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Marguerite (Bunny) DeTro

Marguerite (Bunny) DeTro

Saturday, May 31st, 1924 - Friday, December 21st, 2018
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Obituary

On Friday, December 21, 2018, Bunny DeTro went to be with Jesus, while residing at Avalon Care Center in Spokane, WA. She was born Marguerite May Lambert (but her brother named her Bunny) on May 31, 1924 to Herbert and Nellie (Deller) Lambert in Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada. She joined her sister Eva and brother Vernon Lambert and grew up in the Gravenhurst and Toronto, Canada areas.

When WWII started, she joined the Women’s Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force. She was an Aero Rigger and Fabric Worker, patched airplanes and later made Anti-Blackout Suits for the pilots fighting in WWII. She was transferred to Toronto in September 1945 where she met Russel DeTro, also with the RCAF. After a crazy whirlwind courtship, they married on December 14, 1945.

After the War was over, they traveled by train to British Columbia, Canada where Russel’s folks picked them up and took them to their new home in Riverside, WA on February 9, 1946. There they started the next phase of their life together. Bunny, Russ, Mom & Pop DeTro opened a new store in the former Blackwell, Lee Frank building known as H. DeTro & Son. As years passed it became DeTro’s Country Mercantile, then DeTro’s Western Store where they worked together for over 40 years. Each of their three children worked there as well.

Russ and Bunny lived in an apartment above the store and while living there, their 3 children were born. Virginia Dale (Ginger), James Gordon, and Walter Scott. While living in Riverside Bunny made sure her children kept active by helping start many different organizations in Riverside. Bunny was a leader in Blue Birds, Campfire, Cub Scouts, 4H and helped organize the Riverside Ghost Riders Riding Club. She also organized several women in Riverside to help make the original chaps, breast collars and bridles for the Riverside Ghost Riders. They had a production line setup in the back of DeTro’s Store.

She was active with the Riverside Methodist Church and worked with the youth there. She and Lorraine Green taught square dancing at the Riverside School on Friday nights and many kids from Omak came and joined in. In 1964 Ginger became Omak Stampede Queen and she and Russ were the chaperones on many occasions. This opened a whole new adventure for Bunny. She became involved with the Omak Stampede as a chaperone, and it wasn’t long before she was selected as member of the Board of Directors. She was the first woman on the Board, where she was later elected to the Omak Stampede Hall of Fame. She was also recognized as a woman committee person in the PRCA, and held a PRCA Gold Card. She approached the Stampede Board with the idea of building a Museum and she worked for years to get that job done. On August 7, 2017 she saw her dream come true when they built the Omak Stampede Museum and dedicated it to her.

Bunny and Russ were able to take many trips to the Holy Lands and Hawaii. They dedicated years of service to both the Riverside Methodist Church and the Omak Presbyterian Church, where she worked as secretary for many years. Their walk with Christ touched many lives and gathered an abundance of new friends.
After DeTro’s store was sold in 1986, Bunny and Russ moved to Omak. She and Russ volunteered at the Omak Visitors Center for many years. As Russ’s health declined, they retired from the Visitors Center and she devoted several years to caring for him at home. There she was able to have a beautiful rose garden and started oil painting. She was a member of the Okanogan County Art Club, and entered many beautiful paintings in the County Fair, and was also selected as Artist of the Year.

She loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and in September 2018 she met her 2 great-great-grandchildren and a 5-generation picture was taken. She was very proud of all of them and their accomplishments in life.

Bunny was preceded in death by her parents, sister & brother, and husband, Russ. She is survived by her daughter, Ginger Morrison (Tom), Deer Park, WA, sons Jim DeTro (Patty) Tonasket, Scott DeTro (Phyllis) Omak, sister-in-law, Kari Lambert, Huntsville, AL, grandchildren: Doug DeTro, Tammy Hansen (Jeff), Victor Morrison(Marcy), Diana Soliday (Brad) and Ashley Goetz(Bryon), as well as 14 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

A special thank you to the staff at Avalon Care Center in Spokane for their loving care of Bunny these last few months.

Graveside service will be held at the Riverside Cemetery, Riverside, WA on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 11:00 am. . A reception for family and friends will be held at the Omak Elks Lodge following the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bunny’s name can be made to The Omak Stampede Museum, P.O. Box 1340, Omak, WA. 98841 or to the charity of your choice.

Please leave a memory for the family or sign their online guestbook at www.scharbachs.com.
Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel, 300 G Street SE, Quincy, WA is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, January 19th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, January 19th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Riverside Cemetery
    Address
    Hwy 97
    RIVERSIDE, WA
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    In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bunny’s name can be made to The Omak Stampede Museum, P.O. Box 1340, Omak, WA. 98841 or to the charity of your choice.
  • Interment

    Saturday, January 19th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, January 19th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Riverside Cemetery
    Address
    Hwy 97
    RIVERSIDE, WA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Reception

    Location
    Omak Elks Lodge #1742 BPOE
    Address
    110 Ash Street S
    OMAK, WA 98841
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Tammy Mitchell-Helgert

Posted at 01:47pm
Bunny was bridesmaid at my mother's wedding on Dec 22, 1942 the same year she married Russ. They were great friends during the war years, they celebrated their birthdays together Mom on the 16th and Bunny on the 31st and they helped keep each other sane thru all the worrying and waiting during the war. Mom passed away on May 20th and I wanted to let Bunny know but I'm sure she was waiting with open arms to meet mom that evening.
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Greg and Vicki Schwichtenberg

Posted at 05:18pm
Russ and Bunny were the best neighbors and such an asset to our little neighborhood. I missed my mailbox chats with Bunny when we moved away. Our condolences to the family.

Greg and Vicki Schwichtenberg
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MELISSA

Posted at 05:29pm
Dear DeTro Family, I am so sorry for your loss. When we lose a love one in death it is never easy. During this difficult time may your family find comfort in Gods word the Bible that soon we will see our love ones again. -John 5:28,29
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Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Bunny, Scott, Ginger, Jim
DeTro Family Reunion - Group Photo - June 2002
Russ and Bunny DeTro playing California Horse Shoes
Peggy Booth and Bunny Lambert

Photographic Memories

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