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Verne Beebe

A celebration of the life of Verne Beebe will be held from — to 4 p.m. Monday at Abigail's Antique Store, 125 W. California St., Jacksonville.

Mrs. Beebe, 72, of Jacksonville, died Friday (March 14, 2003) at her home.

The full obituary ran Sunday, March 16.

Arline Alice Taylor

The memorial service for Arline Alice Taylor will be at 2 p.m. today at Community Bible Church in Central Point. The Revs. Pete Slusher of Community Bible Church and Bernard Plumb of the Church of Christ will officiate. Private interment will be at Memory Gardens, Medford.

Mrs. Taylor, 89, of Central Point, died Monday (March 17, 2003) at her home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Bible Church Building Fund, 500 N. 10th St., Central Point, OR 97502.

She was born May 31, 1913, in Iola, Kan., to August and Ada Richardson Schwardt. On Feb. 16, 1936, in Iola, Kan., she married W. Frank Taylor, who died in 1996. They moved to the Rogue Valley in 1947 from Kansas.

Mrs. Taylor was a teacher for 24 years. She taught at Central Point Elementary School in School District No. 6 from 1968 to 1975, and at Hugo Elementary School in Grants Pass from 1951-1967. She retired in 1975.

She was a member of Community Bible Church of Central Point.

Mrs. Taylor enjoyed quilting, pets and music.

Survivors include a son, John, Selah, Wash.; and a daughter, Alice Taylor, Central Point. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra L. Taylor; a sister, Mary M. Gilson; and a brother, Herbert H. Schwardt.

Arrangements: Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives.

Bill John Clarkson

The memorial service for Bill John Clarkson will be at — p.m. Thursday at the Central Point Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bishop Kelly Thompson will officiate.

Mr. Clarkson, 77, of Medford, died Friday (March 14, 2003) at his daughter's home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Center, 228 N. Holly St., Medford, OR 97501.

He was born June 14, 1925, in Thermopolis, Wyo., to John and Marie (Farris) Clarkson. On June 29, 1960, in Las Vegas, he married Helen B. Purcell, who died in 2001. They moved to the Rogue Valley 35 years ago from Klamath Falls.

Mr. Clarkson worked as a truck driver, mechanic, welder, sheep herder and bouncer.

He was a Golden Gloves boxer, rode motorcycles with the Grey Goose Motorcycle Club and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Mr. Clarkson was a member of the Jacksonville Ward of the LDS Church.

Survivors include four sons, Bill Clarkson, Coos Bay, Merrill Shamblen, Medford, Melvin Shamblen, Mountain View, Calif., and Charles Shamblen, Bonanza; four daughters, Billie Rossi and Rose Marsh, both Medford, Connie Johnston, Trail, and Janie Cousey, Phoenix; 29 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements: Conger-Morris Central Point Chapel.

Olive 'Pat' Young

The funeral for Olive Pat Young will be at — p.m. Friday at Memory Gardens Mortuary, Medford. Pastor Aaron Veach of Hope Christian Church in Central Point will officiate. Interment will be in Memory Gardens Memorial Park.

Mrs. Young, 81, of Medford, died Saturday (March 15, 2003) at her home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, c/o Rainbow Girls, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201.

She was born Olive Wait on July 24, 1921, in Broken Bow, Neb. She moved to the Rogue Valley in 1945 from Vallejo, Calif. On May 16, 1945, in Reno, Nev., she married Edmund H. Young, who died in 1995.

Mrs. Young worked for Pacific Northwest Bell for more than 40 years, retiring in a management position.

She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America Association and a life member of the Rainbow Chapter of Eastern Star in Medford for 40 years.

Mrs. Young enjoyed her dogs and Rainbow Girls membership.

Survivors include a brother, Raymond Wait, in Nebraska.

Friends may pay their respects from — to 7 p.m. Thursday at Memory Gardens Mortuary, Medford.

James Wordon Slattery

James Wordon Slattery, 73, formerly of Medford, died Saturday (March 15, 2003) in Medford. No service is planned.

He was born May 5, 1929, in San Francisco, to Kent and Dorothy Slattery.

Mr. Slattery worked as a custodian in Veterans Affairs hospitals for 25 years. He returned to the Rogue Valley a short time ago from Antioch, Calif.

He enjoyed animals.

Survivors include an aunt, Marilyn Johnson, Medford.

Arrangements: Conger-Morris Funeral Directors, Medford.

Ruth Catherine Johnson

Ruth Catherine Johnson, 84, of Ashland, died Saturday (March 15, 2003) at her home. A private memorial service will be held.

She was born Sept. 18, 1918, in New York City. She moved to the Rogue Valley four years ago from Los Angeles.

Ms. Johnson worked in the film industry with Technicolor in Los Angeles.

She enjoyed singing, acting with an improvisation group and playing bridge.

Survivors include a daughter, Cathy Schleining, Ashland; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters.

Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland.

Peggy Hamilton

Peggy Hamilton, 77, of Medford, died Monday (March 17, 2003) in Medford. No service is planned.

