Obituaries for week of 7-16-03
Angela (Holcomb) Alden
Former Madras resident Angela Marie (Holcomb) Alden died July 4, in Puyallup, Wash., at the age of 32. The cause of death is currently under investigation.
She was born Jan. 24, 1971, in Redmond to parents Charleen (Gregg) and Kirk Holcomb. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her parents, Charleen Holcomb of Redmond and Kirk Holcomb of Madras; son, Justyn Findling of Puyallup, Wash.; daughter, JaTaime Findling of Nyssa; brother, Kevin Holcomb of Monmouth; sisters, Melissa Holcomb of Culver and Keri Holcomb of Monmouth; grandparents, Duane Holcomb of Holcomb of Madras, JoAnn Sutherland of Redmond, and Ellen Gregg of Madras.
A memorial service was held July 12, at the Culver Church of the Nazarene. Memorial contributions have been suggested to an account at Wells Fargo Bank in the names of her children, to help with their education. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Former Madras resident Marvel Marie Dizney died June 13, 2003, in Federal Way, Wash., following a brief illness. She was 82.
Ms. Dizney was born July 30, 1920, in Redmond to Thad M. and Theresa (Wever) Dizney. She grew up and attended all 12 years of school in Madras, graduating in 1938.
In 1943, after the outbreak of World War II, she and her sister Marion went to Washington, D.C., where she worked for Curtis Wright, an aeronautics manufacturer. At the end of the war, she moved to Seattle and worked for Boeing until her retirement.
Ms. Dizney was an avid Seattle Mariners fan, holding season tickets for many years, and often attending spring training in Arizona. She also loved to travel and made many trips across the country pursuing family history.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Anita Dizney of Federal Way, Wash.; brother, Thad M. "Tim" Dizney of Shelby, N.C.; and sister, Marion (Mrs. Vance) Lozier of LaPine; grandchildren, Richard, Meredity and Janet; great-grandson, Richard Jr.; and several nieces and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Wever, who died in infancy.
A memorial service was held in Renton, Wash., on June 26. A Madras service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Aug. 2, in the Fireside Room of the First Baptist Church at 7th and A streets.
Madras-Warm Springs resident Michael David Frank Summerhalder died June 28, 2003, at his home at the age of 43.
Mr. Summerhalder was born Jan. 31, 1960, to parents Adkins Frank and Betty June Dick. He was raised by foster parents Walt and Rose Summerhalder of Madras.
He was a lifetime resident of Madras and Warm Springs and an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. He worked all types of jobs, and enjoyed his friends, grandsons and dogs. He was a confirmed member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Madras.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Summerhalder of Madras; son, Michael Summerhalder Jr. of Madras; brother, William "Bear Cat" Frank of Warm Springs; sisters, Marilyn R. Hart of Madras, Holly J. Phillips of Bend; and two grandsons, Derick and Oshay Summerhalder of California. He was preceded in death by his natural parents, and brothers Ernest Wilson, Frank Summerhalder, and Walter "Max" Summerhalder.
A dressing ceremony was held June 30, at Agency Longhouse in Warm Springs, followed by overnight services. Burial was at sunrise July 1, at the Mouth of the Warm Springs River Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
James "Okie" Watts died June 14, 2003, at the age of 77.
Mr. Watts was born in Arkansas on May 7, 1926. At an early age, his family moved to Oklahoma, where he later met the girl of his dreams while working in the cotton fields at age 11.
On May 14, 1944, he was married to his "cotton picker" Eddith. They later moved to Arizona, then to Oregon with their four children. He retired from Local 320 as a pipelayer. He will be remembered for his love of family and laughter.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Eddith Watts; children, Don, Rick and Rita; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Jesse.
At his request, there will be no funeral service. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the local hospice organization or the American Cancer Society.