Obituaries - Jan. 18

Laura Aronson

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 Ritchie

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:

Chris Jones

You Live Forever in Our Hearts

Chris Jones

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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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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