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Death notices for Juanita Garner, Anna Fousel, Maxine Dave, Gene Struck and Lillian Bell


Juanita R. Gardner, a longtime resident of White Salmon, died on Feb. 13, 2004.

Born to Elbert and Ethel (Grim) Riddick in Sacramento, Calif., on Feb. 6, 1920, her family moved often when she was a child. In 1937, she graduated from a large high school in Seattle. She moved to White Salmon in 1945, and from then through 1955, she worked with local medical professionals.

She married Kenneth Gardner on April 3, 1949. For over 20 years, she assisted her husband in providing the community with ambulance service. She was also a partner of the Gardner Funeral Home from 1955 to 1976.

She was an accomplished vocalist, providing music for weddings, funerals, community events and church services. She was a past organist for the United Methodist Church and Bethel Congregational Church, mastering the large pipe organs as well as electric organs and piano. She was also a past deacon of Bethel Congregational.

She was an active member of the Skyline Hospital Guild, the last surviving charter member of P.E.O., and she volunteered for community events and student help programs at schools.

She had a deep interest in holistic health and wellness, taking numerous self-study courses in various types of healing. She applied her knowledge by helping those around her. She was a certified graphoanalyst and assisted law enforcement agencies on numerous occasions.

Throughout her life, she was a devoted mother and grandmother. She will always be remembered for her kindness and generosity to her family, friends and community.

Survivors include her husband Kenneth H. Gardner; daughters Sally Gross, Burns, Ore., and Lisa Flores, Laredo, Texas; grandchildren Tina Clifton, Springfield, Ore., Mary Betzold, McCall, Idaho, Sara Vance, Ketchikan, Alaska, Ivette Flores and Kennett Flores, Laredo, Texas; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Bethel Congregational Church. Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements.


Appleton resident Anna Fousel died in Portland, Ore. on Feb. 10, 2004, at the age of 65.

She was born on Jan 16, 1939, in Los Angeles, Calif., the daughter of John and Anna (Pavleoff) Shubin. Mrs. Fousel moved to Portland in 1969 and lived there until 1981. She married Ed Fousel on May 16, 1981, at which time she moved to Appleton, where she has made her home ever since.

Mrs. Fousel was a Portland Housing Authority coordinator, worked at Orchard View farms in The Dalles, and helped her husband with his painting business for 23 years. She was also a first responder for Appleton Fire Department for a year.

She loved her comfort and cooking fine foods, and also enjoyed parties and social gatherings. She loved people, talking on the phone, and e-mailing. People always felt comfortable around her; she was a great encourager and impacted all she met. She loved the beach.

Mrs. Fousel attended Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Hood River and was a woman who not only let her light shine for Jesus, but was Proverbs 31 personified.

Mrs. Fousel is survived by her husband Ed, at home in Appleton; daughter Christine Powell, The Dalles, Ore.; son Rick Adams, Portland; sister Helen Tolmasoff, Lakeland, Calif.; grandchildren Heather Perez, Melodie Long, and John and Allison Adams; and her "Pumpkin" great-grandson Jaedon. Preceding her in death are her parents, brothers John, Bill and Harvey, and sister May.

A funeral service for Mrs. Fousel was held Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Vineyard Christian Fellowship Hood River. Interment was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Appleton.

Gardner Funeral Home of White Salmon was entrusted with arrangements.


80-year-old Maxine V. Dave died in The Dalles, Ore., on Feb 9, 2004.

She was born to Henry Franklin and Violet (Turner) Bailey on Jan. 2, 1924 in Aberdeen. She grew up in Toledo and graduated from high school at the top of her class at age 16. During World War II she worked in Portland at the shipyard, painting ships. She met Ralph V. Carstens and on April 1, 1944, the two were married. She then dedicated herself to raising her children. The couple lived and fished in Celilo and ran a small custom fish cannery. Mr. Carstens died in 1972. On Oct 27, 1972, she married Leonard Dave, Sr., whom she adored, in Yakima Valley. The couple moved to Murdock in 1973 and made their home there for 31 years.

