Ellen Lucy Erdmann Girt passed away on March 16, 2020. Ellen, known to many friends as DeeDee, was born in Seattle in 1950, to Mildred and Hubertus Erdmann. She was the youngest of five siblings, Paul, Peter, Mary, Steven; and was the only one born outside of Europe. Growing up, Ellen loved her Great Dane, Duke – and her Border Collie, Benny.
She graduated from Clatskanie High School in 1968, where she made many lifelong friends. In Clatskanie, she met Jim Girt, her husband of over 50 years. They have two children, Kelly and Brady. While Oregon and Washington have been home to Ellen the longest, she has many memories and friends from her time in St. George, Utah; Kwajalein, Marshall Islands; Kansas City, Missouri and New York City, New York.
Ellen channeled her passion for doing right by her community when she and Jim started River Run Farm. Jim and Ellen were one of few farms raising their cattle on organic grass pastures. Their decision made them a success, earning business with top restaurants in Portland, and a feature in the New York Times.
Over the years, she has been a force in her community. Ellen was one of the main original organizers of the Clatskanie All Class Reunion, a yearly event for former students of all ages to come together. Her legacy has continued to live on through the celebrated event.
Family and friends will always remember her ability to bring people together, and her desire to live life to its fullest. The Girt Bash, (a.k.a. River Run Rendezvous), started in Spokane, Washington in 1990, has become an annual tradition for many loved ones. A gourmand herself, the party is known for its legendary potlucks on Saturday night—including Ellen’s cheesy garlic grits, and Cajun-style crawdad boil.
Ellen is survived by her husband, Jim; sister, Mary; children, Kelly and Brady; and grandchildren, Kacey, Audrey and Abraham. The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life during the annual Girt Bash in Ellen’s honor. The celebration will take place, followed by a potluck on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at the family’s home in Clatskanie.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Jerome L. Greene Family Center — (132 West 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001; Phone: 1-800-227-2345).
Fred E. Bell, 84, of Ammon, Idaho, passed away March 21, 2020, at his daughter’s home. He was under the care of Alliance Hospice.
Fred was born November 19, 1935, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Philip William Bell and Erma Doris Perry Bell. He grew up and attended schools in La Grande and Ontario, Oregon. Fred graduated from the College of Idaho with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education.
In January 1978, he was sealed to Marjorie Carol Bell in the Oakland California Temple. Fred and Carol made their home in Rainier, Oregon, where Fred worked as a band and music teacher for the Rainier Oregon schools. He also owned an A&W franchise, owned and operated Fred Bell Photography, and was a home builder and drafter.
Fred was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed woodworking, music, cooking, and being a loving father and grandfather.
Fred is survived by his loving wife, Carol Bell of Ammon, Idaho, son, James Brian (Lois) Bell of Clatskanie, Ore.; son, Eric Walter Bell of Boise, Idaho; daughter, Kari Lynnette Higley of Ammon, Idaho; son, John Philip (Alison) Bell of Eugene, Ore.; sister, Audrey (Dave) Bean of Meridian, Idaho; nineteen grandchildren and a great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dick and Wayne Bell; and a sister, Marita Cuthbert.
Private family services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 27th 2020, at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 South Ammon Road, with Bishop Mark Marlow officiating. Services will be broadcast live to the general public at www.woodfuneralhome.com. Burial will be in the Iona Cemetery.
Dean Ray Armstrong passed away on Friday, February 21, 2020, surrounded by daughters, Sandra Lynn Blevins, Teresa “Janelle” Blevins, and Kellie Marie Pettigrew, Granddaughter, Amie Armstrong, and Care Provider, Sarah Ellis.
Dean was a pipe fitter at Weyerhaeuser for 42 years and spent his life riding horses, raising cattle, and farming hay fields. He was an avid and accomplished Heeler in the sport of team roping and rodeo, having won countless competitions.
He is survived at home by his Wife of 38 years, Dianna Lee Armstrong. His love for Dianna has never wavered and he fought hard to stay by her side as long as possible. Dean was preceded in death by a son, James Kelly Blevins.
A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Dementia Society of America and/or the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.