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Death notices for Marguerite Kayser and Arthur Swann


Marguerite Ann Kayser, 80, Centerville, died Aug. 26, 2007, at Mid Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles.

She was born Sept. 5, 1926, in White Salmon to Russell and Marie Wyers Kreps. She was the oldest of five children. She attended school in Gilmer Valley and White Salmon.

She married Keith C. Kayser on Nov. 25, 1950. Together, they farmed and ranched side by side in Centerville. They raised seven children.

She was a past president of Washington Cattlewomen Association, past president of the Klickitat County Cowbells, a Centerville Grange Member, school board secretary, Klickitat County Fair Rodeo secretary and board member.

She was preceded in death by husband Keith Kayser, brothers Oliver T. Kreps, Russell R. Kreps and granddaughter Sally Kayser Mills.

Mrs. Kayser is survived by children Neil Kayser, Nate Kayser, Nancy Sizemore, Norma Ferguson, Nora Keyes and Ned Kayser, all of Centerville, and Nola Ray, Casper, Wyo.; siblings Olga Jane Hecomovich and Mary Louise Shattuck; grandchildren Jess, Kelsey, Will, Cori, Jenny, Hanna, Jolene, Jaclyn, Kelli, Shelby, and Macy; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007, at 10 a.m. at the Centerville Cemetery, with Pastor Ken Akins officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Washington Cattleman's Association Endowment trust fund.

Arrangements were handled by Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel, Goldendale.


Arthur William Swann was born Dec. 29, 1916, in Primghar, Iowa, to Walter McMullen Swann and Anna Waters Sutherland Swann. He died Aug. 25, 2007, in White Salmon.

"Didn't know when to quit school, finishing three bachelor's degrees and two master's." So begins his summary sent to Alpena, Mich., class of '34 high school's 45th reunion gathering. During his career he taught high school math, college physics, was an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, was librarian for several universities as well as professor of library science. He ended his career as the science librarian at the University of the Pacific, Stockton, Calif., and professor at the University's School of Pharmacy.

He was a life-long boy scout, first as an Eagle Scout, later as a Scout Leader and Wood Badge instructor and in 1973 was awarded the Silver Beaver which is the highest award given by Boy Scouts of America recognizing service to youth. Other hobbies included reading, weaving and cooking.

As an honest man of strong convictions, he always lived by his principles even when it was inconvenient or unpopular. He always understood that his highest duty was to God and lived his life accordingly.

He is survived by Mary Edna Swann, his wife; children Anna Moore, Bend, Ore., and Helen Swann and David Swann, both of Lyle; two grandsons and one great-granddaughter.


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