Obituaries for week of 9-20-06
- Madras Pioneer - News
Former Culver resident Mary Roberta Grant Monroe Emery died Sept. 17, 2006, at Ashley Care Center in Redmond. She was 84.
Mrs. Emery was born on a farm near Culver on Oct. 8, 1921, to homesteading parents Mason Ray Grant and Bessie Annetia (Robinson) Grant, the fifth of seven children. She attended both Culver Grade School and high school, graduating in 1940 as the valedictorian.
In 1940, she married Herman Sylvan Monroe, and later in 1995 married Elmer "Bill" Emery.
She lived in Culver and Redmond and was well-known in the Central Oregon area. She had been a homemaker, newspaper reporter, businesswoman, and government employee. She was a member of the Culver and Redmond Christian Churches, the Culver Garden Club, Eastern Star, and Daughters of the American Revolution. Her special interests included gardening, knitting, needlework and family genealogy.
Survivors include her children, Fred Monroe of Roanoke, Va., John Monroe of Prescott, Ariz., Jim Monroe of Redmond, Carole Mathey of Portland, and Ron Monroe of South Setauket, N.Y.; sister, Elsie Nance of Helena, Mont.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Oct. 21, at 2 p.m., in the Redmond Christian Church. Interment will be at the Grey Butte Cemetery in Jefferson County.
Madras resident Lois Gene McBee died Sept. 14, 2006, at East Cascade Assisted Living Center at the age of 81.
Mrs. McBee was born March 2, 1925, in Beulah, N.D., to parents Clifford and Bertha (Mott) Bowers. She attended grade and high school in Beulah, then came to Oregon in 1943, and in 1944 graduated from the Girls Polytechnic High School in Portland.
She and Robert McBee were married on Sept. 11, 1946, in Vancouver, Wash. In 1953, they moved to Sandy, then in 1981, to Madras.
While in the Portland area, she was a member of the Pleasant Home Baptist Church, serving as assistant financial secretary, Sunday school secretary, and secretary of the choir. She was a member of the church choir and taught Sunday school classes.
In Madras, she was an involved member of the Madras Conservative Baptist Church. Her special interests included music, poetry and writing. She also enjoyed crafts, gardening and all types of sewing.
Her husband, Robert, preceded her in death by just two days on Sept. 12. Survivors include their children, Dawn Marie Bullock of Portland, Brent McBee of California, and Nannette Anderson of Madras; brothers, Al Bowers of San Jose, Calif., and Delton Bowers of Arkansas; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Sept. 23, at Bel-Air Colonial Chapel. A private family disposition will be held at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery in Madras. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Madras resident Robert Irwin McBee Sr. died Sept. 12, 2006, at his home at the age of 87.
Mr. McBee was born Dec. 2, 1918, on a farm in Ashton, Idaho, to parents Edwin and Dorothy Frances (Coolidge) McBee. When he was 2 1/2 they moved to Corvallis where he attended grade and high school. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from Jan. 28, 1938, until his discharge as a sergeant on Jan. 27, 1941. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from Sept. 16, 1943, until his discharge Dec. 18, 1945, as a carpenter's mate.
Metals he received included the American Theatre, Good Conduct, Asiatic Pacific, Navy 3205, Unit Citation, honorable discharge, and World War II Victory medal.
Mr. McBee moved to Paulina and worked one year at a ranch, then moved back to Corvallis in 1937. In 1942, he worked for the Shasta Dam project, then moved to Portland. There he worked for the Portland Traction Company, and later, when it became the Rosey Bus Company, he drove bus.
He and Lois Bowers were married on Sept. 11, 1946, in Vancouver, Wash. In 1953, they moved to Sandy, where he worked until 1957 for the Rose City Salvage Company, and also was self-employed as a logger until 1968.
In 1963 he had started working as a substitute at the post office, and in 1972 became a full-time postal worker. He retired from the Sandy post office in 1981 and the McBees moved to a small farm in Culver. He also did part-time work for several farmers. He later moved into Madras.
As a member of the Pleasant Home Baptist Church, he served on the prospect and finance board for three years, as a deacon for 10 years, and also taught junior high Sunday school. As a member of the Madras Conservative Baptist Church, he was a head usher, and a growth group teacher. He was also a member of the American Legion Post No. 44 of Redmond, and Oregon Odd Fellows Lodge No. 195 of Sandy, where he served as a past noble grand.
His special interests included music, teaching, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his children, Dawn Marie Bullock of Portland, Nannette Anderson of Madras; and Brent McBee of California; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His wife Lois passed away just days after her husband, on Sept. 14, at East Cascade Assisted Living Center.
Graveside services for Mr. McBee were held Sept. 18, at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery in Madras. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Culver resident Raymond Dean Rogers died Sept. 15, 2006, at his home at the age of 65.
Mr. Rogers was born July 13, 1941, in Hillards, Ohio, to parents Glen and Minnie (Brickey) Rogers. On July 11, 1987, he married Betty Coyle in California. They moved to Culver 19 years ago from San Jose, Calif. He was self-employed as a contractor prior to his retirement.
His special interests included playing golf, building, and being with his children and grandchildren. He attended the Living Hope Church and enjoyed being involved with the activities at his church.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Rogers of Culver; son, Dean Rogers of Phoenix, Ariz.; stepchildren, Darin Coyle of Nashville, Tenn., Shelly Miller of Nashville, Tenn., Kevin Coyle of Florida; brother, Glen Rogers of Culver; and eight grandchildren. Three sisters preceded him in death.
The funeral service was held Sept. 19, at Living Hope Christian Church in Madras, and burial will be in Tennessee. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
A memorial service for Madras resident Aaron Daniel Saldana, 21, was held Sept. 9, at the Hispanic Conservative Baptist Church in Madras, officiated by youth pastor Jim Leach. Full obituary information will be published when it is received. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.