DAMASCUS, Oregon — Faye Elaine Hallam, 82, passed peacefully on Dec. 17, 2017, after battling cancer with family beside her.
Born Oct. 8, 1935, Faye spent most of her life in Rosburg, Washington, and was the only surviving child of Bertha and Peter Magnuson. Bertha (Moilanen), of Taivalkoski, Finland, and Nils Peter of Lysvik, Sweden, met while working at a logging camp in Deep River, Washington and settled nearby.
On Jan. 17, 1952, Faye married Henry (Larry) Hallam. They began their family in Alaska with twins, but sadly, one died of breathing complications at three days old. Faye recovered from polio during her second pregnancy.
They moved back to Rosburg, Washington, where they started a lumber mill and began their farming adventure, raising cattle, horses, geese and chickens.
She even broke her back during her fifth pregnancy and as the baby grew, the doctor would cut a space in the cast upon each visit. Faye began working at Jesse’s Cannery in 1978; driving 60 miles round trip to Ilwaco, Wash., until she was in her 70s. She loved all the people she worked with and continued to work light duty until she was 80. Larry preceded her in death on July 27, 2004.
Faye fought her way back from a heart attack, lung cancer, a brain tumor, and finally lost the battle to brain cancer. Faye was the definition of true grit. She loved her family and friends fiercely. She loved birds and the outdoors. She was fondly called by many, our tough little bird. She was a true fighter, and everyone adored her.
She is survived by her five daughters: Elaine Hallam of Nampa, Idaho, Connie Hipp of Reseda, Calif., Julie DeLapaz of Olympia, Wash., Kathy and Jim Magoulas of Warrenton, Oregon, and Brenda and Dan Reynolds of Damascus, Oregon. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren: Stelio Zolotas, Miranda Koski, Christina Koski, Stephanie Magoulas, Bill Magoulas, Ashley Reynolds and Laisha Reynolds, and two great-grandchildren; Colton Agee and Anastasia Zolotas.
At her request, she was cremated and there will be no funeral. Donations in memory of Faye may be made to: OHSU & Doernbecher Foundation, Mail Stop 45, PO Box 4000, Portland, OR 97208-9852 and Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland, OR 97210. To celebrate her life, please join her family at Pacific #413 Grange Hall, 90475 Hwy 101, Warrenton, Oregon on Saturday, December 23, at 11:30 a.m.