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Obituaries - May 25

Lyle Trent

Former Columbia Gorge area resident and teacher, Lyle Edwin Trent, passed away on May 3, 2005, in Santa Rosa, Calif. He was born in Arapahoe, Neb., on Feb. 7, 1921, to William D. and Florence S. (Bruffett) Trent.

The family moved to southern Missouri when Lyle was still an infant. He grew up near Gainesville and married his high school sweetheart, Orene Krider. Mr. Trent graduated from college at SMS in Springfield, Mo. He taught elementary school and was principal in Ozark.

In 1960, he and his wife and their three daughters moved to Washington state, where he continued his teaching career for a total of 37 years. After his wife died in 1987, he moved to Petaluma, Calif., to be near family there. He taught calligraphy at the senior center, and met and married his star student, Elizabeth Stewart. They have been happily married for 12 years.

Throughout his life, Mr. Trent was well known for being open, honest and eager to make people laugh. He always looked on the bright side, was an adored teacher and fine example for his students, a marvelous husband and a fantastic father.

Lyle Trent is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; daughters Linda Benville, Donna Wandling and her husband, Jim, and Wanda Burgeson and her husband, Duane; brother, William Trent; sister, Earlene Orley; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Orene; his parents, William and Florence Trent; and three brothers: Harvey, Lloyd and Harold.

A memorial graveside service was May 23 at the White Salmon Cemetery with Gardner Funeral Home officiating.

Ethel Inez Eakin

Ethel Inez Eakin, 79, a resident of The Dalles, died at a local care facility on Monday, May 23, 2005.

She was born June 15, 1925 in Charlotte, N.C., the fifth of six children to Bunyan W. and Susan Louise (Pearson) Baker.

She made Jesus Christ her Lord and Savior when she was 12. She graduated from Sharon High School and then attended nursing school for a short time.

She met a red-haired G.I. named Owen Eakin and they were married Jan. 12, 1946, in Charlotte, N.C. When he came along, the adventure of going west sounded too good for her to pass up, so they moved to the family ranch in Grass Valley, where Owen was raised, and lived there until his passing in 2003.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in The Dalles at her passing and a past member of the following: Eastern Star, AFS parent, Booster Club, 4-H leader, Sherman County Commission for Children and Families and a CASA volunteer for 15 years.

Ethel’s life was always centered around children and she received numerous civic awards for her work with children including the 2000 Klahre Award. She enjoyed organizing various Sunday School programs, being a Church camp volunteer, where she was known as the “Craft Lady” and playing the piano for church and the Oregon Veterans’ Home.

Ethel is survived by two sons, Terry Eakin and his wife, Marilyn, Grass Valley, Ore.; Ray Eakin and his wife, Peggy, Dayton, Wash.; her daughter, Susan Hoffman and her husband, Don, Mosier, Ore.; four granddaughters; one grandson; five great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Bun and William Baker, both of Charlotte, N.C.

Viewing visitation was scheduled at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24.

Graveside services will be held at Rose Cemetery in Moro, Ore., at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, and funeral services will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in The Dalles at 2 p.m. on May 25. Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Oregon Veterans’ Home, 700 Veterans’ Drive, The Dalles, OR 97058, or Flagstone Activity Fund, 3325 Columbia View Drive East, The Dalles, OR 97058.

John A. Nickols

John A. Nickols was born on Jan. 11, 1913, to Clyde Arthur and Mary Ellen Nickols. He passed away on May 21, 2005.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Audrey, a son, Clyde, and all of his siblings except his sister, Margaret Loose of White Salmon, Wash. He leaves behind two daughters, Bessie Ellen Oneal of Bingen, Wash., and Linda Christine Thornburg of White Salmon; and also a devoted daughter-in-law, Faye Nickols of White Salmon.

Most of John’s life was spent working as a logger. He was in the Fraternal Order of Eagles for many years, was Master of the Grange, Commissioner of the Cherry Lane Fire Department, drove the Senior bus for many years and was an active member of AARP. He was always involved in his community in some way or another, ready to lend a helping hand to others.

John was proud of his family, and especially proud of his many grandchildren and great- and great-great-grandchildren.

In his younger years John was quite a dancer and always loved going to the Senior dances. He loved hunting and especially loved the times he and Audrey spent camping at his logging sites.

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