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Death notices for Mildred Chapin, Lucile Collins, Don Walker and Bennie Demarino


Mildred Canfield Chapin, 25-year resident of Eyrie Road, White Salmon, died Aug. 4, 2003, at the age of 86.

She is survived by her husband, Stuart, of White Salmon; a daughter, Alison Henderson, Oregon City, Ore.; two sons, Terry, Fairbanks, Alaska, and Steven, Battleground; and four grandchildren.

Mrs. Chapin was the daughter of Flora W. Canfield, longtime resident of White Salmon, and Portland physician Arthur L. Canfield. She was born and grew up in Portland. She received degrees from Mills College in Oakland, Calif. and Smith College in Northampton, Mass. During World War II she worked with the U.S. Department of State.

For 29 years she made her home in Chapel Hill, N.C. with her husband Stuart who was then on the faculty of the University of North Carolina. She was active there with children's music groups, the League of Women Voters and the Garden Club.

Since moving to White Salmon, she has been a volunteer in the White Salmon Valley Community Library and a member of the Friends of the Library. She was a member of PEO.

At her request, there will be no service.

Memorials may be made to the White Salmon Valley Community Library or the PEO Educational Fund.


On Thursday, July 31, 2003, Hood River, Ore., resident Lucile Lauretta Collins died at her home. She was 83 years old.

Mrs. Collins was born to Alice (Downs) and Homer Laurance Breedlove on Sept. 14, 1919 in White Salmon. She attended Pleasant View School in Husum. On Nov. 2, 1956, she married Donald Lewis Collins in Grangeville, Idaho. That same year the couple moved to Hood River, where they have lived in the same home for over 42 years.

Mrs. Collins collected old dishes, plates and china and she loved to write poems, many of which were published. She enjoyed traveling in the family RV and meeting her friends every morning at McDonalds. She always talked about her family and each day she would walk hand in hand with her husband.

Surviving Mrs. Collins are her husband, Donald, Hood River; daughter Janice London, Dallesport; son Donald Collins, Jr., Hood River; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by grandson Johnny Dean Smith, her parents Alice and Laurance Breedlove and brothers Irvin and Ernie Breedlove.

A graveside service for Mrs. Collins was held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 4, 2003, at the White Salmon Cemetery in White Salmon with Rev. Charles Chase officiating.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of the Gorge, P.O. Box 36, Hood River, Ore. 97031 or in care of Gardner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 390, White Salmon, Wash. 98672, who handled arrangements.


Don Cameron Walker, 60, a resident of The Dalles, died on Friday, August 1, 2003.

He was born July 1, 1943, in Santa Rosa, Calif., to James C. Walker and Berneice (Marble) Walker. He grew up in Sacramento, Calif. and Portland, Ore. He married Sheryll Jeanne Crone on Dec. 2, 1966, in White Salmon, and they lived here for about 30 years before moving to The Dalles in 1995.

Because Mr. Walker valued life through experience and learning opportunities, he had numerous jobs/careers throughout his life. Most recently, he owned and operated his pest control business, Bug Worx. He was known for his integrity, wisdom, and strength. He valued family and friendship and enjoyed a variety of interests including music.

Mr. Walker is survived by his wife Sheryll; daughter Kelly Walker; son Kevin (K.C.) Walker; two grandsons and one step-granddaughter, John A. Grant IV, Talon C. Walker, and Melanie Brown, all of The Dalles.

Private cremation was held at The Dalles Win-quatt Crematory with Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

An open memorial gathering and potluck will be held at Northwestern Lake near White Salmon, on Aug. 16 at 2 p.m.


Bennie DeMarino, devoted wife, exceptional mother and steadfast friend lost her fight with an aggressive form of brain cancer Friday, July 25, 2003.

She was surrounded by her children, Stephen and Sasha; husband, Tom; and her cats, Zool and Boots.

The life of this creative artist, wonderful teacher and impressively strong lady will be celebrated Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, at 4:30 p.m. in White Salmon, hosted by the DeMarinos.

A church service will be given at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Hood River, Ore., at 3:30 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation.


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