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Adam "Pete" Lee Harmon, 77, a resident of Mosier, died at his home on March 27, 2002.

He was born on Dec. 27, 1924, at his parents' home in Holcomb, Mo., the third of 13 children to Roy and Wilice (Thornberry) Harmon.

Pete married Iva Louise Smith on May 3, 1942 in Paragould, Ark. While in Missouri, he worked at several jobs; he farmed, fur trapped, picked cotton and was a milk truck driver.

In 1951 Pete moved his family to Osceola, Mo., and worked at the Osceola Cheese Company for nine years. In May 1960, Pete moved the family to Bingen, Wash., and went to work for Harvey Aluminum Company in The Dalles. The family moved to Mosier in 1961 and Pete continued to work for Harvey Aluminum/Martin Marietta Aluminum Company, retiring in 1985.

He was member of the Life In Christ Center Church, United Steelworkers, Oregon Territorial Council on Furs and National Trappers Association.

Pete enjoyed his family, including his grandchildren and great grandchildren, the outdoors, fishing and trapping, having won several awards for his work in furs.

Pete is survived by his wife, Iva Harmon of Mosier, sons, Dannie "Doc" and his wife, Jayne, of The Dalles, Jerry and his wife, Patty, of Boise, Idaho; daughters, DeLinda and her husband, Bob Koster, Janice Menzie, Cathy and her husband, David Smith, Becky and her husband, Terry Bradley, all of The Dalles.

He is also survived by his brothers, Dick Harmon of Bolivar, Mo., John Harmon of Senath, M., Tom Harmon of Holcomb, Mo., and Frank Harmon of Stockton, Mo.,; sister, Eve Dinkens of Senath, Mo.; 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers and 3 sisters.

Viewing visitation was scheduled for Fiday, March 29, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home in The Dalles.

Funeral services will be held at Mosier Christian Church on Saturday, March 30, at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Dennis C. Connor and Rev. J.W. Jepson officiating. Interment will follow at the Mosier Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Gorge, 751 Myrtle St., The Dalles, OR 97058.


Parkdale resident C. Wayne Widman died Sunday, March 31, 2002, at the Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was 69 years of age.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 3, at 11 a.m. at the Hood River Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, with a grave dedication to follow at the Upper Valley Cemetery.

Wayne was born April 7, 1932 in Baker City, Ore., to Carl Henry and Dorothy Ellen (Williams) Widman. He was raised and educated in Baker City, graduating from the Baker City High School in 1950.

After high school Wayne left Baker City to work in a saw mill in Joseph, Ore. About a year later he moved back to Baker City to work for a local hardware store in the sales department.

On Dec. 7, 1951 Wayne married Jackie Weller in Baker City. Shortly after this Wayne started working for Staggs and Weber Co. in Keating, Ore. A job with the Forest Service brought him back to Baker City, where he worked for a while.

In the midst of all of this, Wayne and Jackie started their family of three sons and three daughters. After leaving his job with the Forest Service Wayne went to work for Al Conforth Land and Livestock in John Day, Ore. His next job change brought about a move to Lebanon, Ore., where he worked for Moty and Van Dyke selling industrial supplies for several years. In 1982 Wayne left Lebanon, after he and his wife were separated. From Lebanon, Wayne moved to Parkdale, Ore., to work on a ranch, where he met Kathryn C. Bergerson.

On June 30, 1984, Wayne and Kathryn were married in Logan, Utah.

Wayne and Kathryn resided in Parkdale, where he continued to work on the ranch for a short time. He eventually left the ranch to work for Power Transmission in Portland, Ore. Even though he lived in Parkdale Wayne worked for two years for this Portland company.

In 1986 Wayne went to work for a sawmill in Tygh Valley until about 1989. Due to health problems Wayne could not continue working full time, so he used his many talents and interests to keep himself busy with little jobs here and there.

Wayne was known for his great "handy man" work; he could fix just about anything. With his talents he served his community by helping others. His family remembers him as someone who always had to keep busy and worked hard.

Wayne loved horses and had a great interest in restoring old horse drawn machinery.

He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where he served as a bishop. He held several callings, including Scoutmaster, Bishop and High Councilor. He also enjoyed photography, music and singing.

C. Wayne Widman is survived by his wife, Kathryn, of Parkdale, sons Gregory Wayne Widman of Albany, Ga., and Paul Douglas Widman of Phoenix, Ariz., daughters Abby Lynn Widman of Salt Lake City, Utah, Karrie Ann Averett of Las Vegas, Nev, and Jacqueline Lizette of Wilsonville, Ore., brothers Fred Widman of Echo, Ore., and Larry Widman of Yakima, Wash., 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and many nieces and nephews.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Jackie, and son Andrew John Widman.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hood River Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.


