Obituaries - August 20

Brian Findlay

Brian Glenn Findlay of Hood River died Aug. 12, 2003, in Flagstaff, Ariz., of a heart attack while vacationing with his family. He was 43 years of age.

Brian was born Aug. 22, 1959, in Tampa, Fla., to Glen and Lee Findlay. He graduated from high school in Anchorage, Alaska, and served 18 years in the Army. He earned a degree in business and marketing from the University of Phoenix and worked as a sales manager at Hood River Chrysler Dodge Jeep. He was a member of Hood River Lions Club and Hood River Off Road Association.

Survivors include his wife, Dianna Findlay; step-son, Joshua Beckner; step-daughters, Jennifer, Jessica and Becky Beckner; son, Nicholas Findlay of Oklahoma; parents, Glen and Lee Findlay of Arizona City, Ariz.; brother, Douglas Findlay of Casa Grande, Ariz.; sister, Rebecca Anne Patterson of Mesa, Ariz.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Debbie and Ed Cannon of Hood River and Scot and Darlene Sullenger of Cascade Locks; and mother and father-in-law, Lois and Dean Foust of Starbuck, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Margaret and George Findlay and Buck and Juanita Sawyer.

Brian was a loving husband and father who enjoyed life to the fullest. He enjoyed motorcycles, camping, scuba diving, skiing, golf and much more. But most of all he liked the quiet moments with his new family.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Aug. 23 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Hood River.

Those wishing to make contributions in his memory may do so to Cascade Central Credit Union, in an account set up for his family.

Arrangements are being handled by Anderson Tribute Center, 386-1000.

Elaine Esselstyn

Elaine Esselstyn was born on Dec. 7, 1920, in Riverside, Wash. She died on Aug. 15, 2003.

She attended school in Brewster, Wash., and went on to Washington State University.

Later she moved to Pendleton where she worked for an attorney.

In 1968 Elaine worked for the firm of Green and Griswold in Portland, but lived in Cascade Locks.

During that time she ran for the office of mayor of Cascade Locks and was the first woman to be elected to that position. She served two terms from 1972 to 1976.

Elaine retired in 1980 and moved to Long Beach, Wash., and loved it there.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Geraldine and Carl; and brother Don.

She leaves behind a daughter and son-in-law, April and Rich Kelly; two grandsons and one great granddaughter.

No services will be held. She will be missed.

Elaine Esselstyn was featured in the Panorama section of the Hood River News in 1974 in an article headlined “The Mayor Wears Skirts”:

“Called ’Your Honor’ at meetings, and nicknamed ‘Mrs. Mayor’ when she’s relaxing with the townsfolk at the Cascade Locks Inn in the evenings, the tall, attractive, ready-smiling Mrs. Esselstyn is the first lady mayor of Cascade Locks ... She doesn’t find any difficulty being a woman mayor, and doesn’t think anyone else does either. Mrs. Esselstyn describes Cascade Locks as ‘a very liberal town, where people are forward-looking and imaginative.’ She said she enjoys being the mayor, feels ‘very honored and dead serious about it’ ... Mrs. Esselstyn, an avowed self-determinist, said she believes ‘you can do anything you set your mind to,’ and she has her first and only oil painting hanging prominently on her cabin wall to prove it.”

Velma Gilmore

Hood River resident Velma Vena Gilmore died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. She was 87 years of age.

A private family gathering at Pine Grove Cemetery was held.

Velma was born Aug. 11, 1916, in Kansas to John and Lullie (Aubrey) Hensley. She was raised and educated in Oklahoma.

On Dec. 19, 1934, Velma Hensley married Howard Gilmore in Miami, Okla. They moved their family to the Hood River Valley in 1947.

Once here in the valley Mrs. Gilmore started serving her community as an owner of the Odell Recreation Cafe and the Odell Variety Store. She was known for her great generosity and having a hospitable heart. Mrs. Gilmore was an anonymous benefactor to many throughout the valley.

Velma enjoyed spending her time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She also loved to tend to her flower garden and paint. Her family remembers her for her great skill in carpentry, she loved to work with wood.

Mrs. Gilmore is survived by her daughters Charlotte Roberts and Carolyn Guignard both of Hood River, Ore.; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, very special nephew Rex Brittle and many other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Howard, daughters Barbara Ross, Lois Marie, son Vaughn Dean and grandson Steve Guignard.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Gilmore’s name to the Providence Foundation c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Edward Sommers

Hood River resident Edward Foster Sommers died Aug. 17, 2003, at the Hood River Care Center.

He was 88 years of age. Private family services were observed. Arrangements by Anderson’s Tribute Center 541-386-1000.

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