Edythe "Eileen" Moreau

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019
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Edythe “Eileen” Ryf Moreau

Edythe Eileen Ryf was the fourth of six children born to John Ryf and Gladys Marguerite (Clark) Ryf. Born May 28, 1932, in Ridgefield, Washington, Eileen died December 18, 2019 in Baker City, Oregon.
Her childhood was full of sibling antics, school parties and dances, picking strawberries, and a deep love of family.

Eileen graduated from Ridgefield High School and went on to earn her teaching degree from Central Washington College in Ellensburg, Washington. It was on a double-date during her college years in Ellensburg, where she met a fine young man, George Moreau – who was friend Betty’s date – and the rest, as they say, was history.

George and Eileen were married June 11, 1955, in Seattle, WA, where Eileen was teaching second grade. The young teacher invited her entire class to the wedding, where the happy students occupied the front pew. George and Eileen first resided on the family ranch in Ellensburg. Later, an opportunity came about for the couple to stake their claim in Moro, Oregon, where the Moreau Family then lived until 2016. Two daughters were born to George and Eileen; Julee Ann and Jill Marie.

Eileen taught in a number of the elementary schools in Sherman County, but is probably best remembered for her role as the 5th-6th grade teacher in Rufus. Eileen was involved with her church, 4-H, and numerous community boards, including a reign as Moro’s mayor. She also was appointed by Gov. Vic Atiyeh to the Fair Dismissal Appeals Board for the State of Oregon.

Preceding Eileen in death were her parents, John and Gladys Ryf, four siblings including John, Rose Marie, Clifford and Phyllis, and Eileen’s daughter Jill who died in 1983 and husband George, passing in 1991.
Eileen is survived by her brother, Ed Ryf and his wife Ellen; brother-in-law Frank Moreau, and sisters-in-law Marene Morrison and Frankie Melvin; daughter Julee and her husband David Hicks; Grandchildren include Annelle Hicks, and William Hicks and Will’s wife, Lindsey (Timmons) Hicks.

Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 9:30 am on January 2, 2020, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wasco, OR (807 Barnett Street Wasco, OR 97065). A luncheon at the Wasco parish hall will be held at 11:00am and burial will follow at the Moro Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Sherman County Education Foundation (C/O Anderson’s Tribute Center, Celilo Chapel, 204 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, OR, 97058).

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center • Celilo Chapel 204 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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  • Service

    Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 | 10:00am
    Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 10:00am
    St. Mary's Catholic Church - Wasco, OR
    807 Barnett Street
    WASCO, OR 97065
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    The Rosary will be prayed at 9:30 am prior to the mass. A reception will follow.
  • Interment

    Moro Cemetery
    MORO, OR
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    Following reception.
  • Reception

    St. Mary's Catholic Church - Wasco, OR
    807 Barnett Street
    WASCO, OR 97065
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    Immediately following the service.


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Posted at 06:23pm
Mrs. Moreau was the best teacher, she was tough, however always fair and kind. I will cherish the memories I have of elementary school in Rufus because of this fine lady. Later in life I lived in Moro and she stopped by one day and picked up my youngest daughter who was not in school yet and made cookies with her, she is now 27 years old and still remembers that day . Mrs. Moreau you will be missed.

Karen Wason-Cunningham

Neil and Deb Watterson

Posted at 04:53pm
You are in our thoughts Julee , Dave and family. Neil and Deb Watterson
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Courtney Kiser

Posted at 03:44pm
I have so many great memories of Eileen. She was an outstanding teacher and friend.I taught with her at Rufus in the early 80's. I taught 8th grade and she taught 5th and 6th just down the hall from me. During Easter, she'd always have her kids dye Easter eggs. I'd go in and tell her class that Mrs. Moreau was going to have them dye the eggs white this year! They'd laugh and so would she. Eileen could joke with you and she could take a joke as well. I remember when a few of the girls in 7th grade thought it would be so much fun to go into the teachers' lounge on April Fool's Day and put Karo syrup on the toilet seat. Well, Eileen just happened to be the first teacher in the bathroom that day. When she got up to leave, she found that her underwear stuck to her! She was a little shocked because she had a doctor's appointment that day and didn't have time to drive the extra 18 miles home to change her clothes before she went. We all thought that Eileen would be so mad at the girls, but she laughed it off instead. That was Eileen.
After teaching with her, I remember getting cards and letters in the mail congratulating me on some project my class was in the news for or for some award I might have received She always made time to let others know how proud she was of them. Lois and I went to visit Eileen a couple of years ago when she was at Cherry Heights Assisted Living Center in The Dalles. She was so surprised to see us. The grin on her face made the whole room light up. I'll never forget you, Eileen. God Bless you and your family. What a wonderful gift from God you were!
Courtney Kiser

Cindy Maurer

Posted at 10:09am
She was my teacher in grade school to and I really liked her she will b missed

Joan Coles

Posted at 11:01pm
My first knowledge of Eileen was as a teacher in outdoor school in Sherman County where she taught and helped my husband setting up the program. In later years we went on early morning walks. Eileen, Nell, and I shared many ideas by walking the miles every morning. She loved her family and shared many traveling experiences along the way. My prayers go out to her family.
Joan Coles

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