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Obituaries - Jan. 25 edition


Janet Ellsworth

Janet Ellsworth of Scappoose passed away Jan. 7, 2012, after an eight year battle with breast cancer. She was 64.

Janet was born Feb. 28, 1948, in Sunnyside, Wash., to Fern Mae and James Monrow Dorris.

She graduated from Kelso High School, and eventually educated herself to become a registered nurse. Her last and most cherished RN position was at Mountain View Hospital in Madras.

She is survived by her children, Candice Linnell of Scappoose and Starla Morrow of Vancouver, Wash.; grandchildren, Ashley, Tim, Allixandra and Kyler; and siblings, Archie, Jim, Ed, Ruth, Will, Carol and Don, whom live in Longview, and Kelso, Wash., as well as, Bend and Arizona.

June Simmons

June Simmons of Scappoose passed away peacefully in her home on Jan. 15, 2012, of cancer at the age of 93.

June was born in Salem, Ore.

After graduation she joined a women's softball team called 'Pade Barrick.' The team compiled an incredible 105-22 won-loss record over four seasons, including three state championship trophies and a runner-up trophy. June's batting average was .325, though there weren't many girls playing sports back then. She often commented, 'We weren't tomboys, we were ladies.' The team played throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California and Canada.

She then went on to work for the Oregon Public Utilities Commission for three years, and moved to Portland to work for U.S. National Bank.

Following her marriage to John, she joined him in New Orleans where he was stationed by the U.S. Army. There she worked for the Mississippi Shipping Company.

Upon returning to Portland she worked for Hyster Co. until the birth of their son, Jay.

June and John then purchased a specialty restaurant near Scappoose named The Colonial Bar-B-Q, which they operated for 14 years.

In the meantime their daughter, Judy arrived and she chose to stay home with her children.

June became active in civic affairs, working many hours.

She was a member of the Scappoose Woman's Club from its inception in 1959 to 1966, serving as its second president, and a member of the Columbia Woman's Club since 1965, serving as secretary, vice president, and president.

She served as financial secretary and treasurer of the OFWC Fifth District for four years, and vice president and then president of the Fifth District in 1974-76. Additionally, she served as health chairman of the Fifth District, and also the Oregon Federation of Women's Clubs in 1967-69. She held committee chairmanships in both OFWC clubs each year that she was not an officer, including 'Clubwoman' chairman of the Fifth District, and served as timekeeper at OFWC meetings and conventions for four years.

She was appointed by the Columbia County Court to various voluntary positions, including the Columbia County Park Commission in 1963, and was re-appointed for an additional five year term in 1965 and was chairman one year.

Appointed to the Columbia County Community Action Team from its inception in January 1965 to 1971, she was elected secretary and then chairman in 1969. This agency was responsible for the founding of the senior citizen centers in the five towns of Columbia County.

She was appointed to the Columbia County Housing Authority in September of 1974, served as its chairman until August 1979, and was elected as its representative to the Northwest Oregon Housing Association, a three-county organization comprised of Columbia, Clatsop, and Tillamook Counties housing authorities. In 1977 she was elected president.

Additionally, she served as treasurer and vice president of the Scappoose P.T.A. in 1962 and 1963, taught first grade Sunday school classes for the Congregational Church from 1964 to 1969, and was an assistant teacher one year prior to that, served as treasurer and vice president of the Scappoose Recreational Council in 1961-62, was neighborhood chairman for the Scappoose Girl Scouts from 1964 to 1971, and also was a troop leader for three years, was chairman of a team of ladies to prepare dinner for the Kiwanis Club under the auspices of the Women's Fellowship of the Congregational Church, and a member of the Blue Angels Auxiliary in 1963-64.

