November 30, 2010


Roberta Alice Dyer, of Crooked River Ranch

April 12, 1925 - Nov. 19, 2010

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Redmond


No services per Roberta’s wishes.

Louise Sophie Rakestraw

April 21, 1918 - Nov. 24, 2010

On Wednesday, November 24, 2010, Louise Sophie Rakestraw, 92, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, mother-in- law, aunt and friend of many, died peacefully at the home of her eldest daughter in Terrebonne, OR. She was born April 21, 1918, in Spokane, WA, to parents, Thomas and Pauline Zapf.

Louise had lived the past 61 years in Redmond and had a wonderful life, involved in the community and in her husband's and daughters' lives. An avid reader, she was an early member of The Juniper Literary Club and recently The Tuesday Book Group. Throughout the years, she belonged to numerous other clubs, The Redmond Garden Club, PEO chapter FX, several bridge clubs, Jaycee-ettes, Band Boosters, and Juniper Golf Club. She was a life-long member of the Community Presbyterian Church. She particularly enjoyed music - she played piano all her life, directed the Job's Daughters choir for many years, sang in the church choir, and attended too many school band concerts to count. She and her twin sister spent many years learning the French language. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, camping, golfing, tennis, and entertaining family and friends. She retired in the 1980s after more than 20 years as a compositor for The Redmond Spokesman.

Louise is survived by her three daughters, Anne Hilty (Tom) of Terrebonne, OR; Kay Denny (Dick) of Prescott, AZ; and Carol Bending (Bruce) of Moses Lake, WA; three grandchildren, Michael Denny (Sheri) of Prescott, AZ; Jeanette Dutton (David) of Norfolk, VA; and Eric Bending of Moses Lake, WA; three great-grandchildren, Katelyn Denny of Prescott, AZ; and Mathieu and Sylvia Rose Dutton of Norfolk, VA; nephews John Bennett (Judy) of Columbia, MD, and Steve Bennett (Catherine) of Riverside, CA.

She was preceded in death by her husband George F. Rakestraw, twin sister Luella K. Bennett, brother-in-law Clifton L. Bennett, parents Thomas and Pauline Zapf, sister Marie Zapf, and brother Robert Zapf.

The family suggests that donations be made in her name to The Redmond Public Library or the Redmond-Sisters Hospice.

The Redmond Memorial Chapel is entrusted with her care. A celebration of her life will be held for family and friends later when the sun is shining and the flowers are in bloom.

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