Lydia K. Rudy
July 14, 1901 - June 7, 2001
Lydia K. Rudy of Dallas died on June 7 in Dallas. She was 99.
She was born to Peter and Katherine Rexine Kunz in Heaton, N.D.
She lived in Heaton until the age of 7 and was raised in Dusty, Wash. She married Conrad Rudy on Aug. 30, 1918 in Colfax, Wash. living there until 1929 when they moved to Oregon City. They settled in Dallas in 1933.
She was best known for her beautiful flower gardens.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Conrad in 1967 and son, Gilbert in 1999.
Survivors include her grandson, Glen Rudy of Cerritos, Calif.; great-grandson, Brian Rudy of Cerritos, Calif.; adopted granddaughter, Lana Rudy of Olympia, Wash.; and daughter-in-law, Donna Rudy of Olympia, Wash.
Services will be Wednesday, June 13 at 11 a.m. at Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas and interment will be at Restlawn Memory Gardens in Salem.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas who handled the arrangements.
Durwood Thomas Brady
March 8, 1922 - Feb. 5, 2002
Durwood Thomas Brady of Otis died Feb. 5 in Otis. He was 79.
He was born to Harry and Lela Curtis Brady in Nampa, Idaho.
He moved to California as a teenager and joined the Merchant Seaman when he was 20 years old. He was a seaman for 27 years before retiring in 1974. He moved to Otis in 1989.
He married Alberta Fern Sargent in April 1957.
He was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses for 28 years and a member of the Lincoln City Jehovah's Witnesses.
He was a member of Seamans Union (SUI) and Boilermaker Union.
He enjoyed gardening, loved to work on cars and fix everything he could.
Survivors include his wife, Alberta Brady of Otis; daughter, Teresa Rockefeller of Otis; son, Wesley Brady of Sabastapol, Calif.; stepson, Arthur Pheland of White City; and nine grandchildren.
Memorial services will be Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. at Jehovah's Witnesses in Lincoln City.
Farnstrom Mortuary of Independence handled the arrangements.
Troy "Skinny" Fears
Aug. 30, 1927 - Feb. 9, 2002
Troy "Skinny" Fears of Independence died on Feb. 9 in Salem. He was 74.
He was born to William and Maggie Fears in Clover Bend, Ark.
He married Maxine Davis in 1948.
He was a member of the Church of Christ.
He enjoyed fishing.
He was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Fears and three brothers.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine Fears of Independence; sons, Tim Fears of Independence and Dennis and David Fears, both of Arizona; daughter, Tina Perkins of Independence; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. at Hilltop Cemetery in Independence.
Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence handled the arrangements.
April 2, 1926 - Feb. 9, 2002
Connie Welch of Dallas died on Feb. 9 in Dallas. She was 75.
She was born in Greenwood, Texas.
In 1947 she married Jack Welch, he preceded her in death.
In 1974 she moved to Oregon and lived in Independence most of those years.
She was a member of the Baptist church.
She enjoyed crocheting, doll making and sewing but most of all she loved her kids and grandkids.
She was preceded in death by Billy Ray Welch and Danny Ray Welch.
Survivors include her daughters, Beverly Dodele of Independence, Jackie Baker of Dallas and Joe Reagen of Turner; sons, Jerry Welch of Washington; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services will be Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. at Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence and vault interment will follow at Hilltop Cemetery in Independence.
Maria Magdalena Gonzalez-Rubio
Feb. 1, 1935 - Feb. 8, 2002
Maria Magdalena Gonzalez-Rubio of Independence died on Feb. 8. She was 67.
She was born to Lucus and Clara Gonzalez-Rubio in Barranca de sta clara Jalizco, Mexico.
She was married to Marino Arenas.
She was a homemaker in her own home.
She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Independence.
Funeral Mass was Feb. 12 at St. Patrick Catholic Church and interment was at Hilltop Cemetery in Independence.
Grace Olivia Griffin
Dec. 11, 1906 - Jan. 25, 2002
Grace Olivia Griffin of Portland died Jan. 25. She was 95.
A fifth generation Oregonian, she was born in Dallas to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Stockwell.
She graduated from Dallas High School in 1925.
She married Joseph Andrew Griffin on Feb. 7, 1926. He died on July 1, 1994.
Prior to moving to Portland in 1993 she had lived in Dallas, Salem, Bend and Lincoln City.
She was from a Polk County pioneer family that included the names of Burnett, Shultz and Lovelady. Her father, Tom Stockwell and grandfather, Johnny Schultz, both owned longtime established businesses in Dallas. Her great-grandfather was Horace Burnett and her great-great-grandfathers were Glen O. Burnett and Thomas J. Lovelady.
She married her childhood sweetheart Joseph Andrew Griffin, who also had a long established Polk County pioneer family that included the names of Hubbard, Collins and Berry.
She was a member of the First Christian Church in Bend and Salem.
Survivors include her daughter, Janet Noakes of Portland; one grandchild; and three great-grandchildren.
Private services were held. As a memorial the family encourages people to visit an elderly shut-in.
Services were handled by Portland Funeral Alternatives.
Gloria Elaine Shumate
Jan. 17, 1934 - Feb. 6, 2002
Gloria Elaine Shumate, a resident of Pottstown, Pa. and of Willamina died on Feb. 6 in Willamina. She was 68.
She was born in Pottstown to John and Helen Whisler Oister.
She lived most of her life in and around Pottstown. She attended and graduated from Warwick High in Knauertown, Pa.
On Dec. 14, 1951 she married Carson Shumate in Elkton, Maryland.
She worked for the State of Pennsylvania as a nurses aide at Penhurst Training Center, retiring after 30 years.
She was a member of the Twin Valley Bible church in Morgantown, Pa. and taught Good News Club. She was also a member of the VFW Women's Auxiliary in Pennsylvania.
She and her husband Carson also owned a home in Willamina and attended the Liberty Gardens Bible Church in Salem.
She enjoyed traveling, time with family, crocheting and ceramics.
Survivors include her husband, Carson; son, Douglas of Lake Charles, La.; daughters, Vickie Goff of Willamina and Patricia Mitchell of Keizer; brothers, Clarence Oister of Montgomery, Ala. and Robert Oister of Hereford, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Graveside services were Feb. 11 at Dallas Cemetery followed by a memorial service at Liberty Gardens Bible Church in Salem.
Bollman Funeral of Dallas handled the arrangements.