Evelyn Minnie Crain

Sept. 23, 1904-Oct. 8, 2003

UMATILLA — Evelyn Minnie Crain died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, at her home in Umatilla at the age of 99.

Evelyn was born Sept. 23, 1904, in Portland to William F. and Louisa (Deklotz) Darr. She had been a resident of Umatilla since 1964.

She married James D. Crain in Portland on June 24, 1925. She worked for the federal government in the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. for nine years and the Department of the Army for many years in several cities.

After her husband retired, she moved to the Hermiston/Umatilla area and worked for the Umatilla Army Depot until she retired.

Evelyn attended the First Christian Church in Hermiston, was a member of the Umatilla Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, and the Calvary White Shrine of Jerusalem in Kennewick, Wash. She enjoyed traveling and gone on trips to every continent except Africa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James D. Crain; parents, Williams and Louisa Darr; and sister, Virginia Dietz.

She is survived by several nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral Services were held Monday, Oct. 13, at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston. Private entombment was held Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at Riverview Abbey Mausoleum in Portland.

Memorial contributions may be made to Meadowood Springs Speech and Hearing Camp at P.O. Box 1025, Pendleton, 97801, or to the charity of one's choice.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston was in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth Ellen Marlow

Aug. 7, 1948-Oct. 12, 2003

RICHLAND, Wash. — Ruth Ellen Marlow of Umatilla died Sunday, Oct. 12, at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash., at the age of 55.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. at the Hermiston Assembly of God Church in Hermiston. Private inurement will be held later.

She was born on Aug. 7, 1948 to James and Cecilia Brown. She was raised and attended schools in Pico Rivera, Calif. She married Melvin Marlow in 1968 in Downey, Calif. They continued to live in California. She worked as a nurse's aide and as a waitress for several years.

Melvin died and she continued to live in California for many years before she moved to Stanfield in 1989, and later to Pendleton, before moving to Umatilla to be near her daughters.

She was a member of the Salvation Army in Pendleton and attended the Hermiston Assembly of God Church. Ruth enjoyed bingo, taking care of people, and loved her grandchildren. She had a heart of gold and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her daughters, Rhonda Estrada of Umatilla, and Candace Marlow of Hermiston; sons, Melvin Marlow of Arizona, and Matthew Madsen of Pasadena, Calif.; brother, Sonny Man of Arizona; sisters, Patricia Morris of Reno, Nev., Jackie Brown of Whittier, Calif., Barbara Brown of Arizona, and Frances Moore of Grants Pass; and six grandchildren, Angela, Marcelo, Anthony, Salina, Summer and Dustin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Marlow, her parents; four brothers, Marvin, David, John and George; and sister, Alma.

Memorial contributions may be made to a memorial fund in care of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, 97838.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.

Esther Fife

July 1, 1912-Oct. 12, 2003

HERMISTON — Esther Fife of Echo died Sunday, Oct. 12, in Hermiston at the age of 91.

Esther Eliza Fife was born July 1, 1912, on the family farm on the Umatilla River near Echo to Daniel Webster and Hannah Frances (Barnett) Bowman. She graduated from Echo High School and attended Decker Business School in Portland, graduating in 1932.

She married Luther L. (Sandy) Fife on Nov. 28, 1934, in Kelso, Wash., and they were married until 1968. She was a devoted and full-time mother, raising five children on the family acreage next to Echo. She enjoyed the outdoors, spending many hours working in her garden, flowerbeds, fruit trees, and raising cattle and chickens.

After raising her children, she received her real estate license and was active in Hermiston real estate from the mid-'60s until 1990. She was also active in the Echo Methodist Church, playing the piano for years for both Sunday school and for the church services.

While in real estate, her children convinced Esther to make her first plane ride to Hawaii to attend a real estate convention. She enjoyed it so much that she traveled extensively afterwards and made it at least once to every continent except for Antarctica. She also loved dancing and was active in the senior citizen dances. Her sense of humor and enjoyment of friends and family helped her to have a great life.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Darrylin and Ward Collinsworth of Stanfield; four sons and their wives, Dale and Jerrie Fife of Echo, Brent and Fran Fife of Pendleton, Rod and Jana Fife of Spanish Fork, Utah, and Terry Fife of Pendleton; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and her long-time friend and companion, Tom Watkins of Hermiston.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sandy Fife; brothers, Asie Bowman, Charlie Bowman, Homer Bowman and Kenneth Bowman; and two sisters, Cora Bowman and Gertie Gordon.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at 1 p.m. at the Echo Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Echo Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Esther's memory through Burns Mortuary of Hermiston to the Alzheimer's Association or to a charity of one's choice.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.

Wilma Jean Basford

May 13, 1924-Oct. 12, 2003

ONTARIO — Wilma Jean Basford died Sunday, Oct. 12, at Holy Rosary Medical Center in Ontario at the age of 79. She had been a resident of Hermiston since 1946.

Wilma was born on May 13, 1924, in Pendleton to Grover and Zelma (Eldredge) Pound. She was raised and graduated from high school in Pendleton.

She married Stanley L. Basford on June 10, 1942, in Pendleton. She went to work for U.S. Bank in 1951 and worked for the bank for 35 years before retiring in 1986 as a loan officer.

She was a member of Eagles Lodge No. 2909, a charter member of Good Shepherd Hospital Auxiliary, a member of the Good Shepherd Medical Center board of trustees for many years, the Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation, the president for three terms of the Credit Woman's Association, Beta Sigma Sorority, and was an avid golfer with the Umatilla Ladies Golf Club. In her younger years, she enjoyed riding horses.

She is survived by her son and his wife, Wylie and Terry Basford of Payette, Idaho; sister and her husband, Colleen and Claude Friddle of Lewiston, Idaho; sister, Cornelia Prout of Pendleton; six grandchildren, Sean, Aaron, Tobin, Corey, Stacey and Heather Basford; and three great-grandchildren, Cody, Hailey and Taylor Basford.

Wilma was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley; parents, Grover and Zelma Pound; and brother, Wally Pound.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. at Burns Mortuary Chapel of Hermiston. Burial will follow in the Hermiston Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Auxiliary Scholarship Fund through the Good Shepherd Medical Center Auxiliary at 600 N.W. 11th Street, Hermiston, 97838, Attn: Jean Sturza.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.

Marilyn G.

(Myers) Zink

Feb. 27, 1933-Oct. 15, 2003

SPOKANE, Wash. — A memorial service for Marilyn G. (Myers) Zink, 70, who died Wednesday, Oct. 15, will be held at 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20, at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston.

A complete obituary will be published in Tuesday's Hermiston Herald.

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