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Cross, Lauretta – Obituary

Lauretta Cross, of Milton-Freewater and a former resident of Wallowa County, died July 9, 2007, at Walla Walla General Hospital in Walla Walla, Wash. She was 85. Mrs. Cross was born June 19,1922, in La Grande to James Everett and Etta Rebecca Berg Rachau. The family resided on Pumpkin Ridge, outside of Elgin. They later moved to Minam, where Mrs. Cross attended school through the second grade. In 1930, the family moved to Onalaska, Wash., where she finished her schooling, graduating from the eighth grade twice. Her father didn’t believe in higher education for women. She married young and had three children, then divorced and worked in restaurants and the shipyard in Portland, during the war. She moved back to La Grande for a time and in 1956, moved to Everett, Wash. to work, and there she met Jerry Cross at a telephone company picnic. They were married Jan. 31, 1959, in Vancouver, Wash. In 1966, the family moved to Enterprise, when Mr. Cross was transferred with the phone company. Mrs. Cross was a homemaker and worked part time. In the late 1960’s, she joined the VFW Auxiliary #4307, and was very active for many years. She was a past president of the auxiliary, and later became a lifetime member. She was a talented and creative seamstress, making clothes and craft items. She loved gardening and had a beautiful yard. She enjoyed home decorating, canning, and was famous for her remodeling. She made wonderful candies at Christmas. She and her husband loved to dance and spend time with their friends. Mrs. Cross loved camping, fishing, woodcutting, and hunting. She...

Roach, Naoma Huss – Obituary

Mrs. Naoma Roach, 80, Chehalis, died Saturday at her home on 1763 Cascade Ave. She was born November 3, 1880 in Mt. Vernon, Oregon. Mrs. Roach had been a resident of Chehalis for the past 24 years and a former resident of Onalaska. She was a member of the non-denominational church. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Blanche Strey and Mrs. Anne Wassco, Randle, and Mrs. Catherine Roundtree, Everson, Wash.; three sons, Fred, Elk City, Idaho; Charles, Kimberly, Ore.; and Harvey Roach, Eugene, Ore.; three brothers, Ray Huss, Parker; Bird Huss, Ellensburg, and Oscar Huss of Winthrop, 15 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Bonne Mortuary in Chehalis with Malcolm Graham officiating in the Claquato Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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