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Obituaries for week of 1-19-05


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   Arthur Carlson
   Madras resident Arthur Burton Carlson died Jan. 12, 2005, at Mountain View Hospital at the age of 87.
   Mr. Carlson was born Jan. 14, 1917 in Richland, Wash., to parents Frank and Atta (Root) Carlson. On Oct. 9, 1941, he married his wife Virginia in Payette, Idaho, and they moved to Madras in 1948, from Caldwell, Idaho, when irrigation water came to Central Oregon.
   Mr. Carlson helped start two businesses in Jefferson County, Central Oregon Seeds Inc. and Madras Produce. He served on the school board for 23 years from 1952 to 1975, the Seattle Pacific University Board for six years, and the Jefferson County Co-op Board for eight years.
   He was an active member of the Madras Free Methodist Church, and Oregon Free Methodist Conference, a 50-year Kiwanis member, was instrumental in starting the Jefferson County Little League and spend several years coaching. He loved sports and played all types of sports throughout his life.
   Survivors include his wife, Virginia Carlson of Madras; son, Norman Carlson of Surprise, Ariz.; daughters, Glenda Cloud of Culver, and Christy Faherty of Agoura Hills, Calif.; sisters, Mildred Wallace Meberg and Mary Hall, both of Bellevue, Wash., and Marjorie Parsons of Centralia, Wash.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and three sisters.
   A memorial service was held Jan. 17, at the Madras Free Methodist Church, and a private family committal will be held at Mt. Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery in Madras. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Mountain View Hospice, the Free Methodist Church or the charity of one's choice. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
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   Vince O'Dell
   Madras resident Vince Allen O'Dell died Jan. 11, 2005, at his home following an extended illness. He was 77.
   Mr. O'Dell was born July 20, 1927, in Leigh, Iowa, to parents Vernon and Viola (Malcome) O'Dell. He served in the U.S. Navy.
   On Oct. 11, 1978, he and his wife Rosemond were married in Reno, Nev. They came to Madras in 1985 from Lakeview and he worked at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort as a cook for nine years. He enjoyed fishing in Central Oregon.
   Survivors include his wife, Rosemond O'Dell of Madras; sons, Darrell and Bill O'Dell of Iowa; and sister, Virginia Blenderman of Florida.
   Private family services were held, with arrangements under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
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   Helen Stokes
   Madras resident Helen Elizabeth Stokes died Jan. 4, 2005, while on vacation in California. She was 77.
   She was born Nov. 4, 1927, in Wichita, Kan., the third eldest of eight children born to John and Martha Menges. She grew up in Iowa, and later moved to Oregon, where she was a housewife and worked off and on as a waitress in the Salem area. She moved to Madras in 1973, where she met and married John Stokes.
   Her special interests included square dancing, camping, crocheting and sewing.
   Survivors include her husband of 30 years, John Stokes of Madras; seven children, Connie Chambers of Salem, Tom Schott of Chandler, Ariz., Gloria Still of Purdy, Mo., Dan Schott of Dallas, Ore., David Schott of Madras, Tresa Peters of Salem, and Gust Stokes of Redmond; stepson, Larry Stokes; four sisters; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rose Marie Rose.
   A Reading of the Rosary was held Jan. 13, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Madras, and Funeral Mass was Jan. 14, at the church. Arrangement are under the direction of the Neptune Society funeral home in El Cahon, Calif.