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Death notices for Mary Arnett, Zelda Lamping, Darleen McPherson, Boyd Davis


Mary Helen (Montgomery) Arnett was born at Strong City, Okla., on March 4, 1927, to George Washington Montgomery and Mattie Elizabeth (Chandler) Montgomery.

Mary was the youngest of 11 children raised on a farm near Roll, Okla. Mary grew up working on the farm during the Depression. The farm did reasonably well but, as kids grew, many decided to try a life at something other than farm work. Mary moved away from the farm near the end of the Second World War. She moved to White Salmon, following many of her older brothers and sisters and their families to the area. For a short period of time she worked as an usher at the Cameo Theater.

It was in White Salmon that Mary met William H. ("Bill") Arnett, the love of her life. They married and settled in BZ Corners. Bill worked in the mill for SD&S and Mary remained at home raising their two children. Briefly, beginning in 1971, they farmed Bill's parents' orchard on the Underwood Cutoff. In 1974 they moved to White Salmon when Bill went to work at Louisiana Pacific's mill in Home Valley.

Mary soon took on an ever-expanding role as caregiver when Bill had to retire from millwork with early-onset Parkinson's disease. She also spent time gathering family history information, collecting names, dates, stories and old photographs and organizing them. She enjoyed taking walks around White Salmon and visiting with long-time friends.

Mary passed away June 13, 2010, at the Hood River Care Center, she was 83. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Arnett, by her parents, George and Mattie Montgomery, by brothers Hugh, Horace, Lonnie, Lee and Charlie and sisters Louella Lantz and Mattie Willing.

She is survived by her sons Derrin, of Portland, Ore., and Danny (Diane) of Fairview, Ore.; step-granddaughter Amy Wilson of Fairview, Ore.; sisters Evelyn White of Winston, Ore., and Maybell Newell of White Salmon; brother James of Springfield, Ore., and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be at Gardner's Funeral Home on Thursday, June 24, 2010, at 1 p.m. Interment will be at White Salmon cemetery.


Zelda Rosetta Lamping, 93, a resident of Wishram, passed away at a care facility in The Dalles on Tuesday, June 15, 2010.

She was born in Harrisburg, Ore., on Dec. 15, 1916, the only child to Archie A. and Effie M. (Gooding) Miller. She grew up in Harrisburg and Vernonia, Ore., graduating from Vernonia High School.

Zelda married Milton John Lamping on May 26, 1938. She was a homemaker, member of Wishram Community Church and enjoyed fishing and needlework.

She is survived by her four children, Laureta Holland and her husband Jerry of Dufur, Ore., Mary Kennard and her husband Fritz of Mt. Hood, Ore., Milton Lamping and his wife Judy of Klickitat, and Carol Stevens and her husband Gerald of Cottage Grove, Ore.; eight grandchildren, Shane Namie, Rusty Namie, Deborah Arbuckle, Monique Taylor, John Lamping, Melinda Norton, Jan Loomis and Douglas Stevens; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Viewing was held on Saturday, June 19, 2010, at 9 a.m. at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home with the graveside service following at 11 a.m. at Odd Fellows Threemile Cemetery with Charles Hargrove officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wishram Volunteer Fire Dept., or the Wishram Community Church.


Darleen Ryan McPherson passed away in Glenwood, on June 16, 2010 at the age of 32. She was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Feb. 28, 1978.

Darleen graduated from Tillamook High School in Tillamook, Ore., and married Kirt McPherson in Glenwood on June 18, 2004. She loved doing arts and crafts with her children. Some of her hobbies were crocheting (especially making special hats), creating collages of family photos and cooking. Darleen also enjoyed many outdoor activities such as riding horses, camping, boating, Harley riding and going 4x4ing in their Jeep. Special times included sitting around the campfire with her family and friends. Darleen loved her church, the Lyle Celebration Center.

She is survived by her husband Kirt McPherson of Glenwood; children Stephen McPherson of Glenwood, Makayla Schwend of Tillamook, Christopher McPherson and Tiffany McPherson of Glenwood; brother Jason Merryman of Glenwood; mother- and father-in-law Terry and Earl Kuhnhausen of Glenwood; grandparents Pat and Bette Setters of Lyle; many foster brothers and sisters; brothers-in-law Randy Pimley, Travis McPherson and Rick McPherson; sister-in-law Melody West, Stephanie McPherson.

A celebration of Darleen's life will be held Friday, June 25 at 2 p.m. at the Lyle Celebration Center in Lyle with a procession following from Lyle to Kirt McPherson's residence in Glenwood.

A celebration of Darleen's life will be held after the services at the Kirt McPherson home in Glenwood.

Gardner Funeral Home's Columbia River Crematory handled cremation arrangements.


Boyd Jensen Davis passed away at his home in White Salmon June 21, 2010, at the age of 78. He was born in the family farmhouse in Weston, Idaho, on May 25, 1932, the son of Leta (Jensen) and Louis Arnold Davis.

At the age of 17, Boyd (BJ) left home and joined the Coast Guard. His first duty was in California and he later served in Washington, Maine, Alaska and New York. BJ was one of the last generation of family Lighthouse Keepers. For 13 years he was on the Coast Guard Rifle and Pistol team where he set many distinguished records in military shooting, some of which still stand today. Boyd loved the Coast Guard, serving (26 years) in that component of the military until his retirement.

After he retired, he bought the Ship and Shore Restaurant and Lounge in Rathdrum, Idaho. Later, BJ moved to Waldport, Ore., and then to McMinnville, Ore., where he met his future wife, Rita, in 2000. The couple moved to White Salmon that year and married at Skyline Hospital on March 11, 2010.

Boyd was a member of the M.O.A.A., the American Legion, Eagles Lodge, BPOE Elks Lodge, and was a lifetime member of the NRA. BJ stated: "My only regret is I was too old to go back into the Coast Guard to serve again."

Survivors include his wife, Jaunita Rita Davis of White Salmon; sons and their wives Steven C. and Debbie Davis, Brian J. and Rhonda Davis, and Alan P. and Joy Davis all of Kennewick; stepchildren Elisa (Richard) Chambers of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, Butch (Marla) Hughes and Kelly (Nancy) Hughes both of Eugene, Ore., Marion (Tim) Conn of Veneta, Ore. and Kris (Cathy) Brakefield of White Salmon; sisters Janet (Frank) Pearson of Preston, Idaho, Sharon (Terry) Kofoed of Weston, Idaho and Julie Onefeather of Kent; brothers Lyle (Nancy) Davis of Cascade, Idaho and Dean (Lily) Davis of Sacramento, Calif.; 22 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. He was preceded in death by son Michael B. Davis in 1984.

Friends are invited to a wake from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, 2010, at the Eagles Lodge in Bingen. There will be a Celebration of Life potluck on Saturday, July 3, 2010, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Kennewick Grange, 1300 S. Union Street, Kennewick.

Gardner Funeral Home handled cremation arrangements.


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