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Obituaries - Feb. 1 edition


Lucille Clammer

Lucille 'Lucy' Holbrook-Clammer of St. Helens passed away Jan. 26, 2012, peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. She was 93.

Lucille was born April 3, 1918, in Jackson Prairie, Wash., to Oliver P. and Caroline (Graham) Martin, and was the second of three children.

She graduated from Kelso High School in 1936.

A year later, she married Burnell Holbrook, her high school sweetheart, in 1937.

In 1945 she moved to St. Helens where she managed the J.W. Copeland lumber yard while her husband was away in the service.

In 1948 they purchased Columbia Lumber Company and later re-named it Holbrook Lumber Company.

After her first husband died she married Robert Clammer in 1964.

Active in the community, she was a member of the Women's Club, Zenith Club, Business and Professional Women, the Yacht Club, Elks, Elks Travel Club and the Eastern Star.

In 1956 she spearheaded an effort to receive a National Community Achievement award. She flew to Detroit, Mich., to receive the first place award of $10,000. The money was awarded, in part, for the many projects which improved and beautified St. Helens, including the building of Civic Pride Park and the trees in the courthouse square. She organized a dinner in her home for Governor Mark Hatfield who came in honor of winning the award. She said, 'This puts St. Helens on the map.'

Among the things she enjoyed were hunting, fishing, clam digging, cards, photography, dancing and traveling with the RV club.

She is survived by her son, John J. Holbrook and his wife Laura of Brownsville; daughter, Peggy Howell and her husband Steve of St. Helens; step daughter, Susan West of Tualatin; nephew, (son) Jim Martin and his wife Kathy of St. Helens; grandchildren, Randy Schwirse of Deer Island, Alisha and LaRon Livsey of Ridgefield, Wash., Peggy Sue and Jim Burri of St. Helens, Kimberly and Brad King of Jamul Calif., Stacy and Josh Sullivan of Scappoose, Teresa and Casey Tafoya of Flint, Mich., David and Michelle Holbrook of Escondido, Calif., Ryan and Wendy Holbrook of Brownsville, Julie Holbrook of Albany, and Cindy Martin of Arvada, Colo.; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Burnell Holbrook and Robert Clammer; and grandson, Ryan Schwirse.

A service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at the Christian Church on S. 12th Street in St. Helens, with a reception to follow.

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

Loren Cramer

Loren Cramer of Scappoose died Jan. 28, 2012, in Portland of an apparent heart attack. He was 41.

A celebration of life gathering will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

A complete obituary will appear in our next edition.

Laura Williams

Laura Mary Williams of Rainier passed away Dec. 5, 2011, in Longview, Wash. She was 65.

Laura was born Aug. 14, 1946, in Medford to Clinton Lloyd and Kathryn Mae (Lowe) Wells, and was the oldest of seven children.

She attended McLaughlin Middle School

and graduated from Medford High School.

Following, she went on to college and received a degree in nursing and for the next many years worked in the medical field.

On March 23, 1979, she married George Randall 'Randy' Williams in Yreka, Calif.

In 1985 they moved to Days Creek where she served as an EMT/firefighter and he was the volunteer fire chief. They served for about four years before moving to Rainier where they resided for the last 24 years.

She worked for many organizations as an LPN including the Columbia County Sheriff Department, local nursing homes, hospitals, and both public and private home health care services.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Randy; children, Duane Smithers of Belfield, N.D., Kathryn Smithers of Oregon, Helen Morehouse of LaPine, and Charles Williams of Rainier; 11 grandchildren; mother, Kathryn Wells of Medford; and siblings, Lloyd Wells of Medford, Nancy Mott of Eagle Point, Gary Wells of Ft. Klamath, Clifford Wells of Eagle Point, Warren Wells of Medford and Mark Wells of Oak Hollow, Fla. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Andrea Smithers.

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