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Obituaries for week of 3-28-07


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   Ruth Grant
   Madras resident Ruth Winifred (Leach) Grant died March 24, 2007, of natural causes. She was 92.
   A memorial will be held later in April, with arrangements under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
   Mrs. Grant was born May 17, 1914, in Canby, Ore. At age 1, she moved with her family to Culver, and later graduated from Culver High School. In 1933, she married Leonard Grant.
   She was a homemaker who enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and the Blazers basketball team. She had been very athletic and outgoing.
   Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Herringshaw and Dolly Dinkel and her husband Gary, all of Culver; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, six sisters, one brother, one son, and one granddaughter.
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   Pauline Tomsha
   Madras resident Pauline Harpine Tomsha died March 15, 2007, at the age of 87, at Mountain View Hospital in Madras.
   Mrs. Tomsha was born April 25, 1919, in Tiffin, Ohio, one of nine children born to Phoebe and Elliot Harpine. She moved with her family to Cascade, Mont., in 1928, where life was a challenge. One of the great tragedies of her life was losing her mother when she was 11 years old. She never quite got over the tragic loss. As the family dispersed in different directions, the only thing that sustained her was her faith in God, instilled by her mother, but her life was a great challenge, always wishing for family support and togetherness.
   On Oct. 3, 1941, she married Albert Tomsha, then lived in Great Falls and Collins Mont., as Albert served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946 during World War II. In 1948, the Tomshas and their daughter Judy moved to Dutton, Mont., where they farmed for 17 years, and where daughter Linda was born.
   According to her family, Pauline was one of those "pioneer" women who seemed to do the impossible, always ready to meet the challenge. She was devoted to farming with her husband and girls, and worked hard driving truck and tractor.
   She loved flowers and yard work, raised a garden and canned vegetables and fruit for her family. She picked choke cherries and was famous for her choke cherry syrup for pancakes, and raised chickens from baby chicks to fryers.
   An accomplished seamstress, she sewed the girls' clothes and even made the wedding dress worn by both Judy and Linda. She was always there for her family.
   Her husband passed away in 1981 and in 1982, she moved to Madras from Dutton, Mont., to be near her daughter. Here, she was a dedicated Christian and loved to encourage others. She volunteered at the senior center, with the Central Oregon Council On Aging, OSU Extension, sing-a-longs at the nursing home, and Community Concert.
   She visited the aged, then became one, living at Aspen Court Assisted Living for around four years, where she delighted in leading exercise classes and delivering the mail.
   Survivors include her daughter, Judy Gallagher of Madras; her brother, Harry E. Harpine of Great Falls, Mont.; grandchildren, Sandra Bechard Peterson of Great Falls, Mont., Brian Gallagher of Madras, and Sean Gallagher of Hermiston; great-grandchildren, Samantha, Kayla and Tika Gallagher, and James and Benjamin Peterson; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1981, and her daughter Linda Bechard in 1967.
   A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 1, at the Madras Conservative Baptist Church in Madras.