Eudora Thornburg Memorial Service

Eudora Thornburg Memorial Service

Saturday, June 3, 2017 • 1 p.m. • Newberg Friends Church

Eudora Adelaide (Barker) Hester Thornburg of Newberg, passed away at 6:07 p.m., May 14, 2017, at Friendsview Retirement Community.

Eudora was born in Wilmore, Ky., May 28, 1930, the only daughter of Dr. Earl P. and Adelaide Barker and lived in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Oregon. She attended Jefferson High School and Cascade College in Portland.

She met and married Robert Allen Hester at Cascade College. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Williams. Eudora is survived by her husband, Paul Thornburg, sons, Howard Hester (Mary), Brian Hester (Laurie), Loren Hester (Cindy); daughter, Diane Anderson (Scott), nine grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

  1. Prelude
  2. Welcome – Don Walters
  3. “Blessed Assurance”
  4. Psalm 34 Reading
  5. Homily – Don Walters
  6. “Amazing Grace”
  7. Sharing of Remembrance
  8. Obituary: Read Silently
  9. “When We See Christ”
  10. Invitation and Dismissal

Eilene Williams Memorial Service

Celebrating the Life of Eilene K. Nordyke Mack Williams

Saturday, May 27, 2017 • 2 p.m. • Newberg Friends Church

 Eilene K. Nordyke Williams was born to Amos Dolan and Eva Smith Kenworthy on June 11, 1915, in Portland, Oregon. She passed into the arms of her Lord Jesus on May 16, 2017, three weeks before her 102nd birthday.

Eilene grew up in Portland, graduating from Grant High School in 1933. She a ended George Fox University as part of the class of 1938, where she met Robert Nordyke. ey were married in 1938 and later moved to Salem, where they raised their three children. Robert was killed in an accident in 1959.

In 1966, Eilene moved to Newberg. She married J. Wayne Mack in 1968. ey were married more than 34 years when Wayne died in 2001, leaving her a widow for the second time. In 2002, she mar- ried D. Keith Williams, and they had 15 wonderful years together living in Newberg at Friendsview Retirement Community. Eilene was preceded in death by her brother, Melvin Kenworthy, and her son-in-law Mel Wonderly.

Surviving family include her husband, Keith; children Darrell (Elizabeth) Nordyke, Nancy (Chuck) Mylander, Joyce Wonderly; Keith’s sons Ron, Conrad (Cheryl), Doug (Laura) Williams; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Eilene loved family camping trips and travel. Her special interests included involvement in her church, Twin Rocks Friends Camp, and George Fox University, especially women’s basketball.

In lieu of owers, memorial gi s may be given to Twin Rocks Friends Camp & Conference Center, PO Box 6, Rockaway, Oregon 97136.

  1. Prelude – Mauri Macy
  2. Welcome and Prayer – Quentin Nordyke
  3. “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” – Mauri Macy
  4. Tribute – Chuck Mylander
  5. Grandchildren’s Memories
  6. Photo Memories
  7. Pastoral Thoughts – Quentin Nordyke
  8. “I Shall Know Him” – Mauri and Sherry Macy
  9. Open Sharing
  10. Closing Prayer

Wanda Beebe Memorial Service

Celebrating the Life of Wanda Beebe

Sunday, April 2, 2017 • 2 p.m. • Newberg Friends Church

Wanda (Pierson) Beebe passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg, Oregon. She was 83 years old, and had been married to her high school sweetheart, Ralph Beebe, for almost 64 years.

Wanda LaVonne Pierson was born October 9, 1933, in Hugoton, Kansas, to Nathan and Hazel Pierson. After living five years in Friendswood, Texas, the family moved to Vancouver, Washington, then to Star, Idaho, in 1948. She graduated from Greenleaf Friends Academy in 1950, then attended George Fox College in Newberg, Oregon, for two years.

In 1953 Wanda married Ralph Beebe. They moved to Eugene in 1957, where they were active in Eugene Friends Church, and Wanda served as homemaker for their three children. Wanda and Ralph returned to Newberg in 1974, where she worked in the George Fox business office until retirement in 1996. In 2000, the couple moved to the Friendsview Retirement Community.

Wanda suffered kidney failure in 1996 and was on dialysis for 18 months until her son, Ken, donated a kidney at Thanksgiving time in 1997. Husband Ralph reported it as being the greatest Thanksgiving of their lives, and “the giving of sincere thanks continued throughout her life.”

