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Cyndee Greene-Eikenberry

Sept. 15, 1961 - Aug. 3, 2011

In Sweet Remembrance and happy birthday. You were everything we wanted and loved. But like a rainbow or a hummingbird, you were gone too soon. Our wonderful, beautiful memories of you, however, can never be taken away.

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Barbara Lyn Gates

Sept. 22, 1948 - Aug. 18, 2012

Barbara Lyn Gates died on Aug. 18, in Milwaukie, from cancer at the age of 63.

She was born to Clyde and Marjorie Overholts in Dayton, Ohio, on Sept. 22, 1948. She was raised in Eaton, Ohio.

She worked as a waitress, an Avon representative and a greenhouse worker. She enjoyed crocheting blankets for people and cooking for needy families. She was a member of Christ Church Apostolic in Oregon City in 2000; Abundant Life Church in 2004; and a present member of Hillside Christian Fellowship in Clackamas.

Survivors include: her son, Matthew Thomas Gates; grandson, Matthew Gates; and brothers, Edward and Dennis Overholts.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Leonard Gates Jr., who passed away on Sept. 21, 2000.

There will be a celebration of life on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 4 p.m. at Christ Church Apostolic in Oregon City which is located at 600 Barclay Hills Drive, Oregon City. Memorial contributions may be made in Barbara’s name to Sunnyside Elementary school’s Backpack Buddy program. Please visit anewtradition.com to light a candle in Barbara’s honor and to sign the online guest book.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Myrtle Johnson Helm

June 25, 1909 - Aug. 31, 2012

Myrtle Johnson Helm died on Aug. 31, after living quite independently for 103 full years. She was born to Richard and Nellie Meyer in Lake City, Minn., on June 25, 1909. She was raised in a German speaking neighborhood and went to German Lutheran church services as well as being confirmed in German. She married Douglas Walter Johnson Nov. 23, 1930, in Wahpeton, N. D.

They enjoyed nearly 32 years residing in North Dakota, California and Montana. They raised four children, Beverly Jobin, Dale (Gladys), Douglas (Pamela) and Cheryl (Mark) Nelson, who all cherished her and celebrate her life today. After 12 years of independent living as a mother and ceramics instructor, she married Oscar Helm. They resided together in Mesa, Ariz. The last nine years of her life she moved to The Springs in Milwaukie, to be close to her daughter, Cheryl, and family.

Mrs. Helm so enjoyed traveling, especially the annual cruise with her children and their spouses the last few years.

In addition to her children and their spouses, she is survived by: eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; brother-in-law, J. Harry Johnson; several nieces; and a nephew.

In addition to her two husbands, she was preceded in death by: two grandsons, Mark Steinley and Troy Johnson; son-in-law, Andre Jobin; and sister, Laura Houge.

Donations can be made to The Lutheran Hour or Odyssey Hospice of Portland. Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud.

Visit waudsfuneralservice.com for more information and to sign the online guestbook.

Marcella Kleinhans

Dec. 19, 1938 - Aug. 30, 2012

Marcella Kleinhans passed away on Aug. 30.

She was born in Yakima, Wash., on Dec. 19, 1938, to parents Nina and Dan Warren. While in grade school, the family, including sister, June, and brother, Dan Jr., moved to Milwaukie, along Railroad Avenue. While in high school, Marcella met LeRoy Kleinhans. They married on Feb. 17, 1957, and had five sons.

Mrs. Kleinhans had a passion for the arts, whether doing painting while at home or singing, which she did with her sister June, while their father played the electric guitar. Her love for singing was shared while at church. Though LeRoy preceded her in death in 1995, she remained active. A fondness for doing fuzzy posters was discovered. Mrs. Kleinhans is survived by: her sons, Robert, Steven, Chester and Dennis; her nieces and nephews in Yacolt, Wash., of the Thobois clan; and by her brother Dan.

There will be a memorial service on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. at Avamere, 220 E. Hereford St., Gladstone.

For more information and to light a candle in Marcella’s honor, visit anewtradition.com.

Shirley Ann Lane

Feb. 28, 1935 - Aug. 31, 2012

Gladstone resident Shirley Ann Lane passed away, on Aug. 31, at the age of 77.

She was born in Beloit, Kan., to parents Virgil and Nina Shaffstall on Feb. 28, 1935. She was raised in Belle Plaine, Kan., and attended Bell Plaine High School.

She married Ligon Lane on Nov. 24, 1957, and together they had three daughters: Julia, Laura and Paula.

Mrs. Lane was a homemaker and enjoyed painting landscapes, loved to cook and was a champion salsa maker. She won three years in a row at the farmers market salsa competition. She lived in Hillsboro from the early 1990s until 2010 when she moved to Forest Grove. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hillsboro.

She is survived by: her daughter, Paula Lane; her grandson, Tim Shinn, of Milwaukie; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ligon Lane, who passed away in 1995; and her daughters, Julia Lane and Laura Shinn.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center. For more information and to light a candle in her honor please visit anewtradition.com.

Steven Thomas McEntee

June 19, 1968 - Aug. 26, 2012

Steven Thomas McEntee, 44, of West Linn, passed away at his home surrounded by members of his family on Sunday, Aug. 26, following a courageous eight-month battle with brain cancer.

He was born in San Francisco on June 19, 1968, to Patricia Shea McEntee and Thomas Emmet McEntee. He attended schools in Fairfax, Calif., graduated from Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, Calif., and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in art and design from California Polytechnic State University in 1991.

A talented artist from an early age, he found work throughout his school years as a cartoonist, illustrator and graphic designer. He began his professional career at Illustrious, Inc. in San Rafael, Calif., doing illustrations for science textbooks. It was there he met his wife, Laura Brown, also an artist, and they were married in Kauai, Hawaii, in October 1998. Their son, Benjamin, was born in October 1999 and their daughter, Megan, in April 2002.

The young family moved from the Bay Area to West Linn in 2003.

After leaving Illustrious, Mr. McEntee formed his own business, which became McEntee Art & Design, doing scientific illustrations and interactive web content for educational publishers and instructional providers. After his diagnosis, he continued working as long as he was able on a book for Cengage Learning, and his family has learned that Cengage is dedicating that book to him.

He loved sports, played golf and basketball whenever he could, and coached youth basketball and soccer teams in West Linn.

Family activities included frequent camping, hiking, biking, and skiing, often with friends, and each summer they joined his parents and siblings and their families for a week at Lake Tahoe, a tradition that kept the families close despite the distance between them.

This year when he was ill, this became instead a cabin-camping trip in the Trinity area of Northern California, which he attended in a wheelchair. Steve, Laura and their children were also a family of artists, and their life together reflected their shared interests in art, music and photography.

Mr. McEntee is survived by: his wife and children; his parents, Thomas and Patricia; his siblings, Daniel (Judith), Kevin (Sandy) and Laura Smith (Nate); seven nieces and nephews; mother-in-law, Lela Brown; sisters-in-law, Marci Ryan and Jennifer Flynn (Shawn) and Diane Delvers (Jim) and their families; as well as many dear friends.

A celebration of life will be held for him at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Abernethy Chapel, 1400 John Adams St. in Oregon City.

To sign the online guest book and light a candle in his honor visit anewtradition.com. Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.