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Obituaries for week of 6-27-12

Carol B. Adams
   January 12, 1957 - June 17, 2012
   Carol Bernette Adams, a lifelong resident of Culver, passed away at the Hospice House in Bend on June 17, 2012, at the age of 55 after a short but courageous battle with ovarian cancer.
   Carol was born Jan. 12, 1957, in Redmond, to Eugene V. and Imogene Smith. She attended school in Culver, graduating in 1975. Playing volleyball was one of her loves, as was playing the saxophone in the school band. She later played sax with the Jefferson County Community Band for 10 years and enjoyed the "big band" music.
   From 1979-1983, Carol worked at Central Oregon Ranch Supply in Redmond. During that same time, she dated childhood friend Pat Adams and they were married at Smith Rock State Park July 25, 1981.
   They had one son, Tyler Allen, who was born in 1983 in Redmond. As Tyler grew up, Carol began working at the Culver School District and was employed there for the next 28 years, first as a bus driver and special ed aide, and the last nine years as cashier in the cafeteria.
   The kids at school were very special to her and she loved interacting with them on a daily basis. She left school in January when she began treatment for the cancer.
   In addition to her day job, Carol's outgoing personality led her into a successful career as a PartyLite Candle Consultant. Six different years she earned PartyLite-sponsored trips to exotic locations for herself and Pat.
   Carol surrounded herself with family and friends; many childhood friends remained close throughout her life. She enjoyed camping and fishing, playing in the local pinochle group, and riding Harleys with Pat. Many evenings were spent with friends around their fire pit laughing, sharing memories, and singing karaoke. Carol was a member of Culver Christian Church. She reached out to people and built lasting relationships.
   Survivors include her husband Pat Adams of Culver; her much-loved son, Tyler Adams of Prineville; stepdaughters April Clark of Crescent City, Calif., and Amy Speakman of Eugene; sisters, Sharion (and husband Ronald) Rayfield of Bloomsdale, Mo., Trisha (Richard) Smith-Libolt of Dallas, Ore.; brothers, E.V. Jr. (Kathy) Smith, and Jess Smith, all of Culver. She also leaves two stepgranddaughters and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother Imogene Violet Smith and father Eugene Vincent Smith, Sr.
   A celebration of Carol's life was held Monday, June 25, at the Culver Christian Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Partners in Care Hospice House, 2075 N.E. Wyatt Court, Bend, OR 97701.
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   Lawrence Cross
   Lawrence "Larry" Cross, 58, of Metolius passed away on May 22, 2012. He was born July 2, 1953.
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   Patricia Jane Taylor
   August 30, 1935 - June 14, 2012
   Patricia Jane Taylor, 76, passed away Thursday, June 14, at her Madras home.
   She was born to the late Patrick and Emma Farrell on Aug. 30, 1935, in Council, Idaho. Patricia lived with her family in New Meadows, Idaho, until moving to Oregon, where the Farrells lived in Juntura, Vanport, and North Portland.
   She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1953. Patricia attended and earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Portland State University in 1957.
   She married Jerry Taylor on May 17, 1968, and they lived together in Madras, for 44 years.
   Patricia's first teaching job was in Coos Bay, Ore. She taught first grade in Coos Bay until moving to Madras, where she taught first grade at Madras Elementary until retirement in 1987.
   Patricia loved to travel and garden. She kept beautiful flower gardens and was a member of the Madras Garden Club and Jefferson County Master Gardeners.
   In her lifetime, she traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and across the U.S. on a number of occasions with family and friends.
   Survivors include her husband, Jerry Taylor; and children, Milton Taylor of Madras; Mitch Taylor and his wife Susan of Madras and their children Evan and Garrett; Jereyln Taylor of The Dalles and her son Justin. Patricia is also survived by her niece, Lynn Farrell of Los Angeles, and her nephew, Jamie Farrell of Portland.
   Patricia was preceded in death by both of her parents, and her brother Jim Farrell.
   A celebration of Patricia's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7, at Patricia and Jerry's home in Madras.