Obituaries - Sept. 14

Aubrey ‘Aub’ Davis

Aubrey N. “Aub” Davis, Jr., a lifetime resident of Odell, Ore., died Sept. 11, 2002, at his residence. He was 79 years of age.

Private graveside services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at Idlewild Mausoleum followed by a reception of family and friends at the home of Jack Davis, 3682 Straight Hill Rd.

Aubrey N. Davis was born Dec. 28, 1922, in Hood River, Ore., to Aubrey and Margaret (Heft) Davis. He grew up and attended schools in Odell, graduating from Odell High School in 1941. He attended Washington State University until being admitted to the U.S. Navy. He served his country during World War II for four years as Pharmacist Mate First Class in the South Pacific.

Following the war, he returned to join his father in the family business and married Marge Jarvis. He has been an active participant in the management of D & P Orchards and had weathered 57 harvests.

He was an amateur photographer and roamed the Hood River Valley and Mt. Hood area taking pictures, three that were blue ribbon winners. He was a member of the Odell Fire Department for 20 years. He took pride in the quality of fruit his orchard produced.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Marie Davis; sons Jack Davis and his wife, Patti; and Phillip Davis and his wife, Kathy, all of Odell; daughter Sally Davis Russell and her husband, Mark, of Portland, Ore., and grandsons Aubrey and Nathan Davis of Parkdale, Ore.

His parents and two sisters, Ruth Reese and Norma Palmer, preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge or the Odell Fire Department, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031

William Smith

William Ray Smith, 52, of Mexico, died near his home in Mexico on Sept. 6, 2002.

He was born on Oct. 20, 1949 in New Bern, N.C., to Etta L. (Brown) and Nathan Nathanial Smith.

Mr. Smith grew up in North Carolina and attended Ricks College in Idaho. He then moved to the Vancouver, Wash., area in 1972 where he drove bus for the C-Tran system. He moved to Stevensville, Texas about 10 years ago and owned a bail bonds business.

After retirement he moved to Mexico where he spent the last five years. He loved all sports, especially skiing and diving. He enjoyed playing and watching football. The Dallas Cowboys remained his passion. He loved to sing and did wonderful impressions of Buddy Holly and Bobby Goldsboro.

Mr. Smith is survived by his mother, Etta Smith, of White Salmon, Wash., and his wife, Maria, of Mexico.

He is also survived by his daughters: Michelle Smith of Stevensville; Angela Robb of Ontario, Ore.; Melanie Grow and Tiffany Downing, both of Baker City, Ore., and brothers Lewis of Perryton, Texas, Bob of Grandbury Texas, Michael of Trout Lake, Wash., David of Pocatello, Idaho, and Dale of St. George, Utah.

He is also survived by sisters Bonnie Darienzo of Stroudsburg, Pa., and Kathy Torrey of White Salmon, Wash., one stepdaughter and two stepsons in Mexico, and five grandchildren.

Funeral services for William Smith were Sept. 12 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in White Salmon. Interment followed at White Salmon Cemetery.

Gardner Funeral Home, White Salmon, was in charge of arrangements.

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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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