Lou Ann Dehen

November 6, 1926March 3, 2018

Lou Ann Dehen died on March 3, 2018, after three days surrounded by her loving family. She was born Nov 6, 1926 in Pocatello, ID to Clarence and Verness (Trullinger) Harris, and moved to Portland in 1927. She attended Kennedy Grade School, Jefferson HS, and U of O (Alpha Chi Omega). Lou Ann met her husband William Dehen on a blind date at Town Tavern in March 1948, was engaged three months later,and married in July. She was married for 65 years to the love of her life and had ten children. They had many lifetime friends from Holy Cross and Ascension parishes. Lou Ann enjoyed summer vacations at Rockaway beach with family and friends, football weekends at U of O, and picnics at Columbia Park and Mt. Tabor. Lou and Bill traveled the world together, but loved Kona Village on Hawaiiʼs Kona Coast the most, which they visited 25 times with children and grandchildren. She volunteered at St.Vincent DePaul and Meals on Wheels. Her happiest memories are “a bustling household, full of children, celebrating birthdays and graduations, weddings, births, and baptisms, exciting trips with Bill, and quiet times at Rockaway”- (from her memory book). Bill and Lou moved to Russellville Park in 2011 where they united with old friends and made new ones. Lou Ann was a loving wife and gentle mother who made raising ten children look easy. She was quick to laugh, loved dancing and a good time, was a voracious reader, and liked to dress up. Her family and friends treasured her warmth and optimism. She leaves a legacy of tremendous kindness and acceptance, and she will be sorely missed. She is preceded in death by her husband William Dehen and sister Shirley Herman. Lou Ann is survived by her ten children: Mike (Cathleen), Tom (Judy), John (Brenda), Mary Scotto (Frank), Peter (Dale), Dan (Regina), Patricia (Bill), Elizabeth Artaiz (James), Joanna, and Rebecca Monaghan(Peter); 22 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren. There will be a Rosary at Zeller Chapel of the Roses, 2107 SE Broadway, on Thursday March 15 at 11AM. A celebration of Lou Annʼs life will be held on Friday May 4, 11AM at Ascension Church, 743 SE 76th Ave.


  • Mike Dehen, Son
  • Tom Dehen, Son
  • John Dehen, Son
  • Mary Scotto, Daughter
  • Peter Dehen, Son
  • Dan Dehen, Son
  • Patricia Dehen, Daughter
  • Elizabeth Artaiz, Daughter
  • Joanna Dehen, Daughter
  • Rebecca Monaghan, Daughter
  • 22 Grandchildren
    7 Great Grandchildren


  • Recitation of the Rosary Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, May 4, 2018

Lou Ann Dehen

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