Native Oregonian Patsy Hatsumi Yoneyama Abe, 71, died Aug. 30 of natural causes.
The oldest of six daughters born to John and Yoneko Yoneyama, she was born Feb. 5, 1935, in Portland.
In World War II the Yoneyama family was taken from Gresham and interned at the Japanese American internment camp in Minidoka, Idaho, from 1942 to 1945.
After the war the family settled in Nyssa, where Patsy Yoneyama graduated from Nyssa High School in 1952. She then attended Eastern Oregon College, where she completed her bachelor¹s degree in education.
In 1957 she married Albert Abe in Portland, where they settled. She later earned a master¹s degree in education from the University of Oregon.
She taught for two years at Redmond Elementary School before moving to the Tigard School District in 1965, where she first taught at Charles F. Tigard Elementary School and then at Phil Lewis Elementary School. She retired in 1993.
A vibrant, active, fun-loving woman, a Marathon runner, she enjoyed gardening, Japanese dancing, bonsai flower arranging, volunteering, community activities, shopping, and going to free movie screenings with her husband and their friends. She combined her love of children and Japanese culture by teaching in the Seattle Betsuin Kids Summer Program.
She was a longtime member of the Oregon Buddhist Temple, Japanese American Citizens League, Nikkei Fujinkai, Japan America Society of Oregon, Fujinami Kai, Tomodachi Kai, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Valeda, Japanese Ancestral Society of Portland, the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, Columbia Parliamentarian Organization, Oregon Nisei Senior Swingers Golf Club, plus several other groups.
In 2005 The Asian Reporter presented Mrs. Abe and her husband with a Community Most Honored Elder Award. Earlier she had received the JACL Portland Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award and was a founding member of the Ikoi-So Terrace retirement home.
Her parents preceded her in death.
Survivors in addition to husband Albert include children John Abe of Fontana, Calif.; daughter Debby Abe of Tacoma, Wash.; sisters Dorothy Akiyama of Seattle, Ruth Schargus of Shasta Lake, Calif., Molly Yoneyama of Renton, Wash., Meiko Furukawa of Portland and Ida Price of Keno; plus four grandchildren.
Family services were held Sept. 6 at the Oregon Buddhist Temple and burial was Sept. 7 in Willamette National Cemetery.
The family of Patsy Hatsumi Yoneyama Abe suggests that contributions in her memory may be made to Oregon Buddhist Temple.
Arrangements were made by Riverview Abbey Funeral Home.
Elvin "Alex" L Alexander
11/5/34 - 1/16/2018
Elvin "Alex" Lee Alexander was born November 5, 1934, in Booneville, Indiana. He graduated from Nyssa High School in 1953. He joined the United States Air Force and served as clerk. On June 9, 1961, he married the love of his life, Joy Helen Bateman Alexander. Alex and Joy sponsored many people through Alcoholics Anonymous that later became friends. He also volunteered at Community Christian Center working on computers and writing grants. Alex ministered at various care facilities while Joy played the piano. Although Alex had many struggles, his joy was seeing his children and grandchildren have a firm foundation of Christian faith. He taught many others the importance of believing in God to make changes in their lives. Alex made friends wherever he was and his sweet smile will be missed. Our family will be forever thankful for the care he received at Heritage Assisted Living & Harrison's Hope Hospice.
Alex is survived by John & Pam (daughter) Price, JB (son) & Rena Alexander, Greg (son) & Lara Alexander, 7 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Memorial service to be held at Heritage Assisted Living Friday, Feb 2, 2018, at 2 pm. Donations to Boise Rescue Mission or Cole Community Church.
Toni R Armstrong
NYSSA – Services for Toni Ranae Armstrong, 15, or Nyssa, who died Thursday in a Boise hospital from injuries sustained in an auto accident Wednesday near Nyssa, will be conducted at 2 pm Monday by Bishop Gary V. Thompson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the Nyssa Stake House.
Interment will be in the Nyssa Cemetery. Services will be under the Direction of Lienkaemper Chapel.
She was born July 28, 1960, in Kemmerer, WY. She moved with her parents To Nyssa nine years ago and was a student at Nyssa High School.
Surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Armstrong of Nyssa, a brother, Randal James of Nyssa; and three sisters, Mrs. Linda Kay Woodie of Nyssa, Mrs. Sharon Lee Seward of Parma, and Mrs. Brenda Jo Scott of Grandview.
Mary Joan Athey Passed away peacefully on October 12, 2016, surrounded by her family, after a long courageous battle with Alzheimer's. Born June 28, 1935, in Hollywood CA, to Bill and Dorothy Russell. She received her Bachelor's in education from Eastern Oregon University. She pursued her career in education in San Francisco CA where she met her husband Gordon Athey. The couple had 3 children and moved to Eatonville, WA in the summer of 1977. After raising her family, Mary's love for reading lead her to obtain her Master's degree as a Children Specialty Librarian. She retired from Fort Lewis Grandstaff Library where she enjoyed many years of developing that love of reading for many children. After retirement, she volunteered at her local food bank, assisted displaced families through her church Lakewood United Methodist and volunteered for a local grade school. She is survived by her children Gordon (Lisa), Chuck (Sonja) and Debra. Also her brother Bill Russell, sister in law Juanita niece Cameron and nephew Thomas, her grandchildren Andrea, Amanda, Joshua, Lydia, Jonah, Micah, Christy, Jeremy, Ashley, Garrett, James, Daniel and Rebecca, also 13 great-grand-children. Information for the celebration of life ceremony and donations can be found at mountainviewtacoma.com
Backus, Rodney Richard 67, of Mt. Vernon, died peacefully at home on Nov.11, 2009. He was born Feb. 2, 1942, to Charles & Myrtle Backus in Harbor Springs, Michigan. Rod was a retired, long-time Masonry Contractor in Garland, Tex. He loved being at home in the East Texas woods enjoying life in the outdoors and fishing with family & friends. Rod is preceded in death by his parents & daughter Suzy. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda; children Chad & Rachel, both of Garland; Christine & Debbie, both of Florida; brothers Ken, Dan, & George, & sister Charla, all of Michigan. Brothers Mathew & Terry, sisters Cele, Dixie, Sue, & Myrna, all of Florida. Grandchildren: Cody & Brandon of Florida, Cassie, Rodney "Bubba" & his beloved Janessa "Boo", all of Garland. Aunt Ethel & Uncle Del of Florida, numerous nephews & nieces, extended family members & many good friends. To honor his wishes, no services will be held. The family asks that contributions be made in his memory to Cypress Basin Hospice or the. Sam B. Harvey Funeral Home Mt. Vernon, Texas
Dale Brent Beckstead was born Feb. 24, 1941, at Ogden, Utah, to parents Clifford and Larene (Ure) Beckstead. He died Saturday, April 25, 2009, at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Heppner, Ore., at the age of 68.
Dale was raised in Nyssa and graduated high school there. He served in the U.S. Army, and, after the service, he returned to Nyssa to farm with his father. Dale lived in Alaska, Milton-Freewater and, finally, Boardman for the past 11 years. He drove trucks for Oregon Potato and worked at Columbia Improvement District for two years. He loved to tinker on things, including anything mechanical, house maintenance and yard work. He was an avid fisherman, boat or land, and he loved camping and the outdoors.
He is survived by his companion, Brenda Terrell, of Boardman, Ore.; daughters, Tami Tindell, of West Richland, Wash., Emily Gaston, of Pendleton, Ore., Vickie Gaston, of Fallon, Nev., and Brenda Arlene Gaston, of Antioch, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Larene Beckstead and brother, Don Beckstead.
At his request, there will be no services held. Disposition was by cremation.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pioneer Memorial Hospice, P.O. Box 9, Heppner, OR 97836.
Burns Mortuary, of Hermiston, Ore., is in care of arrangements.
Gregory Eugene Blanch
July 22, 1954 - May 10, 2010
Gregory Eugene Blanch, 55, passed away unexpectedly at his Fruitland home on Monday, May 10, 2010. His wife, Janey, was by his side.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m., Friday, May 14, 2010, at the Elks Lodge in Weiser.
Cremation is under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Fruitland.
The eldest of three children, Greg was born July 22, 1954, to Gary and Marianne Blanch, in Kennewick, Wash.
