Lou Ella (Hopkins) Venden

Lou Ella (Hopkins) Venden passed away Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007 at her home in Omak.

Lou Ella Hopkins was born July 15, 1918, to pioneers Robert and Eula (Barnhart) Hopkins at the log house of her grandparents Conrad and Sallie Barnhart on Douglas Mountain near Loomis. She later moved with her family to Wenatchee, then to College Place, for education reasons. She met Everett Venden at a youth congress at Walla Walla College, and they were married Oct. 22, 1936, in Okanogan. They lived on Upper Pine Creek as well as the Lime Belt Ranch and built their first home on Spectacle Lake.

Lou Ella was a literature evangelist and field instructor for nearly 30 years with the Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. She and Everett were charter members of the Adventist Horseman Association and she served as its state president for five years. They were both active members of the Brewster Seventh-day Adventist Church and served in many capacities.

Survivors include her son Phillip and his wife Lin of Kennewick; daughter Anice Venden, Omak; grandchildren Jon of Spokane, and Wendi ofKennewick.

Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 2 at Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel in Omak with Pastor Gary Evans of Brewster, officiating. Interment was at the Mountain View Cemetery in Loomis.

Memorial gifts may be made to Adventist World Radio.

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