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Death notices for Viola Wagner, Evelyn Morse, Virginia Mahieu and Leona Donley


Viola Irene (Luth) Wagner of White Salmon was born April 4, 1932. She passed away March 28, 2011.

Born in Bonesteel, S.D., she moved to White Salmon in 1948. She graduated from Columbia High School in 1950. She married Floyd Wagner in 1954.

Floyd and Viola lived in several states while Floyd served time in the military. They moved back to White Salmon in 1957 to raise their family.

Viola was a proud sister, aunt, a mother of eight, a grandmother of 10, and a great grandmother of six. Viola enjoyed family camping trips and making quilts and spending time with her family friends, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Viola also enjoyed trips to the beach to visit her brother and her many years as a member of the Hood River Eagles.

Viola passed away in her home with family by her side. She will be missed by her family and friends and will always be remembered for the loving caring person she was. There was never a person she didn't call a friend and a child she didn't consider a grandchild.

Viola was preceded in her death by her daughter Doris and survived by her husband, of 58 years, Floyd Wagner. She was also survived by her son, Wes Wagner, and daughters Sylvia Hatch, Viola Wagner, Lavern Bligh, Edith Burnett, Wanda Wagner, Helen Everts, and Carla Curtis as well as her sons-in-law Gerald Bligh, Bob Burnett, and Rick Curtis. She is survived by 10 grandchildren: Naomi Wagner, Pat and Andy Jones, Floyd and Gerald Bligh, Micheal Wagner, Kenon Everts, Brandon and Tyler Burnett, and Amanda Curtis as well as six great grandchildren: Katy and Lindsey Jones, Jeremiah Schneider, Micheal Jr and Joseph Wagner, and Maximus Bligh. She will be missed by her brothers Bob Luth, Walter Luth, Joe Luth, Marvin Luth, Myran Luth and sister Doris Massey.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


Evelyn B. Morse (Bunny) passed away at her home in White Salmon on March 29, 2011, at the age of 91. She was born Nov. 1, 1919, to Elizabeth (Nack) and Ernest Marcks in Buffalo, N.D., where she spent her childhood.

She attended Valley City State University, Central Washington State University and Portland State University. Bunny taught for four years in North Dakota and for 24 years in Washington State, the last 21 in White Salmon. She retired in 1981.

She met her husband Clifford in North Dakota and they were married on June 3, 1947, after he returned from the Army. The couple lived in Ritzville for two years before settling in White Salmon. Two children, Luell and Loree, were born.

After Clifford retired in 1982, they did quite a bit of traveling.

Survivors include her son Luell Morse of Stanfield, Ore., and daughter Loree Smith of White Salmon; grandsons Jeremy and Christopher Morse, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at Gardner Funeral Home.

Please send condolences to the Morse family by signing the online guestbook at


Virginia N. Mahieu was born and raised in White Salmon on July 24, 1927, to Ed and Doris Cox. Virginia was the oldest of four children. George Cox, Wanda DeVon and Donald Cox were her siblings. She attended school in White Salmon, graduating from Columbia High.

Virginia married Morgan (Spike) McKee Mahieu. Together they entertained many with their country and western band called "Spike Morgan and the Mountaineers." Virginia sang and played the violin. She was a bookkeeper at many businesses throughout her 60 years of bookkeeping including Hunsaker Auto, Bingen Ford, Bingen Bakery, Antiques & Oddities and Hood River Care Center.

Virginia was a co-owner of Guido's Italian Cuisine. She loved her customers, always making homemade desserts and making sure nobody went home hungry. If anyone was hungry, a second serving for free was always her motto.

Virginia's strong faith was sustained by her membership at Our Savior Lutheran church.

The center of her life was her grandchildren and the many sports and school activities they were involved in. She loved making treats and spoiling all her grandkids and great grandkids.

Virginia was involved with the Columbia Alumni committee for several years and helped with class reunions. She enjoyed traveling to see her children wherever they were stationed in the military. She was able to travel to places like Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Japan and various places throughout the United States.

Virginia was also able to fly to Hawaii where she met up with her daughter-in-law Dorothy to take the Tiger Cruise on board the aircraft carrier, USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN 74), back to California.

In the fall, Virginia would put together a feast for Elk Camp dinner, a yearly event at a camp, lovingly called, the "Flat Top Hilton" she just wouldn't miss.

Virginia Mahieu passed away March 31, 2011, in Vancouver, at the age of 83. She was preceded in death by her husband, Morgan McKee Mahieu at a very young age and raised her two children, Harold and Neomia as a single mother. She was also preceded in death by her father Ed, mother Doris, and brother Donald. Additionally, she is survived by her son Harold Mahieu and his wife Dorothy of Whidbey Island and her daughter Neomia McFall and her husband Calvin of White Salmon. She had three grandchildren Keena Orr and her husband Trevor, Naunee Klineline and her husband Travis and Adam McFall and his wife Sara. She had seven great grandchildren who referred to her as "G G," (great grandma). Her great grandchildren were Kristin and Jazmyne Orr of White Salmon, Kyana, Syreese and Shailin Klineline of White Salmon and Andrew and Allison McFall of Glenwood. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

A graveside memorial service was held at the White Salmon Cemetery on Monday, April 4, 2011, at 11 a.m.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Our Savior Lutheran Church in care of Gardner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 390, White Salmon, Wash., 98672.

Gardner Funeral Home handled the arrangements.


Leona Elsie Walk Donley passed away March 28, 2011, in her sleep.

She was born to Esther May (Lutz) Walk and William George Walk on Feb. 25, 1922, in Fox Lake, Ill. Leona was the fourth of 10 children.

She had one son, Chuck Fry, who preceded her in death.

Leona met Herman Donley and married him on Nov. 25, 1972. He was the love of her life. He also preceded her in death on Jan. 6, 2008.

She is survived by three sisters, Jesse, Marie and Lila; two grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Judy; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at the Husum Church, with vault interment at the White Salmon Cemetery.

Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements.


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