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Obituaries - June 13 edition


Mignon Beckman

Feb. 28, 1947-May 29, 2012

Mignon Teryl Beckman of Scappoose passed away May 29 after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 65.

Mignon was born Feb. 28, 1947, in St. Helens.

She is survived by her husband, A Bruce Beckman; children, Michelle Lamma, John McBride, and Ian Lamma; grandchildren, Ryan Lamma and Lisa McBride; and sisters, Sheryl Adams and Karen Waun.

A celebration of life will be held from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Village Inn in St. Helens.

Remembrances may be made in her memory to the Columbia Humane Society.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.


Betty Oliver

Nov. 16, 1928-June 4, 2012

Betty Darleen Oliver of St. Helens died June 4. She was 83.

Betty was born Nov. 16, 1928, in Newport, Neb., to Clarence and Alice (Carlisle) Morrison, and was the seventh of nine children. The family moved to Oregon in 1943.

In 1946 she graduated from Milwaukie High School. Later that same year she wed Orval Chester Oliver on Dec. 7, 1946. They were married for 52 years until Orval's death in 1998. They had six children, four girls and two boys.

The couple resided in St. Helens their entire married life. Mostly, they lived on a farm in the heart of the Yankton community for 35 years. From 1949 until 1956 they lived on Bunker Hill, then from 1956 until 1992 on Pittsburg Road next door to the Yankton Store and Yankton School. She was active with the bowling league, Yankton Parent Teachers Association, and Yankton Grange.

Primarily a homemaker, she held part-time jobs over the years. She worked on the election boards, taught English as a second language, and volunteered at Hudson Park Elementary School.

Family was very important to her and 'Grandma Betty,' as she was known, was very important to her family. She loved and valued each individual in her family, each of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Grandma Betty joyfully attended ball games, music lessons, and swim lessons. She willingly chauffeured kids and grandkids wherever they needed to go and taught lots of teenagers to drive.

Known as a great cook, there was always room for one more person at the kitchen table. Her home always had an open door and became a second home for many. Her understanding heart and welcoming house always had room for all.

She is survived by her children, Louise Brown of Longview, Wash., Leslie Oliver of Thailand, Sara Coppock-Pisel of Medford, and Carole Fischer of St. Helens; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and brother, Kenneth Morrison of Goldendale, Wash. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orval Oliver in 1998; son, Roy Oliver in 1999; and daughter, Sharon Capron-Savage in 2011.

A celebration of life will be held at noon Saturday, June 16, at Sunset Park Community Church in St. Helens.

Private burial will be at Yankton Hillcrest Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.


Dona Spieler

Feb. 28, 1936-June 2, 2012

Dona Marie Spieler of St. Helens died peacefully June 2 at her home. She was 76.

Dona Marie was born Feb. 28, 1936, in Portland to Harry and Dagmar (Jensen) Swank.

In 1954 she graduated from Jefferson High School in Portland.

On June 4, 1965, she married Richard Spieler.

She was a true Oregonian, living all of her life in the cities of St. Helens or Portland.

First and foremost she was a mom; but she did spend 10 years as a CNA working in a nursing home.

An avid reader, she also liked to crochet and sew, and enjoyed family camping trips and time at the beach.

She dearly loved her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Richard Spieler; children, Karen Spieler-Ogden, Carl Spieler Sr., Carl Spieler Jr., Stanley Timmings, and Linda Richardson and step-children, Susan Straub and Sally Strom; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Eugene Spieler in 1992.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.