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6 The Sun, Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Obituaries Mildred "Mickey" Merz (Mildred Baxter Wade Barber Merz) Nov. 4, 1915-Aug. 11, 2011 Mickey was born near Kalama, Wash. and completed high school there during the depression. She married Jim Baxter when she was 20. Their daughter, Janet, was born in 1938 and their son, Lee, was born about a year and a half later. When Mickey was 29 and pregnant with Jimmy, her husband was killed suddenly in a logging accident near Grand Ronde. About three years later she met Jerry Wade and they were married. Their daughter, Gerry was born the next year. They bought a 20- acre farm on Gold Creek, near Willamina, and together they managed a baby, three other children, the house, a veg- etable garden and many farm animals. When Jerry Wade's sawmill business went bankrupt the family moved to La Mesa, Ca- lif. where Mickey started work- ing as an Avon lady. She was a natural saleswoman because she liked meeting people. A year later the family returned to the northwest when Jerry's mother asked him to help with her custom drapery business. Janet and Lee were in college in San Diego but Mickey, Jerry, Jim and Gerry moved to Tacoma, Wash. Mickey con- tinued selling Avon and was soon promoted to an Avon Manager where she inter- viewed, hired, motivated and trained other women to sell Avon products. Jerry Wade's health deteriorated and he died in 1973. Mickey retired from the Avon company at age 62 and decided she wanted to move back to the area near Wil- lamina, near relatives. She had a custom home built on Rowell Creek Road. Soon Mickey met a neighbor man, Earl Barber, and they were married with all their families present in 1980. They enjoyed their flower and vegetable gardens plus traveling in their motorhome. During those years she started writing a col- umn, "Grand Ronde and Val- ley Junction" for The Sun with the by-line "Mickey Barber." After seven happy years to- gether Earl died of a massive stroke. Mickey found many ways to keep busy with family, church, volunteer activities and the Rebecca Lodge. While attend- ing reunions of Kalama High she often saw Lew Merz and his wife. After his wife died Lew began courting Mickey and in 1993 they were married. Lew and Mickey enjoyed trav- eling and took many trips in the United States and abroad. Af- ter eight wonderful years to- gether Lew died in 2001. After Lew died, Mickey ac- cepted Janet's invitation to move closer to her and grand- children in San Diego. Sadly, her son, Lee, died of cancer in 2008. Still she made frequent phone calls to family and friends outside San Diego and always said, "I'm happy and I don't hurt." Mickey is survived by three children, seven grand- children, six great-grandchil- dren, five step-children, other relatives and friends. Services will be at the Wil- lamina Christian Church on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. Betty Jean Louise Tatom Jan. 6, 1927-Sept. 8, 2011 Betty Jean Louise Tatom, 84, of Sheridan, died Sept. 8 at Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville. She was born Jan. 6, 1927 in Northwood, Iowa, the daughter of Emil A. and Lourella M. (Lundberg) Lau. She moved to Sheridan in 1943. She met and married Lewis Tatom in 1943. They later di- vorced. In 1977 she met Harold Trice who has been her com- panion since. She worked as a bank teller for US Bank in Sheridan for many years. She loved to garden flow- ers and dig clams. She was a member of the United Method- ist Church in Sheridan. She is survived by her com- panion, Harold Trice of Sheri- dan; daughters, Jennifer Kline of Salem and Mary Castleberry of Washington; three grandchil- dren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Michael Kline Jr. Viewing will be 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Adamson's Sheridan Funeral Home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Sheridan United Methodist Church. Vault interment will be at Green Crest Memorial Park, Sheridan. Norman Gene Berggren March 25, 1936ept. 10, 2011 Norman Gene Berggren was born in Osceola, Nebraska March 25, 1936, the son of Vic- tor E. and Louella Veach Berggren. He died in Salem, Oregon on September 10, 2011. In 1944 his family moved to Sheridan, Ore., where he at- tended Mill Creek School and graduated from Sheridan High School in 1953. Norman joined the U.S. Air Force, serv- ing three years at Hickman Air Force base. Following his ac- tive duty time he served in the Air Force Reserves and worked as a civilian aircraft technician at the Portland AFB for nine years. Norman married Tempe Taylor on May 20, 1961 in Portland, Ore. After attending college to earn his AA degree in Civil Engineering he began work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service