She also worked with the Columbia Association for Retarded Children, providing transportation for students to and from the St. Helens school, and assisting with physical sporting events, solicited for numerous charity drives, including United Fund, serving as co-chairman, March of Dimes, Heart Fund, Muscular Dystrophy and more, assisted with numerous Red Cross Bloodmobiles, helped form the Scappoose Wildcat Baseball League, whose purpose is to give all boys and girls an opportunity to play regardless of ability, and was president of the Scappoose Chapter of the American Field Service for four years.

In 1967 she was selected 'Woman of Achievement' by the Women's Club, and in 1968 she was selected by the Scappoose Jaycees as 'Outstanding Senior Citizen.' She was 48 years old and the first woman so honored by them.

After her husband retired they traveled to Europe, the Orient, Tahiti, Mexico, the Caribbean, as well as touring the United States.

She was a member of the Elks and Moose, and enjoyed swimming, biking, playing cards, dancing and socializing. At the age of 72 she went skydiving.

Although she loved Oregon, she enjoyed going south for the winter.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy Shadle of Scappoose.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John; and son, Jay.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in her honor to the Scappoose Fire Department or Legacy Hospice Services-Portland.

Gary Super

Gary Dean Super of St. Helens passed away Jan. 16, 2012, at his home. He was 63.

Mr. Super was Dec. 30, 1948, in Portland to Kenneth Alvin and Shirley Maude (Olson) Super, and was the eldest of three children.

Raised in Portland, he graduated from Franklin High School in 1966.

On Feb. 21, 1967, he enlisted into the U.S. Army, and served until Feb. 20, 1970. While serving he was stationed in Vietnam where he saw combat. He received the Bronze Star for bravery, acts of merit, valor and heroism.

Later he joined the U.S. Air Force and served from April 18, 1973, until Jan 6, 1977, and was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant.

While serving in Japan he met and later married Margo Mohun Bernard on Feb. 2, 1976, in Sapporo, Japan.

After the service he went to work for Burlington Northern Airfreight until 1990 when he left to work for Evergreen International as a systems logistic technician, traveling the globe setting up airfields for the company until 1996.

He then went out on his own and operated his own air freight service company.

In 2007 the family moved from the Beaverton/Aloha area to St. Helens.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Margo; children; Kenneth Super and Tiffany Anning; grandchildren, Kelsay and Cody Anning; sisters, Gail Super and Debbie Cook; and uncle, Don Super.

Graveside service with military honors was held Jan. 23 at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Memorial gifts in his memory can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belford Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32256.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.

Mary Thackery

Mary Katherine Thackery, formerly of St. Helens, died Jan. 12, 2012. She was 89.

Mary was born Aug. 21, 1922, in St. Helens, and was raised in the Dixie Mountain community on the family property.

She is survived by her daughters, Mary Lee Williamson, Dixie Jo Cullens, and Betti Ann Nugent; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial celebration and reception will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Sellwood Baptist Church, 1104 S.E. Spokane St., Portland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in her honor may be made to The Sunshine Division, Medical Teams International or the charity of one's choice.

Arrangements by Crown Memorial Center in Milwaukie.

Veryl Trotter

Veryl A. Trotter of St. Helens died Jan. 18, 2012, at a care center in St. Helens. She was 90.

Veryl was born Oct. 16, 1921, in Yankton to William and Hazel (Gentry) Dworschak.

She lived all of her life in the St. Helens area, attending Yankton grade school and St. Helens High School, and one year at Oregon State College.

On Feb. 20, 1943, she married Alvin C. Trotter in St. Helens. He preceded her in death in 2002.

They were members of Grace Baptist Church since 1943.

Her interests included music and her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Read (Terry) of Seattle, Wash.; grandson, Lloyd Read of Seattle, Wash.; siblings, Opal Werings of St. Helens, and Don Dworschak (Iona) of Columbia City; and nephews, Glen C. Werings of St. Helens, and David Dworschak of Portland.

A private family graveside service and vault interment will be held at Yankton Hillcrest Cemetery in St. Helens.

Memorial gifts may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.