Thursday, January 04, 2007

Oregon Republican League: Honoring our Republican Fallen


Sylvia Diane Henry

HENRY, Sylvia Diane--Was born to Kenneth and Betsy (Mimi) Martin on February 12, 1938, in Grants Pass, Oregon. She attended Grants Pass High School and then went on to college at OSU. This is where she met her husband, Scott Henry. They wed on August 31, 1958, and settled down in Sacramento, California. Sylvia loved her life in Sacramento and was actively involved in school and neighborhood activities. Politics became a great passion of hers and she campaigned for Ronald Reagan when he ran for governor. Sylvia and Scott had three children born while in Sacramento, Scotty, Syndi & Shari. In 1972, they moved to the Henry family farm in Umpqua. Sylvia resumed her political interest and worked on two presidential campaigns for Ronald Reagan and was a delegate twice at the Republican National Convention. She was co-founder and charter member of the Umpqua Valley Republican Women and chairwoman of the Douglas County Republican Party. In 1984, she ran for State Senate, losing a close race to John Kitzhaber. Sylvia was also very active in our local community as an advocate for drug and alcohol rehabilitation. She served on the Governor's Council for Drug Prevention and was key to raising money for more bed space for ADAPT. She also helped raise funds for the building of the Community Cancer Center in Roseburg. Sylvia loved horses and she was a 4-H leader for several years. These are just some of her many community activities. Scott and Sylvia planted a 12 acre vineyard in 1972, and in 1978 built Henry Estate Winery on the family property in Umpqua. Sylvia was very active at the winery. She loved getting the mail every day, organizing festivals, and her very favorite thing, counting money. At harvest time she was crew chief in the vineyard, organizing all the workers and picking schedules. She and Scott enjoyed traveling with their friends and Sylvia was always looking forward to the next trip. She left us on her final trip on November 1, 2003, after a valiant fight against cancer. Sylvia was "one in a million" and was an inspiration to everyone whose life she touched. Her loss leaves a huge void in many hearts. Sylvia is survived by her husband, Scott of Umpqua; son, Scotty and his wife, Jennifer of Roseburg; two daughters, Syndi Beavers and husband, Scott of Umpqua; Shari Burgess and her husband, Bob of Tigard. She is survived by her eight grandchildren, Amanda Meurer; Calvin and Stacy Henry; Brandi Smith; Kevin and Sarah Beavers; and Alyssa and Leah Chamberlin, who will miss her greatly. She is also survived by her mother, Betsy of Roseburg; two brothers, Steve Martin and wife, Louise of Grants Pass; Stan Martin and wife, Kathy of Lake Oswego, Oregon. She also leaves behind her dog, Honey, who she adored and who adored her. She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth. Family and friends are invited to an outdoor service to celebrate Sylvia's life on Friday, November 7, 2003, at 1:00 p.m. at Henry Estate Winery, 687 Hubbard Creek Road in Umpqua. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community Cancer Center in Sylvia's name. CHAPEL OF THE FIRS is in charge of arrangements.


Patrick Edward Terrel
TERREL, Patrick Edward — Age 62, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2004, in Stockton, California. He was born to R.A. “Pat” and Georgia Terrel on July 15, 1941, in Merrill, Oregon. Pat resided in Stockton for the past ten years to be close to his daughters, Michelle Brown and Julie Terrel. Pat grew up in Roseburg, Oregon, and served in the Army from 1958 until 1964. After serving his country he worked as a civil engineer for the U.S. Forest Service. He was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother and will be deeply missed by his daughters, Michelle Brown of Lodi, California; Julie Terrel of Stockton; Kellie Orleck of Parkland, Florida; sister, Sharon Stribling and husband, Laurence of Springfield, Oregon; brothers, Mike and wife, Karen of Sutherlin, Oregon; Dan and wife, Sally of Springfield; Jess and wife, Fran of Sutherlin, Oregon; and Jim of Brighton, Colorado. He will also be missed by seven grandchildren, his in-laws and many nieces and nephews, along with his many friends and of course, the republican party. A celebration of Pat’s life will be held at Dakota Street Pizza in Sutherlin on Friday, February 20, 2004, at 1 p.m. His remains will be placed on his Paternal Grandparent’s grave at Roseburg Memorial Gardens at a later date.

