January 10, 2012

Obituaries

Victoria Geraldine Jordan, of Redmond
Dec. 1, 1938 - Dec. 11, 2011
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond
541-504-9485; www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: Zion Lutheran Church,
1113 SW Black Butte Blvd., Redmond;
Jan. 14. 
Contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church Memorial Fund in memory of Victoria.

Charles Edward Stearns, of Redmond
Nov. 7, 1931 - Dec. 31, 2011
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond
541-504-9485; www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: Celebration of Life was held Jan. 7 at The Falls Clubhouse at Eagle Crest.
Contributions may be made to Partners In Care.

Ron Beeson, of Redmond
Nov. 14, 1917 - Dec. 29, 2011
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals-Redmond
541-504-9485; www.autumnfunerals.net
Memorial Service was held Jan. 7 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
851 NW Canal Blvd., Redmond
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Marian 'Vonny' Yvonne Fielder Mims
Jan. 10, 1937 - Jan. 6, 2012
On January 10, 1937, Marian Yvonne Fielder was born to Robert and Mary Fielder.  Marian (or Vonny as she became known) was born and grew up in Prineville, Ore., with her brother, Robert Fielder and sister, Delores Fielder (McNamara).
After high school, she attended Portland State University, where she earned her teaching degree. Following college she met and married, Marcus Daniel Mims.
The two spent the remainder of their lives together. Along the way, she had a successful career teaching in California and the Bend School District. She also gave birth to two children, Marcus and Deirdre.  At the time of her passing, Vonny had two special grandchildren who she loved very much.
Vonny held a love of children that was reflected not only in her own children but in the hundreds who passed through her first grade class at Bear Creek Elementary.
She enjoyed traveling and foreign cultures, traveling to England and Finland on an educational exchange program and vacationing throughout Europe. She and her family also hosted numerous exchange students from countries including Australia, Finland, South Africa, Sweden and Belgium.
After her retirement, Vonny spent several years dutifully caring for her ailing husband, followed closely by becoming caretaker for her mother. Shortly after Mary Fielder passed away, Vonny was diagnosed with dementia, which ultimately claimed her life. Vonny was fortunate to be surrounded by loving and loyal family and friends in her final years. 
Throughout her struggle, Vonny's gentle, loyal and adventuresome nature was present - never lost was her love of nature, family, company and friends - and it is for this we pray that she shall be remembered.
Vonny was preceded in death by her husband, Marcus Daniel Mims in 2000; as well as her parents, Robert and Mary Fielder; and sister, Dolores McNamara. 
Vonny is survived by her children, Marcus Mims, Deirdre Mims Kasberger and special daughter, Catherine Byrne; her daughter-in-law, Tina Drake; and son-in-law, John Kasberger; as well as her grandchildren, Benjamin and Ciline Kasberger; and her brother, Robert Fielder.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at , at Redmond Memorial Chapel, Redmond, OR.  Please sign our guestbook at http://www.redmondmemorial.com/.

Betty Jean Johnson
Nov. 29, 1926 - Jan. 1, 2012
Betty Jean Johnson passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Jan. 1, 2012.
Betty was born in Bakersfield Calif., to Marion and Mabel Stevens.   She attended school in Portland where she met her husband of 67 years, Charles Daniel. There they raised four children on a small farm and enjoyed many family and school activities. At a young age, Betty worked at the ship yards during World War II. Once her children were in school, she began her successful career as an insurance agent for John Hancock.
When Charles and Betty retired, they moved to "The Ranch" at Willowdale,  there they enjoyed dancing, hunting and creating memories for their family and friends.
Charles and Betty then moved to The Greens in Redmond.  Betty loved to watch the different birds visit her feeders and her canaries that sang to her through her final days. Betty's true passion was her family. She was a wonderful role model and homemaker, famous for her blackberry  pie, always offering encouragement and loving words to her children, grandchildren, and anyone that was fortunate enough to be touched by her kindness. She provided a safe, stable and loving home, not only for her children, but for grandchildren and friends.
Betty is survived by her husband, Charles Daniel Johnson; her children, Steven (Teresa), John (Marie),  Leanne, and Doug; her sisters, Marilyn Taylor and Ruthie Sharp; 11 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents,  a sister, Dorothy, and a great-granddaughter, Alyson Betty-Jean Tittle.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Jim Manley for his help and support.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Redmond Senior Center Jan. 14, 1-3 p.m. Memorial Service at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland,   Jan. 23, 12 noon, reception following at the home of Janet Deines, 1645  NE Broadway, Portland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Redmond/Sisters Hospice.  

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