RUTH GRAY

Ruth Evelyn Gray, a Hood River resident, died Sept. 10, 2006, at Brookside Manor. She was 87.

Mrs. Gray was born Feb. 15, 1919, in Portland, Ore., to John and Paula (Kruger) Logan. She grew up in Portland, Ore., attending Alameda Grade School and graduating from Grant High School. She attended Oregon State University and was a member of Gamma Phi Beta and the National Honor Society.

Prior to moving to Hood River, she resided in Portland, Pasco, and White Salmon.

She always enjoyed family, entertaining, skiing, golf, and singing in the church choir.

She is survived by her son Steven, Edmonds; daughter Kathy Gray, Montecito, Calif.; son Robert, Eagan, Minn.; son Paul, Portland; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services will be Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hood River. A celebration of life will follow at the Hood River Inn.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, Ore. 97031.

LA-VERNA GRAHAM

On Sept. 14, 2006, La-Verna Catherine Graham -- loving wife, devoted mother, and caring friend -- died at her home in Goldendale after a seven-year battle with cancer. She was 68 years old. She was born on July 11, 1938 in Vancouver to Ralph and Lena (Feigitsch) Mosbrucker.

Mrs. Graham was raised in Snowden where she attended elementary school. She later attended Columbia High School in White Salmon, graduating in 1956. On June 16, 1956, she married Delane "Curly" Graham at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in White Salmon. He worked construction up and down the Gorge and they lived most of their married life in Klickitat County, residing in Goldendale just three days short of 48 years. Mrs. Graham worked as a bookkeeper for 30 years at Simcoe Metal in Goldendale.

As a girl she was a great horsewoman who wanted to be a professional trick rider when she grew up. Mrs. Graham loved being with family and friends and her passion was snowmobiling. Always active in her community and children's schools, Mrs. Graham received the "Women Helping Women" Award from the Soroptimists in 1974 and was involved in the Altar Society at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where she was a longtime member. Mrs. Graham also enjoyed attending her childrens and grandchildrens sporting events. Mrs. Graham was a very positive person who chose to see the good in others.

Mrs. Graham is survived by her husband of 50 years, Curly, Goldendale; sons Rocky Graham, Enterprise, Al and Jeff Graham, of Vancouver; daughter Terisa Richman, Prosser; brothers Ray Mosbrucker and Roy Mosbrucker of Goldendale; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Lena, her sister, Tina Boatsman, and one grandchild, Shannon Graham.

A rosary will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Goldendale. Memorial services will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m.

Send condolences to the Graham family by signing the online guestbook at www.gardnerfh.com.

GERALD STEVENS

Gerald "Jerry" Archie Stevens, 79, a resident of White Salmon, died on Friday, Sept. 8, 2006, at a care facility in Hood River.

He was born on Feb. 24, 1927, the oldest of five children to Reginald C. and Opal (Wells) Stevens, in Caldwell, Idaho. He went to school in Caldwell and Idaho Falls. Mr. Stevens was a great sprinter excelling in the 100 and 220 yard dashes during his school years.

He married Hazel Compher on Nov. 25, 1944 (who passed away on Aug. 28, 1993), and joined the Navy in 1944. He resided in Caldwell for seven years, at which time he worked for Idaho Egg Producers. He and his family moved to Klickitat in 1951. Mr. Stevens worked at the mill in the planer department for J. Neils, St. Regis Paper Company and Champion International, where he retired with a total of 35 years of service. While working at the mill, Mr. Stevens concurrently had a scrap metal business.

He married Judy Cornelius on Nov. 23, 1999, in White Salmon. He lived in White Salmon from 2000 until his time of passing. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bingen, and the American Legion. He enjoyed square dancing, RV traveling, and playing board games and canasta with his friends and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Judy, White Salmon; step-mother Barbara Stevens; son Gene Stevens, Cottage Grove, Ore.; daughter Vickie Ladiges, Kirkland; brothers Ron Stevens, Boise, Idaho, Roger Stevens, Spokane, WA; sister Jeannie Newland, Napa, Idaho; 16 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, four step children, five step grandchildren, and six step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Hazel; parents; and sister Regina, twin to Roger.

A memorial service will be held at the First Christian Church, 909 Court Street, on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, at 2 p.m., with Pastor Wes Koester officiating.

Spencer, Libby, and Powell Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.

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