Edythe Hansen

May 3, 1918-Jan. 24, 2012

Gresham resident Edythe Hansen, 93, died Tuesday, Jan. 24.

A funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 27, at First Baptist Church in Gresham. Interment was private.

Edythe was born May 3, 1918, in Pendleton to Rodman and Grace Davis. Edythe later moved to Gresham and graduated from Gresham High School in 1936.

On Dec. 13, 1945, she married Karl Hansen at Trinity Lutheran Church in Gresham. They were married for nearly 60 years until Karl's death in 2002.

Edythe worked as a bookkeeper, accountant and secretary. Edythe was a member of First Baptist Church in Gresham, where she belonged to the Bible study group and was on the Missions Committee until she retired at 92.

Edythe loved to entertain and play card games with friends and family. She enjoyed traveling to Arizona for the winter; after Karl's death she traveled with her son, Roger. Edythe was an avid stamp collector, was very skilled at Brazilian embroidery and being outdoors.

Her son, Roger, and sisters Fleta Davis and Dolores Lind preceded her in death.

Survivors include her brother, Vayne Davis of Chandler, Ariz., and her many nieces and nephews.

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Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Dorriene P. Cuyler

Oct. 16, 1924-Jan. 18, 2012

Gresham resident Dorriene P. Cuyler, 87, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, in Salem. She was 87.

A funeral service was held at Gresham Memorial Chapel. Interment was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Dorriene was born Oct. 16, 1924, in Corona, S.D., the youngest of six children to John and Alvena (Loof) Peters. Dorriene grew up on the family farm and attended grade school at the one-room schoolhouse a couple miles away and high school in Corona.  

After a semester of college, she taught students in a one-room school. During World War II, Dorriene went to California to work in a munitions factory, then to Washington, D.C., to work for Eastern Airlines. She met and married James Callahan. They resided in Florida, South Dakota and then St. Paul, Minn., where they divorced. Dorriene began working two jobs to support herself and her children.

In 1955, she married Kenneth Cuyler and spent the next four years living in Germany, where he was stationed with the Air Force. They later moved to Lincoln, Neb. Dorriene became one of the first women hired by the U.S. Postal Service when Congress passed the Equal Pay Act in 1963. She worked in Tacoma, Wash., and Nebraska. She and Ken divorced. 

In 1966, Dorriene married Steve Socha, with whom she frequently traveled. After Steve's death in 1998, Dorriene and her second husband, Ken, became reacquainted and remarried in 1999. She moved to his home in Gresham.

Dorriene was a dedicated walker and worked at staying fit throughout her life. She enjoyed 30 years of retirement and never slowed down, climbing mountain trails and hiking canyons. She loved to attend auction sales and had an interest in antiques and collectibles. She was an avid photographer and logged her travels and family times with pictures. Dorriene planned ahead and knew how to save money, yet she delighted in visiting the Nevada casinos.

Dorriene was an active member of the United Methodist Church and held lay positions at her churches in Nebraska and Arizona. She attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Gresham.

Her siblings, Harvey, Milton, Willard, Earl and Esther West, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband; children, Kathleen Bergman of Corona, Michael Cuyler of Margarita Island, Venezuela, and Kenneth Cuyler of Salem; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren with one on the way; three stepdaughters; and many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Margaret Ann Pelham

Sept. 30, 1937-Jan. 24, 2012

Troutdale resident Margaret Ann Pelham died Tuesday, Jan. 24, in a Portland hospital with her husband and children by her side. She was 74.

A funeral service will be held at noon Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 30-31, at Bateman Carroll. Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Peggy was born Sept. 30, 1937, in Marysville, Kan., to Eldon and Margaret (Butler) Davis. She was raised in Marysville and was active in several clubs and organizations in high school. In 1954 at age 17, Peggy was selected for and graduated from Girls State at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Peggy worked as a clerk-stenographer in the public information branch at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., and then at Massachusetts Life Insurance Co. in Lincoln, Neb.

On Aug. 22, 1957, she married Ronald E. Pelham in Marysville. They moved to Portland in 1967. Peggy worked as head secretary at Glenfair Elementary School for 26 years. She retired in 1998.

Peggy enjoyed being outdoors, often hiking with her family.

Her brother, Gerald Wayne Davis Sr., preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband; sons, Jace Matthew of Portland and Todd Mitchell of Vancouver, Wash.; daughters, Stacy Pelham-Hooker of Vancouver and Roni Jean Haga of Damascus; brother, Eldon Davis of Blue Rapids, Kan.; and five nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the local Head Start Program or the ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, D.C., 20090-6929.

Kathryn Ann Chaney

Oct. 29, 1930-Jan. 12, 2012

Former Gresham resident Kathryn Ann Chaney, 81, died Thursday, Jan. 12, at her home in Dover.

At her request, no services will be held.

Kathryn was born Oct. 29, 1930, in Dansville, N.Y., to Frank and Minta Lohr. The family moved to Estacada in 1942, and she attended Estacada High School.

In 1947, she married Don Chaney. They resided in Gresham and in many other places throughout Oregon, Washington and California. In 1960, Don went to work for General Telephone in Gresham, and they bought a farm, which Kathryn tended while raising their four children. She also started the Dover motocross motorcycle track.

Kathryn and Don moved to Petersburg, Alaska, in 1974 for his job with a telephone company. Kathryn helped her husband and worked in a fish cannery. They built their own home on property across the bay from Petersburg. Kathryn also ran a liquor store for many years and continued to fly back to her farm in Dover. She built a new home there in 2001, doing much of the construction and landscaping herself.

Kathryn received her pilot's license and bought her own Cessna 180. She survived a near-death crash in the bay, but bought another plane and continued flying. She loved fishing, boating and camping. She also knew a lot about boats from her small skiff to how the ferry system in Alaska worked.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1997; brothers, Franklin, Howard, Harvey, John and Billy; and sister, Adele Wilbanks.

Survivors include her daughters, Donna Davis of Vancouver, Wash., Karen Houston of Sandy and Rachel Chaney of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; son, Jeff Chaney of Anchorage, Alaska; brother, Glen Lohr of Estacada; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Peri Kurth

July 28, 1937-Jan. 25, 2012

Former East County resident Peri Kurth, 74, died Wednesday, Jan. 25.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd.

Memorial contributions can made to the American Cancer Association, 0330 S.W. Curry St., Portland, 97239; or the Children's Cancer Association DreamCatcher Wish Program, 433 N.W. Fourth Ave., Suite 100, Portland, 97209.

A full obituary will be published in The Outlook at a later date.

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