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*DeLores Mae Morris*Anthony 'Tony' Wayne Monachino*Peggy I. Porter*Phillip E. Bursell*Marita Jo Broadus*Russell A. Kendall*Budrick J. Wheeler Sr.

April 30, 2013

DeLores Mae Morris

Oct. 11, 1929 - April 22, 2013

DeLores Mae Morris

DeLores Mae Morris

DeLores Mae Morris, 83, of Dallas, died April 22.

She was born in Leavenworth, Wash., to Emil and Rose Schneider.

For a few of her early years the family lived in South America, where her parents were missionaries.

She married William "Bill" Morris on June 8, 1951. They settled in Milton-Freewater, where they raised their family.

DeLores was a homemaker most of her life, though she did serve as a cook at the local schools for a few years.

She enjoyed macram‚, ceramics and being with people. When her husband retired, they enjoyed traveling. One trip included visiting 22 states and traveling 10,000 miles in their RV.

She was an active member of the Milton-Freewater Assembly of God, where she played the piano. Her faith in Jesus that she learned from her parents she leaves with her children.

She was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.

Survivors include her husband, Bill of Dallas; sons, Bill (Shirley) and Brian (Janell), all of Dallas, Bruce (Donita) of Las Vegas and Brad (Donna) of Walla Walla, Wash.; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Service is Friday at 2 p.m. at Valley Life Center. Visitation takes place at the church prior to the service. Private inurnment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.

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

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Anthony 'Tony' Wayne Monachino

Sept. 1, 1933 - April 4, 2013

Interment with military honors for Anthony "Tony" Wayne Monachino of Dallas will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland on May 17 at 1:30 p.m.

Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Peggy I. Porter

Nov. 4, 1936 - April 24, 2013

Peggy I. Porter

Peggy I. Porter

Peggy Ilene Simons Porter, 76, a longtime resident of Monmouth, died April 24 in Monmouth after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Denver to Don and Daisy Simons.

In the 1950s, Peggy moved with her family onto a nine-acre farm outside Dallas. She graduated from Dallas High and married Bob Porter at age 18. Bob and Peggy celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary before his death at age 72.

Peggy was a homemaker. After her three kids went to school, she worked as a substitute cook and then head cook at Independence Elementary School. As a member of the Monmouth Gardening Club and St. Patrick Catholic Church, she was known and loved by many in the community.

Making home-baked meals, sewing clothes, crocheting afghans, playing the accordion and organ, being a Cub Scout den mother, canning fruits and vegetables from the garden, reading romance novels and enjoying time with family, which brought great joy to her life and her friends, were favorite activities.

Peggy leaves a legacy that includes a pantry of home-canned fruits and vegetables, violets that bloom throughout the year and a close-knit family.

Survivors include her sister, Nancy Simons Joslin; children, Cheryl Porter, Rob Porter (wife, Dannielle Yates) and Connie Porter Long (husband, George Long); seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Viewing is Friday from noon to 5 p.m. at Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence. Service is Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Independence. A celebration of Peggy's life follows at the church. Interment will be private.

Contributions are suggested to Harmony Hill at or by check to 7362 East State Route 106, Union, WA 98592. Harmony Hill's Cancer Program provides support for those affected by a cancer diagnosis including caregivers and health professionals.

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Phillip E. Bursell

May 26, 1940 - April 20, 2013

Phillip E. Bursell

Phillip E. Bursell

Phillip E. Bursell, 72, of Independence died April 20.

He was born in McMinnville.

He graduated from Central High School in 1958. Phillip spent the next 41 years of his life working as a commercial carpenter.

Once retired he developed a passion for travel with his wife of 46 years, Iris. He also spent much of his time at J's Restaurant "shooting the bull over coffee" and at Elks Lodge BPOE 1950, where he was a lifetime member. Any extra time not spent traveling or socializing was spent fishing, tinkering in his garage, or helping his grandsons with carpentry projects for school.

Survivors include his wife, Iris; daughters, Holly Lynn, Heide Balsiger and Heather Garrison; and three grandsons.

Phil's life will be celebrated privately.

Contributions are suggested to a charity of choice or the American Cancer Society, or 1-800-227-2345.

Marita Jo Broadus

May 4, 1941 - April 27, 2013

Marita Jo Broadus

Marita Jo Broadus

Marita Jo Broadus, 71, of Dallas died Saturday in Dallas.

She was born in Silverton to Merritt "Pip" Grant Barth and Mary Josephine Barth.

Jo graduated from Valsetz High School with the Class of 1959 and was class valedictorian. She later graduated from Merritt-Davis Business College in 1961.

Jo married Darrel Broadus on Dec. 29, 1961. They were married for 51 years.

Jo worked for the Polk County OSU Extension Office and started in 1967; she formally retired in 2003, but continued to work part time into 2013. Jo organized the Polk County Extension Office Holiday Fair for nearly 50 years.

Jo's hobbies and what she enjoyed included ceramics, calligraphy, tole painting, baking, making gingerbread houses, birthday parties, family gatherings and grandkids' activities. Jo was her grandkids' number one fan at all of their sporting and school events.

Survivors include her husband, Darrel; sons, Mike (Teresa) Broadus, Tony (Jennifer) Broadus and Mark Broadus; brother, Merritt "Buzz" (Jenny) Barth; eight grandchildren; and extended family.

Celebration of Jo's life is Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Dallas. Interment will be at Dallas Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to the Dallas Booster Club in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

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Russell A. Kendall

Dec. 10, 1953 - April 27, 2013

Russell Ardon Kendall, 59, of Falls City died Saturday.

He was born in Salem to Charles and Nellie Kendall.

Russell lived most of his life in Falls City, where he was most at home.

He loved music and played the guitar and keyboard in various bands. He enjoyed being with people, especially his fellow band members. He loved his animals and they were his reliable companions, especially his dog, Jake.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Theresa Palmer.

Survivors include his sisters, Dorothy (Jerry) Syslberry of Fairbanks, Alaska, Virginia (Richard) Tallman of Philomath and Rose (Mike) Ellis of Kemmerer, Wyo.; brother, Jimmy (Samantha) Kendall of Fairbanks; and extended family.

Graveside service is July 6 at noon in the Lower Falls City Cemetery. A celebration of life will follow at the Upper Park in Falls City.

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

Budrick J. Wheeler Sr.

Nov. 30, 1937 - April 23, 2013

Budrick John Wheeler Sr., 75, of Dallas died April 23 in Dallas.

Bud, as he was more affectionately known, was born to Joseph and Ruth Wheeler in Murray, Calif.

He graduated from Bakersfield High School in Bakersfield, Calif., in 1955.

He married Janis Kerley on Feb. 14, 1959; together they raised two sons.

Bud enjoyed working with his hands and almost always had a woodworking project going on. After retirement he found himself volunteering at Help and Hope to Others (H2O), doing various odd jobs.

Bud will be remembered for the lessons he passed onto his children and grandchildren, his love of westerns (John Wayne in particular), and for his brand of humor.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph, Raymond, Samuel and Roger.

Survivors include his wife, Janis of Dallas; brother, James Wheeler of Lompoc, Calif.; sons, Rick (Jill) Wheeler of Dallas and Tye (Anita) Wheeler of Santa Maria, Calif.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Private family celebration is being planned.

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

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