OBITUARIES--April 23, 2008
MaKayla Langley, Thelma McBeth, Perry Olson, Donald Roth, Billie Jean Smith, William Van Leer
MaKayla Elizabeth Mae Langley
MaKayla Elizabeth Mae Langley of St. Helens died April 11, 2008. She was 14.
MaKayla Elizabeth Mae Langley was born Dec. 16, 1993, in McMinnville.
A seventh-grade student at St. Helens Middle School, she was a vibrant, beautiful young girl who was always smiling and made those around her smile. She touched the lives of many throughout Texas, the Portland area, and St. Helens.
Her sassy attitude, love for animals, camping, family, and friends, along with her deep desire for peace and happiness for those close to her, will be some of the most cherished memories for all who were blessed to know her.
She is survived by her parents Mary Bastian and Jack Hutchison, and HL and Anna Britt; brothers Michael, Beau, Austin, Skylar, Brock, and Damian; sisters Tarah, Ashley, August, Brittany, Stephanie, Justice, and Amanda; grandparents Gary and Anita Bastian, Judy Nystrom, and Paul and Kaye Knottingham; great-grandmother Pattie Long; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and a large extended family.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, at the Elks Lodge in St. Helens.
A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at Skyline Memorial Gardens in Portland.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the MaKayla Langley Memorial Fund at US Bank.
Thelma Baker McBeth
Thelma Baker McBeth, formerly of Scappoose, died April 13, 2008, at her home in Newberg. She was 96.
Thelma Baker was born June 10, 1911, in Yellow Springs, Ohio, to Evan and Bessie (Phillips) Baker.
Residing with her family in several communities in Ohio, she was later raised by her grandfather and aunt after her mother died in 1923.
Passionate about singing, she attended Antioch College majoring in music.
Following school she moved to Alhambra, Calif., and worked in housewares at Lieburg's Department Store.
On Oct. 2, 1947, she married Robert McBeth in Flagstaff, Ariz., and became a homemaker.
In 1952 she and her family moved to Beaverton, and from 1955 to 1973 they made their home in Scappoose.
During retirement she and Robert lived in Bend, spent winters in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., and traveled extensively. Later they relocated to King City, and then to Friendsview Manor in Newberg.
Wherever she went she used her talent. Her soprano voice was recognized in churches and the community where she shared her gift as a soloist, choir member and choir director.
Always a faithful, active member in her church, among the other things she enjoyed were camping, fishing, gardening, and sewing.
In later years she took up oil painting, and most recently china painting.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years Robert McBeth of Newberg; son Michael Green and his wife Wendy of Newberg; daughter Eileen Reid and her husband Richard of Happy Valley; grandsons Matthew Reid and his wife Brandy, and David Reid; granddaughter Melissa Burch and her husband Justin; great-granddaughters Hannah, Audrey, and Sydney Reid; sisters Mildred and Gladys, both of Ohio; and all those who knew and appreciated her where she lived and worked.
A memorial service was held at Grace Baptist Church in Newberg.
Memorial gifts may be made to Grace Baptist Church in Newberg, c/o of Attrell's Newberg Funeral Chapel, 207 Villa Rd., Newberg, OR 97132.
Perry M. Olson
Perry M. Olson of St. Helens died April 17, 2008, at his home. He was 94.
Mr. Olson was born Jan. 20, 1914, in Houlton to Oscar and Kitty (Usher) Olson.
Living all his life in the area, he attended McBride School in St. Helens.
On June 18, 1938, he married Estella Olson in Vancouver, Wash.
Employed at a creosote plant until his father died there in an accident, he went on to become a self-employed logger, owning Olson Logging Company.
Among the things he enjoyed were going to breakfast with his son, and drinking Burgerville coffee.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years Estella Olson; children Janet Tobin, Sharon Oliver, and Larry Olson; grandchildren Eric Olson, Candy Reagan, Rob Reichelt, Michelle Lane, Corey Oliver, Julie Sandstrom, Mike Miller, and Michelle Smith; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; brother Jack Olson; numerous nieces and nephews; and friend Elizabeth Davis. He was preceded in death by brothers Delmar and Merton, and sisters Dorothy Haun and Pearl Olson.
A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Yankton Community Fellowship Church in St. Helens.
Private vault interment will be at Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Scappoose.
Memorial gifts may be made to Community Home, Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 2067, Longview, WA 98632.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.
Donald E. Roth
Donald E. Roth of Warren died April 16, 2008, of colon cancer at his home. He was 55.
Mr. Roth was born June 13, 1952, in St. Helens to Oscar and Naomi (Darrar) Roth.
Living all his life in the area, he attended Warren Grade School, and graduated from Scappoose High School in 1970.
Serving in the Army National Guard, he was honorably discharged in 1978.
On Feb. 9, 2007, he married his best friend Lorene Conn in the gazebo at the Columbia County Courthouse in St. Helens.
Employed as a heavy-equipment mechanic, his last job was with Glacier Northwest in Scappoose until he had to quit due to cancer.
He is survived by his wife Lorene; son Claude Roth of Canada; stepdaughter Valerie Gagnier and her husband Matt of Crofton, Md.; father Oscar Roth and his wife Edith of Warren; mother Naomi Shroder of Portland; brothers Ed Roth and his wife Renee of Scappoose; Richard LaRiviere, and Larry Shroder, both of Portland, and Gerry Roth of Florida; nieces Melissa Perri, Melinda Berns, and Cassie Givan; nephews Richard, Gary, and Wesley LaRiviere; seven great nieces and nephews; and his cat Bubba-Boo.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, April 25, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.
A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Columbia Funeral Home.
Private vault interment will be at Bethany Memorial Cemetery in Warren.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.
Jean 'Billie Jean' Smith
Jean 'Billie Jean' Smith of Sacramento, Calif., died April 16, 2008, surrounded by her children, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 76.
Jean Smith was born Feb. 12, 1932, in Maude, Okla.
A feisty, strong-willed woman, her marriage to first husband Donald E. Baker gave her seven just as feisty and strong-willed children.
Leading a passionate and full life, she was very active in The Women of the Moose, at times holding top executive positions.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years James Smith; children Larry Baker and his wife Lucy of Kittitas, Wash., Susan Baker of Concord, Calif., Deborah Horst and her husband Rudy of Kittitas, Diane Baker and Don of Canyonville, Jennifer McGava and her husband Bob of Plano, Ill., Roger Baker and his wife Marilyn of Albany, and Calvin Baker and his wife Tammy of Phoenix, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren, including local residents Jessica Hack, Cory Baker, and Jason Simkins; 31 great-grandchildren, including local resident Caleb Baker; and one great-great-grandson.
William A. VanLeer
William A. VanLeer of Scappoose died April 21, 2008. He was 78 years old.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 28, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.
A full obituary will appear in our next print and online edition.