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Death notices for Cecile Farrar, Irene Portner, Marjorie Johnson.


Cecile Ellen Farrar, 74, died on Jan. 13, 2001, in Hood River, Ore.

Mrs. Farrar was born in the Husum/BZ Corners area on Feb. 22, 1927, to Paul E. and Alma (Asbury) Newell. She went to grade school in Underwood and graduated from Columbia Union High School in White Salmon. After that, she attended beauty school for two years in Portland.

It was in Portland that she met a Navy man, Clinton Farrar. They were married in Stevenson on Jan. 24, 1948. After Mr. Farrar was discharged from the Navy, the couple settled in Underwood, where they raised their family.

Mrs. Farrar moved to Hood River in 1998 after Clinton died. She loved the woods. She was excellent at identifying mushrooms and enjoyed hunting them. She also liked the quiet activities such as reading and spending time in her flower garden. Quite the card shark, she was always up for a game of pinochle.

Survivors include daughters Norma Hawley, Mosier, Ore., Carol Henderson, Willard, and Tammy Hoffmann, Hood River; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Vern Newell, Underwood. She was preceded in death by her husband Clinton and son Don Farrar, who died in 1992.

A memorial service for Mrs. Farrar will be held on Jan. 16, 2001, at 3 p.m. at Gardner Chapel in White Salmon.

Memorials may be made to the Relay for Life/American Cancer Society, which was one of her favorite events and charities, in care of Gardner Funeral Home, PO Box 390, White Salmon, Wash., 98672, who was in charge of arrangements.


Irene Phoebe Elmer Portner, former Trout Lake resident, died at her home in Hood River on Jan. 13, 2001, at the age of 88.

She was born on March 17, 1913, in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Benjamin and Pearl (Jones) Marshall. As an infant, Mrs. Portner moved to the Trout Lake area with her family. In 1932, she married Christ Elmer in Trout Lake. They lived near Battle Ground for about nine years before moving back to Trout Lake to raise their family. Christ died in 1960. In 1968, she married Joe Portner. He died in 1975.

Mrs. Portner attended the Grace Baptist Church in White Salmon. She was a great reader and liked playing games, especially cards. She also did a lot of volunteer work for the seniors.

Mrs. Portner is survived by her son Orville "Bud" Elmer, Hood River; daughter Elinor Lamoreaux, White Salmon; brothers Ben Marshall, Trout Lake, and Harold Marshall, Vancouver; sister Helen Luke, Vancouver; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter Arlene Elmer, who died in 1950, brother Bill Marshall, and sisters Florence Clark, Evelyn Clark and Faye Presler.

Funeral services for Irene Portner will be held on Friday, Jan. 18, 2001, at 2 p.m. at Gardner Chapel in White Salmon, with interment at the Trout Lake Cemetery.

Gardner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Marjorie Edna Johnson, a lifelong resident of Skamania County, died in Portland, Ore., on Jan. 6, 2002, at the age of 74.

Mrs. Johnson was born on July 5, 1927, in Hood River, Ore., to Harold and Lela (Tomkins) Hail. She grew up and attended school in Carson and on March 10, 1948, married Ted Johnson. The couple made their home in Carson and raised their family there.

Mrs. Johnson was a mother and homemaker, but she also worked at the Wind River Nursery from 1967 until she retired in the late 1980s.

She liked working in her yard and reading, but her main love was her family. She was very close to her kids and loved to be with her grandkids. To Mrs. Johnson, anyone who was a friend was considered family. She thought of other people before herself and was one of the kindest people you would ever meet.

Survivors include her husband, Ted; sons Steve and Dave, both of Carson; brother Kenneth Hail, Ocean Park; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter Betty LeAnn and brother Harold Hail.

A memorial service was held on Jan. 13, 2002, at 1 p.m. at the Rock Creek Center in Stevenson.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Gorge or to the National MS Society in care of Gardner Funeral Home, PO Box 390, White Salmon, Wash. 98672.


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