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Obituaries - Jan. 23

Malynda Patricia Murhammer

Aug. 24, 1966-Jan. 17, 2008

Former Gresham resident Malynda Patricia Murhammer, 41, died Thursday, Jan. 17, at her home in Vancouver, Wash.

A public memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Brown's Funeral Home, 410 N.E. Garfield St., Camas, Wash.

Malynda was born Aug. 24, 1966, in Portland to Bill and Lyndia Murhammer. She was raised in Gresham, graduating from Sam Barlow High School. She earned her associate of arts degree from Clark College. She resided in Gresham until 1986.

She was married to Stan MacArthur and Christopher Gribner.

She worked as a safety director in the trucking industry.

Survivors include her parents of Boring; grandmother, Vivian Murhammer of Happy Valley; sister, Charlene Bruner of Sandy; and daughters, Lacey MacArthur of Kirkland, Wash., and Brittany MacArthur of Vancouver.

Brown's Funeral Home and Cremation Services is handling arrangements.

Ramona Mary Weaver McBee

Oct. 21, 1936-Jan. 12, 2008

Former Gresham resident Ramona Mary Weaver McBee, 71, died Saturday, Jan. 12, at Kaiser Hospital in Roseville, Calif., after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Community Christian Assembly in Tacoma, Wash.

Ramona was born Oct. 21, 1936, in Portland to Ralph and Elpha Weaver. She moved to Gresham as a young child, graduating from Gresham Union High School in 1954. She worked at the Pendleton Wool Mill as a young woman.

On Sept. 2, 1955, she married high school sweetheart Gordon Peck in Gresham. In 1965, they moved to Puyallup, Wash. They divorced in 1976. On April 14, 1978, she married Stanley O. McBee in Pierce County, Wash. They moved to California in the 1980s, eventually settling in Marysville.

Ramona was a licensed foster care parent for more than 25 years. In the 1980s, she ran a home daycare center that specialized in caring for twins. In 1987, she and her husband moved to Gilroy, Calif., where she worked in a group home for troubled teenagers.

She was an avid doll collector and loved creating miniature dollhouses and knitting and sewing award-winning doll clothes. She was also the leader of Weight Watchers and a Worthy Matron of Eastern Star in Puyallup.

Survivors include her husband; sisters, Nadine Young of Sandy and Debra Beitz of Prineville; brothers, James Weaver of Portland and Larry Weaver of Gresham; sons, Allon McBee of Arizona and David Peck of Tacoma; daughters, Rhonda Peck of Graham, Wash., Kathleen Peck of New York, LaVeta McBee, Sandra Peck of Federal Way, Wash., Roberta Peck of Bremerton, Wash., and Shawna McBee of California; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

An online memorial is available at ramonamcbee.home.

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James William Bolgrin

Sept. 5, 1927-Jan. 18, 2008

East County resident James William Bolgrin, 80, died Friday, Jan. 18, at the Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, Wash.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Gresham First Baptist Church, 224 W. Powell Blvd.

James was born Sept. 5, 1927, in Portage, Wis., to Otto and Beatrice (Gray) Bolgrin. He was educated in Portage and joined the Navy during World War II. He moved to Portland in 1946.

On May 23, 1947, he married Shirley Olsen in Vancouver.

James and his wife moved to Portage, where he owned and operated a custom floor covering business.

They moved back to Portland in 1977, and he worked as a floor coverer and estimator.

He was affiliated with Mason 32 Degree AM and FM, Eastern Star, Gateway Elks 2411, American Legion, Gresham First Baptist Church, and was a charter member of the World War II Museum.

His interests included golfing, fishing, hiking, traveling and the Green Bay Packers football team. He also loved music and dancing.

Survivors include his wife; son, Steve of McMinnville; daughter, Linda Wood of Gresham; sister, Barbara Simonson of Portage; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church in his memory.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.