He was raised in Nyssa, Ore. and graduated from Nyssa High School in 1972.
He spent his early adult years riding horses, chasing cows and living the cowboy lifestyle he loved.
Glenn E. Bock Glenn E. Bock, 59, of Boise, Idaho, passed away Aug. 18, 2008, of cancer. Funeral services will be held at the Idaho State Veteran Cemetery in Eagle on Monday, August 25th at 3 p.m. There will be a brief service at the cemetery. Glenn was born April 12, 1949, in Sidney, Mont., to Cy and Dorothy Bock. He was raised in Nyssa, Ore., and graduated from Nyssa High School in 1967. Glenn served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
Richard Lynn Bunn 64 of Nyssa, Oregon born December 28, 1952, to Jay E. Bunn and Nancy A. Kesler. Passed away March 9, 2017, from a fall and complications after surgery. Richard ran Sunray Towing & Recovery, Inc. with his son Fred and B-line Pilot Car Services, LLC with his wife Lorri. Richard loved going to car shows and meeting old friends and making new ones. He loved his family and giving service to others. Richard is survived by his wife Donya L “Lorri” Gonzalez-Bunn and 5children; William M “Manny” (Mellisa) Weckesser of Payette ID, Rebekka (Jason) Shannon, of Nampa ID, Fred T (Natasha) Bunn, of Nyssa OR, Jordan (Candice) Bunn, James K (Veronica) Bunn of Nyssa OR. Two brothers; Kenneth (Jennette) Bunn of Sherwood, OR Daryl (Patricia) Bunn of Amboy, WA; two sisters Janan (George) Ellis of Vancouver, WA and Saralee (James) Kwek of Reno, NV. Richard also leaves 16 grandchildren and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts, and uncles. Richard was preceded in death by his parents and 3 grandchildren.
Edison Dee Child passed away Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010. Dee was born in Ogden, Utah Nov. 26, 1941, to Andrew Edison and Marion Geiger Child. His family moved to Nyssa, Ore., in 1947. Dee met Helen Gay Goodrich while attending USU. They were married and sealed as an eternal family in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple, Sept. 15, 1964. They raised their nine children in Oregon, Nevada, and Jerome and Caldwell. Dee was involved in farming and real estate for most of his life. Dee and Gay have nine children, Grayson and Malinda, Logan and Dawn, Celeste and Randy Bickham, Jordan and Shannon, Clinton and Kendra, Stephanie and Jason Nielsen, Corinne and Enoch Dahle, Cameron and Tom Waqa, Sierra and Scott De Burgh, and 33-and-counting grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Marion and four brothers, Andrew, Bruce, Fred, and Tim. Dee had a great love and desire to protect our God-given personal freedoms and liberties. Our husband, father and grandfather is a wise and gentle man, known for his integrity, kindness, and generosity to everyone. He gave his all for his family and we love him for it. His funeral will be April 8, at 11 a.m. at the LDS Chapel at 3015 S. Kimball, Caldwell.
