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George Robert Wize Jr. George Wize Jr. was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on March 13, 1916, and passed away October 23,1998 in Port- land, Oregon. Mr. Wize was the fourth of eleven children of George Wize and Ida (Mumme) Wize. He settled in Halfway in 1936 and worked as a logger, before being drafted into the service, which took him to Germany, Italy, France and England. He was proud to have served at the Battle of the Bulge. George returned to Half- way after the war and met his future wife Ruth. They were married in 1950 and relocated to Portland. He worked as a mechanic and owned and operated a res- taurant on the Oregon coast with his wife. An avid sportsman, he was a member of the National Rife Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. A born-again Christian surrendering himself to the lord in.1986, George is sur- vived by his devoted friend and wife of 48 years, Ruth. Sisters Evelyn Harold, Julesburg, Colorado, Dolly Graham, Gladstone, Oregon; and his brothers Robert Wize, Vista, California, IrvingWize, Chapman, Nebraska, and numerous nieces and neph- ews. Preceding George on his journey are his sisters Helen, Gladys, and brothers Ted, Herb, and Bill. Holly Noah This is about family and community, and their lacera- tion by loss. Sunday morn- ing, November 29, Holly Noah died on Highway 95, ten miles north of Council, in an acci: dent with. a snowplow. She was returning to the Univer- sity of Idaho, where she was in her sophomore year, ma- joring in plant science. It was her twentieth birthday. Holly Noah was the kind of young woman any person would be proud to claim as friend, prouder to claim as sister, and proudest to claim as daughter. In high school she was active in 4-H, FFA, yearbook, state leadership conference, state and national landscapingteams, and track, volleyball, and basketball. She was an exceptional artist and a class officer and a vale- dictorian and a straight-A student (a composite ACT score of 96). Of her, one teacher said, "She is the quint- essential student-citizen... the first to arrive, the last to leave; pleasantly, efficiently, OBITUARIES consistently on task, leading by selfless example, which earned the respect and coop- eration of her peers and advi- sors:" Her principal called her, "The most conscientious student I have ever known... (she) can take a day and light it up with her outstanding qualities.., a fervor and en- thusiasm second to none." She had an irrepressible, indomi- table sense of humor. And none who knew her will ever , forget her smile, a smile that could light up the month. Holly was selfless, quick to volunteer, eager to help oth- ers. As one woman who worked with her observed, "She asks genuine questions about issues, not people, to gain understanding, and in- telligently seeks alternatives when good plans are road- blocked." She was always there for the spring cleanup, for working with elementary students, pruning trees, hanging Christmas decora- tions. Even in her death, she was an organ donor. Such attributes are the sinews of a community, the characteris- tics adults seek to inculcate in the young in order that communities perpetuate the common, rather than the in- dividual, good. From ranch to school to town, Holly exem- plified an uncommon sense of this responsibility for self, friends, family, community. Hers was a spirit and under- standing so singular in our community that we could ill afford its loss, and we are all bereft because of it. In a short piece she wrote a few years ago, Holly said, "For some colors, there are no words." For our appreciation of Holly herself, for our sense of grief and privation, there are no words. An ancient Japanese poem reminds us of how ven- erable is this sense of heart- ache: "Sadder than cherry blossoms blown by the wind/ is a life that must end/leaving springtime behind." A service to celebrate her life was held on Monday, De- cember 7, at 2:00 p.m. in the Cambridge High School gym- nasium. Contributions to the Holly Noah Future Farmers of America Scholarship Fund may be made to the Cam- bridge Branch of the US Bank, PO Box 117, Cam- bridge ID 83610, or any US Bank branch. Patsy Colleen Pollard Longtime Alaska resident Patsy "Pat" Colleen Pollard, 68, died November 25, 1998 at Providence Seward Medi- cal Center. Mrs. Pollard was born January 9, 1930, in Halfway, Oregon, to Paul and Edna Rumley. She came to Alaska in 1953 withher husband and children. She was a house- wife and mother and worked part-time at Metcalfs Cash Grocery in the early years. Mrs. Pollard is survived by her husband of 51 years, Clarence Pollard of Seward; her son Clarence"Terry" Pol- lard of Seward; granddaugh- ter and spouse Shannon and Mark Hall of Anchorage; great-grandsons Ryan and Nicholas Hall, and many nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corp at PO Box 1136 Seward, AK 99664. Finest Resale Winter Wonderland of Warm, Cozy Clothing for for the the Whole Family I Entire Family .jJ (.Boots, Scarves, SnowsuitsI 7, ays a Snowmob.e ClothesI S ki C Ithes I Ii 2 SUNRIDGE LANE BAKER CITY, OREGON 97814 541-523-9437 World famous operating train. Full Service Family Dining Restaurant Reasonable Children's Menu Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner - Mexican Food Page 5 Hells Canyon Journal December 9, 1998 All l wut fBt Ohri#m# h mY ho 'ont f#eth -- Ind my It# OirllMW I wut #11 my frhnds come help m# omllbMl# #t Wild Bill's. On Friday, hc ml r I#th s et 9:00 p.m. IIAPPg 21#. Justin Blatt Purl/all/ Friday Night, Dec. 18th- C. PA rY at 9:00 p.m. Live Music. Hers d'Oeuvres Beverages. Gift Drawings Buy your tickets now for $12 per person. We will be closed at 3 p.m. for a Private Party. Lounge will be open at 9 p.m. Dec. 31st -w-YFaR'S EVE PAR ,t BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR $5.00 PER PERSON! Families get 20% discount. This is a non-alcohol, no smoking, family night. Come join us for LIVE MUSIC, Party Favors, Hers d'oeuvres, and exotic, non-alcohol drinks. Art ,IaES WELCOM/2 " SEE YOU tt[RU!/ Main Street, Halfway 742-5833 m