Obituaries - Jan. 21

Bessie Akin

Bessie Mae “Sally” Akin, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died Jan. 17, 2006, at Providence Medical Center in Portland, Ore. She was 75 years of age.

Services will be held Monday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Bessie was born Nov. 12, 1930, in O’Donnell, Texas, to Otis Coy and Delia Bell (Williams) Blackwelder.

She was raised and educated in Texas, moving to Huntington Beach, Calif., in 1940.

She married Alvin Akin in 1949. Sally owned and operated a coffee shop in Santa Barbara County, Calif., for several years. She came to Oregon in 1986 and to Hood River in 1999.

She was a member of the Hood River Alliance Church. Sally enjoyed playing bingo at the senior center, playing cards, crossword puzzles and reading.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin, and her daughter, Donna Campbell.

Survivors include her son, Bill Akin of Mosier, Ore.; sister, Patsy Fletcher, of Hometown, Ark.; and her aunt, Wanda, of Texas. Several nieces and a nephew also survive.

Arrangements by Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 386-1000.

Lois Baldwin

Longtime Hood River resident Lois Jean Clayton Baldwin passed away at her home Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006. She was 88 years of age.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center. Private vault interment will follow at Idlewild Cemetery.

Lois was born Nov. 4, 1917, in Butte, Mont., to William and Bridget (Shovlin) Clayton.

She was raised and educated in Butte, graduating from Girls’ Central Catholic High School in 1935. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Mary’s College in Leavenworth, Kan., and then earned master’s degrees from both the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont., and the University of California at Berkeley.

In 1943 she enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserves, achieving the rank of Lieutenant junior grade.

In 1945 Lois was awarded membership in the American Society of Medical Technologists.

After marrying Blanchar Baldwin in 1947, she moved to Hood River where she worked as a medical technologist at Hood River Memorial Hospital, Skyline Hospital in White Salmon and The Dalles Hospital.

Blanchar preceded her in death and Lois moved to Portland where she worked for the Red Cross Blood Bank.

After retiring from the Red Cross, Lois moved to Bend before returning to Hood River in 1986.

Lois was a member of the PEO Sisterhood, Alpha Phi Sorority, the American Association of University Women and a charter member of the Women in Military Services Association.

Lois is survived by two sons, William M. Baldwin and his wife, Mary Jo, of Littleton, Colo., and Russell Jay Baldwin and his wife, Catherine, of Coos Bay, Ore.; and granddaughters Brigid Kuber and her husband, Daniel, of Girdwood, Alaska; Molly Blakley and her husband, Conner, of Chicago, Ill., and Alice Baldwin of Tempe, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Connie.

Contributions in Lois’ name may be made to the Hood River Library, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

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