Willa Hendricks Worley, 94, a longtime resident of Forest Grove, died May 19 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland. There will be a private funeral Mass at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Father Ben Tapia of St. Anthony Parish in Forest Grove is celebrant.

Mrs. Worley was born Feb. 14, 1926, in Horton, Missouri, the daughter of Charles and Willa (Hughes) Thomas. She was raised on the family farm in Horton and attended Humble School and William Chrisman, Jr. High School in Independence, Missouri. In 1942, she and her family moved to Forest Grove. She graduated from Forest Grove High School in 1946.

She and Richard Hendricks married Nov. 11, 1946, at St. Anthony Church.

Mr. Hendricks died May 30, 1985.

On April 8, 1995, she and Donald Worley married at St. Anthony Church. They celebrated their 25th anniversary this April. They wintered in Yuma Arizona until 2000. They moved to the Jennings McCall Retirement Community in Forest Grove in 2018.

She worked for the Greyhound Bus Depot, while attending Forest Grove High School. She later worked for Goff’s Pharmacy until 1949 when she and Mr. Hendricks took over Hendricks Bus Company in Forest Grove. They owned and operated the Hendricks Bus service for forty years, until 1989, when their son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Judy Hendricks took over the operation.

She was an active member of the St. Anthony Parish. She served as the altar society president for 12 years. She also helped with the St. Vincent de Paul Society when she wasn’t traveling, and Ethel Nordgren and she started the St. Anthony Gift Shop. She was also a member of the Balladtowne Elkettes and their first president. She was named Elkette of the Year in 1975-1976 and again in 1981-1982. She also had served as a board member for the Mountain View Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

While her children were in school, she was active in PTA, serving as president, vice president and room mother. She belonged to the Cornelius Eagles Aerie # 4177, was a Campfire Leader for 18 years and a Cub Scout assistant. She was active in community affairs, such as Gay 90s, the Senior Center and Little League. She enjoyed volunteer work and managed the Senior Center Gift Shop until she spent more time traveling. She enjoyed her grandchildren, traveling, helping and doing for others. She had a good life and enjoyed every minute of it. She would take each day and live it to the fullest.

Mrs. Hendricks Worley was preceded in death by her sons Rick Hendricks and Jeff Hendricks, a daughter-in-law and son-in-law; her seven brothers, Loren “Runt” Thomas; James Thomas; Charles Thomas; Sterling Thomas; William Thomas; Darrell Thomas and Edward Thomas; her two sisters, Mary Shumaker and Bertha Claypool and her stepsons, Bruce Worley and David Worley.

Survivors include her husband, Don Worley of Forest Grove; her sister Carol Hacker of Nevada, Missouri; her two daughters, Brenda Rice of Forest Grove, and Julie Ortman, of Bend, and their husbands; her two stepchildren, Gary Worley of Forest Grove and Susan Keffer of Oregon City and their spouses; daughters-in-law and a step-daughter-in-law; 19 grandchildren, Jeff Rice; Mike Hendricks; Ryan Hendricks; Patrick Hendricks; Jacob Ortman; Grant Ortman; Caitlin Poppert; Anna Holland; Michelle Hendricks-Horne; Nathan Hendricks; Joshua Hendricks; Alex Worley; Andy Worley; Bradley Worley; Jean Schindler; Brian Worley; Savannah Worley; Sky Worley and Ada Worley; 21 great-grandchildren, Hannah Ortman; Michelle Ortman; Haley Rice; Hailey Webb; Zach Webb; Sophia Horne; Robert Hendricks; Andrew Hendricks; Judah Holland; Amos Holland; Kennedy Hendricks; Conner Hendricks; Beau Poppert; Amelia Hendricks; Maetreyi Hendricks; Kaleb Hendricks; Landon Worley ; Gracie Worley; Kensington Worley; Emmylyn Worley ; Casey Schindler; and many nieces and nephews.

The family suggests remembrance be contributions to the Dicks Hendricks Memorial Stadium, Forest Grove High School, 1401 Nichols Lane, Forest Grove, Oregon 97116; to St. Anthony Parish, 1660 Elm Street, Forest Grove, Oregon 97116; or to St. Mary by the Sea Parish, 275 S. Pacific Street, Rockaway Beach, Oregon 97136.