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Mary Katherine Brown
Mary McNiece was born on August 2, 1926, on McKenna Avenue in North Portland, and lived in the Portsmouth neighborhood until she was five, but at that point her parents, Leo and Myrtle McNiece, moved the family to Sellwood. Mary attended St. Agatha School, as did her younger brother, David. Before graduating from Girls Polytechnic High School, Mary learned to be an expert seamstress, and worked part-time as a clerk at Smith's Grocery at S.E. 17th and Umatilla, where her father was the head meat-cutter. After high school, Mary worked for the U.S. Forest Service at their Sellwood office. She met her future husband, Dick Brown, while roller-skating with friends at Oaks Amusement Park, and they were married on September 14, 1947. The couple moved to N.E. 35th and Ainsworth, and had their first child, Kathleen, in 1949; but Mary and her family returned to Sellwood in 1953, living at S.E. 21st and Umatilla, and later at S.E. 15th and Lexington. Years later, Mary returned to work at Standard Insurance, retiring in 1989 at the age of 62. In May of 2005, she and Dick moved to a small apartment a few doors down from the family homestead. She died on January 23, 2007, and a requiem mass was celebrated on Monday, January 29th, at St. Agatha Catholic Church in Sellwood. Mary is survived by her husband, Dick; their children, Diane, Dan, and Kathleen; her sisters, Marsha and Cheryl; and grandchildren, Kimberly, Theresa, Andrew, and Nathan. Arrangements were by Wilhelm Funeral Home. Rembrances are directed to the St. Vincent De Paul Society.
Tina J. Lunsford
Tina Lunsford died on February 11th in Portland at the age of 54 of cancer. Born Tina Gemma on July 22, 1952, she was a lifelong resident of Inner Southeast Portland, having attended Llewellyn Elementary School and Cleveland High School. She married her husband Ron Lunsford in 1971, and worked for Sears' Service Center and Catalog for 29 years. She was a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church in Sellwood. Survivors include her husband Ron, her parents Joan and Rudolph Gemma, her brother Tona Gemma, her daughter Joanie L. Lunsford, her son Casey C. Lunsford, and one grandchild. She was preceded in deth by her sister Teri Sue Callahan in 2001. Arrangements were by Wilhelm Funeral Home. Remembrances are directed to the Oregon Humane Society.