Obituaries for March 22


Betty E. Weaver-Turner

Sept. 10, 1921-March 18, 2008

Gresham resident Betty E. Weaver-Turner, 86, died Tuesday, March 18.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave. Committal service will be held at Riverview Abbey Mausoleum, 0319 S.W. Taylors Ferry Road, Portland.

Betty was born Sept. 10, 1921, in Beloit, Ohio, to James and Mildred (Carroll) Groves. She moved to Tacoma, Wash.

She married Goldie Marcus Weaver in Reno, Nev. They lived in Tacoma but moved to Portland in 1942. After his death, she married Basil Turner in 1976.

Betty was a stay-at-home mother for many years. After she moved to Gresham in 1960, she worked for five years at Stacy's Cleaners in Portland. After Goldie's death, she took business courses at Mt. Hood Community College for one year. She later opened Fountain Coffee Service with her husband, Basil, and operated it until its closure in 1998.

Betty's hobbies were her grandchildren, as she devoted all her time to their birthdays, special events and gatherings.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Goldie in 1971 and Basil in 2001.

Survivors include her daughter, Marilyn Gonzalez of Gresham; stepson, Alvin Ray Weaver of Gresham; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

William Eric Johnson

April 15, 1920-March 19, 2008

East County resident William Eric Johnson, 87, died Wednesday, March 19, at Adventist Medical Center in Portland.

A graveside service with military and police honors will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

William was born April 15, 1920, in Miles City, Mont., to Charles and Mary (Christiansen) Johnson. The family moved to Portland in 1923, and William graduated from Commerce High School, now known as Cleveland High School, in 1938. He joined the Army Air Corps during World War II, reaching the rank of sergeant.

In 1949, he married Martha Chaffee in Portland.

William worked for the Portland Police Department as a police officer from 1950 until his retirement in 1975. He and his wife moved to Rockaway in 1977, and then to East County in 1994.

William's civic activities included the Police Union, the Tillamook Elks and the Model Railroad Club. His interests also included fishing and hunting.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1987.

Survivors include his daughters, Linda McLain of Tigard, Debbie Murray of Estacada and Carol Manley of Eagle Creek; companion, Marcella Durbec of Portland; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Zona Gifford

Oct. 18, 1934-March 20, 2008

Sandy resident Zona Gifford, 73, died Thursday, March 20, at her home.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, at the Sandy Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 16317 S.E. Bluff Road. Burial will follow at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Zona was born Oct. 18, 1934, in Shelley, Idaho, to William Henry and Eva (Johnson) Hall. She moved to Sandy after her parents' deaths to live with an older sister, and she attended Sandy Grade School and Sandy High School.

On Feb. 19, 1952, she married Raymond Gifford in Stevenson, Wash. They began a family in Sandy but moved to Corvallis in 1958. They later moved to California and returned to Sandy in 1977. They moved to Seattle 10 years later but moved back to Sandy in 2001.

Zona worked doing domestic housework while living in Corvallis. While in Seattle, she worked at the Seattle Temple, supervising the planning and serving of meals to patrons and staff. She and her daughter also operated a Christmas craft business, selling their handicrafts at Christmas events in Portland and Puyallup, Wash.

Zona was always active in her church. She enjoyed camping, catering food and collecting frog memorabilia. She was an avid Seattle Mariners fan.

She was preceded in death by her son, Kraig, in 2007.

Survivors include her husband; daughters, Deanna Smith of Vancouver, Wash., and Lori Hardy of Sandy; son, Randy Gifford of Maple Valley, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, 39641 Scenic St., Sandy, 97055.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Katherine Patricia De Simoni

March 3, 1937-March 19, 2008

Gresham resident Katherine Patricia De Simoni, 71, died Wednesday, March 19.

A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, March 24, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. A funeral service will follow at 3 p.m.

Kathie was born March 3, 1937, in Los Angeles to Steven and Pauline (Colletta) De Simoni. She graduated from St. Andrews High School in Pasadena, Calif., and from nursing school in San Francisco. She had lived in Gresham for the last 40 years.

Kathie worked as a registered nurse in the Portland area. Her interests included doing crafts, and she loved being around children.

Survivors include her sisters, Stephanie Davis of Rosemead, Calif., and Carmelinda Hodges of Dothan, Ala.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.