zoom link provided: https://zoom.us/j/94535822383?pwd=bzRZNTR0d1J1TXdqUGgxL0U3bEdUdz09

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Scottie’s name to the following organizations;

The Bradley Angle House, Oregon Public Broadcasting, or the Oregon Humane Society (information or links provided below.) 1.https://bradleyangle.org/give-support/donate

2.www.pbs.org

3.https://oregonhumane.tfaforms.net/33?utm_source=GD&utm_medium=webform&utm_campaign=tributes

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on February 23, 2024, at the Gresham Memorial Chapel, located at 257 SE Roberts Ave, Gresham, OR 97080. An Honor’s Service will take place following the Memorial Service at 2:30pm at Willamette National Cemetery, located at 11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd., Portland, OR 97086.

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