Death and funeral notices for the Tigard-Tualatin and Beaverton areas

Eleanor Marie Elliott

Oct. 28, 1932-Sept. 4, 2011

Eleanor Marie Elliott died in her sleep on Sunday morning, Sept. 4, with her oldest son William at her side. She was 78 years old.

Eleanor Marie Olsen was born in Manhattan, New York, N.Y., on Oct. 28, 1932, to Ralph and Elva Olsen. Soon after she was born, the Olsen family moved to Brownsmead in Oregon, where they converted an old barn into the family home.

All of the Olsen children attended Knappa High School, from which Eleanor graduated in 1950. During all of her school years, she was active in 4-H, winning a trip to a 4-H conference in Chicago in 1950.

After graduating from high school, she played softball on the Astoria woman's softball team for several years.

In 1953, she married Robin Elliott of Astoria in Brownsmead and then became a homemaker, raising two sons before entering the restaurant business.

Celebrating holidays with family and cooking were her passions. It was her talent for cooking that led her to co-manage Lipmans restaurant at Washington Square when it opened in 1973.

In 1984, Mrs. Elliott took the restaurant skills she learned at Lipmans to open Ellie's kitchen, deli and catering service in King City. She operated the deli until 1995.

A devoted fan of the Portland Trail Blazers for longer than anyone can remember, Mrs. Elliott's name was announced by the Blazers announcers at the last game of the 2011 season.

Mrs. Elliott's favorite pastime was watching Blazer games with her son William.

'Ellie,' as she became known, was a resident of Avamere assisted living facility in Sherwood since July 2002.

Surviving are her youngest brother Kenneth of Richland, Wash.; sons William, a retired Navy veteran, and Richard, a former Marine, of Milwaukie; and granddaughters Brittney of Milwaukie and Jessica of Chicago.

Condolences may be left online at

A funeral service will be held at Cross Roads Community Church in Swensen at 3 p.m. on Oct. 1.

Carl J. Knox

Carl J. Knox of Tigard died Sept. 13 in Boise, Idaho, from

injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 78 years old.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Boise Funeral Home in Idaho handled cremation arrangements.

Arnold A. Saari

June 22, 1922-Sept 14. 2011

Arnold (Arnie) A. Saari died Sept 14 at the age of 89.

He was born in Portland on June 22, 1922.

After graduating from Amity High School, he served in the Army and followed with a career in oil delivery and the paving business.

In retirement, he took up golf and played all around the world. For 32 years he worked hard for the Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife Joyce; sister Evelyn Puutio; children Diane Wiesner and Steve Saari; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arnie A. Saari was loved by many and will be missed.

A memorial service will be held at King City Clubhouse on Oct. 1 at 3 p.m.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.

Arrangements were by Crown Memorial Center - Tualatin.

Crystal Kay Ward

May 25, 1971-Sept. 10, 2011

Crystal Kay Ward of Beaverton died Sept. 10 at the age of 40.

Born May 25, 1971, in Goldendale, Wash., she spent most of her life in Yakima, Wash., before moving to Oregon a few years ago.

She worked for the Yakima Herald-Republic and Sea Galley in Yakima. She also worked at Shari's and Chevy's restaurants.

Surviving are her mother and stepfather Pamela and Alan Rauschl of Beaverton; sisters Michelle Baker and Lacey Strable, both of Beaverton; sons Brandon Fast and Blake Ward of Yakima; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Blessed by all who knew her, she will be truly missed.

A memorial service was held Saturday at Westside Community Church.

Donations to the family in their time of need are suggested.

Arrangements were by Crown Memorial Center - Tualatin.

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