Obituaries - Feb. 5

Catherine Garrett

Catherine Martina Garrett passed away on Jan. 28, 2003, at the age of 87.

She was born on Sept. 30, 1915, in Augusta, Mich. to Floyd and Martina Wyble. Her family moved to Washington, D.C., where she later married and had two children. After World War II, she moved to California with her children and went to work for Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica.

In 1949, she married Jack Wyckoff and moved to the San Fernando Valley where she resided for many years. She lived in Parkdale in the 1970s with her son and moved there permanently in 1981. Catherine later married Robert Garrett, who preceded her in death in 1998.

Catherine loved to crochet, knit, sew, cook and garden, especially for her large circle of family and friends. Often at family gatherings, she would entertain everyone with her own unique rendition of the Charleston. She was energetic, industrious, enthusiastic and fun to be with.

She is survived by her children, Charles Evans and Charlene Stoltz, both of Parkdale, nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be Feb. 10, 2003, at 2 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Hood River. Internment will immediately follow at the Upper Valley Cemetery in Parkdale.

Dorothy Willey

Dorothy Cheney Willey, a Hood River resident, passed away Feb. 1, 2003, in Hood River, Ore., from cancer-related illness. She was 83 years of age.

Dorothy was born July 6, 1919, in Stanford, Mont., and lived most of her life in rural Montana. She was one of five children born to Melvin and Grace Cheney, who shared a ranch with Melvin’s brother under Wolf Butte near Stanford. She graduated from Stanford High School in 1938 and nurse’s training at Deaconess Hospital in Great Falls, Mont.

She enlisted in the Army in March of 1945 as a nurse and was awarded a World War II Victory Medal. She was relieved from active duty, as a 2nd Lieutenant, in January of 1946.

She married her high school sweetheart, LeDru (Pete) Willey on Dec. 5, 1945, after he was also relieved from active duty from the Army.

They were married in Stanford, Mont., and lived in the area until 1966 when they moved to Kalispell, Mont., for work. Pete died on Feb. 12, 1977 and was buried in Stanford. Dorothy moved from Kalispell to Hood River in 1986 when her granddaughter Sara said she wouldn’t visit her anymore in Montana as it was too far to travel.

Dorothy is survived by her three children, Dru Willey and his wife, Judy, of Los Angeles, Calif., Grace Windsheimer and her husband, Sam, of Hood River, and Noreen Slaminiski and her husband, Jerry, of Port Angeles, Wash.; her grandchildren, Tracie Walters, Tyler Tyree and Tim Willey of Kalispell, Mont., Jeff Willey of Los Angeles, and Jered and Sara Windsheimer of Hood River; and three great-grandchildren, Crista and Cara Walters and Trenton Tyree, all of Kalispell, Mont. She was preceded in death by her siblings and her husband, Pete.

Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society or to Hospice of The Gorge.

A memorial service will be held in Hood River at 3 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the Hood River Alliance Church, with a graveside service and internment in Stanford, Mont., on Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. A gathering of family and friends will be held after each service.

Anderson’s Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Harry Howell

A celebration of life for Harry Lee Howell, Sr., will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Hood River Adult Senior Center. A reception will follow, lasting until 4 p.m.

The family is composing a book and is asking friends and family to contribute their favorite memory.

Harry Lee Howell was born in Hood River on Aug. 9, 1928, and passed away at his home in Soldotna, Alaska, on Dec. 24, 2002.

Bertha Taylor

Bertha Taylor, a former Hood River, Ore., resident, died Jan. 26, 2003, in Portland, Ore. She was 93 years of age.

Bertha Kroner was born April 4, 1909, in Milwaukie, Ore. She worked as a secretary for Del Monte Foods in Salem, Ore. In 1976 she married Ralph Taylor, and they lived in Eugene, Ore., for a year, then moved to Hood River, where they lived from 1978 to 1984. In 1985 they moved to The Dalles, where they lived for six years before moving to Portland.

Bertha was a member of the Eastern Star, and had climbed Mt. Hood.

Survivors include her husband, Ralph, of Portland, and her step-daughter, Lois Schaefer.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 22, 2003, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 101 W. 10th St., The Dalles.

Remembrances may be made to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund. Arrangements are being handled by Hillside Chapel.

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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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