Marlene Bair Gibson August 23, 1950~June 13, 2014 South Ogden, UT-Marlene Bair Gibson, 63, passed away on June 13, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family. She died of cholangiocarcinoma. She was born August 23, 1950, in Ontario, OR, daughter of Cecil R. and Thelda Hunter Bair. She grew up in New Meadows, ID, near Payette Lake. She moved to Oregon with her family in 1967 and graduated from Nyssa High School in 1968. Marlene married the love of her life, Roy Montgomery Gibson, on March 18, 1969, in the Logan LDS Temple. They have three children, Melanie Fairchild of Kaysville, Jaren (Stephanie) Gibson of West Jordan, and Leah (Todd) Clark of Farmington. Marlene was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many leadership capacities throughout her life. Later in her life, she served two full-time missions with her husband. They first served as Senior Missionary Coordinators for the Welfare Services Department at the Church Office Building (Salt Lake City). And in August 2013, they returned home from the Germany Berlin Mission, having served in the mission office. In 2007, Marlene completed her 30-year career for the Internal Revenue Service, where she worked primarily in software development. She developed many lasting friendships with her co-workers. Marlene was always positive-minded and charitable in her words and actions. Many were fond of her thoughtful and kind nature. She enjoyed spending time with her beloved family, golfing and traveling with her husband. She is survived by her husband, three children, father and five siblings: Wendy (Newell) Cleaver, Lora (Greg) Widman, Leann (Jeff) Allen, Craig (Shawn) Bair, and Nikki (Curtis) Berry, along with 12 grandchildren, Tori, Tess, Hannah, Bennett, Hallie, Maren, Elissa, Bryn, Claira, Bethany, Taylor and Mia. She was preceded in death by her mother. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the Burch Creek 2nd Ward Chapel, 5161 S. 1300 E., South Ogden, UT. Friends may visit with the family at a viewing which will be held at Myers Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT on Wednesday, June 18th from 6 to 8 p.m. and prior to services from 9:40 to 10:40 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at the West Weber Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the many doctors, nurses and GI Medical Oncology team who cared for Marlene at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, along with Dr. Aaron Frodsham and nurses with the Interventional Radiology team. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com
Dolores was born on November 8, 1938 to Antonia Gallegos and Daniel Velasquez in Ignacio, Colorado. Dolores spent her early childhood in Colorado and Utah. She attended Catholic school in Durango, Colorado and East Carbon City, Utah. When Dolores was 11 years old her mother was tragically killed. At this time she went to live with her grandmother, aunts, uncles and 66 first cousins. She was no longer an only child; she gained many, many brothers and sisters. Dolores completed the ninth grade in Utah and then moved to Nyssa, Oregon enrolling at Nyssa High School as a sophomore. It was there she made many lifelong friends. She graduated from Nyssa in 1957.
Dolores held many jobs in her life, but none more important than teaching children. She worked for the Nyssa School District for 22 years. The most rewarding to her was teaching English as a Second Language. She always loved to see her students succeed. She seldom went anywhere that one of her former students wouldn't come up, hug her and thank her for taking such a personal interest in there lives. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
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Mrs. Nelson read THE LITTLE SHEPHERD OF KINGDOM COME to our 5th grade class. When I was 15, this book helped me break up with my boyfriend and start all over again.... like Chad did in the LITTLE SHEPHERD... book. At the time, after 1/2 day of mourning, I figured there was barely enough time to start over ! That's when a big weight came off my shoulders, to my great relief and astonishment. I hadn't even realized the burden was there.
Mrs. Nelson also read WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS to us. Lovely Book. Lovely Teacher.
Thanks for the memories.
Mary Elaine Christensen Nelson, 91, passed away on May 6, 2015 in Legacy House Assisted Living, South Jordan, Utah. She was born on July 6, 1923 in Thatcher, Utah to Melvin & Ivie Christensen. She married Devere Nelson in Reno, Nevada on March 29, 1947. They were sealed in the Logan LDS Temple on March 15, 1957. He later passed away on June 15, 2001.
She was raised in Thatcher, and graduated from Bear River High School. After high school she attended Weber College where she earned her Associate of Arts. She then attended Utah State University and received a Bachelor’s degree.
She worked as a Social Worker for Kid to Dependent Children for 18 months. She was an elementary teacher in Tremonton, Utah for 3 years. She then moved to Nyssa, Oregon where she continued to work as an elementary teacher and retired in 1985.
Elaine loved to read and work in her garden. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, King Colony Book Club, Nyssa Education Association, Oregon Education Association, Garden Club, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held various callings.
Rex Dale Schilling, age 63, of Branson, Missouri, passed away November 21, 2019. He entered this life on July 29, 1956, in Ontario, Oregon, the son of Bill and Ila (LaCrone) Schilling. His father has preceded him in death. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
During his working years, Rex was a sales representative in the entertainment industry. After retirement, he was able to pursue his passion for golf. In fact, every conversation with Rex involved golf in some way, and it was rumored that he would not date a woman unless she was a golfer. Rex enjoyed life and lived it with gusto. He will be deeply missed by those who knew him.
Rex is survived by his mother, Ila Schilling of Idaho; brother, Ken (Lynn) Schilling of Oregon; sister, Dalene (Ron) Brinley of Oregon; and sister, Lynda McGarry of Oregon.
A family gathering will be held later in Oregon to celebrate Rex’s life.