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Death notices for Margaret DeWilde and Esther Matlock


On March 28, 2006, 91-year-old Margaret Schmidt DeWilde died in White Salmon. She was born on Sept. 2, 1914, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., the daughter of Esther (Blacet) and Charles Schmidt.

As a young child, Mrs. DeWilde moved with her family to Southern California. After graduating from high school, she met George DeWilde and the two married in Claremont, Calif., on June 12, 1938. The couple honeymooned in Washington and liked it so much they decided to stay. They lived in Gilmer Valley and then moved to White Salmon in 1948. In 1970, they settled in Underwood, where they lived to 33 years. The couple moved to Beth el Shalom in White Salmon in 2003.

Mrs. DeWilde enjoyed sewing and quilting, golfing and playing cards -- particularly pinochle. She was a volunteer for the hospital guild and a past Noble Grand in the Rebekah Lodge. Above all, she will be remembered as a good mother.

Surviving Mrs. DeWilde are her children Deanna Wise, Clackamas, Ore., and Ron DeWilde, Stevenson; sister Marilyn Winebarger, White Salmon; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George, sisters Arline and Mildred, and brothers Raymond and Donald.

At her request, no formal services will be held.

Memorials may be made to Beth el Shalom, in care of Gardner Funeral Home, PO Box 390, White Salmon, Wash. 98672.


Esther J. Matlock died on March 27, 2006, in Oregon City, Ore., at the age of 88. She was born to Annabelle (Copeland) and Charles Phillips in Tahlequah, Okla., on March 23, 1918.

She moved to White Salmon in 1962 and lived in the Phillips family home until 1989, at which time she moved to Milwaukie, Ore.

She is survived by sisters Julie Ridderbusch, Tillamook, Ore., and Pauline Fish of Palm Desert, Calif.; brother Dwight Phillips, North Bend; niece Lynn Brooks, Milwaukie, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private family service will take place at a later date.

Straub's Funeral Home in Camas handled arrangements.


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