Obituaries for week of 12-13-06
Merlie Newbill Allen
Former Madras resident Merlie M. Hurt Newbill Allen, 100, of Wickenburg Ariz., died Nov. 30, 2006.
She was born on the Agency Plains north of Madras to James and Florence Hurt on Aug. 8, 1906. Her father was involved in dryland farming and later operated the first butcher shop in Madras. It was located on the west side of what is now called Fifth Street.
When Merlie was 9 years old they moved to Lower Trout Creek below Gateway where the railroad was being built up the canyon. She started school on the Agency Plains and her first grade teacher was Ada Brownhill. Merlie attended school in Madras continuing through the eighth grade with two years at Madras High School. At that time the Hurts moved to Ashwood and Merlie went to stay with her grandparents in Sweet Home. She graduated from Sweet Home High School in 1925, and then entered Oregon Normal School at Monmouth, a teacher's college.
After graduation she taught her first year at Haycreek, then after one year there she taught at Gateway, remembering Ronald Vibbert as one of her first pupils.
In July 1927, she married Howard Newbill of Grizzly. They had two children, son James and daughter Phyllis. She and Howard farmed together for 46 years in the Madras and Grizzly area until Howard's death in 1973. In October 1975, she married Harold Allen. They wintered in Wickenburg, Ariz., and Hemet, Calif., returning to Madras for the summers.
Mrs. Newbill Allen was a member of the Lady Elks of Madras, past member of the Jefferson County Cowbelles, past member of the Tuesday Nite Twisters Bowling League, past president of the Madras Garden Club and also an avid bridge player belonging to several clubs.
In July 2001, the Allens moved to Wickenburg to be near family. She is survived by her husband Harold, son James, grandson Tony, his wife Kelly, great-grandson Austin and brother Floyd "Jim" Hurt all of Wickenburg; daughter Phyllis Griswold and great-granddaughter Terra Smith of Culver, granddaughters Vicky Kirk of Brownsville, Ore., Tami Newbill of Gresham; grandsons Robert "Butch" and Tim of Oregon, great-granddaughter Shelley Brown of Vancouver and Derek Terrell of Portland. She is also survived by niece Connie Marriott of Beaumont, Texas. Mrs. Newbill Allen has 11 great grand-children and five great-great-grandchildren and grandniece Amanda Marriott of Colorado Springs, Colo.
There will be no services at her request. A private family memorial service will be held at a future date. Disposition will be by cremation. Arrangements are under the direction of The Wickenburg Funeral Home.
A celebration of life service for former Madras resident Debbie Chapman will be held on Friday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m., at Bible Baptist Church, 4849 S. Sixth St., in Klamath Falls. A reception will follow.
(Chapman, the director of a Klamath Falls retirement center, was fatally shot by a resident of the center while trying to resolve a conflict between him and another resident. The man turned himself in to the police following the incident).
Debra Louise Brockett was born on June 11, 1955, to Calvin and Laura (Marshall) Brockett in Prineville. She graduated from Madras High School in 1973 and entered Phagan's Beauty School in Portland, graduating with certification in barbering, cosmetology and manicure. She practiced her trade in Portland for a year. Shortly thereafter, she accepted a position in Reno, Nev., at a Christian bookstore. While working in this ministry, she accepted a position at an extended care facility as a social worker.
She married Phillip Chapman in June of 1980. In the winter of 1985, the couple moved to Portland, where her husband attended school. He graduated from Multnomah School of the Bible, Multnomah Seminary and later Concordia University with a degree in education.
During these years, she was employed by Mount St. Joseph retirement and extended care facility as a social worker, and was beloved by all. She was named Employee of the Year in 1994.
In 1995, the couple moved to Klamath Falls, when her husband accepted a teaching position at the Triad School. She was hired by Pacific Retirement Services (Rogue Valley Manor) to be the housing manager for the newly opened Klamath View Retirement Center, where she was employed until her untimely death. She was beloved by her corporate management and the residents of KVRC.
