Obituaries for week of 3-19-03
Culver resident Orval M. Mahn died March 8, 2003 at the age of 75.
Mr. Mahn was born Oct. 17, 1927, in Boring to parents Frederick and Gertrude (Butts) Mahn. On Sept. 16, 1949, he married Peggy Gehrts in Sandy.
He was employed as a machinist for Wagner Mining Corporation. He was a former VFW member, and enjoyed reading, fishing, hunting and visiting with people.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Mahn of Culver; sons, Frederick "Rick" Mahn of Bend, and Bob Mahn of Culver; daughters, LeAnne Coochise of Phoenix, Ariz.; brother, Richard Mahn of Portland; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service was held March 13, at the Culver Church of the Nazarene, with arrangements under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Culver resident Jessey L. "Jess" Parrish died from cancer at her home March 10, 2003, at the age of 77.
Mrs. Parrish was born Sept. 21, 1925, in The Dalles to parents Frank and Velma Knox. She grew up in Wasco, and on June 6, 1948, married Ray Parrish there.
They moved to Portland where her husband worked at Mt. Scott Funeral Home. She worked 10 years at Jansen Knitting Mill as a power sewing machine operator, three years at Pendleton Woolen Mills at the Milwaukie plant, then 10 years at J.C. Penney's Custom Draperies.
After her husband retired, they moved to Culver. Mrs. Parrish worked for Warm Springs Clothing until it closed, then worked at Seaswirl Boats making boat tops until she became ill June 2002.
Survivors include her husband, Ray Parrish; sons, Richard and Gregory Parrish; grandson, Shawn Parrish; granddaughters, Cassey and Jessica Parrish, all of Portland. She was preceded in death by twin sisters.
Former Culver resident Jessie Fay Whitten died at her home in Redmond on March 15, 2003, at the age of 83.
Mrs. Whitten was born April 17, 1919, in Pason, Utah, to parents Henry and Opal Maude (Westfall) Binning. She was raised and educated in San Pedro, Calif., and Pinedale, Wyo. She married Eddie Whitten on Sept. 30, 1944, in Salt Lake City, Utah. They came to Culver in 1945, and in 1950 moved to Gateway for five years. Subsequent moves were made to Mesa, Wash., then Casper, Wyo., where they lived for almost 25 years, Bullhead City, Ariz., in 1980, then back to Redmond in 1985.
She was a loving mother and wife, who also worked as a maid in the hotel industry for more than 20 years, and worked at the downtown Redmond Senior Center for five years.
She enjoyed her children and grandchildren and playing pinochle with her friends and family. She taught everyone to play a family dice game, and "chickenfoot" was a game for whoever happened to drop by. Other special interests included dancing, country and western music, her church, and reading the Bible.
Survivors include her daughters, Shirley Carter, Patsy Bulkley, Laretta Allen, all of Redmond, and Opal Eikenbury of Cadiz, Ohio; her son, Eddie Whitten of Boise, Idaho; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Eddie Whitten in 1988, her parents, three brothers, and three sisters.
Visitation will be held at Autumn Funerals in Redmond from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 18. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m., March 20, at Highland Baptist Church, 3100 SW Highland Ave., Redmond, with interment at Redmond Memorial Cemetery, followed by a time of fellowship.
Memorial contributions have been suggested to Central Oregon Hospice, 2698 NE Courtney Drive, Bend, OR 97701. Arrangements were under the direction of Autumn Funerals.
Madras resident Gladden Cheryl Woolfolk died at her home on March 10, 2003, at the age of 86.
Mrs. Woolfolk was born Sept. 13, 1916, in Perris Valley, Calif., to parents Maurice and Lillian (Warr) Pryer. She grew up in Riverside, Calif., where she attended elementary school through high school. She attended one year of junior college, where she studied paleontology.
She appeared in the old, silent "Our Gang" movie comedies at age 5 and 6. At age 10, she won the bronze medal for interpretive ballet for all of Southern California, and by age 12, was teaching ballet to 18 students.
She married Willard Woolfolk in 1936 in Riverside, Calif., and, after living in numerous cities throughout California, settled in San Diego. She was a silversmith, working with gems and stones, and was an expert in fossil identification. As such, she judged rockhound and mineral shows throughout California and at the South California Expo. She was a member of the San Diego Gem and Mineral Society and was several times fossil chairman with the society, and helped publish its newsletter. She was a member of Living Hope Christian Center in Madras and volunteered her time as a hospital Pink Lady.
Survivors include her son, Walter Woolfolk of Cincinnati, Ohio; daughter, Cheryl Cotter of Madras; brother, Sterling Warr-Pryer of Grass Valley, Calif.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1993, and her son Bruce.
A private service will be held at a later date in California. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Mt. View Hospice in care of Mt. View Hospital, 470 NE A Street, Madras, OR 97741. Autumn Funerals is in charge of arrangements.