She continued fishing and also worked as a supervisor at The Dalles Cherry Growers Association. In the early 1990s, she retired.

Mrs. Dave had many interests and hobbies, including crosswords, game shows, flower gardening, picking huckleberries, fishing, hunting, and the outdoors. She loved to watch Mr. Dave fish and enjoyed migrating back and forth from Murdock to the Valley.

Mrs. Dave is survived by her daughters Lynda, Prosser, Karen Swanson, Goldendale, Cheryl Emerson, Dallesport, Joleen Carstens, White Salmon, Marianne Kishwalk, Murdock, and Cindy Carstens, The Dalles; sons of Ralph Carstens, Dallesport, Robert Carstens, Shelton, and Richard Carstens, Carson; stepchildren Dwight Carstens, Vancouver, Dorothy Olson, Cathlamat, Floria Dave, Yakima, Leonard A. Dave Jr., Dallesport, Randy Dave, Wichita, Kan., Leon Dave, Diane Dave, Sandy Dave, James Dave and Marie Dave, all of Pendleton, Ore.; 30 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, and three great, great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Ralph Carstens and son John Carstens who died in 1987.

A funeral service for Maxine Dave was held on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon with burial following at Lyle Balch Cemetery in Lyle.


Former Mid-Columbia resident Gene Ernest Struck, currently of Walla Walla, died on Feb. 9, 2004, in Walla Walla. He was 68.

Mr. Struck was born Dec. 31, 1935. His parents were Virginia M. (McGowan) and Ernest H. Struck. He was raised in Appleton and Lyle and graduated from Lyle High School. He married Carolynn Rowland in 1954 and they raised their family in Klickitat County.

Mr. Struck worked as a logger for various local companies. He and Carolynn divorced in the mid 1970s and he moved to Hermiston at that time. He married Shirley Nieland in 1982 and they moved to Walla Walla. He worked as a long haul truck driver.

Mr. Struck loved woodworking and his family members were recipients of his loving works. He enjoyed country music and had a beautiful singing voice.

Mr. Struck is survived by his wife, Shirley, Walla Walla; sons Don, White Salmon, and Ron, Orofino, Idaho; daughter Cindy, Walla Walla; sisters Ellen Morrell, Vancouver, and Dorothy Jones, Appleton; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Ted.

Funeral services for Mr. Struck were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at Gardner Chapel in White Salmon. Burial followed in the family plot at Lyle Balch Cemetery in Lyle.

Gardner Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.


Lillian Bell died on her birthday, Jan. 31, 2004, from an injury sustained in a fall at her home in Wheeler, Ore.

She was born on Jan. 31, 1915, in Granger to Luke and Inez Nichols. She was raised in the White Salmon area. She married Lloyd A. Bell on Oct. 30, 1937. His work as tugboat skipper and river pilot took them to Everett and then to Portland. In 1975, the couple retired to Nehalem Bay, Ore.

Mrs. Bell's hobbies included sailing around Nehalem Bay on the family steamboat "Captain Bell," as well as gardening and traveling. She was active in the Nehalem Bay Garden Club and was a volunteer for the chamber of commerce.

Her cheerful optimism, outgoing personality, generosity and beaming smile were cherished by her many friends and will be long remembered by those who survive her. Though she is gone and will be greatly missed, she will always remain in her family members' hearts and they are grateful for the life she led and the life she radiated to others.

Mrs. Bell is survived by son David Bell, West Linn, Ore.; daughter Leanna Pruitt, Beaverton, Ore.; twin sister Louise Cook, White Salmon; brothers Dean Nichols, Winchester, Ore., and Marion "Nick" Nichols, Vancouver; four grandchildren Lara Dewey, Leslie Alexander, Luke Pruitt and Dean Pruitt; and seven great-grandchildren Jadyn Dewey, Ashtin and Paige Alexander, and Conner, Hunter, Riley and Miles Pruitt. She was preceded in death by brother Darrell Nichols, Hood River.

A memorial service and potluck will be held on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004, at 3 p.m. at Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church in Nehalem, Ore.

Memorials may be made to the Nehalem Bay Garden Club.


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