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Obituaries for June 22, 2011

Marie Elizabeth Drew

Aug. 15, 1921-June 12, 2011

Sandy resident Marie Elizabeth Drew died Sunday, June 12, with daughter Susan at her side. She was 89.

A memorial gathering will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 27, at Eagle Creek Presbyterian Church, 29455 S.E. Burnett Road, Eagle Creek.  

Marie was born Aug. 15, 1921, in Dover, N.H., to Fred and Lydia Drew. She was raised in nearby Barrington and graduated from Dover High School where she learned Latin, which served her well over the years with English.

On May 10, 1940, she married Earl Drew in Council Bluffs, Iowa. They drove to Oregon in a Model A car and ran Drew's Chocolates in Rhododendron until they had to stop hand-dipping chocolates because of the war rationing of sugar, butter and chocolate. They made their home in Sandy in 1944. 

Although a stroke in 2004 limited her speech and arithmetic, she continued to be a great comfort to her daughters and others, giving so much by simply being herself, enduring with style and grace, sharing her smile judiciously. She loved babies, especially patting their cheeks. Dogs and cats were dear companions throughout her life.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband in 1992; her son, Randolph, in 1997; daughter, Martha Drew, in 2001; brother, Fred Drew Jr. in 1988; and her sister, Christine Greer, in 1989. 

Survivors include her daughters, Beverley Kindley of Hillsboro, Nancy Drew of Bellingham, Wash., and Susan Drew of Sandy; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Portland Audubon Society, 5151 N.W. Cornell Road, Portland, 97210; or to Friends of the Columbia Gorge, 522 S.W. Fifth Ave., Portland, 97204.

Vickie Ann Brown

Oct. 25, 1961-May 31, 2011

Sandy resident Vickie Ann Brown, 49, died Tuesday, May 31, in Gresham.

A family gathering will be held this summer.

Vickie was born Oct. 25, 1961, in Michigan City, Ind., to Ron and Joann Buczkowski. She was raised in Michigan City and Dallas, Texas.

She was married to A.D. Munguia from 1983 to 1986 and to Neale Brown from 1995 to 2010.

Vickie was an animal behaviorist. She moved to Sandy in 1995. She was a neighborhood community volunteer and enjoyed photography, gardening and travel. She loved to laugh and would help anyone.

Survivors include her daughters, Alicia Munguia of Lubbock, Texas, Melissa Munguia of San Antonio, Texas, and Hannah Dickhaus of Eugene; son, Osceola Brown of Sandy; her father, of Dallas; sister, Julie Buczkowski of Dallas; and brother, Don Bucy of Euless, Texas.

Affordable Funeral Alternatives is handling arrangements.

Shirley M. Nielsen

Dec. 21, 1928-June 18, 2011

Former Sandy resident Shirley M. Nielsen died Saturday, June 18, in Gresham. She was 82.

No service will be held.

Shirley was born Dec. 21, 1928, in Pocatello, Idaho, to Robert and Carmen (Carahoff) Blake. She was raised in Gresham and graduated from Gresham High School.

On July 26, 1946, she married Robert Nielsen in Vancouver, Wash.

Shirley was a homemaker. She enjoyed playing bingo, traveling, fishing and garage sales. She moved to Sandy in 1949 and resided there until 2003. She then resided at O'Hara's Manor in Gresham for the last eight years.

Her husband preceded her in death on Feb. 14, 1992.

Survivors include her son, Chris Nielsen of Sandy; daughter, Sharon Ulrich of Sandy; brothers, Manning Blake of Gresham, Tom Blake of Osburn, Idaho, Ron Blake of Gresham and Frank Blake of Gresham; sisters, Margaret Jones of Cushing, Texas, Barbara Kessler of Portland and Donna Harris of Portland; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Cornerstone Funeral Services is handling arrangements.

Richard Harland Northup

Jan. 18, 1932-June 13, 2011

Sandy area resident Richard Harland Northup died Monday, June 13, at his home after a brief illness. He was 79.

A memorial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Sandy Grange, 34705 S.E. Kelso Road.

Dick was born Jan. 18, 1932, in Forks, Wash., to Dale and Mildred (Hamilton) Northup. After attending primary school, he began a lifelong career as a logger and forest construction worker.

Dick married Verna (George) Davis on Dec. 27, 1976, in Vancouver, Wash. They resided in Sandy. One of Dick and Verna's favorite pastimes was bowling.

Dick worked for several logging outfits in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon, and spent some time in the 1950s working for the U.S. Forest Service teaching firefighters how to operate chainsaws. He also worked for Alpine Towing and RSG Forest Products. He was a highly skilled logger and Caterpillar operator, and he built several roads in forested areas.

Dick was always happy while telling stories about his logging experiences pulling misery whips, setting up and operating landings and trying to keep inexperienced loggers from injuring themselves. He also enjoyed spending time in the woods fishing and hunting.

He was preceded in death by three children, Dale Northup, David Northup and Patty Bloom.

Survivors include his wife; children, Kathy Dixon of Chehalis, Wash., and Jim Northup of Armory, Miss.; 17 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Sherry L. Barnes

Aug. 19, 1956-June 15, 2011

Sandy resident Sherry Barnes, 54, died Wednesday, June 15.

A celebration of her life was held Saturday, June 18, in Sandy.

Sherry was born Aug. 19, 1956, in Albuquerque, N.M., to Robert and Jeanette Wright. Her father later married Sandra Stoltz. Sherry was raised in Medford and graduated from Medford Senior High School in 1974.

On Aug. 2, 1981, she married Jerry Barnes in Gresham.

Sherry was a mother of three, mom of many.

Her husband preceded her in death in June 2000.

Survivors include her children, Alicia Barnes-Wendel, Bobby Barnes and Chase Barnes, all of Oregon; sisters, Brenda Williams of Oregon and Kelle Luoma of Minnesota; and brother, JC Wright of Alabama.

Memorial contributions can be sent to 36740 Double Creek Drive, Sandy, 97055.