Obituaries - Dec. 31

Mary Helen McPherson

Mary Helen McPherson was born Mary Helen Lavina Wolff on Aug. 2, 1917, in Heyworth, Ill., to Jessie McHugh and Otto Wolff. She passed away peacefully on Dec. 26, 2005, at age 88. Private family services were observed.

Mary moved from Illinois to Richmond, Calif., to work in the shipyards during World War II. Mary met and married Austin McPherson in 1948 and they settled in Eugene, Ore.

In 1964 Mary and Austin moved with their four children to Albany, Ore., and in 1968 they moved to Roseburg, Ore. In 1991 Mary and Austin moved to Hood River, Ore., to be close to their daughter, Sandra.

Mary loved to cook, garden, sew, crochet, and fish. During the years she raised her children she grew most of their vegetables and either canned or froze them for winter use. She sewed many clothes for her children and crocheted afghans for each of her children and grandchildren. Mary and Austin loved to travel the back roads of the Northwest and find new and interesting places to visit.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Jessie, and by her loving husband, Austin.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Pauline Peerce of Hood River; brother-in-law and wife, Web and Laura McPherson of Great Falls Mont.; daughter, Melanie Adams, of Salem Ore.; son, Martin McPherson, of Albany; daughter, Sandra Berry, of Hood River; and son and wife, Austin and Cindy McPherson of Rye. N.H.; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Rememberances may be made to the Hospice of the Gorge, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River OR, 97031

Leila Crapper

Longtime Hood River resident Leila Crapper passed away at her home, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005. She was 90 years of age.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Dec. 27, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Mausoleum Entombment at Idlewild Cemetery.

Leila was born March 4, 1915, in Clem, Ore., to Leonard and Ora (Crum) Cimmiyotti. Leila moved with her family at a young age to Lyle, Wash. She was raised and educated in Lyle, graduating from White Salmon High School.

On April 17, 1937, she married Harvey Crapper in Vancouver, Wash. For a short time during the war Leila lived outside the Hood River Valley. Once the war was over and Harvey returned home they moved back to Hood River, where they have lived ever since.

Leila worked for Diamond Fruit Company in the payroll department. She then owned Le Harv’s Beauty Bars. At one time she had a salon in White Salmon, The Dalles and two locations in Hood River.

Mrs. Crapper was very active in her community service. She was well known for her work with the American Legion Auxiliary. She and her husband spent much of their time making Veterans Day and Memorial Day events special for their community.

One of her most notable achievements was election to the role of president for the state American Legion Auxiliary. Leila was a big part of leading the local Hood River branch for many years. She continued her work with the local Legion Post 22 even after the loss of her husband, Harvey, in 2004.

Her community work was not limited to just the Legion. She was once named as Volunteer of the Year by the national office of the Special Olympics. She also earned the title of Woman of Distinction from Hood River’s Soroptomist Club.

Leila was a charter member of Hood River Women for Agriculture and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church Altar Society. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society. Leila was never “just a member”; when she saw something she believed in, she put her whole heart into her efforts.

Mrs. Crapper is survived by her daughter, Gerry Moore, of Guymon, Okla., and sisters Maryal Schultz of Goldendale, Wash., and Vesta Leis of Dallesport, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey, in August of 2004, and brothers Vern, Eugene, Robert and Merle Cimmiyotti.

Memorial contributions in Leila’s name may be made to the Special Olympics, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031

Theodore R. Jonas

A funeral service for Theodore R. Jonas is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 2, 2006, at 11 a.m. at the Hood River Vineyard Church.

Burial will be at the White Salmon Cemetery.

Teddy loved people; and people loved Teddy.

Born in New York Mills, Minn., on Aug. 27, 1910, to Anton and Jenny Jonas, he grew up near Menagha, Minn.

In 1934 he married Emma Helen Mursu. In the early years of their marriage they lived in Minnesota before moving west to make their home in Vancouver, Wash., where they lived in the Hazel Dell neighborhood for 41 years.

Together they had six children, 18 grandchildren, and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.

Theodore was a jack of all trades and a master of many. He was a skilled builder, saxophone player, gunsmith, and mechanic. His professions included farmer, laborer, dance band musician, and commercial fisherman.

His interests included music, bee keeping, hunting and fishing, and junk collecting, er, collecting “stuff that is really good for something.”

Theodore passed away the day after Christmas in 2005.

Arrangements are by Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Drive, Hood River.

Shirley McDermott

Shirley Mildred McDermott was born the daughter of Paul and Mildred (Pomeroy) Reed on July 17, 1922, in Hood River, Ore.

Shirley grew up and attended school in Hood River, and graduated from the high school there. She then moved to Portland and married Michael McDermott and they made their home in Portland and Lake Oswego.

In the 1970s they moved to Newberg where Shirley was a very active member of Newberg Christian Church and enjoyed singing in the church choir.

Shirley also loved china painting and the work she did was excellent. She also was an animal lover and her family was very important to her.

On Dec. 22, 2005, Shirley died at the Newberg hospital when she was 83 years, five months and five days of age.

Surviving her and left to honor her are: her daughter, Sharon Stuart of Newberg; her son, Robert McDermott of Vancouver, Wash.; four grandchildren, Linda, Mike, Pat and Barbie; 10 great-grandchildren, and those who have come to know and appreciate her where she has lived, worked in the church and been a part of the community.

Her brother, Don, preceded her in death two years ago.

Her graveside service was Dec. 27 in Valley View Memorial Park, Newberg, with Pastor Lee Shafer officiating. Arrangements were by Attrell’s Funeral Chapel, Newberg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon State Humane Society, c/o Attrell’s Newberg Funeral Chapel, 207 Villa Road, Newberg, OR 97132.

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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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