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Death notices for Mary Hoyt Stevenson, Aaron Brisbois Jr., and Scott Bradshaw


Mary Hoyt Stevenson, born April 13, 1920, died peacefully in her home in White Salmon surrounded by her loving family. She died from heart failure Friday evening, Nov. 7, 2008.

She was a true Northwesterner and native of Washington State growing up in Spokane as the second daughter of Dr. John and Ethel Hoyt. After high school she attended the University of Washington and graduated in 1942 with a bachelor of arts degree in drama. In the fall of 1940 she was crowned Queen Mary during homecoming week.

She married Lt. Bruce M. Stevenson, U.S. Navy, on March 27, 1943. During his service in World War II, she worked for United Airlines. After the war the young couple settled in White Salmon to start a business and raise a family.

Mrs. Stevenson was a loving wife and mother, a memorable hostess and very active in the community. She enjoyed many years of fun with friends at a local dance club. Her three daughters were a big focus in her life whether it was leading a Girl Scout troop for nine years or sewing many ballet costumes for dance recitals.

She served her country well, being the Klickitat County Chairwoman in the 60s as well as serving as a delegate and an alternate to two National Republican Conventions.

After her children left home, she enjoyed many adventures with her loving husband. She was galley mate on their boat, "Glacier Bear," loved to fish and was thrilled when she caught a marlin.

They traveled all over the world on land and sea. One of her braver moments was riding shotgun with her husband during the return trip in his Wagoneer after the Baja 1000 off-road race in 1970.

Her great love of the arts led her to serve on the Washington State Arts Commission and to be a passionate supporter and member of the Board of Trustees of Maryhill Museum as well. Even now, her philanthropic legacy, along with that of her husband Bruce, continues through the Mary Hoyt Stevenson Foundation with significant gifts to Maryhill Museum, the Portland Art Museum, Casey Eye Institute, and the Providence Cancer Center.

Recent years found her spending much of her time at the Town Club in Portland and locally playing bridge with friends.

She is survived by her sister Jean Sagerson, Spokane; daughters Laura Cheney, White Salmon, Anne Stevenson, Seattle, and Leslie Campbell, White Salmon; grandchildren Alan, Grant, Diana, Steven, Reyna, Andrew and Ashlynn. She was preceded in death in 1991 by her husband Bruce M. Stevenson.

Mrs. Stevenson will be deeply missed for her true pioneer spirit.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at the United Methodist Church in White Salmon.

Gardner Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Remembrances may be sent to Maryhill Museum, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, Wash. 98620.


Three-month-old Aaron David Brisbois, Jr. died while visiting at his grandmother's home in Cooks Landing on Nov. 9, 2008. He was born to Amy LeAnn Schoepke and Aaron David Brisbois, Sr. in White Salmon on July 22, 2008.

He was a very happy baby. Whenever he did cry it sounded like he was saying "Mom!" He loved playing pat-a-cake with his aunt and always got a great big smile on his face when he saw his grandma. If the baby was ever fussy, his aunt would sing to him and he would calm right down and go to sleep.

He is survived by his parents Amy Schoepke and Aaron Brisbois of White Swan; grandparents David Ray Schoepke, White Salmon, Caroline Brisbois, Cooks Landing, and Bobby Atkison, White Salmon; sister Satika Brisbois; brother Skyler Ray Schoekpe; and many aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, at Gardner Funeral Home with burial at the White Salmon Cemetery.


Scottie Bradshaw, longtime White Salmon resident, died in Hood River, Ore., on Nov. 9, 2008, at the age of 67. He was born in Pegs, Okla., on May 9, 1941 to Thomas McKinley Bradshaw and Anna Booker Musgrave.

On July 9, 1966, Mr. Bradshaw married Ruth Ann Viall, and the two were married for 24 years before divorcing in 1990.

In his younger years, Mr. Bradshaw liked playing basketball and softball. He also loved classic cars, building model cars and spending time with his daughter and grandchildren. Surviving family members include daughter Angela Clark, White Salmon; grandchildren Ashley and Garrett Clark, White Salmon; sisters Margie Witherell, Centennial, Colo, and Elaine Carey, Denver, Colo.; brothers Noel Bradshaw, Denver, Colo., Ford Bradshaw, Walla Walla, and Boyce Bradshaw, Paonia, Colo.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Mr. Bradshaw was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Wendell Bradshaw.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon. A reception will follow at the White Salmon Elks Lodge, where he was a member.


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