Joetta Nell Eisele

Sept. 10, 1915-March 31, 2008

Gresham resident Joetta Nell Eisele, 92, died Monday, March 31.

No services will be held.

Joetta was born Sept. 10, 1915, in Wamego, Kan., to Ronald and Nellie (Craig) DeWeese. She graduated from Wamego High School in 1932.

On May 10, 1947, she married Matthew J. Eisele in San Clemente, Calif. They lived in San Clemente until 1974, and then they moved to Rogue River, where she lived until 1998. After returning to California, Joetta moved to Gresham in 2008.

Joetta owned Wayne Craft Manufacturing, a furniture-making company, for seven years. She then owned Harbor Home in San Clemente until her retirement in 1974.

Joetta was a member of the Soroptimist Club in Rogue River. She was an avid bridge player and loved square dancing, bowling and needlepoint. She also loved her dog, Gracie.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1988.

Survivors include her son, Ronald Eisele of Camarillo, Calif.; daughter, Kim Eisele of Portland; and one grandchild.

Contributions can be made to the Braille Institute, 741 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, 90029.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Denisa Edna Mikalson

July 17, 1929-April 8, 2008

Longtime Gresham resident Denisa Edna Mikalson, 78, died Tuesday, April 8.

A private family gathering will be held at the home of her son on Sunday, April 13.

Denisa was born July 17, 1929, to Elmer and Ethel Rigby in Boise, Idaho. She married Donald Mikalson on Dec. 27, 1948, in Kalispell, Mont. They lived in Eureka, Mont., before moving to Gresham in 1983.

Denisa attended Mt. Hood Community College, where she completed an associate's degree in nursing. She worked as a nurse's aide for 15 years at Fir Wood Gardens in Portland and retired in 2000.

She loved to snow ski, bowl and practice Tai-Chi. Denisa also enjoyed oil painting, gardening and raising her children.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1956.

Survivors include her sons, Steve Mikalson of Portland and Brad Mikalson of Aurora, Colo.; daughters, Sally Mikalson-Tucker of Monument, Colo., Donisa Mikalson of Gresham and Chris Jennison of Redmond, Wash.; sisters, Beulah Mortenson and Donna Adams, both of Ashford, Wash.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Betty May Quarles

Aug. 8, 1926-April 8, 2008

East County resident Betty May Quarles, 81, died Tuesday, April 8, at Portland Adventist Medical Center.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 174 S.E. 139th Ave., Portland.

Betty was born Aug. 28, 1926, in Cottage Grove to Jack and May Moulton. The daughter of a construction worker, Betty moved frequently as a child, before graduating from Fort Vancouver High School in Vancouver, Wash., in 1944. She moved to Portland shortly afterwards.

Betty married Gerald 'Jerry' Quarles on Feb. 2, 1945, in Vancouver. She worked as a bookkeeper for two doctor's offices and was also employed as a cashier for Helen Bernhard Bakery for 10 years. She moved to East Multnomah County in 1965.

She was a member of the Daughters of the Nile, Eastern Star and a volunteer for Portland Shriners Children's Hospital. Betty was a member of the Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, where she also served as a deacon.

Betty's special interests included sewing, camping, hunting, square dancing and visiting the elderly. She also enjoyed spending time with family.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2005.

Survivors include her daughters, Linda Barton of Milwaukie and Doris Cisar of Dover, Del.; brother, Bill Moulton of Tipp City, Ohio; and four grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Savage Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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