Births & Deaths in Polk families

Edna Spencer Lang

Oct. 25, 1903 - March 17, 2001

Edna Spencer Lang of Independence died on March 17 in Independence. She was 97.

She was born in Listowell, Ontario, Canada to William and Minerva Staddon Spencer.

She married Rev. Elgin E. Lang in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada in 1923.

They moved to Renton, Wash. in 1938 and to Mt. Vernon, Wash. in 1944, where he served as the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon. She served as president of the Washington Baptist Ministers Wives and continued to be very active in church work after her husband's death in 1945.

She had been a member of the First Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon and had also taught Sunday School.

She worked for Sears in Mt. Vernon for 20 years as a switchboard operator.

She lived in Mt. Vernon from 1944 to 1990 when she settled in Independence.

Her family remembers her love of sewing, crocheting and she loved studying history.

Survivors include her daughter, Darla Newton of Dallas; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.

Private family services were held and interment was in Dallas Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dallas Library Memorial Book Program in care of Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas who handled the arrangements.

Ivey Kennedy Riggs

Nov. 10, 1917 - March 13, 2001

Ivey Kennedy Riggs of Dallas died on March 13 in Dallas. She was 83.

She was born to Alex and Daisy Clark Kennedy in Blackman, Fl.

She was raised in Florida and moved to San Diego, Calif. in 1940. She married John Riggs in 1948 in Yuma, Ariz.

She was a "Rosie the Riveter" and sheet metal worker during World War II, working at North Island Coronado Naval Air Station. She helped build planes and helicopters.

After living in San Diego for 58 years she moved to Dallas in 1997 to be closer to her daughter.

She enjoyed sewing, gardening and had fruit and citrus trees in her San Diego yard. She liked watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune game shows.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John, in May of 1978 and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Riggs Jones of Dallas; sisters, Clara Knowles of Canton, Ill. and Nancy Couzenza of Pensacola, Fl.; and two granddaughters and caregivers, Nicole Berry McAllaster and Noelle Berry, both of Dallas.

Mass of Christian Burial was March 15 at St. Philip Catholic Church in Dallas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Angels Court Adult Foster Home or St. Philip Catholic Church in Dallas in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel who handled the arrangements.

Muriel Edwina Brooke

April 3, 1910 - March 18, 2001

Muriel Edwina Brooke of Dallas died on March 18 in Dallas. She was 90.

She was born to Roland and Ruby Gilton March in Paradise, Calif.

She lived in Paradise and attended school in Chico, Calif.

She married Lowe Brooke in 1975 in Reno, Nev. and loved traveling to Arizona. He preceded her in death.

She was a member of the Native Daughters of the Golden West.

Survivors include her sons, James Schroeder of Keizer and Milton Schroeder of Citrus Heights, Calif.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at a later date in Paradise, Calif. Dallas Mortuary Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Dorothy Mae Lovely

Feb. 17, 1912 - March 18, 2001

Dorothy Mae Lovely of Dallas died on March 18 in Dallas. She was 89.

She was born to Robert and Jessie Evans Baxley in Farmerville, La.

She grew up and attended school in Arkansas and moved to Oregon at the age of 12.

She enjoyed gardening and had a passion for her Iris garden. She enjoyed crocheting and was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Dallas Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She was preceded in death by her son, Robert McCormack in 1997.

Survivors include her daughters, Suzanne Simonis of Dallas; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be at noon on Thursday, March 22 at the Hillcrest Cemetery in LaGrande. Bollman Funeral in Dallas is handling the arrangements.

Ross James Hanson

April 4, 1910 - March 15, 2001

Ross James Hanson of Salem died on March 15 in Salem. He was 90.

He was born in Enterprise to James and Mae Bowlby Hanson.

He lived and grew up about 20 miles from Enterprise on Swamp Creek, on the Bowlby 1,800 acre rock and granite ranch. The granite was used to build the Enterprise hotel and courthouse.

He graduated from Enterprise High School in 1928.

He married Helen Hamm on Dec. 24, 1932 in Enterprise. In 1946 they moved in Enterprise and he bought the Enterprise Transfer Trucking Corp. He sold the trucking company in 1953 and the family farm in 1955. He then went to work for the Wallowa Road Department for 21 years and he retired in 1975. In 1992 they moved to Turner to be near family.

He was very active with the Wallowa County Wrangler Drill team, traveling all over the county. Everyone always said he was a true cowboy and was very close to his animals. Being an only child, his horse and dog were very important to him when he was young.

He was a member of the Christian Church in Enterprise.

Survivors include his wife, Helen of Turner; daughters, Belva Swanson of Turner and Nancy Johnson of Gresham; seven grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Services will be Friday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at the Turner Christian Church and interment will be in the Enterprise Cemetery in Enterprise.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Turner Retirement Home. Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas is handling the arrangements.


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