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Obituaries - Feb. 22 edition


Carolyn Edwards

Carolyn Mae Edwards of Scappoose passed away peacefully Feb. 15, 2012, at a memory care facility in St. Helens. She was 81.

Carolyn was born Oct. 17, 1930, in Portland, the daughter of the late Ralf and Vida Couch.

Raised in Northeast Portland, she attended Grant High School.

She was an active member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at Oregon State College.

There she met her husband, Allen Edwards, and they were married on June 17, 1951.

After moving with her husband to Texas, Arizona and California while he served in the U.S. Air Force, they settled in Portland to raise their family of five children.

She was a loving wife and mother who gave much of her time to her children's schools, Girl Scouts, Assistance League of Portland, Cedar Hills Community Church and other organizations. While volunteering her time for the Assistance League, she spent many hours making 'Life Story Books' for children in foster care.

She was talented in sewing, quilting, knitting, needlepoint, gardening and photography, providing many special handmade gifts to her lucky children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and more.

She loved nature and the outdoors, and enjoyed time with her family and friends at their house in Cannon Beach.

She also enjoyed sailing on many memorable trips with her family around the San Juan Islands as a member of the renowned Northern Fleet.

An avid and accomplished golfer, she and her husband were long time members of the Portland and Astoria Golf Clubs where they enjoyed socializing and golfing with many friends. They even traveled the world to explore their favorite sport together. She volunteered at many golfing events and ultimately served as the president of the Oregon Women's Golf Association in 2004.

She is survived by her sons, Butch and Douglas; daughters, Gayle Kervin, Jody Knauf, and Linda Falvey; and grandchildren, Chris Bowes, Carl Edwards, Justin and Kevin Edwards, Jim, Sean and Tommy Kervin, Mitchell and Kelly Knauf, and Tyler and Megan Falvey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Carl Edwards Jr.; brother, Richard T. Couch; and grandson, Matthew Allen Kervin.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Cedar Hills United Church of Christ, 11695 Southwest Park Way, Portland.

A reception will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 S.W. Salmon St., Portland.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Oregon Chapter, 1650 N.W. Naito Parkway, Suite 190, Portland, OR 97209.

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

Aline Gainer

Aline S. Gainer, of Forest Grove, formerly St. Helens, died Feb. 14, 2012, at a hospital in Hillsboro. She was 89.

Aline was born Jan. 8, 1923, in Craigmyle, Alberta, Canada, to Hugh and Elizabeth (Shaw) McKee.

She attended grade schools in Canada, then moved to Newberg and graduated high school there.

She met and married Wallace Gainer, Jr. on April 4, 1943, in Newberg.

During the war when her husband was away she worked at PGE and volunteered as a nurse's aide at Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

Her husband was a partner with his brother in the grocery business and had an opportunity to own his own store and they moved to St. Helens in 1950. She supported him at the store, as well as raised their five children.

They moved to Forest Grove in 2010.

They were members of Plymouth Presbyterian Church in St. Helens, and she was active in the PEO and the Eastern Star.

Her interests included reading, easy listening music on the radio, traveling and her family.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Wallace Gainer, Jr. of Forest Grove; children, Gary, Dwain, and Larry Gainer, all of Warren, Brenda Jennings of Eugene, and Daelene Schwartz of Portland; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Lenore Neumann of Portland.

Private family crypt side service and entombment were held.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 380 S.E. Spokane St., Suite 110, Portland, OR 97202.

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

Martha McGillic

Martha Ann McGillic of St. Helens passed away Feb. 9, 2012, in St. Helens. She was 71.

Martha was born March 8, 1940, in Portland, to Charles Wesley and Evelyn Margaret (Bain) Taylor, and was the oldest of three children.

She is survived by her children, Charles Penney of Grovetown, Ga., Raymond Penney of Warren, and Christina Grabowenski of St. Helens; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister, Barbara Robinson of Scappoose. She was preceded in death by her brother, David Taylor.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date.

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

Edgar Moar

Edgar Earl Moar of Scappoose died Feb. 10, 2012. He was 93.

Mr. Moar was born April 26, 1918.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth; son, Roger and his wife Glenda; son, Garry; grandchildren, Kristin, Jeff, and Dustin; and great-grandson, Adam.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the St. Helens Elks Lodge. A reception will follow.

Pauline Moore

Pauline Vera (Thorn) Moore of Scappoose passed away into the arms of Jesus on Feb. 17, 2012, at Trinity Blessed Homecare in Milwaukie. She was 88.

Pauline was born July 13, 1923, in Coin, Iowa, the daughter of William Henry and Gladys Pauline (Kinman) Thorn. Weighing just two pounds with no hope from the doctor, her mother and grandmother took care of her. She was a fighter and lived to the age of 88.

Raised in Coin, she attended school through the 8th grade.

She worked on her parent's farm and at the Iowa School of the Deaf in Council Bluff for two years.

She came to Oregon to visit her sister and started working at Heinies Bakery in St. Helens.

She met Clifford J. Moore there in 1947 and on Oct. 17, 1948, they were married. They raised their family, two sons and a daughter, in St. Helens.

She worked as a waitress at The Village Inn, and at the St. Helens Hospital.

After they retired they bought a trailer and joined a club and had lots of fun with friends and taking their family to Fort Stevens every summer.

They attended the Church of Christ in Scappoose.

She enjoyed flower gardening, oil painting and making ceramics.

She is survived by her children, David J. Moore of Scappoose, and Louann Pauline Snowley of Gladstone; grandchildren, Rachelle Smythe of Gladstone, JD Moore of St. Helens, and Ryan Snowley of Longview, Wash.; and great-grandchildren, Cole, Chase, and Cade Smythe, and Libbianna and Bellalyse Snowley.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son, James Dennis Moore; parents; six sisters; and one brother.

Visitation will be held from noon-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

A graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Bethany Memorial Cemetery in Warren.

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