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Death notices for Marcie Miller, Darrell Tillotson and Richard Williams


On Wednesday, July 14, 2004, Marcie Ann Miller died in Portland, Ore. She was 59 years old. Mrs. Miller was born on Sept. 21, 1944, in Pine City, Minn. to Dora (Ellson) and Guy Eccles.

In 1949, she and her family moved to Underwood. She attended White Salmon schools and graduated from Columbia High School, where she had been on the cheerleading squad all four years. Mrs. Miller furthered her education at Washington State University and then attended an airline school in Chicago. During her career, she was employed by American, Western and Delta and worked in Chicago, Portland and Seattle.

On Dec. 11, 1965, she married Richard Miller in Milwaukie, Ore. After working for 20 years in the airline industry, Mrs. Miller, along with her husband bought D&M Distributing in Bingen, Wash., which they owned and operated until 2000. Mrs. Miller then began working for Omni Enterprises in White Salmon in the bookkeeping department.

Mrs. Miller loved to travel and saw much of the world. During her life she was able to visit England, Egypt, Hong Kong, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Norway and Sweden. Though she took pleasure in all places she traveled, she always loved warm weather. She found joy in scrap booking and creating family video and DVD presentations. She liked digging razor clams, collecting monks, and was a very good shopper.

Mrs. Miller stayed active in her community and was the enthusiastic organizer of holiday events and family gatherings. She was also involved in Soroptimists, the Underwood Community Center and in planning her class reunions.

As a 17-year breast cancer survivor, she found her niche in encouraging other women facing the disease. Many people will be forever grateful for the upbeat attitude, strength and hope she continually offered.

Mrs. Miller is survived by her husband Dick, at home in Underwood; daughters Michele Miller of Portland and Amy Miller of White Salmon; brothers Ron Eccles of Grants Pass, Ore., Jerry Eccles of Castle Rock, and Stan Eccles of Mill A; mother Dora Ziegler and stepfather Leroy of White Salmon; and two grandchildren. Preceding her in death is her father, Guy Eccles.

A memorial service for Mrs. will be held at Gardner Funeral Home on Friday, July 23, 2004, at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow immediately at the Park Center. A memorial fund in her name has been established at Columbia River Bank.

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Darrell A. Tillotson died in Surprise, Ariz., on July 12, 2004, at the age of 74. He was born on Oct. 22, 1930, in Cosmopolis, Wash.

He graduated from White Salmon High School in 1949 and married Mary Lavelle Miller in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Mr. Tillotson was a self-employed logger in the area for many years and retired in 1997. He received a patent for the Tillotson Hydraulic Arch used in logging.

Mr. Tillotson did many very helpful things for people and he loved a good joke and whiskey.

Surviving Mr. Tillotson are his wife, Mary, White Salmon; daughters Jana Jones of Maple Valley, Lorie Warnock, Longview, Tammy Fast, Vancouver, and Lorena Long, Longview; son, Lance Tillotson, Sandy, Ore.; sister DonEll Harby; grandchildren Kimberly Hoffpauir, Ryan Swihart, Heather Kimball, Halie Kimball, Sara Robinson, Scot Warnock, Keena Greiff, Jolene Greiff, Cameron Burke, Misty Burke, Nash Tillotson and Devin Tillotson. He was preceded in death by his stepfather Gotlieb and mother Ethel Sturm and a brother, Lloyd Tillotson.

A memorial service was held for Mr. Tillotson on July 17, 2004, at Mt. Adams Elks Lodge No. 1868 in White Salmon. July 17, 2004, was to have been Mr. and Mrs. Tillotson's 50th wedding anniversary.


Richard Williams, 66, Carson, owner and operator of Equity Tree service, was injured on the job in Stevenson on June 17, 2004. He died on July 11, 2004, at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Ore.

Mr. Williams was the son of David and Nina Williams of Wahkiacus, both of whom are deceased. He is survived by his wife, Helen Williams, of Carson; son David Brandon Williams, Washougal; daughter Susan McClellan, Spirit Lake, Idaho; and brother Leon Williams, Wahkiacus.

In 1972, Mr. Williams completed his Master of Divinity Degree at Andrews University in Michigan where he pastored for several years. He then returned to Washington and operated his own tree service in Vancouver and Portland for almost 20 years. He did some intermittent logging during this time as well.

Mr. Williams later developed a liver disease that required a transplant in 1997. Just last year he decided it was time to get back "into the trees again." This was one of his greatest loves. The taller the tree, the better.

As Head Elder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Stevenson, part of his ministry was to visit the inmates each week at the local jail. This was a ministry he enjoyed very much. Mr. Williams was known by all as a kind and giving person, sensitive to the needs of others, and loved by those he encountered in this area.

A memorial will be held on Sunday, July 25, 2004, at 4 p.m. at the Stevenson Seventh-day Adventist Church.


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