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Death notices for Gail Howard, Fern Spaeth and Lorraine Robinson


Lucy Gail Howard, 68, Bingen, died May 25, 2008. She was born Nov. 9, 1939, in New Orleans, La., to Lake Dupree and Georgie Margaret Roberts Dupree.

She grew up in New Orleans and moved to Crowley, La., at age 9. She graduated from Crowley High School in 1957 and then attended T.L. James Technical School taking secretarial courses.

She joined the United States Air Force in 1958; she was Airman 2nd Class and was honorably discharged in 1960.

From a brief marriage she had a daughter, Julie, in 1961.

In 1964 she worked for the State Department of Public Assistance. It was at this time that she met her true love Bill "Willy" Howard. They married in December of 1966.

In 1969, shortly after the birth of their son, the couple moved to White Salmon, making it their home.

Mrs. Howard enjoyed homemaking, family activities, needle point, jigsaw puzzles and traveling. She was a Girl Scout leader for 11 years for her daughter Julie and attended all of her son Lake's sporting events.

Mrs. Howard is survived by her daughter, Julie Howard, Bingen; son Lake Howard, Goldendale; sister Pauline Zaunbrecher of Crowley, La.; grandchildren Jaqi Williams, Ashlee Williams, Raymond Conklin, Elora Conklin, Jeffrey Howard and Kelsey Howard; and great-grandchildren Tatyana Steele, Rayna Steele and Chance Scott.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Willy, and great-grandchild Landen Scott.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2008, at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon.


Fern Spaeth died on May 18, 2008, after a three-year battle with breast cancer. Born Nov. 20, 1939, she was raised in Bennington, Kan., before moving to locations including: Washington D.C., Germany, Alaska and California.

She settled near Seattle to raise her children. Retirement from the Boeing Company gave her the freedom to relocate. But it was her grandchildren Samantha Spaeth, Nathan DeVaney, Sydney Spaeth and Min DeVaney that gave her the incentive to come to White Salmon, where she was able to live within blocks of daughter Dotty DeVaney and her son Craig Spaeth.

She quickly became active with Friends of the White Salmon Community Library, Habitat for Humanity, and Bethel Congregational Church. She was able to make a difference in the community in the time she was here.

Her tenacious honesty and impeccable organizational skills will be missed by all.

Mrs. Spaeth is also survived by her sisters Fae Vaupel and Joyce Wilcox of Kansas. Her continued calls and contacts with out-of-state family will also be missed.

A sharing and celebration of Mrs. Spaeth's life and spirited contributions will be held on Friday, June 13, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. The celebration will take place at Bethel Congregational Church in White Salmon with Pastor John Boonstra.

Memorials may be made to the Friends of the White Salmon Library, Habitat for Humanity, Bethel Congregational Church or Hospice of the Gorge.


On June 1, 2008, Lorraine Alice Robinson died at her home in Klickitat at the age of 78. She was born Dec. 9, 1929, to Charles and Louise (Pigdeon) Portner in Platte, S.D.

She was raised in Bingen and graduated from Columbia High School in White Salmon. She raised her children in Klickitat County. In addition to being a wonderful homemaker, she also worked as an educational assistant in Trout Lake, and retired from Washington State Employment Division in Bingen.

Mrs. Robinson's children and grandchildren were the delight of her life. She faithfully attended many rodeos, fairs, basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball games to support those kids. She enjoyed her home on the Klickitat River, gardening, taking care of the horses and hummingbirds.

Mrs. Robinson is survived by her children Linda Hubbard, Karen Johnson, Dave Holly and Judy Fink; stepchildren Joanie Brown, Stacey Robinson and Gail Nolan; sisters Rose Schmidt, Lily Bringer, Adele Mansfield and Betty Kessinger; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry Robinson; parents Charles and Louise Portner; brothers Pete, Joe, Lloyd and Charlie Portner; sisters Viola Shum and Fonda Engel; and grandson Cody Edward Holly.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2008, at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon, with inurnment at the White Salmon Cemetery.

Memorial can be made to the Klickitat Little League. Klickitat School Athletic Fund, Rodeo Bible Camp or Hospice in Goldendale.


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