Wanda was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She was an avid reader who enjoyed photography and knitting, and went out of her way to come alongside and help others – perhaps most notably through the love and loyalty she displayed to her kids and grandkids. She held a strong commitment to following Jesus and gave many hours of volunteer work to Newberg Friends Church, Friendsview Retirement Community, Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church, and George Fox University.

Wanda is survived by her husband, Ralph; three children: Diane Beebe, Lori (and Ron) Tuning, and Ken (and LeAnn) Beebe; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her brother, Neil (and Pat) Pierson. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Esther (and Milford) House.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to benefit missions through the Board of Global Outreach of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church (200 N. Meridian St, Newberg, OR 97132).

Reta Stuart Memorial Service

Celebrating the Life of Reta Maurine Stuart
December 18, 1930 – February 25, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017 • 2 p.m. • Newberg Friends Church

Reta Maurine Stuart died on February 25, 2017, in Newberg, Oregon at age 86. She was born on December 18, 1930, on a farm near Glen Elder, Kansas, to Charles Irvin and Ruth Hendricks Stuart. Ancestral Quaker and Mennonite family roots reach back to Scotch and German immigrants who arrived in Pennsylvania late in the seventeenth century.

After high school graduation in 1948, Reta attended Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, graduating with honors in 1952 with a B.A. degree in Bible. Until mid-1956 she served in Mid-America Yearly Meeting of the Friends Church in various capacities, including youth leader.

In August 1956, Reta arrived in Brussels, Belgium, for a year of French and colonial course study to prepare to be an educational missionary with Friends Africa Gospel Mission in Burundi, Africa. She was on staff until 1977, serving primarily in the preparation and production of Christian literature. During her first furlough in 1961-62 Reta studied at Syracuse University in New York where she received a master’s degree in religious journalism. During her last term, she supervised a radio recording studio.

In January 1978, after more than 21 years with Friends Africa Gospel Mission, Reta became the first administrative assistant of Evangelical Friends Mission, a new cooperative venture of the Evangelical Friends Alliance, and continued until December 1995, when she became 65. She then worked part time for five years as editor with the North America Office of Evergreen Family Friendship Service, a Christian public service corporation in Shanxi Province of northern China.

After living 23 years in Arvada, Colorado, in February 2003, Reta moved to the Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg, Oregon. Reta’s parents and siblings—Gail, Stanley, and Shirley—all preceded her in death. She is survived by two nieces and five nephews.

Memorial gifts can be sent to Evangelical Friends Mission, PO Box 771139, Wichita, KS 67277.

Margaret Morse Memorial Service

Celebrating the Life of Margaret Morse
August 25, 1909 – March 3, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017 • 10:30 a.m. • Newberg Friends Church

Margaret Martha Morse was born on August 25, 1909, at home in Sweet Home, Oregon, to her parents, Jacob and Mathilda Nothiger, who had immigrated from Switzerland in the 1880s. She graduated from Sweet Home High School and was the last surviving member of the class of 1928.

Margaret met Curtis two years later in Sweet Home when he came to work on the railroad. He convinced her to attend Pacific College, now George Fox University, with him. So after a three-week courtship and a three-year engagement, and when Curtis graduated and Margaret had two years of college, they were married in 1933 at Newberg Friends Church at the rise of the meeting.

After the wedding they headed to Woodland, Idaho, and then to Weippe, Idaho, to start a Sunday school and to start a family. They lived in a cabin that Curtis built of rough-sawn lumber. Their sons—Sam, Paul, and Howard—were born while living there, and their daughter, Barbara, arrived after they moved to Lewiston, Idaho, in 1940.

In 1945, Margaret moved with the family to Greenleaf, Idaho, in order for the four children to attend Greenleaf Academy, a Christian high school. When most of the children were in high school, Margaret began teaching elementary school. She first taught 11 students in a one-room school house in Opaline, Idaho. After two years she began teaching at Homedale, Idaho, and then in 1960 they moved to Culver, Oregon. In the summer of 1965, after five years in Culver, they moved to Waldport, Oregon, where Margaret taught second grade until she retired eight years later.

Margaret and Curtis’s last move was to Newberg, Oregon, and then four years later moved into Friendsview Retirement Community, where Margaret enjoyed her garden for many years. She also enjoyed painting on china cups. Both Margaret and Curtis were involved in Volunteers on Wheels and traveled around to help with work projects to help those who had need.

In retirement, Margaret and Curtis found God blessing them with enough money to be able to donate some to George Fox University to construct a baseball field, which bears their name.

