Madras resident Matthew Scott Steward died March 20, 2008, at St. Charles Medical Center of heart complications from cystic fibrosis. He was 20.
Mr. Steward was born Aug. 19, 1987, in Canyon City, Colo., to parents Roger Steward and Tina (Jones) Laughlin. He grew up and attended school in Burns, before moving to Madras in 2002. While in Burns, he was a member of the Boys and Girls Club and ran track in school.
His dream was to be a stockcar driver and he began racing at the Madras Speedway in 2003, dedicating over half of his winnings to a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis patients.
Steward himself was a "Make A Wish" kid and got to go to the 2003 Cart Toyota Atlantic Championships at the Portland International Speedway, where he met the Pacific Coast Motorsports racing team. He watched the race and received an autographed checkered flag and equipment.
Besides racing, he enjoyed hanging out with his friends, camping, and most of all, going to the beach.
He was a member of the Calvary Chapel and was trying to strengthen his relationship with God. An outgoing person who helped as many people as he could, he touched many people with his big heart and aspirations. This June, he was hoping to go to Mexico on a mission trip with his church to help at an orphanage.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Tina and Steve Laughlin of Madras; brother, Robert Steward of Portland; stepbrothers, Steven and Michael Laughlin of St. Helens; sister, Ashley Steward of Madras; and stepsister, Melissa Laughlin of St. Helens.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 5, at Calvary Chapel in Madras, with arrangements under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras. Donation jars are located around town to help the family with funeral expenses, and a donation account is being set up at Columbia River Bank in Madras.
Paula Curley Voos
Madras resident Paula Marie Curley Voos died March 24, 2008, at her home at the age of 49.
Mrs. Voos was born May 22, 1958, in Wallace, Idaho, the second of two children to parents Fred and Phyllis (Rice) Sayer. She graduated from Wallace High School in 1976, and moved to Central Oregon in 1978, where she married Joseph Richard "Rick" Curley II of Redmond.
In 1998, she moved to Madras, and in October 2006 married Steven Voos of Metolius.
She worked in the restaurant and lounge business in both Redmond and Madras. She was well known and loved by her customers at the Fireside and Mrs. Beasley's in Redmond, and at The Stag Restaurant in Madras, where she worked with her mother. She had a gift of making every customer feel as though they were the most important one in the room.
Her interests included going camping and fishing, flower gardening and writing.
Survivors include her sons, Ricky Curley of Bend and Joshua Curley of Redmond; mother, Phyllis Rice of Madras; husband, Steven Voos of Metolius; brother, Charles Sayer of Reno, Nev.; and granddaughter, Macey Curley of Sacramento, Calif. She was preceded in death by her father.
Funeral services were held April 1, at the First Baptist Church in Madras, with burial at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.