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*Karlene Ruth Halstead*Harlan C. Harris*Cheryl Kay Zimmerman*Baby Alexander Michael Beasley

September 03, 2013

Karlene Ruth Halstead

Dec. 31, 1942 - Aug. 25, 2013

Karlene Ruth Halstead

Karlene Ruth Halstead

Karlene Ruth Halstead, 70, longtime Dallas resident, died Aug. 25 following an illness that had hospitalized her in recent weeks.

She was born in Eugene to John and Ruth Bales Halstead.

Karlene attended Salem Academy and later received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) in Monmouth. Karlene, who was musically talented, gave music lessons and played piano, guitar, clarinet and drums. She participated in bands in school and with the "O Singers" in college.

Karlene had taught elementary youngsters in Dallas public schools for six years and in the Newberg district for 28 years.

She coached youth soccer in Newberg, utilizing clinics with the original Portland Timbers. Her fifth-grade students performed Shakespeare plays and she involved her students in choirs and many other activities. She was well-loved by her students, many of whom became good friends as adults.

She was active at Evangelical Bible Church of Dallas and Salem First Nazarene, where she taught Sunday school.

Karlene had devoted her life to issues of health, both of body and spirit. Many people depended on her vast knowledge of herbs and healing arts, which she shared freely. A great cook and entertainer, Karlene welcomed anyone into her home.

Her greenhouse teemed with treasures of plants that she shared with budding gardeners who promised to nurture her plants as she would. She took a keen interest in the ways of chickens and cattle on their small acreage, spending many hours in hard work caring for animals, barns, wood lots and neighbors' needs.

A talented seamstress, Karlene was always ready to take on projects if someone needed a special project done. Her caring nature sought always some way to make life more fulfilling and healthful.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Halstead.

Survivors include her mother, Ruth, and brother, Decker, of Dallas.

Memorial service is Saturday at 1 p.m. at Salem First Church of the Nazarene. Graveside service was Friday at Alpine Cemetery near Monroe.

Contributions are suggested to the Union Gospel Mission in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

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Harlan C. Harris

Aug. 23, 2013

Harlan C. Harris

Harlan C. Harris

Harlan C. Harris, 92, of Dallas died Aug. 23.

He grew up in a poor area of Arkansas, subsistence farming and hunting squirrels for dinner. Harlan joined the Army Air Corp in 1943 and became a World War II veteran serving in Europe.

In 1948 he came to Oregon to improve his life opportunities. He found a wife, Betty Lou Davis, in Oregon in 1950 and was married to her for 63 years. He found a job in Oregon in 1950 and worked for Nabisco for 34 years -- 1950 was a good year for him. He was happy to replace squirrel vittles for Nabisco Oreo's.

Harlan was active in his local church, serving as treasurer and landscaper. Although quiet about it, his faith ran deep. He was a man of integrity and character. His resourcefulness and creative inventions arose out of needing to "make do" in his childhood. He used his mechanical abilities to rescue family and those who had a need.


He was preceded in death by his brothers, William and Kenneth Harris.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Harris of Dallas; children, David Harris (Sharon), Douglas Harris (Sara) and Sheryl Reedal (Tom); brothers, Keith and Cecil Harris; sister, Dorothy Thomas; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial service is Saturday at 11 a.m. at Dallas Alliance Church.

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

Cheryl Kay Zimmerman

May 13, 1948 - Aug. 11, 2013

Cheryl Kay (Hathaway) Zimmerman, 65, of Redmond died Aug. 11 after battling cancer since May 2012.

She was born in Salem to Richard and Marguerite Hathaway.

Cheryl grew up in Independence, where she made a name for herself in the sport of track and field. In the eighth grade she was a member of the boys track team and went undefeated that year. During high school she trained under former University of Oregon track and field coach Bill Bowerman, who was quoted as saying "She's got the natural ability, but most important she's extremely interested in what she's doing. She's got the desire."

Cheryl graduated from Central High School in 1966. After graduation she attended beauty school and worked as a beautician until 1971.

In the years to follow Cheryl worked as a teachers' aide until 1980 and then at the Independence Elks until 1990. In 1990 she moved to Prineville, where she worked at Clear Pine Molding until May 2007.

After leaving Prineville, Cheryl and her husband, Bob Zimmerman, worked together at Death Valley and Crater Lake national parks until February 2012. Cheryl loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed fishing on the Crooked River and the annual Fourth of July camping trip to Elk Lake. She also loved animals.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard, in 1978; mother, Marguerite Taylor, in 2007; and her recent husband, Bob Zimmerman, in 2012.

Survivors include her son, Richard Stone of Redmond; daughter, Jennifer of Las Vegas; sister, Sharon Morrison of Camano Island, Wash.; brother, Bill Hathaway of Las Vegas; one grandson; one great-grandson; and extended family.

At Cheryl's request no service will be held.

Contributions are suggested to the Bureau of Land Management (Ochoco Unit, Prineville), Hospice of Prineville or Partners In Care of Bend.

Baby Alexander Michael Beasley

August 24, 2013

Baby Alexander Michael Beasley

Baby Alexander Michael Beasley

Dallas - Alexander Michael Beasley died in the care of his parents at Silverton Hospital.

Alex is the son of Matthew and Cali-Linn (Lamb) Beasley of Dallas. Alex's life lasted a brief time with his family as they waited for his birth with joyful expectation. Their little angel was called home to the Lord on August 24, 2013, where he was met in the arms of his paternal grandmother, Joanne Beasley, who died July 18, 2013.

He is survived by, parents: Matt and Cali; sisters, Jessie, age 17, and Emily, age 13, and brother, David, age 9; paternal grandfather, Mark Beasley of Troutdale; maternal grandparents, Mary "Sudy" and Frank Lamb, of Brownsville; aunt, Judy and husband Curtis Kee of Seattle and uncles, James and wife Traci Beasley of Danville, CA and Randy Lamb of Boise, ID; and 3 cousins.

A memorial service is pending. Memorials are preferred to the family. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel of Silverton.

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