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by:  Dulcy Mahar was relaxing in her garden with Ernie, the family dog, when she was photographed for <i>THE BEE</i> two years ago by Elizabeth Ussher Groff.

Dulcy Mahar

Dulcy Mahar, a prominent resident and gardening expert in the Garthwick area of south Sellwood, was born in Stockton, California, on November 10, 1941, to John and Genevieve Moran. Her youth was spent on a working cattle ranch in that area, with her early education concluding at Pittsburg High School, north of Walnut Creek in the San Francisco east bay area. She went on to study journalism at the University of Oregon, where she met her husband of 48 years, Ted Mahar. The couple moved to Portland, where Dulcy wrote for the Portland Oregonian; although she moved on to writing jobs for other local businesses, including Meyer and Frank, she continued writing a regularly-appearing gardening column for the Oregonian until recently. Since 1991 she had been employed by the Bonneville Power Administration - a job she still held at the time of her death. Dulcy was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer in 2003, but continued active and lived another eight years. She was age 69 when she passed away on July 2, 2011.

Naomi Susan Levich

Naomi Susan Levich, 49, passed away peacefully with dignity and grace on June 13, 2011, at Providence Medical Center, after a three-year fight against tissue melanoma. Born July 28, 1961, Naomi grew up in Portland, attending Woodstock Elementary School and Franklin High School. She settled in Ashland, where she worked as a social worker at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Medford. Naomi received her bachelor's degree from Southern Oregon University in 1995 and earned a master's degree in social work from Portland State University in 2000. The light of Namoi's life was her son Leo. She is also survived by her parents, Marvin Levich, professor emeritus at Reed College, and her mother Laurie Levich, retired Reed College graphic designer, as well as by her sister Jenny Westberg, and her brother, Jacob Levich. A ceremony of gratitude for Naomi's life was held Sunday, July 3, at the Portland Buddhist Priory, 3642 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood.

Donna Belle Walker

Donna Belle Walker was born on Jan. 14, 1925, in Enterprise, to parents Newton and Grace Hammack. She was raised on a modest farm with five sisters, with whom she shared a three-mile walk to their one-room schoolhouse each morning. After the Great Depression brought foreclosure on their home, the family relocated to Minam, Oregon, where her father worked in the local sawmill. She worked her way through high school at the golf club, earning $2.25 a week, and moved to Burns after graduation. There, she lived and worked for over 40 years, raising her two children. She had as many as four jobs at a time - waiting tables, washing clothes, and taking tickets at the Burns Theater. After teaching herself to type, she got a job at the Burns Times Herald, where she began a successful career in journalism and classical advertising. Later she worked at the Milwaukie Review as the advertising manager, and at what was then known as the Sellwood Bee for six years as General Manager, before moving on to other pursuits. She died on June 29 at age 86, a resident of Rose Villa in Milwaukie. She is survived by her daughter, Sonya Reedy; son, Calvin Ryan-Mosley; daughter-in-law, Claudia Ryan-Mosley; granddaughters Tate, Erin and Allison Ryan-Mosley; brother-in-law Al Delapiere; sister-in-law Janet Mosley; and 15 nieces and nephews.