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Obituaries

Death notices for Marguerite Coleman, David Weiss, Marie Kelly and Russell Bennett

MARGUERITE COLEMAN

Marguerite Elma Dawson Coleman died in her sleep at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, Ore., on March 21, 2009. She was born Nov.27, 1921.

She was preceeded in death by her husband Carl Melvin Coleman, and son David Coleman.

She is survived by son Duke Coleman, Lyle; daughters Shirley Wilson, Midland, Texas, and Carlene Pearce, Lyle; grandchildren Damon Coleman, Jennifer Goulart, Amy Everson, Audra Pearce, Tonya Balli; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She married Carl Melvin Coleman on Aug. 2, 1945. She worked in the shipyard at Vancouver during World War II, Dickey Farms, and orchards in The Dalles.

She enjoyed her family and friends. She also enjoyed the outdoors, animals, gardening, and the beauty of nature.

Her memorial was held Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in White Salmon.

DAVID WEISS

David Weiss Carson, known to many in the SECRETS of our Forest Home program as "Whipsnake," died unexpectedly in his home earlier this month.

He served as Columbia Gorge Ecology vice-president of the board and was a long time SECRETS volunteer extraordinaire. Many folks in the community also knew him through his service as interpretive naturalist/park ranger and the US Forest Service, Discovery Center Museum, and most recently at Bonneville Locks and Dam. Through the SECRETS and Forest Explorers programs alone, more than 3,000 local students have heard his songs and stories inspiring a sense of wonder in our local ecosystem.

Mr. Weiss worked as environmental educator/outreach specialist at Bonneville Lock and Dam and enjoyed writing songs, skiing, acting in community plays and playing in a Marimba band.

He was a leader in environmental education in the Gorge, working with state, national and many local groups to improve programs in our communities and building partnerships. In addition to contributing to the SECRETS program, he spent much of his energy working with kids at Wind River Middle School, The Khlare House, Bambinos, Dallesport and more.

A Celebration of his life was held on Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. at the Bonneville Lock and Dam Auditorium.

MARIE KELLY

Funeral services for Marie Kelly will be held at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon on Friday, March 27, at 11 a.m. There will be a gathering at the Eagles Lodge in Bingen following the graveside service.

Mrs. Kelly died on March 14, 2009, in Gilbert, Ariz., after a lengthy illness. She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur, son Bill, daughter Rose, and four sisters.

She is survived by three sons Jim Kelly, Superior, Ariz., Jack Kelly, White Salmon, and Bob Kelly, Woodland; 10 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren; brother Roy Eslick, Siloam Springs, Ark.; and sister Billie Hammers, Watts, Okla.

Mrs. Kelly was born at Spiro, Okla., on March 19, 1925. She grew up during the depression years and was well acquainted with hard work. She met and married Arthur Kelly at age 18. The next few years were spent in South Dakota until they moved to Washington where she spent most of her life. Their farm was near Brush Prairie where her five children grew up on home-grown meat and canned fruits and vegetables. She was not afraid of work and raised her children the same way. She loved to cook and bake and was well known for her pies. She leaves a host of friends and relatives who will miss her immensely.

RUSSELL BENNETT

Russell Bennett, a 1952 graduate of Columbia High School, died at his home in Everett on March 25, 2009, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

He leaves behind his wife Sue; children Tim, Russell and Susie; and brother Ron Bennett.

Services will be held in Edmonds on April 11, 2009, at 3 p.m.

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