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The Register-Guard (Eugene, Lane County, Oregon)
Sunday, May 18, 2008, pC4
Lois Marie (Hill) Dahlen died peacefully on May 10, 2008, after a very courageous battle with cancer. Her loving family was with her and had the opportunity to share wonderful memories of travels, laughs, and special events a few hours prior to her death. Despite the cancer, Lois was able to laugh and remember the crazy times.

Lois was the daughter of Sam and Iva Hill, founders of the Hill Meat Company. Born in Payette, Idaho, Lois and her brother, Clinton, moved with their parents to LaGrande, Oregon, where she graduated from LaGrande High School in 1944. Lois attended Eastern Oregon College prior to moving to Eugene and transferring to the University of Oregon. It is at the U of O that Lois met the love of her life, Alvin Dahlen. Al and his Delta Tau Delta brothers serenaded Lois one night on campus and that was the beginning of their life-long romance. Lois graduated from the University in June 1948 with a bachelor's degree in Social Work and she and Al were married on September 12, 1948, in Pendleton, Oregon. The wedding was held on one of the hottest days of the year, 102 degrees, and though the flowers wilted, the day, and marriage was a success.

Following their marriage, Lois and Al resided in Eugene. Al graduated from the U of O with bachelors and masters degrees in Parks and Recreation and was employed by the City of Eugene for many years prior to opening Mr. D's Specialties, a popular Eugene delicatessen. Lois worked for the City of Eugene for a few years prior to the start of building their family. Lois was a member of the Elizabeth Waechter Guild and volunteered many hours with the Pearl S. Buck Home. She was also a Sunday School teacher, and a choir member with Our Saviour's Lutheran church.

Lois and Al moved to Astoria, Oregon in 1967, where both were employed with the Tongue Point Job Corps Center. Lois taught reading and math for over 20 years at the Center. Upon Al's death in 1986 and her retirement in 1988, Lois returned to Eugene, where she resided until her death.

Lois is survived by her loving children: Kristen Dahlen Skivington (James) of Michigan; Tom Dahlen (Debby) of Cottage Grove; Jill Dahlen of Seattle, Washington; Julie Dahlen Arnestad (Don) of Tacoma, Washington. Lois also leaves behind her grandaughters Min Skivington and Rachael Dahlen, her step-granddaughter, Randi Harris, and two step-great-granddaughters Karlie and Kylah Harris. Lois had many close friends, all of whom are treasured by her family. We appreciate their many expressions of support and love.

Special thanks go to Dr. Glenn Buchanan, Claudia and Wendy with the Willamette Valley Cancer Center; Holly and Christine, with the Sacred Heart Hospice; and Dr. Butt.

Remembrances can be made to Sacred Heart Hospice, Willamette Valley Cancer Center, or a charity of one's choice. Please, no flowers.

A memorial service celebrating Lois' life will be held May 22, 2:00 p.m., at our Saviour's Lutheran church. A reception will follow at the community center of Summer Oaks Park…..(incomplete)

Independent Enterprise
December 09, 1948
New Plymouth Man Dies Wednesday

Thomas Moore Davis, 81, of New Plymouth, died Wednesday afternoon at the local hospital following only a short illness.

He had been a resident of New Plymouth for only five months coming here from Mountain Home.

He is survived by three sons: Herbert J. of New Plymouth; Harold W. and Edwin O., of Mountain Home; sixteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Davis followed farming most of his long life and was a member of the Congregational church at Mountain Home.

The remains are at the Shaffer Funeral Home where funeral arrangements are pending. Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, March 16, 1994
William Robert "Bob" Davis, 69, Monmouth, formerly of Payette, a retired collage professor, died March 9 at home. Graveside inurnment will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Riverside Cemetery, Payette. Memorial services will be 3:30 p.m. March 28 in Christ's Church Methodist and Presbyterian United, Monmouth. Arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, June 06, 1957
Rites Conducted for Mrs. Grace C. Daws

Services were held Monday afternoon for Mrs. Grace Cornelia Daws, 67, of Payette who died at her home near here early Wednesday. The Rev. John Riley officiated with the Shaffer Memory Chapel in charge. Interment was at Wilder.

Mrs. Daws was born Sept. 12, 1889, in Culver, Kansas, she moved to the Payette community 13 years ago from Nyssa, Ore.

