June 22, 2006
Elbert Hawkins, 89, formerly of Dallas, died June 22 in Santa Barbara, Calif.
He was born in Toledo to Chauncy and Winona Hawkins.
Elbert grew up in Dallas and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1939.
He was employed by the Oregonian and Hillsboro Argus prior to World War II.
Elbert married Kathleen Jensen in 1945 whiled serving in the U.S. Army, stationed in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska.
He was editor and publisher of Times Publishing, an organization providing news coverage to the communities of Beaverton, Tigard, Sherwood and Tualatin until his retirement in 1981.
A former first citizen of Beaverton he was active in the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, the First United Methodist Church of Beaverton and more recently St. Mark United Methodist Church in Santa Barbara.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen and a sister, Betty Hawkins Fitch.
Survivors include his daughter, Kathy Guerin of Santa Barbara and two grandchildren.
At his request no service will be held and interment will be in City View Cemetery in Salem.
LeRoy "Curly" Vernon Holbrook
Jun 7, 1950 - June 24, 2006
LeRoy "Curly" Vernon Holbrook, 56, of Dallas died unexpectedly June 24.
He was born in Brainerd, Minn., to Vernon and Mettie Holbrook.
As a child he moved with his family several times betweeen Minnesota, Iowa and Oregon before settling in Dallas for his school years. He left school in 1967 to join the Marines, and while serving in Vietnam was wounded in heavy fighting in Quang Nam Province. LeRoy was leading a mine-sweeping patrol when a booby-trap detonated, leaving him with disabling injuries for life. He received the Commendation Medal, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. His love of his country and pride in being a Marine was part of his everyday life.
LeRoy married Sharon Kelley in 1971 after leaving the Marines, and settled in Dallas. The marriage ended in divorce, and in 1984 he married Christine Trube. They lived in Idaho for and then moved back to Dallas, divorcing in 2003.
Curly worked at Muir and McDonald in Dallas off and on for 20 years. He enjoyed the leather tanning, and leatherwork was a favorite personal hobby.
His kids and grandkids were his greatest joy. He enjoyed collecting rocks of any kind, going to the coast to find agates and marvel at the tide pools. Hunting, fishing, and travel were also a part of his life, and he had recently returned from a five-month trip to Alaska.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Melvyn.
Survivors include his sons, Patrick (Christie), and Jacob, both of Dallas, Scott (Candy) of Salem, and Adam (Sara) of Monmouth; daughters, Skyleen (Brandon) Hoard, Barbara Holbrook, and Michelle Redding, all of Dallas, and Rebecca (Curtis) Boatman of Texas; foster son, James (Susan) Broyles; brothers, Donald, Larry, and Chuck, all of Dallas, and James of Louisiana; sisters, Alice Pender, Ruth Wright, Joy Durham, and Kathy Giesbrecht, all of Dallas, Marian Christian of Portland, and Fawn Merryman of Salem; and 13 grandchildren.
Service was June 28 at Valley Life Center, Dallas.
Contributions may be made to Disabled Veterans Association in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute which handled arrangements.
James David Mudd
June 8, 1961 - June 26, 2006
James David Mudd of Independence, 45, formerly of Colorado Springs, Colo., died June 26.
When James lived in Colorado he was an iron worker.
He loved fishing and was a gracious and caring man.
Survivors include his mother, Phyllis Mudd of Colorado Springs; brothers, Kevin Mudd and Steve Mudd, both of Colorado Springs; and sister, Jean O'Brien of Independence.
Service was June 30 at Fairview Cemetery in Colorado Springs.
Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence handled arrangements.
Betty Lou Smart Bailey
Nov. 1, 1926 - June 28, 2006
Betty Lou Smart Bailey, 79, of Independence died June 28 in Independence.
She was born in Perry to Darrel and Marie Simpson Low.
Betty lived in Altuna, Wash., and Bandon before settling in Dallas 35 years ago.
She cooked for the Blue Garden Restaurant in Dallas and for J's in Monmouth. She also owned the Dallas Mud Hut ceramic shop for many years.
Betty was the youngest female to be employed at the shipyards in Portland, where she helped launch the first aircraft carrier at a ceremopny with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
Betty enjoyed ceramics and traveling. She was a member of the Red Hat Society at Heron Pointe in Monmouth.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ron in 1991 and Merle Bailey.
Survivors include her, sons, Ronald Smart of Alaska and Mikel Smart of Newport; daughter, Nora Bennett of Dallas; 11 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Graveside service is 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 5 at Dallas Cemetery.
Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements.
Deny D. Rue
Feb. 26, 1926 - June 26, 2006
Deny D. Rue, 80, of Independence died June 26.
Service is pending with Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, 503-623-2325.
Ronya Lynn Qutob
Nov. 10, 1987 - June 23, 2006
Ronya Lynn Qutob, 18, of Pahrump, Nev., died June 23 in Pahrump.
She was born in Dallas to Michael and Kelly Qutob.
Ronya lived in Anchorage, Alaska, before moving to Nevada in 2002. She recently graduated from Pahrump Valley High School and worked part-time at Hollywood Video in Pahrump.
Survivors include her parents, Kelly and Kevin Ruckle of Pahrump, and Michael and Sena Qutob of Sugar Land, Texas; brothers, Geoffrey Williams of South Carolina, Abrahaim Qutob and Musa Qutob, both of Sugar Land; sister, Sara Qutob of Pahrump; grandmother, Victoria Texel of Eugene; grandparents, Yusef and Kauther Qutob of Jordan; uncle, Ron Texel of Draper, Utah; and a niece, Aurora Qutob of Pahrump.
Graveside services were June 30 at Dallas Cemetery.
Celebration of Ronya's life will be held in Pahrump at a later date.
Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements.
Violet G. Boye
Jan. 9, 1919 - June 29, 2006
Violet G. Boye, 87, of Woodburn died June 29.
She was born in Independence to Leonard and Gladys Reeves Todd.
She graduated from Independence High School in 1935. She worked various jobs including hop picking, dairy farming, and seafood packing.
Violet married Wilson Boye in 1947 and they lived in the Reedsport area.
After her husband's death she lived with her daughter in Medford, Salem and most recently in Woodburn.
She enjoyed writing letters and giving comfort to others.
She was preceded ion death by her husband, Wilson, and a sister, Mildred Todd.
Survivors include her daughter, Linda Hines of Woodburn; brothers, Lester (Kathy) Todd of Independence and Larry (Sharon) Todd of Silverton; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 12 at Hope Luthern Church in Woodburn. Unger Funeral Chapel in Silverton handed arrangements.