Death and funeral notices for the Tigard-Tualatin and Beaverton areas
Olive Bessie Beebe
Feb. 24, 1912-Oct. 23, 2011
Olive Bessie Beebe died Oct. 23 in Sherwood. She was 99 years old.
She was born Feb. 24, 1912, in Petaluma, Calif., where she was raised.
In the early 1920s she moved with her family to Point Arena, Calif.
On Feb. 8, 1931, in Santa Rosa, Calif., she married Elijah W. Beebe.
For 25 years she worked for as a nurse's aide at Sonoma County Hospital in Santa Rosa.
In her personal time she enjoyed horseback riding, motorcycle riding, landscaping, oil painting, bingo and reading.
In 1982 and after the death of her husband, she moved to Oregon.
Survivors include sons Ron Beebe of Alford, Fla., and Jon Beebe of Sherwood; brother Frank Mason of Gualala, Calif.; grandchildren Steven Myers of Beaverton, Susan Rodenback of Alford, Brian Beebe of Texas, Alexandra Beebe of California, Mickey Beebe of McMinnville, Laura Opel of Aloha and David Beebe of Sherwood; and 12 great-grandchildren
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cedar Creek Assisted Living in Sherwood.
Online condolences may be made at anewtradition.com. Arrangements are by Crown Memorial Center - Tualatin.
Michael D. Rose
April 18, 1954-Oct, 22, 2011
Michael Rose of Sherwood suffered a heart attack and stroke and died Oct. 22. He was 57 years old.
He was born April 18, 1954, in Montgomery, Ala., to Dale Rose and Jewel Bagley.
Raised in California and Oregon, he attended Roosevelt High School in Rialto, Calif.
A tile setter, he was a member of the Bricklayers Union.
Survivors include Michael Jason, David Richard and Adam Ryan, all of Newberg, and one grandchild.
Preceding him in death were his mother Jewel Bagley and sister Sandy Bollock.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at 22548 S.W. Pine St., in Sherwood.
Attrell's Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Blanche Ensley Schmotzer-Roberts
Nov. 2, 1934-Oct. 27, 2011
Blanche Ensley Schmotzer-Roberts died in Portland on Oct. 27. She was 76.
She was born Nov. 2, 1934, to Floyd and La Vera (McIntyre) Ensley in Hillsboro, where she was raised, graduating from Hillsboro High School in 1952.
She was a horse rider and loved pets.
Preceding her in death were her first husband Richard Mathis in 1985; her second husband Jim Schmotzer in 1996; son Jay Richard Mathis; and stepson Mike Roberts.
Surviving are her husband Wayne Roberts; daughter Laurie McDonald; stepdaughter Vickie Gray; granddaughter Taylor Rios and grandson Dustin Rios; seven step-grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will take place on Friday, at 1 p.m., in Springer and Son Funeral Home, 4150 S.W. 185th in Aloha.
Donations in memory of Blanche Ensley Schmotzer-Roberts may be made to Hopewell House.
John William Soda
Oct. 27, 1934-June 17, 2011
John William Soda, 76, died in Beaverton June 17. Cause of death was heart disease/dementia. He had lived in Northeast Portland for 40 years.
Mr. Soda was born Oct. 27, 1934, to Giovanni and Rosa Soda, in Burnaby, B.C., Canada, where he was raised and graduated from Burnaby South High School.
In 1962 he enlisted in the Army and served until 1966.
He was employed in the U.S. Postal Service until retiring in 1994.
In his youth he enjoyed playing lacrosse, football, baseball, ice hockey and rugby.
In 1963 he married Beverly Lesch in Portland. She died in 1996.
Mr. Soda's interests included collecting old records, monitoring the CB radio and watching sports on TV.
He is survived by son Michael Soda and daughter Michelle Wingo, both of Portland; brother Tony Soda of Surrey, B.C..; sister Ann Heatherington of Oceanside, Calif.; and grandchild Abigail Wingo.
Preceding him in death in addition to his wife and his parents was his sister Helen Herstrom.
Lincoln Memorial and Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Dennis Cory Wright I
Nov. 22, 1952-Oct. 15, 2011
Dennis Cory Wright I, 58, a Beaverton resident, died Oct. 15 in Avamere Rehab and Specialty Care of Beaverton.
The son of Roland and Claire (Buster) Wright, he was born Nov. 22, 1952, in Glendale, Calif., and raised and educated in Reseda, Calif., where he attended Reseda High School.
In 1970, he joined the Army, serving as a demolition specialist.
He was a tree trimmer and talented landscape specialist.
He lived in Reseda until 1996, when he settled in the Beaverton Area.
As a youth he was baptized in the Church of Latter-day Saints.
He enjoyed motorcycles, especially Harley-Davidsons.
Preceding him in death were his parents and his sister Amber.
Surviving are Gail Gleason of Aloha, his beloved wife of more than 20 years; children Fawn Hoagland of Beaverton, Dennis (D.C) Wright II of Portland, Sean Gleason of Beaverton and Dawn Angela Houk, of Beaverton; brother Eric Goddard of Las Vegas; sister Lorrie Rough and her children Fred and Natalie of Reseda, Calif.
Mr. Wright was the proud 'Grandpa' of 13.
A private service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the LDS Ward buiding.
Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives-Beaverton is in charge of the arrangements.