Margaret committed her life to God at age nine and was a devoted, never swerving, Christian for 98 years! She was a prayer warrior who spent many years praying and supporting missionaries around the world as well as her own family. She is held in highest esteem by many and, most of all, by her own children and family. Her beautiful smile will surely be missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis; parents, brothers Herman and Charlie; daughter-in-law Geraldine; and a great grandson, Devin.

She is survived by her children: Sam, Paul, Howard, and Barbara; eight grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

We, her family, have been truly blessed to call her mother and grandma during her 107 years. She has been a godly example to us. We know she looked forward to heaven and seeing her Savior and loved ones and wondered many times why it wasn’t her time.

Memorial gifts can be made to Twin Rocks Friends Camp, P.O. Box 6, Rockaway Beach, Oregon 97136.


Don Staples Memorial Service

Celebrating the Life of Don Staples
October 15, 1963 – February 28, 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017 • 10:30 a.m. • Bauman Auditorium, George Fox University


Don Staples

Donald Arthur Staples passed away at home on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, after a year-long journey with brain cancer. He was 53. He is surely in heaven sharing his sense of humor with Jesus and asking for any data work God might want done.

Don was born October 15, 1963, to Ron Staples and Carolyn Staples in Newberg, Oregon. Don grew up in Newberg, attending Mabel Rush Elementary School, Renne Jr. High School, Newberg High School, and George Fox College (now University).

In middle school, Don met Miriam Clark while picking strawberries at Jaquith berry field. They never admitted to officially dating until Miriam’s senior year in high school, although most every event or activity found them attending together before that time. Even in the berry field, Don was able to arrange things so his row was quite often right next to Miriam’s. When Miriam was May Day Queen her senior year, she convinced the school to let Don (then a junior) escort her.

During high school and early college, Don worked on two different dairy farms in St. Paul, mostly on the SarBen farm owned by the Rasmussen family. Don graduated from NHS in 1982, valedictorian of his class.

The following fall, Don began attending GFC to pursue a teaching career. He was one of the few college students who did not change his major. He knew from the beginning that he wanted to be a teacher and he wanted to teach math. Don spent at least two summers during college on summer staff at Camp Tilikum. During these summers at Tilikum, Miriam was the program director. Don deeply valued Miriam’s heart for ministry and the opportunities he had to work under her leadership. He admired her greatly.

Don and Miriam were married on March 16, 1985, during his junior year at GFC. They would have celebrated their 32nd anniversary this month. With the exception of three years in Yamhill, they lived all their lives in Newberg, where they raised their four children. Don’s love for his family was evident, and being there for his children was always a high priority.


Don’s career in education included teaching, school administration, and coaching, both in Yamhill and in Newberg. After graduating from GFC in 1986, he substitute taught for a year while Miriam was teaching at Yamhill Grade School in Yamhill, Oregon. The following year he began teaching in the same school as Miriam. She taught kindergarten and he taught middle school math. Don worked at Yamhill for 12 years. While there, he completed his administrative licensing through Western Oregon State University. He completed his Masters in Education at Lewis and Clark in 1996, and served as an administrator in Yamhill before becoming assistant principal and academic intervention teacher in Newberg, at Mabel Rush Elementary School in 1999. Don greatly enjoyed working in the same school district where his children attended school.

In 2002, district budget cuts took Don back to the classroom, teaching math at Chehalem Valley Middle School. His gifts and talents in the areas of data and assessment started a shift from full-time teacher to working at the district office as an assessment coordinator and later director of assessment. It was very important to Don that he maintain a partial teaching assignment as long as he could. He wanted to stay connected to students and their families. He felt these connections helped him better perform the tasks of his administrative assignment. Don was twice honored with a Crystal Apple award by Newberg School District: in 2008 for Outstanding Middle School Teacher and in 2015 for Outstanding Administrator.


Don grew up attending Newberg Friends Church with his family. Youth group at NFC was an important part of Don’s life. Northwest Yearly Meeting annual sessions were a part of most every summer in Don’s life from an early age. In grade school those Yearly Meeting weeks were spent participating in Tilikum Day Camp, and then junior and senior high activities. Don was involved in yearly meeting leadership. He helped Miriam and a small group of high school students plan Junior High Jamboree retreat for junior high students, and then directed it himself during his senior year in high school. That was their first ministry together.

Don was involved to the hilt in leadership in the YM and Newberg Friends. His deep faith led him to significant involvement with the local church and the denomination. Don also loved being involved with Christian camping. He counseled at numerous youth camps, led recreation, taught a class together with Miriam at Family Camp, and then finally began directing Boys Camp at Twin Rocks, one of his favorite ministries. He was director of Boys Camp for 20 years (1997-2016) and served on the camp’s board of directors those years as well. He served as vice chair of the board and chair of the board’s Development Committee for the last five years. Eventually he served as assistant presiding clerk of the yearly meeting and presiding clerk of the Newberg Friends meeting.

