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Death Notice July 27, 2013
July 27, 2013 12:44 am
Marion Conta Anderson
July 19, 2013 08:09 pm


Marion Conta Anderson 

March 27, 1918 - June 29, 2013

On June 29, 2013, Marion Conta Anderson went home to the loving arms of Almighty God. She was 95 years old.

Marion was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 27, 1918, to An- tone and Anne (Riley) Conta. She was their only daughter. She had one younger brother, Lt. Col. Albert Conta, who died in 2001.

Marion had it all: beauty, brains, talent, wit and was a superb athlete. Early in her childhood she dis- covered the power of education. She walked long miles to the local library and became an ardent reader. When she reached adult- hood, she blossomed into a beauty contest winner with an exceptional soprano singing voice. She won athletic awards in badminton and ping-pong. She loved basketball and tennis.

Marion’s career choice was nursing. She excelled in her studies while working her way through school. She achieved 100 percent correct on her nursing board exams, giving her the highest grade in the State of Utah Nursing Exams in 1940.

Marion was married in 1939. The marriage lasted 18 years and produced three children: Connie, Marianne and Thomas. Divorced, Marion became a single parent and was a wonderful mother. She supported her family by moving to California and working as an R.N. in the movie and TV industry. She worked as a location nurse on many shows such as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Wild Wild West, Big Valley and Perry Mason, eventually becoming head of the medical department at CBS Studios in Studio City, California. She was also the head of the medical department for Francis Ford Coppola.

One of the most important things in Marion’s life was when, in her 20s, she became a convert to the Roman Catholic Church. She was a devout Catholic to her last breath. She was very active in Brookings’ Star of the Sea Catholic Church. She was a founder of the Cenacle of Our Lady and she founded the Star of the Sea Carmelite group of Brookings.

She loved animals of all kinds and rescued many abandoned cats over the years, including her beloved “Dolly.”

Marion is survived by her adult children Connie and Thomas Anderson, and Marianne Padilla. Marion is also survived by her sister Mrs. Nadine Butler of Grand Prairie, Texas, brother Wayne Conta of Murry, Utah; her granddaughter Sarah Padilla, grandson Andre Padilla, sister-in-law Averill Conta of Salt Lake City, Utah, nephew Amadeus Conta and his mother Susan Conta in Washington state.

She will be deeply loved and missed forever by her family, many friends and her cats “Lucky” and “Dolly.”

Recitation of the Holy Rosary and Vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2013, at Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 820 Old County Road. The Holy Rosary will be recited again at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at the Church followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Rev. Luan Nguyen will be the celebrant. A luncheon in the Parish Hall will follow the Mass; Marion will be laid to rest at the W. J. Ward Memorial Cemetery following the luncheon.

Remembrance do- nations may be sent to Carmel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 5714 Holladay Blvd., Salt Lake City, UT 84121 with which Marion shared a close spiritual relationship and friendship for over 50 years; or to South Coast Humane Society, P.O. Box 7833, Brookings, OR 97415

Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net.

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.

Jeanne F. Gibson
July 19, 2013 03:58 pm



Jeanne F. Gibson 

Jan. 5, 1917-July 9, 2013 

Former Brookings resident Jeanne F. Gibson, 96, of Vancouver, Wash., passed away on July 9, 2013. 

She was born in Zanesville, Ohio, to Samuel Foster Flemm and Lucy Love Flemm (Crawford). 

As a young child, Jeanne moved to Chicago with her family. 

She married William J. Gibson, June 25, 1938, and moved to the Chicago suburbs of Homewood, Ill. 

In the 1970s the couple retired to Brookings. Jeanne’s final move was to Highgate Senior Living in Vancouver, Wash. Survivors include her children Gwen Hudson and her husband Rich, William Gibson and his wife Kay. Also surviving are grandchildren Rich Hudson and his wife Lynda, Kirk Hudson and his wife Andrea, Alaine Kowal and her husband Tom, Scott Hudson and his wife Thuy, and Jenny Hudson Coles. Jeanne was honored with 13 great-grandchildren: Alyssa Hudson, Justin Hudson, Ryan Hudson, Nicole Hudson, Troy Kowal, Taylor Hudson, Lauren Hudson, Haily Hudson, Jennisue Kowal, Easton Hudson, Cole Hudson, Reagan Kowal and Jack Hudson. She was preceded in death by her husband William Gibson (Sr.), in 1996. 

Jeanne was an artist and quotes from her journals identified her philosophy of life 

“Life is mostly froth and bubbles, two things stand alone, Kindness in another’s troubles and Courage in your own.” — Princess Diana, at a breast-cancer research benefit in D.C.

 A Celebration of Life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday July 27, at Cascades Presbyterian Church, 9503 NE 86th Street, Vancouver, WA. 98682. 

A donation to Alzheimer’s National Association, 100 W. Harrison St. N200, Seattle, WA 98119, or a charity of your choice in the name of Jeanne would be appreciated. 


Submitted by the family.

