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Obituaries

Death notices for Vivian Clark, Doris Hendryx and James Denny

VIVIAN CLARK

Early Easter morning, April 12, 2009, Vivian Ione Clark (Babcock) died quietly while in the care of her family and staff of Skyline Hospital.

Born in Thief River Falls, Minn., on April 6, 1919, she came to reside in the Columbia Gorge area in the 1940s.

Being a strong willed and independent woman she worked at a variety of jobs, her favorite being a book keeper, finally retiring at 80 years of age to devote herself to her cherished family.

Being a lifelong fan of professional baseball she became an avid supporter of the Seattle Seahawks, along with her love for pro football. She was also a creative person and knit and crocheted many lovely pieces which she shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years David M. Clark; children David L., Lynn E. Clark, White Salmon, and Terrill I. Little, Chehalis; and grandchildren Chad L., Nicholas D. Clark, and Dana Nystrom .

DORIS HENDRYX

Doris E. (Wnuk) Hendryx was born on May 25, 1918 and raised in White Salmon, where she spent most of her life. She died April 17, 2009.

Her parents, Steven and Leah Wnuk, farmed, grew fruit and raised livestock. She had one sister, Martha, who preceded her in death.

She married Hubert Rayburn and had two sons, Howard and Steven. Later she married Bethewel Hendryx and had a daughter, Renae.

She was a member of the White Salmon chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star for many years.

Mrs. Hendryx was a farm girl at heart and loved animals almost as much as people. She had many friends and enjoyed spending time with them all. Family was always the most important thing in her life and she kept everyone close.

Her love of animals was not limited to domestic animals. She had a pet raccoon named Joey and a coyote named Spooky, even though she lived in town.

The Hendryxs had a ranch out of town and raised cattle and horses. She loved to ride and did so whenever she could.

In her later years, she moved to Boulder, Colo. and into the Mary Sandoe House, an assisted living facility. She enjoyed the people there and made many new friends, whom she cared about.

She is survived by her three children, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

JAMES DENNY

James W. Denny, a former resident of White Salmon, died with his loving wife Sheila by his side on April 22, 2009. He had fought a valiant battle against lung cancer which had been diagnosed in late February of 2009.

Mr. Denny was born Dec. 19, 1934 in Hood River, Ore., the first son of Lewis and Pearl (Edstrom) Denny. After graduating from Wy'East High School in 1953, he headed to Portland, Ore., and began working for Halton Tractor starting a lifelong career in the heavy equipment repair industry.

In 1956, he married Donna Krall of White Salmon. Together they had 4 children. After 15 years in Portland and Vancouver, the couple decided to "get back to their roots" and moved back to White Salmon in 1970. Together they owned and operated the Hilltop Station in Husum. In 1978, the station was converted to a log scaling ramp and Mr. Denny went to work for various logging outfits. In 1981, the couple divorced.

When Mr. Denny retired he was ready for some fun and decided to purchase The Bungalow Tavern in Carson and he went to "work" as groundskeeper at Carson Mineral Hot Springs Resort and Golf (he loved golf).

He eventually retired for real and decided to hit the road. He bought himself an RV and Harley and started heading south for the winter. It was on his winter trip in 1996 to the "Fountain of Youth Resort" in Niland, Calif., that he met another "snowbird" who would become his wife, Sheila DeGraaf. They married in 1998 and together they enjoyed their love of RVing throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada; motorcycle riding, four-wheeling; and just plain having fun. Mr. Denny lived his life to the fullest until the very end.

Mr. Denny is survived by his wife, Sheila; son Michael, Kodiak, Alaska; daughters Kimberly Arden, Vancouver, Cynthia Dittmar, Canby, Ore., and Debra Hogberg, White Salmon; grandchildren Aaron and Adam Hogberg, Stefani Dittmar, Jennifer and Tara Tiffany, Stacy Thompson, Lisa and Jill Denny; and two great-grandsons Garrett and Derek Hogberg.

On Friday, April 24, a Celebration of Life was held in Niland, Calif.

A private remembrance will be held by the family.

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