James William Coker
James William Coker

April 29, 1932 - Feb. 24, 2007

James W. Coker, 74, of Lebanon died Saturday at his home.

James was born in Benson, Ark., the son of James and Mary (Benton) Coker. He moved to Santa Paula, Calif., where he attended his schooling. During his working career, he lived in the Bakersfield area, where he worked as a concrete contractor until retiring in 1989. He moved to Lebanon in 1990, where he has resided until his death.

He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by son Dennis R. Coker, four brothers and four sisters.

He is survived by wife Betty Coker of Lebanon; stepsons Roy and wife Kirsten Hawkins of Port Orchard, Wash., and Ralph and wife Sylvia Cox of Albany; stepdaughter Antonia and husband John Hernandez of San Jose, Calif.; brother George Coker of Arizona; and sister Rosie Fergason of Utah; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1955 Fifth St., in Lebanon.

To send an online condolence to the family, go to www.hustonjost.com.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Samaritan Evergreen Hospice in care of Huston-Jost Funeral Home, 86 W. Grant St., Lebanon, OR 97355.

Kenna Jean Bradley

June 4, 1940 - Feb. 22, 2007

Kenna Bradley, 66, of Albany passed away in her home at the Mennonite Village after a long illness.

She was born in Albany, the daughter of Kenneth and Dorris Irene (Scott) Hutchins. She graduated from Albany Union High School in 1958.

Kenna married Wayman Bradley on Oct. 2, 1959, in Albany. They moved to Longview, Wash., in 1960 and returned to Albany in 1966.

She was a homemaker for 47 years. She was the United Presbyterian Church wedding coordinator during the 1970s, Albany General Hospital Auxiliary president during the 1970s, and a member of Rainbow Girls and the Class of 1958 reunions. She enjoyed traveling and barbershop music. She was a big sports fan and loved the Bulldogs and Beavers.

Kenna is survived by husband Wayman Bradley of Albany; daughters Kathy J. Jones of Lebanon and Aleta K. Fortier of Albany; three grandchildren; and sister Penny Sickels of Beaverton. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Fisher Funeral Home. Private entombment will be at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

Contributions may be made to Samaritan Evergreen Hospice in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. S.W., Albany, OR 97321 (www.

George Henry Samel

March 28, 1934 - Feb. 22, 2007

George Henry Samel, 72, of Albany passed away Thursday at Salem Hospital.

He was born in Sargent County, Bismark, N.D., the son of Louie and Anna (Buchholz) Samel. He was raised in Portland and attended schools there.

George enlisted in the Army and served three years. He then enlisted in the Oregon Air National Guard and served at the air base in Portland, retiring in 1994.

He married Celia J. Pallett in Reno, Nev., on July 10, 1988, and they resided in Portland before moving to La Pine for nine years, to Newport for six years and then to Albany in 2004.

George enjoyed fishing, gardening and was a fan of the Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners, and NASCAR, but most of all, George enjoyed his grandchildren. He was a member of the American Legion while in La Pine, Newport and Albany.

George is survived by wife Celia Samel of Albany; sons and daughters-in-law John and Dee Walker of Albany, Tom and Lorrie Walker of Ashland, Rob and Keri Walker of Sherwood, and Ken Walker of Vancouver, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and brothers and sisters-in-law Pug and Phyllis Samel, and Butch and Kay Samel, all of Portland. George was preceded in death by sisters Doris, Sammy and Lydia, and brothers Ben, Dwane and Bud.

A graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland with military honors provided by the U.S. National Guard Honors Team.

AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home is handling arrangements (www.aasum-

Audrey Ruth Worlein

Aug. 5, 1930 - Feb. 22, 2007

Audrey Ruth (Schnepp) Worlein, 76, of Albany died Thursday.

She was born in Rapid City, S.D., and moved to Portland in 1940. She lived in Portland until her illness in 1999, when she moved to Albany to be with family.

She married George L. Worlein in 1976. He died in 1978.

She was a medical transcriptionist for Kaiser Permanente in Portland.

She is survived by sister Joan Miner and numerous nieces and nephews.

Remembrances can be made to the Mennonite Village.

Lincoln Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Portland is handling arrangements.

Dorothy Ellen Smith

Oct. 4, 1917 - Feb. 25, 2007

Dorothy Ellen Smith, 89, of Albany died Sunday of natural causes.

She was born in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada, to Esco and Grace Moore. She emigrated to Portland in 1935, where she met her husband, Ralph King. They married March 23, 1940, and had two children, Gene and Sharon.

Dorothy was a member of the Garden Club, and enjoyed ceramics, gardening and flowers, sewing and crafts, and traveling.

She is survived by son Geno King, daughter Sharon King, sisters Donna Jaque and Nedra Pollock, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husband Ralph, brother Max, and sisters Verona, Mildred and Pauline.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Willamette Community Church with Pastor Larry Sundin officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Nora Louise Morris

Nov. 7, 1924 - Feb. 22, 2007

Nora Louise Morris, 72, died Thursday.

She was the loving mother of 12 children, Janie Mohr, Frank Morris, Gary Dwane Morris, Kenneth Morris, Robert Morris, Billy Ray Morris, Kathy Crenshaw, Betty Gage, Joanna Brittain, Richard Morris, Debra Mendez and David Morris; and grandmother of 26 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

She leaves behind her beloved sister, Gloria Grey.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Frank D. Morris, son Billy Ray Morris, and granddaughters Sara Mohr and Trisha McClung.

She was loved by all who knew her. Her family was her life's work.

Nora loved the outdoors and western movies. She collected dolls.

She built her home into a haven for her large and loving family.

Viewing will be until 8 p.m. today and a funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, both at Keizer Funeral Chapel, 4365 River Road N., in Keizer. A graveside service will be at the Lebanon IOOF Cemetery.

Keizer Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Service notice

Glenice E. Obermeyer, 84, of Corvallis died Thursday at her home. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church. McHenry Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Death notices

Verna Calahan, 80, of Lebanon, passed away on Sunday at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Huston-Jost Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Lissa Marie Fugate, 87, of Albany died Monday at Regency of Albany. AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Sandra Gould, 67, passed away on Sunday at home in Scio. Huston-Jost Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Evelyn Kropf, 90, of Halsey died Sunday at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. Murphy Musgrove Funeral Home in Junction City is handling arrangements.

Doreen Masonhall, 88, of Albany died Saturday at her home. AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Bernice Mier, 69, of Halsey died Sunday at Heart of the Valley. Fisher Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Stella Elizabeth Simpson, 86, of Sweet Home died today. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

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