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Obituary for Marlena Josephine Lancour (Sell)

Marlena Josephine Lancour was born in McMinnville, Oregon to Joseph Sell and Emma Labonte-Sell on August 17th, 1951. She was the middle of eight children. Marlena grew up taking part in many adventures with her brothers and sisters in both Grand Ronde and Turner, Oregon.

In Turner is where she would eventually meet and marry Ernie Lancour. They settled down and started a family that included Novalee, Ernie Jr, and Joe. The family split time between the Tri Cities area of Washington state and Turner, Oregon until they eventually settled down in Marion, Oregon where they raised their children. Marlena worked at Norpac cannery in Stayton for over 20 years. Once her grandkids started arriving she decided to retire so she and Ernie could spend time with them, (Tyler, Grace, Sam, Lauren, Emmalee, Ernie III, Riley, Eli, and Peyton).

She was a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and loved sharing her stories of growing up on the reservation. She often spoke about all the adventures she had with her brothers and sisters. Every year she loved to return to the Pow-Wow with family to listen to the drumming, watch the dancing, and go shopping at various vendors. Marlena loved crocheting blankets for family and friends. She later taught her granddaughter Emmalee how to crochet. Marlena loved days out with her daughter and granddaughter, Novalee and Grace, to shop, have lunch, or go get their nails done. Marlena was always up for going on a road trip. One of her favorite spots was the fish hatchery, she was so happy when the grandkids wanted to ride along. One of her favorite vacations was when she did a road trip with Ernie Jr’s family to Las Vegas where they joined up with the rest of her kids and grandkids for her son Joe's wedding. Marlena was always up for adventure with any of her grandkids that were interested in some fun, ice cream and shopping were always a hit.

To Marlena, family was everything. When she wasn't out and about spending time with her family, she loved to garden. It didn't matter if it was growing vegetables, tending flowers, or even mowing her rather large lawn on her riding mower, she loved to be outdoors.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie Lancour, father, Joseph Sell, mother, Emma Labonte-Sell and brothers Wayne Sell and Tom Sell. She is survived by her sisters, Nancy (Sonny) Coleman, June (Mike) Sell Sherer, LeVeta Sell, Theresa (David)Haller, brother Bill (Donna) Sell, and her children Novalee (Jeff) Lancour Joles, Ernie (Jillian) Lancour, Joe (Shannon) Lancour.

Funeral services will be Monday, February 19 at 10:30 at Lighthouse Church with burial in Grand Ronde Tribal Cemetery at noon. Visitation will be on Sunday, February 18 from 1-4 PM at Bollman’s Tribute Center, 287 SW Washington Street, Dallas. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is caring for the family.