Helen Joyce Freeman Morris

July 22, 1924-Sept. 4, 2012

Gresham resident Helen Joyce Freeman Morris died Tuesday, Sept. 4, after a short bout with pancreatic cancer. She was 88.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Eastgate Bible Chapel, 11410 S.E. Stark St., Portland.

Helen was born July 22, 1924, in Seattle to Charles and Helen Freeman. She graduated from James Garfield High School and from the University of Washington with her nursing degree.

In 1947, she married Ralph Morris. They moved to Portland in about 1950.

Helen was a pediatrics nurse at Emanuel Hospital in Portland for more than 20 years. She and Ralph attended Clinton Street Bible Chapel in Gresham.

Helen was known for remembering all the birthdays of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; she attended many of their games and activities.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2001; one son; and two sisters.

Survivors include her children, Jan Sale of Portland, Jeff Morris of Dufur, Mike Morris of Portland, Tani Beers of Estacada, Tim Morris of Port Orchard, Wash., and Patti Elliot of Estacada; sister, Marion Reimer of Seattle; 19 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Eagle Fern Camp, 37700 S.E. Camp Road, Estacada, 97023; or to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, Sandy, 97055.

Lincoln Memorial Park & Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Shirley Ann Nelson

April 19, 1950-Aug. 21, 2012

Former Gresham resident Shirley Ann Nelson died Tuesday, Aug. 21, from colon cancer. She was 62.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Sandy Church of the Nazarene, 34717 S.E. Jarl Road, Boring.

Shirley was born April 19, 1950, in Portland to William and Ollie Mae Kuykendall. She spent most of her childhood in Gresham and graduated from Gresham High School in 1968. She was divorced.

Shirley received her degree in medical billing from Apollo College in 1999 and her California real estate license in 2000.

Before being disabled by cancer, Shirley was a home health-care worker for Sandy Home Care. Prior to that she worked as a medical biller for Apria, as a real estate agent, a scheduler/coordinator for Eskaton, a chef and cooking instructor; she was also a business owner. She resided in Boring and Sandy for most of her adult life.

Shirley enjoyed painting and photography, and was a member/board officer in the Wy’east Artisans Guild. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Shirley fought a long battle with cancer. Over six years she underwent 13 surgeries, several regimens of chemotherapy and radiation treatment twice.

Survivors include her companion, Tom Newell of Sandy; son, Troy Nelson of La Pine; daughter, Kristyl Nelson of Sandy; her mother, of Gresham; sister, Linda Milburn of Kennewick, Wash.; brothers, Rick Kuykendall of Gresham and Sam Kuykendall of Sacramento, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, Sandy, 97055.

Affordable Funeral Alternatives is handling arrangements.

Carol Irene Kuzmesky

June 10, 1937-June 27, 2012

Former East County resident Carol Irene Kuzmesky died Friday, July 27, at Adventist Medical Center. She was 75.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Living Way Fellowship Church, 39300 Dubarko Road, Sandy. The family invites friends and family to bring a potluck dish to be shared after the service.

Carol was born June 10, 1937, in Boise, Idaho, to Clarence and Lydia Caulkins. They moved to Oregon in 1938. Carol was a graduate of Corbett High School.

In 1954, Carol married Steven Wayne Kuzmesky, and they had four children. They divorced in 1971.

Carol studied management, accounting, computer courses and other business-related subjects. Her career was a series of management positions in Sandy such as Opals Restaurant, Griff’s Longburger, Yum’s, Denny’s, Shaklee and Avon. She was also the owner of Sandy Office Supply and a notary public. Several years ago, she took course work through Clackamas County to become a certified senior companion.

Carol served as a Sandy city councilwoman, with the Boy Scouts of America, Busy Bees Club, the Lions Club, the Cliffside Cemetery Improvement Project and others.

Carol was preceded in death by her grandson, Andrew, and stepbrother, John Gladfelder.

Survivors include her children, Scott Kuzmesky of Sandy, Kevin Kuzmesky of North Plains, Lori Fegel of Sandy and Troy Kuzmesky of Sandy; stepsisters, Sally Boyer, Patsy Wolfe and Phyllis West; stepbrothers, Ray Haas of Florida and Kim Haas; foster brother, Richard Alfred of Portland; and one grandson.

Memorial donations can be made to the National Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, Mass., 01923.

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