Math, Sports, Music

Don was a natural mathematician. Before he could drive, he sat in the back seat of the car, checking the time between mileposts. He would then tell his dad how fast he was driving. From this information he was able to calculate accurate ETAs on a regular basis. He could see the world through numbers and statistics in so many interesting ways. Everything could be figured out or seen in numbers. He knew the percentages and stats. He had 33 digits of pi memorized.

Don kept up with his children, the children of his friends, his nieces and nephews, and many others by paying close attention to the great variety of activities and interests important to them. If it was sports, then checking their stats and talking about them was his way of connecting. He paid attention to whatever those close to him were involved in so that the next time he saw them he could ask specific questions and have conversations on a great variety of topics. These conversations were very important to Don because he wanted young people to know how much they were valued and, specifically, how much he valued them.

During high school, Don played basketball for one year and football and tennis for four years. During a year on consortium to Wheaton College, Don played football for one season (George Fox hadn’t formed a team yet).

His love of sports stayed constant and found a satisfying outlet in his volunteer work announcing games for the GFU women’s basketball team. He started announcing in the 1999-2000 season. According to Athletic Director Craig Taylor, who worked with Don for nearly two decades, this work was another way Don found to invest in the lives of young people he would not ordinarily run into. Teams over the years found that Don cared for them as human beings and was interested in their lives. He cared for how opponents felt, and he did what he could to respect them as well. Don was an encourager, and coaches loved him. He loved the work so much that he continued it while undergoing cancer treatment. His attitude of service came through clearly. In 2012, he was honored as Volunteer of the Year at GFU. He called his last game on Thursday, February 23, 2017, just days before his death.

Don’s music career included piano, begun at a young age, and trombone in middle school and high school. As an adult he played less music himself, but greatly enjoyed the music his wife and children made.

Don was a true people person who continually worked at connecting with and encouraging young people especially. He will be deeply missed.

Don is survived by his wife of nearly 32 years, Miriam Staples; children Sarah Kelley (Mark), Nolan, Matthew, and Roy; two grandchildren, Octavia and Sam Staples-Kelley; his mother Carolyn Staples; his father Ron Staples (Claudine)—all of Newberg; his sister, Karen Lane, of Seattle, Washington; and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews.

Gifts in Don’s memory may be given to Twin Rocks Friends Camp, P.O. Box 6, Rockaway Beach, OR 97136.

Jerry Dillon Memorial Service

In Loving Memory of Gerald W. Dillon

Sunday, November 13 2016 • 3 p.m.• Newberg Friends Church

Gerald W. Dillon, better known as Jerry, was born November 11, 1921 in an Iowan pastor’s family. He met Alice Foell in college and they were married in June 1942. He attended seminary and there they tarted their family. Eventually they moved to Oregon to pastor First Friends Church. While there, he assisted Pastor Kim in founding the Korean church that met in the same building. He began teaching full time at Western Evangelical Seminary in 1966. During this time he did special speaking and interim pastoring in many churches throughout the Northwest Yearly Meeting. One of his great loves was missions and he served numerous years on the Board of Missions. During his tenure he made several trips to Bolivia and Peru. He and Alice were partners in marriage for over 72 years and faithfully served our Lord as a team this entire time.

Jerry enjoyed a lot of things in his “spare time.” He loved time with his family including 4 kids, 7 grandkids, and now great-grandchildren. He was very social and looked forward to men’s fellowship and coffee time at Tebo’s in Gladstone. He walked every day up to the time a stroke took him home. He loves God’s creation and especially enjoyed fishing. His biggest catch was a 38 pound king salmon on the Kenai River in Alaska. Boy, was he proud of that! Jerry also loved pie. His favorite was pumpkin and even in the hospital after the stroke he was talking about having pumpkin pie when he got out. In honor of this wish, the family invites you to fellowship with us downstairs one pumpkin pie and coffee.

Memorial contributions may be made to Twin Rocks Friends Camp in honor of Gerald & Alice Dillon.

Karen Bates-Smith Memorial Service

Celebrating the Life of Karen Bates-Smith

Saturday, October 22, 2016 • 10 a.m.• Newberg Friends Church

Karen Bates Smith

Karen Bates was born February 4, 1952 to Glenn and Betty Bates in The Dalles, Oregon. She grew up in The Dalles, McMinnville, and Newberg, graduating from Newberg High School in 1970.

