Obituaries for week of 3-7-07
Madras resident Carol L. Elliott, 75, died at home March 2, after a short illness.
Mrs. Elliott was born Dec. 21, 1931, in Everett, Wash., to parents Lawrence E. Gross and Myrtle Sjogren Gross. She was raised in Mount Vernon, Wash., and graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1950, then Skagit Valley Junior College in 1952.
She and George Dean Elliott were married Sept. 6, 1952, in Mount Vernon, Wash. He preceded her in death in 1994.
The Elliotts moved to Madras from Pendleton in 1972, and here she became active in the United Methodist Church. She served as church office secretary for several years, was secretary for OSU Extension, and managed the fabric department of Ransom's Department Store for a number of years.
She was an avid collector and talented in needlework and various arts. Recent activities included Bible studies, Extension group, 4-H, Country Quilters, TOPS Club, book club, and bridge and pinochle groups. She was a member of Eastern Star.
Survivors include her daughters, Penni and husband Rick Krause of Madras, and Patti Leggett of Aumsville; son, Don Elliott of Madras; brother, Larry Gross of Kelso, Wash.; sister, Joyce Richter of Burlington, Wash.; dear friends, Art Chamness and Traci Matthews of Madras; seven grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
A memorial service for Mrs. Elliott will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 17, at the United Methodist Church in Madras. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Jefferson County 4-H or the charity of one's choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Madras resident James "Jim" Lethe Foster died Feb. 25, 2007, at Mountain View Hospital. He was 78.
Mr. Foster was born Oct. 29, 1928, in Bend, to parents Lethe and Roseanna (Rivers) Foster.
Mr. Foster was a lifetime resident of Central Oregon, who was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was employed as a dishwasher and sometime cook all of his life. He enjoyed his work as a dishwasher and was referred to by many of his "CB" friends as "pearl diver."
He had a lifelong love for radios, enjoyed playing his record albums, had an interest in his computer, and loved the CB radios and spent many hours talking to his friends. He also loved his cats, Paula and Tiger.
Survivors include his wife, Deloris Foster of Madras; brother, Don Foster of Metolius; sisters, Lila Colbert of Madras and Audrey Juanita Nelson of Pendleton; stepson, Charles James of Portland; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were held March 1, at Bel-Air Colonial Chapel, followed by burial at Pilot Butte Cemetery in Bend. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home in Madras.
Madras resident James "Jim" Edmond Melvin died Feb. 26, 2007, at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. He was 73.
Mr. Melvin was born Aug. 12, 1933 in Everett, Wash., to parents Frank and Hazel (Fisher) Melvin. On Sept. 26, 1957, he married Betty Jean (Lowry) Melvin.
He and Betty moved to Hay Creek Ranch on April 8, 1959, with their 9-month-old daughter Judy. His first employer was Bill Martin. Since then, Hay Creek Ranch has had seven owners and is currently owned by Gordon and Niki Clark.
Mr. Melvin's passions were farming, hunting, fishing and being with his family and friends. He was the happiest when he was out plowing a 500-acre field with his John Deere 8430 tractor, or pushing over trees with his D4 Cat. He couldn't wait until spring when the sage rats were out to take his family out shooting in the afternoons with a picnic lunch.
Sometimes, he would take the family on a drive around the ranch to look for deer and elk, or would take his granddaughters out looking for agates.
He made many friends in this community, from the people he worked with on a daily basis, to the people at the various parts stores and ag supply stores.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Melvin of Madras; daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Frank Williams of Edmond, Okla., Judy and Chris Perry of Mitchell, Patti and Butch Jobe of Metolius, Mary and Mike Hulsey of Madras; grandchildren, Jennifer Jobe, Chelsi and Tegan Hulsey, Tia and Pat Hale, Megan and Susan Williams; and brother Jack Melvin (town unknown).
A graveside service was held March 3, at the Hay Creek Ranch Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at the home of Gordon and Niki Clark. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Dorothea Mae Moe, 85, of Wibaux, Mont., formerly of Madras and Beach, N.D., passed away on Feb. 18, 2007, at the Wibaux County Nursing Home.
Funeral Services were held Feb. 23, 2007, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sentinel Butte, N.D.
Mrs. Moe was born on May 27, 1921, in Beach, N.D., to parents Paul and Julia (Carlson) Wischow. She was educated in Sentinel Butte Public Schools and graduated with the class of 1939. After high school, she moved to Oregon and worked in the Portland shipyards for a short time. She then moved to Mandan, N.D., where she managed a donut shop.
She married Orville Moe on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1945, at Camp Gordon in Augusta, Ga., while Orville was in the United States Army. They moved to Sentinel Butte, N.D, where they farmed with her parents until starting their own farming operation. Dorothea and Orville raised their family on the farm and moved to Beach on May 1, 1975, where they lived until moving to the Golden Valley Manor on Nov. 1, 2004. Dorothea entered the Wibaux County Nursing Home in May of 2006.
She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sentinel Butte, and the Golva VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed crafts, especially sewing, hardanger, and quilting for her children and grandchildren. She also loved to square dance. She loved being with her kids, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was an expert at making lefse.
Dorothea was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Donald Wischow and Howard Wischow.
Dorothea is survived by her husband, Orville of Beach, North Dakota; daughter, Dianne Henrikson and her husband Jerry of Fairview, Oregon; daughter, Darlene Lardy of Sentinel Butte, North Dakota; son, Kenneth Moe of Beach, North Dakota; brother, Russell Wischow; seven grandchildren: Shahin Henrikson, Eric Lardy, Ivan Lardy, Andy Moe, Kendra Clark, Chris Moe, and Megan Holkup; and three great-grandchildren: Tristin Chester, Harley Lardy, and Katelyn Lardy.
Caroline Walsey Torres
Warm Springs resident Caroline Walsey Torres died Feb. 15, 2007, at Mountain View Hospital at the age of 72.
Mrs. Torres was born Nov. 11, 1934, in Bend, to parents James and Gladys (Polk) Walsey. She was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and grew up in Warm Springs.
On March 22, 1957, she married Eleuterio "Big Tony" Torres in Goldendale, Wash. She lived in Madras 24 years, then moved back to Warm Springs in 1988. She was employed at Warm Springs Forest Products Industries for over 20 years, and retired in 1990.
Survivors include her children, Lupe and John Katchia, Tony Torres, Donna Torres, and David Torres; grandchildren, Anthony Torres Jr., Rodney Katchia, Raymond Torres, Kara Katchia, Krysta Rhoan, and Candee Rhoan, all of Warm Springs; sisters, Geraldine Jim, Venus Strong, Delia Walsey, all of Warm Springs; and numerous nieces and nephews from Warm Springs, Washington, Nevada and California.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, an infant son, her brothers Lee, Franklin, Virgil and Richard, and her sisters, Virginia and Julia.
Funeral services were held at the Agency Longhouse in Warm Springs, with traditional dressing ceremony on Feb. 18, at 2 p.m., followed by overnight services. Burial was Feb. 19, at Lower Seeksequa Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Autumn Funerals of Redmond.