Lynne Bea Ragsdale

March 20, 1946April 6, 2018

“The song is ended, but the melody lingers on…” -Irving Berlin

Lynne Bea Ragsdale, 72, a cherished wife, mother, sister and friend, passed away peacefully at home on April 6th 2018, surrounded by family and loved ones. She is survived by her husband Bill, daughters Emily Michael (Brent) and Carol Sturman (Peter), sisters Mirth Miller (Lola) and Sandy Ragsdale (Gary), as well as her beloved grandchildren Chandler, Madison, Tyler, Cody and Samantha.

Lynne was born and raised in Portland and lived her entire life in the city she loved, but always kept a special place in her heart for her family’s Century Farm in central Oregon. In her young and active years she was an avid deer hunter and loved fishing for trout and salmon. She attended Portland State University and enjoyed a long and successful career in advertising sales.

In her retirement, Lynne dedicated much of her time to the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Children and Adults with Disabilities, as well as serving as President and board member for her local Kiwanis club for over 15 years. The camp was her true passion and the work she did, side by side with Bill, provided numerous opportunities to many campers throughout the years.

Along with volunteer work, Lynne valued spending time with her grandchildren and spent countless hours traveling to Chandler’s wrestling tournaments, Madison’s soccer games and Samantha’s recitals. She was an avid cinema buff and considered dinner and a movie the perfect evening out.

Known for her infectious grin, Lynne was always there with a quick smile, a supportive word of encouragement and many pearls of wisdom.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday May 12th at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham. In lieu of flowers, please make generous donations in her name to the Mt Hood Kiwanis Camp, 10725 SW Barbur Blvd. Suite 50, Portland, OR 97219


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, May 12, 2018

Lynne Bea Ragsdale

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Deanne Spencer

April 30, 2018

Lynne was a beautiful woman inside and out. I worked with her at the Gresham Outlook Newspaper and was always greatful for her words of wisdom. I have wonderful memories of Lynne that will follow me forever in my life and my journeys. My love and support goes to her family and friends!! ❤️

Shirley Smith

April 15, 2018

Lynne was a lovely person I worked with at the Outlook. She brought a lot of calm and sanity to the work place. We had many
a coffee talk and loved her Bahama Mamas. Next time I am at Applebees I will toast her with one! She loved her family and community dearly. A true treasure.

Sylvia Maly

April 10, 2018

How do you describe mercy and grace? There are not enough words to express how this lovely woman touched my life. Lynn's sweet spirit never spoke an unkind word and always made me feel welcomed in her life whether it was in her home or in one of her efforts for causes that were close to her heart. I am so grateful for having known Lynn. She was an inspiration to me in so many ways. May her family be comforted in knowing that she leaves a wonderful legacy of love and service.