Obituaries for the week of 12-14-11
July 5, 1922 - December 11, 2011
Ellen Kriz, a descendant of Oregon pioneers, was born on July 5, 1922, to Bertha (Straw) and Virgil Haller in Woodburn, Ore.
They moved to Portland when she was a child where she graduated from Grant High School in 1939. She attended Oregon State Agricultural College (OSU) graduating in 1943 with a major in science. She married Howard Kriz that year.
She is survived by Kathy (and husband Gary) Hamlet of Madras, Joe (Althea) Kriz of Newberg, Jack (Paula) Kriz of Newberg, Jim (Julie) Kriz of Grants Pass and daughter-in-law Susie Kriz. Survivors also include grandchildren Tony (Aimee) Kriz, Aimee (Clint) Hardesty, Tim (Jessica) Hamlet, Sara Hamlet, Holly (Corey) Anderson, Adrian (Peg) Kriz, Wesley Kriz, Mason Kriz, and Delany Kriz; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Skip.
Memorial service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Newberg United Methodist Church. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Newberg United Methodist Church or the Nature Conservatory.
Hamlin P. Perkins
June 29, 1923 - December 10, 2011
Madras resident, Hamlin P. Perkins, passed away Dec. 10, 2011, at the age of 88.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Arena. Memorial donations have been suggested to the Police Academy Cadet fund, in care of U.S. Bank. Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
January 14, 1929 - December 11, 2011
Johnnie Richardson, owner of Richardson's Rock Ranch north of Madras, passed away Dec. 11, 2011 at the age of 82. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras. A full obituary will appear in next week's Pioneer.
Delta Irene (Durfee) Symons
April 5, 1948 - December 7, 2011
Madras resident Delta Symons passed away Dec. 7, 2011, at the age of 63. She had battled COPD for many years.
She was born April 5, 1948, to Ray and Vickey (Ridgeway) Durfee, in Klamath Falls. They moved to Culver in 1961, where she completed school and graduated from Culver High School in 1966.
She married Phillip Symons in 1967 and they had three children. She was divorced in 1970 and then married Michael Toothman later in 1970. She became a widow in 1971.
Delta lived in Central Oregon most of her life, raising her children in Culver. She worked at various jobs, including Keith Manufacturing, Round Butte Inn, and local farms as a potato truck driver.
She began working at Kah-Nee-Ta resort in 1991 where she became the snack bar manager, and worked there for 17 years, until health problems forced her to retire.
She loved to cook fabulous meals for family and friends, and many looked forward to the annual Christmas Eve gathering she enjoyed so much. She also enjoyed camping, gardening, canning, crafting, cake decorating, and sewing.
She had a deep love for music, nature, animals, old Westerns, and children. But she was most fond of her children's and grandchildren's sporting events and activities, and the family gatherings for holidays.
She will always be remembered for her deep honest laugh, her kind and loving generosity, a calm and peaceful patience, and a most beautiful smile.
She is survived by a son Wayne Symons and wife Kim; daughter Brenda Symons; brothers, David Durfee, and wife Shirley, and Rod Durfee; grandchildren Justin Symons, Delta Symons, Anthony Symons, and Samantha Symons; nieces Angie Leeper, Breigh Durfee, and Amanda Durfee; and nephew, Matthew Durfee.
She was preceded in death by a husband, her son Larry, father and mother.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her name be sent to the Culver Booster Club, at Culver High School, 710 Fifth St., Culver, OR 97734.
Funeral arrangements are through Bel-Air Funeral Home, in Madras.
There will be a memorial Service for Delta, Saturday at 11 a.m., Dec. 17, at the Culver Christian Church. A private family inurnment will be at the Redmond Memorial Cemetery for her final resting place.