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L. Faye Swanton

A graveside service will be held Sept. 27 for L. Faye Swanton of Grants Pass, formerly of Coos Bay and Leaburg, who died Sept. 9 at the age of 93. Her family chose not to list the cause of death.

Swanton was born May 10, 1910, in Black Rock to Edward and Lula Poiris LaBranch. She married Thomas Swanton II in Eugene on Aug. 19, 1937. He died Jan. 26, 1984.

She graduated from Myrtle Point High School and from Southern Oregon Normal School in Ashland. She taught school in Riverton, Langlois, Bridge and Redmond. She also worked as an administrative assistant/secretary for her husband's law practice in Coos Bay.

She moved from Coos Bay to Leaburg in 1973 and to Grants Pass in 2000.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the American Legion and Zonta. She enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling, good food, fine wine and dabbling with oil paints.

Survivors include a son, Thomas III, of Redmond; two daughters, Kathleen Swanton of Grants Pass and Colleen Rudd of Eugene; a sister, Virginia VanHorn of Eugene; six grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren.

The graveside service will be held at noon Sept. 27 at Sunset Memorial Park in Coos Bay. A memorial gathering will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Red Lion Inn, 1313 Bayshore Drive in Coos Bay. Chapel of the Valley Funeral Home in Grants Pass is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the WinterSpring Center for Living with Loss & Grief, P.O. Box 8169, Medford, OR 97501 or to the Oregon Alzheimer's Association, 1311 N.W. 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97209.

Dorothy Johnson

Dorothy Leona "Dot" Johnson of Eugene died Sept. 10 of age-related causes. She was 84.

Johnson was born Jan. 5, 1919, in Eugene to Roy and Beulah Hicks Callaway. She married Richard Johnson in Stevenson, Wash., on Dec. 25, 1938. He died Dec. 23, 1999.

She was a fifth-generation resident of Eugene whose grandmother came to this area in a wagon train. She graduated from Eugene High School in 1937 and attended University Business College. She worked as a accountant at Lane Electric Co-op.

She enjoyed gardening, golfing and needlework. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include a son, Eric of Eugene; and three grandchildren.

No service is planned. Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Anna Tonole

NORTH BEND - A graveside service will be held today, Sept. 19, for Anna Mae Tonole of North Bend, who died Sept. 16 of age-related causes. She was 88.

Tonole was born March 4, 1915, in Jefferson, Texas, to Jess and Dona Englesham Fuson. She married Ethan Tonole in Cottage Grove in 1930. He died in 1978.

Her family moved to Oregon when she was a child and she was raised in the Cottage Grove area. She and her husband moved to Lakeside from Cottage Grove in 1949. She settled in North Bend in 1978 to be near her son.

She was a homemaker and she enjoyed visiting with her fellow residents at Baycrest Village and playing bingo.

Survivors include a son, Gene of North Bend; a daughter, Lois Abrams of The Dalles; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Today's service will be held at 2 p.m. at Fir Grove Cemetery in Cottage Grove. North Bend Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

Dale Townsend

Dale Richard Townsend of Eugene died Sept. 1 at the age of 75. His family chose not to list the cause of death.

Townsend was born March 2, 1928 in Eugene to Frank and Sybil Potterf Townsend.

He was a lifetime resident of Eugene and a second-generation owner of Townsend Dry Cleaners on River Road.

His interests included hunting and fishing. He enjoyed spending time outdoors. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children.

Survivors include three sons, Steve of Prineville, Rick of McMinnville and Bill of Junction City; a daughter, Carol Townsend of McMinnville; six grandchildren; and one great- grandchild.

No service is planned. Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Rita McHarry

A memorial Mass will be held Sept. 24 for Rita Mae McHarry of Eugene, who died Sept. 15 of a stroke. She was 86.

McHarry was born April 28, 1917, in Norton, Kan., to James and Mayme Morrisey Ward. She married Burrle Elmore in Los Angeles in 1941. He died in 1966. She married Luvert "Mac" McHarry in Reno, Nev., in 1971. He died in 1991.

She graduated from Norton High School in Kansas. She worked as a welder in the Portland shipyards in during World War II. She settled in this area in 1943 and worked as a postal clerk at the Eugene Post Office.

She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Eugene, where she participated in the perpetual adoration program. She also served as a volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul.

