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Death notices for John Barnedt, Florence Cox, Mildred Schmid, Bill Burgess and Matthew Bates


John Edward Barnedt died in Sedro Woolley, on Jan. 11, 2002, at the age of 65.

A funeral service for Mr. Barnedt will be held on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in White Salmon, with interment following at the White Salmon Cemetery.

Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon handled arrangements.

A full obituary will appear in next week's paper.


Florence Cox of White Salmon died on Jan. 9, 2003, at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital in Portland.

Mrs. Cox was born on May 6, 1940, in Elma, to Clyde and Margaret (Betty) Willey. She grew up in Elma, Puyallup, Corbett, Mill A and Bingen, graduating from Columbia High School in 1958. June of 1958, she married Donald Cox of White Salmon.

Mrs. Cox assisted her husband with the family farm near White Salmon, raising horses, cattle, chickens, puppies and children. She loved to read and enjoyed music and traveling, including several trips in recent years with her aunt and cousins.

Her greatest love and joy beyond her husband was her family, which was extensive and extended beyond blood ties.

Mrs. Cox was preceded in death by her mother Betty Willey. She is survived by her father, Clyde Willey, White Salmon; husband of 44 years, Donald Cox, White Salmon; children Dawn Cox, Molalla, Ore., Lorraine Underwood, Duvall, Donald Cox Jr., and Teresa Montavon, both of White Salmon; 10 grandchildren; brothers Edward Willey, Vancouver, and C. Ross Willey, White Salmon; sister Marie Peter, Oakley, Kan.; and a rapidly multiplying number of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and a great-great niece or nephew soon to be born.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Bingen.

Memorials may be made to the Florence Cox Memorial Fund at Riverview Community Bank to provide the spread of God's word through support of Jon Krenz's ministry training.


77-year-old Mildred Edna Schmid of Trout Lake died at her home on Jan. 6, 2003.

At her request, no formal services will be held.

Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements.


Bill M. Burgess, Hood River, died on Dec. 31, 2002, at his home. For 11 years, he had battles with leukemia. He was 60.

Mr. Burgess was born Dec. 16, 1942, in Grand Prairie, Texas, to Raymond "Corky" Burgess and Connie Patton Burgess. He grew up and lived in many places including Texas, Oklahoma, and California. In 1959, he enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed for a time in Korea. After finishing his tour, he returned to Ventura, Calif., where he met the love of his life Christie MacMillan. They lived in several areas of California, where Mr. Burgess worked in the mental health field at several state hospitals.

In 1973, he and his family moved to The Dalles, Ore., where he assisted in the creation of the Mid Columbia Child and Family Center. He was employed there for nearly 20 years. Next he moved to Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health in White Salmon, as a case manager for children and families. He was employed there until August of 2002.

During his life, he had many interests including golf, photography, music and motorcycles. He was an avid reader and enjoyed movies. The most important thing to him was always his family. In March of 2002, he became a great-grandfather and it was one of his joys that he had lived to see this child.

Mr. Burgess is survived by wife Christie; daughters Kelly, Kai and Jerilyn; grandchildren Jennifer, Christie, Ashley, Amy, Alexandra, Jeremy and Charlie; great-grandson Taylor Kayne; and mother Connie Lindley.

He was preceded in death by his father, brother Monte, and grandson JJ.

A celebration of life was held on Jan. 11, 2003, at 11:30 a.m. at the Riverside Community Church in Hood River.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Gorge in care of Anderson's Tribute Center, Hood River.


Matthew (Matt) C. Bates, 72, from Twisp, formerly of Ephrata, died on Friday, Jan 3, 2003,

He was born in Portland, Ore., on Aug. 24, 1930, to Richard and Jesse (Hall) Bates. Mr. Bates was raised in White Salmon, with his 2 brothers.

He lived his life as down to earth and as simple as he could, taking much his life with a grain of salt. He was very good and sincere to all he met and knew.

Mr. Bates is survived by his 5 daughters, Candy Bates, Wenatchee, Marilyn Dhaenens, Liberty Lake, Jean Pearson, Ephrata, Magi Packwood, Arlington, and Audrey Bates of Spokane; 12 grandchildren Matt, Scott, Craig Peterman and Zach Smith all of Liberty Lake, Jared, Ryan and Katie Merkle all of Ephrata, Justin and Nicole Packwood of Arlington, and Joey Allen, Kyle and Jacob Bates all of Spokane; one great granddaughter Grace Packwood of Arlington; brother Bill, Portland; numerous nieces and nephews and very close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Jesse, a brother Dick and a granddaughter Faith.

No funeral services will be held, but a remembrance is being planned for early spring.


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