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Obituaries - May 30 edition


Bridget Sue Bradshaw

Oct. 22, 1941-April 10, 2012

Bridget Sue Bradshaw of St. Helens died April 10 at her home of natural causes. She was 70.

Sue was born Oct. 22, 1941, in Albuquerque, N.M., to John R.J. Bradshaw and Dorothy Alice Jones. Her father and mother met when he was a civilian employee with the CCC program as a forest expert in range grasses, a profession that carried the family through assignments in various governmental programs throughout the Southwest, giving her a broad relationship to Western society.

She graduated from the University of Utah, with high honors, from their nursing program, a field she followed for the rest of her life. She also earned a Master's degree in nursing from Montana State University.

During the Viet Nam era she volunteered and served a tour of duty as a Lieutenant in the Air Force Nurse Corp, stationed at Cam Ran Bay, South Viet Nam. At the same time her brother, Richard was a laboratory technologist and blood banker in the Army at the same facility. At the time of her discharge she had achieved the rank of Captain.

In 1969 she moved to Billings, Mont., where she taught nursing at St. Vincent's Hospital School of Nursing and also the Vo-tech LPN program. She was an outstanding teacher and nurse practitioner developing many programs at St. Vincent's including the burn team, original ICU, and flight nurse program, just to name a few.

Outside of nursing she worked at Gainan Floral and Nursery, and her yard reflected the love she had for the flowers, trees and all of God's creatures.

She was a strong supporter of Democratic politics and Public Radio.

Most recently she lived in St. Helens and worked part-time at Columbia Community Mental Health.

She was a dedicated helper of needy people and a collector of antiques, especially chicken oriented memorabilia.

Never married, she surrounded herself with prolific reading, her pets and antiques, while living a reclusive private life. Her close friends deeply loved and cared for her.

She is survived by her friends, especially Joan Koch of Billings, and Sandy and Bob Stepper of Spokane, Wash.; nephews, Robert, Preston and Andrew, niece, Erin, and sister-in-law, Maureen, all of Havre, Mont.; and a cousin, Quentin and Ruth Ford of Las Cruces, N.M. She was preceded in death by her parents; only brother, Richard; and close friend, Jack Bowser.

Cremation has taken place, with a memorial service to be held later this summer in Billings, Mont., and internment at Rockvale Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in her memory may be made to National Public Radio or an animal program or shelter of one's choice.

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


Albert Manly

May 26, 1928-May 21, 2012

Albert Atlee Manly of St. Helens died May 21 at his home. He was 83.

Mr. Manly was born May 26, 1928, in Kendrick, Idaho, to Paul and Josephine (Roberts) Manly.

At the age of 11 he moved from Idaho to Rainier and graduated from Rainier High School in 1947.

He married Bette Kowaleski in 1950 in Yuma, Ariz.

For 30 years he worked as a bookkeeper for Scappoose Sand and Gravel, retiring in 2009.

The couple made their home in St. Helens for the past 47 years, wintering as snowbirds in Arizona.

Early on he was a member of the Methodist denomination.

Among the things he enjoyed were hunting, fishing and traveling.

He is survived by his wife, Bette Manly of St. Helens; nephew, Dan and Holly Kowaleski of Sherwood; and nieces, Malyssa and Greg Settle, and Jeanine and Ray Bartley, all of St. Helens.

Graveside service and vault interment were held May 25 at Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Columbia Pacific Food Bank in St. Helens.

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


Jennifer Warren

May 23, 1972-May 20, 2012

Jennifer Lynn Warren of St. Helens died tragically on May 20. She was 39.

Jennifer was born May 23, 1972, in St. Helens to Kenny Warren Sr. and Theresa Armstrong.

Her family includes younger brother, Kenny Warren Jr.; sisters, Denise Warren and Shirley Warren II; and half-sister, Sandy Warren.

She is also survived by her daughter, Jessica Warren and three sons, Brandon, Eddy, and Casey, and many extended family members.

A longtime resident of St. Helens, she lived locally with her fiancé, Mark Thornton, daughter, Jessica, and step son, Tyler Thornton. Mark's family will miss her dearly. Mark stated, 'She was my soul mate and will never be forgotten and is forever in my heart.'

Jessica wants her mother to be remembered with these thoughts, 'Her blood flowing through me is the only reason my heart beats. She is me and I am her. She gave me the life she never had and I will live the life she always dreamed of. Her incredible green eyes and unique laughter is unforgettable. I am honored to call her mom and can't begin to say how wonderful it was to have her for as long as I did, but now she is my angel forever.'

Her father Kenny Sr. said, 'My daughter Jenny was a dependable rock to this family.' Her brother Kenny Jr. shared, 'My sister was a positive role model who made me feel welcome no matter what.'

'She was the one I looked up to for guidance, we were close growing up, and I always wanted to be her' said her sister, Denise.

'Jennifer will be dearly missed. She carried a voice of reason. She delivered her voice honestly. She was an adored aunt and sister,' said her sister Shirley and nephew Chase.

She came from a family with strong ties to community service and recovery in many forms.

Educated at St. Helens High School, she worked various jobs in the community. She recently celebrated 10 years of service with Columbia Community Mental Health and had various professional trainings through her employment. Very dedicated to the population she served, she often volunteered above and beyond what was asked of her. She loved what she did and was known to brighten up everyone's day. She was well loved and respected by her colleagues and those she served.

She took pride in her belief in Native American spirituality and when she was not working, loved family time, spending time at the beach, and jet and water skiing.

She loved to travel and one favorite destination was Maui, Hawaii, where she recently had an awesome time with Mark. Her family plans to spread her ashes there.

She also admired classic cars and cats, having three she loved to spoil; 'Fat Cat, Baby Girl, and Zoii.'

Rarely was she known to not have a 'Red Bull' in hand or close by, and family and friends would make sure she had one close at hand.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at St. Helens High School Auditorium.

A private reception for family and close friends will follow at an alternate location.

A donation account has been set up at US Bank for 'The Family of Jennifer Warren.'

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

Arrangements are by Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.