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Polk County, Oregon Obituary and Death Notices Collection

Polk County, Oregon Obituary Collection - 35

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Date: Wednesday, 12 May 2010, at 5:47 p.m.

Mathilda Helena Braun
Oct. 29, 1921 - March 12, 2008
Mathilda "Tillie" Helena Braun, 86, of Keizer died March 12.
Tillie was born in Stockham, Neb., to Gerhard and Susana Goertzen.
She met her husband, Calvin Braun, in Reedley, Calif., and lived in Dallas, Lincoln City and Keizer.
After high school, she earned a beauty school certification. Later she worked as a dental assistant, ran the church bookstore in Lincoln City, and used her considerable skills in canning, freezing and baking for the benefit of family and friends. She was accomplished in crocheting and sewing, and was an avid reader.
She loved her Lord and church, cherished her family and was deeply grateful for good neighbors.
Tillie was preceded in death by two infant sons, William Calvin Jr. and Baby Braun, and a sister, Sally Penner.
Survivors include her husband, Cal of Keizer; son, Bill Braun of Fresno, Calif.; and daughter, Bev Worden of Keizer.
Memorial service was March 17 at Salem First Baptist Church.
Contributions are suggested to the Union Gospel Mission or Willamette Valley Hospice.
Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements.

Philip Lee Kelly
July 14, 1941 - March 16, 2008
Philip Lee Kelly, 66, of Dallas died March 16 in Dallas after a battle with Alzheimer's disease.
He was born in San Luis Obispo, Calif., to Ollen and Wilma Kelly.
He spent his youth working on a farm with longtime friend, Ken Iott, and were known as "the good old farm boys" who raised a calf named "High Power" who acted more like a dog.
He married Joan Marie Smith and raised three daughters.
He was "the rock" of his family and a hero to many, especially his wife.
Never afraid of hard work, Philip was a carpenter, skilled mechanic and delivery driver for several companies.
He was a member of Salt Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Kelly of Dallas; daughters, Debra (Joseph) Hans of Pinson, Ala., Linda (Bill) Henline of Vernal, Utah, and Crystal (David) Bessenbacher of Dallas; sisters, Kay Bradley of Dallas and Rachel Rudd of Mulberry, Fla.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Philip's body was donated to science.
Memorial service is at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Salt Creek Baptist Church in Dallas. Contributions are suggested to Salt Creek Baptist, 15075 Salt Creek Road, Dallas, OR 97338.

Robert "Bob" Thompson
Aug. 15, 1948 - March 12, 2008
Robert "Bob" Thompson, 59, of Salem, formerly of Dallas, died March 12.
Memorial service is at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at the Masonic Lodge, 140 SW Clay St., Dallas.

Alice C. Straka
April 17, 1910 - March 17, 2008
Alice C. Straka, 97, of Dallas died March 17.
Memorial service is at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in the Dallas Retirement Village Chapel.
Contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements.

Harriet Rich Maganas
Dec. 14, 1929 - May 19, 2006
Harriet Mary-Jane Rich Maganas, 76, former proprietor of Fisherman's Camp on the Luckiamute River, died May 19 in Corvallis.
She was born in Pasadena, Calif., to Dr. Roy D. and Edith L. Rich.
When Harriet was 9 her family returned to Athol, Mass. As a teenager Harriet moved back to Los Angeles with her family, completing her education at Brown's School for Girls.
She met and married her first husband, James W. Smith. They resided in Azusa, Calif., and later Placerville, Calif.
In 1962 the family moved to Hoskins to run the Smith family business, Fisherman's Camp, a popular fishing spot with cabins and a small store.
In 1966 the family moved to South Pasadena, Calif., where Harriet began a career with the John Hancock Insurance Co.
She and Jim separated in 1974, later divorcing, and Harriet moved back to Oregon, eventually living near and caretaking the family property on the Luckiamute.
She met and married Steve Maganas, and they formed a successful reforestation business called Timberland Regeneration, raised a foster grandson, and hosted many memorable family gatherings on the river.
After Harriet and Steve divorced in 2003, she continued to live on the river and participate in many community activities.
Harriet was a lifelong artist and enjoyed oil painting land and seascapes. She also liked to sing and play her guitar at local fairs and shows. She was very fond of her community, especially the Happy Workers Club in Hoskins and the Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church.
Survivors include her son, Dennis Smith; daughters, Sandy Smith, Lolly Gast and Teresa King; sisters, Juanita Cable and Marianne Crawford; four grandchildren; and foster grandson.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3 at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church with a luncheon reception to follow at the church.
Contributions may be made to the Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church, 12995 Kings Valley Hwy. Monmouth, OR. 97361. Arrangements by McHenry Funeral Home in Corvallis.

Frances Brower
Jan. 30, 1924 - May 22, 2006
Frances Brower, 82, of Milwaukie, formerly of Dallas, died May 22.
She was born Frances Bertha Parker in Pocatello, Idaho.
From an early age she was independent and hardworking. Frances was a child of the American West, having a badger and a fawn for pets, and working cowboys and members of the Blackfoot Indian tribe for friends.
She graduated from high school in Kemmerer, Wyo., with an award in math and science. She became a registered nurse and a BSN after graduating from the Mary Seaton School of Nursing in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Loma Linda University ain California.. She worked at hospitals in Southern California and in Oregon.
Her husband of 54 years, Mel, held preaching positions in Long Beach, Calif., and in Dallas. He died in 2001, and a son, Randy, died in 1974.
She moved to Milwaukie in January 2005 to be near her daughter, Lanie, and family.
Survivors include her daughter, Lanie Magorian of Milwaukie; son, Steven Brower of San Bernardino, Calif.; sister, Rae Thomas of Bremerton, Wash.; and four grandchildren.
Service was May 25 in Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Graveside service was May 30 in the Montecito Memorial Park in Loma Linda, Calif.
Contributions may be made to the local food bank.
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Karen Skelton Bates
Dec. 18, 1964 - May 26, 2006
Karen Skelton Bates, 41, of Salem died May 26 of multiple myeloma cancer.
She was born in Salem and attended McNary High School and Chemeketa Community College.
Karen married Brad Bates in 1987 and together they drove long haul trucks.
They lived in Sweet Home before returning to the Salem area.
She worked as an office manager for several firms before becoming operations manager at Riverbrook Farms.
She enjoyed spending time in her garden but most of all loved spending time with her family and friends.
Survivors include her husband, Brad Bates of Salem; children, Jessica Christine Bates of Salem, Amee Samuelsen of Everett, Wash., Erin Bates of San Diego and Andrew Bates of Bend; mother, Charlotte Scott of Salem; sister, Kelly Scott of Houston, Texas; grandfather, Clarence Magnuson of Salem; two grandchildren; and her second family, Clyde and Mary Freeborn, Leslie Casebeer and Kyle, Scott and Jen Freeborn and Megan, all of Independence.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3 at Belcrest Memorial Park, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 1 p.m. at Court Street Christian Church in Salem.
Contributions may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice, 1015 3rd St. NW, Salem, OR 97304.
Virgil T. Golden Funeral Home handled arrangements.

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