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Death notices for Sadie Fincher and William McLeod


Sadie was a good woman, a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great, great-grandmother, daughter, sister and friend.

We remember Sadie for her flowers, her cooking, her generosity, humor, strength, character and the deep love and caring that she shared with family and friends.

Sadie was born Aug. 5, 1912, to John and Patsy Harris in a log cabin at Chenowith in Skamania County.

She graduated from the eighth grade in 1929 in a little one-room country school in Chenowith, when she was 16. After graduation, her family moved to the Yakima Valley where she met and married Howard Fincher on Dec. 24, 1931. They had two children.

They lived in the lower Yakima Valley until Howard passed in 1952. After the death of her husband, Sadie moved back to Underwood where all her family lived.

She worked for 24 years at the Underwood Fruit Warehouse where she retired in 1976.

She was a lover of the great outdoors. Always fishing, camping, mushrooming, picking huckleberries, and gardening. She enjoyed canning, baking, cooking and sewing. She was an avoid crocheter.

Sadie never had a lack of love or a dull moment in her life. Always cutting up and she loved to socialize with her many friends, young and old.

The people that love Sadie are her children Beverly and Jerry Fincher; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 5 great, great-grandchildren, and all their families; and many friends.


A memorial service for 90-year-old William C. McLeod will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Grace Bible Church, corner of 3rd Avenue and Washington Street, in Mosier, Ore.

William was born to Charlotte Adelaide (Burgess) and George Howard McLeod on April 8, 1920, in Mary River, Prince Edward Island, Canada. He came to Lyle 1924 and graduated from Lyle High School in 1938. Mr. McLeod served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1939 until his honorable discharge in 1945. After serving his country, William returned to the Columbia Gorge area and worked for the highway department until his retirement in 1974.

Mr. McLeod married Alice Bennett in 1951; she passed away in 1979. William remarried to Patricia Brockman in 1981 and the couple lived in Carson. She died in 1990. For the past eight years, Mr. McLeod has lived in The Dalles, Ore.

William will be missed so much by Chris Holmes, as he was more like a father than a grandfather, they were great friends not just family.

William was a member of Columbia Grange #87, American Legion and Grace Bible Church in Mosier. He enjoyed woodworking and restoring things to their original beauty. Mr. McLeod was a wonderful man and remarkable father.

He will be missed by daughters JoAnne Huston of Westport, Marianne and Bill DuBay of Vancouver, Barbara (Bobbie) and Larry Andrews of The Dalles and Carol Rayson of Portland, Ore.; brother Gordon McLeod of The Dalles; sister Etta Osina of Morton; 15 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by first wife Alice, second wife Patricia, brother Howard McLeod and sister Ella Shebley.

Gardner Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


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