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Cannard, Susan Elizabeth "Sue"  
SUSAN ELIZABETH CANNARD August 24, 1945 ~ March 11, 2015 "We will miss her keen eye for the outrageous, her ability to make adults and children laugh at her stories, her girlish demeanor, and her impeccable presentation." Susan Elizabeth Cannard, was born Aug. 24, 1945, and died March 11th, 2015 in Vancouver, WA, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Manchester, IA, and raised in Scottsdale, AZ. Sue put herself through cosmetology school, working 18 years in Vancouver, WA and Boise, ID. In 1987, she received a Bachelor of Science, graduating magna cum laude from the Walla Walla University School of Nursing, Portland Campus. Sue worked at Southwest Washington Medical Center as a home health nurse, and after receiving her surgery credentials began an 18 year career as a staff RN in surgery at the hospital. She completed her career as an orthopedic nurse at Rebound in Vancouver, retiring in 2009. Throughout her life, Sue was constantly involved with helping others, championing her children's education, variably serving as PTA president, volunteer coordinator, and fundraiser. She was an active member of two nursing organizations, and served as a volunteer counselor for substance abusers and mental health victims. She was a mentor and always tried to give her best to others. She loved games, taught anyone who would listen how to play canasta and rummy, and consistently beat them. Her passion for cooking yielded countless meals filled with fun and laughter. Sue was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and sister. Sue is survived by her husband of 47 years, Paul; sons, Matt (Jen) and Sam (Laura); brother, Lyle Scott (Mary Lou); cherished grandchildren, Madison, Samantha, and Alexander; brothers-in-law, Dave and Don (Sue); and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. She would have liked us to thank special friends, Ruth Showalter, Lisa Bowers, Lynda Woods, Krista Relling, and Michelle Larson, who provided her unending love and support. She was preceded by her parents, Lyle and Vivian Scott; sister, Jolene; and daughter, Amy Elizabeth. A Catholic Funeral Mass and Celebration of Life is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Sat., May 2nd, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 400 South Andresen Road, Vancouver, WA, 98661, with reception and lunch on-site immediately following Mass. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center Foundation, Nurses Fund, P.O. Box 1600, Vancouver, WA 98668, 360-514-3106. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 21, 2015
Carroll, Lloyd Beecher  
LLOYD BEECHER CARROLL September 1, 1945 ~ March 12, 2015 Lloyd Beecher Carroll, 69, of Vancouver, WA, passed away peacefully March 12th, 2015 surrounded by family and friends. Lloyd was born in Loudan, Tennessee September 1st, 1945 and raised in Washougal, WA. He is survived by his mother, Almeta Carroll; loving wife of 30 years, Sharon Carroll; and daughters, Tracy Fulps (Jerry), Tammy Hoover (Don), Trisha Kellar (Joe); son, David Martin; and honorary daughter, Heather Peck (Mike). Lloyd was grandfather to Randi Spaulding, Joelle Beke, Jamie McElravy, Katelyn and Josh Fulps, Logan and Ethan Kellar, Isabelle and Sebastien Hamill. Great- grandchildren, Jameson Spaulding and Grayson McElravy. Lloyd is also survived by his brothers, Robert (Linda), Danny and Erick (Carol); and sisters, Esther Ofria, Erne Carroll and KD Carroll. Nieces and nephews: Kimberly McGee, Amy Johnson, Bobby Carroll, Ian and Elisa Ofria. Lloyd was drafted into the Army and is a veteran of the Vietnam War serving his country as part of the 147th Aviation Company. After serving his country, Lloyd became a long haul truck driver and dispatcher. Memorial to be held in June at the Washougal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Lloyd and family request that donations be made to the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of daughter, Tracy Fulps, and the Bleeding Disorder Foundation of Washington in honor of grandson, Ethan Kellar. Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 22, 2015
Casteel, Mary A.  
