June 10, 1910 - March 11, 2008
Heath Garver, 97, died March 11 in Philadelphia.
She was born Anne Heth Mortimer to Stockton Heth Mortimer and Anne Beasley Morsell Mortimer in Philadelphia.
Heath, as she liked to be called, was only 8 when her mother died and she was sent to boarding school. After finishing school at Stuart Hall in Virginia and Springside Academy in Philadelphia, she wanted to pursue finance, but her father forbade her taking a job that might be needed by a man.
Heath married University of Pennsylvania graduate William Arthur Garver on Aug. 3, 1934. A few days after Pearl Harbor, Bill joined the Navy. Heath and her young son moved to Florida, Iowa and California to be where her fighter pilot husband was stationed. After the war, Bill joined Evans-Harvey-Surpass Leathers, which provided a connection that Heath later used to enter the business of design.
In 1947, Heath began a series of restorations and sales of Colonial stone farmhouses. Her sense of design led to one of her homes being featured on covers of The Saturday Evening Post.
She was hired by interior designer John daPalma of Chestnut Hill to guide the acquisition of furnishings before launching the fashion career that would lead to international travel and recognition.
In the 1950s and 60s, as fashion coordinator for John R. Evans and Co., Heath determined the styles and colors of shoes, boots, handbags and gloves that would be produced each season by American leather manufacturers.
It was she who decided whether the spring line would be pastels and neutrals, or dark and white. She decided the height of the boots that would compliment emerging A-lines and rising hemlines, and whether the handbags and gloves in upscale stores would match or contrast with shoes of the fall line.
She and Bill retired to Que-chee, Vt. and Normandy Farms in Blue Bell, Pa. Bill died in 1999.
Survivors include her son Stockton Heth (Kathryn) Garver of Dallas; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
At Heath's request, no service will be held. Contributions are suggested to the Philadelphia Zoo.
Martha "Marty" Marie Hill
Aug. 26, 1921 - March 13, 2008
Martha "Marty" Marie Hill, 86, of Dallas died March 13 in Dallas.
Memorial service is at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, at the Dallas Retirement Village Chapel.
Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements.
Evelyn Carol Stephens
Nov. 25, 1913 - March 12, 2008
Evelyn Carol Stephens, 94, of Keizer died March 12.
She was born to Alfred and May Berg in Astoria, grew up on the family farm in Skomocaway and attended school in the Skomocaway/Cathlamet area.
She received nurse training at St. Mary's Hospital in Astoria. While working in Portland, she met the love of her life, Paul Howard Stephens.
They lived in Portland, Anaconda, Mont. and Seattle until they moved to Eugene, where Evelyn worked in Paul's orthodontic office as his nurse/bookkeeper until he retired in 1989. Paul died in November 1996.
Evelyn belonged to Eastern Star, Moose Lodge and the Elks. She loved growing flowers, baking cookies and making many beautiful quilts for her family and friends.
Evelyn moved to the Salem area in 2004 to be near her son and his wife.
Evelyn was always proud of her "good Swedish" heritage and could cook wonderful Swedish dishes to the delight of her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, May, Lavelle and Marie.
Survivors include her son, Phillip (Mickie); two grandsons; one stepgrandson; one stepgranddaughter; three great-grandsons; two step-great-grandsons; and one-step-great-great-granddaughter.
Interment was at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.
Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements.
Jan. 7, 1925 - March 10, 2008
Johnnie "Louise" Irwin Kempton, 83, of West Salem died March 10.
She was born in San Bernardino, Calif., to John Wesley Irwin and Nora Blanche Taylor Irwin. She spent most of her early years in the Brawley, Calif., area.
Louise married the love of her life, Lloyd LaVar "Var" Kempton, on Oct. 5, 1941, in Yuma, Ariz. They moved in 1951 to Roseburg and then in 1969 to Independence, where they owned the A&W Restaurant until 1981.
Louise and Var were Arizona snowbirds for many years before settling back in the Willamette Valley at SalemTown.
Next to her love for her children was her love and involvement in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She was a member of the West Hills Ward in West Salem.
She served in the Relief Society, Primary and Young Woman's and was a councilor at Girls Camp. When her boys were in Cub Scouts she was an active den leader.
Louise loved to golf. She was a wonderful cook, famous for her Mexican dinners and her bread, which won a first prize at the Douglas County Fair. She excelled as a mother and a grandmother, and the family enjoyed many activities together including vacations and camp-outs.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Jerry Lee and Gene Irwin, and a sister, Eleanor Irwin Miller.
