Obituaries - Nov. 12

Mildred Carter

Mildred “Midge” Carter, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died Nov. 8, 2005, at Providence Medical Center in Portland, Ore. She was 74 years of age.

Services will be held on Monday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Midge Carter was born Dec. 7, 1930, in Delaware County, Eucha, Okla., to Taylor and Martha (Vanover) Phillips. She was the youngest of eight children. Her mother passed away before she was two months old. The doctors told her family the baby would never survive without a mother, but thanks to the Lord and the strength He gave her father and brothers and sisters, giving up was not an option.

That will and strength and perseverance to live stayed with her until the day she left us to be with her friends and family in heaven.

Midge moved to Oregon for the first time when she was six months old. She was educated in Hood River.

On June 28, 1947, she married John (Bill) Carter in Goldendale, Wash. Bill and Midge moved to Aberdeen, Wash., for 13 years before moving back to Hood River in 1961.

Midge packed pears and apples at the Cascade Packing house for the Apple Growers Association for five years, then went to work for Luhr Jensen and Sons.

Midge was the warehouse supervisor at Luhr Jensen and was employed there for 35 years before retiring at the age of 70.

Midge became ill with kidney failure shortly before her retirement. Thanks to the Ray Yasui Dialysis Center she was able to receive dialysis in Hood River and still enjoy the companionship of her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her hobbies were her family. She loved, cherished and always wanted to be surrounded by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. From the time the first grandson, Corbin, came along until the time of her latest hospitalization, there were very few weekends in the last 30-plus years that a grandchild did not spend the weekend at Grandma and Grandpa’s.

Midge is survived by her son, John Carter, and his wife, Sandy, of Molalla; and by daughters Gayle Lee and her husband, Standley, of Hood River and Linda Carter of Hood River.

She is also survived by grandchildren Corbin Carter and Tonia of Hood River; Christy Frazier and Justin of Hood River; Jason Carter and Krissy of Hood River; Josh Lee of Beaverton; Miranda Carter and Jac Carter of Molalla.

Also surviving her are great-grandchildren: Ryan, Jodie, Kaleb, Shelby and Brice Carter and Dalton, Meighan, Bailey and Joey Frazier, all of Hood River, and many nieces and nephews.

Midge is also survived by her special sister-in-law, June Phillips of Jay, Okla., who helped her and all of us through so much.

Midge was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Bill Carter. Also preceding her in death were her parents, her brothers Henry, Lewis, Jack, Earl and R.T. Phillips; and sisters Virgie Bryant and Opal Davies.

Interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ray Yasui Dialysis Center, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont ,Hood River, OR 97031.

James Huckaba

James Stanley Huckaba, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died Nov. 7, 2005, at Parkhurst House. He was 94 years of age.

A memorial service will be held in Littleton, Colo., at a later date.

Stan Huckaba was born Sept. 1, 1911, in Sunset, Mont., to James and Ruby (Jeffries) Huckaba.

He was raised and educated in Whitehall and Butte, Mont., and graduated from Montana Tech.

On June 27, 1943, he and Jeanne Clark were married in Butte, Mont. He spent most of his life working as a metallurgical engineer in the mining industry worldwide. He retired at age 81.

Stan had lived in Spokane, Wash., for 18 years, Canada for five years and Denver, Colo., for 30 years. He came to Hood River in 2004.

He was a member of St. James Presbyterian Church, the Masons and Shriners in Denver. He was also a member of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, swimming, gardening and reading.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Huckaba of Hood River; daughters Claudia (Jerry) Baker of Billings, Mont., and Nancy (David) Radley of Hood River; son Bruce (Linda) Huckaba of Aurora, Colo.; brother Allen Huckaba of Green Bluff, Wash.; sister Thelma Leahy of Mesa, Ariz.; and grandchildren Brian (Maggie) Baker, Jeannie Baker, Alyssa (Arthur) Morken, Rhian Radley and Jesi Radley. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge, Parkhurst House or Brookside Manor, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Viola Wilcox

Viola E. Wilcox, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend passed away of natural causes in the comfort of her home on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005, at the age of 94.

Viola was born Sept. 8, 1911, in Helena, Mont., to the late Oliver Myers and Alice Binzel Myers.

Her early years in Helena were spent working as a telephone operator and then later as a dietician for St. John’s Hospital.

While in Helena she met Ferrn Hoagland and in 1932 the two of them were married. They later moved to The Dalles Ore., to raise their family.

There, she worked as a dietician for the The Dalles General Hospital.

In 1976, Ferrn passed away, leaving behind his loving wife.

Viola has been an active member of the Eagles for 28 years. While kicking up her heels on the dance floor at the Eagles lodge one night she met George Wilcox. They were married in 1980.

They loved to travel with Rocky, their Siamese cat. They soon moved to Hood River and sadly, in 1982, George passed away. Viola lived in Hood River for the rest of her wonderful days.

Survivors include her sons Brian Hoagland of Hood River; Glenn Hoagland and wife, Chris, of Butte, Mont.

Also surviving are her grandsons; Mark Owen and family of Sheridan Wyo., Brett Hoagland and family of Helena, Chuck Hoagland of Helena; John Stauduhar and family from Billings Mont.; Matthew Hoagland and family of Butte . Also surviving are her granddaughters: Marlene Wiegand and family of Helena; Barb Funk and family of Littleton Colo.; Alice Young and family of Tualatin, Ore., along with numerous great grandchildren and close friends.

She is preceded in death by; her first husband Fernn Hoagland, second husband George Wilcox and her loving granddaughter Nikki Viola Hoagland.

Viola’s memorial service is planned for Saturday Nov. 12, at Anderson Tribute Center, 1410 Belmont, at 3 p.m. Flowers and donations can be delivered at Anderson Tribute Center.

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