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Obituaries for March 16, 2011

Nancy Lea Griffiths Hendricks Moody

May 1, 1951-March 1, 2011

Gresham resident Nancy Lea Griffiths Hendricks Moody died Tuesday, March 1, after a long battle with cancer. She was 59.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Community Church of Sandy, 39290 Scenic St., Sandy.

Nancy was born May 1, 1951, in Portland to Ray and Clara (Stauffer) Griffiths. She graduated from Sandy High School in 1969.

In 1970, she married Terry Hendricks; they divorced in 1996. Nancy later married Charles Moody.

Nancy started her career with Multnomah County in a branch library. She later worked in the offices of the Multnomah County commissioners, but left her job to start a family. She became a homemaker.

Nancy moved to Wenatchee, Wash., but later returned to Sandy and took a job with Mt. Hood Cleaners, where she worked for 27 years.

Nancy relished the first snow each winter and enjoyed summer camping, traveling, family gatherings, animals, reading a good book and sister time. She also enjoyed spending time with her children, and her grandchildren were the love of her life; they referred to Nancy as 'Pumpkin.'

Survivors include her husband of Gresham; son, Travis Hendricks of Portland; daughter, Traci Hendricks Smith of Portland; brothers, Joe Griffiths of Weston, Art Griffiths of Prineville and Ron Griffiths of Corbett; sisters, Barbara Brown of The Dalles, Sue Adams of Richland, Patty Frasier of Sandy and Pam Brous of Parkdale; three stepchildren; three grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.

Omega Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

James Roland 'Mac' McGinnis Jr.

July 17, 1922-March 11, 2011

James Roland 'Mac' McGinnis Jr., a resident of Boring, died Friday, March 11. He was 88.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 18, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd.

James was born July 17, 1922, in Bull Run to James Sr. and Orla (Anderson) McGinnis. James graduated from Gresham High School in 1941 and served in the Navy.

On Jan. 30, 1943, he married Margaret Jorgensen in Moscow, Idaho.

James worked as a lineman for Portland General Electric for 33 years. He built a home on Haley Road in Boring, where he resided for 60 years and operated the Firland Christmas tree farm.

James was a 44-year member of the Gresham Elks Lodge 152 and the Masonic Lodge in Gresham. He attended Pleasant Home United Methodist Church. His hobbies included fishing, gardening, dancing and gambling. He was an avid deer and elk hunter.

His wife preceded him in death in March 2008.

Survivors include his daughters, Nancy Matthews of Portland, Suzy Falk of Gresham, Judi Gipe of Gresham and Polly Ozias of Boring; sister, Dona Johnston of Boring; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Memorial donations can be made to the endowment fund at Pleasant Home United Methodist Church, 31632 S.E. Bluff Road, Gresham, 97080.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Frank Nicholas Surmeyer

Feb. 18, 1921-March 11, 2011

Former East County resident Frank Nicholas Surmeyer died Friday, March 11, in Seaside. He was 90.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 120 Oceanway St., Seaside.

Frank was born Feb. 18, 1921, in Woodburn to Herman and Catherine (Wendell) Surmeyer. During World War II, Frank served in the Coast Guard, when it was part of the Navy. He graduated from Oregon State University.

On May 22, 1943, he married Catherine 'Katie' Kellegher, whom he met at Oregon State. Frank proposed to her under the Trysting Tree on campus, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Frank became a teacher and coach. He taught at Estacada High, at George Washington High in Agana, Guam, and at Gresham and Barlow high schools. He also created and taught classes in the Peace Corps for two years. His teaching focused on agriculture.

Frank also served as an adviser for the Future Farmers of America for 32 years. He moved to Warrenton and attended Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife; son, John Surmeyer; brother, Alphonse 'Al' Surmeyer; sister, Rita Winnepennix; and great-grandson, Tyler Harris.

