Obituaries 3/20


Ninety-three-year-old Carl W. Holmes, snowbird, formerly of Bingen, Wash., passed away March 12, 2002, in the St. Joseph Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz.

The son of Thomas and Sarah Holmes, Mr. Holmes was born on June 21, 1908 in Omaha, Neb. He married Helen Slocum on Feb. 26, 1936.

He was employed by SDS Lumber Company prior to retiring in 1974. He also served as a volunteer firefighter for Bingen.

Carl has always been a hard-working good provider and never resting even when working. Mr. Holmes loved the outdoors, RVing, camping, fishing, telling stories, reminiscing about his early years in the Midwest, taking care of Helen, and continually keeping busy. He was always seen wearing his trademark bola, or cord, ties.

Mr. Holmes is survived by his bride of 66 years, Helen Holmes of Gresham, Ore., son Vern Holmes of Gresham, and three grandchildren: Terry Holmes, Carol Holmes and Christopher Holmes, all living in the Portland area.

He is also survived by four great-grandchildren: David Conroy and Matthew Conroy, Wyoming and Douglas Woods and Faith Woods of Beaverton, Ore., and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held March 18 at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon.


William S. Rayburn, Jr. passed away March 11, 2002, in Calif.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 22, 2002, at 1 p.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center. A reception will follow.

William Rayburn was born in McKinney, Texas, Aug. 26, 1925, and came to Hood River, Ore., in 1930. He has considered Hood River his home from that time forward. He graduated from Hood River High School.

In September 1943 he entered active duty in the Air Force. He graduated from the Air Force Cadet program in April 1945 as Flight Officer. He was discharged in October 1945. He had an unrestricted commercial license and logged many hours of private pleasure flying.

In 1945, he and Jeanne Lemley were married in Denver, Colo. He attended Augustana College and UCLA Extension School and was active in business his entire life. He was best known as business analysis, troubleshooter and entrepreneur. Bill was active creating and operating several corporations of three major Southern California restaurants. He retired in 1980 at the age of 55.

Surviving are his wife Jeanne, sons Steve of Portland, Ore.; Tim of Seattle, Wash.; grandson Jack of Long Beach, Calif., and numerous relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ouida Nunamaker.

Private vault entombment will be at Idlewild Cemetery Mausoleum.

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


Hood River resident Willie Glaze died March 17, 2002, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was 85 years of age.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Willie I. Glaze was born Nov. 6, 1916, to Oliver H. and Carrie (Williams) Glaze in Roswell, N.M. Willie was raised and educated in Lordsburg, N.M.

In 1936 Willie Glaze married Beatrice Poe in Silver City, N.M. Together they started a family of two boys and a girl. In 1950 Willie moved his family to western Washington and in that same year his wife Beatrice died.

Willie stayed in western Washington and worked as a school bus driver and a school bus mechanic. On Oct. 29, 1964, in Onalaska, Wash., Willie married Hallie, with whom he shared 37 years of marriage.

After retiring from his job working with school buses, Willie and his wife Hallie moved back to Lordsburg. When retired Willie loved to ride horses, fish, hunt, drive cattle, and just work on the ranch.

In 1996 Willie and Hallie decided to move to Hood River, Ore., to be closer to their family. In the last couple years Willie enjoyed spending time with his family and watching his grandchildren grow up.

Willie Glaze in survived by his wife, Hallie, of Hood River, his sons, Alvin of Hood River, and John of Henderson, Nev., daughter, Rose Tobin of Shoreline, Wash., nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Willie was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice, and brother, Russell.

Services are in the care of Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.


Hood River resident Eva Jeanne Wills died Monday, March 11, 2002, at Brookside Manor. She was 94 years of age.

A funeral service was scheduled on Friday, March 15, 2002, at 3:30 p.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center.

Eva Wills was born April 20, 1907, to John T. and Martha I. (White) Addis in Kansas City, Mo. She was somewhere around the age of five years when her family moved to Witchita Falls, Texas, where she was raised and educated.

