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OBITUARIES--March 19, 2008

Ila Fern Cade, Bernadine M. Hall, Lowell R. Smith

Ila Fern Cade

Ila Fern Cade of St. Helens died March 17, 2008, at a care center in St. Helens. She was 78.

Ila Fern Yeager was born Feb. 12, 1930, in St. Helens to Marion and Garnet (McGuffey) Yeager.

A lifelong resident of St. Helens, except for a few intermittent moves to Arkansas and Coos Bay, she was a member of Grace Baptist Church.

On Nov. 10, 1948, she married Paul V. Cade in Vancouver, Wash.

Employed as a cook for the St. Helens School District, she retired on Oct. 1, 1988.

She is survived by her sons: Rick and Larry Cade, both of St. Helens; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years Paul V. Cade on April 7, 1981.

Private interment will be at Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts may be made to Disabled American Veterans.

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

Bernadine M. Hall

Bernadine M. Hall of St. Helens died March 12, 2008, at a care center in St. Helens. She was 85.

Bernadine M. Thayer was born March 28, 1922, in San Bernardino, Calif., to Bennett I. and Geneva F. (Mark) Thayer.

In 1940 she graduated from San Bernardino High School.

She married Wesley L. Brown. They later divorced.

In 1953 she married Edward C. Hall Jr.

For 12 years she was a preschool teacher in San Diego, Calif. Her final years of teaching were in the Anchorage (Alaska) School District. She retired in 1978.

A year later she and her husband moved to St. Helens, residing locally until 1983 when they relocated to Laconia, N. H. There she was active in the Laconia Women's Club.

In 1988 the couple moved back to St. Helens, where she attended Plymouth Presbyterian Church until her health failed.

One of her favorite interests was her art, including water, oil, and china painting. An avid gardener, she had an immaculate yard. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Bunnette Looney of Scappoose, Leo Hall of Eugene, Steve Brown of Yuma, Ariz., Edward Hall of La Mesa, Calif., Nancy Wetzel of Yorba Linda, Calif., Steven Hall of Peshastin, Wash., and Kathryn Rorabaugh of Battle Ground, Wash.; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward C. Hall in 1996.

Private vault interment was at Fairview Cemetery in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Diabetes Association.

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

Lowell R. Smith

Lowell R. Smith of Beaverton died March 11, 2008, at his home surrounded by family. He was 73.

Mr. Smith was born Dec. 30, 1934, in Muskogee, Okla., to Lowell F. and Betty Fay Smith.

In August of 1952 he joined the Air Force, and on Jan. 21, 1953, he married Betty Lou Bensing in Tucumcari, N.M.

The couple moved from Billings, Mont., to Beaverton in 1962.

A self-employed cabinet maker since 1964, he retired from his company, Unique Kitchens, in 1998.

He was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years Betty Lou Smith; sons Lowell R. Smith II, and Gary A. Smith; daughters Mary Lou Morris, Linda Sue Lock, and Robbin Rymah; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son Larry J. Smith and grandson Army Spc. Joseph Jeffries Smith.

Graveside service and interment were held at Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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