Hood River resident Leticia Ayala died Friday, March 29, 2002 at her home in Hood River, Ore. She was 33 years of age.

Leticia was born Sept. 29, 1968, to Miguel Solorio Fransisco and Gualupe Perez in Hueco, Mexico. She was raised and educated in Mexico. Leticia has been a resident of the Hood River Valley for 15 years.

One of Leticia's hobbies were sewing blankets for her friends and family. She also enjoyed cooking. Most her time was spent taking care of her family and caring for their needs. Leticia was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She loved to go to church for prayer and worship.

Leticia is survived by her husband, Pedro, daughters Eugenia, Sonia, Monica and Mayra, and her son, Pedro Jr., all of Hood River.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.


Funeral services for Thomas George Wright will be at Anderson's Tribute Center on Friday, April 5, 2002, at 11 a.m.

On April 1, 2002, Thomas George Wright passed from this land at the age of 91. He was born in Ada, Okla., on March 24, 1911, to Thomas Edgar Wright and Shirley Kerlista (Scott) Wright. They moved to Imperial, Calif., when he was a young boy. He graduated from Imperial High in 1929 and he and Fay Teague married in November 1929.

They had five children while they lived there. He worked for the Imperial Irrigation District with his Dad. Then he went to work for the Power of the Irrigation District and became a lineman. After awhile the heat drove them north to Hood River, Ore., in 1946, where they bought a farm in Dukes Valley and raised cattle, hay, a large garden and kids. He worked as a lineman for Hood River Electric Co-Op and then with Pacific Power and Light.

For several years after retiring from PP&L he drove the Blue Angel bus for senior citizens. He was an avid bowler right up to three months before his death. He was a devout leader of the Odell Church of Christ and took his ministering very serious. He loved his family with all his heart. He made everyone feel like they were his most special child or grandchild.

He loved to farm and raise cattle. He loved wild life and enjoyed watching them on his place. He loved the land and was a good steward. He was a very common man that had very little interest in material things. Love was what he had the most to give and expected nothing in return.

His wife, Faye (Teague) Wright, preceded him in death in 1995 and his oldest son, Georgie Faye Wright, in 1996.

He is survived by Mae Wright (widow of Georgie), Mary Neville (husband Clarence), Shirley Williams (husband Arlen), Tom Wright and Garda Boyea, Norma Curtis (husband Lee). He has 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Interment will be at Idlewild Cemetery followed by a reception at Anderson's Tribute Center.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.


Hood River resident Frances Emma Markley died Friday, March 22, 2002, at Hood River Care Center. She was 84 years of age.

A graveside service will be held at the Upper Valley Cemetery in Parkdale, Ore., on Friday, April 5 at 1 p.m. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 27 at Anderson's Tribute Center.

Frances Markley was born March 27, 1917 to Albert Howard and Lillian Deane (Letson) Wheeler in Helena, MT. Frances was raised and educated in Plains and Butte, Mont. until she was 17 years of age.

After leaving Montana, Frances lived in different areas of the Northwest, including Kelso, Wash., Longview, Wash., Roseburg, Ore, and Rockaway, Ore. She first moved to Hood River, Ore., in 1955 then moved to Estacada, Ore., in 1964, from Estacada in 1978 she moved to Longview. In 1980 she moved to Clatskanie, Ore., and in 1984 she moved back to Longview. In 1996 Frances made her last move back to Hood River, where she has been for the last six years.

Frances enjoyed dancing and music. She started playing the piano at an early age, and studied at a musical institute in Butte, Mont. Not only did she play the piano, but she also played the Hawaiian steel guitar with other family members. Frances' favorite kinds of dancing were ballroom and square dancing. She was also a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Kelso.

Frances is survived by her daughter, Valda D. Davis of Longview, granddaughters Tracey Mansfield and Debbie Winfield of Hood River, and Kelley M. Wages of Longview.

She is also survived by grandsons Rian M. Davis of Rainer, Ore., and Brett A. Huckaby of Hood River, great-grandchildren April Winfield, Tyler Winfield, David Huckaby, Willie Huckaby and Mandy Reel.

Frances was preceded in death by both husbands, David Roy Campbell and Floyd "Blackie" Markley, daughter Toni Huckaby, and infant daughter Ladonna Shawn.

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

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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