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Iris M. Workman Vogel (Johns)

January 18, 1933 - May 24, 2013

Viewing will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 3, 2013 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lebanon. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. A graveside service is planned for 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, at Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

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Iris M. Workman Vogel, 80, of Lebanon, Oregon currently serving a two-year mission with the LDS Church, passed away suddenly Friday, May 24, in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She and her husband, Jim Vogel, were called to the Detroit Michigan Mission and were serving in Farmington Hills.

Iris was born in Paul, Idaho to Victor Lee and Viola Josephine (Sabin) Johns. She had three older siblings; Maxine, Fred, and Deloris. Iris was the beloved babe, “Precie Pet.”

Iris met and married Richard Gray in Portland in 1951. They lived in Grants Pass from 1960 to 1972 and had three children; Brian Gray, Donna Champion, and Diane Steinman. In 1972, they moved to Klamath Falls.

In 1981, Iris married Gerald L. Workman. They adopted a son, Matthew Workman. Iris and Jerry were faithful members of the LDS church and served a two-year mission in Zimbabwe, Africa from 1994 to 1996. They were regular Temple workers and patrons in the Medford and Portland Temples.

Iris loved serving in her church and helping and others. She was a kind and generous lady and good example to all who knew her. Iris had the energy and desire to work and be active as someone many years her junior. We all struggled to keep up with her. In 2003, Iris and Jerry moved to Lebanon to be closer to family. Jerry passed away in 2005.

Iris fell in love with and married James Vogel, June 23, 2012. They were excited to be together and to serve the Lord wherever He wanted them. They submitted their mission papers and received a call to serve in Michigan as employment specialists. Iris was glad to be up and doing good things.

She loved to cook, garden, and study family history. She loved to play games, especially Bunko, Scrabble, Spite and Malice, and Dominos. Actually, it did not matter, she was up for any game.

Iris adored all her grandkids and loved to spoil them. She spoiled all of her family. Iris was a beautiful lady inside and out, regal in bearing. Her family and friends are grateful for her and will strive to live up to her example. Her 7 children, 29 grandchildren, and 14-plus great-grandchildren, born and yet-to-be born, will miss her guidance, but will be taught about her so they can know the great legacy she created for them.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; her sister, Deloris; and her husband, Jerry.

Viewing will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 3, 2013 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lebanon. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. A graveside service is planned for 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, at Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Arrangements are under the direction of Sweet Home Funeral Chapel.