MARY A. CASTEEL October 2, 1956 ~ March 9, 2015 Mary A. Casteel, 58, of Vancouver, WA, lost her fight with cancer March 9th, 2015 at 7:23 p.m. in San Diego, CA. At her side were her husband, Tracy; daughter, Kelly; and brothers, Eddie and Alvin. Mary is survived by her bestest buddy and grandson, Jace; husband of 25 years, Tracy; daughter, Kelly; sons, Robert and Timothy; as well as her mother, Toots; and brothers, Mark, David, Eddie and Alvin. Church services will be held Sat., March 28th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Johns Catholic Church, 8701 NE 119th St., Vancouver, WA 98662. A Celebration of Life and pot luck to be held the following day at Lewisville Park at 12:00p.m. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 22, 2015
Coley, Garland Wesley  
GARLAND WESLEY COLEY January 31, 1931 ~ March 8, 2015 Wes was born in Leedey, OK. Wes is survived by his wife, Barbara of Vancouver, WA; his children: daughter, Teri McGuire of Fairview, OR and son, Frank Coley of Vancouver, WA; and his sisters, Irene Power and Lavina Cranfield. Wes served in the 187th Airborne Division during the Korean War. He was very proud of his military service often marching in the Vancouver Veteran's Day Parade. Wes volunteered at the Clark County Fair for over 25 years. He enjoyed bowling and playing the fiddle. He loved riding his recumbent bike around Orchards. Wes was a loyal and committed member of the Christ Restored Church in Salmon Creek. Wes' life and service will be honored at his burial site at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015. Please sign his Guest Book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 21, 2015
Cowdrey, James Michael "Jim/Jimmy"  
JAMES "JIM/JIMMY" MICHAEL COWDREY June 20, 1943 ~ March 12, 2015 On March 12, 2015 James "Jim/Jimmy" Michael Cowdrey lost his battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Susan (Caples) Cowdrey; Daughter, Karyn Cowdrey (Roger Pressentin); Son, Michael Cowdrey (Mindie Abraham Cowdrey); Sister, Diane (Cowdrey) Milligan ( Doug Milligan); two Nephews and a Niece. Jim was a firefighter for Vancouver, WA Fire Department for 22 years, owned a successful boat building company, enjoyed many adventures rafting, riding motorcycles, fishing, camping with family and friends and touring around the Western part of the U.S. with his wife Suzi, their dog BZ and their RV. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held April 4th, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Vancouver Fire Fighters Union Hall, 2807 NW Fruit Valley Rd., Vancouver, WA 98660. Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 22, 2015
Faulkner Jr., Albert B.  
ALBERT B. FAULKNER, JR. March 20, 1924 ~ February 17, 2015 Albert B. Faulkner, Jr., 90, passed away Feb. 17, 2015 in Vancouver, WA. He was born March 20, 1924 in Milton, OR to Albert and Mary Faulkner. He graduated from Camas High School in 1942. Albert attended college at the University of Washington. At the end of his first year, he received his draft notice and entered the Army in 1943. He fought in World War II at the Battle of the Bulge. After his service to our country, he returned to the University of Washington and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. Albert met the love of his life, Marian, while attending University of Washington. They married in Petersburg, AK in 1947. Albert and Marian settled in the Pacific Northwest to raise their three children. He worked as an electrical engineer for the Bonneville Power Administration for 32 years. His family meant everything to him, coaching his son's little league teams was a time he treasured. Albert also enjoyed his leisure time by playing golf, wood carving and painting. In his retirement years, he owned and maintained a vineyard in La Center. Albert is survived by his sons, Douglas (Sharon) Faulkner of Vancouver, WA and Donald (Joan) Faulkner of Bothell, WA; daughter, Virginia Winger (John Williams) of Bonney Lake, WA; grandchildren, Allen of Forest Grove, OR, Craig of Carmel, IN, Caitlin of Bothell, WA, Jena of Seattle, WA, Paul of Bellingham, WA, and Alexandra of Renton, WA; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Marian in 2014. Memorial services will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church at 11:00 a.m. on Sat., March 28, 2015. Contributions can be made to the church. Arrangements are under the care of Davies Cremation & Burial Services. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 22, 2015
Fyffe, Marcella  
MARCELLA HAYS FYFFE October 4, 1916 ~ March 8, 2015 At the age of 98 years, Marcella Fyffe went to be with her Lord. Born in Vancouver, WA during the first World War, her life is the story of the history of Vancouver. When she was six months old, the original Columbia River crossing opened to traffic for the first time. She took great pleasure regaling her friends and family with stories of her childhood - riding up and down on the drawbridge, helping her father mend his fishing nets from their houseboat where the Quay now stands, and later escaping from that houseboat splintering from the crushing power of ice as the Columbia River froze over. Marcella's mother, Catherine (Prongue) Hays, died when Marcella was three years old and her life was forever changed. Her Auntie, Iva Hays Norvell, helped raise her as she was shuttled back and forth between the home of her father, Bert Hays, and that of her aunt. Marci grew up in a time when, if you needed to get somewhere, you walked. This gave her a deep and intimate knowledge of the city she so