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Death notices for Shirlie Verley, Regina Chase, Thelma Rader


Shirlie Jeanette (Tebbs) Verley passed away on Nov. 10, 2010, at her home in Chehalis. She was born Feb. 16, 1931, in Goldendale, first child of the late Cedric McEwen Tebbs and Anna Loretta (Thomson) Tebbs.

She grew up in Goldendale and attended high school in White Salmon where she graduated salutatorian of her class in 1949, and where she met Gene Ray Verley, to whom she was married on Aug. 31, 1950 (his birthday).

Shirlie received her bachelor (1962) and master's (1968) degrees in education from Central Washington State College (now University). She taught elementary grades in San Leandro, Calif., (1958-1964), and Chehalis (at Cascade Elementary and R.E. Bennett, 1964-67), eventually "graduating" to W.F. West High School, where she was chair of the English department for many years, and taught English classes from 1967 until her retirement in 1989. She was a dedicated and innovative teacher, respected and admired by all who knew her.

Shirlie spent a number of summers in Europe as a study-tour teacher and chaperone with groups of high school and college students from Lewis County and elsewhere. She was a lifelong student herself, interested in many topics. She loved snow skiing and line dancing, aerobic exercise and gardening, and did them all for as long as she was able.

Shirlie remained active in many organizations before and after retirement. She was especially involved in genealogy and she and Gene spent a week every year (after wintering in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.) at the LDS Library in Salt Lake City researching their family histories.

Shirlie was a member of the Lewis County Genealogical Society, Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington and Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also an active member of the St. Helens Club in Chehalis and the Clara Armstrong Guild of Children's Hospital, Delta Kappa Gamma, and a past member of the Lewis County American Association of University Women.

She attended the Grace Foursquare Church in Centralia, where she taught adult Bible Study classes for many years.

Shirlie was preceded in death by her brother Willis Larry Tebbs (1938-2002).

She is survived by her husband of 60 years and their three children, Susan Kay Verley, Steven Ray (Debbie) Verley and Shane Curtis (Cynthia) Verley, all of Chehalis; three grandchildren, Zane Verley, Adam Verley and Sara (Verley) Hinkey; 10 great-grandchildren, her other brother, Donald Cedric (Sandra) Tebbs, of Granite Bay, Calif., and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Her many friends in Lewis and Klickitat counties and her entire family will miss her very much.

A memorial service was held at Grace Foursquare Church, 3030 Borst Ave. in Centralia, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. A second, smaller service and burial will take place at Gardner's Funeral Home in White Salmon on Friday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m.

Donations may be made to Assured Home Health/Hospice through the Visiting Nurses Foundation or the American Cancer Society.


Regina Ann Chase passed away in Hood River on Nov. 10, 2010, at the age of 75. She was born in Boulder, Colo., on Nov. 22, 1934, to Jane (Barone) and Gaetano Merlino.

Regina was raised in Boulder and moved to Seattle in 1962. In 1984 she settled in the Gorge area. Mrs. Chase was an avid bowler and ran the Salmon Bowl in White Salmon. She also enjoyed playing golf.

Regina was a member of the Elks lodge, where she worked as a bookkeeper. Mrs. Chase liked a good game of pinochle, the companionship of her dog and spending time with her granddaughter. She will be missed by her son Steve Chase and his wife Elaine of Mt. Vernon; daughter Stephanie Ziegler and her husband Eric of Underwood; stepson Darren Chase of Kennewick; brother Phillip Merlino of Thornton, Colo.; grandchildren Billy, Mikie, Jessie, Bobbi and Ericka and great grandchild Alex.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Dennis, Jack and Leroy.

Regina will be laid to rest with her parents in Boulder. Gardner Funeral Home handled cremation arrangements.


Thelma Joy Rader was born April 3, 1923, in Jackson, Mich., to Everard Gerald and Zelda Mae (Cushing) Ordway, and departed this life on Friday, Oct. 15, 2010. At the time of her death, she was 87 years old.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her Aunt Thelma Cushing; her first husband, Gaylord Aylesworth of 35 years; and her second husband, Jack Rader, of 23 years.

In 1945, she married Gaylord Aylesworth in Jackson, Mich. In 1978, they moved to Green Valley, Ariz., due to Gaylord's health. Gaylord passed away in April 1980. She met and married Jack Rader from Lebanon, Mo., on April 11, 1982, in Green Valley, Ariz. They later made their home in Marshfield, Mo., where they enjoyed a lot of golf together. Jack passed away Sept. 19, 2005.

Thelma was a member of Hillside Christian Church in Marshfield, Mo., and the pianist for several years. In her later years, she enjoyed her quilting group and Bible study group.

She is survived by three stepchildren, Charles Wayne Rader and wife Joetta, of Springfield, Mo.; Sally Josephine Rader and husband Leonard Granath, of Austin, Texas; Jackie Rader and wife Kathy, of Cullman, Ala.; a sister, Lois Burkhardt, and husband Robert Burkhardt, of Barstow, Calif.; three nephews, Ronald Robert Burkhardt, of Quogue, N.Y.; Christopher Todd Burkhardt and wife Cathie, of Fountain Valley, Calif.; Douglas Craig (Jesse) Burkhardt and wife Marie, of White Salmon; and one great niece, Clare Amber Burkhardt, of White Salmon; nine step-grandchildren; 18 step-great grandchildren; and two step-great-great-grandchildren.

The Burkhardt family will always remember and cherish the many Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday gatherings the family enjoyed in Jackson over the years with Thelma and Gaylord, as well as the many shared summer vacations and fishing trips around Michigan.

Services for Thelma Joy Rader were held on Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Dale Day officiating under the direction of Day Funeral Home, Marshfield, Missouri. Burial was in Marshfield Cemetery, Marshfield, Mo.

Memorial contributions in Thelma Joy Rader's honor may be made to Hillside Christian Church.


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