Rita Novelle Mahoney

Rita Novelle Mahoney died at her home in Sherwood on Jan. 1, 2008. She was 79.

She was born Rita Novelle East on Nov. 14, 1928 in Manila, Ark., where she grew up and went to school. At the age of 13 she moved to the San Joaquin Valley and then to the San Francisco area.

On Jan. 27, 1951, she married John J. Mahoney and they moved to Sherwood in l999.

Mrs. Mahoney was an active member of the St. Francis Catholic Church in Sherwood. She was a gardener and enjoyed traveling.

Mrs. Mahoney is survived by her husband, John J. Mahoney; daughters Deborah A. Mahoney of San Francisco, Janet N. Mahoney of San Diego, Mary K. Greathouse of Palm Springs, and Rita M. Mott of Lake Oswego; son James M. Mahoney of Sherwood; and six grandchildren.

Son Michael K. Mahoney and brother Millard East preceded her in death.

Recitation of the rosary and a funeral Mass were conducted Jan. 5 at St. Francis Catholic Church.

Contributions may be made to the Oregon Heart Association or to a charity of the donor's choice, c/o Attrell's Sherwood Funeral Chapel, 16195 SW First St., Sherwood, Ore., 97140.

Norman Pruitt

Long-time Lake Oswego resident Norman 'Ace' A. Pruitt died Jan. 5, 2008. He was 87.

Mr. Pruitt was born June 1, 1920, to Albert and Elizabeth Pruitt in Crane, Ore.

He graduated from Burns High School in Burns, and days after marrying his high school sweetheart Norma, he enlisted in the Army Combat Engineers. He served from 1943 to 1945.

Upon his discharge, the couple moved to the Portland area and settled in Lake Oswego where they raised their three children. Mrs. Pruitt died in 1988; Mr. Pruitt married Elizabeth Reidel in 1992.

Mr. Pruitt owned a painting and wallpapering company. He served as scoutmaster for Troop 127 in Lake Oswego and initiated the Christmas tree sales lot at George Rogers Park that scouts still operate today.

Survivors include his wife Elizabeth, sons Richard Pruitt of Milwaukie and Steve Pruitt of Portland, daughter Nancy Lomax of Lake Oswego, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the home of Nancy Lomax on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Remembrances may be sent to St. Vincent's Medical Foundation, 9205 S.W. Barnes Road, Portland, Ore., 97225.

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