in 1970. He retired as Chief of Surveys and Mapping, Region I, in 1995. Norman enjoyed develop- ing Crowncrest Tree Farm, planting 2000 trees a year for 15 years, for timber produc- tion. He loved spending time at their second home at Nesika Beach on the southern Oregon coast. Norman is survived by his wife of 50 years, Tempe Taylor Berggren; four daughters, Christina (John) Wade, Nora (Jaime) Herrera, Elena (Michael) Lemrick, and Maria Berggren (Freeman Bumstad); a sister, Sheila Berggren; nine grandchildren, Tiffany Brown (David Elliott); Tabitha Brown; Conlan, Tiernan and Megan Lemrick; Jarod, Jakob and Mirabel Herrera; Holly Berg- gren; and six great-grandchil- dren, David, Maria and Tho- mas Elliot; Alicia Borck, Jonathan Borck and Michael Brown; nieces Sally (Michael) Wooton, Sherry Cotton; neph- ews Michael (Heide) Windred and Mark (Mishelle) Wmdred, and several great nieces and great nephews. Norman was preceded in death by his parents, brother James Myron Berggren, and granddaughter Kelly Lemrick. Norman requested no fu- neral. Cremains willbe interred at Highland Cemetery, Rock Creek Road, Sheridan, Oregon. Any donations can be made to the Cancer Society in care of Macy & Son or charity of your choice. To leave private online condolences, please visit Clayton Ross Markee Dec. 31, 1921-Sept. 8, 2011 Clayton was born in Hubbard, Ore. to Glen and Myrtle (Payne) Markee. The family moved to Sheridan where Clayton attended school. Clayton had 3 older brothers, Gerald, Loren and Vern. Clayton lettered in 4 sports for four years at Sheri- dan High School. In his se- 'Readings at the Nick' begins fall lineup with poetry Award-winning poet and Portland native Matthew Dickman will present a reading Monday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College. It is part of the "Readings at the Nick" se- ties. Dickman will read from his new book, slated to be pub- lished in fall 2012 by W.W. Norton & Co. He will also read from his award-winning first poetry book "All-American Poem," which won the Honickman First Book Prize, the May Sarton Award from the American Academy o fArts and Sciences, the Kate Tufts Award from Claremont Col- lege, and the 2009 Oregon Book Award from Literary Arts of Oregon. News Briefs Firefighters breakfast Looking for DOCTOR? Mark your calendars to have an empty tummy on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the annual Sheridan Fire District volunteer hot cake breakfast. mmm Parent University starts Sept. 15 Parent University-open to all community members-will begin Sept. 15. Classes for adults will be of- fered every Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. at Faulconer- Chapman School. The classes for the first six week session are: Shopping and Cooking Smart with a Limited Budget Dickman is also the author of two chapbooks, "Amigos" and "Something about a Black Scarf." His poems have ap- peared in Tin House Magazine, McSweeny's, Ploughshares, The Believer, BOMB online, and The New Yorker among others. He holds a degree from the University of Oregon. The Los Angeles Times claims "Dickman crystallizes and celebrates human contact, reminding us...that our best memories, those most worth holding on to, those that might save us, will be memories of love." The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Linfield Nicholson Library and the Linfield English Depart- menL For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, ($15) and English as a Second Language ($10). Registration forms are avail- able in the school offices, or you are welcome to register on the first day of class. After school program staff will be providing free child-care and activities for all ages. For questions, call Elizabeth Blake at 503-843-2184. mmm Bicycle Rodeo is Sept. 19 Calling all students who ride bicycles. Officer Derek Trombla will be leading a bi- cycle safety rodeo on Monday, Sept. 19, from 2:10-3 p.m. (right after school) under the covered outdoor area at Faul- coner-Chapman School. Ev- eryone is welcome! college librarian, at 503-883- 2517, Senior Lunch Menus: Sept. 19.23 Monday: Chicken a la king over whipped potatoes or liver and onions/gravy, whipped potatoes/brown gravy, green peas, dill bread, mixed fruit. Tuesday: Veal Marsala or fish patty w/tartar sauce, Delmonico potatoes, country trio vegetables, bran wheat bread, mandarin or- ange/pineapple. Wednesday: Meatloaf half sandwich or shaved ham half sand- wich w/special sauce/shredded lettuce on wheat bread, calico corn chowder, creamy coleslaw, pears. Thursday: Chicken Spanish rice or shepherd's pie/gravy, Harvard beets, spinach Romaine salad, potato wheat roll, applesauce. Friday: Scalloped potatoes and turkey ham or spinach omelet bake, green beans and tomatoes, tossed salad/Ranch dressing, caraway rye roll, mixed