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Bessie Gillispie

COTTAGE GROVE - The funeral will be held March 14 for Bessie Naomi England Gillispie of Cottage Grove, who died March 8 of age-related causes. She was 97.

Gillispie was born Sept. 16, 1905, in Dorena, where the lake now exists, to David and Mary Bales England. She married William "Glen" Gillispie in Eugene on June 29, 1927. He died Dec. 2, 1976.

She was a lifetime resident of this area and graduated from Dorena High School. She was a homemaker and her interests included flower and vegetable gardening, sewing and cooking. She enjoyed baking and spending time with her family.

She was a longtime member of the Presbyterian Church in Dorena, where she was baptized at the age of 16 and later served as Sunday school superintendent. She was a current member of the Presbyterian Church of Cottage Grove, where she was a deacon.

She was a 50-year member of the Dorena Grange and served as chaplain and play director. She helped serve many dinners at the Grange and was known for her blueberry pies made with berries she and her husband raised.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen Albin of Cottage Grove; a son, Stephen of Cottage Grove; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove. Friday's service will be held at 1 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Burial will be at Sears Cemetery in Cottage Grove.

Ruth Anderson

SPRINGFIELD - The grave- side service will be held today, March 11, for Ruth L. Anderson of Springfield, who died March 8 of age-related causes. She was 84 years old.

Anderson was born Jan. 5, 1919, in Ogden, Utah, to Newell and Reta Nielson.

She lived in this area for 50 years and was the owner of a business called Formal Wear. She worked for many years for Baxtor-Hennings.

She enjoyed crossword puzzles, hand crafts and art, especially painting.

Survivors include two brothers, Jay Nielson of Omaha, Neb., and Rod Nielson of Pocatello, Idaho; and a sister, Joyce Van Woerkom of San Jose, Calif. A son, Gary Anderson, and a daughter, Karen Anderson, died previously.

Today's service will be held at 2 p.m. at Rest-Haven Memorial Park in Eugene. Rest-Haven Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

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

Alton Jones

COTTAGE GROVE - The graveside service will be held March 13 for Alton "Al" Lubert Jones of Cottage Grove, who died Feb. 22 of cancer. He was 89.

He was born Dec. 7, 1913, in Cottage Grove to Philip and Eda Soland Jones. He graduated from Cottage Grove High School and served in the U.S. Army.

Jones, a lifetime resident of Cottage Grove, worked as a land surveyor. He enjoyed college football, gunsmithing and coin collecting.

Survivors include three nephews.

Thursday's service will be at 2 p.m. at Fir Grove Cemetery in Cottage Grove. Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel of Cottage Grove is in charge of arrange- ments.

James Longfield

REEDSPORT - A memorial service will be held March 13 for James Elmer Longfield of Reedsport, who died March 5 at the age of 78. His family chose not to list the cause of death.

Longfield was born Aug. 17, 1924, in Munising, Mich., to Odius and Lenora Mullen Longfield. He married Theodora Grivas.

He served in the Army during World War II. He lived in this area for more than 40 years and worked as a railroad foreman.

His interests included collecting railroad memorabilia. He served as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels and at a senior center.

He was a member of the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Eagles in Reedsport. His family will remember him as having never met a stranger.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Nancy Duesser; two stepsons, Charles and John Perry; two stepdaughters, Carolyn Patch and SunnyRae Savey; a sister, Jean; numerous grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. A daughter, Louella, died previously.

Thursday's service will be held at 2 p.m. at Dunes Memorial Chapel in Reedsport.

Lesley Franklin

REEDSPORT - A military graveside service will be held today, March 11, for Lesley W. "Doc" Franklin of Reedsport, who died March 7 of complications following heart surgery. He was 78.

Franklin was born July 19, 1924, in Reedsport, to Edward and Violet Abbott Franklin. He married Dorothy Gage in Vancouver, Wash., on Nov. 26, 1969.

He was a lifetime resident of Reedsport and graduated from Reedsport High School in 1943. He served in the Marine Corps at the rank of corporal during World War II.

