Obituaries for week of 2-20-02


   Josepha Crowe
   Warm Springs resident Josepha M. Crowe died Feb. 9, 2002, at her home. She was 68.
   Mrs. Crowe was born Dec. 22, 1933, in Simnasho to parents Clarence Meanus and Lillie Cushingway. She was a lifetime resident of Warm Springs and an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. She was a homemaker all of her life, and was a member of the Elliott Palmer Auxiliary Post No. 4217.
   Survivors include her children, Owens Yahtin, Walter Payne, Josie William, Richard Payne, and Linda Meanus, all of Warm Springs, and Virgil Watson of New Mexico; brother, Marvin Meanus of Warm Springs; sisters, Hilda Culpus and Jeanette Yazzie, both of Warm Springs, Nancy Yallup of Wapato, Wash.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
   A dressing ceremony was held Feb. 12, at Agency Longhouse, followed by overnight services. Burial was Feb. 13, at Tenino Cemetery in Warm Springs. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home.
   Alta Palmer
   Madras resident Alta Mae Palmer died Feb. 9, 2002, at East Cascade Assisted Living Center. She was 73.
   Mrs. Palmer was born March 23, 1928, in Carthage, S.D., to parents Simeon and Emma (Garness) Collinson. In 1939 her family moved from South Dakota to Illinios, where she finished grade school. They they relocated to St. Paul, Minn., where she graduated from Wilson High School in 1945. Following graduation, she moved to Lebanon, Ore., and worked nine years in an office doing accounts receivable. While in Lebanon, she joined the Pearl Rebekah Lodge No. 47, continued as a member until 1967, and served as Noble Grand.
   It was also in Lebanon that she met Harold "Bud" Palmer at a dance hall. They were married on Feb. 4, 1954, in Lebanon. Her husband's job required them to move frequently, so they purchased a travel trailer for their home.
   In the early 1960s, they settled in Springfield and went into the grocery business. Mrs. Palmer joined Beta Sigma Phi in January 1964 and in May of 1989 earned the title of Preceptor Alpha Tau of Beta Sigma Phi. She enjoyed her years in Beta Sigma Phi immensely.
   The Palmers sold the grocery business and retired to travel the countryside for a while. Looking for a permanent place to retire, they lived in Bend for a while, where she worked for Bend Credit Reporting, then finally settled in Madras, where she helped her husband in his radiator business.
   Her special interests included hunting, fishing, and riding snow mobiles. Her granddaughter, Jesse, was the apple of her eye.
   Survivors include her husband, Bud Palmer of Madras; sons, Michael Palmer of The Dalles, and Jeffrey Palmer of Redmond; and granddaughter, Jesse Palmer. She was preceded in death by brothers, Delbert and Simeon Collinson Jr.
   A memorial service was held Feb. 14, at East Cascade Assisted Living Center.
   Donald Wires
   Madras resident Donald N. Wires died Feb. 15, in Madras at the age of 93.
   Mr. Wires was born July 28, 1908, in Mound, B.C., Canada. He was employed as a welder and ship builder in Portland and retired in 1972.
   On Feb. 1, 1997, he married Irene Peck in Madras. He had lived in Central Oregon since 1954, residing in Redmond, and for the past five years in Madras. Mr. Wires was a member of the Senior Citizens of Jefferson County, Mud Springs Grange Hall, Union No. 701 Operating Engineers, and was a member and volunteer with the Mountain View Hospital Auxiliary.
   He helped construct Round Butte Dam, was an excellent musician, was very strong physically, and loved hunting, fishing, dogs, chickens, and wild animal watching.
   Survivors include his wife, Irene Wires of Madras; daughters, Betty Smith of Florence and Cheryl Hudson of Bakersfield, Calif.; sons, Dennis Harrison of Caldwell, Idaho, Billy Harrison of White City, Ore., and Floyd Bauer of Madras; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchild; three great-great-grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and two brothers.
   Funeral services were held Feb. 18, at Deschutes Memorial Chapel in Bend. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Mountain View Hospital Auxiliary in Madras. Arrangements were under the direction of Deschutes Memorial Funeral Home in Bend.