MARY LOUISE CARTER
April 6, 1934 - Jan. 15, 2012
Our loving wife and mother, Mary Louise Carter, of Carson, passed away peacefully at home with her husband of nearly 57 years, Jerry Carter.
Mary was born April 6, 1934 to Wilma Pauline Hegwood in Knoxville, Iowa. She was raised in The Dalles, Ore. where she attended high school and graduated in 1952. She met Jerry Carter of White Salmon shortly after he returned from military duty. The two were married July 22, 1955, in White Salmon. The couple made their home in nearby Bingen, welcoming three children to their family.
Mary was a homemaker her entire life, but she also attended nursing school and she studied for her real estate license which she earned in the 1970s.
In 1970, the Carter family moved to Carson, where Mary enjoyed raising her family, being a part of the community and making many lasting friendships. Jerry and Mary launched a logging and trucking company in Carson and the two operated it successfully for many years.
Mary was an active and vibrant person who was also a dog lover. She could often be seen at the local parks walking her dog every morning and afternoon.
After they retired, Mary and Jerry became snowbirds, traveling to Mazatlin, Mexico, to spend winters away from the Pacific Northwest weather. It was in Mexico that Mary discovered her calling and began a one-woman charity to cloth the impoverished local children. Each year when Mary returned to the United States, she would gather her grandchildren's hand-me-down clothing, comb garage sales and second-hand shops and take in donated clothes from friends, all to distribute among the needy children in Mexico. Mary Carter was well known and loved or her generosity there, just as she was loved by her own family and friends at home.
Mary was graciously cared for by her loving and devoted husband, Jerry Carter, as she valiantly battled Alzheimer's for several years.
Mary is survived by her husband, Jerry Carter, of Carson; her daughter Debbie Hart, of Oregon City, Ore.; her son Michael Carter, of Longview; and her daughter Tammy Johnson, of La Center; and their spouses. She is also survived by three grandaughters, Molly Gunn, of Carson; Erin O'Neill, of Battle Ground, and Stacia Gunn, of Longview.
Mary was preceded in death by her grandsons Kasey Collins and Trent Carter. She is also survived by four great grandchildren and by her sister, Linda Carney of Spokane, WA. and her brother John Pezetti of The Dalles, Ore.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at the Rock Creek Center in Stevenson.
The family asks that donations be made in Mary's name to the animal shelter, Home at Last, 200 River Road, The Dalles, Ore., 97058
Robert E. (Bob) Janes passed away with family by his side into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Jan. 17, 2012, after a short, courageous fight with cancer.
Bob was born Jan. 5, 1922, in Pendleton, Ore., and moved to Bingen, when he was 2. He went to school in Bingen and White Salmon and graduated from Columbia Union High School in 1941. It was there that he met the love of his life, Nadene DeRosear. They were married Aug. 15, 1942.
In December of that year, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and subsequently volunteered for the paratroopers division. He was a member of the famous 101st Airborne Division. Bob parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and again in Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands in September of that year. He also fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium during the winter of 1944-45. He returned to the States later that year, moving to White Salmon where he and Nadene began raising a family.
Bob worked in the timber industry and at one time had his own saw mill. Later he worked for the U.S. Forest Service, where he was responsible for the trail systems in the Hood River district on Mount Hood and was a snow ranger at Mt. Hood Meadows. He retired from the Forest Service in 1983 and he and Nadene pursued many outdoor activities -- camping, hiking, skiing, backpacking and traveling, mostly in the Southwest.
He loved his family and spending time with his children and their families. His love of the outdoors continues on through his children and grandchildren.
Bob is survived by his wife of 69 years, Nadene; son Greg (wife Marsha); daughters Denise Doney and Gale Williams (husband Steve); four grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Services will be held at Tucker Road Baptist Church on Feb. 4, 2012, at 1 p.m., with fellowship to follow.
Arrangements are under the direction of Gardner Funeral Home.