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July 30 obituaries

Charles W. Powell

May 9, 1937-July 24, 2013

Gresham resident Charles W. Powell died Wednesday, July 24, in Portland. He was 76.

A memorial service was held Monday, July 29, at Good Shepherd Community Church, followed by a graveside service at Willamette National Cemetery.

Charles was born May 9, 1937, in Gilman, Colo., to Harold and Rosella (Collins) Powell. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy.

Charles worked in many different capacities; he was a pastor, a deputy sheriff for Spokane County, a carpenter, and a member of the Navigators in Spokane. He also worked in security for the Port of Portland for 12 years.

Upon his retirement, Charles started his own life coaching business called “Coaching At Its Best.” In June of 1995, Charles married Myrna Parkin in Portland.

He was a member of Good Shepherd Community Church, Gresham Chamber of Commerce and Mensa. Charles was also an avid reader.

He is survived by his wife; and sisters, Ella Maroll and Kay Graham.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Shepherd Community Church or the Navigators, c/o Family Memorial

Mortuary, 1304 East Powell Blvd., Gresham, Oregon 97030.

Mary Esther Walter

April 11, 1926-July 28, 2013

Lifelong Gresham resident Mary E. Walter died Sunday, July 28. She was 87.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, with a committal service to follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

Mary was born April 11, 1926, in Gresham, to Esther Mary Magnuson and Samuel Palmquist. She grew up in Gresham and graduated from Gresham High School.

During her early years, Mary met Willard Walter; the couple married in 1944.

Mary worked for Marks Bakery for several years before joining Walrad’s Insurance as a bookkeeper. After 30 years, she retired.

Mary was a member of the Fairview Presbyterian Church “Mariners,” an avid sewer and an active participant in many Gresham High School class reunions.

She also supported her children’s participation in baseball and football and loved crossword puzzles.

Mary is survived by her husband of 67 years; children, Dennis Walter, Douglas Walter and Patty Lyts; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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JUANITA WHEELER ESCH

OCTOBER 8, 1926 – JULY 13, 2013

JUANITA WHEELER ESCH

JUANITA WHEELER ESCH

Juanita, known to her friends and family as Nita, was born in Grand Island, NE. As a young girl, she moved West with her family first to Gooding, ID and eventually settling in Portland, OR. A longtime friend of hers enlisted in the Navy. Her friend told her about one of his shipmates and suggested Nita write to him. She began a “penpal” friendship with her future husband, Clarence. The relationship grew and they married in 1945, a marriage that lasted over the next 51 years until Clarence’s death in 1996.

Nita and Clarence made East County their home and became immersed in the community. She made friends easily and was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand. She would tell a story about how she and Clarence helped clear brush from the site that became Glenfair Elementary School in preparation for its construction. As an active member in her community, Nita was involved in PTA. She also volunteered her skills as a 4H leader, teaching young people how to cook, knit and sew. Nita and Clarence were founding members of St. Therese Catholic Church where they attended for several years.

When youngest daughter, Marcy, entered high school, Nita decided she would like to have a part time job and began working as a registration clerk for Weight Watchers. When she decided to try something new, you would find her greeting customers at the postal annex located in Menlo Park Pharmacy. However, her real chosen profession, first and foremost, was as an accomplished homemaker.

Nita is survived by her three daughters; Terri (John) Pender, Marcy (John) Sandin and Pat Canham, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Charles (Ellie) Wheeler of Santa Maria, CA.

Nita was laid to rest at Willamette National Cemetery alongside Clarence. Memorial contributions may be made to Housecall Providers; www.housecallproviders.org

An online guestbook for Nita can be found at www.GatewayLittleChapel.com .

Rosalie Trembath

June 19, 1939 - July 24, 2013

Gresham resident Rosalie Trembath died Wednesday, July 24. She was 74.

A celebration of life will be held at noon Thursday, Aug. 1, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home.

Rosalie was born June 19, 1939, in Longview, Wash., to William and Mabel Williams. She spent her formative years in Umatilla and married her high school sweetheart, John Trembath, Oct. 17, 1959, in Hermiston.

Rosalie worked as an aide for the Gresham-Barlow School District, retiring in 2001. After her retirement, she began volunteering at the Gresham Senior Center, where she continued her hobbies of sewing and quilting.

Rosalie was preceded in death by her brother, Darrel Williams.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years; daughters, Jennifer Thies, Julie Stiers, Sheila Burnum and Jonelle Dean; grandchildren, Emily, Sammy, James, Monica, William, Will, Nathan and Matthew; great-grandchildren, Hope, Ella and Christopher; sisters, Betty Kline, Jeannie Bloodsworth and Joyce Follis; and brother, Ron Williams.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made in Rosalie’s memory to the Gresham Senior Center, 600 N.E. 8th St., Gresham, Oregon 97030.



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