Dorothy Hope Edgmand Ford Crites
June 27, 1932 - Feb. 2, 2004
Dorothy Hope Edgmand Ford Crites of Salem died on Feb. 2. She was 71.
She was born in Enterprise to John and Golda May Hillman Edgmand.
She grew up in Enterprise and lived for many years in Grants Pass later moving to Dallas and more recently to Salemtowne.
She was an accountant for the Josephine County Clerk's Office for many years.
She was an artist, avid golfer and enjoyed home decorating.
She was an active member of the St. Thomas Episcopal Church and was served as treasurer for 11 years.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Kimble and sisters, Jean and Icel.
Survivors include her husband, Elmer "Lew" Crites of Salem; sons, William R. Ford and Kent Crites, both of Medford and Scott Crites of Charlotte, N.C.; daughters, Shannon Peil of Beaverton, Braeda Libby of Keizer and Kari Warner of Tillamook; sister, Neatha Geist of Colorado; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Dallas.
Contributions may be made to St. Thomas Children's Program or to Willamette Valley Hospice in care of Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas which handled the arrangements.
Ada Bell Axley
July 9, 1922 - Feb. 1, 2004
Ada Bell Axley of Dallas died Feb. 1 in Salem. She was 81.
She was born to Joe and Flora Horn in Sapulpa, Okla. She was one of 23 children.
The family lived in Los Angeles where her parents served in the Assembly of God ministry.
She married Andy Lee Axley in 1948. They lived in Phoenix, Ariz., for several years before moving to Dallas in 1982.
She was a homemaker who loved working outside in her vegetable garden and listening to country music. She was very free hearted and loved to help anybody that needed help.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Andy Lee Axley and several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include her sister, Ethel Huffman of Los Angeles and several nieces and nephews.
Services were Feb. 9 at Bollman Funeral Home and private interment was at Falls City Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the Salvation Army in care of Bollman Funeral Home Dallas which handled the arrangements.
Vera A. Alexander
March 22, 1925 - Jan. 28, 2004
Vera Alice Mather Alexander of Monmouth died on Jan. 28. She was 78.
She was born in London, England to Alfred and Lillian Mather, the youngest of five daughters.
She married William Frank Alexander in Golders Green, London on Nov. 6, 1943, they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. She sailed by herself on the Queen Mary to the United States in 1944. She was one of Oregon's first war brides where she waited for her husband to return at the end of World War II. Their first home was in Corvallis.
During their married life they lived in California, Washington and Oregon.
She was a legal secretary for many years in Eugene.
In Eugene she was a member of the Quota Club. The Quota Club helped to establish the Eugene Hearing and Speech Center. She also played in the bell choir at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Music was a wonderful source of pleasure for her.
After retirement they moved from Eugene to Monmouth. She was active in bridge groups, hospital volunteer activities, China painting and bowling. She loved visiting and was an avid reader. She loved spending time with her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by a grandson in 1984.
Survivors include her husband, Frank of Monmouth; children, Julie Klarr of Eugene, Janet Molyneaux of Jacksonville, Fla., Jennifer Pennington of Rickreall, Paul Alexander of Albany, Frances Alexander-Haire of Salem and Nancy Summers of West Linn; sister, Violet of England; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were Feb. 8 at the Gentle House in Monmouth.
Contributions may be made to the Eugene Hearing and Speech Center, 1500 W. 12th, Eugene, OR 97402.
Glenn Edward Walser
May 6, 1929 - Feb. 5, 2004
Glenn Edward Walser of Dallas died Feb. 5 in Salem. He had recently been diagnosed with liver cancer. He was 74.
He was born in Iowa to Ralph and Bernetta Walser.
He had lived in Oregon since he was in high school. He had served in the U.S. Air Force.
He worked for the Polk County Road Department for 36 years until his retirement in 1991.
He loved to travel and was a devoted family man.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Course and daughter, Karen.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Donna Warren Walser of Dallas; daughters, Debbie Price of Lebanon and Kimberly of Dallas; brother, Ron of Richland, Wash.; and two grandsons.
