Obituaries, June 12, 2012


Betty Caroline Jensen Pritchett Light

Sept. 14, 1924-June 4, 2012

Former Gresham resident Betty Caroline Jensen Pritchett Light died June 4 in Springfield. She was 87.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 17, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd.

Betty was born Sept. 14, 1924, in Omaha, Neb., to Lars and Ruth Norby Jensen. Betty graduated from Omaha Technical High School and married Morgan Pritchett in 1944. They moved to Oregon.

Betty earned a bachelor's degree from Portland State University, a master's degree in business administration from the University of Oregon, and a doctor of education in community college education from Oregon State University.

Betty was a founding faculty member of Mt. Hood Community College, becoming chairwoman of the business division a year later. She retired from Mt. Hood in 1986 as dean of communications, arts, humanities and social science.

Morgan preceded her in death in 1982. In 1985, she married Kenneth Light.

Betty served on the Gresham City Council from 1983-1986. She was very involved in civic life, both as an individual and in connection with Mt. Hood.

Her husband, Kenneth, preceded her in death in 2003.

Survivors include her son, Randall Pritchett of Gresham; daughters, Robin Church of Lowell and Royce Bishop of Auburn, Wash.; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Mt. Hood Community College Foundation, 26000 S.E. Stark St., Gresham, 97030; Planned Parenthood, 3727 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, 97212; or The Salvation Army, 8495 S.E. Monterey Ave., Happy Valley, 97086-7844.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Carolyn Therese Kaepplinger

July 7, 1917-June 9, 2012

East County resident Carolyn Therese Kaepplinger died Saturday, June 9, in Portland. She was 94.

A rosary will be said at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 15, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church, 2310 S.E. 148th Ave., Portland. Interment will be at Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery in Clackamas.

Carolyn was born July 7, 1917, in Niederwald, Switzerland, to Victor and Anna Marie (Mutter) Ried. When Carolyn was 6 years old, the family came to the United States and settled in Chicago. Carolyn graduated from high school and went to nursing school, graduating in 1942.

While living in Chicago, she met Theodore Kaepplinger. On April 15, 1944, they were married in Chicago. After their marriage, Carolyn cared for their home and began their family. In 1952, they came to Portland, later moving to East County.

Carolyn worked for Providence Hospital part time and then left for several years to work in nursing homes. She worked at Edgefield Nursing Home from 1969 to 1981, when she retired.

Carolyn enjoyed golfing after retiring and reading.

Her husband preceded her in death in 1970.

Survivors include her daughters, Lori Burmester of Portland, Kathleen Fuglee of Portland, Jan Senchyna of Battle Ground, Wash., and Dianne Kaepplinger of Portland; sister, Mary Kennedy of Lisle, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Mary Ann Kirkham

Jan. 28, 1929-June 8, 2012

Former East County resident Mary Ann Kirkham died Friday, June 8, in Vancouver, Wash. She was 83.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Mary was born Jan. 28, 1929, in Pawnee, Okla., to Harry and Lena (Beasley) Bell. She graduated from high school in Wichita, Kan.

On May 11, 1947, she married Elbert Kirkham. In 1958, they moved to Seattle and in 1960 to Gresham.

Mary worked for Boeing for eight years as an assembly worker. In 1984, she went to work for Mt. St. Joseph Nursing Home as a dietary aide. She retired in 2002 and moved to Vancouver to help take care of her grandchildren.

Mary was an avid bowler and enjoyed bingo, cards, watching football and crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed trips to Reno, Nev.

She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Jacqueline; brothers, Larry, Jackie and Harry; and sisters, Hazel, Marie and Charlene.

Survivors include her daughters, Judy Reed of Portland, Janet Hutton of Vancouver, Jeraldine Schroeder of Portland and Julia Hess of Vancouver; brothers, Bob Bell of Portland and Billy Bell of Dodge City, Kan.; sisters, Aileen Percival of Gresham and Betty Lou Bailey of Wichita; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to the Lupus Foundation, 800 Fifth Ave., Suite 4100, Seattle, Wash., 98104.

Davies Cremation is handling arrangements.

Flora Henderson Kuykendall

Jan. 31, 1916-May 26, 2012

Gresham resident Flora Henderson Kuykendall died Saturday, May 26, at her home, surrounded by family. She was 96.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Good Shepherd Community Church, 28986 S.E. Haley Road, Boring. Interment was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Flora was born Jan. 31, 1916, in Baguio, Philippines, to Thomas and Marcela Henderson. Flora was nicknamed 'Boots' by the people who gathered at her father's bootery in Manila. She was adopted at age 8 after her father was killed in a poker game, leaving her single mother to raise five daughters.

She married her childhood sweetheart, John Riley Kuykendall, a captain in the Army Air Corps, on Dec. 18, 1947. He preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 2002.

Flora attended Trinity Bible Church, and then moved to Good Shepherd Church after she was widowed.

Survivors include her daughters, Flora Parker of Mesa, Ariz., Alice Sayson of Gresham, Lucille Kunz of Boise, Idaho, and Joan Brawner and Perkasie, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good News Community Health Center, P.O. Box 3113, Gresham, 97030; or to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, Sandy, 97055.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.