Patti Jo Spencer
Jan. 19, 2001
Patti Jo Spencer of West Point, Miss. died on Jan. 19 at her West Point home. She was 59.
She was born the daughter of James Dorsey Finch and Bessie Mae Lewis Finch.
A native of Webster County, Miss. she was a clerical worker and had worked for Mississippi Valley Gas and Old Waverley for a number of years.
She married Nicky Ray Spencer on June 27, 1980.
She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Nicky R. Spencer of West Point; daughters, Tina Marie Smith of Dallas and Lisa Clardy of Columbus, Miss.; sons, James Thompson "Buddy" Ellis of Columbus and Chris Spencer of West Point; brothers, Dale Finch of West Point and Vernon Finch of Tampa, Flor.; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Services were Jan. 20 at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point and interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.
March 31, 1920 - Jan. 6, 2001
James Virgil Franklin Jones died on Jan. 6 in Battleground, Wash. He was 80.
He was born the son of N.B. and Myrtle Jones in Hominy, Okla.
He came to Washington and Oregon at the age of 5, the youngest of five children.
He lived in Falls City and graduated from Falls City High School in 1938. He was a member of the Falls City Christian Church.
He furthered his education at Chemeketa in Salem then went to work for Inglis Ford Motor Company in Dallas.
In 1940 he married Gladys Wright in Dallas and they later divorced.
He moved to Salem and worked for Stan Baker Motors. He then moved to California where he lived for several years, returning to Salem in 1986.
He married Donna Golden in 1994.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.
Survivors include his wife, Donna; daughters, Kay Moore of Federal Way, Wash. and Norma Lee of Springfield; son, Robert of Springfield; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three stepchildren; and four step-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held in Vancouver, Wash. followed by private interment.
Marion E. Johnson
March 2, 1930 - Jan. 19, 2001
Marion Elizabeth Johnson of Monmouth died on Jan. 19. She was 70.
She was born in Swiss, W.V. the daughter of Michael and Edna Fitzwater P'Simmer.
At the age of 14 she moved with the family to Washington. She married Murray "Lucky" Johnson in 1945 in Vancouver, Wash. He died on March 13, 1985.
She worked in the shipyards in Portland. In 1947 she and Murray moved to the Polk County area.
A homemaker, she also worked as a waitress in local restaurants.
She was a member of the Independence AMVETS.
She liked to hunt, fish and camp with the family. In recent years she enjoyed many hobbies such as sewing, painting and doing crafts with friends.
Survivors include her sons, Ron Johnson of Dallas and Bill Johnson of Independence; daughter, Elaine Smith of Monmouth; nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Services were Jan. 22 at Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence and interment was at Fir Crest Cemetery in Monmouth.
Edith Mills Prise
Sept. 27, 1936 - Dec. 22, 2000
Edith Mills Prise of Bartlett, Texas died at home on Dec. 22, 2000. She was 64.
She was born in Spokane, Mo. the daughter of William H. and Hattie V. Drew Mills.
For the past 20 years she had made her home in the Bartlett, and Taylor, Texas area. She was the co-owner and manager of Edie's Restaurant in Texas. She was a former resident of the Polk County area.
Survivors include her husband, Daniel "Bud" Prise of Bartlett; daughters, Kellie Vanderford of Georgetown, Texas and Tara Jacobs Sahnow of Independence; sons, Mathew Jacobs of East Hartford, Conn., Jack Jacobs of New Britain, Conn., Clarence "Rusty" Jacobs of Rocky Hill, Conn. and Chris Jacobs of Bartlett; and sisters, Billie Raleigh and Ruby McElroy, both of Keizer.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Hilltop Cemetery in Independence.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Scott and White Hospice, 2401 S. 31st Street, Temple, Texas 76508.
Local arrangements were handled by Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence.
Jay W. Short
April 1, 1924 - Jan. 22, 2001
Jay W. Short of Salem died on Jan. 22 in Salem. He was 76.
He was born in Akron, Ohio the son of Jay W. and Cordellia Randolph Short.
He lived in Akron until enlisting in the U.S. Navy on June 16, 1941. He was stationed on the USS Copohee Baby Flat Top Aircraft Carrier during World War II. He was an aviation machinist and catapultist.
He married Joanne Morand in 1960 in Snohomish County, Wash. He and Joanne came to Salem in 1977.
He owned a Chevrolet dealership in Lake Oswego for a number of years and later owned Jay W. Short Chevrolet in Cottage Grove. He had been a new car dealer for 50 years prior to his retirement.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and horses.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne on May 3, 1998.
Survivors include his sons, Jay W. Short III, Jim W. and Jack W., all of Salem and Scott C. of Dallas; daughters, Jennifer Rice of Lake Arrowhead, Calif., Janna Bostrum of California and Michelle of San Francisco; along with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be Thursday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. at the Dallas Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints and interment will follow at Dallas Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel who handled the arrangements.
Esther Frieda Wiens
Nov. 26, 1906 - March 24, 2001
Esther R. Wiens of Kennewick, Wash., formerly of Dallas, died on March 24 in Kennewick. She was 94.
She was born in Dallas to Henry and Frieda Landtruck Fern.
She lived most of her life in Polk County before moving to Kennewick in about 1995. She attended school in Bridgeport.
She married Frank Wiens on Nov. 10, 1928 at the Salt Creek Baptist Church. She was a wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker.
She was a founding member of the Bridgeport Womens Club. Part of their activities included making quilts that helped to raise money for the community and its projects.
She was a member of the First Christian Church in Dallas.
She enjoyed square dancing, pinochle and traveling.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank in 1984; son, Duane; seven brothers; one sister; and one grandchild.
Survivors include her son, Don of Kennewick; daughter, Diana Tormey of Dallas; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Services were March 30 at the First Christian Church in Dallas and interment was in Salt Creek Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dallas First Christian Church Stained Glass Window Memorial Fund in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel who handled the arrangements.
Mildred Louise Gibson
Oct. 5, 1913 - March 28, 2001
Mildred Louise Gibson of Corvallis died on March 28 in Corvallis. She was 87.
She was born in Alsea to Fredrick Fulton and Ada Louise Reigle Peek.
At a young age her family moved to Portland and later moved back to Philomath where she graduated from high school. She married Ross "Hoot" Gibson on Feb. 6, 1935 in Vancouver, Wash.
Her husband was a logger, and the family moved to the Valsetz area, where they lived 10 years before moving to Dallas. She lived in Dallas before moving back to Corvallis about 12 years ago.
A homemaker, she had also cooked for various establishments around the area.
She was member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and the women's organizations in the church.
She enjoyed bowling, playing bingo, cooking and taking care of children, not only her own but others as well. During World War II she took care of 13 other children as well as her own.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Sept. 16, 1984 also one brother, one sister and one grandson.
Survivors include her daughters, Maree Olsen of LaCenter, Wash., Tami Youngkin and Sheri Thomas, both of Puyallup, Wash. and Kathy Hall of Prescott, Ariz.; son, Mike Gibson of Campbell, Calif; sister, Lee Weiden of Portland; 20 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Private memorial services will be held.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association in care of McHenry Funeral Home, 206 NW 5th St., Corvallis, OR 97330 who is in charge of arrangements.