Rose Villegas Passes Away at 79

Rose Villegas

Rose Marie Villegas, a longtime resident of Irrigon, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2020 in Richland, Wash., at the age of 79.

She was born March 16, 1940 in Los Angeles to Charles and Rose (Canzano) Wilson.

Rose lived in Los Angeles during her childhood until the early 1950s when her family moved to Irrigon. She attended and completed her schooling in Irrigon. She worked for Lamb Weston in Boardman for more than 25 years, retiring in 2005.

Rose enjoyed volunteering at the Stokes Landing Senior Center in Irrigon. She was always willing to help someone in need and had a love for all animals. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Rose married Julian Villegas on May 5, 1981. He preceded her in death on Oct. 10, 2007. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Leonard Wilson.

She is survived by her children; Edythe and husband Glenn Pederson, Jack and wife Karla Brasel, Millie and husband Ted Simmons, Daniel Brasel, Rhonda Brasel, and William and wife Shannon Brasel; brothers, Ed Wilson and Bob Wilson; sister, Virginia Rodgers; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 3 to 6 p.m., at Burns Mortuary Chapel.

A graveside service will be held 1 p.m., on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Desert Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Irrigon. A potluck will follow the service at Stokes Landing Senior Center, 195 Opal Place Irrigon.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.