Ann Elizabeth Latty
Nov. 28, 1970 - March 4, 2008
Ann Elizabeth Latty, 37, of Dallas died March 4 in Salem.
She was born in Scranton, Pa., to Guy and Janet Henderson Wood.
Annie grew up in Clarks Summit, Pa., and graduated from Abington Heights High School in 1989. She joined the United States Coast Guard, which took her to San Pedro, Calif., and then to Petaluma, Calif., where she graduated from Yeoman school. She then was transferred to Sandy Hook, N.J.
While stationed there, she met her husband, Shon, and they were married on Dec. 7, 1991, in Clarks Summit. Later she was transferred to Hawaii.
Annie was honorably discharged in 1995 and moved to Reedsport in 1996 and to Dallas in 2006.
She enjoyed being a homemaker and mother, choosing to home school her children. She also enjoyed being a puppeteer, translating and teaching American Sign Language, computers, arts and crafts, quilting, and church activities.
She was a member of Dallas Evangelical Bible Church, teaching Awanas, children's church and American Sign Language, and singing with the Women of Praise.
Survivors include her husband, Shon Latty; children, Sabrena Switzer, who attends Oklahoma State University, Samantha, and Jonathan Latty, both of Dallas; sister, Susan O'Connor of Morrisville, Pa.; brothers, Glen Wood of Clarks Summit, and John Wood of Hop Bottom, Pa.; father, Guy Wood of Dalton, Pa.; and mother, Janet Wood of Clarks Summit.
Memorial celebration was held March 8 at Dallas Evangelical Bible Church.
Contributions are suggested to a trust fund for her children in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.
Oct. 14, 1918 - March 7, 2008
Maurica "Maxine" Prevo, 89, of Dallas died March 7 in Salem.
She was born in Troy, Mont., to Gilbert and Clara Taylor.
For six years she lived in The Children's Home in Corvallis in the early 1930s, when it was run by the W.C.T.U. and thought that every child should have the chance to live there.
Later she married and lived in Dayton, having two children.
She married Willard Prevo of Pedee on August 26, 1962. They worked as custodians for Pedee Elementary School until he died in 1982. She continued for two years, then retired and worked for five more years as a volunteer correcting papers and doing odd jobs. She had a special love for school and served on the P.T.C.
Her hobbies were flowers and sports, and she managed adult volleyball and softball teams for that area.
Maxine moved from Pedee to Falls City in 1996 and lived there for seven years. She then lived for five years at Dallas Retirement Village.
Maxine loved children, animals, especially dogs and birds, and always had great compassion for the mistreated animals.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard; son, James Hadley; and stepsons John, Bobby and Jerry Prevo.
Survivors include her daughter, Charlotte "Sherrie" (Ton) Henderson of Happy Valley; sister, Birdie Smith of Cambridge, Iowa; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and seven step-grandchildren.
Memorial service is at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.
Mary Lucy Summers
Dec. 16, 1919 - Feb. 29, 2008
Mary Lucy Summers, 88, of Gladstone, formerly of Dallas, died Feb. 29.
She was born in Lynch, Neb., to Harold Lee and Margaret Ellen Adamson Coakley.
She moved to Oregon as one of the "Grapes of Wrath" families. Her mother died when Lucy was 12 years old, and she learned the value of hard work. She worked in the fields picking hops, berries and doing laundry and housekeeping jobs.
She met a fellow Nebraskan, Robert "Bob" Wilfrid Summers, and they were married on Sept. 26, 1940, in Independence. They lived in many areas of Oregon, including 25 years in Astoria. She retired on the same day as Bob in 1982 to make sure he didn't have any fun without her. They made their home in Dallas in 2001.
Lucy and Bob were snowbirds for 18 years, nesting in Nyland and Blythe, Calif. They were part of the "Apple Dumpling Gang" CB group, and their handles were "Master Key" and "House Key" as Bob was a locksmith. Lucy enjoyed riding dune buggies, walking on the beach, quilting, gardening and going and doing things with Bob.
They were inseparable.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, on Sept. 30, 2006; a granddaughter, Shirley; and siblings Leta Miles, Alan and Leonard Coakley.
Survivors include her daughters, Leta Burbank of Monmouth, Fayetta (Larry) Parksion of Salem and Roberta (Marlin) Linstrom; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial service is at 2 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.
