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Obituaries - March 23 edition

by: Submitted photo Terry Lou Bradbury of Salcha, Alaska, died March 8, 2011, unexpectedly at her sister’s home in St. Helens. She was 71.


Terry Lou Bradbury

Terry Lou Bradbury of Salcha, Alaska, died March 8, 2011, unexpectedly at her sister's home in St. Helens. She was 71.

Terry Lou Norris was born Feb. 16, 1940, in Douglas, Ariz., to Raymond and Emma (Amberson) Norris, and was an only child. Her parents divorced early in their marriage, and her mother then married Johnie Harrel. They welcomed three other children into the family, Buddy, Charlene Faye and Sue.

In 1955 she married Keith Mable and had two children, Clayton Bradbury and Kimball Allred. The marriage only lasted a short time and she later wed Jack Owsley. They had two children from that union, Tracy Lynn and Kelli.

Living out a lifelong dream, she packed up her belongings and left Washington State for Alaska. In 1967 she arrived in Tok where she soon began working for Tok Lodge as a waitress.

It was there that she met her future husband, Forrest Bradbury. The couple married on April 13, 1969, in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Having a husband in the construction business created an opportunity for her to travel, and being part of her husband's work allowed her to see huge amounts of the Alaskan wilderness, which she absolutely loved. She was an avid hunter and fisherwoman, many times out shooting and out catching her male counterparts.

While working with her husband in the early stages of the Alaskan Pipeline, she began to make cookies for the men setting up camps, and it wasn't long before she was known as 'the cookie lady,' a tradition she kept up until her death.

In 1973 she and her husband purchased a homestead in Salcha area on the Tanana River. It was there they built their log home, cutting and peeling each log themselves and carving out their sanctuary from the land they purchased.

If it wasn't enough, she was encouraged by her husband to become a pilot at the age of 50 and purchased her first plane which they kept on a beautiful runway he built for her.

In 2001 her husband was killed in an accident on the family property.

Before her passing she was recovering from an earlier surgery, and was just preparing to return home to her family property in Salcha.

She is survived by her son, Clayton Bradbury and wife Julie of Anchorage, Alaska; daughters, Tracy Bell of Portland, and Kelli Ginther of Butte, Mont.; step sons, Dennis, and Doug Bradbury and wife Heather, all of North Pole, Alaska; step daughters, Carolyn Lincoln of Salcha, Alaska, and Kathy and husband Rick Hoyt, and Kelli Utecht; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Buddy Harrel and wife Sandy of Fairbanks, Alaska; and sister, Charlene Smith and husband Al of St. Helens. She was preceded in death by her son, Kimball Allred of Fairbanks, Alaska; and sister, Sue Harrel of Anchorage, Alaska.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Salcha Baptist Church in Salcha, Alaska.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.

Janet Cook

Janet Irene Pemberton Cousins Cook, of Scappoose, formerly a longtime resident of Hawaii, died March 10, 2011, at her brother's home. She was 66.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 17405 N.E. Glisan St., Portland.

A complete obituary will be published at later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.dvfuneralhome.com.

May I. Cook

May Iona Cook of St. Helens passed away March 19, 2011, in Bremerton, Wash. She was 92.

May Iona Housley was born Feb. 11, 1919, in Freedom Neb., to William Asbury Housley and Della Irene (Wymore) Housley.

The family moved to the St. Helens area when she was 6 years old, and she graduated from St. Helens High School.

On Nov. 23, 1943, she married Harold 'Hal' William Cook in Columbia, S.C., where he was serving in the military. The couple had met while working for the St. Helens Pulp and Paper Company, now named Bemis Company. They were married for almost 58 years prior to her husband's death in 2001.

A homemaker when her children were young, she later worked for the J.C. Penney store in St. Helens. She retired when her husband retired so they could spend time together going on trips, relaxing and enjoying their family.

Her husband played the organ and led the choir at the First Methodist Church for many years where she and their children often sang in the choir.

Among the many interests and hobbies she enjoyed were baking, stitchery and family. Additionally, she was involved with her children's activities, including being a den mother for her son's scout troop.

The last several years she had been living in an adult family home near her daughter, Linda Schneider, in Bremerton.

She is survived by her son, Harold (Susan); daughter, Linda Schneider (Joe); grandchildren, Brett (Isabel) Schneider, Melissa (TJ) Calbat, Brandon (Tara) Schneider and Brian (Maile Bliss) Schneider; great-grandchildren, Cody, Hailey, Autumn, Hannah, Teagan, Ethan, Elle and baby Joey due in May; and 21 nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold W. Cook Sr.; parents, William and Della Housley; sister, Faye Tarbell; and brother, Lyle who died in infancy.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 25, at Plymouth Presbyterian Church in St. Helens. A reception will follow at the church.

Private burial will take place earlier in the day.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society, Columbia County Fair or a charity of one's choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.

Georgia L. Wyatt

Georgia Lorraine Wyatt of Longview, Wash., formerly St. Helens, passed away March 19, 2011, at home surrounded by family. She was 84.

Georgia Lorraine Bean was born April 1, 1926, in Hot Springs, Ark., to George Luther and Velma (Newcomb) Bean, and was raised in Eldorado, Ill.

On Jan. 19, 1945, she married George Wyatt in Yuma, Ariz.

In 1983 she moved to Longview, Wash., from Dublin, Calif., and prior to that lived in St. Helens for 20 years.

A homemaker, loving mother, and loving caregiver to children in the area, she was called, 'Nana.'

Among the things she enjoyed were flower gardening, antiques, baking and making candy for her family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Gare Wyatt of Lynnwood, Wash., Ken Wyatt and wife Dena of Longview, Vicki Wright and husband Dale of St. Helens, and Jeri Kollen and husband Chris of Madras; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, and siblings, Carolyn Lane of Columbia, Ill., Charlene LaRue of Chatham, Ill., Walter Bean of Mt. Vernon, Ill., and Jerry Bean of Lakeland, Fla. She was preceded in death by her husband, George; sister, Novena Bonnell; grandson, Darren Wyatt; and great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Schay.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts may be made to Community Home, Health and Hospice, 14508 N.E. 20th Ave., # 201, Vancouver, WA 98686-6435, 360-253-5002, or the American Lung Association, 7420 S.W. Bridgeport Rd., # 200, Portland, OR 97224-7790, 503-924-4094.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.