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Obituaries - August 17 edition


Charles G. Anderson

Charles G. Anderson of Warren died Aug. 10, 2011, at Avamere Assisted Living Center in St. Helens. He was 93.

Mr. Anderson was born April 14, 1918, in S. Milwaukie, Wis., to Gerald and Clara (Hess) Anderson.

Educated in Wisconsin, he moved to Foster at the age of 17.

On Nov. 12, 1939, he married Wilma Rae Mickenham in Lebanon. They moved to St. Helens in 1960, and then to Warren.

When residing in Sweet Home, he was a member of the fire department.

He was also member of The Christian Church of St. Helens, and the Elks Lodge.

His interests included gardening, farming, animals, and his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his daughters, Nancy Gustafson of St. Helens, and Shirley Dennis of Stettler, Alberta, Canada; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Clara Conti of S. Milwaukie, Wis. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Wilma Rae on Feb. 22, 1986; and son, Charles Gerald in February of 1950.

A celebration of life was held Aug. 15 at The Christian Church of St. Helens.

Private crypt entombment was at Portland Memorial Mausoleum in Portland.

Memorial gifts may be made to the memorial fund at The Christian Church of St. Helens or to Signature Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.

Marion L. Anderson

Marion Lula Anderson of Scappoose died Aug. 8, 2011, at the Columbia Care Center in Scappoose. She was 86.

Marion Lula Miller was born March 2, 1925, in Portland to John and Madeleine (Mills) Miller.

Educated at Roosevelt High School, she graduated in 1942.

On Aug. 12, 1942, she married Herbert Anderson in Portland at St. Andrews Episcopal Church.

They lived at the coast for a number of years before moving back to Portland in the early 1990s.

A cook, she helped to open many Kentucky Fried Chicken stores in the area and knew the Colonel.

She was also a bookkeeper for Napa Auto Parts and worked at the Pacific County Courthouse.

Raised in the Episcopal denomination, she enjoyed crocheting, knitting, making jewelry, cooking, baking and playing cards (pinochle).

She is survived by her children, David Anderson of Warren, Judith Musgrove of Anchorage, Alaska, Carolyn Rictor of Gresham, and Billie Burger of Scappoose; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Warren Community Fellowship Church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.

Loretta G. Webber

Loretta Geraldine Webber of Yankton went to be with her Lord and Savior on Aug. 8, 2011, after a year of declining health. She was 83.

Loretta Geraldine Vanderford was born May 28, 1928, in Macintosh, N.M., to Martin Luther and Pearl Vanderford. She joined older sisters, Beatrice and Rachel Lee and was later joined by younger sister, Lanelle and brother, Leslie.

Her early years were spent in New Mexico during the height of the Great Depression. Her parents were hard working and many stories were told of how resourceful they were during that tough time. Faith in God always played an important part in her family's life and was a legacy each member of the family passed on to their own children. Her family eventually moved to Albuquerque where she attended high school and graduated in 1946.

In August of 1948 she moved to Oregon with her parents and younger sister and brother. It was a difficult time for her, and many tears were shed between New Mexico and Oregon. She often relayed how the family stopped at Starvation Creek on the Columbia River Gorge as they were heading west and what an impression that name made on her. The family was headed to St. Helens and that was where they would remain.

After arriving in St. Helens, she was hired to run a machine in the mailroom at Montgomery Wards in Portland that required a left-handed person to perform the job. All though she didn't work there after she married, she had many tales of her short time there.

Attending Yankton Baptist Church in St. Helens changed the course of her life because a young man also attending there, named Ray Webber, took notice of the pretty young lady with the beautiful hair. With a little encouragement from his mother he courted her for two months and married her at Yankton Baptist Church on April 17, 1949. In 1950 they purchased a house in Yankton and raised their three girls there.

The quintessential homemaker, she set such a good example of how to make a home everything it should be.

When she took time for herself she loved to read and was a regular visitor to the public library in St. Helens.

She was also active at Yankton Baptist Church where for years she served as Sunday School secretary.

She will be remembered for the love she had for her husband and children, and for her quiet faith in God.

After her husband retired they enjoyed just being home, visiting their children and grandchildren and going on outings with their friends from church. They were never much for traveling, but enjoyed a number of trips back to New Mexico.

She is survived by her daughters, Darlene Sarff (Ron), Carol Banks (Duane) and Barb Hilts (Rick); grandchildren, Laurie Verigan, Jacque Wills, Adie White, Aaron Banks, Annie Banks and Ellyn Hilts; great-grandchildren, Austin Wills and Ellie Wills; sister-in-laws, Edna Dunn and Jeanette Buck; and brother-in-laws, Dewey Deweber and Fred Luttrell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; parents, Martin Luther and Pearl; brother, Leslie Vanderford; nephew, Jack Vanderford; and sisters, Beatrice Craft, Rachel Lee Deweber and Lanelle Deweber.

A celebration of life was held Aug. 12 at Yankton Community Fellowship.

Burial was at Yankton Hillcrest Cemetery.