Dianna Kay Woodruff
July 24, 1960 - March 6, 2008
Dianna Woodruff, 47, of Falls City died March 6 following a three-year battle with cancer.
Dianna was born to William Martin and Shirley Ann Prosa Tharp in North Bend.
She spent most of her childhood and teen years in the Salem area. She attended South Salem High School in the mid 1970s.
She later moved to Dallas, where she worked at several local businesses including the Hong Kong Restaurant, Thrifty Market and Crider's.
In 1988 while living with her parents in Falls City, she met her future husband Doug Woodruff. They were married Nov. 12, 1993, in Dallas.
Dianna was a very loving and caring person who always made others feel like they could be themselves around her. She enjoyed fishing, collecting miniatures and crafts.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Sadie Tharp, and stepmother, Jolene Tharp.
Survivors include her husband, Doug Woodruff, and three girls, Nichole Woodruff, Amber Woodruff and Andrea Woodruff, all of Falls City; her father, William Tharp of Dallas; mother, Shirlie Hicks of Springfield; brothers, Craig Tharp of Falls City, Brad Tharp of Dallas and Randy Ball of Salem; sisters, Kelly Detzel of Salem, Nickie Inman of Falls City and Cindy Beck of Spokane, Wash.; and grandfather, Tom Tharp of Dallas.
Memorial service is at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Falls City Seventh Day Adventist Church. Graveside services follow at the Upper Falls City Cemetery. Those who wish may bring a small memento or note to place in the urn vault at graveside.
Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolences: www.dallastribute.com.
John William Purdy
Nov. 25, 1932 - March 4, 2008
John William Purdy, 75, of Falls City died March 4 in Falls City.
He was born in Mill City.
When John was young his family moved to Valsetz. John attended school, worked in the sawmill and learned to play and love music. His best memories growing up were of performing in dance halls and on the radio with his father, grandfather and two brothers.
In 1952 he entered the Navy and was deployed on the USS Sicily during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1954 as a machine apprentice.
In 1961 John married Laveta Mehl, and they soon moved to North Bend.
While living at the Oregon Coast, John worked full time and began his "hobby" of building homes. After returning to Falls City in 1977, he built several homes and developed properties. John's final home reflected his love of animals, as he and his wife raised miniature horses, and his love of music, as he collected and played his guitars. Their home had a beautiful view and encouraged a peaceful quiet life.
Survivors include his wife, Laveta; son, James Purdy; daughter, Jena Bakkum; brother, Ozwald Purdy; sister, Leitha Hohns; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Contributions are suggested to Willamette Valley Hospice in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.
Jack Harold Sloan
Sept. 18, 1946 - Feb. 9, 2008
Jack Harold Sloan, 61, of Monmouth died Feb. 9.
He was born in Berkeley, Calif., to Leon and Virginia Sloan.
Jack lived most of his childhood in Pleasant Hill, Calif. He loved playing and watching almost every sport imaginable.
He was a talented artist and attended the California School of Arts & Crafts in Oakland. Initially, Jack's medium of choice was oil painting, but his interest progressed into woodworking. He was a self-taught Luthier - a stringed instrument maker. He handcrafted mandolins, violins, violas, a guitar and a cello.
In 1975, Jack met Shirley, the love of his life. They moved to Falls City, where he took an active role in the town's government and became the mayor in 1979. Jack demonstrated how he cared about those around him by the work he did. In addition to working for his town, he was employed as a Head Start teacher and then as a children's therapist at the Oregon State Hospital.
Jack and his family moved in 1983 to Monmouth, where they bought and restored a Victorian house that dates back to 1895. He was constantly working on the house and its great backyard.
Jack exhibited his love and respect of culture by serving on Monmouth's Historic Building and Site Commission. He poured his heart and soul into his passions.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; daughter, Juliet; and brother, Ray of California.
Memorial gathering was held Feb. 23.
Contributions are suggested to Monmouth Montessori School.
Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements.
Dorcas Ellen Boese
March 14, 1917 - March 4, 2008
Dorcas Ellen Boese, 90, of Albany died March 4.
Celebration of life was March 8 at the home of her grandson, Wes Boese, in Hubbard.
Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements.