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Obituaries for May 17


Georgia Lavona Danielson, died on May 10, 2001, at her daughter's home in White Salmon, where she had resided for the past 15 months, at the age of 82.

She was born on May 31, 1918, in Portland, Ore., to William and Edna (Harding) Kisor. She attended Beech Elementary and Ockley Green Elementary and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1936. That year, she was also runner-up Rose Festival Princess.

As a child, Mrs. Danielson moved a number of times as her father worked as a pipe insulator. At the age of 18, she began working for J.C. Penney and worked for the company off and on until her retirement in 1987. Before her marriage, she was a member of the North Baptist Church in Portland and the Eastern Star.

On April 30, 1945, she married Paul Mark Danielson. After their marriage, the couple lived in Santa Barbara, Salem, Albany, Portland and Bend. From 1959 to February 2000, Mrs. Danielson lived in Eugene, Ore. She also lived at the Willamette Oaks Retirement apartments for two years.

Mrs. Danielson was a member of the First Baptist Church in Eugene, Ore. She was always very involved in the Baptist churches in the communities where she lived. She loved bowling, gardening, golfing and skiing. She was fond of ballroom dancing and was very athletic as a youngster. She enjoyed sewing, was an excellent cook and was a meticulous and very graceful lady.

Mrs. Danielson is survived by her daughters Susan Lee Daulton, Walterville, Ore., Carole Ann Block, White Salmon, Marylou Halupa, Springfield, Ore., and Becky Lynn Siemieniec, Portland, Ore.; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul, who died on June 30, 1980, brother Leonard Kisor and sister Ardyth Reynolds.

Funeral services for Mrs. Danielson were held on May 15, 2001, at 1 p.m. at the Greater Portland Bible Church in Portland, Ore., with her grandson Pastor Greg Daulton officiating. Interment followed at Skyline Memorial Gardens in Portland.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Eugene Building Fund or Hospice of the Gorge in care of Gardner Funeral Home, PO Box 390, White Salmon, Wash. 98672, who was in charge of arrangements.


Mary Frances Mullen Gray died May 12, 2001, in Hood River, at the age of 93.

She was born in Prescott, Ariz., to pioneer ranchers Charles P. and Flora Hanna Mullen. She graduated from Tempe Union High School in 1924 and later attended Tempe Normal College, now Arizona State University.

Mrs. Gray lived in Phoenix with her husband Art C. Gray until 1992, when they relocated to Hood River. He preceded her in death in 1997.

She was an employee of the IRS for a number of years in the Phoenix, Ariz., office, and was an avid gardener, accomplished on the piano and a talented clothes designer.

Mrs. Gray is survived by daughter Sandra Nelson Walters, Trout Lake; grandsons Jeff and Lon Ball and Travis Johnson; 13 great-grandchildren and 3 great, great-grandchildren.

Graveside services for Mrs. Gray will be held Saturday, May 19, 2001, at 11 a.m. at the Trout Lake Cemetery.


Bob Sutton, a White Salmon resident, died May 13, 2001, at Skyline Hospital.

Private family services were held.

Mr. Sutton was born May 31, 1934, in Portland, Ore., to Curtis and Margaret (Miller) Sutton. He was raised and educated in the Tillamook, Ore., area and then served in the U.S. Navy. On Jan. 23, 1965, he and Carol Ann Koch were married.

The couple moved to White Salmon 18 years ago. Prior to that, he lived in Portland, Ore.

Mr. Sutton worked as a chef at the Gorge House Restaurant. Prior to that, he worked at the White Salmon Thriftway.

He was active with White Salmon Little League and was Umpire in charge last year. He enjoyed bowling, sports, people and telling jokes.

Mr. Sutton is survived by his wife, Carol, White Salmon; daughter Tashia, Odell, Ore.; son A.J. Sutton, White Salmon; and two grandchildren Jennifer and Joshua Castaneda.

Memorials may be made to the White Salmon Little League or Oregon Health Sciences University in care of Anderson Funeral Home, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, Ore. 97031.


John O. Becker died in Hood River, Ore., on May 12, 2001, at the age of 82.

Mr. Becker was born on Jan. 6, 1919, in Millville, Minn., to Ernest and Anna (Behrens) Becker. He lived most of his life in Everett and after his marriage to Frances "Frankee" Evans, they moved to Olympia. After his retirement, the couple moved to Lincoln City, Ore., and then to Underwood. Mr. Becker devoted 31 years of his life working as an information officer for Employment Security. He was commended for his service in state government and wrote many speeches for Governor Dan Evans.

He had an incredible memory. He loved geography and studied it extensively. He could tell you anything you wanted to know about different places throughout the world. He also loved statistics.

Mr. Becker was involved in the Lutheran Church and studied to be a Lutheran minister at one point in his life. He loved to garden, liked sports and was an avid reader who read anything he could get his hands on.

Survivors include his wife Frances "Frankee" Evans Becker, Underwood; nephews Richard Weiss and Karl Weiss, both of Seattle, and David Weiss, Oakland, Calif.; and nieces Bobbie Viera and Sally Ruggles, both of White Salmon.

A memorial service for Mr. Becker will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2001, at 1 p.m. at Gardner Chapel in White Salmon with Pastor JoAnn Allen officiating.


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