He worked as a truck driver and hauled logs, chips and gravel.

His interests included boating, crabbing, clam digging and hunting. He enjoyed dogs.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Susan Washington of Bothell, Wash., and Melissa Franklin of Portland; two sons, Richard of Pensacola, Fla., and Les Jr., of Tracy, Calif.; a brother, Edward of Reedsport; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Today's service will be held at 1 p.m. at the Reedsport Masonic Cemetery. A luncheon will follow the service at the Reedsport Eagles Lodge. Aurora Cremation & Burial Services in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lower Umpqua Hospice in Reedsport.

Margaret Leonard

A memorial service will be held March 12 for Margaret "Ione" Leonard of Eugene, who died March 8 of a heart attack. She was 85.

Leonard was born Dec. 26, 1917, in Yuma, Ariz., to Nathan and Maggie Lynch Huckaby. She graduated from Yuma Union High School.

She married Howard Leonard in Hemet, Calif., on Aug. 14, 1938. He died Dec. 17, 1981.

While living in Yuma, Leonard worked as a nurse's aide at Yuma County Hospital. She also lived in Portland, in Klamath Falls and in Salem, moving to and from Eugene several times.

She was a local resident for 45 years.

Leonard worked for the federal government in commissaries and as an office manager.

Her interests included singing and church membership. She was a soloist at church and for the Rebekah Lodge.

She belonged to the First Methodist Church in Yuma, where she was a youth counselor, the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Evangelical Church of North America.

Survivors include four daughters, Barbara Fitch and Sally Kleman, both of Eugene, Margaret Overstreet of Phoenix, Ariz., and Alleen Porter of Welches; a son, Jim of Salem; a brother, Everett Huckaby of Sun City, Calif.; a sister, Betty Peterson of Bozeman, Mont.; 19 grandchildren; 35 great-grand- children; and nine great-grand- children.

Wednesday's service will be held at 10 a.m. at the Eugene First Evangelical Church. The graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene. England's Eugene Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to N.T.A.F. Stem Cell Transplant, Suite 230, 3475 W. Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073, in honor of Leonard's great niece, Jennifer Weaver.

Kelly Beers

SWISSHOME - A memorial service will be held March 13 for Kelly Lawrence Beers of Swisshome, who died March 7 from injuries he suffered in an automobile accident. He was 37.

Beers was born July 24, 1965, in Florence to Larry and Janice Rexford Beers. He married Sonja Leybourne in Florence on March 21, 1998.

He graduated from Mapleton High School.

He worked as a logger and as a truck driver. He was a lifetime resident of this area and lived in Florence before settling in Swisshome.

His interests included hunting, fishing and camping.

He enjoyed spending time with his daughters and being outdoors.

Survivors include his wife; his mother, Janice Landrum, of Florence; two daughters, Brittany and Sarah Beers, both of Florence; a brother, Thane of Swisshome; and a sister, Amber Beers-Hisey of Eugene.

Thursday's service will be held at 11 a.m. at Burns' Riverside Chapel/Florence Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Indian Creek Cemetery in Deadwood.

Andrew Casperson

SPRINGFIELD - A celebration of life and potluck will be held March 22 for Andrew L. Casperson of Springfield, who died Feb. 3 of respiratory failure. He was 49.

Casperson was born March 25, 1953, in Tacoma to David and Louise LeGrande Casperson.

A 15-year resident of Springfield, he worked as a self-employed truck driver for 32 years.

He enjoyed mechanics.

Survivors include his parents of Graham, Wash.; a daughter, Michelle of North Bend, Wash.; two brothers, Richard of Snoqualmie, Wash. and Alfred of Phoenix; a sister, Mary Perskey of Ephreda, Wash.; and one grandchild.

The March 22 service will be at 1 p.m. at Thurston Grange Hall in Springfield. Andrea- son's Cremation & Burial Service in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions can be made to the McKenzie-Willamette Hospital Founda- tion.

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