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Obituaries for the week of 12-26-12


   Maxine E. Gauthier
   April 12, 1936 - December 16,2012
   Maxine passed away Dec. 16, 2012, from complications after having a brain tumor removed on Nov. 29, she was 76 years young.
   She had a great appreciation for and love of life, skiing, kayaking, camping, hiking, taking long walks on the beach, and she enjoyed spending time with many friends and, of course, her family.
   Maxine is survived by her three children, Robert, Desiree and Dan; four grandchildren Sean, Bailey, Spencer and Cole; as well as her life partner, Brent Burningham.
   She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Dr. Robert V. Gauthier.
   The family would like to give our heartfelt thanks to the staff of St. Charles Medical Center whose help and unwavering professionalism made an impossible situation bearable.
   A celebration of life will be arranged in the early part of 2013.
   Donations can be made in Maxine's name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123-1718, or Partners in Care Hospice, 2075 N.E. Wyatt Court, Bend, OR 97701. The online guest book may be signed at www.niswonger-reynolds.com
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   Earl Leroy Samp
   Jan. 13, 1930 - Dec. 19, 2012
   Madras lost its very first box boy with the passing of Earl Leroy Samp on Dec. 19, 2012, at the age of 82.
   Earl was born on Jan. 13, 1930, in Mason City, Neb. His first job in Madras, was as the box boy for Earl's Market, Madras' first self-service market, owned by Oliver Earl. It was also where he met his wife, Norma Jean Makinson in 1948.
   They were married in the Free Methodist Church in Madras, on Jan. 21, 1950. Earl continued his career in the grocery and produce business, which took him to Seattle, Wash., where he retired as manager from Country Farms Produce after 17 years.
   Earl was passionate about gardening, silver-smithing, and country gospel jams.
   Earl is survived by his wife of nearly 63 years, Norma Samp; daughters, Deborah (and husband Rundy Coleman) of Everett, Wash., and Anita (Don Coddington) of Montrose, Colo.; sons, Eldon (Tina) of Lake Stevens, Wash., and Dennis (Mary) of Newburg; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren, who were faithfully loved by Earl.
   Earl was preceded in death by his parents, three siblings, and two grandsons.
   Remembrances may be made to the Madras Christian Church, American Lung Association or another charity of one's choice. A celebration of Earl's life will be announced at a later date.