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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Obituaries Elizabeth A. “Liz” “Snow” Ringwelski of Camas died March 13, 2012, at the Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver. She was 61. Elizabeth was born Sept. 26, 1950, in Vancouver, and adopted to the late Sam and Louise Ringwelski. She was an avid reader, loved animals, nature and being with her friends and spending time with Charlie. She was a gypsy and lived life to its very fullest, exploring the country and traveling on freight trains was her absolute favorite thing to do – she was a train tramp at heart. She finally settled in Kasliof, Alaska, where she fell in love with the wilderness and finally found the peace and freedom she had always desired. She is survived by her two daughters, Alkini Baldwin of Camas and Thia Chinchen of Colorado; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mary (Gupton) Cain, of Vancouver, died March 19, 2012. She was 81. Mary was born Nov. 14, 1930, in Santa Cruz, Calif., to James Curtis and Mary Gupton Siler, the eldest of two children. She was an education major at San Jose State University, where she met Bill on a blind date. They had four children. Mary was a loving wife and mother, whose vast photo collection attests to that fact. Mary was active in local churches, clubs and community organizations. Mary and Bill loved to travel and visited locations all over the world golfing, eating and taking pictures. Despite dealing with an illness for several years, and the loss of her husband, Mary continued to stay strong and continued to travel including taking trips to Panama, the eastern U.S. and even spent last month in Hawaii. Mary will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by four children, Mary Elizabeth and Rand Dickson of Medford, Ore., Sally Ann and Don Houck of Vancouver, William James Jr. and Jill Lynch Cain of Petaluma, Calif., and Thomas Charles of Elkins, Daphne E. Raynor died March 19 W.Va.; brother, James C. Siler of Redding, Calif.; 16 2012, with her loving family by her grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. side. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Daphne was born Oct. 12, 1927, William James Cain. in Belfast, Ireland. She was raised A memorial service for Mary will be held at Saturday, in a British military family and at 3 p.m., at the theater at The Quarry. Straub’s Funermoved to Wales during the bombing al Home & Columbia River Cremation in Camas is in of London. charge of the arrangements. With the ending of World War II, In lieu of cards or flowers, donations may be made to she went to live in Berlin, Germany Hospice SW or Hospice House at P.O. Box 1600, Vancouwhere she met her future husband, ver, WA, 98668. Include “In Memory of Mary Cain” on John. They were married in Gravesend, England in a the check or a separate piece of paper. little church where our princess Pocahontas is buried. To send condolences or sign the online guest book, Daphne came to America in 1951 where she lived the visit remainder of her life. To know her was to be in the presence of a quality lady. She was preceded in death by her son, Michael. She is survived by her husband, John; daughter, Debi Schuh; sons, David and Jim Raynor. There will be no public services. Private interment JoAnn Anderson, of Washougal, will be held at the Camas Cemetery. Brown’s Funeral died March 20, 2012, at PeaceHome and Cremation Services in Camas was in charge Health Medical Center in Vancouof arrangements. ver, surrounded by family. She was To send condolences or sign the online guest book, 59. visit She was born Dec. 16, 1952, in

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Jeff D. Gilman Jeff D. Gilman of Vancouver, died peacefully at home March 10, 2012. He was 49. He was born Oct. 25, 1962, in Vancouver, to Loyd A. and Betty Lou (Kissel) Gilman and attended school in Camas. He served in the Army in Germany and Fort Lewis. Jeff is survived by his children, Shannon and Logan from Camas; his mother, Betty Thornton of North Bonneville; brothers, Chuck of Seattle and Rick of North Bonneville; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Loyd; brother, Steven; and nephew, Jake Gilman, all from the Camas area. Following his cremation, the family will hold a private memorial at a later date.

Vancouver, to Buford and Constance Sanders. She graduated from Camas High School in 1971, and earned an associate’s degree with honors from Clark College in 1989. She worked multiple professions throughout her life: aerobics instructor, manager and program director at World Gym, real estate agent at Windermere Crest Realty in Camas, and most importantly, a stay-at-home mom for her two daughters. JoAnn loved tending to her garden and flowers, reading, being a mom and grandma, exercising, shopping, her kitties, family get-togethers, being in the sun and having a good time. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Marc Anderson; children, Sarah Phelan of Portland; Amy Samuelson of Everett, Wash.; sons-in-law, Nathan Phelan and Brad Samuelson; brother, Buford Sanders Jr.; three grandchildren, and numerous other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Constance; father, Buford Sr.; sister, Kathy; and brother, Bob. A celebration of life service was held Saturday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Washougal.

