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Obituaries - January 24

Maura Rosa Cody

Maura Rosa Montero Cody died in Tucson, Ariz. on Jan. 17, 2004. An aneurysm near the heart artery was the cause of death. Rosary was offered on Jan. 22, at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Tucson with a funeral mass following on Jan. 23. This would have been her 46th birthday.

Mrs. Cody is survived by her husband, Sam, son John Paul, and daughter Maria, all of Tucson; her parents Guadalupe and Esteban Montero of Colima, Mexico; brothers Jeronimo (Alice) of Stayton, Oregon; Efrain and Saul of Springfield/Eugene, Ore.; sisters Hilda (Jose) Prado, Parkdale, Ore.; Zoila (Carlos) Marquez, Odell, Ore.; and Maria, Lorena and Janette of Springfield, Ore. Also surviving are parents-in-law Charles and Frances Cody of Hood River, and brothers-in-law Glen (Donna) and Lee (Pam) Cody.

Nephews surviving are Antonio Marques, Polin and Esteban Montero, Anthony Montero, and Matt Cody. Nieces Carla Marquez, Mindy and Karina Prado, and Viviana and Johanna Montero also survive.

Rosa Montero came to the United States in 1980 after completing her degree in nurses training at the University of Colima in Mexico where she specialized in geriatric care. She was a guest in the home of June and Wilbur Halliday and worked at the Parkdale Day Care Center.

She met Sam at his parents’ home and they were married in 1982, and she gained her citizenship papers in 1989. She traveled with him to various U.S. cities in his occupation with the U.S. Government, each time becoming an active participant in her church, and each time preparing a charming and welcoming home.

Continuing work with children, she was currently employed by the Vail School District, Desert Willow School, in the preschool department. Rosa was especially talented in the care of special needs children. She also continued her work with the church and was currently involved in six groups within her church. Always a hard worker and an advocate for healthy living and exercise, she found time to be a friend to many.

Rosa Cody touched many lives during her earth journey. She will be remembered for her deep love and compassion for everyone, her joy and sense of fun, and her constant witness to her faith.

Nancy Hoover

Mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend. Nancy Lynn Hoover passed away Jan. 18, 2004, at the age of 49. Nancy was born in Hood River on March 25, 1954, to Robert and Betty (Abrams) Morby of Underwood, Wash., where she was raised and lived her life. She was crowned prom queen her senior year at Columbia High School and graduated in 1972.

Nancy married Jay Hoover in September of 1972 and in April of 1973 they became parents of a daughter, Kristina Lynn. Nancy worked at Underwood Fruit as office manager for the past 20 years. For 18 years she was also the caretaker for the Underwood Community Center, where she met many people and made lots of friends. Nancy always had a smile on her face no matter what kind of day she was having.

Nancy enjoyed spending her free time in her yard. She loved flowers and plants and making her yard beautiful. In 1992, her “Sunshine,” Brittany Lynn was born. They bonded from the moment their eyes met. Nancy did everything for her. She was such a proud grandma. Brittany and Nancy went to Long Beach, Wash., every year for three or four days — just the two of them — and on hot days they would pack up and head to Big Cedars. They were each other’s life.

In 2002, Nancy’s “Little Man,” Kaleb Robert was born, making her an even prouder grandma. She was there for the births of both her grandchildren. She made so many memories with them and taught them both so much.

Nancy is survived by her daughter, Kristina Lynn Hoover, and grandchildren Brittany Lynn and Kaleb Robert, all of Hood River; her father, Robert Morby, of Underwood, Wash.; her sister and brother-in-law, Bev Browning and Lee of Dufur; her brothers and their wives: Don Morby and Kim of Mill A, Wash., and Rob Morby and Mary of Ferndale, Wash.; best friend Ginger Norconk, of Beaverton, Ore.; her special man Eduardo Vargas, of White Salmon, Wash.; many cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and lots of friends. She was preceded in death by her mother and best friend, Betty J. Morby.

Nancy touched many lives and had so many friends whom she loved so much. She always cherished every memory she made. She will be forever missed.

A funeral service for Nancy was held on Friday, Jan. 23 at the Underwood Community Center with vault interment at Chris Zada Cemetery in Underwood.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Nancy Hoover Memorial Fund, which will benefit her beloved grandchildren, at Sterling Savings Bank, P.O. Box 67, White Salmon, WA 98672. Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Boyd Picking

Hood River resident Boyd Picking died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was 85 years of age. Private family services and vault interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery. Boyd Picking was born June 24, 1918, in Lynch, Neb., to Fred and Bertha (Bishop) Picking. He came to Hood River in 1934 with his family. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, stationed in England.

After the war he worked in the woods and then owned and operated a service station at Dittbenner Corner for a number of years. Boyd then worked at Krieg Millwork until he retired. He married Betty Jo Lane in 1955. She preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son, Jeff, of Hood River; stepson Greg Lane of Vancouver, Wash.; sister Maude Baskins of Hood River; and two brothers, Vernon Picking of Corvallis, Ore., and Melvin H. Picking of Hood River.

Arrangements are by Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Frank Princehouse

Parkdale resident Frank Princehouse died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at the U.S. Veteran’s Hospital in Portland, Ore. He was 66 years of age.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center in Hood River.

A full obituary will appear in the next edition of the Hood River News. Arrangements are by Anderson’s Tribute Center.

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