Clyde Eugene Borden

July 31, 1926 - March 5, 2012

Clyde Eugene Borden died on March 5.

He was born July 31, 1926, in Mountain Grove, Mo., to Henry and Odessa Borden. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army and served in World War II and the Korean War, and received an honorable discharge.

He was employed with OPC, and was there for 40 years until his retirement. He was an active member of the Oregon City Elks.

On March 1, 1947, he married the love of his life, Ann Elizabeth Arnold, and was married 65 years until her death Sept. 7, 2012.

Mr. Borden is survived by: his daughter, Evelyn Knight; his cat, Thomas; three sisters, Helen Clary, Dorothy Strand and Judy Clark; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: his wife, Ann; his sons, Larry Borden and George Borden; and two brothers, Delbert Borden and Melvin Borden.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Gladstone Church of the Nazarene. It is his wish that contributions be made to Providence Hospice for the wonderful care and family support given in the last days of his wife’s life. Send donations to: Providence Portland Medical Foundation, c/o Providence Hospice, 4805 N.E. Glisan St., Portland, OR 97213 or call 503-215-6186.

Visit for more information and to sign a guest book for the family. Arrangements: Hillside Chapel, Oregon City.

Karen Hanson

June 29, 1957 - Feb. 26, 2013

Longtime Milwaukie resident, Karen Hanson (Brown, Salyers), passed away on Feb. 26, after her life-long battle with muscular dystrophy. She was 55.

She was born in Vancouver, Wash., on June 29, 1957, to Arlie and Shirley Brown. The family moved to Milwaukie, and she was a member of the first group of first graders at Seth Lewelling Elementary School. She went to Milwaukie Junior High and graduated from Milwaukie High School. She later went to Clackamas Community College and Portland State University.

She married Dan Salyers on April 15, 1978. After having her only son in 1980, she and Dan divorced in 1989. A few years later, she met Richard Hanson while working at the Internal Revenue Service, and they married in 2003.

She spent 15 years with the IRS, and after leaving that job worked as a tax preparer, tax consultant and bookkeeper.

She had muscular dystrophy and battled it her entire life. She didn’t let it control her. She was the definition of “handicapable.” The disease eventually took her legs, but not her spirit. She didn’t let it stop her from riding a horse or swimming with dolphins, which she accomplished in her 40s. She didn’t like being told “no” or “you can’t do that.”

She always had a good sense of humor and there was nothing in life that couldn’t be repaired with a little bit of laughter. She was always interested in how people were doing, and spent a lot of her time forgetting about her problems by involving herself in other people’s lives. She loved volunteering and giving all she could to people or animals less fortunate.

She was happiest with her grandchildren. She loved all of them very much and she spoiled them as much as possible.

Mrs. Hanson is survived by: her father, Arlie “Brownie” Brown (Jeanne); son, Tim Salyers (Marybeth); brothers, Mark (Patty) and Eric Brown; sister, Marian Brown; stepsons, Kerry (Lisa) and Chris Hanson; honorary daughter, Melissa King; grandsons, Jordan and Hunter Salyers, Jake and Riley Hanson; granddaughter Laycie Pellitt; the Salyers family and hundreds of extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Brown, and husband, Richard Hanson.

A celebration of life will be held at Kairos-Milwaukie Church in Milwaukie at 2 p.m. on March 30.

Memorial donations can be made to the Swan House in Milwaukie.

Alfred L. Mitchell

Alfred L. Mitchell, a long-time resident of Oregon City and Clackamas County, died on March 8, after a long illness.

He is survived by: his wife; 11 children; and many grand- and great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. April 6 at the Abernethy Grange.

Virginia Leona Arndt Prefontaine

April 19, 1920 - March 6, 2013

Virginia Leona Arndt Prefontaine died March 6, in Canby. She was born on April 19, 1920, in Stillwater, Minn., to Carl and Myrtle Arndt.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a school and piano teacher. She loved to play the piano, golf, read, sew, garden and bowl.

She is survived by: her sister, Marvel Gilman; daughters, Carol Meyer and Janet Linden; grandchildren, Gary Weyhrich, and his wife, Jenifer, and Mark Weyhrich, and his wife, Tina; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Jacob and Braeden Weyhrich; as well as numerous other family members.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Raymond; her parents; and by a brother, Carl Arndt.

Graveside services were held on March 14, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, followed by a memorial service at the Canby United Methodist Church.

Arrangements: Peake Funeral Chapel, Milwaukie.

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