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- December 17, 2008 VouR COMMUNITV Page 3 Temperatures Forecast High Low Precip Dec. 9 52 31 .00 Dec. 10 51 30 .00 Dec. 11 56 30 .00 Dec. 12 55 30 .00 Dec. 13 47 29 .56 Dec. 14 39 29 .13 Dec. 15 43 26 .12 Precipitation to date: 38.45 Dec. 19, 2007:42.26 LMaNaC Rain and snow possible through next week with possible partial clearing on Saturday. Highs in the 20s and 30s with lows in the teens and 20s. Lake Levels Foster Reservoir: 599.9 Green Peter Res.: 928.07 Weather information courtesy of the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Call 367-5132 for updated stream flow information There has been only one Christmas the rest are 1 anniversaries. I l W.J. Cameron / you good .a es I / . - : _ __ ~- _-: - ---~ - - - -- - -- i- From page 1 Calif., on the Central Coast near Santa Maria, an only child - "no brothers, just one wonderful daughter." Marshall said. Her parents moved to Oregon "in 1912 or so," she said, settling in the Coos Bay area for a time. Her father, J. Merrill Smith, raised day- old calves. oWhen Marshall was a teenager, she was one of the best swimmers and divers on the West Coast, her daughter said. "She and another girl used to dive off the pier in Coos Bay for 50 cents a dive," Healy said. "It was about 60 feet to the water." Healy said Marshall was the West Coast champion in both freestyle and diving, but never made it to the Olympics. Marshall said she also taught swimming. She said she used to dive off a 30-foot stand into a pool. "There was no money in it, just love," she said. "That didn't matter. My father made good money." Later. the family moved to Tillamook. where J.M. Smith, as her father was known, bought some property and built them a home where the Tillamook Air Museum and airport now stand. During World War II the family land was taken by the govemment to build a blimp base, Healy said. "We're still trying to determine whether the family ever got paid for it," she said, wryly. "We had such a good swimming pool in Tillamook," Marshall chimed in, brightly. J.M. Smith served as mayor of Tillamook for a time before the family moved again, this time to Portland, where J.M. went into business as a car dealer, selling International Harvester vehicles and equipment. In 1936 NeVelle met Ralph L. Marshall, who was a hospital administrator for the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and also worked for the Loma Linda Food Co.. also affiliated with the church. "He was a registered Republican," Marshall offered. "My father was a Republican. We were all Republicans. I don't know why." NeVille served as her husband's secretary, said Healy, who was born later in 1936. Their second child, Steve, was born four years later. Their marriage lasted 58 years, until Ralph Marshall's death. "My husband was very important to me," NeVelle said. "We were poor; both of us were working. But we didn't quarrel. "His picture on the wall is a joy to me to see." Marshall is hard of hearing now and Healy had to speak loudly into her "good" left ear to ask questions. The family enjoyed horses and rodeos, in which Healy competed, Marshall said. NeVille Marshall, left, with her husband Ralph Marshall and their daugh- ter Diane, enjoy a visit to the beach in 1939. She remembers getting a Shetland pony on Christmas Day when she was 8 and later got a riding horse. "My dad was a very generous man," Marshall said, though she didn't go into details. "My father taught me that a closed mouth makes a wise head, which kept me from letting out the family secretS," she said. Marshall said she particularly remembers learning to drive "in a 1908 Packard." She said she's enjoyed life. "I make friends easily," she From page 2 Betty Jean Thomas of Sweet Home; sons Bryce Allen Thomas of Walden, Colo., and Barry Jay Thomas of Sweet Home; four grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, father and all his siblings. Claude was the last living of 13 children: A funeral service was held Dec. 16 at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. Howard Miller Sept. 7, 1918- Dec. 11, 2008 Howard Miller, 90, of Sweet Home, died Dec. 11, 2008 at his home. He was born on Sept. 7, 1918 in Stipek, Mont., the son of Martin and Fannie Miller. He was raised in Colorado. Mr. Miller came to Sweet Home in 1946, where he met Jean Pittsley. They married in 1949, lived in Sweet Home for two years, then moved to Crawfords-ville where they lived for 40 years. In 1991 they moved back to Sweet Home as their last residence. Mr. Miller was inducted into the United States Army on March 16, 1942 and discharged Dec. 21, 1945. He received the Arfierican Service Medal, AsiaticPacific Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He worked as a logger and mill worker for most of his life. He was co-owner of Miller Tractor in Lebanon with his brother, Ben. After the business was sold, he returned to private logging and got his real estate license. He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Sweet Home since Oct. 16, 1949. He enjoyed serving anywhere, whether mowing the lawn, singing in the choir, teaching, being a deacon, and a Northwest Church Builders volunteer. He once attended Bible college. Mr. Miller depended on God to direct all aspects of his life. He loved his family, church family, friends and tried to live his life in a way that would lead others to know his Lord and Saviour. He enjoyed woodworking and rockhounding. He is most known for his quilt making. For 13 years he made approximately 100 per year to give away to charities and churches. Howard is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Connie and Rick Hershberger, Helen and Mike Miner and Marilyn and Randy Colburn, all of Sweet Home, and Lois and Doyle Shaw of Philomath; a sister, Frances Brown of Walsh, Colo.; six grandchildren: and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife Jean in 2001; and siblings Monroe, Iva Litke, Mary Adams, Ben, Clio Litke, Martin, John and Roy. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at First Baptist Church in Sweet Home, with Pastor Danny Wyatt officiating. Final burial will be at Gilliland Cemetery. Donations can be made to the First Baptist Church in Sweet Home or The Gideons' International Bibles Fund, Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. Ellen Wagner Nov. 24, 1925 - Dec. 15, 2008 Ellen May Wagner, 83, died Dec. 15, 2008 in Roseburg. She was a longtime resident of Sweet Home before moving to Roseburg in 2000. Taylor Family Chapel of Rose- burg is handling the arrangements. Services are planned for Friday, Dec. 19, at 1 p.m. For informa- tion, call (541) 677-8040. said. "My closest and most loved one is like a sister to me. She lives in Washington." Randy Townsend, L.D. 1228 Main Street, Sweet Home (541) 409-2499 30 + Years Experience q "l .!