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10/6 Obituaries

*Betty Riggs*Joan E. Schmitt*Maria 'Mia' Liedtke Hogg*Elizabeth Kliever*Denise Jane Hylton Baker*Vilas E. Peak

Betty Riggs

Jan. 9, 1914 - Sept. 28, 2010

Betty Riggs, 96, of Dallas died Sept. 28 in Dallas.

She was born in Bandon to Roy B. and Grace Miller Holman.

She was raised and attended school in Grand Ronde, Sheridan and Dallas.

Betty married Virgil Riggs in 1932 and lived in Black Rock from 1936 until 1958. They were the last family to leave Black Rock after Willamette Valley Lumber Co. closed its operations there.

After Virgil's death in 1986, Betty moved to Monmouth and then back to Meadow Creek Village in Dallas. She resided there until a back injury forced her into assisted living in 2007.

Betty's life revolved around her family. She loved sewing for her daughters and later her grandchildren and was an accomplished seamstress. She also enjoyed cooking, baking and canning. Betty was a voracious reader until glaucoma and mascara degeneration caused diminished sight.

Her favorite activity was gardening. She raised much of her food and spent endless hours tending her beloved iris garden.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil, in 1986; daughter, Beverly Stiffler, in 2002; and by all six of her siblings.

Survivors include daughters, Lucille (Duane) Dunaway of Dallas and Barbara (Larry) Radie of Sweet Home; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Private graveside service was held in Dallas Cemetery.

Bollman Funeral Home, Dallas, handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.

Maria 'Mia' Liedtke Hogg

June 23, 1965 - Sept. 22, 2010

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Maria "Mia" Liedtke Hogg, 45, of Phoenix, Ariz., died Sept. 22, after a courageous 15-year battle with the debilitating disease Lupus.

She was born in Portland to James and Lloye Sawyer Liedtke.

Mia lived in Monmouth for 20 years, attending Monmouth Elementary, Salem Academy and graduating from Central High School in 1983.

Mia was very athletic and could "run like the wind," which forced her dad to stop racing against her in the eighth grade because he didn't want her to beat him.

During one softball game in her younger years, she made headlines in the local newspaper by hitting four home runs, including two grand slams in one game.

At Central High School during her freshman year she was the fastest sprinter on the girls track team. When Mia was a sophomore, she switched to the newly started softball team and played three years with the program. She also played basketball and was a member of the Central High School state championship team of 1981-82.

Mia married Steve Hogg on Aug. 15, 1988, in Bend. They had a son, Brenden John, who was the joy and purpose of her life. Brenden loved her dearly and they were inseparable. The family moved to Phoenix and resided there for 17 years.

When her health would permit, the family enjoyed trips to the ocean in California, Oregon and Maui. During the last month of her life she was able to visit her family in Oregon and make one final trip to the ocean at Newport.

Survivors include her husband, Steve; son, Brenden; parents, James and Lloye Liedtke; sister, Corinne Katon; and grandmother, Allee Sawyer.

Mia's life will be celebrated and remembered by family at a private service in Maui in November.

Contributions are suggested to the Lupus Foundation of America, Pacific Northwest Chapter, 1207 N. 200th St., Shoreline, WA 98133.

Elizabeth Kliever

Sept. 3, 2010

Elizabeth Kliever, 93, of Elkhart, Ind., formerly of Dallas, died Sept. 3 of complications from Alzheimer's.

She had lived in the South Bend, Mishawaka and Elkhart areas for the past 14 years.

Service was Sept. 3 in South Bend.

Joan E. Schmitt

May 25, 1917 - Oct. 4, 2010

Joan E. Schmitt, 93, of Dallas died Oct. 4.

Service is at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at St. Philip Catholic Church in Dallas. A graveside service will follow.

Bollman's Funeral Home, Dallas, handled arrangements.

Denise Jane Hylton Baker

Feb. 25, 1960 - Sept. 18, 2010

Denise Jane Hylton Baker, 50, of Portland died on Sept. 18 in Portland. She was lovingly known by those closest to her as "Sissy."

She was born to Don and Mary Hylton in North Bend, where her father was stationed as a captain in the Air Force. She was the youngest child and only daughter and she had one brother, Kevin Hylton who was as close to her as a kindred spirit can be.

After graduating from Dallas High School in 1978, Denise lived in St. Petersburg, Fla., and later San Diego. There, inspired by her bomber pilot father, she received her pilot's license in the 1980s. Ironically, she came to hate flying if she could not pilot the airplane she was traveling in.

Denise subsequently attended Chemeketa Community College and Western Oregon University, where she was a science major. Denise met another science student, Lucian Baker, while attending WOU. They were married in August 1989.

She later received a scholarship to continue her science studies at Oregon State University, where she graduated with a degree in microbiology.

In 1996, while Denise began her career as a microbiologist in Davis, Calif., she and Lucian had a daughter, Camille.

After working for a number of years in California, Denise and her family returned to Portland, where she began her studies in alternative health care. She attended Portland Naturopathic School of Medicine for one year before turning to study Asian healing practices. She went on to graduate from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine with a degree in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture and opened a small Portland practice, "Everspring Acupuncture," in 2007.

Denise had a wry sense of humor and it informed most of her observations on life and living. During the last summer that she was on this planet, Denise imparted an important lesson to all her family, urging simply by her example to embrace the beauty of life moment by moment. Her family looks back on this summer with Denise and remembers with gratitude that final gift.

Private graveside service will be held in Dallas.

A memorial for friends and family will be scheduled in the future.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.

Vilas E. Peak

Feb. 20, 1913 - Sept. 29, 2010

Vilas E. Peak, 97, of Dallas died Sept. 29 in Dallas.

She was born on the family ranch in Glenwood to Jefferson and Rhoda Jane Louisgnont Hayden.

Vilas was raised in Strassel and graduated from Forest Grove High School. She married Charles "Doc" Peak on June 5, 1933, in Vancouver, Wash.

They moved in 1943 to Valsetz, where Doc was superintendent of the Valsetz Sawmill. In 1965 they settled in Dallas and ran Pioneer Pump.

Vilas loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. She was an artist and loved to write. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was dedicated to her Christian faith, her church, Valley Life Center, and her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles "Doc" Peak; daughter, Rhoda May Dunmire; and grandson, Mark Dunmire.

Survivors include her sister, Harriet Hayden Modrell of Garibaldi; three grandsons; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchild.

Service is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Private interment will be in Dallas Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Valley Life Center Missions in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.

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