Eva married Thomas Simmons in Witchita Falls, Texas. They made their home here and together brought up a family. In 1944 Eva and Thomas moved their family to Oregon seeking better job opportunities. Eva and her husband moved around Oregon, living mostly in the areas of Beavercreek and Cottage Grove. Eva worked at Willamette Falls Hospital after the death of her husband Thomas in 1965.

On Jan. 24, 1968 in Oregon City, Ore., Eva married Wilfred Wills, with whom she shared 16 years of marriage. After the death of her husband, Wilfred, in 1984, Eva stayed at their home in Mulino, Ore., until moving to Snohomish, Wash., in 1986 to be closer to her granddaughter. In 1996 Eva made her last move and left Washington and moved to the Hood River Valley to be closer to family.

Eva enjoyed nature, but most of all loved to paint nature scenery. Many of her own beautiful works of art decorated her home. She also enjoyed crocheting.

Eva Wills in survived by her son, Tom Simmons of Parkdale, OR, sister Merle Ayers of El Paso, Texas, brothers Bobby Joe Addis of El Paso, Texas, and Tommy Ross Addis of Las Cruces, NM, 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Eva was preceded in death by her husbands Thomas Simmons and Wilfred Wills, and her son Roy Simmons.

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


Theodore "Ted" Shaffer, Jr., of Carson, Wash., passed away at his home on March 11, 2002. He was 48 years old.

He was born in Washington, Penn., on March 12, 1953, to Theodore and Gladys (Long) Shaffer. Ted attended school in Pennsylvania and moved to the Carson area in 1993. He worked for the Port of Cascade Locks as a maintenance supervisor.

Ted was an accomplished carpenter. He loved to play the guitar and enjoyed the outdoors.

Surviving Ted are his father, Theodore of Eighty Four, Penn., grandmother Hazel Long of Washington, Penn., and sisters JoAnne Naylor and her son, Jason, and Pat Skirpan, all of Eighty Four, Penn.

He is also survived by his sons, Joshua Shaffer of Stevenson, Wash., and Jesse Shaffer of Carson, and his ex-wife, Melanie Shaffer, of Carson.

He was preceded in death by his mother and by his brother, Jesse.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Gardner Funeral Home in

White Salmon, Wash., is in charge of arrangements.


Marjorie Coleman, a former Hood River, Ore., resident died March 12, 2002, The Dalles, Ore. She was 80 years of age.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Covenant Christian Community 2630 E. 18th, The Dalles.

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

A full obituary will appear in the next edition of the Hood River News.


Maria Gloria Alvarado, 70, a rsident of The Dalles, formerly of Hood River, died at Mid Columbia Medical Center on March 9, 2002.

She was born Feb. 24, 1932 in El Paso, Texas, the third of four children to Pablo and Josefina (Herrera) Alvarado. She grew up in Juarez, Chih., Mexico, and El Paso.

She lived in Sterling, Ill., from 1969 to 1980, and then returned to Texas to care for her mother. She moved to the Mid-Columbia area in 1989.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hood River and honorary member of the Celilo Indians and enjoyed pow-wows. She also enjoyed crocheting, bingo and walking.

Maria is survived by her sons, Jesus Alvarado and his wife, Corina, and their children, Monique, Alfonzo and Marco, of Sterling, Ill., Lorenzo Alvarado and his wife, Susan, and their children, Lisa, Lorenzo, Jr., Leticia and Levi, of Elgin, Ill.; and Humberto Leal Perez, Jr., and his children, Robert, Benjamin, Humberto III, Thomas and Tiffany, The Dalles, Ore.

She is also survived by her brother, Juan Munoz, and her sister, Daria Herrera, both of Juarez, Chih., Mexico.

Recitation of the Rosary was on March 14, and funeral services were on March 15 at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home, with private cremation at The Dalles Win-quatt Crematory.

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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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