Obituaries - May 25 edition


John R. Bruce

John Robert Bruce of St. Helens died May 19, 2011, at his home. He was 84.

Mr. Bruce was born July 16, 1926, in Portland to John V. and Edith Virginia (May) Bruce.

In 1944 he graduated from Benson High School.

Enlisting in the U.S. Army, he specialized in radio communications, staying in the military until his retirement. During his career, he had secret service clearance, worked in embassies overseas and was in Iran and Iraq during the 1950s.

Residing in Vancouver since 1990, he moved to St. Helens in October of 2010.

Preceded in death by his wife Virginia, in December of 2010 he wed Sandra Emerson, whom he had known since 1994.

Of the Baptist Faith, he was a member of the VFW, American Legion and NRA.

Among the things he enjoyed were reading or watching anything related to the military or government, and visiting with friends.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Bruce of St. Helens; sons, Charles Bruce of Acton, Calif., Phillip Bruce of Long Beach, Calif., and James Bruce of Hillsboro; six grandchildren; and nieces, Diane Conjer of Newberg, and Charlotte Bryant of Vancouver, Wash.

Graveside service and interment were held May 24 at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Paula F. Campbell

Paula Faye Campbell, formerly of Scappoose, passed away unexpectedly March 23, 2011, in Mesa, Ariz. She was 53.

Paula Faye Campbell was born Sept. 1, 1957, in Walla Walla, Wash., and was the beloved youngest child of L.J. and Kit Campbell.

A beautiful, bouncy, golden-haired, blue-eyed child, she was tagged with many loving nicknames growing up including 'Pollywog,' 'Witch Hazel' and 'Paulita,' to name a few.

During her life she lived in Washington, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Oregon and Arizona.

She attended her senior year of high school in Scappoose.

Raised on ranches with her family, she rode horses and competed in horse shows, rodeos and other equestrian competitions.

An outdoor person, she went hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and target shooting.

She enjoyed cooking and was famous for her special recipes of manicotti, carrot cake, and banana bread.

Additionally, she wrote beautiful poetry and loved dancing and singing to her favorite song, 'You're so Vain.'

Very proud of her Native American heritage, she created exquisite beadwork with native designs, which she marketed in her company, 'Indian Creek Industries.'

Most of all, she adored her daughter and grandsons, visiting them whenever she could.

Through her spirit of beauty and strength, she had a vast capacity for loving others. An organ donor, she would have been thrilled to know she helped many people with those contributions after her death. It was a beautiful and fitting tribute to the way she lived her life, loving and helping others.

Enjoying the simple things in life, she had a wicked, zany sense of humor.

She will live on through the memories of those who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her daughter, Ariel, and grandsons, Joshua and Zane, of Montrose, Colo.; father, L.J. Campbell (Gwen) of Farmington, N.M.; siblings, Patricia Anderson, and Barbara Campbell Moody, of Scappoose; Pamela Rider of Yuma, Ariz., James Campbell of La Boca, N.M., and David Campbell of Everett, Wash.; a host of extended family including aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and her circle of many wonderful friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Kit Campbell.

A celebration of life was held in Apache Junction, Ariz., with numerous family and friends in attendance.

Another private service will be held in Bayfield, Colo., for her extended family.

Harold E. Miller

Harold E. Miller of Sun City West, Ariz., formerly St. Helens, passed away April 21, 2011, in Sun City West. He was 73.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at the Knapp Social Center at the Caples House Museum in Columbia City.