She was a University of Oregon Duck fan and her interests included reading, crossword puzzles and traveling. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

Survivors include a son, Burrle Elmore of Eugene; a brother, Gene Ward of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.

Wednesday's Mass will be held at 12:15 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Eugene. Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of McKenzie-Willamette Hospital.

Amilda Maas

SPRINGFIELD - Amilda "Millie" Maas of Springfield died Sept. 1 of age-related causes. She was 92.

Maas was born Jan. 26, 1911, in Merrill, Wis., to Peter and Lena Sarap. She married Reuben Maas in Wisconsin on 1936. He died in 1980.

She lived in Wausau, Wis., before settling in Oregon 58 years ago.

She attended nursing school and worked as a nurse for Dr. Varney in Springfield for 29 years before retiring.

She was a former member of the Thurston Christian Church. Her interests included flowers, gardening, photography, fancy work and painting. Her works won numerous blue ribbons at the Lane County Fair.

Survivors include a son, David of Springfield; a brother, Ozwald Sarap of Ogden, Utah; and a sister, Vera Lenz of Anoka, Minn.

No service is planned. Lane Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Loyd Amick

Loyd M. Amick of Eugene died Sept. 16 of age-related causes. He was 88.

Amick was born Sept. 9, 1915, in Garrison, N.D., to Isaac and Anna Omodt Amick. He married Verna McCarthy in East Grand Forks, Minn., on June 8, 1941.

He attended grade school in Minot, N.D., and graduated from Minot High School.

He served in the Army at the rank of staff sergeant during World War II.

He graduated from the University of North Dakota, where he was captain of the football team. He was later inducted into the university's hall of fame in honor of his athletic accomplishments. He moved to this area from Whitefish, Mont., in 1951 and received a master's degree from the University of Oregon.

He worked as a history teacher, coach and athletic director at South Eugene High School, where he established the high school's adaptive physical education program for disabled students.

He was a member of the Catholic Church. His interests included football and fitness. He enjoyed spending time and taking walks with his wife.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Lani Battleson of Oakton, Va., Nancy Classen of Eugene and Virginia Worley of Conyers, Ga.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

No service is planned. Inurnment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Eugene. Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the athletic fund at South Eugene High School.

York Boyd

CHESHIRE - A memorial gathering will be held Oct. 2 for York Boyd of Cheshire, who died Aug. 15 of colitis. He was 77.

Boyd was born Aug. 30, 1925, in Naper, Neb., to George and Augusta Carlson Boyd. He moved to Springfield in 1936.

In 1943, Boyd joined the Navy Seabees and served during World War II and the Korean War. He retired in 1963 and moved to Cheshire.

He married Manuela Delgado in San Diego.

Boyd worked at Georgia Pacific and was a commercial fisherman.

His interests included traveling, fishing and anything to do with the water. He belonged to Goldson Grange.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years; a daughter, Monica Seale of Cheshire; three sons, Michael Boyd of Reno, Nev., Miguel Burger of of Compostela, Mexico, and George Boyd of Junction City; three brothers, Alden of Eugene, Robert of Creswell and Herb of Albany; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A son, Francisco Boyd, died previously.

The Oct. 2 gathering will be at 7 p.m. at Goldson Grange in Cheshire. Chapel of Memories Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Eva Brye

SPRINGFIELD - The funeral will be held Sept. 20 for Eva May Brye of Springfield, who died Sept. 17 of age-related causes. She was 90.

Brye was born Nov. 9, 1912, in Stayton to Margie and Marion Corser. She married John Brye in Portland on June 8, 1950. He died March 6, 2003.

She lived in Aumsville, Portland and Rainier before settling in Springfield in 1956.

She graduated from high school. She graduated from college in Monmouth in 1932. She worked as an elementary school teacher in Aumsville and Portland until 1956. She later worked as a substitute teacher in Springfield.

She was an avid bird-watcher and gardener and she enjoyed cooking. She was a member of a nondenominational Christian group since 1928.

Survivors include two daughters, Lillian Middleton of Stanwood, Wash., and Ruth Setzer of Tigard; two sons, William "Bud" of Washougal, Wash., and John of Eugene; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grand- children.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield. Saturday's service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. at Aumsville Cemetery.

Arthur Thrall

Arthur Leslie Thrall of Eugene died Sept. 16 of mesothelioma. He was 68.

Thrall was born Nov. 16, 1934, in Tacoma to George and Leone Layton Thrall. He married his wife, Pauline, in Long Beach, Calif., on July 17, 1956.

