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Obituaries for July 13, 2011

Verdella Ann Chess

Feb. 26, 1935-July 2, 2011

Sandy resident Verdella Ann Chess died Saturday, July 2. She was 76.

A memorial service was held Monday, July 11, at Sandy Church of the Nazarene. Interment was at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

Verdella was born Feb. 26, 1935, in Portland to Herman Greene Sr. and Helen Lamb-Greene, the first child in the family. She was raised in the Rockwood area. She attended Portland Christian High School, graduating in 1952, and then attended George Fox College in Newberg. She received her bachelor's degree in education from Cascade College in Portland. Her belief in a strong education led her to pursue post-graduate education throughout her life. 

Verdella met Robert Chess while attending George Fox College, and they married on Aug. 16, 1958, at Gresham Church of the Nazarene. 

Verdella's career began as an English teacher at Portland Christian School and Redland School. She then took a short break to begin a family. Her children were raised on her family's rose farm in Damascus, where she worked until they were of school age. Verdella's commitment to education led to her career in public libraries for nearly 30 years, beginning in 1970 with Multnomah County Library. She served as supervisor of the Gresham and Rockwood branch libraries. 

Verdella was a member of Sandy Church of the Nazarene, helping to build the church with Pastor Fred Tau. She served as pianist, organist and vocalist. She founded the Greene Scholarship Fund in memory of her family. Verdella and Bob moved to Sandy in 2001 to be closer to their church, living her life by always considering God first, others second and herself last. 

God, family, education and her career were top priorities in her life. Verdella, a Republican, and her husband, a Democrat, always made it clear - with a laugh - that it's OK to disagree. Their relationship was centered on a deep appreciation and respect for each other and a shared interest in music, church, sports, politics and the beach. Verdella and Bob cared for seven children in addition to their own.

Verdella's interests included visiting the Oregon Coast, relaxing at her second home in Bay City; following the Seattle Mariners and Portland Trail Blazers (holding season tickets the year the Blazers won the World Championship); and music. 

Survivors include her husband; son, Jon Chess of Gresham; daughter, Janelle Chess of Boring; brother, Herman Greene Jr. of Sandy; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Beverly Jean Pomeroy

March 3, 1926-July 3, 2011

Former Brightwood resident Beverly Jean Pomeroy, 85, died Sunday, July 3.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham, followed by a reception.

Beverly was born March 3, 1926, in Portland to Harry and Rosaland Scribner. She moved to Eugene during World War II and also resided in Brightwood. She graduated from Franklin High School in 1943 and began working at Columbia Aircraft.

Beverly met Robert Pomeroy during a scavenger hunt in 1942, and they were married in 1944.

Beverly sang in the choir at church and at Mt. Hood Community College until 2007 as an alto. She enjoyed bunco, crosswords, sewing and romance novels. While she hated to cook, she loved to open cans. She taught her family to listen to others and try to understand them, to not be a burden to another and to be strong in the face of adversity.

Her husband preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, Ronald Pomeroy of Canby; one grandson; and one great-grandson.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jerry Lee Snow Sr.

July 3, 1946-July 6, 2011

Former Sandy resident Jerry Lee Snow Sr. died Wednesday, July 6, in Gresham. He was 65.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Jerry was born July 3, 1946, in Neosho, Mo., to John and Edna (Strickland) Snow. During his fifth-grade year, Jerry moved with his family to Sandy, where he attended Cottrell Grade School and Sandy High School.

On June 12, 1965, Jerry married Mary Anne White in Gresham.

Jerry worked as a welder in the shipyards. On May 25, 1966, he enlisted in the Army. He served during Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star. He received an honorable discharge on May 24, 1968, as a specialist five rank.

Upon his return from the military, Jerry resided in Gresham with his family and worked as a welder for his brother's company, J and J Welding. In 1977 he moved to Estacada and opened Think Snow Firewood, where he and his family produced firewood. He retired in 1992 and moved back to Gresham.

Jerry was a strong, fun-loving man who had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed the dog track, hunting and fishing and muscle cars. His greatest love was his family.

His brother, John, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife; children, Ann Marie Snow-Fullerton, Jerry Lee Snow Jr., Marion Snow-Kretschmann, Jack Snow, Susan Snow and Thomas Snow; brother, Frank Snow; and sisters, Sandra Snow, Viola Snow-Backus and Rita White; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Operation Homefront, 1879 14th Ave. S.E., Albany, 97322.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Edward 'Ed' Milton Taylor

April 25, 1926-July 5, 2011

Former Sandy resident Edward 'Ed' Milton Taylor died Tuesday, July 5, after battling lung cancer. He was 85.

A celebration of his life was held Monday, July 11, at the Hood River Church of Christ, followed by a graveside service and then a reception.

Ed was born April 25, 1926, in Denver, Colo., to Charles and Margaret Gallatin-Taylor. Raised in Bakersfield and Oakland, Ed later moved with his family to Los Angeles. He joined the Navy and served from 1944 to 1946.

Following an honorable discharge, Ed married Viva Nell Walters on Jan. 7, 1947.

Ed retired from United Airlines Air-Freight in 1983 and enjoyed gardening, growing orchids, Christian fellowship and singing, jigsaw puzzles, barbershop music and airplanes. Ed taught his family to worship God regularly on the first day of the week. With his bass voice, Ed loved to sing and served as a church song leader and Bible teacher. Ed also served the church as an elder in Sandy, Mountlake Terrace, Wash., and Hood River Churches of Christ.

His sister, Martha Taylor-Cain, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife; children, Wayne Taylor of Sandy, Nancy Hinds of Scappoose, Ellen Brockman of Monroe, Wash., and Diane Lord of Liberty, Mo.; 17 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Visit Ed's page at AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave condolences for the family.

Anderson's Tribute Center in Hood River is handling arrangements.