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Death notices for Ridnour, Theodorson, Ohnemus, Gregory, Parrish, Dornacher


90-year-old Beulah Ridnour died in Hood River, Ore., on April 27, 2002.

She was born Beulah Belle Garrett on Oct. 16, 1911, in Goff, Kan., to Clyde and Jesse (Finch) Garrett. She was raised in Gravity, Iowa, and on Nov. 24, 1928, she married John E. Ridnour there. The couple moved to Mill A in 1942 and Mrs. Ridnour worked as an assistant cook at the Mill A school. In the summertime, she clipped fish at area hatcheries. She also worked at Underwood Fruit and at the Hood River Cannery, which she retired from in 1974.

Mrs. Ridnour loved quilting, cooking, crocheting and embroidery. She was a member of the Willard Women's Club and attended the Mill A Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed her grandchildren.

Mrs. Ridnour is survived by her husband of 73 years, John, Underwood; brothers Eldon Garrett, Marvin Garrett and Orie Garrett, all of White Salmon; daughters Lois Green, Underwood, and Mary Lee Birkenfeld, Carson; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and two great, great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death are brothers Charles, Delbert, Orville, Ellis and Lowell and daughters Veta Green and Margaret Oberst.

A graveside service was held at Chris Zada Cemetery in Underwood on Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Dave West officiating.

Gardner Funeral Home of White Salmon was in charge of arrangements.


Dorothy Kathryn (Hughes) Theodorson died on April 29, 2002, in White Salmon. She was 93-years-old.

Mrs. Theodorson was born in Appleton on Dec. 9, 1908, to William and Sarah Kathryn (McCafferty) Hughes. She lived in Portland and Coos Bay, Ore., and later lived in the Gorge area including Hood River, Lyle and Goldendale. She had lived in Bingen for the past 35 years.

Mrs. Theodorson enjoyed reading and gardening. She loved her cats and was a member of the Eagles.

Survivors include daughter Jody Ellis, Portland; two grandchildren Sarah Kate Ellis and Britt Rios-Ellis; and two great-grandchildren Xochitl Rios-Ellis and Enrique Rios-Ellis. She was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.

A reception in her memory will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2002, in the Bridgeview Room at the Hood River Inn from 5 to 7 p.m. Interment will be private at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Appleton.

Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements.


A memorial service for Darlene Ohnemus will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2002, at 11 a.m. at the White Salmon Cemetery. Father Tom Dahlquist will officiate.

Arrangements are being handled by Gardner Funeral Home.


Carson resident Annie Elizabeth Gregory died of cancer on April 26, 2002. She was 83 years old.

She was born to Henry and Ebbie (Hensley) Kelly in Ada, Okla., on Oct. 11, 1918. She grew up in Oklahoma and Louisiana and on Nov. 23, 1935, she married Marvin D. Gregory in Eureka, Okla. The family moved to this area from California in 1954. Mrs. Gregory worked at Dickey Farms in Bingen and later at Diamond Fruit Cannery in Hood River.

She loved her family and had a great sense of humor. She always looked on the bright side, knowing that things could get worse. She always encouraged her family to overlook any grievance they had with others. She very much believed in the equality of man, especially if they were willing to work.

Mrs. Gregory's hope for all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren was that they get their education and become an asset, not a burden, to society. She was liked by all who met her. She also loved to travel and go dancing.

Mrs. Gregory is survived by her sons Charles E. Gregory and Marvin D. Gregory; daughter Betty G. Rowe; 12 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, who died in 1973, all of her siblings, and infant son, and the infant's twin sister, Esther Palmer, who died on March 3, 2001, at the age of 59.

A graveside service was held at the White Salmon Cemetery on April 30, 2002, at 3 p.m.

Gardner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


A memorial service honoring Donna Parrish, who died at her home on March 28, 2002, will be held May 4, 2002, at 11:30 a.m. at the Underwood Community Center on Schoolhouse Road in Underwood.

Guests are asked to bring memories and a potluck dish.


Ronald Allan Dornacher, an Underwood resident, died on April 18, 2002, in Hood River, Ore., at the age of 71.

Mr. Dornacher was born Sept. 16, 1930 in Chicago, Ill., where he was raised and educated. He lived in Payson, Ill, prior to serving in the U.S. Navy.

Following his military service, he moved to Underwood, where he worked as a truck driver. In 1971, he moved to Quincy, Ill., returning to Underwood in 1972.

His wife Elizabeth Ann Estey Dornacher in 1994 and son David Martin Dornacher in 1977 preceded him in death.

He is survived by sons Ronald A. Dornacher Jr., Underwood, and Mike Dornacher, Battle Ground; daughters Debra Frederick, Hood River, Ore., and Cindy Lauritsen, Portland, Ore.,; brother Bill Dornacher, Twenty nine Palms, Calif.; and eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at the home of his son Mike Dornacher, Battle Ground.


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