Sonya Keizer
KEIZER, Sonya — Her long battle with cancer is finally over and we will greatly miss her. As her family we are tremendously honored to have had her as our shining light to guide us. Determined to live life to the fullest, she has blessed us in doing so. We have had so many wonderful times with her. Her generosity and love have touched the lives of everyone she came in contact with. Her humor and orneriness has left us laughing. Perhaps Mom's favorite thing to do was to simply, keep going, Mom felt if she stayed active and was doing something she wasn't dying. After our father, John Keizer, passed away she continued taking adventurous trips. Her travels took her to Greece, the Middle East, Europe, and the Hawaiian Islands. We enjoyed many family vacations, her favorite spot was at the condo on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. She loved spending time on the islands and enjoyed treating her grandchildren to many of its treasures. Mom contributed tremendously to the community by volunteering her time and energy. She was active in the Lionesses, Rotary, Republican Womens and volunteered at Mercy Hospital. As owner of the Old Town Cafe, she was able to meet many wonderful people that have become close to our family. Being able to help other people was an important part of her life. She is survived by her sons, Paul and Dan; grandchildren, John Paul; Nicole; Garrett; Holland; and Hayden; sisters, Gloria Burt; and Linda White; and mother, Shirley Swenson. Sonya was preceded in death by her husband, John Keizer; and parents, Raymond Hale Swenson and Marion Alma Swenson. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2005, at 2 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, 1771 W. Harvard Blvd, Roseburg.

Alice Ann Walton
WALTON, Alice Ann — Passed away in her sleep on January 6, 2006. She was born in Seattle, Washington, on July 16, 1923, the daughter of Fredrick L. and Helen S. Harford. In September 1943, she married Dudley C. Walton, whom she met during World War II when he was stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Base. They moved to Roseburg, Oregon, in 1948. She is survived by her sister, Mary H. Mooers of Roseburg; her three children, Ann E. Pearmain of Artic, Washington; Sara H. Gorthy of Roseburg; Dudley C. (Duke) Walton II of Portland, Oregon; and her granddaughter, Clair A. Smith of Eugene, Oregon. The service will be on Thursday, January 19, 2006, at 2 p.m. at St. George's Episcopal Church in Roseburg. If you wish to make a memorial contribution, the family suggests St. George's Episcopal Church, 1024 S.E. Cass St., Roseburg or Douglas County Republican Party, PO Box 2392, Roseburg, Oregon 97470.


Reverend Ernest Norman Greenlund
GREENLUND, Reverend Ernest Norman — Age 87, of Roseburg, Oregon, went safely home to the Lord from Curry Manor, where he had resided for the past two years. He was born on May 6, 1918, in Yacolt, Washington, the son of August and Marie (Michel) Greenlund. He graduated from the University of Washington with a R.O.T.C. Commission, which led to an interruption in his San Francisco Theological Seminary Education. He served our country during WWII with the San Francisco Harbor Defense Army Military (Coast Artillery) from 1941 until 1942. He completed Seminary and served as pastor in Presbyterian Churches in Cloverdale, Oregon; Portland, Oregon (Kenilworth); Havre, Montana; and Burbank, California, (First Presbyterian). He married in 1941 and he and his wife Dorothy had four children, Carol Sue, Gary, Lloyd and Mary Louise. In the fall of 1962, he returned to school at U.S.C. and earned both elementary and secondary teaching credentials. Ernest began an 18-year teaching career in the Los Angeles, California, public school system. Math was his main teaching subject, but he also taught English as a second language at night school. For a number of years during this time, he was also a part-time assistant to the pastor at the Redondo Beach Presbyterian Church. He retired in 1980 and he and Dorothy moved to Roseburg where he continued his ministry as pulpit supply. He preached three and a half years at the Garden Valley Retirement Residential Center and part-time as needed as a Chaplain at the Roseburg VA Hospital. Ernest was active in community work, serving on the Republican Central Committee for several years, as well as serving on the Senior Services Board and other community projects. He also was a member of the Presbytery of the Cascades and was formerly active with the Portland Masonic Order, the Havre Rotary Club and the Los Angeles Shriners. He is survived his wife, Dorothy; four children; eight grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren, with one more one great-granddaughter one the way. He also leaves his brother, George, one aunt and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial services are pending later this spring with arrangements under the direction of Taylor’s Family Chapel. The family would like to thank Curry Manor for the care and love they showed Ernest and his family.