She was born Feb. 16, 1926, in Covina, Calif., to Leo and Marjorie Hollands. On Feb. 14, 1949, she married Arthur L. Hamilton, who died in 1996.

Mrs. Hamilton worked for Oregon-California theaters, managing the Varsity, Holly, Craterian and Cinema Center theaters, and the Starlite, Lithia, Valley and Rogue drive-ins. She retired after the Cinema Center closed.

She enjoyed animals.

Survivors include a daughter, Sherry Ann Hanscom, Medford; a son, Rickey Allen, Warner Robins, Ga.; three grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements: Conger-Morris Funeral Directors, Medford.

Alvin 'Gale' Williams

Alvin Gale Williams, 79, of Medford, died Saturday (March 15, 2003) at his home. A private service is planned.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201.

He was born June 9, 1923, in Holly Springs, Ark., to John Alvin and Leether Mary (House) Williams. On Nov. 29, 1941, in Gurdon, Ark., he married Leo Lorraine Coon, who survives. They moved to the Rogue Valley in 1963 from Coos Bay.

Mr. Williams was a saw filer at Menesha Plywood in North Bend. He also worked as a foreman at Cheney Stud in Central Point and as a salesman for Lawson Products.

He enjoyed woodworking, buying and selling cars and politics.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a son, John H., Roseburg; two daughters, Pam Hartley, Antelope, Calif., and Dolores McNulty, Salem; three sisters, Pauline Griffin and Vada Wilson, both Sheridan, Ark., and Lottie Womack, Conway, Ark.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements: Perl Funeral Home, Medford.

Kathleen 'Kay' L. Clark

Kathleen Kay Lorraine Clark, 88, of Ashland, died Thursday (March 13, 2003) at her home. No service is planned.

She was born Aug. 30, 1914, in Portland, to Harvey and Frances (Towle) Predmore. She graduated from Jefferson High School in Portland. In Stevenson, Wash., she married Robert Middleton Clark, who survives.

The Clarks opened and operated the Palisades Bowling Alley in Lake Oswego until the mid-1960s.

Mrs. Clark was a homemaker and the creator and teller of Mr. Mouse stories. For 28 years she and her husband lived in Jacksonville, where they owned and operated a gift shop, The Hen House, in the 1970s and she volunteered at the Jacksonville Doll Museum.

She was known as Grammer to the children who visited her and were given sacks of goodies. For 20 years, she belonged to a coffee klatch, which met on Thursday mornings at the Good Bean Company in Jacksonville. She enjoyed arts and crafts, sewing and crossword puzzles.

Survivors, in addition to her husband of 66 years, include four daughters, Judith Judi Anne Gibbens, Issaquah, Wash., Toby Louise Coulter, Lake Oswego, Lorraine Rainy Inez Olson, Ashland, Margaret Peggy Arlene Kindred, Portland; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Rayleigha Coulter.

Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home and Crematory, Ashland.

Dorothy L. Dirks Woodell

Dorothy Lucille Dirks Woodell, 94, of Ashland, died Saturday (March 15, 2003) at Linda Vista Care Center, Ashland. A private memorial gathering will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

She was born Sept. 3, 1908, in Sunnyside, Wash., to Peter B. and Eliza C. (Gates) Dirks. She graduated from Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Wash. In 1932, she received a bachelor's degree from Linfield College in McMinnville. On Dec. 23, 1933, in McMinnville, she married Marshall E. Woodell, who died Jan. 15, 2003.

In the mid-1930s, Mrs. Woodell worked in the office of the president of Southern Oregon College of Education, now Southern Oregon University. In 1955, after raising her children, she continued her teaching career at Crater High School. She taught English and Spanish until retiring in 1973.

She enjoyed reading and wrote the story of her life for pleasure. She also enjoyed gardening, making braided rugs, sewing and knitting.

Survivors include a son, C. Braehm Woody Woodell, Lakeview; two daughters, Marchial Sue Hamilton, Clackamas, and Doree Anne Hull, Lebanon; two sisters, Myrtle Dirks Hartley and Jane Claire Dirks Edmunds, both McMinnville; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Orville Dirks and John Armstrong Dirks; and five sisters, Doris Bissell, Virgie Barncord, Katie Dell Lilloren, Emma Ewens and Lulu Alice Wilcox.

Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home and Crematory, Ashland.

Rodney M. Wittmers

The memorial Mass for Rodney M. Wittmers will be at 8:30 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Medford. The Rev. David Schiferl will officiate.

Mr. Wittmers, 55, of Medford, died Monday (March 17, 2003) at Rogue Valley Medical Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

He was born March 29, 1947, in South San Francisco. On Feb. 17, 1973, in Millbrae, Calif., he married Nancy Forde, who survives. They moved to the Rogue Valley 10 years ago from San Mateo, Calif.

Mr. Wittmers was a respiratory technician at Rogue Valley Medical Center for 10 years.

He was an excellent fisherman, chef, winemaker and enjoyed people.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include his parents, Marian and John Wittmers, South San Francisco; and three brothers, Stan, Medford, William, Cupertino, Calif., and Martin, Vacaville, Calif.

Arrangements: Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives and Crematory.

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