Nettie May “Bea” Darrah Batten
July 19, 2013 03:56 pm


Nettie May “Bea” Darrah Batten

July 3, 1937-July 10, 2013 

Former Brookings resident Bea Batten was called to meet Jesus while sleeping peacefully in the small hours of July 10, 2013, at her home in Prineville. 

Born Nettie May Darrah to Dewey Edwin and Claudia Ann Darrah, she soon became “Bea” thanks to her brother Jim. He wanted to hold the “Bea Bea” (baby). She kept the name but shortened it to Bea.

Bea loved her family and worked hard her entire adult life to provide for them in one form or another. For a number of years she was a server in various restaurants including the old Tubby’s in Brookings which is now the Flying Gull. When not working out of the house she still took in ironing and sewing to help with the family expenses.

In the very early 1980s she found her true calling as a caregiver. 

Almost a pioneer in this field, she began as a job coach at the Opportunity Center in Albany, where she helped Developmentally Delayed/Disabled adults find their skills to become productive workers. She was given the challenge of taking a crew to Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc., in Albany, and integrating them into a real life job with all the pains and rewards that all employees are given. The program was a complete success and highly regarded. She decided to open her home to foster care for individuals coming out of Fairview Training Center and her clients not only began learning new skills but also flourished.

After several years, Bea returned to Brookings with her clients to be near her daughters and sister. She opened Batten’s Foster Care and provided for seniors, emotionally disabled individuals and even respite care for other caregivers who needed a break or vacation.

She was actively involved with the Special Olympics as a coach and volunteer for a number of years, and even taught a Sunday School class for any clients in the Brookings community who wished to attend.

Bea loved to travel. Not only had she traveled throughout the western United States, she later became a world traveler. Her first trip abroad was to Eastern Europe with inlaws Jerry and Bertha Miller of Cave Junction and Vangie Andreason of Brookings. A few years later she was off to visit China with her daughter Karen.

Bea made her final journey on this earth when she went to Portland, and then Lebanon — where her career in foster care began more than 30 years ago — to visit her beloved brother and sisters and more of her children and to celebrate her birthday on July 3, and her sister’s birthday on July 4, before returning to her new home in Prineville.

Fly with the angels now caregiver, where you shall be cared for in heaven ... though sorely missed on earth.

Survivors include: William James Darrah (brother); Dolly Ann White (sister) and Donna Lorraine Crabtree (sister); David Ray Monaghan (son) and his wife Ning; Sharron Kay Merwin (daughter) and her husband Ron; Andrea Dee Enos, Rebecca Rose Miller (daughter) and her husband Darrel; Karen Andreason (daughter); Randal Dean Batten (son) and Andrew Dale Batten (son); daughter Krista Lee Holler (daughter) and her husband Chris; Eva Christman and Raymond Deibele, her loving and much-loved clients who began the journey with her and remain part of the family. Also surviving 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren. 

A celebration of life is scheduled for noon today, (July 20), at Church of the Nazarene, 1600 Chetco Ave., Brookings. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests remembrances be made in Bea’s name to Southern Oregon Special Olympics, 33 N. Central Avenue, Suite 411, Medford OR 97501.


Submitted by the family.

Death Notice July 20, 2013
July 19, 2013 03:55 pm

Wilma DeGroot  

Wilma DeGroot passed away July 13, 2013, in Brookings. She was 91 years old.  

Wilma was born Feb. 3, 1922, in The Hague, Netherlands.

There will be a service for Wilma at 1 p.m. Thursday July 25, at Sea View Brightcreek Assisted Living Facility, 98059 Gerlach Lane in Brookings.


Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel. 

Ralph E. Black
July 19, 2013 03:54 pm



Ralph E. Black

July 15, 1939 – July 14, 2013

Ralph E. Black, 73, of Brookings, passed away July 14, 2013, in Medford, following a brief illness.

 Ralph was born July 15, 1939, in Hamtramck, Mich. to R.S. and Lillian Glowczewski Black. 

Following high school, Ralph enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he would serve as a hull technician during two wars, retiring after 20 years of service in 1978. 

On July 12, 1958, Ralph married Patricia Beatty in Elizabeth City, N.C. They lived in various locations, including Virginia, Hawaii, South Carolina, Washington and Las Vegas, before moving to Brookings in 2008. 

Ralph and Pat enjoyed traveling and cruises, bowling and spending time with family — especially their annual family camping trips with their grandchildren.

 Survivors include Patricia, his wife of 55 years, of Brookings; children Karen Severin and her husband Joe of Henderson, Nev., Ralph Black and his wife Chantal of Bowser, British Columbia, Susen Bryant of Poulsbo, Wash., Brenda Grau and her husband Mike of Spokane, Wash., Jeffrey Black of Spokane. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; brother Donald Black and his wife Aurie of Arvada, Colo.; sisters Lucille Curran of Anaheim, Calif. and Edith Deavan of San Antonio, Texas. 

Ralph was preceded in death by his brother Robert and granddaughters Stephanie Grau and Elyzabeth Berg.

He was a loving husband, Dad, Granpa, Great-Granpa and brother. And will be missed by all.

At his request, there will be no public service. 

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net.


Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel. 

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