Surviving are her husband, Frank Daws of Payette; three daughters, Mrs. Alverta Bowen of Nyssa, Mrs. Alladean Durgess of Albuquerque, N. M., and Mrs. Arvilla Dixon of Long Beach, Calif.; a son, William T. Mills of Mariposa, Calif., and a stepson, Ted Daws of Payette.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, July 03, 1980
Graveside services for Travis D. Dawson, 4 months, son of Daniel Dawson and Julie Griffin, who died of natural causes Saturday at home, were conducted Tuesday in Rosedale memorial Gardens, Payette by the Rev. Bernard Dawson of the Bible Missionary Church, Ontario, Ore. under the direction of the Shaffer-Jensen Funeral Chapel, Payette.

He was born March 8, 1980, in Boise.

Surviving are his parents of Payette; paternal grandparents, Bernard and Gale Dawson of Ontario; and maternal grandparents, Elmer and Eyvonne Nichols of Payette.

Malheur Gazette (Vale, Oregon)
Thursday, August 17, 1905
Mrs. P. P. Dawson a pioneer lady of Payette died very suddenly last week from the effects of the extreme heat that visited that place last week. Mr. Dawson is said to own valuable property in the Northern part of that city.

Independent Enterprise
November 08, 1979
PAYETTE - Services for Oliver Lawrence Denman, 54, Portola, Calif., formerly of Twin Falls, who died of natural causes Saturday at Payette, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Graham Hitch Funeral Home, Pleasanton, Calif., with local arrangements by Shaffer-Jensen Chapel, Payette.

He was born June 7, 1925, at Twin Falls. He moved to Arizona at a young age. He married Arlena Aldredge on June 26, 1951, at San Leandro, Calif. They had lived at Portola since. He was a member of the Loyal Star Lodge at Portola.

Surviving are his wife of Portola; 2 daughters, Mrs. Ray (Diane) Norton of Grange, Wyo. and Mrs. Garry (Janey) Orender of Peoria, Ariz.; a brother Claude of Surprise, Ariz.; 3 sisters, Louise Haga of Surprise, Leona Morgan of Cottonwood, Ariz., and Myrtle Klowne of Milton-Freewater, Ore.; 4 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
September 21, 1994
Rose "Eileen" Denney, 68, La Pine, formerly of Payette and Weiser, died of cancer Sept. 12 at her home. Graveside services were 2 p.m. Sept. 16 at Juniper Haven Cemetery, Prineville, Ore., under the direction of Central Pines Funeral Home, La Pine. Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, September 14, 1983
Rev. Lewis "Lew" Dewey

Services for Rev. Lewis "Lew" Dewey, 97, of Caldwell, who died Friday, Sept. 9, 1983, in a Caldwell hospital, were conducted today in the Payette Church of the Nazarene, with Rev. James Cummingham officiating. Interment followed in the Riverside Cemetery in Payette, under the direction of the Shaffer-Jensen Chapel, Payette.

Rev. Dewey was born on Oct. 12, 1885, in Liberty, Neb., a son of William and Susan Dewey. He was reared and educated in Nebraska. He married Addie Terrell on Oct. 16, 1907, at Trenton, Neb. They homesteaded in Colorado and had made their home in Nebraska and Wyoming before moving to Payette, in 1935. During World War II, he worked in the Swan Island Shipyards in Portland, Ore. The couple moved to Caldwell in 1962. She died in May of 1968. He then married Maude Breen on Feb. 22, 1970, at Nampa. They made their home in Caldwell. Rev. Dewey had been a Non-Denominational minister for 75 years.

He is survived by his wife, Maude of Caldwell; six sons, Orville Dewey of Payette, Jesse Dewey of Ione, Wash., Roland Dewey of Grangeville, LeRoy Dewey of Wilder, Clifford Dewey of Caldwell and Kenneth Dewey of Nashville, Tenn.; four daughters, Winona Gerber of Lava Hot springs, Ada Carroll of Cascade Locks, Ore., Peggy Brown of La Marque, Texas, and Mary Hursh of Caldwell; eight stepsons, Bill Breen of Toledo, Ore., Bob Breen of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Robert and Frank Breen of Westminster, Colo., and Dennis Breen of Fort Worth, Texas; a stepdaughter, Dolly Koctecky of Cucamonga; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, several grandchildren and a step-daughter. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, October 02, 1985
Services for Clifton L. Dickerson, 78, Payette, who died Thursday, Sept. 26, 1985, at a Weiser nursing home of natural causes, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shaffer Jensen Chapel, Payette, with Pastor Lon Sassman of the First church of Christ, Payette, officiating, assisted by Bill Putman and Joel Stith. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Payette.

