Obituaries 9/19


Dorothy M. "Dottie" Beers, a longtime resident of Cascade Locks, Ore., died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2001 at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. She was 76 years of age.

Dorothy was born Oct. 8, 1924 in Nashville, Tenn., to Morgan and Eva (Watkins) Walker. As a small child she moved with her family to Oklahoma where she was raised and attended school and graduated from high school.

After graduating from high school she moved to Pasadena, Calif., where she met Victor Beers. They were married on Nov. 10, 1943 in San Diego They moved to Cascade Locks, Ore., in 1946.

Dorothy worked for the U.S. Weather Bureau where she reported the weather for aircraft at the Cascade Locks airport. She retired after 30 years. During that same time she also worked for Tveidt's Market in Cascade Locks. Since 1978 Dorothy and her husband Victor worked for an RV tour company, traveling extensively to Alaska, Canada and Mexico.

Dorothy was a member of the Cascade Locks Garden Club and also the Square dance club.

Dorothy enjoyed, traveling, fishing, hunting, arranging flowers and crocheting.

Dorothy is survived by her husband Victor Beers of Cascade Locks, one daughter, Linda Taylor of Pendleton, Ore., one son, Dan Beers of Richland, Wash., two brothers, Gene Walker of Camp Verde, Ariz., and Clinton Walker of Exeter, Calif.

She is also survived by five granddaughters, Christene Beers of Vancouver, Wash., Laura Beers and Amanda Beers both of Richland, Kathy Stills of Ft. Lewis, Wash., and Karen Willis of Monmouth, Ore.

Dorothy was preceded in death by one brother, John, one sister, Rudean and by her daughter, Judy.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the Cascade Chapel Assembly of God Church in Cascade Locks, Ore.

Memorials in memory of Dorothy may be made to the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031 who is in charge of the arrangements.


Anthoney Darion Foster, five-year-old son of Robert and Erin (DeWalt) Foster, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001 in Salem, Oregon. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001 at 2 p.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center followed by interment at Idlewild Cemetery.

Anthoney Darion Foster was born March 9, 1996 in Hood River, Ore., and moved to Salem, Ore., in 1998. Anthoney was a true inspiration to his family and everyone who met him. He was a true fighter and had a strong will to live even with his very difficult battle with Krabbe Disease.

Anthoney is survived by his parents, Rob and Erin Foster of Salem; and grandparents, George Wooding of Orfino, Idaho and Julia Wooding of Dallesport, Wash., and Bob Foster and Jessie Foster-Troxel, both of Hood River, Ore.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hunter's Hope Foundation c/o Anderson Tribute Center, c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.


Wenona "Winnie" Flora, a longtime resident of Hood River, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2001 at her residence. She was 86 years of age.

Wenona was born November 22, 1914 in Decator County, Iowa to Clark and Lillie (Hullinger) Trembly. She was raised in Decator County, Iowa and graduated from high school there. She married Dean Flora on June 26, 1948 in Galesburg, Illinois. She moved to Hood River, Ore., in 1949. She was a homemaker and mother most of her life.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Odell. Her main hobbie was making and selling candy and crafts.

She is survived by one son, Dick Flora of Estacada, Ore., two daughters, Karen Watts of East Wenatchee, Wash. and Lillie Stevens of Beaver Creek. One sister, Marie Spencer of Tuscon, Ariz., 13 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean and by two sons, Ronnie and Larry Flora.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001 at 11 a.m. at the Mt. View Cemetery in Hood River. Visitation was held on Monday, Sept. 17, 2001 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center.

Memorial contributions in memory of Wenona may be made to the Odell Baptist Church, c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.


James Burchell died of cancer on Sept. 14, 2001 at the age of 51. He was born on June 15, 1950 in Fargo, N.D. and raised in Jamestown, N.D. His parents, Floyd and Opal (Hyland) Burchell are both deceased.

Jim moved to White Salmon, Wash., 26 years ago. He worked as a union carpenter for 10 years and then started his own business, Precision Concrete, 12 years ago.

He loved his grandkids and his family, horses, herding cows, fishing and shooting his guns.

Jim leaves behind his wife, Pam Burchell of Underwood, Wash., daughter Tami Hoodenpyl along with son-in-law David and two grandchildren Lauren and Gunnar, all of Glenwood, Wash.

A memorial service was scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 18 at Gardner Chapel in White Salmon, Wash.


Frank M. "Brick" Stratton, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died Sept. 17, 2001 at Hood River Care Center at the age of 91.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Anderson's Tribute Center. A full obituary will appear in the next edition of the Hood River News.


Lillian Mae Wheeler, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2001 at Brookside Manor in Hood River, Ore. She was 86 years of age.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031. A full obituary will appear in the next edition of the Hood River News.

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