Iris Irene Eldredge

Iris Irene Eldredge passed into the light of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, February 25th 2018, at the age of 95. She was born on September 20, 1922 to Jesse Smith-Crager and Roy Hugo Crager, at their home in Kansas City, Kansas. Two years later, the family moved to Southern California.  In 1940, she married Wesley Sheridan Eldredge. They lived in San Gabriel, California until June of 1970 when they moved to Eugene, Oregon. Wesley passed away in 2000 at their home in Eugene. At the time of her death, Iris lived at Middlefield Oaks Assisted Living, in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Iris was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, three brothers and a grandchild, Steven Shands.  Survivors include two daughters and two sons-in-law; Linda Shands, (Gene) and Peggy Tessandori, (Tom); three grandchildren, Michael Shands, (Lisa) Thom Tessandori (Megan) and Andrew Tessandori (Dorothy), and five great-grandchildren, Kaili Shands, Zane Shands, Hannah Shands, Emma Tessandori and Jordan Tessandori. 

Iris was a wife, mother, homemaker, and volunteered at her children’s schools. She taught pre-school in California, where she also served as a Kindergarten Sunday School Teacher, Wedding Planner, and Mission Guild member at San Gabriel Union Church. After the move to Eugene, she used these same gifts to serve at First Baptist Church in Eugene, Oregon, where she taught Kindergarten Sunday School for over 40 years. In her later years, she attended River Road Baptist Church in Eugene. She loved Jesus, her family, her friends, and every child that crossed her path. She was a light to all who knew her, and will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 1:30 PM at First Baptist Church of Eugene, 3550 Fox Meadow Road, Eugene, Oregon 97408.  As a tribute for 40+ years of teaching, donations may be made to First Baptist Church Iris Eldredge Memorial fund. All funds will be designated for the children’s Sunday School Department.

Arrangements entrusted to Musgrove Family Mortuary. Please access the obituary and you are invited to sign the guestbook at