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Death notices from Spring, Barker, Troh, Neilson, LaFollette, Olsen, Tremmel.


Melba Eleanore Spring, Skamania, died in Hood River, Ore., on Nov. 18, 2001, at the age of 86.

Mrs. Spring was born in Portland, Ore., on June 8, 1915. Her parents were C. Howard and Ida L. (Alexander) Hutto. She was schooled in Ridgefield and graduated from Ridgefield High School. In 1939, she married Roy Leary McCafferty. He died in a logging accident on Sept. 13, 1954. She then married Jack Spring on Aug. 18, 1955.

Throughout her life, she lived in several communities in the area, including Bingen, BZ Corners, Lyle, Skamania and Stevenson. In addition, she worked for the Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, for Crown Zellerbach, and also for a family trucking business where she was a truck driver. She also hauled logs and drove for Wind River Nursery.

She enjoyed gardening, picking filberts in Portland, riding horses, camping and visiting with people.

She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Eagles Lodge.

Mrs. Spring is survived by her husband Jack, Skamania; son Rod McCafferty, Skamania; daughter Brenda Sorensen, Lyle; foster son Gatlin Cummings, Anchorage, Alaska; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by first husband Roy Leary McCafferty, son Leary McCafferty and son Kenneth Emile McCafferty.

A memorial service will be held at Gardner Chapel in Stevenson on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at 1 p.m.


Edra Barker, a former White Salmon area resident, died on Nov. 18, 2001, at Baptist Manor Nursing home in Portland, Ore., at the age of 93.

Mrs. Barker was born to Theodore "Gene" and Stella (Hughes) Boggs on May 25, 1908, in Spokane. At the age of three, she moved to Appleton and then to White Salmon at the age of 13. She married Robert Barker on Oct. 31, 1929. He preceded her in death in 1940, leaving her to raise five children on her own.

Mrs. Barker worked at Skyline Hospital and the Carnation Company in Portland. She was a self-taught artist and calligrapher. She was a gifted writer, having many articles and short stories published. Education was important to her; therefore she continued to take classes up into her 80s.

She loved to travel and made friends everywhere she went. She will be remembered as a generous, hardworking woman with a kind heart. She loved life and lived it to the fullest.

Mrs. Barker is survived by her daughters Kitty Landgren, White Salmon, and Mamie Potter, Glen Allen, Va.; sister Vi Westerlund, Portland, Ore.; 15 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, seven great, great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, brother Lawrence Boggs, sisters Iva Barker and Virginia Prindle; son Don Barker; and daughters Ethel Herdina and Gwen Tolbert.

A memorial service in celebration of life was held on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at 2 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church in White Salmon.

Memorials may be given to Multnomah Bible College or Baptist Manor in care of Gardner Funeral Home, PO Box 390, White Salmon, Wash. 98672.


Norman Earl Troh, a lifelong resident of Glenwood, died in White Salmon on Nov. 23, 2001.

Mr. Troh was born on March 9, 1914, in Glenwood, to Peter and Josie (Parrot) Troh. He grew up and went to school in Glenwood, graduating from high school there and then continuing to live in the community his entire life. On July 3, 1936, he married Anna Ellen Spitznogle.

He started working for J. Neils Logging Company as a log truck driver and in the rock quarry. Later, he started a dairy farm. After that, Mr. Troh returned to work at J. Neils, which had been purchased by St. Regis.

He founded the Church of Christ in Glenwood and worked there for about 10 years. He was also a member of the Camas Prairie Pioneer Association and the grange. An active member of the community, Mr. Troh served on the school board and was instrumental in getting the senior services to the area.

Fishing was his number one hobby, but he also loved hunting and trapping, traveling and music -- he played accordion with the Old Time Fiddlers. Mr. Troh was a rock hound and a craftsman who like woodworking and building picnic tables and lawn ornaments. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed blackberry, huckleberry and mushroom picking. He always loved a practical joke.

