Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Covering Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, Falls City and surrounding areas since 1868


*Bernard Franklin Vrell*May Jane Drazdoff*Betty Lu Wall*Clara Marie Lomker*Elizabeth 'Betty' Spence*Shirley H. Raffety*N.C. 'Nels' Anderson*Patricia L. Morrison*Dennis Max Wade

May 14, 2013

Elizabeth 'Betty' Spence

April 28, 1922 - May 2, 2013


Elizabeth 'Betty' Spence

Elizabeth "Betty" Spence, 91, of Dallas died May 2.

She was born in Baker to Clarence and "Nellie" (Blessed) Cook.

Betty went to grade school and high school in Baker City. She graduated from Baker High in 1940.

After graduation she attended college at Eastern Oregon Normal School in La Grande during World War II. It was there she met many lifelong friends, including Carol Spence from Enterprise. Carol introduced Betty to her brother, Bill, during a weekend visit. Interest grew and throughout the war years they maintained contact with each other.

Betty went to Seaside to teach after receiving her teaching certificate and taught there for two years after the war was over.

After the war Bill purchased a farm on Alder Slope, south of Enterprise. Bill would find someone to milk the cows on weekends and make a "quick" trip to Seaside to spend some "courting" time with Betty. Finally, a date was set and they married on June 15, 1947, in Baker at the Lutheran church where Betty had attended while growing up.

They made their home on Alder Slope, moving into the old house on the farm. In the spring of 1951 they started building a new house that was completed enough to move into in 1953.

In 1957 Betty went back to teaching and taught at Joseph Public Schools, mostly first and second grades, until retiring in 1984. Bill and Betty then sold their farm and moved to Dallas in 1985.

The years in Enterprise were filled with many activities besides work, including camping and picnics with friends and family. Betty was always part of the fun they all enjoyed. Another important part of their lives in Enterprise was the church family at the Christian church where Bill had attended since a little boy.

In Dallas they spent their retirement years staying busy enjoying time with their grandchildren, their pride and joy. They were also involved with church activities at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Dallas.

Bill and Betty enjoyed traveling. A few of the many places they visited included New Zealand, England, Scotland, the Jersey Isles, France, Canada and most of the Continental United States. They continued to travel until they were both in their 80s, when health issues curtailed their trips. In 2005 they sold their farm in Dallas and moved to Dallas Retirement Village.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Bill Spence, in January 2009.

Survivors include her sons, Joe (Maryanne) Spence of Enterprise and Hal (Pamela) Spence of Dallas; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Service is Saturday at 1 p.m. at Faith Evangelical Free Church. Graveside service will be June 1 at 1 p.m. at the Enterprise Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Camp Attitude at

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

Bernard Franklin Vrell

Sept. 15, 1919 - April 21, 2013

Bernard Franklin Vrell

Bernard Franklin Vrell

Bernard Franklin Vrell, 93, of Dallas died April 21 in Independence.

He was born in Cuba, Ill., to Kenneth and Esther Vrell.

He served in the Navy from 1941 to 1943, which included time in Midway.

He married Hazel Irene DeGraff and they were married for 66 years prior to her death on Jan. 20, 2012.


For many years Bernard worked in the lumber mill for Willamette Industries.

He was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed baking.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Walt Freeze in 2005 and Bruce Vrell in 2011.

Survivors include his son, Frank of Dallas; seven grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Private family service was held.

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

Shirley H. Raffety

June 18, 1928 - May 9, 2013

Shirley H. Raffety

Shirley H. Raffety

Shirley H. Raffety, 84, lifelong resident of Independence, died Thursday in Dallas.

She was born to Mirt and Elva Grover in Buell.

She graduated from Independence High School in 1946. Shirley worked for Holt Equipment Co. until she married Ernie Raffety in 1953. They were happily married for 49 years when he died in 2002.

Shirley was a stay-at-home mom busy raising three daughters. In 1968 she went to work at Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) in the business office. She worked there for 18 years until her retirement in 1986.

Shirley enjoyed working in her yard, scrapbooking, quilting and spending time with her family. She was a great cook.

Survivors include her daughters, Sue (Gary) Arndt of Woodburn, Sally (Dave) Dunkin of Dallas and Shannon (Wayne) Addison of Independence; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and extended family.

Service is Saturday at 11 a.m. at Independence First Baptist Church, 1505 Monmouth St.

Contributions are suggested to Independence Heritage Museum or Camp Attitude (

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

Patricia L. Morrison

March 6, 1936 - May 9, 2013

Patricia L. Morrison

Patricia L. Morrison

Patricia Lucille Morrison, 77, of Dallas died Thursday in Dallas.

She was born in Portland to Charles and Bernice Kelty Driscoll.

Her family moved to Central Oregon and then to the Perrydale area, where she graduated from high school in 1954. She moved to Southern California for a time, returned to Salem and then to Vancouver, Wash. In 1981 she moved to Alaska and then moved to Dallas in 2000.

She married John Samuel Morrison III; he preceded her in death on Nov. 29, 2003.

Patricia attended the University of Oregon, Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) and a community college in Vancouver, where she studied nursing. She worked as an administrative assistant for a paint company while in Alaska.

She was a movie buff and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, arts and crafts, and word and logistic games. She raised her children to enjoy nature as they camped and fished.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Driscoll, in 2003.

Survivors include her daughter, Phyllis Chaussee of Anchorage, Alaska; sons, Perry Tupper of Gervais and Paul Morrison of Salem; daughter, Peggy Bailey of La Pine; mother, Bernice Driscoll of Dallas; sister, Jean Samsel of Orofino, Idaho; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Service was Tuesday at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Interment was at Bethel Cemetery in Rickreall.

To send an online condolence:

Clara Marie Lomker

Sept. 25, 1928 - May 12, 2013

Clara Marie Lomker, 84, of Dallas died Sunday in Dallas.

Arrangements are pending with Bollman Funeral Home of Dallas.

N. C. 'Nels' Anderson

1918 - 2013


N.C. 'Nels' Anderson

N. C. "Nels" Anderson, 94, retired Polk County Extension agent and Dallas resident, died Saturday in Portland.

Nels served as Polk County agent from 1968 to 1974, partnering with his longtime friend John Hansen to serve farmers with research and information from Oregon State University. Nels retired in 1974 and went to Botswana, Africa, in an agricultural position helping farmers and ranchers develop better practices to raise cattle.

He and his wife, Esther, returned to Dallas in 1976 and lived on Glen Street until they moved to Dallas Retirement Village last year. Esther preceded Nels in death in April 2012.

Nels was born in Englevale, N.D., in 1918, and was raised on the farm where he was born. He graduated from North Dakota State University and worked for the state before coming to Oregon in 1946 as county extension agent for Morrow County in Eastern Oregon. He served Morrow County for 19 years, then took a leave of absence to develop an agricultural training program in Niger, Africa, from 1965 to 1967.

When he returned to Oregon he was assigned to Linn County and briefly to Wheeler County before moving to Dallas.

After retiring from the Extension Service Nels consulted with farmers in Polk County for several years. He and Esther traveled extensively and spent time with their children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his children, Carole Spencer of Dallas, Connie Linton, Jerry, David, Doug, Chris and Richard; 20 grandchildren; and a growing number of great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be in July in Dallas.

Betty Lu Wall

Dec. 13, 1932 - May 11, 2013

Betty Lu Wall, 80, of Dallas died Saturday in Dallas.

She was born in Dallas to Art and Molly Weber Wall.

Viewing is May 22, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Private burial will be at Dallas Cemetery. Memorial service is May 24 at 11 a.m. at BeckenRidge Vineyard in Dallas.

Contributions are suggested to the Dallas Retirement Foundation.

To send an online condolence:

May Jane Drazdoff

Sept. 27, 1921 - May 10, 2013

May Jane Drazdoff

May Jane Drazdoff

May Jane Drazdoff, 91, of Salem, formerly of Buena Vista, died Friday.

She was born to Walter and Edith Wright in Abbyville, Kan.

Throughout her long life she was a wife, mother, grandmother "nana" and friend; she excelled in all. Her cooking was legendary, from her borscht and rolls to her fried chicken. May loved her home by the river and ferry in Buena Vista, which she was able to enjoy for 68 years. From gardening to harvesting her cherries she dedicated her life in making her home a wonderful place to be.

May Jane had lived at Willson House in Salem for the past 15 months.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Leo, and her infant son, Randy.

Survivors include her children, Sharon (Don) Spinas, Carol (Larry) Siegner and Terry (Jeanette) Drazdoff; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Contributions are suggested to Willson House's Tree of Life Fund or Odyssey Hospice.

Graveside service is Saturday at 11 a.m. at Buena Vista Cemetery. A potluck will follow to reflect on May's life through her family and friends. The gathering will be held at the home of May's niece, Sonia Parksion, which is located at the bottom of the cemetery hill. Bring your favorite dish; drinks and place settings will be provided.

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

Dennis Max Wade

July 26, 1949 - May 3, 2013

Dennis Max Wade

Dennis Max Wade

Dennis Max Wade of Hermiston passed away Friday, May 3rd, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was 63 and had spent more than a year battling pancreatic cancer.

He was born to Max and Barbara Wade on July 26, 1949 in McMinnville, Oregon. He attended school in McMinnville, Forest Grove, Falls City, and graduated from Dallas in 1967.

Dennis served in the United States Army from July 1968 to February 1970, including a year in Vietnam.


Dennis enjoyed hunting, fishing, photography, rock hounding, silver smithing, playing the banjo and creating unique walking sticks. Family and friends considered it a prized possession when Dennis presented them with one of his handmade pieces of jewelry, framed photography or hand carved walking sticks. He had a love for animals, especially his dog, Ellie. His drive to learn new things resulted in the completion of a Bachelor's Degree in liberal arts.

He spent the majority of his working career as a federal fire fighter at the Umatilla Army Depot but also worked for the US Forest Service and Department of Human Services before retiring in 2000.

Dennis married his best friend, Lorrie Goebel of Monmouth, in 1976. They started life together in Wallowa followed by a year in Kodiak, Alaska before settling for the last 32 years in Hermiston. Dennis and Lorrie had two daughters, Megan and Kati, whom he adored and admired. Both of them became registered nurses and assisted the family in his care throughout his illness.

Dennis is survived by his wife of 37 years, Lorrie; daughter and son-in-law Megan Wade Ray and Adrian Ray of Hermiston, daughter and son-in-law Kati Wade Azevedo and Matt Azevedo of Carmichael, CA, his mother Barbara Inman of Dallas, OR, brothers and sisters-in-laws Rick and Lori Wade, Ron and Niki Wade, and Alan Wade of Dallas, and Doug and Nickie Inman of Falls City. He is also survived by Lorrie's sisters and brothers-in-laws Kristy and Eddie Gifford of Independence, Julie and Tim Stine of Fremont, CA, Tonia and Terry Dunn of Bend, and Tiffany and Chad Rush of Coos Bay, as well as seventeen nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many good friends.

He was preceded in death by his step father, Art Inman and brother Randy Inman.

Dennis will forever be remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor, and love of nature. His most prized possession was the love of his family and friends.

A joyous private celebration of Dennis' life will be in Hermiston on June 29th, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network ( or Vange John Memorial Hospice, 645 W. Orchard Ave., Suite 300, Hermiston, OR 97838.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.