Ruth Evelyn Ashley, 88, a longtime resident of Bakeoven, died at a care facility in The Dalles on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005.
She was born Oct. 29, 1916, at her grandparent's farm in the Fifteen-Mile area, near The Dalles. She was the oldest of five children born to Elmer Ruekel and Anna Louise (Johnson) Brown. Ruth's mother was born in Sweden and kept contact with a cousin there for many years.
She spent her entire life living in Wasco County. Her parents farmed in the Bakeoven area and she attended first grade at Shaniko School, then transferred to the Bakeoven School. For a short time, she attended Dufur schools, but graduated from Maupin High School in 1935.
She married Cecil George Ashley on June 27, 1936, at Goldendale, Wash. They farmed in the Bakeoven area their entire lives, going into semiretirement with the ranch, while their son, Larry carried on the farm.
Ruth was always close to nature, as her interests were raising flowers and doing needlework of flowers. She was a member of the Maupin Dig and Hoe Garden Club, Home Extension Club, Wasco County Cowbelles, Wasco Pioneer Association, and a Wasco County Redside Booster. Her other interests included old-time bluegrass music, and she accompanied Cecil to many jam sessions and presentations.
She is survived by her daughter, Lois Kennedy of Wamic and her children; Karen Wrightson and her partner, George Barnett of Maupin; Kim and Phillip Burns of Klickitat, Wash., and Kristy and Dave Hanley of Portland; her son, Larry and his wife, Vicki Ashley of Maupin and their children, Debra and Dick Baltus of Roseburg; Steve and Julie Ashley of San Francisco, Calif., and Sarah and Bob Krein of Maupin; great-grandchildren, Henry, Andrew, William and Isabelle Ashley of San Francisco, Calif.; her brother, Norris Brown of The Dalles; sisters-in-law, Janice Snodgrass of Maupin and Barbara Brown of California.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Cecil Ashley, on Jan. 25, 2002; her brothers, Donny Brown in 1960 and Clarence Brown in 1987 and her sister, Ellen Dreher in 1992.
A viewing visitation will be held at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in The Dalles from 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28.
Funeral services and a luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Craig Snodgrass Ranch. Interment will be at Buzan Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to Southern Wasco County Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 125, Maupin, OR 97037.
Madras resident Wilbur Joseph Moschetti died Jan. 20, 2005, at Mountain View Hospital at the age of 72.
Mr. Moschetti was born June 23, 1932, in Canon City, Colo., the youngest of six children born to parents Alexander and Mae Moschetti. He served in the U.S. Air Force.
On Oct. 10, 1952, he and his wife Flora were married in Nevada. They made their home in Ukiah, Calif., and later in the Bay Area of California.
In 1963, he and a brother purchased the Metolius River Lodge in Camp Sherman. He moved to Madras in 1966 and purchased a car dealership on the corner of Fifth and A streets, which was named M&S Motors. He was a golf pro at Madras Nine Peaks Golf Course, turned pro in 1970 and continued to play throughout his life.
In 1976, he and three other area residents purchased Rock Creek Country Club in Portland, He semiretired in 1978. In 1989, he purchased Shielding International in Madras, which the family still owns and operates.
Mr. Moschetti's special interests included golf, fishing and hunting. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Madras.
Survivors include his wife, Flora Moschetti of Madras; daughters, Cyndie Bush and Kriste Lofting of Madras; sons, Brent Moschetti of Madras and Brad Moschetti of Lompoc, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren, all of Madras. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, one sister and one grandson.
A public viewing will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 26 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home in Madras. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 28, at the LDS Church on Oak Street in Madras.
Memorial contributions have been suggested to the American Heart Association or the Madras High School Golf Team. Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home.