Emogene 'Jean' Boyles

Emogene 'Jean' Christine Boyles of St. Helens died July 6, 2011, at her home. She was 70.

Emogene Christine Ringle was born Sept. 27, 1940, in Ann Arbor, Mich., to William and Imagene (Schalow) Ringle.

Residing in Portland most of her life, she lived in St. Helens the past seven years.

On Feb. 14, 1991, she married James C. Boyles in Portland. Six weeks later he preceded her in death.

Employed as a CNA for a temporary agency, she was disabled for the past 15 years.

A Christian, and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, she loved Hawaii, reading, old westerns, games, trying new things, going on walks, her dog 'Patches,' and had a great sense of humor.

She is survived by her children, Deanna Lightner of Clackamas, Chad Miller of Deer Island, Deon Patterson of Scappoose, Mike Montolla of Ft. Stewart, Ga., and Hester N.M. Clemens of Bend; 19 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and siblings, Peggy Boznamgo and Donna Ball, both of Converse, Texas, and Liz Ringle and Shirley Horgen, both of Helena, Mont. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Frank and Charles.

A celebration of life will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Committal service and interment will follow at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Dorothy L. Churchill

Dorothy L. Churchill of Scappoose died July 7, 2011, at a hospital in Portland. She was 83.

Dorothy L. Jordan was born Nov. 29, 1927, in San Bernardino, Calif., to Harold and Dorothy (Bennett) Jordan.

Educated at Grant High School, she met and married Richard Churchill in Vancouver, Wash., on Jan. 1, 1949.

The couple moved to Scappoose from Portland on June 26, 1956.

The superintendant for the Columbia County senior transportation now known as COLCO, she retired in 1998.

A Christian, she worked for seniors and enjoyed making flower bouquets for them and birthdays.

Additionally, she started the summer recreation program in Scappoose.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Richard Churchill Sr. of Scappoose; son, Richard Churchill Jr. of Portland; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and siblings, Harold Jordan of Portland and Sally Pederson of Corvallis.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Graveside service and vault interment will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Scappoose Senior Center.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Loren E. Ellis Jr.

Loren Edward Ellis Jr. of Scappoose died July 5, 2011, peacefully at his home. He was 84.

Mr. Ellis was born Oct. 26, 1926, in Portland to Loren and Iva (Uttenberg) Ellis Sr.

A graduate of Benson High School, at the age of 16 he used his welding skills learned at Benson to work in the Portland Shipyards during war time. He was also a Merchant Marine.

On Feb. 15, 1948, he married Gloria Faye Erickson.

Shortly after their marriage, they purchased a farm in Vernonia. In the mid-60s they began shipping milk to Mayflower Farms in Portland. In 1974 they formed a family partnership with their four sons, and in 1978 purchased the Hudson-Rowell farm out on the dike land in Scappoose. They finally moved all their dairy cows to Scappoose in 1980.

During the 1970s he and his wife hosted two Japanese boys, Ike and Yugi, from Japan through the Oregon Farm Bureau Exchange Program, and one boy, Robert, from Australia through AFS. In 1972 they enjoyed traveling to Japan to visit the boys' families and then in 1980 they traveled to Australia to visit Robert in the outback.

After his sons started managing the farm, he had extra time to take the grandchildren to ball games, 4-H activities and the Sauvie Island Beach.

In his later years, he enjoyed maintaining and managing his rental properties in Vernonia and Scappoose.

He is survived by his children, Scott Ellis and Craig Ellis, both of Scappoose, Terry Ellis of Warren, Zenda Koch of Oregon City, and Stephen Ellis of Vernonia; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and brother, Gary Ellis of Portland. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria in 2010.

A private family service will be held.

Memorial gifts in his memory may be made to the Columbia County 4-H Leader Association, c/o Columbia County Extension Service, 505 N. Columbia River Hwy., St. Helens, OR 97051.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Ethel M. Gattis

Ethel Mary Gattis of Scappoose passed away July 4, 2011, in Scappoose. She was 90.

Ethel Mary Bestall was born Feb. 6, 1921, in Germiston, Gauteng, South Africa, to Charles William and Rosalie Nellie (Brooks) Bestall, and was the middle of three children.

When she became a teenager she went to live in England, where she and her parents remained for three-and-a-half years. It was during high school there that she received really good instruction in art. With the threat of World War II, she returned to South Africa.

While working in Rhodesia as a production secretary, she met and married Arthur Holliger. Soon after they came to the United States, and settled in Santa Paula, Calif. While there she became a U.S. citizen. The couple had four children and later divorced.

Years later she married Raymond Roy Gattis. Art was always one of her greatest interests, but being a mother of six children didn't leave much time to pursue her artistic endeavors.

After living in California for a number of years, they moved to Hot Springs, Ark., after her husband's retirement, where he later passed away. There she joined the Traditional Art Guild. Her other hobbies included sewing, knitting, crocheting, ceramics, leather work, and gardening.

She moved to Scappoose to be closer to her family.

