Obituaries - Dec. 17

Virginia Carrier

Hood River resident Virginia “Ginny” Eleanor Carrier died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005, at Hawks Ridge. She was 84 years old.

The Carrier family will host an open house in Virginia’s memory on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1836 B Street from noon until 4 p.m.

Virginia was born Aug. 31, 1921, in Santa Barbara, Calif., to Thomas Jefferson and Rosamond Monroe (Lawrence) Bays.

As a small child Virginia lived up and down the west coast from Los Angeles to Seattle.

She attended various one- and two-room schoolhouses. She spent many years on her father’s horse ranch in Lakeview, and graduated from Lakeview High School.

Virginia graduated in 1944 from Oregon State University.

She married Ed Carrier in 1945. They started their family in Bend, Ore.

They relocated to The Dalles, Ore., in 1952 where they built a house on B Road.

In 1959 they built their B Street home in Hood River, Ore. Recently Virginia has been a resident at Hawks Ridge in Hood River.

Mrs. Carrier is survived by her brother, Thomas P. Bays of Salem, Ore., and sister, Margaret (Peggy) Berthold of The Dalles.

She is also survived by her daughters, Lorna Carrier Smith and her husband, Richard; Treva Carrier Voreyer and her husband, Stanley, of Helena, Mont.; and Maryl Carrier Anderson and her husband, Peter, of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho; and by her son, Myron Edwin Carrier of Hood River.

Also surviving are her grandchildren, Blake and Quintin Smith; Kara Voreyer Fleming and Kirsten Voreyer; Pierce and Claire Anderson; and Jason, Edwin and Bryce Carrier; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Everett Carrier, in 1980, and her sister, Muriel (Sunny) Pacheco.

Arrangements are by Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mosier Charter School c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Bill Fioretti

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1619 Tucker Road, Hood River, Ore., for Amadeo “Bill” Fioretti, who died Dec. 14, 2005, at the age of 86.

Bill was born Oct. 13, 1919, to Antonio and Natalina Fioretti. He grew up and attended school in Parkdale, Ore.

He worked for Duckwall Fruit in the packing house after high school, then he went to work at the Dee saw mill until he retired in January 1982.

He loved to travel and made five trips to Italy to visit cousins. He enjoyed watching jalopy car races, Polka music and working in his 45 acres of woods.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Natalina Fioretti, and brothers Frank and Charles Fioretti.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; sister, Edith Ellis; stepchildren, Gerald Parkhurst and Debra Lincicum; nephew, John Hardman and Elaine of Hood River; nieces Debra Seccombe and Robert of Solvang, Calif., Grace Ann Lynch and Ron of Lacey, Wash., Connie Ortner and Jim of Russellville, Ark., and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.

His friendliness and sense of humor will be greatly missed.

His infectious smile will never be forgotten.

Remembrances may be made to Hospice of the Gorge c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Reta Laughlin

Hood River Valley resident Reta May Laughlin died Dec. 13, 2005, at her home. She was 86 years of age.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday, Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. at Tucker Road Baptist Church.

Reta was born April 27, 1919 in Talala, Okla., to Roland Hazel and Ellen Elizbeth (Blakie) Hannon. .

She was raised and educated in Talala and Oolagah, Okla.

On Nov.20, 1936, she married Claude Lauglin in Oolagah.

Reta moved to the Hood River Valley in 1943 and has lived here ever since.

She enjoyed gardening and tending to her rose bushes. Reta also enjoyed reading, spending time with family, especially her grandchildren, and helping with raising livestock.

Reta worked for Walter Wells and Sons for many years and also at Luhr Jensen’s before the new plant was completed.

Mrs. Laughlin is survived by her daughter, Loretta Laughlin, of Hood River, Ore.; and sons Roland Laughlin and his wife, Carole, of Hood River, and Ernest Laughlin and his wife, Kay, of Hood River.

She is also survived by her sisters, Emma and Lenn Harris of Des Moines, Iowa, Anna and Fred Plumer of Talala, Okla., and Dorothy Keele of Skiatook, Okla., brothers Ernest Hannon and his wife, Betty, of Ponca City, Okla.; and Donald Hannon and his wife, Karol, of Talala; sisters-in-law Zelma Merchant of Blackwell, Okla., and Lois Laughlin of Wichita, Kan.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Linda and Nick Phelps of Goldendale, Wash; David Brooks of Hood River, Allan and Abbie Brooks of Tampa, Fla., Ron Laughlin of California; John Laughlin of Apache Junction, Ariz.; JoAnn Brooks of Hood River; Michael and Jackie Whitesell of LaGrande, Ore., and Nathan Whitesell with the U.S. Army in Iraq and his wife Abbie of Tennessee; and 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews..

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Levarn Laughlin, in 2002, grandson Sidney Brooks and brother Roy Hannon.

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

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