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Obituaries

Death notices for Shirlee Mitchell, Wilbur Carroll, and Rose Miller.

SHIRLEE MITCHELL

74-year-old Shirlee Lou Mitchell of White Salmon died at her home on Sept. 7, 2003.

She was born in Spokane on March 12, 1929, to Lewis and Alma E. (Crowder) Riskie. She spent her teenage years in Wenatchee. She met James Mitchell in Portland, Ore., and the two were married there in 1949. She and her family lived in Estacada, Ore., and in 1980, they moved to Rockaway, Ore., where they bought a small grocery store and managed apartment rentals. They later moved to Welches, Ore., and then in 1992, the couple retired to White Salmon.

Mrs. Mitchell enjoyed oil painting, gardening and sewing. She was a Mrs. Fix-It and created a lot of helpful gadgets. She loved to read and argue politics.

Mrs. Mitchell is survived by her daughter, Nancy Garcia, Bingen; sister Jodie Bushman, Welches; brothers John Riskie, David Riskie, Ted Riskie and Tim Riskie, all of Idaho; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband James, who died in 1999, sisters Gloria and Barbara, and brother Don.

A graveside service was held at the White Salmon Cemetery.

Gardener Funeral Home handled arrangements.

WILBUR CARROLL

Ocean Park resident Wilbur C. Carroll, 93 died Aug. 28, 2003, in Long Beach.

Born November 16, 1909 in Mitchell, Ore. he was the son of Samuel and Melissa Ann (Marvin) Carroll.

Mr. Carroll served in the U.S. Navy as a pharmacist mate aboard the USS Detroit in the late 1920s. Later he worked in the lumber industry in Hines, Ore. as well as breaking horses and punching cattle. Through the years he lived in Pasco, Longview and Camas, driving truck, operating a tavern and doing carpentry. He was a member of the Carpenter's Union. In Camas, he operated The Shamrock Tavern until 1963 when he moved to Trout Lake to work for the U.S. Forest Service. There he fought forest fires, built and maintained Forest Service structures and found special fulfillment and pleasure in building trails, including portions of the Pacific Crest Trail.

He loved to hunt, fish, garden, play cards and ride horses. He made many trips to Worsley, Alberta to hunt moose. While living in Camas he was a member of the Twin City Saddle Club. One of the joys he found in gardening was sharing flowers, vegetables and berries with family and friends. He and his wife loved to dance and were founding members of the Trout Lake Dance Club which held monthly dances at the Grange Hall. He retired from the Forest Service in 1975 and went into business building trails with a longtime friend. He built a home in Ocean Park and continued to work in forestry for many more years. Generous with his time and knowledge, he was always willing to help others.

He is survived by wife Vernamae, Ocean Park; daughter Carla, Brookings, Ore; grandsons Adam and Matthew and his son Jack, Salem, Ore; granddaughters Lisl Cox, Hillsboro, Ore. and Jill Long, Salem, Ore.; great-grandchildren Tyson, Karissa and Kaitlin Morrison and Riley, Levi and Max Long. Also surviving are a number of much loved nieces and nephews.

Private family service was held Sept. 13, 2003, in Ocean Park. A celebration of life is planned next summer. Arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.

ROSE MILLER

Rose Mary Gilligan Krall Miller died Sept. 5, 2003, in Hood River, Ore., of natural causes

Born to Martin and Mary Walsh Gilligan in Estelline, S.D., on Oct. 6, 1916, she was the youngest of 14 children. She moved to Washington as a young woman, going to work on the Wyers Ranch in Gilmer, where she met and married Homer Krall on Sept. 24, 1936. The couple lived throughout the Columbia Gorge until eventually settling down in Goldendale. They were active in rodeo and loved to spend time raising their seven children and going dancing. She could usually be found in the kitchen, ensuring no one went hungry.

In 1964, the couple left ranching when Mr. Krall became a truck driver and Mrs. Krall went to work as a CNA at the Goldendale Simcoe Nursing Home until his death in 1973.

She married Jerry Miller on Oct. 18, 1974. They lived in Glenwood and Home Valley, proudly producing a large flower garden. After his death, Mrs. Miller returned to Goldendale until 1995 when she began residing in the Hood River Care Center.

Mrs. Miller is survived by sons Ray Krall, Carson, and Ed Krall, Goldendale; daughters Sharon Thomas, Stevenson, Karon Jasperson, Lyle, Sheila Richards, Spokane, and Jaci Foster, Goldendale, 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and five great, great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her two husbands and daughter Darlene Norlund.

Services for Mrs. Miller were held at the Erdman Funeral Home in Goldendale on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003.

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