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obituaries - Jan. 19, 2012


Irene Stevens

Irene Stevens died Jan. 8, 2012, at her home in West Linn. She was 89.

Mrs. Stevens was born April 29, 1922, in Bridgeport, Conn., to George Peter Belinski and Anna Strempel. She was the only girl in the family, which included brothers' John, Robert (Bobby) and Herman (Scott).

She married twice during her lifetime and had a son and a daughter.

Mrs. Stevens worked for Laykin et Cie in Los Angeles for 27 years and, after retiring in 1986, she kept busy with her involvement with senior clubs at St. Charles, St. Francis and Our Lady of Grace churches in the San Fernando Valley.

Survivors include her children, Charlene and Les, and brothers, John and Scott.

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 oldest of their two daughters. Her father died when she was three and her mother died when she was 9. Their mother was admitted to the tuberculosis hospital in Salem the same day as her two daughters left their home in Siletz to enter the 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 bachelor's 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 before. She joined a commission, which, with the help of 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; she served as executive director of the Portland Urban Indian Program, on the board of Native American Rehabilitation Association and 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, OR., 97036.

Barbara Mackin

Longtime Lake Oswego resident Barbara Teasdale Skelley Mackin died Jan. 12, 2012, of complications from a stroke, surrounded by her family. She was 88.

Mrs. Mackin was born July 23, 1923, in Portland to Silas and Bertha Skelley. She was raised in East Moreland and graduated from Washington 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' 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 tomorrow, 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, OR 97219 or to the Oregon Chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 104 S.W. Clay, Portland, OR 97201.