Obituaries 11/14


Betty Jo Picking, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died Nov. 5, 2001, at Hood River Care Center. She was 73 years of age.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center.

Betty Jo was born Jan. 24, 1928, in Hood River, Ore., to Harry and Violet (Wantland) Hoskin. She was raised and educated in Hood River and worked as a secretary at local schools and for Hood River County.

Her husband, Boyd C. Picking of Hood River; two sons, Greg Lane of Vancouver, Wash., and Jeffrey Picking of Hood River; a brother, Jack Leonard Hoskin of Portland, Ore., and two sisters, Jean Moore of White Salmon, Wash., and Patricia Judd of Desert Hot Springs, Calif.; two grandchildren and four great grandchildren survive her.

Private interment will be at Idlewild Cemetery in Hood River.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of the Gorge c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.


Scott Thomas Jeter, a lifelong resident of White Salmon, Wash., passed away on Nov. 6, 2001. He was 25 years old.

Scott was born in White Salmon on March 7, 1976 to Danny and Carol (Potts) Jeter. He attended Mid-Columbia Adventist School in Hood River.

Scott worked at various places including Nichols Boat Works, Payless Drug Store, Dale Dennis Construction and most recently SDS Lumber Company as an electricvian. He was a welder, a heavy equipment operator and a very hard worker.

He loved helping other people. Scott was athletic. He played basketball every Saturday night and also enjoyed volleyball. Scott had a passion for music. He played the saxophone, accordion, and piano and was learning how to play the cello -- all by ear. Scott loved being outdoors. Mountain biking and skiing were some of his hobbies. He was a member and Deacon of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in White Salmon. He enjoyed working with his grandfather.

Scott loved his family and was a good father and husband.

Survivors include his wife, Hannah, and sons Ian, Andrew and Arran, all of White Salmon; parents Carol and Danny Jeter of White Salmon; sister and brother-in-law Lisa and Matt Hallberg and two nieces of Moses Lake, Wash.; mother-and-father in law David and Robin Brown of Lyle, Wash; two brothers in law and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Vern and Dee Potts.

Funeral services will be Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in White Salmon with Pastor Pat Milligan officiating. Interment was private at the White Salmon Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Scott Jeter Fund (administered by the Seventh-day Adventist Church) in care of Columbia River Bank, White Salmon and Hood River branches, or the Scott Jeter Memorial Fund (administered by the SDS Lumber Co.) in care of Riverview Community Bank in White Salmon. Gardner Funeral Home of White Salmon was in charge of arrangements.


Lena Markovich Young was born at the Markovich family home in Roslyn, Wash., on Aug. 24, 1921, and the sixth child of Lena and Wasco Markovich.

Her early years were spent in Roslyn and on the family farm in Peoh Point. She attended Peoh Point Grade School, walking daily from the farm on Markovich Road. She graduated from Cle Elum High School in 1939. Prior to the War years she waitressed and cooked for Ashman's Caf‚ in Cle Elum. In 1942 she married John Young, a soldier stationed at Fort Lewis.

Following the close of the coal mines in the mid-1950s Lena moved with her husband and son to the Seattle/Renton area, where she worked for her brother Babe as a dental technician. She and John later managed Bow Lake Trailer Town, retiring in 1981.

In 1998 she moved to Hood River, living first at Down Manor then Brookside Manor, before making her final home with her son Gary and family. Along with her sister, Margaret Boytz, she created Afghans for the Yasui Dialysis Center patients and infant blankets and hats for newborns at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.

Lena, a much beloved mother, aunt and grandmother, taught her family and all that knew her the benefits of laughter, a good sense of humor and a caring attitude. Her apple pies, featuring her famous crust, and were treasured by all.

She is survived by her sister and constant companion Margaret Boytz of Brookside Manor, son Gary and daughter-in-law Barbara of Hood River, grandchildren Rachel and her partner Erin Ryan of Portland, Catherine and her husband John McLandress of Hood River, Mark of Hood River along with Joelle Marble of Seattle and Todd Young and his wife Joelene of Chicago; foster-granddaughter Khampa Laviengvong of San Diego; three great-grandchildren, Ian McLandress, Cecelia Young, and Paula Laviengvong along with numerous nieces and nephews including Patty Becker, Tacoma, Diane Markovich, Seattle, Lucille Pizzalato, Bellevue and their families.

The staff of Brookside Manor, Hospice of the Gorge and Caring Friends tenderly cared for Lena. The family encourages memorials in Lena's name to Hospice of the Gorge and the Chaplain's Fund at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation, c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

A service for residents and staff of Brookside and Down Manor will be held at Brookside at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14; a service for family and close friends will be held at the family home at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15; and graveside services will take place at Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton, Wash., at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. until noon and Anderson's Tribute Center.

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