8/22 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

A large crowd gathered at Pedee Church on Aug. 11 to say goodbye to Laura Dyer, a special woman by all accounts.

Her son, Pastor Scott Dyer from Albany, conducted her funeral, which was a fitting tribute to the loved and respected person she was. Laura lived with her husband, Fritz, and their children in Pedee from the time they married in 1946 until she retired in 1985, when they moved to Monmouth.

I'm told no one had ever heard her say a negative thing about anyone, which has got to be a record.

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Norm and Donna Baldwin's son, Dan, his wife, Jael, and sister, Molly, from Holley welcomed Genevieve Ruth (Ginger), born Aug. 4 at about 5 p.m. Ginger actually arrived five minutes before the mid-wife, so Dan literally caught her in his arms at the home delivery. She is a sweet baby. Donna was lucky enough to be able to help for 3« days. What a fun time.

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Ted and Ethelene Osgood hosted Ted's model train group, the Oregon O Gauge Club, on Aug. 4. Their son, Pete, and his wife, Lucy, came out and barbecued for the 21 guests. The men, who are from around the Willamette Valley, meet once a week for lunch and train talk.

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Juandeane Skidmore, Marge Robertson, Louisa Gonyou, Gloria Lighthart, Ethelene Osgood and granddaughter Paige Cochran, and Jean Weisensee drove to Portland on Aug. 5 to hear the Jersey Boys in concert, then had dinner at Gustav's German Restaurant. One of the women said the music was wonderful, but loud, and the language foul.

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The 44th annual Burbank Family Reunion was at Dallas City Park on Aug. 11, and attended by several current and former Pedee residents, including Dorothy McBeth and sons Sam and Darrell; Darrel's wife Shirley and son Bob; Terry Proctor; Kurt and Marcie McBeth; Wes and Carla Burbank and their granddaughter Justina and her girls, Isbel and Jada from Sandy; Ted, Alberta and Raymond Jones; Melvin and Marguerite Nice, who currently live in McMinnville; and John Jones of Kings Valley.

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Pedee Church is sponsoring a communitywide garage sale Saturday at 9 a.m. at the church, 12995 Kings Valley Highway. Items can be donated to the church to benefit its youth programs, or a person can sell their items separately. Diana Barnhart will have her delicious home-baked goodies (made in an approved kitchen) for sale, so come for the bargains or just to enjoy the food. Weather permitting, the sale will be outside. Call Heidi Russell at 503-838-2129 for more information. You don't have to reserve a table ahead of time.

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