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Death notices for Ethel Famelos, Anna Clapp, Jose Barragan and Velma Miller


Funeral services for 99-year-old Ethel Mary Famelos, who died in Hood River on June 17, 2003, were held Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Gardner Funeral Home.

Mrs. Famelos was born in Stanwood on Dec. 26, 1903, the daughter of Ella (Parker) and Carter Evans. She graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1923 and later attended and graduated from Ellensburg Teachers College and began her teaching career in Asotin County. In 1930, she married John Edgar Geschwint in Goldendale. In 1945, she began working at the Bingen School, teaching there for 21 years before retiring in 1966. Mr. Geschwint died in January 1959 and she married Gus Famelos in 1961. He also preceded her in death in 1981.

Mrs. Famelos belonged to the White Salmon Rebekah Lodge, where she was a 50-year member. She also was a member of the Eastern Star, Klickitat County Historical Club, AARP, the Congregational Church, and the Women's Federated Club, which she was president of for six years. She loved people and traveling, and enjoyed collecting things.

Survivors include sons Louis Geschwint, Bingen, and Larry C. Geschwint, Mission Hills, Calif.; granddaughters Debora Geschwint, Vancouver, Lisa Estey, Everett, and Diane Olmstead, Auburn; and five great-grandchildren.

Vault interment was held at the White Salmon Cemetery, with Gardner Funeral Home handling arrangements.


On June 13, 2003, Anna Lee Deniston Clapp died at home in Bend, Ore.

She was born in Needmore, Okla., on Jan. 14, 1908, to Martha Adeline (Lunsford) and General Merideth Deniston. She was a longtime resident of the Columbia River Gorge.

She was preceded in death by her husband Clifford Clapp in 1969, son Norman Clapp in 1979, son Dennis Clapp in 1939, brother Dewey Deniston, and sisters Audrey Koski, Rose Gideon and Ethel Fermstead.

Mrs. Clapp is survived by daughters Darlene Winch, Bend, Ore., and Judy Corey, Carson; sister Irene Tallman, Kelso; grandchildren Chris Wandel, Cherrol Minshall, Clifford Hollis, Kim Hollis, Teresia Kirk, Steven Hollis, Toni Drey, Troy Seaman, Tallen Seaman and Terra Gallagher; 24 great-grandchildren and two great, great-grandchildren; and many extended family members.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, June 21, 2003, at 3 p.m. at the White Salmon Cemetery, with Gardner Funeral Home handling arrangements.


73-year-old Jose Trinidad Barragan died in Hood River, Ore., on June 15, 2003.

He was born in Jalisco, Mexico, on Dec. 25, 1929, to Juana (Velazquez) and Jesus Barragan. He grew up in Mexico, where he worked as a laborer and served in the Mexican Army. In 1988, he moved to the White Salmon area and worked for Rick Ensminger until his health forced him to retire two years ago.

Mr. Barragan was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. He liked to stay home and keep up with the news, but as a younger man he always enjoyed fishing in Mexico and was an excellent swimmer.

Mr. Barragan is survived by nieces Lina Lopez, Beatriz Plascencia, Maria A. Plascencia, Graciela Plascencia, Lucia Plascencia and Angela Plascencia, all of White Salmon; and nephews Jose Plascencia, Pascual Plascencia, Juan Plascencia, all of White Salmon, and Celedonio Plascencia, Mexico.

A vigil was held on Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at Gardener Funeral Home at 7 p.m. and a funeral mass was held on Thursday, June 19, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Interment was at the White Salmon Cemetery.

Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements.


Velma Marie Brock-Miller, 90, a resident of The Dalles, died at a local care center on Friday, June 13, 2003.

She was born December 2, 1912, in Clem, Ore., the fourth of 11 children to Fred and Nellie (Cline) Gasser and was raised in The Dalles.

Mrs. Miller was a member of the First Christian Church and enjoyed homemaking, cooking, sewing, music, dancing, playing the piano, gardening and being a Girl Scout Leader. She had worked at The Dalles Cherry Growers and Muirhead's Cannery.

She is survived by her two daughters, Delores Ann (Marti) Clower, Porterville, Calif., and Linda Louise (Peterson) Gallagher; grandchildren Wesley and Johnny Clower, Vicky Huddleston and Kelly and Megan Gallagher; six great-grandchildren; and sister Gladys Mareb, Massachusetts. She was preceded in death by her four husbands, John Marti, Arthur Peterson, Clarence Brock and Jack Miller; 8 brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held at the First Christian Church in The Dalles, Ore., at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 19, with Pastor Mike Wilson officiating. Interment followed at The Dalles Odd Fellow Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, 909 Court St., The Dalles, Ore. 97058 or The Dalles Senior Center, 1112 W. 9th St., The Dalles, Ore. 97058.

Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in care of arrangements.


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