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Marcia Spalding

ELMIRA - Marcia L. Spalding of Elmira died Nov. 17 of age-related causes. She was 98.

Spalding was born May 21, 1904, in Veneta to James and Amelia Inman. She married Earl Bryan. He died In 1964. She married Mont Spalding. He died in 1990.

She graduated from Elmira High School in 1923. She was a homemaker and a lifetime resident of this area.

She enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, quilting and needlework. She was a member of a Rebekah Lodge.

Survivors include two sons, James Bryan and William Bryan, both of Eugene; and two grandchildren.

No service is planned. Burial will be at Inman Cemetery in Elmira. Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Elsie McClarnan-Rattai

A celebration of life will be held Nov. 22 for Elsie Ruth McClarnan-Rattai of Winston, formerly of Cottage Grove, who died Nov. 14 of age-related causes. She was 91.

McClarnan-Rattai was born Feb. 21, 1911, in Saskatchewan to Halver and Elizabeth Fleak Rose. She married Joe McClarnan. He died later. She married Rey Rattai. He died July 30, 1984.

She graduated from high school and worked at her family's railway express business. She also worked in an ice plant and for a meat packing/locker business. In her later years, she worked in several business administration positions including a job with a city finance department.

She lived in the Cottage Grove area for more than 60 years. She also lived in Newport, Tillamook and Roseburg. She was an accomplished seamstress, and she enjoyed bowling, playing the organ and playing cards. She was a Blue Star mother and a member of a bowling league.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Wells of Winston; two sons, Joe of Lebanon and James of New Mexico; two sisters, Evelyn Pentico and Hazel Kelly, both of Cottage Grove; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Friday's celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. at Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove. Inurnment will be at Fir Grove Cemetery in Cottage Grove.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lane/Douglas Health Care Foundation, P.O. Box 134, Cottage Grove OR 97424.

William Hill

PLEASANT HILL - The funeral will be held Nov. 22 for William N. "Bill" Hill of Pleasant Hill, who died Nov. 17 of age-related causes. He was 88.

Hill was born June 11, 1914, in Alliance, Neb., to Alexander and Mary Ellen Hayes Hill. He married Cleona Awbrey in Pleasant Hill on Jan. 31, 1947.

He served in the Navy. He was a millworker at Hill's Creek Lumber. He also worked as a farmer. He lived in this area for 58 years.

He enjoyed bowling, fishing, gardening and playing cards. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Betty Liebentritt of Omaha, Neb., and Teresa Bartholome of Florida; two sons, Don of Fordland, Mo., and Michael of Pleasant Hill; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. A grandson, Ronnie Liebentritt, died previously.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield. Friday's service will be held at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Wallace Cemetery in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

Gail Cohen-Hofer

A celebration of life will be held Nov. 22 for Gail M. Cohen-Hofer of Eugene, who died Nov. 16 at age 58. Her family chose not to list the cause of death.

Cohen-Hofer was born Nov. 5, 1944, in San Francisco to Norman and Elizabeth Davis Henry.

She was a mother and a homemaker. She lived in California and Washington before settling in Oregon, where she lived most of her life.

Her interests included gardening, volunteering, traveling, spending time outdoors and attending church and helping others. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include her domestic partner, Duane Hofer Sr. of Junction City; four daughters, Tracy Martinson of Dallas, Debbie Zeek of Junction City, Susie Germyn of Eugene and Kindra Hinckley of Washington; a son, Dewey Hofer of Junction City; a brother, Peter Henry of Portland; three sisters, Sue Rudd of California, Joyce Graville of Junction City and Patty Parker of Eugene; and 10 grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at West Lawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene. Friday's celebration of life will be at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at West Lawn Memorial Park in Eugene.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Miracle Network at Sacred Heart Hospital.

Charles Kitchel

A memorial service will be held Nov. 23 for Charles C. Kitchel of Eugene, who died Nov. 18 of age-related causes. He was 77.

Kitchel was born Feb. 2, 1925, in Dee to Clifford and Elizabeth Kitchel. He and his wife, Patricia, were married in Portland on July 24, 1964. She died Aug. 20, 2000.

He served in the Air Force from 1943 until 1946. He lived in Hood River before moving to this area 50 years ago. He attended the University of Oregon. He worked in the lumber business.

He enjoyed golfing and Oregon athletics. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and the Eugene Country Club.

Survivors include two sons, Scott of Eugene and Dirk of Charleston, S.C.; a daughter, Jeness Roth of Memphis, Tenn.; a sister, Iva Orme of Eugene; and seven grandchildren.

Saturday's service will be held at 10 a.m. at Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene.

Gwendolyn Abbott

A celebration of life will be held Nov. 21 for Gwendolyn "Gwen" Abbott of Eugene, who died Nov. 18 at age 45. Her family chose not to list the cause of death.