She is survived by her children, Gordon Holliger of Lake Port, Calif., Carol Patterson, Marion Klecker, and Kerry Holliger, all of Scappoose; step daughter, Sharon Grabowski of Atascadero, Calif.; step son, Jimmy Gattis of Las Vegas, Nev.; 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Seth; and siblings, Cliff and Joan.

A family graveside service was held July 9 at Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Scappoose.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Cecil H. Hicks

Cecil Harley Hicks of St. Helens passed away July 10, 2011, at his home surrounded by family. He was 90.

Mr. Hicks was born July 7, 1921, in Kansas City, Kan., to Clarence M. and Margie M. (Bittle) Hicks, and was the older of two sons.

After graduating from high school, he went into the U.S. Navy in 1938. His ship had just left Pearl Harbor a few days before Dec. 7, 1941. He served his country for over 23 years before retiring as a Senior Chief Petty Officer in 1962.

Following he settled in Florida, and worked as a production manager for Cobia Boat Company in Sanford, Fla., during the 1970s.

On Dec. 21, 1981, he married Lynn Carol Hardy, and a few years later retired again. They traveled for several years visiting all 48 contiguous states. In 1985 they moved to St. Helens from Orlando, Fla.

He will be missed by all.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Lynn Carol Hardy; daughters, Beverly Barnett of Portland and Melanie Sellars of Oregon City; granddaughters and husbands, Brenda and Bill Casey, Debbie and Rick Schwartz, and Julie and Michael Megrath; grandson and wife, Ron and Martine Barnett; and great-grandchildren, Ryan and Brandon Casey, Ashley and Alexis Wold, Rhys Megrath, Annika and Bethany Barnett, and Audrea and Seanna Von Ins.

Private burial will take place later this week at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Maxine Loyd

Maxine Loyd of Deer Island passed away July 6, 2011, of a traumatic brain injury. She was 87.

Maxine Smith was born Nov. 10, 1932, in Ursula, Kan., to Robert and Dorothy (Hubert) Smith, and had seven brothers and sisters.

Her father was a dirt farmer and shortly after the dust bowl they moved to St. Helens.

After graduating from St. Helens High School, she was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and worked at the Columbia County Courthouse.

On Sept. 23, 1945, she married Walter Loyd at the United Methodist Church in St. Helens.

She joined her husband and his mother on the family farm in Deer Island. The couple had two sons, Frank was born in 1946 and Robert in 1950. The family spent their time farming, gardening, clamming, hunting, fishing, camping and traveling.

From 1958 to 1973 they owned and operated Lost Lake Resort in Mount Hood National Forest. They also worked 'off season' from the lake resort at Houlton Hardware in St. Helens. They retired to Deer Island where they continued to have a large garden, raising cattle and hay.

Active in the Deer Island Grange and the Deer Island Women's Club, she worked for the Columbia Elections Department and helped with 4-H clubs and the Boy Scouts.

Famous for her delicious baked goods, she also loved to quilt, sew, knit, crochet, collect antique glassware, canning and ceramics.

Her family was her pride and joy.

She and her husband continued to attend dances on Saturday nights at Pumpkin Ridge Grange, including the week before her death.

Those who had an opportunity to know her were truly blessed. There was always a hug and fresh baked goodies waiting when you stopped by the home. She will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Walter; sons, Frank and his wife Dee, and Robert and his wife Jackie; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy.

A funeral service was held July 11 at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Private family committal and vault interment were at Bethany Memorial Cemetery in Warren.

Memorial gifts in her memory may be made to the St. Helens Senior Center, 375 S. 15th St., St. Helens, OR 97051, or the charity of one's choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

David Neal

David Neal of Scappoose died July 3, 2011, at his home. He was 76.

Mr. Neal was born Dec. 15, 1934, in Lukachukai, Ariz., to Totsone and Elise (Shorty) Neal.

He attended and graduated from a boarding school in Oklahoma.

For 35 years he lived in St. Helens, owing and operating Seawright Cleaners for 25 years, retiring in 2000.

A Christian, he enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by his son, Barrett Neal of Kelso, Wash.; two grandchildren; and 13 siblings.

Private family services will be held.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Loraine Bennett Rae

Loraine Bennett Rae of Portland died July 4, 2011, at a hospital in Portland. She was 81.

Loraine Bennett was born April 6, 1930, in Jonesborough, Tenn., the only child of Charles Marion and Lustre (Tranum) Bennett.

Educated at Georgia State University, she graduated with a Doctorate in finance administration.

For 33 years she taught at public schools and Middle Tennessee State University.

In 2003 she moved to Portland from Tennessee.

She wanted to travel to all seven continents and did so after retirement. She was in Berlin when the wall came down.

Her enjoyments included Bridge and genealogy.

She is survived by her son and his wife, Charles and Michele Rae; and grandsons, Andrew and Kienan Rae, all of Columbia City.

A private family service and interment will be held at Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Columbia County Humane Society.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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