Willa “Dee” Hendricks of Irrigon left this earth on May 13th, 2021 to be with our heavenly Father. She had just turned 87. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Theodore Hendricks of 65 years, sons Michael and Paul Hendricks and great-great grandson Jasper McKenzie. Dee is survived by five children; Teddy Shattuck, David Hendricks, Tracey Hendricks, Philip Hendricks, Julie Holloway, and over 70 grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Dee was born on April 6th, 1934 in Los Angeles, CA to Zeke and Evelyn Walker. Her family traveled all over the US and Canada. When she was 16 she met and later married Theodore in Fairbanks, AL when he was stationed there during his service with the US Army. While she did work outside the home doing various jobs; her primary focus was always on raising the 6 kids they had in 9 short years. They later adopted their granddaughter as their own. Dee was a very loving, devoted, rule enforcing mom.
Dee had a passion for the arts. She loved painting and had a talent for it; she even attended art school. She loved fishing and traveling with her family. She spent most of her life traveling the country. Dee always took in stray animals and loved them like they were her children. Dee kept her feisty fiery spirit till the end.
A graveside service will be held for Dee on Saturday May 22nd, 2021 at the Desert Lawn Cemetery in Irrigon at 2 pm. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.
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