Obituaries - Jan. 19, 2012
Longtime Lake Oswego resident Barbara Teasdale Skelley Mackin died Jan. 12, 2012, of complications of a stroke, surrounded by her family. She was 88.
Mrs. Mackin was born July 23, 1923, in Portland to Silas and Bertha Skel-ley. She was raised in East More-land and graduated from Wash-ington High School.
She graduated from Marylhurst College and was a member of Kappa Gamma Pi honor society.
Following graduation, she worked at St. Vincent hospital for three years as a medical technician.
She married George Thomas Mackin in 1948 at All Saints Parish in Portland.
Mrs. Mackin was a longstanding member of the Women's Committee at Marylhurst University. She was a member of Our Lady of the Lake and Holy Names Catholic parishes. She helped with the Archbishop's Tea and volunteered at the Lakewood Center for the Arts's resale shop, Reruns.
She was known for creating delicious cuisine and enjoyed dancing, art, crossword puzzles and spending time with family at their beach house on the Oregon coast.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, George Mackin, Lake Oswego; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Helen Mackin, Vancouver, Wash., and Tom and Linda Mackin, Lake Oswego; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy Mackin, Oregon City, Ann and Don Finley, Salem, Susan and Scott Boe, West Linn; and nine grandchildren.
A funeral mass will be held Friday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. at Provincial House Chapel at Mary's Woods in Lake Oswego.
Remembrances may be sent to West Hills Health and Rehabilitative Center, 5701 S.W. Multnomah Blvd., Portland, 97219 or to the Oregon Chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 104 S.W. Clay, Portland, 97201.
Sister Francella Mary
Sister Francella Mary (Florence Griggs) died Jan. 7, 2012. She was 91. She was a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names for 71 years.
Sister Francella was born Feb. 5, 1920, to Lloyd Manley and Amanda West Griggs, the eldest of their two daughters. Her father died when she was 3 and her mother died when she was 9. Their mother was admitted to the tuberculosis hospital in Salem the same day as her two little daughters left their home in Siletz to enter Christie School.
Sister Francella enjoyed the school and sisters at Christie, where she stayed until her senior year of high school. After graduating from St. Mary's in Medford, she entered the Holy Names novitiate and made her first profession of vows on her 23rd birthday.
She earned bachelors degrees in English and Spanish and taught high school at Holy Names Academy in Seattle, Holy Names Academy in Spokane, Sacred Heart in Salem, St. Mary's High School in Eugene, Star of the Sea in Astoria and St. Mary's Academy in Portland.
In the late 1960s, she turned her attention to her cultural roots. The tribe to which her family belonged, the Siletz, had been terminated decades earlier. She joined a commission, which, with the help of then-Sen. Mark Hatfield and other Oregon congressmen, resulted in reestablishing the Confederated Tribes of that nation. She became an esteemed elder and the oldest member of the tribe. In her work, she assumed prestigious positions: Executive director of the Portland Urban Indian Program, served on the board of Native American Rehabilitation Association and served as professor in the Indian Center at Eastern Oregon State University.
Her family members, the Siletz tribe and members of her religious community, survive Sister Francella.
A Mass of Christian Burial has been held. Sister Francella will be buried with her tribal family on the Siletz reservation.
Remembrances may be made to the Holy Names Sisters Foundation, P.O. Box 411, Marylhurst, 97036.
Longtime Lake Oswego resident Joanne Claire Forbes Bastian died Jan. 1, 2012. She was 80.
Mrs. Bastian was born Sept. 27, 1931 in Monrovia, Calif. to Claire Drew Forbes and Gordon John Forbes. She attended primary school and two years of high school in Seattle at Holy Names Academy. She graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1949, where she was very active in theater.
She graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor of science in Speech in 1953. She was an honorary member of Phi Delta Phi, Gamma Alpha Phi and Phi Beta.
After graduating college she began a career in radio, television and advertising and helped develop Albany Little Theater, now Albany Civic Theater.
She married John Bastian; the couple left Oregon in 1965 to accommodate Mr. Bastian's career.
They returned to Oregon and settle in Lake Oswego in 1977 and Mrs. Bastian became involved with Lake Oswego Community Theater, helping to acquire and remodel the Lakewood school building, which became the Lakewood Center for the Arts.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, John Bastian, daughter and son-in-law Susan and Jim Glueck, grandchildren and their spouses Brendan and Mande Glueck and Ann and Jeff Brooner and one great-grandson and brothers Gordon Forbes and Bill Forbes and their families in Illinois. Mrs. Bastian's son Richard Bastian preceded her in death.
A memorial mass will be held Friday, Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 424 S.W. Mill St., Portland. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery on Stafford Road afterward.
A reception to celebrate Mrs. Bastian's life will be held at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., in Lake Oswego at 1 p.m.
Remembrances may be made in Mrs. Bastian's name to the Alzheimer's Association, 1650 N.W. Naito Parkway #190, Portland, Ore., 97209 or online at www.alz.org.