Obituaries - August 3, 2005

Hisako Nakamizo Mason

Hood River, Ore., resident Hisako “Helen” Mason, 75, passed away at her home Friday, July 29, 2005. A private family committal service will be held at Idlewild Cemetery.

Hisako was born March 2, 1930, in Nagasaki-Ken, Japan, to Shigetaro and Rui (Yamanaka) Nakamizo. She moved to Gresham, Ore., from Japan and lived there for 40 years. Hisako worked for Portland Hospital Services as a laundry attendant for 23 years. She moved to Hood River in 2000.

Hisako enjoyed gardening, sewing and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by sons Robert Mason and his wife, Judy, of Hood River and Gene Mason and his wife, Maryann, of Las Vegas, Nev.; granddaughters Jesse Plog of Hood River and Gina Mason of Estacada, Ore.; and grandson, Chad Mason, of Hood River. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Mason, in 2000.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Nelta Paasch

Nelta Armina Barnes Paasch, who lived in Home Valley for the past 60 years and who was well known for her strawberries, quilting, wit and generosity of spirit, passed away at Skyline Hospital Wednesday, July 27, 2005, after a full and rewarding life of 91 years, eight months and 25 days.

Nelta was born Nov. 2, 1913, in Hood River County, the daughter of Charles Eugene Barnes and Delina Chuinard.

An avid reader of local history and current events, Nelta was always an active member of her community until infirmity curbed her seemingly boundless energy in the last few years.

Growing up in the Hood River Valley, Nelta saw the landscape change over the near-century of her life. Later in life, she would recall the many “Friday night hops” where furniture was moved into the yard, her father played fiddle and the neighbors would come to dance in the family home. “Everybody was a friend in those days,” recalled Nelta recently.

Growing up on the family farm in the Middle Valley area with five brothers, Nelta, a tomboy, always kept pace and although at times a victim, was often an instigator of the family tradition of practical jokes and teasing. The love, closeness and hospitality Nelta learned as a child were defining factors throughout her life. She always had a place in her home and in her heart for those who needed a little extra love and nurturing, often functioning as a second mother to many nieces, nephews and neighborhood kids.

After graduating from Odell Union High School in 1931, Nelta went to beauty school, becoming a certified beautician and working in Portland until marriage.

On Thanksgiving Day, 1938, she married August Michael Paasch at her parents’ home in Hood River, a partnership that lasted 61 years until Augie’s death in 1999.

During World War II, Nelta and Augie moved to Portland and joined the war effort workforce. First Nelta assembled army truck parts and later joined Augie working in the shipyards in Portland, Ore. Nelta worked on a female crew of pipe fitters.

After the war, Nelta and Augie purchased land in Home Valley, Wash., in 1945, where she has lived since. Nelta began growing strawberries and other fruit to sell locally. Many may remember working for her in the summer picking those strawberries. Nelta once said that she loved farming. She also loved watching all the local kids grow up.

Many in the community may also remember the beautiful quilts Nelta made for family and friends. Her approach to quilting was somewhat akin to her easy approach to life: You learn as you go and small mistakes only make the quilt more unique.

Nelta Paasch was preceded in death by her husband, August Paasch, both parents, four brothers, and an adopted son, George Paasch.

She is survived by one brother, George Barnes, of Home Valley, Wash., many nieces and nephews, numerous great-nieces and nephews and many friends, close and afar.

There will be a celebration of Nelta’s life and memory Thursday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m. at the Rock Creek Center in Stevenson, Wash., with a potluck to follow. Donations may be made in Nelta Barnes’ name to the Skyline Hospital Foundation. Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements. Please send condolences to Nelta’s family by visiting

Irma Davison

Irma Davison died July 29, 2005, at the age of 81.

She was born in Nebraska on Feb. 20, 1924, to Frances and Miran Upward and grew up in Banks, Ore. In 1942 she married David Hines and they had two sons, David Hines, Jr., and George Hines.

In 1968 Irma and Lloyd Davison were married. They moved to Cascade Locks in 1978.

Irma loved to play bingo, sold calendars for the volunteer fire department and was a Lioness for years.

Survivors include her husband, Lloyd; sons David Hines, Jr., and George Hines; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life memorial will be held at Cascade Locks Bible Fellowship Church Saturday, Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m.

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