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Obituaries - June 15 edition


Enola E. Broadbent

Enola Earlene Broadbent of St. Helens died June 8, 2011, at a hospital in Portland. She was 67.

Enola Earlene Hicks was born July 5, 1943, in Orange County, Calif., to Earl and Laura (Morris) Hicks.

In 1961 she graduated from St. Helens High School.

Later she attended Portland Community College where she received an Associates Degree in computer science, graduating in 1978.

Employed at US Bank for 33 years in international banking, she retired in July of 2009.

Residing her entire life in the St. Helens area, she attended St. Helens Christian Church, and was a member of the Eastern Star and the Warren Grange Hall.

Very active in the community, she made baby blankets, helped tutor girls to get their GEDs, and volunteered for the Oregon Judicial Department, Columbia County Fair, mEGGa Easter Egg Hunt and the St. Helens Senior Center.

She is survived by her children, Mike Broadbent (Tayna) and Brenda Broadbent, of St. Helens; four grandchildren; mother, Laura Hicks of Phoenix, Ariz.; and sisters, Diane Mertens of Phoenix and Nancy Merrill of Detroit, Mich.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Private niche inurnment will be at the Portland Memorial Mausoleum.

Memorial gifts may be made to Columbia River Partnership for Change, c/o Sue Hill, 230 Strand St., St. Helens, OR 97051.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.

Lester 'Les' E. Brown

Lester 'Les' Egbert Brown of St. Helens passed away June 6, 2011, peacefully with family by his side in Portland. He was 84.

Mr. Brown was born April 5, 1927, in St. Helens to Lester Bert and Woneta (Broyles) Brown, and was the youngest of four children.

A 1945 graduate of St. Helens High School, he faithfully served in the U.S. Army Air Corp and later in the Air Force during World War II.

On June 15, 1962, he married Marvel Grace Blankenship at the Christian Church in St. Helens.

A member of St. Frederic Catholic Church since 1995, he served as a greeter almost every Sunday, did light maintenance and provided communion to shut-ins.

For over 43 years he worked at Cooper Auto Parts, retiring in 1998.

Active in the community, he was a member of the St. Helens Elk Lodge, Moose Lodge, Knights of Columbus, St. Helens Senior Center, and was past commodore twice for the St. Helens Yacht Club.

Additionally, he bowled for over 40 years, and was inducted into the local Bowler's Hall of Fame in 1998, and received the Sportsmanship Award as well.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marvel; children, Neta Minten of Salem, Leslie Heimuller of St. Helens, Connie Oswalt of Portland, JeAnne Waite of St. Helens, Donna Brown of Hillsboro, Jeri Waite of Scappoose, Keri Merriman of Clatskanie and Curtis Waite of Mesa, Ariz.; 22 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; and one great-great- granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his son, Lester 'Arthur' Brown; grandson, Geoffrey Oswalt; and siblings, Morris Barger, Wilbert Barger and Doris Fall.

Rosary will be said at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, at St. Frederic Catholic Church in St. Helens. Mass of Christian burial will follow at 10 a.m.

Memorial gifts may be made to the St. Helens Senior Center or to a charity of one's choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.

Norman T. Cooper

Norman Theodore Cooper of St. Helens passed away June 5, 2011, in St. Helens. He was 76.

A celebration of life will be held from 2-4 p.m. Friday, June 17, at The Village Inn in St. Helens. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

Final resting place is Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts may be made to Parkinson's Research of Oregon, 3975 Mercantile Dr., Ste. 154, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.

Arrangements are by the Columbia Funeral Home.

Dixie L. Josifek

Dixie Lee Josifek of Scappoose passed away June 1, 2011, in Portland. She was 86.

Dixie Lee McKinney was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Huntington, W. Va., to Thomas and Marie (Eden) McKinney.

As a teenager she moved to Washington, D.C, during the height of World War II, where she got a job at the White House.

On Nov. 20, 1945, she married naval officer Forrest William 'Bill' Cravens in Huntington, W. Va. They lived in many cities in the United States and overseas before settling in Alamo, Calif., in 1960 to raise their family. He preceded her in death in 1981.

