Athalie Lage

Athalie Miller Lage

Wednesday, December 27th, 1916 - Saturday, February 15th, 2020
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Athalie Miller Lage passed away on February15, 2020, surrounded by family at Down Manor in Hood River, OR. She was 103 at the time of her passing. She was born in Hood River on December 27, 1916 to Albert and Harriett Miller. She grew up in Pine Grove, and she graduated from high school in Hood River. Actively involved in 4-H and Campfire Girls, under the guidance and mentorship of Mabel Lage, Athalie met the love of her life and son of Mabel; Edward Riddell Lage. Athalie and E. Riddell married on November 17, 1935 at a 4pm candlelight service at Pine Grove Church.

Athalie was a lifelong resident of Hood River, and was very active in the community. During her long life she was a part of many different organizations such as; President of the State Extension Homemaker Council, and was a delegate to Triennial Meeting in Australia; 4H Leader for 17 years, as well as a Regional Director for them; Campfire Leader for 10 years; Chairman on the Hood River Welfare Commission; Member of the State Rural Area Development Committee; State Farm Safety Committee member; Parent Teacher Association; Home Economics Judge at County Fairs; Chairman for the School Hot Lunch Program; a lifelong member of the Aloha Club; as well as a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO). She was awarded “Woman of the Year” in Hood River County.
Athalie enjoyed many things in life like playing bridge and social entertaining, bowling, golfing, and the Hood River Historical Society. She was passionate about family, education, and creating a vibrant community. She loved educating the community, especially teaching about life skills, home economics and home management.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth (Betty Lou) Lage Riffe; daughter-in-law, Joan Lage; son-in-law, Kent Lambert; six grandchildren Dan (Chrisanne) Lage, Heidi (Kelly) Kilgore, Terry (Patricia) Lambert, Jennifer Paauwe-Riffe, Brad (Christy) Lambert, Lee (Trisha) Lage; 13 great-grandchildren Kyle Lambert, Kate Lambert, Destiny Lage, Tayler Lage, Emily Lage, Travis Lage, Kayla Kilgore, Logan Goldstein, Jakob Goldstein, Nancy (Douglas) Walpole, Dan (Patti) Lage, Hannah (Andrew) Bauguess, Ethan Lage; great-great-grandchildren Madeline Lage, Marissa Lage, Brandon Walpole, Emily Walpole, Katie Walpole; nieces, nephews and extended family and her cat Mr. Kitty.

She is preceded in death by her husband E. Riddell Lage; parents Albert and Harriet Miller; siblings Warren, Audrey, Wayne, and Harriett Miller; and children Judy Lambert, and Eddie Lage.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made out to Hospice of the Gorge, Hood River County Historical Museum, Celilo Cancer Center of The Dalles, 4H, Oregon State Extension Program, The Hood River County Heritage Council- Dementia Program. Hood River County Heritage Council- Dementia Program, P.O. Box 781, Hood River, OR 97031

The family would like to thank Erin Kato, Debbie Burrell, Tua, Rosie Brown, Marianne Wright and members of the Aloha Club, and the friends and residents of Down Manor.

A very special thank you to Trisha Lage, Joan Lage, Heidi Kilgore, Lee Lage and Sandy Cardwell Haines for their ongoing love and commitment to Athalie’s care and quality of life.
“Your impact on others will define your life” unknown

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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    Pine Grove Butte Cemetery
    2687 Van Horn Drive
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
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    Private family graveside service


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Carolyn Stevens

Posted at 02:24pm
Athalie was a fine person. She knew who she was and showed grace and cheer even through losses in her life. Her lovely smile will always be remembered. She was a special friend to my parents, Ray and Bertie Downing.

Judy Marcum

Posted at 05:57am
Serendipitously I found out by the internet that Athalie passed away three days ago. My mother was Frances Jackson Bushnell and her sister was Edna Lage. We cared for Keith with monthly visits after Edna died and brought him to live with us his last few months in Ferndale WA. We visited Athalie and Eddie on a number of occasions over the years, and still remember their graciousness. Praise God for great memories of our loved ones.

valori worth

Posted at 02:34pm
My dad Robert Worth always told stories of living with Athalie and Riddell when he was younger, he would send money and items home to them when he was in the service so that they would save it for him when he returned to Hood River.. He always had fond memories of them both..
I remember Athalie when she would come into The Ranch when I worked there she was always so pleasant to visit with..
I am happy that she had such a long and wonderful life.
Valori Worth


Posted at 04:32pm
Always smiling and interested in everything. I know she loved golf and played for as long as she could. Also loved Bridge and was very good at it. I will miss going to visit her in Hood River.
I have so many memories of her and the house in the Valley. I loved it and the grounds around it. And of course the Spring house that seemed very mysterious.

Sue & Pat Moore

Posted at 10:47am
I think many of us wanted to be like Athalie when we grew up. What a strong but kind and loving woman she was. It was such a happy experience to see her occasionally at the Down Manor beauty salon and enjoy a warm hug from her. She just had a way of making the entire day better. We send our sympathy to all in the family. Pat & Sue

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