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Obituaries for the week of 6-12-13

Gayle (Anderson) Green Boan

February 1, 1957 – December 11, 2012

Former Madras resident Gayle (Anderson) Green Boan passed away Dec. 11, 2012, and memorial services are now being held. The service will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 22, at the Terrebonne Grange. A potluck meal will follow.

Roberta DonaghuRoberta Louise Donaghu

August 10, 1943 - June 6, 2013

Madras resident Roberta “Bobbi” Donaghu, devoted wife, foodie, gardener, recreational reader, serial cleaner and professional spoiler of grandchildren, died on June 6, 2013, at the age of 69.

Bobbi was born in Iowa City, Iowa, on Aug. 10, 1943, to Robert Lewis Howard and Edith (Handley) Howard, who both preceded her in death. She shared her West Liberty, Iowa, childhood with her parents and eight siblings. The second oldest sibling, she attended Our Lady of the Angels School.

After her father’s early death, she began to share the full Howard household duties with her mother. It was then that Bobbi earned her apprenticeship in the finer points of home-front law and order, cooking for 10 (casseroles anyone?), and cleaning up after younger siblings.

Bobbi married William “Bill” Bruce Donaghu, her hometown sweetheart (at least by his account), on July 8, 1966. Bill was an Iowa State forestry graduate and was in the U.S. Army when the couple moved to Denver, Colo., in the summer of 1967, following the birth of their son, Michael. They pushed west again in 1969 to Warm Springs, where Bill was hired as a forester by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Daughter, Melissa, was born in the summer of 1970, as the couple settled into a community life amongst many other friends and colleagues who were starting families and making Warm Springs their home.

Bobbi worked eight years as a reading specialist for Jefferson County schools, as a Madras florist for five years, and helped run a family business for another three years. She was well-known for her entertaining of friends with great food and constant conversation.

Her optimistic life view was powerful enough to attract an inordinate number of deer, rabbits and squirrels to her yard, where they wreaked endless havoc on her landscape creations. Friends will tell you that she was a fierce competitor at the card table and even her beloved grandchildren would not be spared from her skill of counting cards nor her overpowering Scrabble vocabulary.

In no particular order, she was highly suspicious of phonies, pompous know-it-alls, gossips, holier-than-thous, and anyone behaving unkindly. Her children and grandchildren, however, could do no wrong — even when they did. She held Paula Deen and the Barefoot Contessa at a level of hero status and steadfastly supported Martha Stewart — even through her incarceration. Bobbi’s pies, cookies, cranberry fluff and potato salad could easily compete with the likes of her culinary heroes.

Her secret power was laundering money away from her husband to be used on gifts or treats for her grandchildren – always at the expense of her own needs. She loved family and holidays in the way that her favorite artist, P. Buckley Moss, loves to paint the rural life. Her home was constantly filled with the smell of great food and her grandmotherly pockets were always filled with jelly beans. She was an uncomplicated woman who always insisted that family and friends make time for a home cooked meal around her table set with love. In one crazy last act of family devotion, she died on the birthday of her mother, Edith. They are whipping up a new casserole together now.

Bobbi was preceded in death by her parents and brother, James Howard. She is survived by husband, Bill Donaghu; children, Melissa Donaghu and Michael Donaghu, both of Portland; sisters, Mary Edith “Edie” Heitzman of Hills, Iowa, and Theresa Lukavsky of Columbus Junction, Iowa; brothers, Eugene “Butch” Howard of Iowa City, Iowa, Edward Howard of Monteno, Ill., Bill Howard of Coralville, Iowa, Bob Howard of Mountain Home, Idaho, and Tom Howard of Iowa City, Iowa. She is also survived by the true lights of her life, grandchildren, Piper Donaghu,17, Ella Donaghu,15, Ruby Donaghu,11, and Collin Ryne Marshall, 9.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, June 17, at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery in Madras. Remembrances may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.

George Louis Roberts

March 18, 1941 – June 1, 2013

Shaniko resident George Louis Roberts passed away on June 1, at the age of 72. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Autumn Funerals of Redmond is in charge of arrangements.

Richard Leland Roberts

September 25, 1939 – June 1, 2013

Shaniko resident Richard Leland Roberts passed away on June 1, at the age of 73. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Autumn Funerals of Redmond is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Annie Shumaker

August 6, 1927 – June 5, 2013

Madras resident Dorothy Annie (Fuller) Schumaker passed away June 5, 2013, at the age of 85. A graveside service will be held at a later date.

Gerardo “Jay” Zarate

May 20, 1954 – May 31, 2013

Gerardo “Jay” Zarate, 59, passed away on May 31, 2013, from heart failure.

Jay was born in Robstown, Texas, on May 20, 1954, to Jesus and Virginia Zarate. His family migrated to Oregon, settling in Independence. He graduated in 1973 from Central High School, and in 1978, from Oregon College of Education. Both schools inducted him into their Hall of Fame for football.

Jay started his teaching and coaching career in Burns. His career continued in Hermiston, and then Madras, where he retired in 2001.

He married his “Shugar” Jan (Jones) on March 29, 1980. They raised three wonderful children: Jesus, Gerardo II (Jason), and Elysia.

Survivors include his wife and children; brother, Manuel Zarate of Eugene; sisters, Guadalupe Cedillo of Robstown, Texas, Piedad Garcia and Maria Zarate, both of Independence. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesus and Virginia Zarate; and sister, Victoria.

Having been a recipient himself, Jay has now become a donor, enhancing the lives of many. The family asks in lieu of flowers, that people please consider the gift of becoming an anatomical donor.

A memorial service was held June 8, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Independence. Farnstrom Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Memorial and condolences may be shared at www.FarnstromMortuary.com.




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