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Obituaries

Death notices for Molly Gillanders, Myrvle Anderson and Juanita Richards

MOLLY GILLANDERS

Longtime White Salmon resident Molly Amalia Gillanders died at her home on Jan. 29, 2003, after a two-year struggle with uterine cancer.

Mrs. Gillanders was born March 7, 1918, in La Junta, Colo., the 10th of 12 children. Her parents, Jacob Maier and Amalia Wolfe, were German/Russian from the Volga region of the Ukraine. The family migrated to Fresno, Calif., where Mrs. Gillanders spent her childhood, graduating from Central Union High in 1934. She attended nursing school at Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif. She obtained her nursing degree in August 1940 and then worked as a staff nurse at the Stanford University teaching hospital in San Francisco.

Seeking new adventure, she applied for stewardess training and was among the first stewardesses to fly in DC3s for American Airlines.

She retired in 1943 to marry John Gillanders. Shortly after marriage, Mr. Gillanders shipped out to the South Pacific. Mrs. Gillanders used this time to go back to school at UC Berkeley, where she received her bachelor of science degree in February 1945.

After the war, the couple settled in the Bay Area of California. After her youngest child was in school, Mrs. Gillanders returned to work -- first for the American Red Cross and later as school nurse and health educator at Skyline Community College.

The couple retired in August 1981 and moved to White Salmon. Mrs. Gillanders was never one to remain inactive and quickly established herself in the White Salmon community. She was a member of the Skyline Hospital board of directors for 10 years, served on the Skyline Hospital Foundation, was instrumental in bringing the annual "Health Fair" to White Salmon, was active with the Klickitat County Senior Services and the International Chapter PEO Sisterhood.

Mrs. Gillanders is survived by her spouse of nearly 60 years, John; sons Bill, Portland, Ore., Ross, Orinda, Calif., and Rob, Gig Harbor; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She faced her final illness with grace, courage and the indomitable optimism that characterized her life. She will be missed.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church in White Salmon.

Memorials may be made to Skyline Hospital Foundation or Hospice of the Gorge.

JOSEPH PINELL

A memorial graveside service will be held for Joseph Brian Pinell, 44, at the Lyle Balch Cemter on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, at 1 p.m.

Mr. Pinell died on Jan. 26, 2003.

A full obituary ran previously.

MYRVLE H. ANDERSON

Myrvle Harold Anderson, a former White Salmon resident, died on Jan. 31, 2003, in Yuma, Ariz., at the age of 80.

Mr. Anderson was born April 23, 1922, in Barnes County, N.D. He lived and worked on farms in North Dakota until he moved to Tacoma in 1941. He was employed at the shipyard there until he enlisted in the Navy in 1942. As a Navy man, he was stationed on the John Ball Merchant Marine Ship, where he served as an armed guard. The John Ball was part of the invasion of Salerno, Italy. Seaman First Class Anderson was credited with shooting down a German aircraft. He later was stationed in the South Pacific until WWII ended in 1945.

From 1945 to 1952, he worked diverse forms of construction from ironwork, coal mining and bridge building throughout the USA, including Alaska and Guam.

While in Anchorage, Alaska, he met and later married Mary Blanche Philpot on Nov. 29, 1952. The couple then moved to California, settling in Norwalk where he worked as an Iron Worker on Los Angeles skyscrapers. He then joined the International Union of Operating Engineers in 1974 and traveled to Alaska once again. This time he worked on the Alaska Pipe Line.

After their children were grown, the couple moved to White Salmon where they lived for 22 years. Mr. Anderson retired in 1983 and the couple hit the road in their 5th-wheel, traveling throughout the United States and Mexico. They finally settled in Yuma, Ariz., in 1998.

Mr. Anderson is survived by his wife, Blanche; daughter Sheila; sons Norman and Jeff; brothers Lawrence and Howard; sister Arlene; and 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, in Yuma.

Memorials may be given to the Catholic Community Adult Day Health Care, 321 S. 15th Ave., Yuma, Ariz., 95365.

JUANITA RICHARDS

White Salmon resident Juanita P. Richards died in Vancouver on Jan. 28, 2003, at the age of 77.

She was born in Hilda, Mo., on Nov. 4, 1925, to Geneva Jane (Roberts) and James Clayton Hunsucker. The family traveled a lot when she was younger. She met Ray W. Richards and the two continued to date after she moved to Hood River. The pair were married on Dec. 21, 1944, and made their home in the upper Hood River Valley before moving to the Bingen/White Salmon area, where they lived for many years.

Mrs. Richards' passion was reading, but she also enjoyed working crossword puzzles and watching game shows. She was gentle and kind, and a wonderful mother and grandmother. The most generous of people, she never met a person she didn't like.

Mrs. Richards is survived by her sons David W. Richards, Seattle, Douglas W. Richards, Carson, and Kenneth R. Richards, White Salmon; daughters Phyllis J. Alexander, Seattle, and Nancy R. Lewien, Federal Way; brother Olen Hunsucker, Hilda, Mo.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband, Ray, in 1991.

A funeral service for Mrs. Richards was held Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, at 1 p.m. at Gardner Chapel in White Salmon, with Jason Elliott officiating. Interment was at White Salmon Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in her name to the White Salmon Community Library in care of Gardner Funeral Home, PO Box 390, White Salmon, Wash. 98672.

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