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Death notices for Margaret Anderson, Darren Salka, Mary Shields and George Cook


Margaret Anne "Margie" Anderson, 53, a resident of Klickitat, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born Jan. 21, 1952, in Milwaukee, Wis. to James and Isabel Schelhorn. She grew up in Centerville and graduated with honors from Goldendale High School in 1970. Following high school she worked for period of time at the Mt.Adams Care Center as a certified nursing assistant. She married Kelvin Anderson on March 19, 1971, and spent the rest of her life raising her family in Klickitat.

She served as the assistant postmaster at Wahkiacus until the closure of the post office there, and then worked for seven years at the Champion sawmill in Klickitat. She was active in union business there and had served on several committees. She spent her last several years at the Kerr-McGee tie processing plant in The Dalles as a respected and valuable employee, supervising a night shift crew and remaining active in various committees until failing health necessitated a medical retirement. Her great sense of humor and vigorous work ethic set a strong example for others to follow wherever she went.

Survivors include her husband Kelvin; daughters Beth King and Amy Dickenson; brother Andy Schelhorn, sisters Rose Marie Peterson, Kathy Mellow, and Teresa Campbell; grandchildren Ethan and Colin King, Hannah, Irie and Eli Dickenson. She was preceded in death by her parents and her mother-in-law and father-in-law.

A service in celebration of her life was held on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005, at 2 p.m. at the Klickitat Valley Baptist Church.

Arrangements are by Columbia Cremation & Burial in The Dalles.


Darren Todd Salka, 34, died unexpectedly on Aug. 15, 2005, near Redmond, Ore.

Mr. Salka was born on Feb. 1, 1971, in Green Bay, Wis. In 1979, his family moved to White Salmon where he graduated from Columbia High School in 1989. He later graduated from Eastern Washington University, where he earned a degree in mathematics and received a K-8 teaching certificate.

He taught sixth grade math in Bakersfield, Calif., until 2004, when he moved his family to Redmond, Ore., where he taught remedial math in Prineville.

He will live on in his family's hearts forever.

Mr. Salka is survived by his wife, Tammy, and his three children Nick, Katie and Emma. His is the son of Don and Josie Salka, and brother to Ted, Bill and Beth.

Memorials can be made to the Darren Salka Memorial Scholarship fund in care of the White Salmon School District.


79-year-old Mary Teresa Shields died at her home in White Salmon on Aug. 16, 2005. She was born in California to Erdean (Carey) and Stephen Malloy on Oct. 9, 1925.

On Aug. 20, 1947 she married Hugh Joseph Shields in Toppensish, and in 1951 the couple moved to White Salmon where they bought the shoe shop. Mrs. Shields also worked at Diamond Fruit doing various jobs. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in White Salmon. She enjoyed camping, visiting the beach and the mountains, cats, taking walks and being with her family. She loved to travel and go places.

Survivors include children Hugh Shields, Husum, Elaine Clubb and Jacob Shields, both of White Salmon, and Michael Shields, Wishram; brothers Patrick Hecker of Royal City, and Raymond Hecker of California; sister Helen Baker, White Salmon; 8 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Mrs. Shields was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh, brothers Joe and John and great grandson Kody.

A funeral mass was held on Monday, Aug. 22, 2005, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in White Salmon with interment following at the White Salmon Cemetery.

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Husum resident George Lester Cook died at his home on Aug. 16, 2005. He was 87 years old. Mr. Cook was born in Franklin, Mass. on Aug. 13, 1918, the son of Ingrid (Johnson) and Leslie Cook.

He grew up in Millville, Mass. In 1940, he married Therese C. Dumas in Rhode Island. During World War II, he served in the Army Infantry. After an honorable discharge from his military service, he and his family continued to make their home in Massachusetts until 1954, when they moved to California and he began working as a carpenter for Disneyland. Mr. and Mrs. Cook moved to Underwood in 1978 and through the years, he built about five homes on Wess Road. He was always remodeling homes for friends. Mrs. Cooke died in 1999 and George found love again with Louise Frederick, whom he married and shared many happy times with before she died in November of 2004.

Mr. Cook was a former member of the Elks Lodge but will be remembered for being a "sports nut." He never missed a game on television and looked forward to watching the Little League World Series every year.

Survivors include his children, George Raymond Cook, Orange County, Calif. and JoAnn Ingrid Larraway, White Salmon; brother Henry Raymond Cook, Vista, Calif.; sisters Doris Greenhalugh, Sanford, Maine, and June Bagley, Midway, Mass.; grandchildren Randy Cook, Lesley Larraway, Greg Cook and Robin Cook; one great grandchild Cole Cook; stepdaughters Pat Kreps Wyers and Connie Baugher; and four step grandchildren, Keith Kreps, Kris Kreps, Jill Morgan and Kelly Kreps. Mr. Cook was preceded in death by his beloved wives, Therese and Louise, brothers Harold Gustafson and Edward Cook and sister Harriet Belseth.

A graveside service was held at the White Salmon Cemetery on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 11:30 a.m. Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements.

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