Pedee marks busy week

Sam and Judy Guida returned from their trip to Tampa, Fla.

They left May 12 and attended the graduation of their niece, Jackie Guida, May 14 at the University of Miami.

Jackie completed the studies in three years and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. She and her friends and the relatives enjoyed a banquet at the Doubletree Hotel in Miami.

Relatives spent Saturday at the beach.

The Guidas returned to Tampa May 16 where Sam's sons and daughters-in-law (Matthew and Holly Guida of Bremerton, Wash., and John and Jina Guida of Houston) flew in to join them.

They attended the viewing for Sam's mother, Delores "Dee" Guida. She died May 6.

The funeral service was May 17 at the funeral home. She was buried at the Myrtle Hill Cemetery beside her husband, Sam Guida. The obituary was in the May 26 issue of the Itemizer-Observer.


The Pedee Community Bible Study reunion May 23 at the Women's Clubhouse in Pedee was attended by about 25 women and children.

Carla Burbank, Audrey Cameron and Deanne Maddux hosted the reunion. They have been with the Bible Study group since it started in 1972.

Stephanie Cameron kept the guest book.

The finger food lunch was served about 2:30 p.m. The decorated anniversary cake and plate of fresh fruit were enjoyed later.

Audrey shared her history of the Bible Study women who lived in McTimmonds Valley along Maple Grove, Pedee Creek and Kerber roads and at Fir Grove. She also had information about some of the women who have moved away.

The women also remembered women who have died.

It was an afternoon of visiting and remembering the happenings across the years.


The annual Riley and Elizabeth Burbank family reunion was May 22 at the Kings Valley School. The potluck dinner was enjoyed by all.

The oldest one attending was Christa Dennison of Dallas, the daughter of Jasper and Bertha Willet.

The youngest was Grace Burbank, the 7-month-old daughter of Richard and Sarah Burbank of Dallas. Her grandfather, Lew Burbank, is the youngest grandchild of Riley and Elizabeth Burbank.

Laura Dyer and Lew Burbank made the plans for the reunion.

Many of the relatives gathered later at the home of Aaron and Nonie Burbank after the reunion.


The graveside service in loving memory of Monya Suzanne Walkup of Albany, 52, was May 21 at the Kings Valley Cemetery.

The Rev. Scott Gilchrist of the Southwest Bible Church in Beaverton, officiated and gave the Bible message.

Monya died May 13 at her home in Albany after battling cancer.

She was born in Delany, Calif., to Vincent and Mary Mooney Walkup Nov. 8, 1951.

When she was two months old the family moved to Downey, Calif., where she and her brother, Bruce, grew up.

Monya enjoyed showing horses and was rewarded with many first prize ribbons.

Her father passed away shortly after she graduated from Parnell Preparatory School in Whittier, Calif.

She attended Cerritos Community College for two years before marrying Edwin Lester. They had two children, Katie and Bruce, and lived in Downey for five years.

Monya later married Dale Stepnicka and they moved to Philomath. They lived at Fisherman's Camp, west of Hoskins, for more than 20 years. They built the large log house.

They owned and operated the Animal House Pet Shop in Corvallis.

She married John Burbank, son of Bob Burbank. After they parted two years later, she moved to Albany.

Among her family attending the service were her mother, Mary Erskine of Hurst, Texas; daughter, Katie Doran and husband Mike of Aloha; son, Bruce Lester and wife, Jennifer of Hillsboro; and brother, Bruce Walkup of Sullivan, Ind.

After the graveside service, the relatives, Kings Valley area neighbors, and friends, gathered at the church where refreshments were served.


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