Abbott was born Nov. 30, 1956, in Tulare, Calif., to Benard and Dorothy Newson Hardin. After a 21-year engagement, she married Don Abbott in Eugene on Nov. 11, 2002.

She attended South Eugene High School and Lane Community College. She was a writer whose stories and poems were published in several magazines.

She enjoyed arts and crafts, singing, writing music and playing the guitar. She also enjoyed teaching children how to play the guitar. She traveled extensively around the country. She lived in Eugene on and off for most of her life.

Survivors include her husband; her mother and stepfather, Silas Gibson; three daughters, Claire and Joni Tilson, both of Eugene, and Tonya Abbott of Lebanon; two sons, Dale Tilson of Eugene and Shady Abbott of Nebraska; two brothers, Del Hardin of Eugene and Silas Gibson of Coburg; two sisters, Sharon Leezy of San Diego and Evelyn Long of Eugene; and 14 grandchildren. A son, Brian Tilson, died in 1980.

Thursday's celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. at West Lawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene.

Memorial contributions may be made to White Bird Clinic in Eugene.

James Payne

A local memorial service will be held Nov. 30 for James W. Payne of Eugene, who died Nov. 16 of kidney failure. He was 86.

Payne was born Jan. 25, 1916, in Ardmore, Okla., to James and Ruby Camp Payne. He married Betty Spell in Ardmore on Jan. 1, 1938. She died Oct. 24, 2001.

He attended schools in Ardmore. He served in the Navy during World War II. He worked as a district manager for the truck and tire division of Montgomery Ward. He lived in Van Nuys, Calif., from 1939 until 1950, when he moved to Eugene. He moved to Buena Park, Calif., in 1953 and returned to Eugene in 1973.

He enjoyed woodworking. He was a member of the Eugene Elks Lodge 357, the Eagles, the Eugene Moose Lodge and United Commercial Travelers. His name is on a plaque at City Hall for being the first volunteer with the Eugene Police Department.

Survivors include a daughter, Judi Schons of Eugene; six grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren. A daughter, Gaylene Sears, died in 1990.

The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Craddock Funeral Home in Ardmore. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Eugene Elks Lodge 357. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Ardmore. Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to any local senior center.

Paul Kleman

A memorial service will be held Nov. 27 for Paul James Kleman of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and Springfield, who died Nov. 14 of a heart attack. He was 50.

Kleman was born Nov. 21, 1951, in Salem to Clifford and Beverly Johnston Kleman. He married Minda Dodge in Portland on June 28, 1974.

He attended public schools in Salem and Lane Community College. He graduated from Vennard College in Iowa and received a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He was a missionary in Honduras with the World Gospel Mission for 22 years. He was an ordained minister in the Honduran National Holiness Church and was pastor of churches in Catacamas, San Pedro and Tegucigalpa. He also wrote curriculum for seminary courses and trained young pastors.

His interests include teaching, reading and computers. He was a licensed amateur radio operator. He enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of Honduras; his parents of Springfield; a daughter, Kimberly Chinchilla of Honduras; two sons, Kevin and Christopher, both of Honduras; a brother, David of Springfield; and two sisters, Kay McMurphy of High Point, N.C., and Karen Cramer of Bothell, Wash.

A memorial service will be held Friday in Tegucigalpa. Another memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 27 at the Twin Rivers Baptist Church in Springfield. Alpha Cremation Services in Houston, Texas, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Paul Kleman Memorial Fund at the World Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 948, Marion TX 46952-0948.

Franklin Swanson

HARRISBURG - Franklin Everett Swanson of Harrisburg and Brownsville died Nov. 12 of cancer. He was 85.

Swanson was born March 8, 1917, in Santa Maria, Calif., to William and Ruby Reel Swanson. He married Ruby Koker in San Francisco on Oct. 8, 1939. She died Oct. 9, 1995.

He graduated from Lompoc High School in California in 1936. He retired from the Coast Guard, where he served during World War II protecting the California coast. He also worked as a painter and maintenance supervisor for California public schools.

He enjoyed gardening, sports, his children and grandchildren. He served as a Scout master with the Boy Scouts of America for 15 years. He also served as a rabbit/poultry leader for the Greenback 4-H club. He lived in the California cities of Lompoc, Colma and Santa Barbara before moving to this area 23 years ago. He also lived in Albany and Sweet Home.

Survivors include a son, Ronald of Harrisburg; a daughter, Jacquelyn Swanson of Albany; a brother, William of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Harrisburg Christian Church.

Sidney Jackson

A private memorial service will be held for Sidney Marcus "Miraculous" Jackson, infant son of April Rissberger and Bernie Jackson of Eugene, who died Nov. 13 of complications from a premature birth.

He was born Nov. 13, 2002.

Survivors include his parents; and four sisters, Juanita Jackson, Jacqueline Jackson, Jaleesa Jackson and Berniesha Jackson, all of Eugene.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Miracle Network.

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Date:Nov 20, 2002
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