Births & Deaths in Polk County families



Brandon Davis Friesen was born to David and Rebecca Friesen of Tigard at 8:37 a.m. on Aug. 21 at Providence St. Vincent Hospital in Beaverton.

He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Brandon joins Alyssa, 3.

His grandparents are Don and Jean Wimer of Dallas and Ted and Sharon Friesen of Portland.

His great-grandmothers are Betty Randolph of Independence and Jean Easton of Wolf Creek.


Bryant Alan Farnes was born to Neil and Amy Farnes of Tangent at 7:52 a.m. on Aug. 28 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis.

He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long.

Bryant joins Hannah, 4 and Stephanie, 17 months.

His grandparents are Dene and Lora Lee Edwards of Dallas and Jim and Carol Farnes of Corvallis.

His great-grandparents are Phillip and Kathryn Murray of Dallas, Sue Potter of Forest Grove, Dorothy Larsen of Clatskanie and Edna Farnes of Aloha.


Martha Elaine Pellissier

Jan. 1, 1914 - Sept. 7, 2001

Martha Elaine Pellissier of Falls City died on Sept. 7 in Independence. She was 87.

She was born in Colorado to Dan and Clara Yeiser.

She lived in Colorado for 12 years before moving to Salinas, Calif. in 1928.

She married William Pellissier on Dec. 4, 1933 in San Jose, Calif. and they moved their family to Falls City in 1969.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William in October 1985.

Survivors include her son, Harold of Falls City; daughter, Geraldine Pellissier of Shady Cove; and brother, Fred Yeiser of Salinas.

Private family services will be held and inurnment will be in Upper Falls City Cemetery.

Dallas Mortuary Chapel handled the arrangements.

Janice Maxine Gilmore

July 14, 1938 - Sept. 5, 2001

Janice Maxine Gilmore of Dallas died on Sept. 5 in Salem. She was 63.

She was born to Harold and Mary George Fisher in Rosedale, Kansas.

She moved to Oregon in 1952 and graduated from Dallas High School in 1958.

She married Dale Gilmore in 1966.

She worked for the Dallas School District before moving to Alaska in 1974. She returned to Dallas in 1985 where she worked to put two of her children through college.

She enjoyed playing bingo, shopping and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Dale of Ketchikan, Alaska; son, Richard of Dallas; daughters, Francis Love of Ketchikan and Stacey Smith of Dallas; brothers, Michael Fisher of Dallas and Patrick Fisher of Dallas; sisters, Dian Barnard of Portland and Sandra Wellman of Dallas; and three grandchildren.

Services were Sept. 10 at Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas and interment was at Dallas Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in care of Bollman Funeral Home which handled the arrangements.

Darlyne Marjorie Grant

Oct. 1, 1924 - Sept. 6, 2001

Darlyne Marjorie Grant of Newport died on Sept. 6 in Newport. She was 76.

She was born to John and Marjorie Scott Baydo in Shelton, Wash.

She married Cloyce Grant on Aug. 3, 1941 in Reno, Nev.

She worked in a munitions factory during World War II.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, art and spoiling her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Cloyce Grant Sr. of Newport; daughter, Susan Schultz of Vancouver, Wash.; sons, Cloyce Grant Jr. of Bend and Kim Grant of Dallas; brother, Bill Baydo of Reno; and six grandchildren.

Graveside services were Sept. 8 at Dallas Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Association in care of Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas which handled the arrangements.

W.R. `Buck' Fickel

Nov. 7, 1911 - Sept. 7, 2001

W.R. "Buck" Fickel of Salem died on Sept. 7. He was 89.

He was born in El Reno, Okla.

He married Nina Fuller on July 11, 1936 in Vancouver, Wash. They made their home in Buena Vista, near Independence, where he farmed.

He worked as a truck driver and salesman for the Wilco Farmers Co-op in Silverton before retiring in 1980. During that time he had moved to Portland in 1965 and then moved to Salem in 1970.

He enjoyed traveling.

Survivors include his wife, Nina; sons, Joe and Robert Fickel, both of Salem; daughters, Maxine Johnson of Keizer, Patsy Wilcox of Harbor, Judith Reinhardt of Madras and Carol Roque of Aumsville; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Cornwell Colonial Chapel in Woodburn and entombment will be at Belle Passi Memorial Mausoleum in Woodburn.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Vivian Alyce Martin

Dec. 24, 1925 - Sept. 7, 2001

Vivian Alyce Martin of Willamina died on Sept. 7 in Willamina. She was 75.

She was born in Grand Ronde.

She married Richard F. Martin on Aug. 27, 1956.

She lived in Dallas and Polk County most of her life. She moved to Hebo in 1992 and to Willamina in 1999. She worked as a cannery worker for many years and later took care of children, providing babysitting and day care.

She loved working crossword puzzles.

She was a member of St. Michael's Church and was a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Services were Sept. 11 at St. Michael's Church in Grand Ronde and burial was in the Confederated Tribes Cemetery in Grand Ronde.

Adamson's in Sheridan handled the arrangements.

Lonabelle Cochrane

May 3, 1907 - Sept. 5, 2001

Lonabelle Cochrane, a lifelong resident of Dallas, died on Sept. 5 in Dallas. She was 94.

She was born on the site of the Dalton Ranch west of Dallas to Walter and Clara Bell Bird. Her grandparents were both from Illinois and met while crossing the Plains in 1853. They were married in Dallas in 1856.

She attended Liberty Road Grade School and Dallas High School.

She married Charles Cochrane in their Dallas home on SW Mill Street in October 1931. She lived in this home for 70 years.

She worked for Dr. Foster in Dallas as a dental assistant for many years and later for the Polk County Health Department in the dental clinic until her retirement.

She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Naomi Chapter No. 22 for more than 50 years and was a member of the Dallas First Presbyterian Church. She was also a past mother advisor for the Rainbow Girls.

She was an active volunteer at the Dallas Senior Center. For more than 20 years she organized and lead trips around the state for local seniors.

She enjoyed crocheting, reading and weather recording.

The day before she died she made a deposit in the Bank of America, the same bank she deposited her hop picking money in 84 years ago. The day she died she was on her way to her weekly hair appointment and then would be meeting friends at the Dallas Senior Center to play cards, which was something she enjoyed all of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles in 1973.

Survivors include her daughters, Ione Rambo of Salem and Clara Kuhn of Florence; nephew and niece, Joe and Teri Cochrane of Dallas; nine grandchildren; and caregiver, Barbara Brown of Dallas.

Services were Sept. 10 at the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas and interment was in Dallas Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in care of Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas which handled the arrangements.


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