Obituary: Emily Christina Neish (July 2, 1908 – Feb. 2, 2013)

By Submitted February 07, 2013 03:53 pm

Emily Christina NeishEmily Christina Neish passed away February 2, 2013, in Crescent City at the age of 104 years. Born July 2, 1908, in Portland, Ore., of parents who emigrated to the U.S. from Norway. She grew up in Portland and graduated from high school, which is now the music department of Portland State University. Emily attended cosmetology school and worked as a hairstylist.

She married Rudy Bower in 1929.  In 1939, they moved to Ketchikan, Alaska, where Rudy owned Rudy’s Barbershop. Emily loved her Norweigan neighborhood and the ladies had many coffee klatches with lefse, fish cakes and shortbread cookies. 

In 1957, the family moved to Crescent City and Rudy died soon after. She married Mike Neish in 1964 the day before the tidal wave. We always told them they caused the tidal wave. Emily always loved nursing and became an LVN. She worked many years at Seaside Hospital. She loved gardening and her flowers; her yard was well known to many people. She sold her home on Railroad after Mike’s death and made her home with son Kirk and daughter-in-law Jane. Again the yard was her special project.

Emily was preceded in death by her parents, Karl and Elizabeth Holter; husband Rudy Bower; husband Mike Neish; and sons, Kirk and Ray Bower.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law Jane Bower. She is also survived by grandchildren Kris Bower, Cindy and Mark Silva, Karen Tedsen and Raymond, Marvin Bower, Leslie, Mark Bower and Bobbie Jo.

Great-grandchildren include Kenny Bower, Kayla Bower, Nolen Bower, Tyler Bower, Rosanna Bower, Kory Knott, Kallie Bower, Breann Bower, Chad Silva, Grant Silva, Erika Walker, Soren Tedsen and Julia Tedsen.

Great-great-grandchildren are Emily Tedsen and Krystina Webb.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the United Methodist Church, 664 H Street on Saturday, February 9, at 1 p.m., with fellowship following. Reverend Carol Layton will preside.

Donations can be made to the United Methodist Church.

Please sign the family’s online guestbook at

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.