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Clara 'Belle' Benoit   Jan. 30, 1929 - Feb. 15, 2014 Clara 'Belle' Benoit   Clara "Clara" Benoit, 85, of Dallas died Feb. 15 in Salem.   She was born to James Willard and Myrtle Edith Little Harris in Spreckles, Calif.   She was married to Kenneth Porter in December 1947 and they had two children Linda Sue & Kenneth Jerry. They moved from their home in Tillamook to Valsetz in 1962, then to Yakima, Wash., in 1965. They divorced in 1969. Belle then moved to Dallas in 1972 and started to work at the Market Place in Monmouth. She married Harry Joseph Benoit on Sept. 20, 1973 in Reno, Nev.   For 25 years Belle worked as a cashier for the Market Place in Monmouth and retired in 2004 at the age of 75 from Bi-Mart in Monmouth. She loved the people that she met and worked with and made many friends while working.   Belle and Harry liked to take annual trips to Reno to play the slots and have fun. She was a past member of the Beta Sigma Phi of Yakima and Dallas. Belle loved to bowl and belonged to several leagues.   She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry on Nov. 15, 1986; son, Kenneth Jerry Porter in 1977; sister, Marjorie Porter; and brother, Leonard Harris.   Survivors include her daughter, Linda Sue Oneth of Dallas; sister, Edythe Corbin of Tucson, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.   Service was Friday at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center and private interment was at Dallas Cemetery.   Contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society in care of the mortuary.   To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.Melanie (Yoder) Frantz   March 6, 1972 - Feb. 9, 2014 Melanie (Yoder) Frantz   Melanie (Yoder) Frantz, 41, of Sweet Home died Feb. 9 in Sweet Home.   She was born in Salem.   Melanie attended Dallas High School and married James Frantz on March 19, 2005.   She was diagnosed on Jun 7 with Stage 4 glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer (GMB). She fought a hard battle for eight months including two major brain surgeries and three additional surgeries to her head for infection.   With her husband, James, she was the co-owner of ExtraordinAir Heating and Cooling LLC. She was a member of Community Chapel Church in Sweet Home where she loved to sing.   She was outgoing, loving and cared for everyone. She was known to give even the shoes off her feet to someone in need.   She was preceded in death by her daughter, Olivian Iris Nicole and father, Forest "Spud" Morton.   Survivors include her husband, James Frantz; sons, Paul Manary and Canyon Frantz; daughter, Aizlin Frantz; mother, Mary Dee Yoder-Webb; stepfather, Lyle Yoder; twin sister, Chelle Ness; sisters, Jazmen Yoder, Tauna Morton, Lenae Morton; brothers, Jordan Yoder and Matt Nelson; and extended family.   Service was Saturday at Community Chapel Church in Sweet Home.May Lue Gipson Gustafson   Jan. 17, 1947 - Feb. 18, 2014   May Lue Gipson Gustafson, 67, of Monmouth died Feb. 18 in Monmouth.   She was born to Connie and Ernie Gipson in San Diego.   May graduated from Kearny High School in 1964 and from San Diego State University 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a minor in education. In May of 1997 she received her Masters of Divinity from Emory University.   In 1968 May married Edwin Gustafson.   May was talented and dedicated to developing her talents in order to serve others. Throughout her high school years she was in the San Diego Youth Symphony as first chair cello for one year and second chair cello the rest. She continued to play guitar and autoharp for church and family for many years.   While living in Santa Barbara she was a La Leche League leader. When she moved to Oregon, she started a La Leche League in her community. May was an accomplished weaver and was a member of the Santa Barbara Weaver's Guild, now the Fiber Arts Guild. She had pieces in several shows and galleries in the area. She was a musician, weaver, knitter, crocheter, seamstress, philosopher and teacher. The love she had for every person she met, the spirit of creativity that permeated her work and her thoughts and the joyful pursuit of knowledge will live on in her children and the lives she touched.   She was preceded in death by her daughter, Brigid Kalle Gustafson.   Survivors include her children, Erin, Megan, Kristin and Lars; siblings, Janice Gipson, Katelyn Lord-Skinner (Don), Dan Gipson, Ellen Dockery-Reger (Dennis); one grandchildren; and extended family.   May's life was celebrated on Sunday at Christ's Church, Monmouth.   Farnstrom Mortuary handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.FarnstromMortuary.com.Jan V. Waldner   Nov. 26, 1941 - Feb. 20, 2014 Jan V. Waldner   Jan V. Waldner, 72, of Dallas died Thursday in Salem.   