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Obituaries - April 26

Myrtle Ideal Capps

Oct. 4, 1907-April 15, 2008

Fairview resident Myrtle Ideal Capps, 100, died Tuesday, April 15, at her home.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, April 22.

Myrtle was born Oct. 4, 1907, in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada, to Albert and Birdie (Miller) Mayer. They moved to Arkansas, where she attended school.

She married Coy Freeman, and they moved to Bend in 1936. They divorced later. In December 1943, she married Bud Capps in Klamath Falls.

Myrtle was a homemaker for most of her life. She lived on the Oregon Coast for 40 years, including 16 years in Lincoln City. She moved to the Gresham area two years ago.

She was a member of the Lincoln City Eagles, and she enjoyed doing volunteer work.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud, in 1993.

Survivors include her son, Kenneth Freeman of El Dorado Hills, Calif.; daughters, Patricia Miller of Fairview, Wanda Greenan of Cupertino, Calif., Violet Clegett of Hanford, Calif., and Audra Day of King City; 17 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to the Oregon Humane Society, P.O. Box 11364, Portland, 97211-0364.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Betty Ann Freeark

July 22, 1925-April 20, 2008

Gresham resident Betty Ann Freeark, 82, died Sunday, April 20, with her family by her side.

A public memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at Church of the Good Samaritan, 333 N.W. 35th St., Corvallis.

Betty Ann was born July 22, 1925, in Springfield, Ill., to Axel and Hazel Sandberg.

On Sept. 3, 1949, she married George Louis Freeark, while her best friend, Olga Hooker, married Louis' identical twin brother, Harry. Betty Ann and Louis moved to Corvallis in 1953.

Betty Ann was a homemaker. She was an active member and volunteer with the Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Corvallis, and she was a 50-year member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and a participant in several other organizations and philanthropic groups. She was an accomplished toll painter, calligrapher, seamstress and quilter.

In 1974, Betty Ann and her husband were reassigned with the Air Force to Loring Air Force Base in Maine. They were later assigned to bases in Germany, England and California. They returned to Corvallis in the 1980s and then moved to Gresham in 2004.

She was preceded in death by her son, Thomas Freeark.

Survivors include her husband; daughter, MaryLou Devine of Gresham; sons, Richard Freeark of Simi Valley, Calif., and Mark Freeark of Pasadena, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Matthew Copeland Victory Fund, care of Alive! Ministries, 32216 S.E. Bluff Road, 97080.

Wilbur Gilford

Feb. 23, 1922-April 16, 2008

Gresham resident Wilbur Gilford, 86, died Wednesday, April 16, at Adventist Medical Center in Portland of congestive heart failure.

A private memorial service was held.

Wilbur was born Feb. 23, 1922, in Rainier to Albert and Addie May (Tress) Gilford. He was raised and educated in Dufur. He served in the Army from July 11, 1943, to July 12, 1947, including service in World War II.

On July 12, 1947, he married Effie Mae Bradford in Stevenson, Wash. They made their home in the Gresham area since 1950, spending the last 50 years at the same house.

Wilbur worked as a crane operator for Reynolds Metals and as a custodian for Heidi's of Gresham Restaurant. He was a member of Royal Neighbors of America and the Gresham Grange.

Wilbur's hobbies included fishing, rock hunting, making jewelry, repairing small engines, antiquing and gardening. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and children, and he liked to play jokes on his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2003; brothers, Willis Gilford and Bill Gilford; and sister, Violet White.

Survivors include his sons, Will Gilford of Gresham and Jim Gilford of Gresham; daughter, Ida (Reba) Stotts of Sandy; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 1200 N.W. Naito Parkway, Suite 220, Portland, 97209, or to the Oregon Humane Society, P.O. Box 11364, Portland, 97211-0364.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Murel Morris

Feb. 18, 1947-April 18, 2008

Fairview resident Murel Morris, 61, died Friday, April 18, in Vancouver, Wash.

A public graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 28, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Murel was born Feb. 18, 1947, in Hillsboro to Roy and Dorothy Morris. He served in the Air Force.

On July 10, 1970, he married Paula Rogers in Portland. They lived in Gresham and moved to Fairview about three years ago.

Murel worked as an auto mechanic. He coached Little League softball and served as league vice president for a few years.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Cassandra Morris of Wood Village, Kimberly Burch of Gresham and Rachel Morris of Fairview; and nine grandchildren.

Emily's Cremation and Burial Service is handling arrangements.