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Death notices for Edna Berry, Ernest Sampson, Hazel Cranston


Edna C. Berry died in the Hood River Care Center on Jan. 29, 2004, at the age of 88.

Mrs. Berry was born Dec. 5, 1915, in Winlock to Swedish parents Fred and Idah Lund, who had moved to the United States from Finland. She and her first husband, Hugo Rantala, moved to White Salmon in 1936.

She was a homemaker before working as a teller for the National Bank of Commerce (now Sterling Bank) from 1957 to her retirement in 1981.

Mrs. Berry was a member of the White Salmon United Methodist Church for 66 years. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women and Rebekah Lodge.

Faith and love of family were most important to her. She also enjoyed gardening, music, dancing and reading.

Mrs. Berry was preceded in death by husbands Hugo Rantala, Richard (Dick) Gevedon and Leon Berry; sisters Sigrid Pearson and Elsie Lund; and niece Gloria Glasscock.

Survivors include daughter June Sadleir; son Jerry Rantala, Vancouver; granddaughters Lisa Sadleir-Hart, Sitka, Alaska, and Michelle Edgington, Woodland, Calif.; and three great-grandchildren Ashley Edgington, Fresno, Calif., Adam Edgington, Woodland, Calif., and Muriel Sadleir-Hart, Sitka, Alaska.

A memorial service will be held at Gardner's Funeral Home in White Salmon on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, at 1 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Pioneer Senior Center or the United Methodist Church.


Ernest "Ernie" Sampson died after a long illness on Jan. 27, 2004, at the Hood River Care Center. He was 87 years old.

Mr. Sampson was born April 19, 1916, in Butte, Mont., to Matt and Ida Sampson. Soon thereafter, the family moved to California for a brief time and then to Laurel. It was in Laurel that he started school. In 1927, the family relocated to Trout Lake, where he completed his schooling, graduating from Trout Lake High School in 1935. After high school, he worked for Ralph Woodruff for a period of time and then went on to Edison Technological School in Seattle, graduating in 1938.

In 1939, he started his own electrical contracting business in White Salmon, which he operated until his retirement.

In the fall of 1941, he met Dorothy Panko. Three months after their first date, they were married on Jan. 29, 1942.

Mr. Sampson was well known for his incredibly varied skills. He was a genius in that he could solve technical programs at a very early age. His thinking prowess made him a legend in an era of hard times and little money. If he did not have a tool for a specific task, he made one.

Growing up on a homestead during the depression, he learned early in life the value of hard work. He was known throughout the area as a dependable man, willing to help in any situation.

He devoted 40 years to the White Salmon Fire Department holding the position of fire chief for 12 years.

After his retirement in 1983, he worked periodically with his son in the family business. He also enjoyed snowmobiling the Gifford Pinchot National Forest with his friends, and working on creative projects in his shop.

He had been known as a jokester throughout his life and in later years, he enjoyed the attention of his grandchildren.

He was a very loved man and will be missed

Mr. Sampson is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy; sister Florence Neilsen, Sacramento, Calif.; children Charlotte Sampson, Torrance, Calif., Cheryl Whitt, Marysville, and Audrey Harrison and Emmett Sampson, both of White Salmon; grandchildren Amanda, Leslie, Travis and Angelie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Gardner's Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004, at 1 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the White Salmon Fire Department.


Hazel Cranston, 98, resident of Underwood, died on Jan. 30, 2004, at the Hood River Care Center in Hood River, Ore.

She was born on March 8, 1905, in Potwin, Kan., to Ivy (Kemper) Snavely and Ed Snavely and grew up in eastern Kansas. Her mother preceded her in death and she was raised by her grandparents William Worth Kemper and Laura (Joseph) Kemper. She attended schools in Whitewater, Kan., and graduated high school from Mt. Carmel Academy in Wichita, Kan. She then lived in Topeka, Kan., and attended Washburn University. She taught school for five yeas at Norton and Topeka, Kan.

In 1932, she married Wiley Cranston and moved to Ness City, Kan. She lived there until 1970 when she moved to Seattle to be near her only child.

Mrs. Cranston was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority for over 75 years and was active in many associations in Ness City, Seattle and Hood River. In Ness City, she helped organize Chapter FW PEO (1951) and later served on the Kansas State PEO Board in all offices, proceeding to Kansas State President in 1961-62.

In Hood River, she was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church and Happy Hands. She was past matron of Eastern Star and involved with Graduation Club, and women's groups. After moving to Seattle, and later to Underwood in 1989, she remained a member of Chapter AE PEO in Hood River.

Preceding her in death is her husband, Wiley, who died in October 1964.

Survivors include daughter Laura Ann Dow, Underwood; grandchildren Nancy Bickford, Tacoma, Jim Dow, Seattle, and Susan Richards, Underwood; and great-grandchildren James and Jessica Bickford, Carly and Ben Dow, and Nicole and Colby Richards.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, at 3 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church in Hood River.

Memorials may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church or Chapter AE PEO Sisterhood in care of Gardner Funeral Home, PO Box 390, White Salmon, Wash. 98672, who handled cremation arrangements.

In the spring, Mrs. Cranston's remains will be buried at Ness City, Kan., near her husband.


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