MOUCHETTE—Neeta “Marie” May West Mouchett


MOUCHETTE—In Loving Memory of Neeta “Marie” May West Mouchett.

Marie passed away Aug. 9, 2020. She was born in Hood River, Ore., on June 21, 1935. She was the daughter of the late Mont S. West and Neeta Ada (Franz) West. 

She received her elementary and secondary schooling in Hood River County.

Marie played the violin in the Portland Junior Symphony, taking the bus from Hood River to Portland, Ore.

In 1953, the family moved to Springfield, Ore., where, in 1957, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Oregon.

On July 27, 1957, she was united in marriage to Benjamin “Ben” E. Mouchett. 

Marie taught kindergarten in Corvallis and Medford, Ore., and was a substitute music teacher in The Dalles School System. 

She was a loving mother to daughter Diane and son Dan, supporting and cheering them on in their scouting, music, 4-H/FFA and sports endeavors.

In 2002, she moved to Florence, Ore., and became an active volunteer for the local Alzheimer’s Respite Care and SMART reading program. Marie was very active in the Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw with kitchen duties for yearly picnics, weddings, funerals and weekly coffee hours.

She also wrote letters, sent cards and humor on a weekly basis to members who could not attend services. 

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Ben.

She is survived by daughter, Diane Burns; son Dan Mouchett; granddaughter Olivia Tramelli; grandson Alex Mouchett; and great-granddaughters Charlotte and Harper Tramelli.

Marie also has a living brother Joe West and sister Elva Philp.

Marie’s big heart, many acts of kindness and beautiful laugh will be remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Private interment will be carried out by Burns’s Riverside Chapel at Tualatin Plains Presbyterian Cemetery — Old Scotch Church beside her husband and best friend, Ben Mouchett, in Hillsboro, Ore.

Memorial donations are appreciated for Maire’s long-standing charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or/and the Alzheimer’s Association.

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