Obituaries - Jan. 11

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith departed this life on Jan. 6, 2005, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Her brief life is filled with a winding trail of beautiful memories created by her delightful spirit. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her, especially by her husband of 18 years, Terry F. Smith, and daughters Lindsey and Danika, all of Odell, Ore.

Jennifer was born Dec. 6, 1965, in Tulsa, Okla. From 1977 to graduation in 1984 she enjoyed her teen years in Stigler, Okla., near her cousins and friends. She moved to Hood River, Ore., in 1985 to live with her sister, Avalon Totten. There she met Terry Smith from the Odell area, the love of her life. They were married in Muskogee, Okla., on Aug. 14, 1987.

She was the youngest of the five children of Isco Totten, Jr., and Mary Lynn (Roye) Totten. She is also survived by her mother, Mary Lynn Totten of Tulsa and four siblings, Valorey Totten and family of Tulsa, Okla., Miles Totten and family of Anchorage, Alaska, Avalon Totten-Denton and family of Hood River, and Anthony Totten and family of Hood River,

She enjoyed her eleven nieces and seven nephews and her home was always a bustling center of activity for all who visited. She is survived by many cousins, aunts and uncles and was preceded in death by her father, Isco Totten Jr. in 1972.

The highlight and joys of her life were her two daughters, Lindsey and Danika. Jennifer was a devoted mother and delighted in the daily activities of her darling daughters. Her bright smile was always visible and she beamed with pride as she watched her young daughters grow. When the young family grew very active in sports her life was filled with summers and weekends of traveling around the Northwest to attend basketball and softball tournaments. In her words she became a professional “bleacher bum,” very much enjoying the chance to be the scorekeeper and to root for her daughters and their teammates.

In the winter of 2004, she underwent her first chemotherapy treatment but didn’t let it get her down. That very spring she traveled to San Diego with the Hood River Valley High School girls’ softball team and had a lot of fun in the sun, sitting behind home plate.

She was a bus driver for the Hood River County School District. The heartfelt joy of the job was the involvement with children and the profound friendships she developed with her fellow employees.

We will all miss her dearly. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006, at 4:30 p.m. at the Anderson Tribute Center in Hood River. In lieu of flowers, we respectfully request that contributions be made to the Jennifer Ann Smith Scholarship Fund for the benefit of her two daughters. Remitances to the fund may be sent to Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), (541) 386-1000, until details are finalized at Wells Fargo Bank.

Jose Solorio and Felicitas Arellanes

Jose Luis Solorio, Sr., 58, and Felicitas C. Arellanes, 51, were loving parents, loving grandparents, and most of all a loving husband and wife.

On Jan. 2, 2006, together they left this world to be with our Lord and Savior. There was never work too hard or work too long, for two people who loved all aspects of life.

Their generosity and selflessness were a full expression of how much they loved those around them, especially their children. No two people loved their children more. Both will await our arrival in the Kingdom of Heaven. There will never be another mother and father like them, with so much to offer their loved ones.

Family includes: children Vero, Junior; Ramon, Sergio, Malena, Esther, Silvia, Luisa, Toni, Carlos, and Anita. Grandchildren: Little Ray, Bryce, Dylan, Tono, Danna Paola, Roberto, Lupita, Angel, Carlos, Luis S., Elizabeth, Nayeli, Felix, Luis G., Ricardo, Maria Luisa and Jose Luis.

Funeral services were held at Anderson Tribute Center on Jan. 9.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

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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