Saima Vinton dies at 105
Saima (Pekkola) Vinton, a longtime McMinnville resident, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Rose Villa in Portland. She was 105.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at McMinnville Cooperative Ministries. Private interment will be conducted at Evergreen Memorial Park.
She was born in a sod house in North Dakota on Feb. 26, 1908. She was the daughter of Mary and Victor Pekkola, who had moved to the United States from Finland in 1902.
Vinton came to Oregon in 1920, settling with her family on a 24-acre farm east of Carlton. She graduated from Carlton High School in 1926.
After graduating from Dietz Business College in Olympia, she returned to the area and went on to work for Oregon Mutual Insurance, McMinnville National Bank (forerunner of US Bank), Vinton & Larsen Motors, the Yamhill County Treasurer’s office, Macy & Son Funeral Directors and the Evergreen Memorial Park Association.
She married Gale Vinton, a partner in Vinton-Larsen Motors, on May, 8, 1937. They were involved in the community through the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce and helped found McMinnville Industrial Promotions.
Vinton moved to Portland in 2006, after spending 70 years in the McMinnville home she had shared with her late husband.
She assisted with American Red Cross blood drives for 40 years. She also volunteered her time on behalf of Linfield College, the Pioneer Pantry senior meal program and the St. Barnabas Soup Kitchen.
She was a member of McMinnville United Methodist Church, a partner in McMinnville Cooperative Ministries. She served as a Boy Scout den mother at one time. She was a longtime member of the McMinnville Current Events Club and a lifetime member of the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse.
She is survived by two daughters, Mary Vinton Folberg of Portland and Alice Vinton of Honolulu; one son, Will Vinton of Portland; a stepdaughter, Jane Vinton Smith of Sacramento, Calif.; a brother, Eric Pekkola of McMinnville; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are under the direction of Macy & Son Funeral Directors. Memorial contributions may be made to the Saima and Gale Vinton Endowment Fund for Scholarships at the Northwest Academy in Portland.