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Obituaries

Death notices for Gwen Woods, Lillian Hamm, Myrnie Latimer, LR Credille

GWEN WOODS

Gwendolyn Woods died at her home in Murdock on Saturday, June 29, 2002, at the age of 82.

She was born in Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada, on April 1, 1920, to Frederick and Evelyn (Crobar) Cassel. Her father died six months before she was born, and very soon after her birth, her mother became ill, so Mrs. Woods moved to Missouri where she was raised by her grandparents.

On Jan. 10, 1942, Mrs. Woods married Robert Newton Woods in Alton, Mo. When Mr. Woods went to war early into their marriage, she helped in the war effort by working in a gunpowder factory in Lawrence, Kan. The couple later moved to Corvallis, Ore., in 1947, then to Warrenton, Ore., and settled in Bingen in the early 50s.

Mrs. Woods worked at Underwood Grocery and Underwood Fruit. She and Mr. Woods opened second-hand stores in Bingen, White Salmon, Carson and Stevenson during the 1960s.

Mrs. Woods was a 29-year member of the Eagles. She loved cats and her grandkids, whom she called "sugar." She took care of everybody and had the best fried chicken in the world. She was active until the end.

Survivors include husband Bob Woods, Murdock; son Keith F. Woods, Murdock; daughter Sandra Lofthus, Stevenson; sisters Eileen Thompson and Mary McCaffery, both of Saskatchewan, Canada; brothers Earl Declare, Saskatchewan, and Charles Shirk, White Salmon; four grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 5, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Gardner Chapel in White Salmon with interment at the White Salmon Cemetery.

LILLIAN HAMM

Lillian Dagney Haug Hamm died at home on June 30, 2002, after a short illness, at the age of 88 years and 1 day.

She was born on June 29, 1914, in Tacoma, the fifth of seven children of Casper Carlson Haug and Olga Marie Eliassen. She grew up in Tacoma, Grandview and Montesano. She graduated from Montesano High School, the youngest in her class at the age of 16 -- she had skipped the third grade and was at the top of her graduating class. She worked several years as a housekeeper for a family in Tacoma and for a time as a secretary in a Tacoma office.

She and Marshall Hamm were married during the Depression on Dec. 28, 1935, in Port Orchard. Soon after their marriage, Mr. Hamm found work on the railroad and the couple spent the next few years traveling with the railroad, finally settling in Lyle shortly after the war.

Mrs. Hamm's lifelong talent was her music. She played for her church, the Grange, the school, weddings, funerals and almost any gathering where music was included. This began as backup for her parents as a young child, a short time as pianist in a dance band, and concluded at the last church service she was able to attend on June 16, 2002.

Mrs. Hamm served her community in many ways, school board, election board, and secretary of most any organization she was involved in. The Hamms had the Chevron Service station in Lyle, a Massey Ferguson Tractor dealership, several apartments in town and a large ranch just out of town. They shared many aspects of these endeavors, but Mrs. Hamm was always in the background doing the organization and book work.

She was always ready to share her warm smile with all she met. She was a wonderful cook and a strong Norwegian. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by three children Barbara Sexton, William Hamm and Marcia Goodwin; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mrs. Hamm was preceded in death by her husband Marshall in June 1995, grandson Scott Sexton in May 1995, son-in-law Richard Sexton in 1982, and all of her siblings.

Services for Mrs. Hamm will be held at Gardner's Funeral Home on Friday, July 5, 2002, at 10 a.m. with graveside services at Lyle-Balch Cemetery for family and friends following.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Gorge.

MYRNIE LATIMER

Myrnie Latimer, 95, Carson, died on June 30, 2002.

She was born on Feb. 2, 1907, in Blodgett, Ore., to Charles Harold and Catherine Ann (Miller) Taylor. Mrs. Latimer lived in the Oregon towns of Blodgett, Carlton and McMinnville, then in the Washington towns of Appleton, Klickitat, Trout Lake and finally Carson. When she was a teenager, her father owned a silent movie house and Mrs. Latimer played the piano to accompany the films. During the Depression, she crocheted edges on handkerchiefs and sold them to help put food on the table.

Mrs. Latimer loved children and dedicated many years to teaching Sunday School at the Carson Nazarene Church, where she was lifetime member. She enjoyed doing crafts with children.

Mrs. Latimer is survived by her daughters Catherine Zeverly, Goldendale, and Florene Wilson, Vancouver; stepson Wesley Latimer, Spokane; sisters Dorothy Hillier and Ada Keranen, both of Portland; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great, great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by both husbands, Floyd Bush and Chet Latimer, daughter Jeanette Latimer, son Bill Bush and brother Russel Taylor.

A funeral service for Mrs. Latimer will be on Saturday, July 6, 2002, at 1 p.m. at the Carson Nazarene Church with interment at Wind River Memorial Cemetery.

Memorials in her name may be given to Doernbechers Children's Hospital in care of Gardner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 390, White Salmon, Wash., 98672.

LR CREDILLE

LR Credille, Klickitat, died at Skyline Hospital in White Salmon on June 29, 2002. He was 52.

Mr. Credille was born in Fresno, Calif., to Richard and Leona Credille on May 17, 1950. He moved to Oklahoma and then to White Salmon in 1969. On June 30, 1984, LR married Alice N. Trosper. He worked in the logging and timber industry as a skidder operator and a chaser and also did mechanic work.

He was a KSDC (Klickitat Skamania Development Council) volunteer. Mr. Credille loved gardening, working on motorcycles, hunting and sitting by the river bank. He also enjoyed camping and working with his hands and was into Indian tribal activities. He loved his grandkids.

He was very active in AA and NA in the Gorge area and was clean and sober for seven years. Mr. Credille was faithful to his higher power.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, July 3, 2002, at 3 p.m. at Gardner Chapel in White Salmon with Bobby Beauchamp officiating. Interment will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Appleton.

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