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Death notices for Nancy Hoover, Rodney Huss, Beatrice Edge, Franklin Branson and Elvis Clary


Nancy Lynn (Morby) Hoover died on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004, at the age of 49.

She was born in Hood River, Ore., on March 25, 1954, to Robert and Betty (Abrams) Morby of Underwood, where she was raised and lived her life. She graduated from Columbia High School in 1972 and was crowned prom queen her senior year. She married Jay Hoover in September 1972.

Mrs. Hoover worked at Underwood Fruit as office manager for the past 20 years. For 18 years, she was also the caretaker for the Underwood Community Center, where she met many people and made lots of friends. She always had a smile on her face no matter what kind of day she was having.

Mrs. Hoover enjoyed spending her free time in her yard. She loved flowers and plants and making her yard beautiful.

She was a wonderful mom and the best grandma ever. She made so many memories with her grandchildren and taught them so much.

She touched many lives and had so many friends. She always cherished every memory she held. She will be forever missed.

Mrs. Hoover is survived by her daughter Kristina Lynn Hoover; her grandchildren "Sunshine" Brittany Lynn and "Little Man" Kaleb Robert, both of Hood River; her father Robert Morby, Underwood; sister Bev Browning, Dufur, Ore.; brothers Don Morby, Mill A, and Rob Morby, Ferndale; and many friends, cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother and best friend, Betty J. Morby.

A funeral service for Mrs. Morby was held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at the Underwood Community Center with vault interment at Chris Zada Cemetery in Underwood.

Memorials may be made to the Nancy Hoover Memorial Fund, which will benefit her grandchildren, at Sterling Savings Bank in White Salmon.

Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements.


Rodney F. "Roddy" Huss, 49, died Jan. 19, 2004, at Ocean View Convalescent Center in Long Beach.

Mr. Huss was born March 17, 1954, in Hood River, Ore., to Hubert and Barbara (Wilson) Huss.

During his early childhood the family lived in White Salmon, where his father was a logger. Although he was a special needs child due to cerebral palsy, he had a happy childhood and enjoyed spending time with his grandparents Ronald and Dorothy Wilson.

The family moved from White Salmon to Wyoming in 1963. They lived in Wyoming until 1967 when they returned to Vancouver. Later moves would take them to La Center and finally to Cougar, where they lived until 1990. After his father returned, Mr. Huss moved with his parents to Ocean Park.

He was a country music fan, enjoyed soap operas on television, liked to draw and play cards. He had a good sense of humor and according to friends once his mind was made up it was difficult to change it as he could be very stubborn. He loved his family.

Mr. Huss is survived by his mother Bobbie Huss, Ocean Park; grandmother Dorothy Wilson, Ocean Park; sisters Karen Alford, Camas, and Barbara Huss-Wilcox, Vancouver; his uncle Walter Huss, Yuba City, Calif.; six nieces and nephews and special friends. He was preceded in death by his father Bert Huss in 2002, his grandfather Ronald Wilson in 1996, and brother Brian in 1980.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at Penttila's Chapel by the Sea in Long Beach.


Beatrice S. Edge, age 80, Cook, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at Hood River Care Center, in Hood River, Ore.

Mrs. Edge was born Oct. 25, 1923, in Zinc, Ark., to James Emmit and Ada (Stepp) Stewart. On Oct. 10, 1942, she married Wilmer Edge. They were married 61 years.

In addition to being a homemaker and mother, Mrs. Edge was a nurse and worked for a time at St. Elizabeth Hospital. She loved to fish and was a good swimmer. She and her husband lived in Yakima until the early 1970s before they moved to Cook.

She was a "giver", always accepting of others. She gave to everyone and loved everyone unconditionally.

Survivors include her husband, Wilmer, Cook; sons Bill Edge, Tacoma, and James Edge, Prosser; sister Betty Thornton, Naches; brother James Stewart, White Swan; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A Tribute Service was held Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Shaw & Sons Memorial Chapel, 201 North 2nd Street, Yakima, with concluding Farewell at Terrace Heights Memorial Park immediately following.

Shaw & Sons Funeral Directors is entrusted of arrangements.


Franklin "Butch" E. Branson died on Jan. 23, 2004, at his home in Trout Lake. He was 59.

Mr. Branson was born May 6, 1944, in Camas. He lived in the local area most of his life.

Mr. Branson served in the 82nd Airborne Division.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren, family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Glenda; son Brian, Trout Lake; sister Carla Robillard and nephew David Robillard, both of Camas; nephew Mike Wilcox Jr., Trout Lake; and two grandchildren, Richard and Sarah White, Trout Lake.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at The Homestead in Washougal at 1 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Doernbecher's Childrens Hospital.


Elvis John Clary, 78, a resident of White Salmon, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004, at the Oregon Veterans Home.

He was born April 7, 1925 in Goldendale to John and Ada (Ellsworth) Clary and grew up on the family ranch in the Blockhouse area near Goldendale. He joined the U.S. Army in 1950 and served as a mechanic with the 8076th M.A.S.H. unit in Korea. He married Dorothy Rieckers on Valentine's Day, 1952 in Goldendale; they were later divorced. Returning to civilian life, he worked as an auto mechanic at several Chrysler dealerships in the Pacific Northwest before opening his own business, "John's Automotive" in Bingen. He later opened a branch in Hood River from which he retired in 1997.

He enjoyed fishing and camping with lifelong friends Charley and Alice Lenoir of Goldendale, and was fond of sports, particularly the Portland Trailblazers.

He is survived by sons Richard Clary, Kent, Robert Clary, White Salmon, and Randie Clary, Ronald; grandchildren Molly, Brent, Kate, Elizabeth, Becky, Whitney and Shelley as well as great-grandchildren Dylan and Maya; and two nephews Marvin Fuhrman, Vancouver, and Leon Fuhrman, Salem, Ore. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Wilma Fuhrman.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at the Goldendale I.O.O.F. Cemetery, to be followed by a reception at the Goldendale United Methodist Church, 109 East Broadway Street.

Memorials may be made to the Oregon Veterans Home, 700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, Ore. 97058.

Arrangements are by Columbia Cremation & Burial.


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