Obituaries - Nov. 12

Donald Parker

Donald L. Parker, 83, departed this life at his home in Cottonwood, Ariz., Nov. 9, 2003.

Services will be held at the Anderson Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Dr., Hood River, Ore., 97031 on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m.

Donald was the only child of Frank Lemuel and Addie McGarvin Parker, born on Oct. 27, 1920, at Hood River. He resided at Parkdale, Ore., through elementary school into high school. When he was 17, the family moved due to his mother’s health to Nyssa, Ore., where he graduated from high school.

On Nov. 15, 1941, he married Naomi Lorenson at Caldwell, Idaho. They were blessed with five children. Don was a very devoted husband and father. He enjoyed photography, and made numerous videos for travel experiences during retirement years traveling extensively in their motorhome. He retired as Traffic and Transportation Analyst from Lockheed Missiles & Space, now Lockheed Martin, in Sunnyvale, Calif., and moved to the Verde Valley in 1986.

He leaves behind Naomi, his devoted wife of 62 years, and two daughters, Donnamae Thomas (and her husband Marvin) of West Virginia, and Linda Asher of New Mexico; three sons, Ronald (and his wife Ruby) Parker of California, Edwin (and his wife Carol) Parker of Texas, and Wesley (and his wife Cathy) of Texas, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; many cousins and longtime friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a beloved grandson Darren Donald Parker, and son-in-law, Dr. Robert Asher.

Vault entombment will be at Idlewild Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northern Arizona Hospice or to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Kirk Massey

Kirk John Massey, a Cascade Locks, Ore., resident, died Nov. 8, 2003, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was 52 years of age.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 10:30 a.m. at Willamette National Cemetery followed by a Memorial service at 3 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Stevenson, Wash.

Kirk Massey was born Aug. 20, 1951, in Salina, Kan., to James and Virginia (Koperski) Massey. He graduated from Cascade Locks High School and then attended Mt. Hood Community College. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea in the early 1970s.

Kirk had worked as a truck driver and was a member of the Teamsters Union. He was also a bass guitarist, playing in local bands for over 20 years. Kirk was an avid football and Oakland Raiders fan and also enjoyed restoring cars, Harley Davidson motorcyles, trips to Sturgis, S.D., and drawing cartoons.

He is survived by his mother, Virginia Koperski, and his father, James Massey, and his son, Tyson Massey, and daughter, Aricia Rae Massey. He is also survived by his brothers Douglas and Brett Massey, sisters Jeanne, Lorraine and Jennifer Massey and Cynthia terHurst; two aunts Patricia McNutt and Betty Becker and longtime companion Jeanne Brown. Three nieces, two nephews and four cousins also survive.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kirk Massey Memorial Fund c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Nina Black

Nina Stevens Black passed away at her home in White Salmon, Wash., on Nov. 7, 2003. She was 90 years of age.

Nina was born May 18, 1913, in Mt. Carmel, Utah, to Hyrum Wallace Stevens and Mabel Spencer Stevens; the middle child in a family of 11. She had six brothers and four sisters. Nina was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served valiantly in any assignment that she was given. She loved to teach the children in Primary and always had a special spot in her heart for them and an abiding concern for their welfare. There are still many who are grown with children and grandchildren of their own who still call her “Mom.”

Nina married Claude Black on April 15, 1932, in the LDS St. George Temple. Nina loved to garden and always had beautiful flowers around her home. She would often be found tending her garden even when she had difficulty getting around. Another of her interests was creating wonderful quilts on her old Singer treadle sewing machine, which she was still doing in her 90th year.

She made quilts for all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as they came along. Nina loved the out-of-doors and spent many days with her family and friends camping at her favorite camping spot at the old sheep camp on the Lewis River. Many memories were made there that will stay in the family’s lives forever.

Nina is survived by three sons, Dennis of Buffalo Center, Iowa, Roger of Trout Lake, Wash., and Boyce of White Salmon; two daughters, Nora Kyte and Darlisa Black, both of White Salmon; a brother, Leo Stevens, of Utah; 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren, who brought much joy and happiness to her throughout her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude, in 1996, and a son, Sheldon, in 1956.

A funeral service will be held Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Christ of Latter-Day Saints in White Salmon, with interment following at the White Salmon Cemetery. A visitation was held Nov. 11 at Gardner Funeral Home.

Vera Braito

Hood River resident Vera Elizabeth Braito died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003, at her home. She was 89 years of age. A full obituary will appear in a later edition of the paper.

Arrangements are pending at Anderson’s Tribute Center, 541-386-1000.

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