Survivors include her husband, LaVar Kempton; children, Carolyn Janette (Bill) Moore of Salem, John Lavar (Patricia) Kempton of Pahrump, Nev., Robert Eugene (Marcia) Kempton of Roseburg, Brad David (Chris) Kempton and Deanna Louise (Norm) Hewitt, all of Salem; siblings, Charles Irwin of Riverton, Utah, Goldie Gunn of Corvallis and Jess Irwin of Mukilteo, Wash.
Service was March 17 at Restlawn Mortuary, Salem.
Marie Anna Beckmann-Brandt
Oct. 11, 1912 - March 7, 2008
Marie Anna Wilhelmina Beckmann-Brandt, 95, of McMinnville, formerly of Monmouth, died March 7.
Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at Monmouth Faith Lutheran Church. A luncheon will follow. A graveside service was held March 8 at Fir Crest Cemetery in Monmouth.
Marie Beckmann-Brandt was born at home in Germantown, now Garland, Neb. She married Edwin L. Brandt of Garland and together with Ed's brother Ted in 1933 purchased a farm. They moved to Portland in 1938, and to Monmouth in 1952 when the opportunity arose to purchase a sanitary business.
After Ed died in 1992, Marie lived in Monmouth until stricken with Alzheimer's disease. She moved to Osprey Court in McMinnville in 2006.
Marie was a homemaker with the exception of two years in Portland during World War II, when she worked in the shipyards as a riveter. Marie was bookkeeper for Brandt's Sanitary Service for several years.
She was active at Faith Lutheran Church and was an organist for 25 years. She was active in civic and garden clubs in Monmouth and Independence. She was a talented bowler for many years on teams sponsored by Brandt's.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, including her twin brother, Milton.
Survivors include her sons, Dwaine of Portland and Darrell of Monmouth; sister, Virginia of Garland; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Contributions are suggested to Faith Lutheran Church in Monmouth or to Concordia University's new athletic complex, c/o CU Foundation, 2811 N.E. Holman St., Portland, OR 97211.
Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements.
C. Earl Gibbs
April 1, 1935 - March 16, 2008
The Rev. Dr. C. Earl Gibbs, 72, of Tyler, Texas, died March 16 in Tyler.
He was born in Dallas to James Clyde and Addie Martin Gibbs.
He attended public school in Dallas and graduated from Northwest Christian College in 1957 with a degree in Biblical Theology. He was ordained to the ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at First Christian Church in Dallas on July 7, 1957.
Earl earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree from The Graduate Seminary of Phillips University; a Master of Science degree from University of Oregon in counseling psychology; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary.
He served churches in Tennessee, Oklahoma, California and Oregon, and then was senior minister of First Christian Church in Tyler from 1991 to 2000. After retirement as a pastor he was an interim minister in Oregon and Arizona, and was known for his research articles, magazine and journal pieces, and newspaper columns.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Laurice Gibbs, and a daughter, Barbara Gibbs.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Gibbs of Tyler; sons Douglas (Leah) Gibbs of Gilbert, Ariz. and Robert Gibbs of Sacramento; stepchildren, Kay and Ricky Davis of Tyler, Jill and Mike Wallace of Ponta, Texas, and Holly Barry of St. Louis, Mo.; four grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.
Memorial service is at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 20, at First Christian Church in Tyler. A memorial service will also be held in Sacramento at a later date.
Contributions are suggested to First Christian Church, 4202 South Broadway, Tyler, Texas 75701, or Northwest Christian College, 828 East 11th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401.
Phillip M. Murray
June 16, 1927 - March 13, 2008
Phillip M. Murray, 80, of Dallas died March 13.
Phil was born in Dallas to William H. and Laura E. Baker Murray.
He was raised with his five siblings in the Valsetz, Salem and Dallas areas. He served in the Merchant Marine during World War II.
Phil married Kathryn Westbrook on July 19, 1946. They raised five children in the Dallas area.
Phil was known as a logger, a great hunter, a fisherman, store manager at Adolf's Electric, and a friend to all.
After his retirement in 1989, he loved working his farm and continued to harvest and plant trees on it. In 2002, they sold their farm and bought homes in Dallas and at the coast. He liked to beachcomb, hunt coral, watch whales and visit with people. He especially loved family visits at the beach.
He will be remembered as a loving father, special grandpa and great-grandpa, and for his great sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Charlotte; brother, Donald; and sisters, Dorothy Strode and Roberta Smith.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn; sons, Larry (Mary) of Prineville and Les of Dallas; daughters, Loralee (Dene) Edwards and Joni (Mark) Minahan of Dallas, and Jill (Jim) Przybyla of Philomath; brothers, Charles and Dale; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life was held March 16 at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.
Contributions are suggested to the Methodist Church in Falls City, the Arthritis Foundation or Willamette Valley Hospice in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.