For many years she worked in property management. In 1972 she began working for Public Storage as an office secretary just after the company was founded, and worked her way up to regional manager of the company.

In 1986 she retired and moved to Roseburg, where she married longtime family friend, George 'Joe' Josifek on Oct. 20, 1986.

In Roseburg she had many dear friends and was active in the local TOPS club.

She was preceded in death by husband, Joe on June 20, 2003.

In 2006 she moved to Scappoose to be closer to her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Norma Cravens of St. Helens; son, John Cravens of Alaska; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her children, Forrest W. Cravens II, P.J. Smith, and Catherine Unruh; and siblings, Charles, Betty, and Jean.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date on the Oregon coast.

Memorial gifts may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children, 3101 S.W. Jackson Park Rd., Portland, OR 97239.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.

Troy 'Randy' Mullins

Troy 'Randy' Mullins of St. Helens passed away June 6, 2011, from complications of diabetes. He was 50.

Mr. Mullins was born Sept. 25, 1960, in Mount Ida, Ark., to Troy F. and Viva June (Ellis) Mullins, and was the oldest of four children.

His family moved from Arkansas to St. Helens in 1967.

While attending St. Helens High School, he was the school's wrestling and football manager.

Later he served in the U.S. Army before being honorably discharged due to medical reasons.

He held many jobs, including fire watch and security officer at Boise Cascade, natural gas finder for GeoSource and night cleanup crew foreman at Steinfeld's.

On Aug. 25, 1991, he married the love of his life, Traci Rogers at the Moose Lodge. She preceded him in death in 2000.

Loving sports, he was a novice dart and pool player.

Additionally, he was an avid rock hound, camper, video gamer, golfer and a card shark too.

He also managed the little league baseball team for Reichhold Chemical Corp. for a while, was a member of the Teamsters Union and a past member of the St. Helens Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his mother, Viva Mullins; and sisters, Kandus Flores and Jana Brecht. He was preceded in death by his father, Troy; and brother, Stanley.

A celebration of life gathering and potluck will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Columbia Tavern in St. Helens.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.

Randall E. Stafford

Randall Eugene Stafford of Scappoose died March 25, 2011. He was 62.

A celebration of life will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Scappoose Bay Marina Gazebo.

Debra 'Debbie' Stencil

Debra 'Debbie' Jean Stencil of Scappoose passed away June 10, 2011, in Portland surrounded by her family and friends after battling cancer the past year. She was 57.

Debra Jean Frick was born July 30, 1953, in Yakima, Wash., to Bob and Phyllis Jean (Leturner) Frick, and was the youngest of three children.

After living a brief time in California, she moved to Scappoose where she was raised most of her life.

In 1971 she graduated Scappoose High School.

With a smile, a laugh and a promise for fun the next time they would meet, she would often enthusiastically inform, adopt and welcome children in the community with the phrase, 'Honey, I'm your Crazy Granny.' At this, she would wink at the parents and she and the child would share a mischievous grin.

Many people only knew her simply as the 'Crazy Granny' and looked forward to visiting with her both at her home and while she served the community of Scappoose working as a checker at P and G Thriftway for ten years and then Fred Meyer for the last 11 years.

Spunky, outspokenness and flair marked her personality.

She is survived by her dad, Bob Frick of Scappoose; sons and daughter-in-laws, Dennis (Misty) Willard of Everett, Wash., Aaron (Tommi) Willard of Scappoose, and Doug Stencil of Scappoose; siblings, Kathyryn Frick of Washington and Ronald Frick of Oregon; grandchildren, Coltin and Brayden Willard, Abigail Stencil, Nevada and Jesus Mead, and anyone else who lovingly felt that she, too, was their 'Crazy Granny.' She was preceded in death by her mother on June 20, 2006.

A celebration of life was held June 14 at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Memorial gifts may be to the Debra Jean Stencil Memorial Fund at Chase Bank, account #970424099.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.