Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Laura Jean Aronson, 94, passed away at Hawks Ridge on Jan. 7, 2006.
She was born on April 8, 1911, in Guerneville, Calif., and was a resident of California until moving to Hood River with her husband, Ted, in l973.
Upon graduating from Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, Calif., Laura attended San Jose State University, graduating with a degree in social work.
She worked in that field until starting a family in 1940. In 1961, she returned to San Jose State and received a degree in Audiology.
While living in Carmel Valley, Calif., she volunteered at an audiology clinic.
Laura was an avid reader and was active in Hood River Friends of the Library. She was in charge of the book sale for several years. She was a supporter of the arts, especially CAST, where her husband Ted had a role in “Where is Herbert?”
Survivors include her daughters, Ann Marie Jelderks, Hood River; Patricia Raskie, Salinas, Calif.; and Penny Aronson and her husband, Dan Damron, Troutdale.
Also surviving are three grandchildren, Joel Jelderks of Panama, Thea Stensen of Portland, and Autumn Stensen of Salem.
Laura had two great-grandchildren: Madelaine Duff of Seattle Wash., and Octavia Stensen of Salem, Ore.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ted, and two grandchildren, Sarah Jelderks, and Kevin Raskie.
At Laura’s request, there will be no services. Laura’s family would like to thank the aides and staff at Hawks Ridge Assisted Living Center for providing loving care for the last several years.
The family suggests memorials in Laura’s name be made to the Columbia Center of The Arts, P.O. Box 1543, Hood River, OR. 97031.
Marion M. Ritchie, 93, formerly of The Dalles, Ore., died Jan. 15, 2006.
She is survived by sons Verlin (Carol) Vaughn of Amarillo, Texas, Les Vaughn of The Dalles, Al (Kathy) Vaughn of Maupin, Ore., Chuck (Stephanie) Ritchie of The Dalles, and Bill (Betty) Ritchie of Vancouver, Wash.; daughters, Marjorie (Clio) Eldred of Buckley, Wash., and Mona (Jess) Armas of Salem, Ore.; grandchildren Vic, Everett, Doug, Gary, Tim, Barbara, Tony, Jeff, Ladena, Eric, Ryan, Matt, Alexandra, Bryan, Molly, Jay, Mark, Amy, Julie and Jodi; and great-grandchildren Phillip, Ashton, Kristine, Mitch, Joshua, Jeremy, Kayla, Toby, Jeremiah, Tyler, Beth, Eddy, Chris, Isabella, Alec, Harrison, Parker, Hailey, Kayla, and Grace.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Bland Vaughn and George Ritchie, and her son, Phil Ritchie.
Visitation will be Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home, The Dalles.
Graveside service will be Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. at Parklawn Cemetery, The Dalles.
A memorial service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Dallesport Church of Christ in Dallesport, Wash.
Service directed by: Weeks’ Funeral Home, Buckley, Wash. Please sign the online guest book at:
You Live Forever in Our Hearts
Amazing husband, father, son,
brother and friend
Jan. 28, 1970 - Jan. 20, 2005
The Broken Chain
We little knew that morning that
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly
In death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
You did not go alone;
for part of us went with you,
the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories,
your love is still our guide,
and though we cannot see you,
you are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same,
but as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.
You were a man of integrity, always kind, loyal, generous, forgiving, gracious and genuine. There is a hole in my heart that can never be filled. I miss your smile, your warmth, your laughter, your beautiful blue eyes, and playful wink. I know we will be together again. Until then I will live by your example and always try to look at the bright side of life.
I Love You, Laurie
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