He was born Aug. 11, 1906, in Colony, Kans., the son of Stephen and Anna Wilson Dickerson. He served in the Air Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. He married Viola Bryant on April 15, 1950 in Kelso, Wash. Mr. Dickerson worked for the Longview Fibre Co. for 20 years in Washington retiring in 1969. They moved to Star, Idaho then to Payette in 1971.

Survivors include his wife, Viola of Payette; two sisters, Ruth Boone of Longview and Louise Oliphant of Iola, Kans.; many nieces and nephews and several sisters-in-law and brother-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Dorathea Curtis.

Idaho Statesman (Boise, Ada County, Idaho)
Friday, July 08, 1966
Page 20
Nora Myrtle Diehm PAYETTE — Services Mrs. Nora Myrtle Diehm, 78, Fruitland, who died at Nampa Wednesday [06 JUL 1966] after a long illness, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Shaffer Memory Chapel in Payette with the Rev. David Schroeder officiating. Interment will follow at Rosedale in Payette.

Mrs. Diehm was born July 14, 1887, at Odessa, Neb. She came to Fruitland in 1906 and was married to Otto Diehm Oct 27, 1907, at Payette. Her husband preceded her in death. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Plymouth.

Surviving are three sons, Vernon Diehm, Fruitland; Ray C. Diehm Nampa; and Dale Diehm, Payette; three grandchildren and four great-grandsons.

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, October 02, 1985
Graveside services for Robert D. Dillon, 53, Cambridge, who died Sunday, Sept. 29, 1985, at home of natural causes, were conducted today at the Indian Valley Cemetery, with lodge rites by Cambridge IOOF Lodge No. 27 under direction of Thomason Funeral Home, Weiser.

Mr. Dillon, a shear cat operator, was born Nov. 26, 1931, at New Plymouth, son of John and Lucile Soper Dillon. He grew up in New Plymouth and New Meadows, graduating from New Meadows High School. He worked for Circle C. Ranch as a young man and later worked for the J. I. Morgan Logging Co. at New Meadows. He married Pauline Riggin on April 25, 1953, at Cambridge. The couple lived in New Meadows until 1959, then moved to Cambridge where he worked in the land leveling business until 1977, when he returned to work for the J. I. Morgan Logging Co. as a shear cat operator. He was a member of Cambridge IOOF Lodge No. 27.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline of Cambridge; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Pat Dillon of cottage Grove, Ore.; a daughter, JoAna Dillon of Boise; his parents, John and Lucile Dillon of New Meadows; two brothers, Donald Dillon of Sterling, Colo., and Daryl Dillon of New Meadows; a grandson, Michael; three stepgrandchildren, Cindy, Chris and Daniel; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Memorials may be made in his name to the IOOF newspaper, Box 567, Caldwell, 83605; or to a favorite charity.

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, November 28, 1990
Nathan Y. Dodson, 74, New Plymouth, died Nov. 25 in a Boise hospital. Rosary was recited 7 p.m. Nov. 27 at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, New Plymouth. Mass of Christian Burial was 10 a.m. today at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, New Plymouth. Burial followed in Emmett Cemetery.

Note: Nathan Y. Dodson was born 5-9-1916 and died 11-25-1990.

Valerie LaFern Dolphus
May 4, 1938 - May 13, 2016
Valerie L. Dolphus, age 78, of Fruitland Idaho, passed away May 13, 2016 at the University of Utah Hospital. Valerie leaves behind her daughter Ronya Hemenway and significant other Darrel McAdow, four sisters and their families: Cleo and Keith Thompson, Renee Turner, Lynne and Jerry Allen, and Kim and Gary Beasley; two brothers John and Suzie Dolphus, and Douglas and Donna Dolphus. In addition, she leaves 21 nieces and nephews and 39 great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Severt Dolphus; mother and stepfather, Margaret and Eugene (Gene) Dunn; her sister and brother-in-law Nadine and Derlin Goddard; brother in law Patrick Turner and nephew Patrick Turner II.

