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Obituaries for April 4

Shirley Anita Huntley

Nov. 14, 1921-March 31, 2007

Gresham resident Shirley Anita Huntley, 85, died Saturday, March 31, at her home.

Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 4-5, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 6, also at Bateman Carroll. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Shirley was born Nov. 14, 1921, in Portland to John and Nellie (Lorenzen) Tommas. She attended 14 different schools before graduating from Oregon City High School in 1940.

In 1948, Shirley married Chuck Huntley in Estacada. They made their home in Portland, where she worked as an office manager for Zellerbach Paper. She retired in 1982.

During their retirement, Shirley and Chuck traveled all over the United States, wintering in Palm Desert, Calif. She enjoyed golfing, fishing and bowling.

She was a member of Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Shirley moved to Gresham in 1994.

In 1997, Shirley was preceded in death by her husband.

Survivors include her son, Bill Huntley of Troutdale; daughters, Nancy Borthwick of Gresham and Sandra Callahan of Tigard; sisters, Patricia Spence of Portland and Jacqueline Griffith of Estacada; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123-1718.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Rhea L. Austin

Feb. 18, 1916-March 23, 2007

Former Gresham resident Rhea L. Austin, 91, died Friday, March 23, in Portland.

A private family service will be held.

Rhea was born Feb.18, 1916, in Gravette, Ark., to John and Jessie Belle (Hume) Loghry. She was raised and educated in Gravette, where she graduated from high school.

In 1938, Rhea married Robert D. Austin. They moved to Portland in 1947 and lived in Gresham for a number of years.

In 1966, Rhea responded to an ad for a waitress position at Tad's Chicken N' Dumplins' in Troutdale and continued as a server there for 29 years through the mid-1990s. She and fellow waitress, Margaret Stitch, were the 'queens' of the back dining room and acquired loyal followings of customers.

'She was thin as a rail and stayed thin as a rail,' remembered Judy Jones, owner of Tad's. 'She loved jokes, particularly off-color jokes. She loved to tell them to her customers and they always had a joke for her.'

Lucy Tolbert, who cooked at Tad's at the same time, said she saved collections of Austin's jokes all year long to share with her sister. Rhea Austin celebrated her 91st birthday at Tad's in February.

When Rhea was 84 years old, she began working as a hostess for Sayler's Old Country Kitchen. She was a Life Master at bridge.

In 1998, Rhea was preceded in death by her husband. She also was preceded in death by her son, Jeff Austin.

Survivors include her son, Robert 'Gary' Austin of Redmond; daughter, Judy Snyder of Wamic; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of one's choice.

Crown Memorial Center in Milwaukie is handling arrangements.

Harold Frederick Gray

Nov. 10, 1921-March 31, 2007

Gresham resident Harold Frederick Gray, 85, died Saturday, March 31.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 6, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, also at Bateman Carroll. Interment with military honors will be at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Harold was born Nov. 10, 1921, in Boise, Idaho, to Albert and Rosa (Brannon) Gray. As a teenager, he moved to Portland, where his father established Pacific Bible College, which is now Warner Pacific College. He graduated from North Central High School in 1939.

On July 29, 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was discharged Sept. 17, 1944. After the war, he joined the Air Force Reserves and served as a navigator for 26 years. He retired from the military having attained the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Harold worked for Stark's Vacuum Cleaner Sales and Service in various capacities for 45 years and served as president.

In 1941, Harold married Joyce Eudora Bryant. She preceded him in death. Then, on June 18, 2005, Harold married Billy Gates in Portland.

In the early 1970s, Harold developed an interest in restoring early MG cars and developed a reputation as one of the leading experts in the country on the T-series and earlier MG automobiles. His restorations won many awards at car shows in the western United States.

He was one of the founders of the Portland Club T-MG and served as president of the organization in 1973.

Survivors include his wife of Gresham; daughters, Jill Pullen of Yorba Linda, Calif., and Janis Hibbard of Zig Zag; son, Philip Gray of Portland; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Adventist Medical Center, hospice program, 5835 N.E. 122nd Ave., Suite 135, Portland, 97230.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Agnes Veneda Howard

March 10, 1911-March 24, 2007

East County resident Agnes Veneda Howard, 96, died Saturday, March 24, in Portland.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes, 11667 S.E. Stevens Road, Happy Valley.

Agnes was born March 10, 1911, in Molina, Colo., to Claude and Rhoda Campell. She was raised and educated in Montrose, Colo., where she attended high school.

On Sept. 15, 1928, Agnes married A.D. Howard in Montrose. She was a homemaker.

In 1978, Agnes was preceded in death by her husband.

Survivors include her daughters, Marquita Biornstad of Gresham; Veneda Howard of Milwaukie, Juanita Miller of Paso Robles, Calif., Maxine Sinnott of Reedsport, Agnes Montgomery of Paso Robles and Naomi Lewis of Clearlake, Calif.; four sisters; a brother; 21 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Seventh-day Adventist Hospice.

Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes is handling arrangements.