Vauldrene Eisenberger Metcalf Cotner
COTNER, Vauldrene Eisenberger Metcalf — A woman who spent her life exploring countries all over the world, has taken her final journey to be reunited with her beloved sister and parents in heaven. As a cancer survivor of thirty years, she fought the same disease she believed to have been cured. Her valiant struggle reminded her family of the inner strength she possessed. Vauldrene was born on February 7, 1914, to Edward Eisenberger and Fern Lynch on their family farm in Minier, Illinois. The snow was so deep the doctor had to walk a mile and a half along the railroad tracks to the Eisenberger farm to deliver Vauldrene. She was he oldest child and lovingly cared for her sister, Rosalie. After completing high school, she enrolled at Illinois State University in the hopes of becoming a teacher. After two years, she decided to enroll at Carl’s Beauty School. She was the only student to pass the state exam because of her knowledge of Latin, which was taught in high school. With the help of her father, she opened her own beauty shop, “The Powder Box”, which she operated for many years. She was married in 1936 to John Metcalf, they had one son, Jac Lee Metcalf. They divorced in 1943. She married Frank Cotner in 1947 as he returned home from World War II. Frank also served in the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam war. One morning while Frank was stationed in Saigon, Vauldrene was awoke and knocked out of bed from a bomb blast. She then decided it was time to leave Saigon and moved to Bangkok, Thailand. She and Frank had numerous opportunities to travel in his free time. They would take off and had eventually traveled around the world twice. She has been to Egypt; Australia; England; Yemen; Calcutta; Ethiopia; Lebanon; Spain; Ireland; Russia; Germany; Japan; India; China; and Turkey. She collected dolls from all the foreign countries she had visited. Her favorite cultures were Hawaiian, Indian and Asian. Once Vauldrene returned to the United States, settling in Phoenix, Arizona, she became President of the Arizona Republican Women’s Club. As President of the club, she had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Ronald Reagan. In her four years in office, she helped increased the number of members by over 1000. She was also involved in the VFW Women’s Auxiliary. In 1988, after suffering from a stroke, Vauldrene moved to Roseburg to be closer to her family. She resided at the Vine Street Apartments. She enjoyed being involved in the Senior Center. She liked to make and sell items at the local craft fair. She was one of the first residents at Callahan Village. With her best friends, Ester Cotton and Mercedes White at her side she stayed busy sewing crafts and quilts for the Callahan Crafters. Vauldrene loved simple things like ice cream social's, handing out candy at Halloween and bingo. She was very proud of her family. Her son, Jac Metcalf and his wife, Collette who helped care for mothers, children and grandchildren. She is survived by her four grandchildren, Tim Metcalf and his wife, Michelle; Michael Metcalf and his wife, Kim; Tammy Rasmussen and her husband, Tim; Shannon Metcalf and his wife, Amy; 10 great-grandchildren, Tyler; Emmett; George; July; Austin; Gabriel; Dalton; Adam; Hannah; Matthew; three nephews, Terry; Marc; Bill Bourrett, and their families; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in Illinois. She was preceded in death by her father, Edward; mother, Fern; and sister, Rosalie Bourrett. Private cremation rites will be held at Wilson’s Chapel of the Roses on April 14, 2006, at 1 p.m. Her final resting place will be in Minier in the Eisenberger family plot. A memorial service will be held at Callahan Village on April 23, 2006, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation of supplies to the Callahan Crafters would be appreciated. A hui-hou mom, till we meet again, we love you.

Georgia Ann Gratke
Gratke, Georgia Ann — Age 77, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2006. She was born on September 14, 1929, in Nyssa, Oregon. Georgia graduated from Crook County High School Of Music in Prineville, Oregon, in 1947. She attended Pacific university from 1947 until 1950. Georgia then graduated from the University of Oregon School of Music in 1953. Member of Phi Beta National Honorary Fraternity. Early in her adult life, her hobbies and activities included quilting, cooking, swimming, and singing as a soprano soloist in her church and at community functions over the decades. In 1952, she began teaching music in Reedsport, Oregon. Her community involvement is what she will be most remembered for. Earlier activities included, Hucrest PTA, Riversdale School Mothers club president, Roseburg Community Concert Association, Roseburg Choral Society, Messiah Festival chorus, 4-H Leader, Co-chair Douglas County Extension Long Range Planning Committee, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Parish Council, St. Joseph’s School Board, St. Joseph’s Budget Committee, Choir Director, Mercy Medical Center Auxiliary, Roseburg Mayors Committee, Willis House Preservation, Umpqua Community College (various involvements to include Auditorium committee...Glady’s Strong Memorial Piano Fund, presently on the budget committee) YMCA Board Member, Past board member and Chair of the Douglas County Library Board, University of Oregon Mother’s Club member and President, Organizing Chair of the University of Oregon Parent’s Club, University of Oregon Foundation Board. In 1979, she was appointed by then Governor Atiyeh to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education for a period of seven years. She also was involved in PEO sisterhood. In 1980, she received the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce First Citizen Award. Over the decades she has been an active member in the Republican Party in Douglas County including Chair of the party in the county. Her work in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) began in 1970, with positions including State Chair. Recent DAR involvement includes the position of State Treasurer. In the early 1980’s, she began a career in local real estate. She worked for several local firms before retiring from the Neil Company realtors in the early 1990’s. Georgia is survived by her son, David; daughter in-law, Pam; granddaughter, Sydney Elizabeth; brothers, Hugh Dragich of Prineville, Oregon; Dale Dragich Belen, New Mexico and numerous nieces and nephews. Georgia loved her family and friends dearly. Georgia is preceded by her daughter, Gretchen Elizabeth in 1967 and her husband, George Carl in 1992. In lieu of flowers, please kindly consider a donation to one of these organizations; Oregon trail Council Boy Scouts of America, Eugene, Oregon, Umpqua Community College Foundation, Roseburg, Greater Douglas United Way, Roseburg, or Mercy Hospice House, Roseburg. Mass of the christian burial will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2006, at 12 p.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Long & Shukle Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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