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Alys Belle FarrellAlys Belle Feike Farrell

April 2, 1917 - July 3, 2013

Alys Belle (Feike) Farrell, 96, completed her loving journey on earth July 3, 2013. 

She was born in Eldora, Iowa, on April 2, 1917, to L.V. and Bess Feike.  She grew up in Des Moines, where her father was a dentist. She loved to swim (even occasionally climbing over the fence with a girlfriend before the pool opened) and enjoyed singing in the church choir (Disciples of Christ).

After graduating from high school, Alys Belle moved to Oregon to attend Oregon State College (now Oregon State University). There, she was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority, the Talons (a service honorary) and a synchronized swim team called the Seahorses. 

It was also at OSC that she met Phil Farrell, a handsome young man taking agricultural courses from Alys Belle’s professor uncle. Uncle Ben and Aunt Zelta invited Phil to Thanksgiving dinner in 1936, which Alys Belle prepared, and their long, loving relationship began. They were married Christmas Day 1938. She graduated in 1940 with a degree in home economics.

The growing family moved several times when Phil was a director with the Farm Security Administration in Corvallis, Portland, and La Grande. After serving in the Navy during World War II, Phil joined the family in Redmond, where he managed the Deschutes Farmer’s Co-op. In 1949, they settled back on the Farrell homestead near Gateway. Alys Belle was the homemaker and helpmate in the family farm and sheep business. She especially enjoyed helping with the lambing. She turned out massive nutritious and delicious meals, not only for the family, but also for harvest crews, sheep shearers, international students and many friends. Hospitality being a hallmark of her life, others were always welcome at her gracious table.

Forming relationships and participating with the community were also important to her through Home Extension, the United Methodist Church, and Tuesday Morning Bible Study. She served as president of the Oregon Sheep Growers Auxiliary and assisted Phil when he was president of the National Wool Growers. 

After retiring and moving into Madras, she was active with the Senior Citizens of Jefferson County Wellness Team and had a great time performing with the “Peppermint Patties” dance group.  Alys Belle thrived on physical activity throughout her life and in later years, with water and chair exercises. She often did her errands on foot, walking around town into her 90s. 

 As one relative in England described, “Alys Belle was a spectacular person, vivid in personality as well as dress and immensely positive and loving. Although so far away, she has always felt immediate in our lives and hearts.” 

She is survived by three sons, Bob (wife Diane) of Lebanon, Ore., John (wife Pam) of Bluffdale, Utah, and Larry of Terrebonne; two daughters, Brenda Black and Janet Farrell, both of Madras; and by her adoring grandchildren, Shannon, Beckie, Dina, Michael, Daniel, Alysa, Katy, Latina, Amy, Joy and Jamin; and by her eight great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by siblings, L.V. Feike Jr., and Joan Hall; husband, Phil Farrell, and great-grandson Jake McDonald.

A memorial service to celebrate Alys Belle’s life will be held Aug. 17, at 11 a.m., at the Madras United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to an organization or charity of choice.


Barbara Hutchins

July 20, 1928 – July 6, 2013

Madras resident Barbara Hutchins passed away July 6, 2013, at the age of 84. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 11, at the Free Methodist Church in Madras. Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.

Nancy NagiNancy Jayne Nagi

November 23, 1957 - April 29, 2013

Metolius resident Nancy Jayne (Jagger) Nagi passed away April 29, 2013, at her home. She had been battling cancer for over a year and a half.

Nancy was born Nov. 23, 1957, in Columbia City, Ind., and spent her grade school years in the Thorncreek School. The family moved to Bakersfield, Calif., and she attended and graduated from East High School there.

On April 24, 1981, she married Saleh Nagi. They had three children together.

Nancy worked in nursing homes as an aide, then went into medical records. She also coached kids’ softball, baseball, and enjoyed watching them play in sports.

She loved watching college softball, American Idol, and HGTV. She would never turn down a game of ping pong or croquet. She was a faithful listener to “Through the Bible” with James Vernon McGee. She also helped her husband in the stores they owned. They owned and operated Culver Market.

Survivors include her husband Saleh Nagi; her mother and stepfather, Patricia and Bob Williams; her three children, Jamale (and wife Cadie) Nagi, Jessica (Danny) Hart, and Jahad (Karen) Nagi; two grandchildren, Sahara, and Isla Nagi; and three siblings, Pamela (James) Smith, Vicky (Randy) Fosdick, and Patrick (Kathy) Jagger.

She was preceded in death by two granddaughters, and her father, Harold Eugene Jagger.

Her celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 13, at the Cornerstone Baptist Church, at 675 N.E. 10 St., Madras.

Elmer WulfElmer Leroy Wulf

May 26, 1933 – June 20, 2013

Madras resident Elmer Leroy Wulf passed away June 20, 2013, at the age of 80.

Elmer was born May 26, 1933, in Edna, Kan., to parents John W. and Georgia E. (Kirsting) Wulf.

He moved to Central Oregon in 1945, attended school in Culver and graduated from high school in 1952.

Elmer served in the U.S. Army in 1953 and 1954. His basic training was at Fort Lewis, Wash., and he went to Fort Benning, Ga., for Airborne training. He was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., for the rest of his service.

In 1966, he was accepted into the Oregon State Police and was stationed in LaGrande for about three years. He was then transferred back to Madras, and finished his career of 23 years here.

Elmer loved spending time with his family, fishing and hunting, and telling stories of his experiences as a police officer, and how his children were gathered together (several times) to anyone who would listen.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church and enjoyed all the work that he did there. His faith was strong and he was happy to be going home to his Lord.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Norma Jean (Hudspeth) Wulf of Madras; sister, Barbara Guenther of Wisconsin; brother, Bruce Wulf of Bend; daughters, DeLynne and husband Jeff Swanson, and Connie and Jay Wyngarden; grandchildren, Don (and wife Jessica) Wyngarden, Jenni (Jason) Thompson, John Wyngarden, Kelly (Daniel) Taylor, Peter (Jessica) Senser, Ame (Ted) Baeth, Danny (Ashley) Swanson, Justin (Theresa) Wulf, Jennifer (James) Ihrig, Mandy Fleshman, Johnathon (and fiancée Sadie Rex) Wulf, Alyssa Fleshman; and 28 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William Wulf, Robert Wulf, and James Wulf, all of Wisconsin; daughter, Annette Fleshman; son-in-law, Bryan Fleshman; and son, Kent Wulf.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 20, officiated by Pastor Steve Heinze and Associate Pastor Don Courtney, at the First Baptist Church, 85 N.E. A St., Madras. He will be laid to rest at the Mount Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery, beside his son Kent. A lunch will be provided at the church in the Fireside Room afterwards.

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