Pearl “Daphene” Nycz of Hermiston was born September 14, 1938 in Wallowa, Oregon. She passed away in Hermiston on Sunday July 12, 2020 at the age of 81.
Daphene grew up and attended school in Wallowa, Oregon and graduated from Wallowa High School in the Class of 1956. After high school, Daphene and a close friend moved to Portland, Oregon where she met Robert Nycz. Daphene and Robert were united in marriage in Wallowa, OR on August 6, 1957. The couple traveled extensively, living in many places during Robert’s military career. After Roberts honorable discharge, they moved to Oregon for awhile, then on to Wisconsin for several years. In 1978, they moved to Hermiston, Oregon where they have lived for the last forty two years.
When her seven children were of age, Daphene returned to school and received her Licensed Practical Nursing certification while living in Wisconsin. She worked as an LPN at the Hermiston Hospital then at the Good Samaritan Center (currently Regency Nursing & Rehabilitation) in Hermiston for many years.
Daphene loved going camping and spending time with all of her grandchildren. She enjoyed volunteering for the grandparent reading program at the Hermiston Library. She also enjoyed canning her own food, reading, playing solitaire, embroidery and knitting. She was a member of Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church for many years.
She is survived by her husband of over sixty two years, Robert; children, Teresa Mathia, Julie Evans, RoxAnne (Steve) Wynne, Karen (Dennis) Borman, David (Koi) Nycz and Michael Nycz; twenty five grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren; and many extended family members; brother, Richard Horton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Cyril and Emma Horton; son, Brian Nycz; and three brothers, Warren, Willard and Steven Horton.
Viewing will be held on Friday July 17, 2020 from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Burns Mortuary of Hermiston.
A Funeral Mass will be held at noon on Saturday July 18, 2020 at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Hermiston Cemetery.
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