He graduated from high school in Mossyrock, Wash. He served in the Navy.

He lived in Long Beach from 1956 until 1964, when he settled in this area. He worked as a car and truck mechanic.

He was a member of an Elks Lodge and his interests included hunting, fishing, gardening, sailing and traveling.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Kevin of Springfield; a brother, David of Centralia, Wash.; two sisters, Jean Aschenbrenner of Cinebar, Wash., and Marylyn Krause of Highland, Ind.; and two grandchildren.

No service is planned. Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of McKenzie-Willamette Hospital.

Berta Babb

Helen Roberta "Berta" Burch Babb of Eugene died Sept. 12 of cancer. She was 93.

Babb was born Dec. 25, 1909, in Portland to Robert Burch and Myrtle Carr. She was a fourth-generation native Oregonian whose maternal grandmother came here on the Oregon Trail in 1843. She married Thomas Babb Jr., on Dec. 25, 1935. He died in 1988.

She graduated from Grant High School in Portland and attended Western Oregon University in Monmouth. She taught two students in a one-room schoolhouse west of Condon in 1929-30. She also taught in a one-room schoolhouse with eight grades and 20 students at Harrison School east of Banks from 1930 until 1932.

She later taught fifth grade for three years at Lincoln School in Salem.

She lived in Lake Oswego, where she was a homemaker and a volunteer with the Lake Oswego schools. She also volunteered with other organizations including the American Red Cross during World War II, the March of Dimes, the Clackamas Election Board and the League of Women Voters.

She and her husband adopted two Korean orphans through Holt International Children's Services in 1956. They lived in Eugene from 1967 until 1972. They later traveled and lived in Wilsonville before returning to Eugene in 1977.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas III of McMinnville, Kip of Portland; two daughters, Sonia Hall of Veneta and Kim Stoutt of Lake Oswego; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. An infant son died in 1936 and an infant grandson died in 1979.

At her request, no service will be held. Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Jean Mathis

Jean K. Mathis of Eugene died Sept. 12 of age-related causes. She was 83.

Mathis was born July 2, 1920, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Joseph and Rose Rehe Vorwald. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School.

She married F. John Mathis II in Dubuque on Oct. 12, 1940. He died in 1980.

Mathis moved to San Bernardino, Calif., in 1943 and attended San Bernardino Valley College for two years.

She was a physical education teacher and coach at St. Anne's School and at St. Bernadine High School.

In 1973, Mathis moved to Marcola. She moved to Springfield in 1989 and to Eugene in 2001.

Her interests included writing research papers and poetry. She was a member of the International Society of Poets.

Survivors include two sons, F. John Mathis III of Paradise Valley, Ariz., and James Mathis of Reno, Nev.; five daughters, Julia Mooney of Marcola, Betty Mathis of Los Angeles, Mary Mathis of Eugene, Patty Mathis-Ramos of San Bernardino and Pamela Mathis of Springfield; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

No service is planned. Burial will be at Riverside National Cemetery in California. Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

Loie Watson

A family memorial service will be held Sept. 21 in Waldport for Loie Watson of Eugene, who died Sept. 14 of cancer. She was 82.

Watson was born Aug. 9, 1921, in San Diego to Lewis and Ruth Erickson Storm. She married James Watson in La Jolla, Calif., on May 29, 1941. He died Dec. 23, 1983.

She lived in San Diego, Lake Oswego and Spokane before returning to Oregon in 1985. She lived in Waldport until 2001, when she moved to Eugene.

She attended San Diego State University.

She worked as a reference librarian and library assistant supervisor for the Spokane County Library for 20 years. She was the Spokane County Library Employee of the Year in 1985.

Her interests included quilting and she was a member of the Bayshore Quilters. She was a member of the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild and a featured quilter in their show in 1998.

Survivors include three sons, Jim of Eugene, Rick of Tumwater, Wash., and Jeff of Simpsonville, S.C.; seven grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren.

Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of McKenzie-Willamette Hospital.

Verna Champie

A private family memorial service was held for Verna Champie of Eugene, who died Sept. 11 of age-related causes. She was 88.

Champie was born March 2, 1915, in Ashland, Ky., to Jesse and Minnie Ramsey Hunt. Her husband, Frank Champie, died previously.

She lived in Ashland, Ky., and The Dalles before settling in this area 30 years ago. She worked as a secretary.