Graveside services were Feb. 10 at Dallas Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel which handled the arrangements.
William Bruce Becklund
Dec. 24, 1923 - Feb. 1, 2004
William Bruce Becklund of Falls City died Feb. 1 in Falls City. He was 80.
He was born to Thorwald and Merle Swanson Becklund in Minneapolis.
He graduated from high school in Minneapolis. He entered the U.S. Air Force on Nov. 3, 1943.
He married Jean Gilman on Jan. 1, 1945 in Minneapolis.
He served in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years. He retired on May 31, 1972 at the rank of Colonel. They settled in Falls City that same year.
He was a member of the Elmore Lodge No. 30 A.F. & A.M. and Shriner's in Mountain Home, Idaho.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and farming. He also enjoyed working with the farm machinery, buying and selling cows and tending to the one acre garden.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean on Feb. 9, 2002.
Survivors include his sons, Eric of Falls City and Bruce of Mountain Home; daughter, Kristin Blanchard of Los Angeles.
Family graveside services were Feb. 5 at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Salem.
Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel which handled the arrangements.
Aug. 12, 1920 - Feb. 8, 2004
Ubaldo Badillo of Dallas died Feb. 8 in Salem. He was 83.
He was born to Gregorio and Secundina Badillo in Cauguas, Puerto Rico.
He came to New York from Puerto Rico in 1936.
He entered the Army Air Corp and served during World War II.
He lived in Chicago and later settled in Southern California. He worked as a supervisor in a plastics company. He came to Dallas in 1978.
He enjoyed photography. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, children and grandchildren.
He was a member of the local V.F.W. Post.
Survivors include his sons, Ubie of Dallas and David of Fortuna, Calif.; daughters, Almita Hartman of Dallas, Lydia Stingley of Reedsport, Cynthia Roth of Wailuku, Maui and twins daughters, Donna Walden of Valley Center, Calif., and Diane Bailey of Windsor, England; sisters, Anna English of Dallas and Carmen Finley of Chicago; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 at Dallas Mortuary Chapel. Private interment will be at Dallas Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 14 at Dallas Mortuary Chapel.
Contributions may be made to the local V.F.W. No. 3203 in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel which handled the arrangements.
Betty Jean Fisher
Jan. 25, 2004
Betty Jean Fisher of Portland died on Jan. 25. She was 83.
She and her twin sister, Barbara were born in St. Anthony, Idaho.
Her family later moved to Ogden, Utah, where she graduated from high school.
Her family and her mother, Mrs. Adam, owned and operated the Majestic and Rio theaters in Dallas, where she lived for a short time.
She attended Weber College for one year and then transferred to Oregon State College. She enjoyed every moment of playing in the OSU marching band. She was one of a handful of women who graduated with a degree in pharmacy.
Her first job took her to Longview, Wash., for one year before she moved to Portland and began working downtown at Haack Bros. Pharmacy.
She was active in the First Presbyterian Church Young Adult Group in Portland and that is where she met her husband, Meredith Fisher. They were married on March 26, 1950. They continued as active members of the F.P.C. Kaloothason group.
She was past president and an active member of P.E.O. for 64 years. She was active in the community, serving as a past president of the Oregon State Pharmaceutical Association Women's Auxiliary.
She enjoyed her membership in the Multnomah Athletic Club, participating in water volleyball, badminton, tennis, adaptive aquatics and was on various committees for more than 50 years.
She loved to travel, garden and to do needlework projects.
Survivors include her husband, Meredith; daughters, Joyce Burns of Millersville, Md., and Beverly Inglesby; sister, Barbara Koch; and nine grandchildren.
Celebration of life services were Jan. 29 at First Presbyterian Church in Portland.
Contributions may be made to the P.E.O. Foundation, c/o Carol Kirkbride, 720 Torrey View Dr., Portland, OR 97229.