Mrs. Chapman was a longtime member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Klamath Falls, serving as secretary for five of those years. She was the Klamath Basin director of the Foster Grandparent Program, enabling her to recruit seniors to serve the needs of their community primarily through local schools, providing much-needed one-on-one support in the classroom.
She recently became a mentor with Citizens for Safe Schools, which provided her with an opportunity to give to another individual in much the same way the McKelvy family had done for her during the crucial early years of her life.
She and her husband had been active members of the EpiCenter Match Club, which allowed them to travel to other cities/states for bowling tournaments.
She also served on the board for the Basin Transit System, as an advocate for the senior citizens she loved so well.
Her love for seniors was apparent to all who knew her. Her infectious and hardy laugh brought joy into many lives. Her warm nature, natural love of people, honesty and integrity will be remembered.
She will be missed by her friends and family. She brought not only humor and warmth but a tremendous depth of care, concern and understanding. She was a kindred spirit to Cindy Dubisar, Debbie Gray, Lisa Koekkoek, and Jan Ronningen.
Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Phillip Chapman of Klamath Falls; her sisters Dianna Grantham of Vancouver, Wash., and Laurie Mugavero of Welford, S.C.; her brother Dwain Brockett of Longview, Wash.; her brothers-in-law Steve Chapman and David Hill, and sisters-in-law Diane Chapman and Christine Hill; her foster mother Charlene McKelvy who helped shape her into the woman she would become; foster sisters and dear friends Cindy Dubisar and Vicki McKelvy, both of Madras, Erin Green of Golden, Colo., and Debbie Jorgensen of Baker City; her longtime friend, Shirley Howlett; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her mother Laura Marie Marshall and father Calvin Ray Brockett as well as her beloved foster father Bill McKelvy.
Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Foster Grandparents Program or Citizens for Safe Schools in Debbie's name, two organizations that held her heart.
Florence A. Williams, a Prineville resident passed away Nov. 30, 2006, at her home. She was 87.
Graveside services were held Dec. 6, at Terrebonne Pioneer Cemetery. Pastor Glen Bartnik of Powell Butte Christian Church officiated.
Mrs. Williams was born in Lone Pine, Ore. on Aug. 16, 1919, to Sherrid and Anna (Terrell) Bozarth. Florence married Earl Williams on Sept. 28, 1935, in Redmond.
In the early 1930s the family moved east of Bend and lived in the Horse Ridge area until moving to Culver in 1955, raising cattle, hay, and potatoes. She worked as a cook for a truck stop in Redmond and then worked as a dietary cook at the Redmond hospital and then she worked as the first cook at the Madras hospital, retiring in 1984. The biggest part of her life was her marriage to Earl.
She loved to travel Central Oregon and look at local sites. She loved to play cards especially canasta, and enjoyed Our Day Out (ODO) Club getting together and playing cards and cheat.
She was well known as a cook, enjoyed socializing with family and friends, telling stories about Central Oregon history, gardening, raising flowers and vegetables. She was known as an extremely hard worker. She was baptized in the Crooked River at Lone Pine, Ore.
Survivors include her daughters, Elvina and her husband Harold Kentner, of Prineville, Kaye and her husband Thayne Corwin of Culver; and her son Tom and his wife Marge Williams of Helena, Mont.; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers, and two sisters.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Diabetes Association. Arrangements are in the care of the Prineville Funeral Home.
Madras resident Lillian Young died at home on Nov. 29, 2006 at the age of 97.
Mrs. Young was born August 21, 1909. She married Dean Milton Young on August 10, 1940.
She loved being outside working in her flowers and was a big help to her friends Howard and DeLoris in their yard for the past couple of years.
When the weather was bad she would sit and look out the window watching the wild birds, quail, and deer. She was thrilled when the deer would come by. She loved all animals. She has a dog and a couple of cats that lived with her and she fed all the strays in the neighborhood. She couldn't stand to see them hungry. She fed the birds as well.
She was a wonderful lady and will be missed a lot by all those whose lives she touched.
She is preceded in death by her husband and a son and a daughter who she was very proud of.
Lillian was buried on Dec. 7, 2006, at the Gray Butte Cemetery.