She enjoyed watching "Days of Our Lives," jigsaw puzzles, reading mysteries and playing the piano.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Beauregard of Ventura, Calif.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Two daughters, Ruth and Carolyn, died previously.

Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Jewell Fenter

COTTAGE GROVE - A memorial gathering has been held for Jewell M. Fenter of Cottage Grove, who died Sept. 13 of age-related causes. She was 89.

Fenter was born July 29, 1914, in Woodson, Texas, to Sam and Lucy Smith Kelley.

She married Earl Fenter in Haskell, Texas, on Oct. 11, 1931.

Fenter worked as a cook for many years. She started by cooking noon meals for field hands and later managed and cooked in school cafeterias in Cortez, Colo. She moved to Cottage Grove in 1962 and worked at the Dairy Queen until 1966. Fenter then worked at the Coffee Cove in McCoy's Pharmacy, where she became known for her pies and daily specials. In 1973, she began working with her husband at the Greyhound Bus Depot.

Her interests included crocheting, quilting and playing "42." She also was an avid reader and enjoyed her memories of her Texas heritage.

She was an active member of the Monroe Street Church of Christ.

Survivors include her husband; three sons, Darrel of Billings, Mont., Kenneth of Naples, Fla., and Mark of Coos Bay; two daughters, Betty Burkeen of Bakersfield, Calif., and Eva Snyder of Cottage Grove; a sister, Betty Porter of Cortez; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. A son, Stanley, died at age 3.

Private burial will be at Fir Grove Cemetery in Cottage Grove. Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove is in charge of arrangements.

Debra Diddock

COTTAGE GROVE - Debra Martha Diddock of Cottage Grove died Sept. 15 of cancer. She was 44.

Diddock was born Aug. 25, 1959, in Salem to Joseph Diddock Jr., and Janet Walker Diddock.

She lived in Medford before settling in this area 20 years ago. She lived in Creswell before moving to Cottage Grove.

She graduated from Medford High School and attended Lane Community College. She worked in the retail field and as a cabinet maker.

She enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include two brothers, Joseph of Aloha and Dale of Salem; and her grandmother, Edna Diddock of Eugene.

No service is planned. Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Sacred Heart.

Percy Allpress

REEDSPORT - Percy Gayle Allpress of Reedsport died Sept. 13 of a heart attack. He was 72.

Allpress was born Dec. 26, 1930, in Odessa, Minn., to Percy and Marie Allpress.

He served in the Army. He lived in the Reedsport area for 10 years and his interests included community service.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Allpress; a daughter, Marie Allpress of Seattle; a brother, Gordy of Renton, Wash.; and a sister, Jean Figgins of Renton. A son, Shane, died previously.

No service is planned.

Dunes Memorial Chapel in Reedsport is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Reedsport Food Bank.

Jean Hendryx

A memorial service will be held today, Sept. 19, for Jean A. Hendryx of Portland, formerly of Eugene, who died Sept. 13 at the age of 51. Her family chose not to list the cause of death.

Hendryx was born Sept. 21, 1951 in Myrtle Point to Arden and Dorothy Wells Dybevik. She married Kelly Hendryx in Portland on Aug. 14, 1976.

She lived in the Tri-Cities area of Washington before settling in Portland 30 years ago. She grew up in Eugene and graduated from North Eugene High School.

She worked in the accounting and bookkeeping fields.

She was a past Queen of the Tuna Girls.

Survivors include her husband; her mother of Springfield; a daughter, Regan of Portland; a son, Ryan of Portland; three brothers, David and Gary Dybevik, both of Springfield and Glen Dybevik of Eugene; and a sister, Cheryl Higgins of Eugene.

Today's service will be held at 2 p.m. at Caldwell's Colonial Chapel in Portland. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Robert Rohrs Jr.

Robert James Rohrs Jr., of Eugene died Sept. 9 of complications from a gunshot wound he suffered nine years ago. He was 40.

Rohrs was born Jan. 11, 1963, in Portland to Robert Rohrs Sr., and Patty Fiddler Rohrs.

He lived in Libby, Mont., Gladstone, and Roseburg before settling in Eugene.

He worked as an artist. His interests included hunting, fishing and art.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Joyce Rohrs of Oregon City; his mother of Texas; a son, Charlie; a brother, Cody; and three sisters, Mitzi, Casey Rohrs, and Andrea.

No service is planned. Chapel of Memories Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

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