She was born in Salem to Richard and Eva VanDenBosch.   At an early age Jan moved from Pedee to Dallas. Jan graduated from Dallas High School in 1960.   She married Vern Waldner on April 9, 1966 at Dallas First Presbyterian Church.   Jan worked for Towmotor - Caterpillar in Dallas as a computer operator until they closed the plant. She later worked for the State of Oregon in Human Resources until her retirement in 2001.   Jan was a deacon in the church. She had been a mother advisor for Rainbow Girls and a member of Eastern Star. After retirement Jan and Vern traveled throughout the United States in their RV. They enjoyed being camp hosts on the Oregon Coast, South Beach, Beverly Beach, as well as Silver Falls and Willamette Mission where they met folks from all around the world. Jan enjoyed quilting, knitting and crocheting. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren. Jan also enjoyed baking and family gatherings.   She was preceded in death by her sisters, LoDice VanDenBosch and Kareen Story.   Survivors include her husband, Vern of Dallas; children, LoDice (Earl) Gage of Pedee, Brenda (Jason) Hart of Hubbard, Ken (Terri) Waller of Dallas, John (Karen) Mocaby of Salem and Sandra Bilbrey of Kansas; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and extended family.   Celebration of life service is Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Dallas First Presbyterian Church. Visitation is Thursday from 2 until 7 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.   Contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society (Polk County Relay for Life) or Dallas Volunteer Fire Department "Harpy Bovard" Scholarship Fund in care of the mortuary.   To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.John Albert Oliver   April 19, 1920 - Feb. 17, 2014 John Albert Oliver   John Albert Oliver, age 93, passed away February 17, 2014 following a period of declining health while visiting family in Corvallis, Oregon with his wife of 31 years, Patricia. He was born in Seattle, Washington on April 19, 1920 to Frank Howard Oliver and May Germaine Oliver, an only child He had three lifelong passions: His faith; his family; and writing.   He graduated from Ballard High School then attended both the University of Washington and the University of Cincinnati. After his discharge from the Army at the end of World War II he followed in his father's footsteps and worked a passenger ticket agent for the Southern Pacific Railroad in Seattle. He was transferred to the Bay Area for the trucking division. Following a divorce, John decided to pursue his love of writing and began a career as a journalist. He loved being on the trail of a "hot lead!"   John was very proud of his association with the two newspapers for which he worked for a combined total of over 40 years: The Tri-Valley Herald in Dublin and Livermore, CA and the Independence branch of the Polk County Itemizer-Observer. His specialties were writing feature stories and weekly columns. And, he considered it important to avoid sensationalism and to always honor confidentiality. He also wrote two books.    In 1982, John married Patricia Wilson and the couple moved to Monmouth from Livermore when John retired in 1985. When they had an opportunity to spend a year, in 1987-88, as volunteers with Northwest Medical Teams in Mexico City, they were delighted to go. While there, they also helped teach English to Hispanic business people. Upon returning to Monmouth, John came out of retirement and resumed his journalism career. At the same time, their home was often filled with international students, something they both enjoyed.    Final retirement from the newspapers came for John in 1996 and he began doing other writing. Then, in 2006, the Olivers moved to Vancouver, WA to be near family. When not reading or writing John was an avid follower of The Seattle Mariners and more lately, The Portland Blazers.   John felt he had been blessed with a wonderful family. He is survived by wife, Patty and children: son Matthew Oliver of Livermore, CA; daughter Abby Tice of Brentwood, CA; daughter Jeannie Flint of Dublin, CA; stepson Brian McNeil of Fairbanks, Alaska; stepdaughter Karen Sass of Vancouver, WA; stepdaughter Linda Windom of Corvallis, WA; twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren.   There will be a celebration of John's life for family and friends on March 8th at 2:00 at City Bible Church, Vancouver site at 14311 SE Mill Plain Blvd where he was a member   Interment will be a military service at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR at a later date.   

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