Survivors include his daughters, Maureen Boggs of Warrenton, Marguerite Harris of Gearheart, Patricia Knox of Sandy, Susanna Clay of Portland and Jeannie Rossos; sons, Michael Surmeyer of Prosser, Wash., Joseph Surmeyer of Gearheart and Richard Surmeyer of Warrenton; 19 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary in Astoria is handling arrangements.

Bruce Whitney Towsley

March 25, 1925-March 8, 2011

Troutdale resident Bruce Whitney Towsley died Tuesday, March 8, at Hopewell House Hospice. He was 85.

A funeral service was held Friday, March 11, at Cherry Park Presbyterian Church in Troutdale. A service and interment will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 21, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Bruce was born March 25, 1925, in Gorman, Texas, to Phillip and Louise Towsley. Bruce was raised and educated in Desdemona, Texas, and in Vermont. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He graduated from Whitman College and received his law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College.

Bruce moved to Portland in the 1950s. He resided in Corbett from 1970 to 1981 and in Troutdale since 1981.

In 1991, he married Helen Redden at Cherry Park Presbyterian Church.

Bruce was an attorney. He offered pro bono legal aid to seniors and was involved with the Oregon Lions Blindsight Foundation. He coached baseball and soccer.

Bruce attended Cherry Park Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder. He also had previously sung in the church choir. In his honor, the choir sang at his March 11 service at Cherry Park.

'He was a benign subversive,' said Cherry Park Pastor Thomas Young. 'In any issue he always came down on the side of the least powerful.'

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2005; and by his brother, Phil Towsley Jr.

Survivors include his son, Doug Towsley of Estacada; daughter, Gail Towsley of Philadelphia; stepsons, Kevin Moore of Portland, Jim Redden of Corbett and Tom Redden of Lewiston, Idaho; stepdaughters, Susan Moore of Portland and Christy Redden of Corbett; and three grandchildren.

Remembrances may be made to Legacy Hopewell House Hospice, 6171 S.W. Capitol Highway, Portland, 97239.

Holman's Funeral Service in Portland is handling arrangements.

LaVois 'Toye' Reynolds

May 27, 1930-March 13, 2011

LaVois 'Toye' Reynolds, a resident of Boring, died Sunday, March 13, of complications from advanced chronic obstructed pulmonary disease at Hendrickson Adult Foster Care. She was 80.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 17, at the Beavercreek United Church of Christ, 23345 S. Beavercreek Road, Beavercreek. A reception will be held in the fellowship hall, followed by burial at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Portland.

Toye was born May 27, 1930, in Chickasha, Okla., to John and Annie Johnson, the youngest of six children. Her childhood was spent traveling between Oklahoma and Oregon, picking everything from cotton to strawberries. She attended Cottrell Grade School and Sandy High School.

At age 16, Toye married Printus 'Jim' Wilson, and they had five children. They later divorced. Toye married Ralph Reynolds and they had five children. At age 42, she gave birth to her 10th child.

Toye and Ralph worked a 40-acre berry farm in Cottrell. After Ralph's death in 1973, Toye moved to Boring, where she resided until she moved into assisted care.

Toye's hobbies included bowling, cooking and playing dice games with her friends and family; 10,000 Dice was her dice game of choice.

She was preceded in death by three children, Sherrie, LouAnn and Jim; her brothers, Johnny, Otis and Dave; sister, Billy; and two grandchildren, Mathew and Billy.

Survivors include her children, Barbara Grimsley of Stockton, Calif., Sandra Banjoff of McCook, Neb., Steve Wilson of Sandy, Rosie Ponder of Longview, Wash., Karen Founds of Estacada, Theresa Reynolds of Beavercreek and Wendy Reynolds-Williams of Boring; 34 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and many adopted children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Lung Association, 7420 S.W. Bridgeport Road, Suite 200, Tigard, 97224-7790; or to Doernbecher Children's Hospital, 1121 S.W. Salmon St., Suite 100, Portland, 97205-2021.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.