loved, and she could identify the deep heritage of each building in downtown Vancouver, with a historical knowledge few now can rival. In her early teens, during Prohibition, she surreptitiously served alcohol through a secret window from her father's billiard parlor to customers in his men's club. She attended Central Grade School, the brand-new Shumway Junior High, and Vancouver High. In the 1930s, her father surprised her with the family's first car. She walked up to City Hall, paid her one-dollar registration fee, and went home with a driver's license. Never once did she take a driving test, as she gleefully reminded younger generations. During the second World War, she worked in the Kaiser Shipyards, and met the love of her life, a towering 6'3", Harvard-educated, redheaded Scotsman, John Clark Fyffe, at the Castle Club while he was stationed at the Vancouver Barracks prior to shipping out for the European theatre. They were married January 16, 1944. Marci enjoyed boating, visiting her Auntie in Seaside, trips to Minnesota and Hawaii, and cruising with her family. She and John were longtime members of Columbia Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir for many years, sharing her beautiful soprano voice. A highlight of this experience was traveling to Australia to sing at World Expo 88. This year, Marci was thrilled when ancestry research revealed her roots - especially those of her French-Swiss mother she never knew. After eleven years of marriage, John and Marci were blessed with another redhead in the family - their only child, Diane Fyffe. Marcella is survived by her daughter; son-in-law, Marc Berg; and four grandchildren, Alex, Eric, Lauren, and Jordan Berg. In addition to her parents and aunt, she was preceded in death by half-brother, Wilferd Prongue (1931); and husband, John Clark Fyffe (2000). A Celebration of Life will be held at Columbia Presbyterian Church on Sun., March 29, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 22, 2015
Gilliam, Robert W.  
ROBERT W. GILLIAM October 21, 1923 ~ March 23, 2015 "His life was filled with joy, and his family and friends will truly miss him." Robert W. Gilliam, 91, native of Washington and WWII veteran, died on March 23, 2015 in Vancouver, WA. As a member of the BPOE, he made numerous contributions to the community. Robert is survived by his five children and his wife. The viewing will be held Fri., March 27, from 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. at Northwood Park Funeral Home. Services will be on Sat., March 28th at 12:00 p.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 11101 NE 119th St., Vancouver, WA 98662. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 27, 2015
Heimbuch, Donna D.  
DONNA D. HEIMBUCH May 11, 1931 ~ March 21, 2015 Donna (Waddle) Heimbuch was born in Langford, SD to Ray and Bernadine Waddle. She passed peacefully to our Savior's arms surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband of almost 65 years, Karl Heimbuch; children, Joyce (Monte) Hanes, Richard Heimbuch and Russel Heimbuch, all of Vancouver, WA; 5 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Shirley Klattenhoff (Gene Ferryman) of Vancouver and Pat (Norm) Ploium of Ocean Park, WA; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Donna moved with her family to Vancouver at age 11 and enjoyed getting together with her Salmon Creek girlfriends until her passing. She graduated from Fort Vancouver High School in 1949. Since retiring from the Columbian in 1993, she appreciated her morning "mall walker" friends. "Grandma Donna" as she was lovingly known at New Hope Foursquare Church, faithfully taught Sunday School over 65 years! A memorial service will be held at 11a.m., Sat., March 28, 2015 at New Hope Foursquare Church, 1801 Daniels in Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver. Please sign her Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 25, 2015
Hill, Alma Belle  
ALMA BELLE HILL September 13, 1915 ~ March 18, 2015 Alma Hill, long-time Brush Prairie, WA resident, passed away in Kennewick, WA. She was the 9th of 11 children born to Julius and Margaret Ellen Love Conner. She was born in Connell, WA, but her first memories were of living on the homestead in Wyoming. Her family settled in Battle Ground, WA in 1927. Alma graduated from Battle Ground High School in 1935, remaining friends with her classmates for the next 70 plus years. In 1939, Alma married Edwin Hill and settled into farm life at Brush Prairie. Combining two large extended families offered an unending number of occasions to celebrate. Their daughter, Linda, joined them to complete their family. She worked at Jantzen knitting mills for 21 years. Alma's pies and chicken 'n homemade noodles were requested for family functions and many are kept cozy with one of her crocheted afghans. Throughout her life, Alma was involved in her community through many organizations. Alma's memberships included the U.F.K.B. & S. Lodge #24 in Hockinson, Channel Breakers, Bunco, and Lady Elks of Battle Ground. Alma is survived by her daughter, Linda Ownby of Kennewick, WA; her grand-dog Auggie; and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed; her son-in-law, Jim Ownby; and 10 brothers and sisters. She closes the book on that generation. Services will be held Thurs., March 26, 2:00 p.m. at Layne's Funeral Home, 16 NE Clark Ave., Battle Ground, WA 98604. A gathering place with be announced at that time. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 24, 2015
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