fruit. The Northwest Senior & Disabi/ily Services Agency offers noon meals in Sheridan at the Sheridan Nazarene Church, 917 S. Bridge SL Meals are served at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Anyone 60 or over and their spouse are welcome for fellowship and a ho nu#Cdous meal. Home-delivered meals are available for home-bound seniors. A donation of $3 is suggested for the meals. Advance reserva- tions are required. For more information, call 503-843-2000. School Menus: Sept. 19 - 23 Free breakfast for all students. All school meals include milk or fruit juice. WILLAMINA SCHOOLS BREAKFAST Monday: No school. Tuesday: Breakfast round, milk, juice, fruit. Wednesday: Cinnamon bun, milk, juice, fruit. Thursday: Bagel with cream cheese, milk, juice, fruit. Friday: Muffin and string cheese, milk, juice, fruit. WlLLAMINA SCHOOLS LUNCH All lunches include a fresh fruit and vegetable variety bar. Monday: No school. Tuesday: Crispy chef's salad/whole wheat roll or chicken patty/bun. Wednesday: Oriental fried rice with egg roll or deli sub. Thursday: Chicken nuggets or toasted cheese sandwich. Friday: Pizza or ham and cheese sandwich. FAULCoNER-CHAPMAN SCHOOL BREAKFAST Monday: Cereal, PB crackers, juice, milk. Tuesday: Oatmeal, chocolate chip breakfast bar, juice, milk. Wednesday: Cinnamon breakfast loaf, apple, milk. Thursday: Blueberry muffin, string cheese, applesauce, milk. Friday: Apple cinnamon breakfast bar, juice, milk. FAULCoNER-CHAPMAN SCHOOL LUNCH Offered daily: Main dish, full salad bar, bread, chocolate or 1% white milk. Mnday: Macattmi and cheese r SW chicken wrap r ham/cheese sandwich' Tuesday: Chicken strips, or mashed potatoes/country gravy or turkey and cheese sandwich. Wednesday:. Hot dog or poor boy sandwich or PB&J sandwich. Thursday: Chicken burger or beef taco salad or peanut buttsr/horey sandwich. Friday: Pizza or beef and bean burrito or tuna sandwich. SHERIDAN HIGH SCHOOL BREAKFAST Monday: Cereal, cheese stick, juice, milk. Tuesday: Breakfast burrito, fruit or juice, milk. Wednesday: French toast, fruit, juice, milk. Thursday: Cereal, nutrigrain bar, juice, milk. Friday: Hashbrown, yogurt, juice, milk. SHERIDAN HIGH SCHOOL LUNCH Offered daily: Salad bar, fresh fruits/veggies, milk, whole grains. Monday: Macaroni and cheese or chicken wrap. Tuesday: Chicken strips or hamburger gravy and mashed potatoes. Wednesday: Mini corn dogs or meatball sub. Thursday: Chicken burger or beef taco. Friday: Pizza or bean and cheese burrito. nior year the opposing teams only scored two points against Sheridan football team during the entire sea- son. Local athletes of Clayton's generation told sto- ries for years about his speed, quickness and agility. Clayton started college at Linfield but dropped out and married Alice Street on March 21, 1941. They were married seventy years. Clayton was drafted into the service in July 1944. He served in the U.S. Army's 24th Infantry Division in The Phil- ippines as a combat infantry- man and later as a medical corpsman. When WW II ended, Clayton served in the army of occupation in Japan finishing his enlistment in Hiroshima. Clayton returned stateside in February 1946 where he began working for Rand Truck Line out of Sheti- dan. In the early 1950s he went to work as a delivery man for Langendorf Bread, running a route from Sheridan to Grand Ronde. Later he drove bread truck for Davidson's Sunbeam and finished his working ca- reer driving for Franz Bread in Salem where he and Alice moved in 1973. Clayton kept his interest in sports his entire life, partici- pating in the Sheridan Mer- chants softball teams' summer league in the 50's. He also taught and encouraged his daughter Melody and three sons, Mike, Pat and Jeff, the joys of participating in soft- ball, baseball, basketball track and football. People who knew Clayton often said that he was one of the kindest, gentle souls they knew. He loved people and they loved him. He was never known to utter criticism or ex- press anger at others and never yelled out at life's frustrations. People call his generation "The Greatest Generation" because of what they endured during the depression and dur- ing WW II. Clayton certainly qualified as an outstanding member of that elite genera- tion always showing "grace under pressure." He will be sorely missed by his many friends and family. Clayton is survived by his wife, Alice; daughter Melody Markee of Vancouver; sons, Mike Markee and wife Janet of Salem, Pat Markee of Sa- lem and Jeff Markee of Redding Calif.; six grandchil- dren and seven great-grand- children. Services were held at the Sheridan Church of The Naza- rene Tuesday:, Sept. 13. Inter- ment was at Green Crest Me- morial Park. Arrangements were by Adamson's Sheridan Funeral Home. 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