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Meta D. Yoakley died peacefully March 24, 2012, at Carolee’s Assisted Living in Ridgefield. She was 93. A private interment will be held at the Camas Cemetery. A complete obituary will be published in next week’s Post-Record. Brown’s Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Camas is in charge of arrangements. To send condolences or sign the online guest book, visit

Lois L. Blanchard died March 18, 2012, at home in Washougal. She was 80. She was born April 30, 1931, in Grand Junction, Colo. She attended Washougal schools and worked for 15 years for Crown Zellerbach in the bag factory. Lois volunteered at the Community Church of God every Saturday feeding the hungry. She loved kids and gardening, and enjoyed traveling the West Coast with her husband. She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie in 2002. She is survived by her son, Archie Blanchard, Jr.; daughter, Bobbie Reeve; sister, Barbara Baker all of Washougal; 4 granddaughters and 10 greatgrandchildren. A memorial service/open house will be held Saturday, April 7, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Archie and Diane Blanchard’s residence. Straub’s Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation in Camas is in charge of arrangements. To send condolences or sign the online guest book, visit

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Stewart C. Gilgore Stewart Clifford Gilgore died March 22, 2012, at his home in Camas. He was 84. He was born April 27, 1927, in Allentown, Penn., to Charles and Lucinda (Chandler) Gilgore. During World War II in South Seas and the Korean War, Stewart served as the oil king on many vessels for the United States Navy. After serving his country, Stewart became a member of the Carpenters Union Local 1715 for 55 years as a finish carpenter. He left his mark as a superintendent for many commercial projects in Washington and Oregon. His most challenging endeavor was working on the Ballistic Missile Early Warning Radar System Project in Thule, Greenland. Always the quintessential workaholic, Stewart also enjoyed being an avid cribbage player and a gentleman rancher. He was a very active member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and could always be counted on when needed. Stewart is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Bena; children, Stewart (Garnette) Gilgore, Chris (Laura) Gilgore, Deborah Parham, and Anne Marie (Steve) Knebel; four brothers, three sisters, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Charles and Lucinda Gilgore, Herbert Gilgore and Veronica Trout. There will be a Rosary vigil Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m., at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Camas. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, at 11 a.m., at St. Thomas Aquinas. A graveside service with full military honors will be held Friday, at 10:30 a.m., at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Palliative Care of Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver. Brown’s Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Camas is in charge of arrangements. To send condolences or sign the online guest book, visit

Carol Ann Andrews Carol Ann Andrews, of Washougal, died March 22, 2012, at the Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver. She was 76. She was born July 27, 1935, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Edwin and Phyllis (Powell) Pittaway. There will be no public services. Brown’s Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Camas was in charge of arrangements. To send condolences or sign the online guest book, visit

Busch Walkers gather again for annual auction at the Big Foot Community is invited to attend the fundraiser A local group’s biggest fundraiser of the year will be held Saturday, May 12. The Harold W. Busch Walkers — a locally based group that raises funds to support Alzheimer’s disease education and research — will host its ninth-annual dinner, auction and raffle beginning at 4 p.m., at the Big Foot Inn, 105 Pendleton Way, in Washougal.

All-you-can-eat hot dogs, chili, salad and dessert will be available for a donation of $5 per person. Dozens of donated items will be up for auction. A raffle will also be held. Headed up by Linda Busch Pfeifle, the fundraising group is named in honor of Pfeifle’s father who died of Alzheimer’s disease in 2000. Over the years and through a variety of events, the group has raised thousands of dollars for charity. For more information, contact Busch Pfeifle at 901-7752.

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Beulah Berniece Geary died peacefully at her home in Washougal March 19, 2012. She was 90. She was born July 29, 1921, in Athena, Ore., to Leon and Eva (Moore) Atkins. A Camas-Washougal resident since 1982, Beulah was formerly from Goldendale and Carson. She was a past matron of Lackamas Chapter No. 152 O.E.S. of Washougal, Vashti Chapter No. 136 O.E.S. of Washougal, and Evergreen Chapter No. 1 O.E.S. of Goldendale. She will be remembered for her willingness to help others in need and her love for her family. Beulah is survived by her sons, Bill (Sue) Geary of Westport, Wash., Dennis (Janet) Geary of Minden, Nev., Darrell (Toni) Geary of Klickitat, Wash. and Floyd (Juanita) Geary of McMinnville, Ore.; daughter, Peggy (Frank) Moxley of Washougal; sister, Linda Wade of Vancouver; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Floyd M. Geary; brother, Atkins; and great-grandchild, Kelly Flores. A celebration of Beulah’s life will be held Friday, at 2 p.m., at Brown’s Funeral Home, 410 N.E. Garfield St. Camas. A graveside service will be held Saturday, at 1 p.m., at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Goldendale. To send condolences or sign the online guest book, visit

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