Mr. Troh is survived by his daughters Molly Jo Patrick and Rose Anne Woolery, both of Goldendale; son Douglas E. Troh, Glenwood; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and seven great, great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna, who died in 1999, and son David N. Troh, who died in July 2001.

Services for Mr. Troh will be held Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at 1 p.m. at Gardner Chapel in White Salmon. Interment will be at Mt. Adams Cemetery in Glenwood.

Gardner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Glen Neilson, a former resident of White Salmon, died on Nov. 22, 2001 of pneumonia. He had resided in Roseburg, Ore., for the past 25 years.

Mr. Neilson was born in Cardston, Alberta, Canada, on Jan. 2, 1920, to Charles and Mary Alice Neilson. He was a Marine World War II veteran and received the Purple Heart while serving in the South Pacific area.

Survivors are his wife Betty Neilson, Roseburg, Ore., daughters Rose Mary, Barbara and Margaret; and sisters Ada Marks, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Alice Crane, Provo, Utah.


Lester LaFollette Sr., of Denver, Ark., died on Nov. 16, 2001, in Springfield, Mo.

Mr. LaFollette was born in Jenkins, Mo., on Feb. 24, 1916, to William and Dillie LaFollette. He and his wife Enola moved to White Salmon in 1941 from El Dorado Springs, Mo. He worked for 12 years for SDS Lumber Co., as a heavy equipment operator. The couple owned and operated Skyline Trail Riding along with their children, taking many people on horseback rides in the mountains and trails behind their home on Snowden Road. The couple moved to Arkansas in 1972, where they operated a post office and grocery store.

Mr. LaFollette is survived by his wife of 64 years, Enola, Denver, Ark.; children Ruby LaFollette, Denver, Ark., Lester LaFollette, Alpena, Ark., Jim LaFollette, White Salmon, Rose Hebeisen, Mora, Minn. John LaFollette, White Salmon, and Jeremy LaFollette, Denver, Ark.; brothers Leonard LaFollette, Granger, and Pete LaFollette, Dufur, Ore.; sisters Ruby Stephens, Toppenish, Alice Ames, Wapato, and Janita Overacker, Wapato; 27 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren.

Private family services were held in Denver, Ark.


Margaret Headman Olsen, a 1936 Columbia High School graduate, died on Nov. 14, 2001, in Seattle, at the age of 83.

Mrs. Olsen was born Nov. 14, 1918.

She is survived by her brother Martin Headman; niece Marilyn Winter; nephews Clarence and Bob Johnson. She was preceded in death by her sister Maxine (Headman) Johnson.

A memorial service was held in Seattle on Nov. 17, 2001.


Longtime Stevenson resident Alice Mae Tremmel died on Nov. 14, 2001, at the age of 74.

She was born on May 10, 1927, in Northport, to William and Lillian (Wedgewood) Demetrovitch. She grew up in the Mayfield Lake/Mossyrock area, but moved to the Carson area 30 years ago.

She loved everyone, especially children and was very motherly. Mrs. Tremmel liked canning, raised blueberries, loved gardening and had a love for flowers, especially gladioli.

Mrs. Tremmel is survived by her daughters Dixie Hawkins, Pat Ramsey, Teresa Vie, Wilma Foster and Lila Beard; sons Richard and Calvin Beard; grandchildren Rita, Kelly, D.J., Gene, Keith, Brandon, Mark, Chris, Tracy, Wilma, Tara and Angie; great-grandchildren Nick, Shawna, Chase, Cheyenne, Austin, Jake and Tyler; great, great-grandchildren Jazmin, Jessica, Jordan, Seth, Christopher and Nicholas; one niece and two nephews.

A funeral service will be on Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. at the Christian Assembly Church in White Salmon. Mrs. Tremmel's nephew Pastor Ken Rieper will officiate. Interment will be in Carson.


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