- Madras Pioneer - News
>Reported for week of Oct. 31.
Former Madras resident Dorothy Nelson died Oct. 6, 2001, in Albuquerque, N.M., at the age of 91.
Mrs. Nelson was born June 17, 1910 in Madras to homesteading parents William and Edith Moore. Her siblings included Aurel Moore Links, Vern Moore and Cecil Moore. She graduated from Madras High School in 1927, worked for a time at the Howard Turner Abstract Company in Madras, then moved to Bermerton, Wash., in 1934.
There, she met Leif Nelson, an electrician at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and they were married in 1935. The Nelsons shared a lifelong interest in children, education and church activities. Dorothy attended community college and earned an associate of arts degree at the age of 53. In addition, she loved to write, especially about her memories of the town of Madras and the hotel her parents ran. Over the years she wrote many history articles under the name Dorothy Moore-Nelson, which were published in The Madras Pioneer. She attended the Jefferson County Pioneer Picnic whenever she was able. Her husband Leif died in 1982.
As a widow in her 70s, Dorothy began traveling, fulfilling a dream she had had for many years. She visited Great Britain, Scandinavia, Germany, Romania, Turkey, Greece, and visited family members in Hawaii. She remained active in the Presbyterian Church, PTA, and the YWCA. In 1997 she moved to Redmond, Wash., to be closer to her daughter, Nancy. Then in 1999, moved with her daughter's family to Albuquerque, N.M.
She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Kanthack and her husband Richard of Albuquerque, N.M., and Sandra Adams and her husband George of Hayward, Calif.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held in Albuquerque on Oct. 13. Memorial donations were suggested by the family to The Dorothy Nelson Memorial Fund, Summit Avenue Presbyterian Church, 403 Summit Avenue South, Bremerton, Wash. 98312, or to the Jefferson County Library.
Madras resident Tiny Rahier died at her home Oct. 20, 2001, at the age of 75.
Mrs. Rahier was born Aug. 25, 1926 in Warren, Minn., to parents John and Josie (Hesby) Cormican. She later married Donald Rahier. She moved to Madras six years ago from Longview, Wash., to be near her daughter.
Survivors include her children, Rickey Rahier of Argyle, Minn., Donald Rahier of Longview, Wash., Mike Rahier of Toutle, Wash., Pat Rahier of Castle Rock, Wash., Penny Simmelink of Madras, Jeff Rahier of Longview, Wash., Bob Rahier of New Mexico, Jody Rahier of Clatskanie, Ore., Pete Rahier of Astoria, Timmy Rahier of Dayton, and Mark Rahier of Longview, Wash.; brothers, Vernie Cormican of Euclid, Minn., and Ed Cormican, also of Minnesota; sister, Eva Mae Anderson of Argyle, Minn.; 30 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, two children and two brothers.
Funeral services were held Oct. 25 at Steele Chapel in Longview Memorial Park in Washington. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.