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Death Notice: Frances Katherine Short

Frances Katherine Short, 85, died Oct. 6, 2013. in Crescent City. She was born Feb. 5, 1928. in Crescent City.

Memorial services will be held at the United Methodist Church on Friday at 3 p.m., with fellowship following in the Social Hall. Sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com. Arrangements by direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.


Obituary: Elizabeth Mae Richmond Morrison (March 7, 1926 - Sept. 23, 2013)

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Elizabeth Mae Morrison
Heaven gained another Angel September 23, 2013.

It is with great sadness that we lay to rest Elizabeth Mae Morrison of Smith River. She was born on March 7, 1926, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Harry Martin Richmond and Lucile Deakin. Elizabeth moved to Smith River in 1946, shortly after marrying Floyd Arthur Morrison on Dec. 30, 1945. They lived a happy life raising their two boys, Dale Richmond Morrison and Gary Leonard Morrison, on Floyd’s family’s land off of Fred Haight Drive. Elizabeth was a loving mother and active as a Cub Scout leader. She was also heavily active in the United Methodist Church of Smith River. Elizabeth worked for the Del Norte County School District for 22 years as the school secretary for Redwood Elementary, Lake Earl Elementary and finally at the Smith River School until her retirement in 1983. Once retired, Elizabeth greatly enjoyed spending time with family and traveling throughout the United States. Those lucky enough to have known Elizabeth would describe her as a devoted wife of 67 years, a guiding mother, loving sister, affectionate aunt, loyal friend, and doting grandmother of sixteen. To Elizabeth, once she met you, you were considered part of her family.


Death notice: Catherine H. Bennett

Catherine H. Bennett, 82, died Sept. 27, 2013, in Crescent City. She was born Jan. 19, 1931, in Lebanon, Ore.

Private services will be held. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel of Crescent City.


Death Notice: Elizabeth Mae Morrison

Elizabeth Mae Morrison, 87, of Smith River, died Sept. 23, 2013. She was born March 7, 1926, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Harry Martin Richmond and Lucile Deakin.


Obituary: Ellen Virginia Filler (March 20, 1932 – Sept. 13, 2013)

Ellen was a vital person at 81 years of age. To speak with her, you would not think that she was that age.

Ellen was employed with the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office from 1970–1990 and retired with the rank of Sergeant. Ellen loved her job at the SO to the very end of her life. She pioneered the way for women in Del Norte County law enforcement. Ellen was the first female patrol officer for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office. Her strength was impressive as she performed a job that had been typically male-oriented. Also impressive was the support that she received from the other personnel of the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office, Crescent City Police, California Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies. She made many lifelong friends.


Obituary: Lois Marie Stanley Parks Poole (Aug. 26, 1923 – Sept. 21, 2013)

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Lois Marie Stanley Parks Poole
Lois Marie Stanley Parks Poole, aged 90, died peacefully on Sept. 21, 2013. Lois was born Aug. 26, 1923, in Alex, Okla. She was the first-born daughter of Marcus L. and Edna Stanley. She was the oldest of five children. 

At the age of 14, Lois and her family moved to Tulare, Calif. She attended Laurel and Buena Vista Elementary schools and graduated from Tulare Union High School in 1942. 

In 1942, she married Orvel Parks in Yuma, Ariz. After their wedding, they lived in San Diego, where they welcomed the birth of their first child, Winona J. Parks Carson, in 1943. They later moved to Richmond, Calif., and eventually settled in Tulare. Their second child, Larry D. Parks, was born in 1946. Orvel passed away in 1965.

Lois married Elmer G. Poole on Sept. 4, 1968, in Reno, Nev. She welcomed his daughter, Lavon Poole Coker, into her heart and family. They lived in Crescent City for 35 years before returning to Tulare in 2003. Elmer passed away in 2004. Their 36-year marriage included domestic and international travel, dancing the jitterbug, visiting extended family and friends, and hosting many at their home for dinner parties and holiday celebrations. 

Lois thoroughly enjoyed, and was well known for, her cooking. She owned two family friendly restaurants over the years — The Beachcomber of Crescent City and The Snack Shack located near Gasquet. Several of her grandchildren spent summers or vacations “working” at her restaurants and just as many probably should have been “fired.”

Fortunately, she was not only a wonderful grandmother, but was also a very forgiving “boss.”


Obituary: Ryan Lee Ellis-Sanderson (Nov. 28, 1978 – Sept. 21, 2013)

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Ryan Lee Ellis-Sanderson
Ryan Lee Ellis-Sanderson passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, in Klamath. He and his companion Moonchay Dowd were fishing, and he drowned. Ryan was born in Crescent City on Nov. 28, 1978, to Rachel Sanderson and the late Dennie Sanderson.

Ryan loved hunting, fishing, beading and all things pertaining to the outdoors. He enjoyed his family and had a smile that lit up the room. Ryan was always available to help family members.

He had a strong work ethic and worked for the Yurok Tribe.

Ryan welcomed his family with his sweet smile and hugs.

Ryan is survived by his mother, Rachel Sanderson, and his lifetime fiancee companion, Moonchay Dowd. He left his beautiful children Ali, Tyesha, Kegan, step-children Cheyanne, Martin, Mia, Kella, Farah, Autumn and  Brody; step-father Dale Sanderson; his sister Carissa Ray (Bob) and their children Divina, Rylee, Kaiser and Rihanna; grandmothers Donna Sanderson of Crescent City and Maralou Ellis of Smith River; also, many Sanderson and Ellis family members, including cousins, friends and Debbie Earls of Crescent City. Ryan leaves many people who love him.


Obitary: Kenneth R. Andruss (March 15, 1974 – Sept. 21, 2013)

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Kenneth R. Andruss
Kenneth R. Andruss went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 21, 2013. Born in Olympia, Wash., he grew up and lived in Crescent City most of his life. Kenny attended local schools and graduated from Del Norte High School.

Kenny enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after graduating from Del Norte High School in 1993. He served four years in the Marine Corps before receiving an honorable discharge. During Kenny’s time in the Marine Corps, he was able to travel around the world.

Kenny enjoyed riding motorcycles, rafting on the river, and going to the beach with his dogs. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Kenny brought so much joy to everyone he met. We will miss our Little Marine greatly.

Surviving are his father and mother, Dallas and Sherry Andruss; brothers Dallas Andruss and Mark Andruss; brother Jason Andruss and wife Christine; nephews Justin Andruss and Jonathon Andruss; niece Emily Andruss and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.


Death Notice: Kenneth Roger Andruss

Kenneth Roger Andruss, 39, died Sept. 21, 2013, in Crescent City. He was born March 15, 1974, in Olympia, Wash.


Death Notice: Betty Jean Mendez

Betty Jean Mendez, 82, died Sept. 17, 2013, in Crescent City. She was born Oct. 30, 1930, in Oregon, and was a life-long resident of Del Norte County.


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