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Death notices for Elsie DeWilde, Sallie Hilkey, Yoshiko Krieger, Glenn Carpenter and Geraldine Weaver


On Oct. 25, 2005, Elsie DeWilde died in Hood River, Ore. She was 96 years old. She was born Elsie Adellia on March 29, 1909, in Pine Bluff, Mo., to Ruby (Borden) and Martin L. Helvy.

As a child, Mrs. DeWilde lived in Oklahoma and Kansas, moving to California at the age of 13. She married Jacob DeWilde in Olympia in 1925 and the couple moved back to California, living there until 1942, at which time they relocated to Washington. The DeWildes lived in several towns before settling in White Salmon in 1947. For the past 2.5 years, she has lived at Parkhurst House in Hood River.

Mrs. DeWilde is a former member of the Rebekah Lodge. She loved to crochet -- especially afghans -- for family and friends. She also enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Survivors include daughters, Anna Mae Carlson, Portland, Ore., and Elsie Robinson, White Salmon; sisters Lois Pitts, Barstow, Calif., Eileen Allaway, Kennewick, and Marjorie Russell, Council Bluff, Idaho; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and numerous great, great-grandchildren. Preceding Mrs. DeWilde in death are her parents, her husband and several siblings.

No public services will be held but those wishing to make a donation in Mrs. DeWilde's name may do so to Parkhurst House, 2450 W. May St., Hood River, Ore., 97031.

Mrs. DeWilde was interred in the White Salmon Cemetery, beside her husband Jacob.

Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements. Sign the online guestbook at


82-year-old Sallie Mae Hilkey died in Hood River, Ore., on Oct. 25, 2005. She was born in Powhatan, Ala., on August 11, 1923, the daughter of Minnie A. (Swann) and William W. Skinner.

Mrs. Hilkey grew up in Alabama. On Sept. 21, 1946 she married Henry Walter "Hank" Hilkey in Wilmington, N.C. and they moved to the White Salmon area in 1947. They moved back to Alabama in 1971 but returned to White Salmon in 1988, where they lived the remainder of their lives.

Mrs. Hilkey worked in the cannery in Hood River and attended the Baptist church. She loved sports and played first base on a softball team. She enjoyed bowling and bowled a 203 game. She liked to root for her favorite teams, the Atlanta Braves and the Portland Trail Blazers. Mrs. Hilkey taught herself how to play the guitar and would spend hours playing and singing. Above all, Sallie was a fun person. She and her husband, Hank, loved to go to the Shamrock in The Dalles on Friday and Saturday nights, where they would dance to country music and have a great time.

Surviving Mrs. Hilkey is her daughter, Sallie Ann Bird, Salt Lake City, Utah. She was preceded in death by her husband and her brother William Washington Skinner.

A graveside service was held on Friday, Oct. 28, 2005, at 2 p.m. at the White Salmon Cemetery, with Chaplain Jan Schiering officiating.

Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements. To sign the online guestbook for Mrs. Hilkey, visit


78-year-old Yoshiko Krieger died in White Salmon on Oct. 26, 2005. She was born in Amagasaki City, Japan on March 19, 1927, the daughter of Kenji and Toyo (Kuroda) Yamamota.

Mrs. Krieger received her schooling in Japan. She moved to Yokohama, where she met Robert Krieger on May 17, 1955. The couple married in the American Embassy in Tokyo on Nov, 2, 1962, living in various places in Japan before moving to the United States in 1974. They lived in Sandy, Ore., before settling in White Salmon in 1980 the very week Mt. St. Helens erupted.

Mrs. Krieger liked yard work and gardening and also enjoyed cooking very complicated Oriental dishes. She was a student and teacher in the Japanese cultural tradition of Urasenke School of Tea Ceremony. She was a member of the Trans Pacific Women's Society, Urasenke Tanko-Kai Portland Association, and Japanese Garden Society of Oregon.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Krieger, White Salmon, and numerous nieces and nephews in Japan.

An informal memorial reception will be held at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Memorials name may be given to the Japanese Garden Society of Oregon.

Send condolences to Mr. Krieger by signing the online guestbook at


White Salmon resident Glenn Alfred Carpenter died at his home on Oct. 28, 2005, at the age of 52. He was born in Seattle on Dec. 30, 1952, to Harold Eugene and Iris (Vigus) Carpenter.

Mr. Carpenter attended Stevenson High School where he was a wrestler. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and liked to smoke the fish he caught. Mr. Carpenter loved his daughter, Kasey, dearly and she was the sparkle in his eye.

Survivors include his daughter, Kasey Carpenter, Gresham, Ore.; brother Dave Carpenter, Kelso; sisters Chris Arsenaux, Roseburg, Ore., Donna Olson, Yuma, Ariz., and Suzie Davis, Seattle; step-father Norman Wivairt, Seattle, and his faithful dog, Sadie. Mr. Carpenter was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial potluck will be held at the Elks lodge in White Salmon on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m.

Gardner Funeral Home's Columbia River Crematory handled arrangements.


On Oct. 30, 2005, Geraldine Loretta Weaver died in Hood River, Ore. She was 84. She was born in Wilton, N.D., on July 14, 1921, to Grace (Keenan) and Ray Andrus, the youngest of three daughters.

Mrs. Weaver lived in North Dakota until moving to Onalaska in the mid 1930s. She married J. Orlie Olson on March 11, 1938, in Chehalis. The couple moved around Oregon and Washington before settling in Underwood in 1958. He died in 1966 and she married Walter Weaver on July 24, 1970, in Husum. In 1999, the couple moved to Rock Cove in Stevenson.

Mrs. Weaver loved sewing, baking, cooking and canning, in fact her grandchildren and great-grandchildren couldn't wait to eat Grandma's canned peaches and pears. She also liked to knit and crochet. She enjoyed singing, square-danced for years, and was a cross country skier. She loved to spend time with her grandkids and great-grandkids. Mrs. Weaver was also very active in the Husum Church during its early years.

Surviving Mrs. Weaver are her daughters Loretta Morrell, The Dalles, Ore., and Joyce Ziegler, Underwood; five grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 1 great, great-grandchild, and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Vivian Marie; her parents; first husband, J. Orlie Olson in 1966; second husband Walter H. Weaver in 2000; and sisters Gertrude Bays and Gladys Chappell.

There will be a viewing at Gardner Funeral Home on Monday, Nov. 7, 2005, at 1 p.m., followed by a graveside service at 2 p.m. at the White Salmon Cemetery.

Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements.


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