Masel Westerfield: We will miss her

By Karen DeBolt | 31st Mar 2008 | Filed under Personal

Masel Westerfield, age 69, passed away peacefully March 29th at her home in Hillsboro.
Masel as a young woman
Masel was born in Thompsonville, Illinois the daughter of Earl and Molly Davis. She is survived by her husband of 43 years David Westerfield, a daughter Karen DeBolt, and grandchildren Talla, Molly, and Sam Moyers of Hillsboro, also a son, Dean Westerfield, of Long Beach, Ca., two brothers, Lloyd Davis of Union Grove, WI and Robert Davis of Pekin, IL and, a sister, Gladys Herzog, a retired pastor, of Jacksonville IL. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers Oliver J. Davis and Elever (Dutch) Davis.

In 1973, she was diagnosed with Leukemia. After several rounds of chemo therapy, she went to Seattle for a bone marrow transplant at the Washington University Medical Clinic that was later to be known as the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. This procedure, created by Nobel Prize winner E. Donnell Thomas, was experimental at the time, and despite many challenges she was an early survivor. This story was featured in a Lifestyle article in the Hillsboro Argus August 17, 2000.
Masel in Red Hat Regalia
Following complete remission of her Leukemia, she worked as a special education teacher’s aid for 15 years in Huntington Beach CA schools and later as a substitute in Hillsboro Schools. In her spare time, she taught English as a Second Language to adults for almost 20 years and served as director of that literacy program for several years.

Masel served as a deacon for six years at the First Presbyterian Church of Westminster. During her tenure, she founded and organized a program for housing the homeless which helped more than 100 people.

In 1996, she moved to Hillsboro, Oregon and joined the Hillsboro Presbyterian Church where she served as deacon for two years. She also taught Sunday school since she was 18 years old at various churches. Masel was also an active member of the Red Hat Society.

Masel’s life will be celebrated in a memorial service at the Hillsboro Presbyterian Church April 26 at 4:00 pm. Donations may be made to the Hillsboro Presbyterian Church Member’s Needs Fund.

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