Obituaries - Jan. 21

Bessie Akin

Bessie Mae “Sally” Akin, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died Jan. 17, 2006, at Providence Medical Center in Portland, Ore. She was 75 years of age.

Services will be held Monday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Bessie was born Nov. 12, 1930, in O’Donnell, Texas, to Otis Coy and Delia Bell (Williams) Blackwelder.

She was raised and educated in Texas, moving to Huntington Beach, Calif., in 1940.

She married Alvin Akin in 1949. Sally owned and operated a coffee shop in Santa Barbara County, Calif., for several years. She came to Oregon in 1986 and to Hood River in 1999.

She was a member of the Hood River Alliance Church. Sally enjoyed playing bingo at the senior center, playing cards, crossword puzzles and reading.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin, and her daughter, Donna Campbell.

Survivors include her son, Bill Akin of Mosier, Ore.; sister, Patsy Fletcher, of Hometown, Ark.; and her aunt, Wanda, of Texas. Several nieces and a nephew also survive.

Arrangements by Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 386-1000.

Lois Baldwin

Longtime Hood River resident Lois Jean Clayton Baldwin passed away at her home Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006. She was 88 years of age.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center. Private vault interment will follow at Idlewild Cemetery.

Lois was born Nov. 4, 1917, in Butte, Mont., to William and Bridget (Shovlin) Clayton.

She was raised and educated in Butte, graduating from Girls’ Central Catholic High School in 1935. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Mary’s College in Leavenworth, Kan., and then earned master’s degrees from both the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont., and the University of California at Berkeley.

In 1943 she enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserves, achieving the rank of Lieutenant junior grade.

In 1945 Lois was awarded membership in the American Society of Medical Technologists.

After marrying Blanchar Baldwin in 1947, she moved to Hood River where she worked as a medical technologist at Hood River Memorial Hospital, Skyline Hospital in White Salmon and The Dalles Hospital.

Blanchar preceded her in death and Lois moved to Portland where she worked for the Red Cross Blood Bank.

After retiring from the Red Cross, Lois moved to Bend before returning to Hood River in 1986.

Lois was a member of the PEO Sisterhood, Alpha Phi Sorority, the American Association of University Women and a charter member of the Women in Military Services Association.

Lois is survived by two sons, William M. Baldwin and his wife, Mary Jo, of Littleton, Colo., and Russell Jay Baldwin and his wife, Catherine, of Coos Bay, Ore.; and granddaughters Brigid Kuber and her husband, Daniel, of Girdwood, Alaska; Molly Blakley and her husband, Conner, of Chicago, Ill., and Alice Baldwin of Tempe, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Connie.

Contributions in Lois’ name may be made to the Hood River Library, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

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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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