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Obituaries for week of 11-28-12

Virgil Robert Brown
   December 21, 1927 - November 19, 2012
   Former Madras resident Virgil Robert "Bob" Brown passed away Nov. 19, 2012, in Post Falls, Idaho, at the age of 84. At his request, no services will be held. A full obituary will appear in next week's Pioneer.
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   Norman Leslie Counts
   July 10, 1943 - November 6, 2012
   Former Warm Springs Jail administrator and head investigator Norman "Norm" Leslie Counts passed away Nov. 19, 2012 at the age of 69.
   A celebration of life and a community potluck will be held at noon, Dec. 8, at the Masonic Lodge in Oakland, Ore., on the corner of Second and Oak streets. Messages for the celebration of life may be sent to LaVerne Huntley, 1719 West Duke St., Sutherlin, OR 97479.
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   Virgina "Ginny" L. McClain
   May 28, 1934 - November 13, 2012
   Former Madras resident Virginia McClain passed away on Nov. 13, 2012, at the age of 78.
   Virginia "Ginny" L. Phillips was born on May 28, 1934, to Vivian and Park M. Phillips. Ginny married Lee McClain on March 2, 1956. They settled in Portland and raised five children.
   In 1980, Ginny and Lee moved to Madras. They spent the last 32 years there in "God's Country" as our mother would say.
   In the yard of their home, they celebrated birthdays and weddings. The summers were full of grandkids running through the sprinklers, canning pickles ("Daddy Hots") and making hand-cranked ice cream (you didn't get to eat it unless you turned the crank).
   During the holidays, Ginny and Lee made cookies and candy together and then filled their home to the brim with kids and grandkids. Each year Ginny sent every grandchild and great-grandchild birthday, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, and Halloween cards. Every Christmas season each received their very own Advent Calendar. "They are never too old to get one," our mother would say.
   Ginny spent hours painting and firing pieces of china to give to family and friends, while Lee worked on his many antique engines. Mother loved going to the "Hen's Tooth." Daddy wasn't a fan, but patiently waited in the truck.
   Ginny and Lee loved Madras, but it was the people that made the difference in their lives. There are so many people that took "care" of our parents. Dr. Beamer, Dr. Evans, Dr. Foster, Mountain View Medical, Hometown Drugs, Erickson's, the list goes on and on. Ashley and Brenda, Bruce, Cheryl, Eleanor, Herb and Linda, Joe and Jordy, thank you for always checking in on them and being their friends. Alan, dad's best friend (although neither would admit that) and Darlene, mother so valued her friendship, thank you for everything. We know there are more people that touched our parents' lives; please know we thank each and every one of you.
   Ginny is survived by her children, Pat Jones (and husband Jim), Kathy Shafer (Dan), Willie McClain, Florence Nickerson (Dane), Buster McClain (Sheri); 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Lee McClain in October 2010.
   A gathering for family and friends will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1-4 p.m., at 3306 N.E. 158th St., Portland. The family wishes to thank the OHSU Neuro Team and ICU nurses as well as the staff at Hopewell House for their kind and compassionate care of our mother.
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Carolyn Tompsett
   February 15, 1941 - November 19, 2012
   Former Madras resident Carolyn Louise McPheeters Tompsett, of Elmira, died Nov. 19, 2012 of cardiopulmonary disease. She was 71.
   Carolyn was born Feb. 15, 1941, in Mena, Ark., to Alton and Alice (Blalock) Jones. She graduated from Madras High School with the class of 1959.
   She married Milton McPheeters in 1958 in Winnemucca, Nev. He passed away April 29, 1978. She married Gene Tompsett on Oct. 23, 1979 in The Dalles. She was a homemaker.
   Survivors include her husband, Gene Tompsett of Elmira, Ore.; two sons, Melvin Leroy McPheeters of Eugene, and Robert Stanley McPheeters of Pendleton; three daughters, Paula Lynne Taff of Fall Creek, Ore., Kelley Jo McKern of Glendale, Ariz., and Lisa Gaye Mason of Eugene; a brother, Wayne Jones of Chiliquin, Ore.; two sisters, Sharon Jones of Salem, and Anne Chamness of Tigard; and 11 grandchildren.
   Arrangements are by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene. Remembrances may be sent to Greenhill Humane Society.