September 7 obituaries
Patsy Hatsumi Yoneyama Abe
Feb. 5, 1935 - Aug. 30, 2006
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 bachelor's degree in education.
In 1957 she married Albert Abe in Portland, where they settled. She later earned a master's 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, and 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 Wednesday at the Oregon Buddhist Temple and burial is today at 11 a.m. at 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.
Carrie Ann Blair
Nov. 21, 1952 - Aug. 30, 2006
A private service has been held for Carrie Ann Blair of Aloha, who died Aug. 30. Cause of death was cancer. The resident of the Beaverton/Aloha area for 40 years was 53.
She was born Nov. 21, 1952, in Seattle.
In 1977 she married Dennis Blair, who survives her.
Also surviving are daughters Jennifer Moloney, Georgia Blair, Susannah Blair, Susan Blair and Kelia Blair; sons Nicholas and Tyrel; mother Margaret McGowan; stepfather Dan McGowan; brothers Tom McGowan, Mike McGowan and John McGowan; sister Beckie Smith; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Springer and Son Aloha Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Dr. Jane Egger
May 19, 1956 - Aug. 30, 2006
Dr. Jane Egger, 50, of Petersburg, Alaska, and a former resident of Tigard died Aug. 30 in Portland. Cause of death was cancer.
A memorial service will take place today at 11 a.m. in Tigard United Methodist Church, 9845 S.W. Walnut Place.
Born May 19, 1956, in Cleveland, Ohio, she moved to Oregon in 1960, lived in Tigard for 23 years, and moved to Alaska in 1984.
She graduated in OSU's first class of veterinary medicine and practiced in her own clinic in Alaska.
In 1983 she married Dick Longworth, who survives her.
She is also survived by son Cam Longworth, parents Jake and Marcie Egger; and sisters Chris Heilman and Kathy Sherwood.
Donations in memory of Dr. Jane Egger may be made to Friends Involved in Dog Outreach, 910 S.E. Sunnybrook Blvd., Clackamas 97015.
Samuel Rufus Haraway
April 9, 1919 - Aug. 29, 2006
Samuel Rufus Haraway, 87, of King City died Aug 29. Cause of death was lung cancer.
He was born April 9, 1919, in Somerset, Texas, and later lived in Fountain Valley, Calif., where he was a chef for the Disneyland Hotel.
In 1960 he married Louise Martin.
He moved to Spokane, Wash., in 1972 and to King City in 1982.
He is survived by his wife Louise; daughters Kay Russell, Roberta Hazel and Desa Haraway; plus seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Donations in memory of Samuel Rufus Haraway may be made to Legacy Hospice in McMinnville.
Young's Funeral Home has handled arrangements.
Julia Anna Shirley
Dec. 4, 1913 - Aug. 18, 2006
Julia Anna Shirley died Aug. 18 at age 92.
She was born Julia Anna Richards on Dec. 4, 1913, in Spokane, Wash., and raised in Baker City. She moved to Tigard in 1956 and was a legal secretary for J.O. Johnson.
In 1936 she married Curtis B. Shirley, who died in 1974.
She was a member of Tigard Methodist Church, where she taught in its Sunday school.
She had moved to King City in 2004 and returned to Baker in August last year.
Survivors include daughters Anne M. Melmon and Carol L. Mann; son Richard C. Shirley; plus five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Donations in memory of Julia Anna Shirley may be made to the Salvation Army.
Gray's West in Baker handled arrangements.
Carl J. Strutz
Oct. 6, 1908 - Aug. 29, 2006
Carl J. Strutz died of lung cancer Aug. 29 at age 97.
He was born Oct. 6, 1908, in Colfax, Wash.
He was president and general manager of Fowler Manufacturing.
He lived in Tigard for 23 years, then in Castle Rock, Wash., before returning to the Portland area.
In 1945 he married Nettie Meyer, who survives him.
He is also survived by sons Larry and Doug; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by Heritage Memorial.