She was born in Dewey County, South Dakota on May 4, 1938. She graduated from Payette High School in 1956. She received a Bachelor's degree in English from Holy Names College in Oakland California in 1960. She taught school in California and Fruitland for several years.

Valerie owned and operated United Ambulance for 32 years. She helped many of her EMTS obtain schooling for their advance life support degree and was awarded the Charles E. Krause MD award for Outstanding Contributions to Advanced Life Support in 1978. In recognition for her volunteer work she was named both Fruitland and Payette County Citizen of the Year. She also received the Melvin Jones Fellow for Dedicated Humanitarian Service Award in 1992 from the Lions Clubs International Foundation, the highest award available to members. She was a member of the Lions Payette Syringa, Scholarship Lions 39 W, and charter member of Fraternal Order of the Eagles No. 3803. Her final gift to the community was volunteering as the office manager and board member for Four Rivers Health Clinic, a free clinic for citizens with no insurance. For those of us who knew her best, knew she did not care about the awards or acknowledgements, she cared more about helping people and making a difference in our community. Whenever Valerie saw a need she tried to fill it. She was always there to help a family member, friend, or someone in need. Her life was the epitome of a selfless, joyful life. She was a wonderful mother, sister, aunt, and friend. She will be missed by many and will leave a void in our family and community.

A Celebration of Life and dinner will be held June 2, 2016 from 4 to 8 pm at McCain Middle School located at 400 N. Iowa Ave Payette Idaho. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in the name of Valerie Dolphus for Four Rivers Health Clinic, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.

The Statesman (Boise, Idaho)
June 10, 1944
Pioneer Matron Dies in Boise

Mrs. Sarah P. Driscoll died in Boise Friday after a long illness. She was state president of the Idaho state assembly of Rebekahs in 1914 and 1915, state president of the American Legion auxiliary in 1921 and 1922 and was a past worthy matron of the Order of Eastern Star.

Born Nov. 17, 1861, in Spring Garden, Ill., Mrs. Driscoll came to Idaho in 1879 with her parents. She settled at Weiser and Payette, where she spent most of her life.

Surviving her are a sister, Mrs. Belle Mitchell of Medford, Ore., three daughters, Miss Eda Gorrie, Rochester, N. Y.; Mrs Lela D. Painter, Boise, and Mrs. Helen B. Harland, Caldwell; three sons, Walter E. Gorrie, Deary; Edwin U. (Ted) Driscoll, Boise, and Kelso, Wash., and Maj. Thomas P. Driscoll, Napier Field, Ala.

Services are to be held at the McBratney chapel at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Weiser. Submitted by Patty Theurer

Payette Independent Enterprise
December 05, 1946

Graveside services were held last Friday morning at Riverside cemetery for Sidney Duane, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Wahl who passed onn the preceding Wednesday.

The Rev. Fayne Sundquist, of the Christian church was in charge and interment was directed by Landons. Little Sidney Duane was born in this city on Oct. 21 and was ill for several weeks before death came.

Beside the parents, he is survived by four brothers and one sister and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fenwich of this city and Mrs. Ben Cooper, of Toronto, Kansas. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
January 24, 1968
Elmer C. Dunn Services Set Thursday

NEW PLYMOUTH - Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at the New Plymouth Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel for Elmer C. Dunn, 77, New Plymouth, who died Monday at an Ontario Hospital.

Born May 26, 1890, at Hazel, Ky., he came to Parma in 1919 and farmed in the Parma and Donnelly areas. Later he lived at Notus for 10 years. He married Ruby E. Wise at Nampa, in December of 1945. Mr. Dunn retired from farming and came in 1960 to New Plymouth, where he had lived since. He was a member of the Baptist church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles of Parma.

Surviving are his wife, Ruby, New Plymouth; two daughters, Mrs. Alma Lee Redin of Parma and Mrs. Mildred Foster of New Plymouth; two step-sons, Austin Wise of Weiser and Oscar Wise of Florence, Ore.; two step-daughters, Mrs. Britomarte Filley of Boise and Mrs. Wilma Upshaw of Stockton, Calif.; two brothers, Herbert Dunn and Herbert Dunn, both of Murray, Ky.; three sisters, Mrs. Daily Waters of Murray, Ky., Mrs. Iva Thompson of Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. Juanita Lax of Puryear, Tenn., 21 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. (Parma Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

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