Karen demonstrated varied talents at Newberg High School. She competed in gymnastics and scored points for her team on the balance beam. She sang in a high school choral group called “Shades of Blue” that performed in local concerts. She also sang in choirs for high school commencements and a local production of The Messiah. She practiced calligraphy and drawing with charcoal.

While still in high school, Karen moved deeper into music. She created an arrangement of “Sunrise, Sunset” for the high school choir and conducted the choir’s rendition of the popular song in 1969.

In 1977 Karen married Philip Smith, changing her name to Karen Bates-Smith. In 1981 she gave birth to a son, Tim. In 1989, we adopted a son, James. After college, Karen attended Fuller Theological Seminary, completing a Ph.D. in Psychology in 1983. She made a career as an Oregon licensed psychologist for more than thirty years. But her musical muse would not leave her alone. In the early 80s she bought a cello and started lessons. Pretty soon, she bought a much more expensive cello, and her husband knew the music thing was serious.

In the 1980s, when I was pastor of Maplewood Friends Church, Karen aided worship greatly by playing piano, collaborating with Meredith Fieldhouse, who led singing.

We moved to Newberg in 1989. It wasn’t long before Karen joined the Chehelem Symphony, directed by Dennis Hagen. For years she played cello alongside Theo Powers. Besides two or three concerts a year with the Chehelem Symphony, Karen gave solo performances in concerts at the Portland Community Music Center. For a couple years, Theo joined her, giving the Smith and Powers sons a chance to squirm in their seats while their mothers performed. Karen Bates-Smith, Karen Scott, and Pat Surguy formed a trio (cello, piano, violin) called Clavis Trio. They gave recitals at Friendsview Manor and Newberg Friends Church.

By the late 90s, performance wasn’t enough. Karen returned to school, pursuing an undergraduate music degree at Marylhurst University, with an emphasis in composition. At first, she focused on choral music, including “Sing to Yahweh,” which was performed in worship by the Newberg Friends Choir in June 1998. She also wrote pieces for piano and cello, such as “Sonata #1” which was performed by Theo Powers and Jane Smith in 1998. In her senior recital, in 2002, various musicians performed “Love’s Whimsey” (soprano and piano), “Rondo for Alto Flute” (a memorial to victims of 9-11), Rhyme Quintet in E-Flat” (by the Con Grazia Wind Quintet), “String Trio #1 in C Major” (violin, viola, and cello). Karen also wrote music for at events at Warner Pacific College, such as “Brass Ring” for a concert called the Brass Bash.

After finishing at Marylhurst in 2003—her second undergraduate degree—Karen gradually played cello less and concentrated more on composing. Eventually she left the Chehelem Symphony. But she continued to practice cello to keep up her skills. With her friend, Darlene Babin, she practiced a variety of cello and piano pieces, many of them her own compositions. She contributed new work for recitals at Marylhurst, including “Brown and Furry” and “The Telephone is Under the Stairs” (soprano and piano).

By this point you get the idea: Karen wrote for voices and for a great variety of instrumental combinations: string trios, woodwind quintets, brass groups, orchestras, and so on.

That is not the end of the story. In a sense, it’s only half. In 2014, after her first go-round with cancer, Karen retired as a psychologist. Then she went out and bought a camera. She bought another camera. And lenses. And lighting equipment. Her husband knew this photography thing was serious.

Karen opened a business, Take Wing Photography. With our daughter-in-law Jennie’s help, she transformed our living room into a portrait studio. She also took her camera to Coffee Cottage and to people’s houses. She came back with some penetratingly realistic photos of people. I defy anyone to find a better picture of Ed Higgins than the one Karen captured.

In my opinion, though, Karen’s art photography surpassed her portraits. In some cases she manipulated the camera to achieve pure abstraction. In other pictures, she used extreme close-up shots to bring the viewer intimately into nature. She made pictures that reveal beauties we too often pass by without noticing.

Sadly, Karen’s photography career lasted less than two years. Cancer came back. Debilitating pain forced her to stop. October 9, 2016, she died. I don’t know if we will make photos after the resurrection. Scripture strongly hints we will make music. In Tolkien’s delightful story, “Leaf by Niggle,” the artwork we make here prepares us for greater art making in the next life. It will be pure delight to see what Karen’s work here might lead to there.

Phil Smth’s “Last Walk” essays are gathered on his Story and Meaning blog, along with many other essays.