Memorial Services

Alda Clarkson memorial July 6, 2018

Celebrating the Life of
Alda Clarkson
July 6, 2018 • 2 p.m.

Newberg Friends Church, Newberg, Oregon
Prelude — John and Sheila Troncoso
Welcome and Prayer — Mark Thompson
Congregational Song

“It Is Well with My Soul” — Hymn #495
Missionary Thoughts
Duane Comfort
Alice Maurer

Florence Nordyke (read by Eric Bates)
Mary Bel Duran (read by Dianne Bates)
Friends and Family Moments — Dan Nolta
Open Sharing (after family)
Closing Prayer

Alda Johnson was born on January 17, 1929, a few minutes before her twin sister,  Alta. They were born in a blizzard in Wellsford, Kansas. She was the fourth child of . Anford (Pat) and Pearl Fankhauser Johnson. Alda attended grade school in Wellsford. She was a member of the Wellsford Methodist Church and faithfully attended with her family every time the church doors opened! During her school years, Roy (Pop) Knight became their pastor and introduced the family to Friends Bible Academy in the Quaker community of Haviland, Kansas, four miles from her home.
There she attended and graduated from high school. Alda then went on to junior college at Friends Bible College where she completed her two-year degree and met Everett Clarkson, who had come from Greenleaf, Idaho, also a Quaker community.  Everett and Alda were married on Christmas 1949, the 28th anniversary of her parents. Everett’s parents came from Idaho for the wedding, driving a farm truck full of apples and potatoes to sell along the way to have enough money to make the trip.  After the wedding Everett and Alda moved to Wichita, Kansas, for a few months and then returned to Haviland, where Everett continued his studies to become a pastor and train for the mission field they both knew they were called to.

In 1952 they moved to Nampa, Idaho, where Everett finished his B.A. at Northwest Nazarene College. While there in Nampa their daughter, Cindi, was born. They pastored an independent church north of Greenleaf called Centerpoint, and Everett taught in the public schools for three years; their son Greg was born during this time.  Alda and Everett spent the next 17 years as missionaries to Bolivia and Peru in the high Andes Mountains and on the coast of Peru. Their son Doug was born in
LaPaz Bolivia. They served under the auspices of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church. While serving in Mexico City, Alda finished her B.A. at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, gaining a teaching certificate in the state of Texas. They returned to Newberg, Oregon, in 1984. Everett taught in the high school Spanish department at Sherwood, Oregon. Alda was stricken with rheumatoid arthritis while living in Mexico, which incapacitated her for several years. Alda and Everett moved to Friendsview Retirement Community in April 2004. They enjoyed their time in that community of lifelong friends, new friends, and family. Alda is survived by her children: Cindi (Randy) Bates of Silverton, Oregon; Greg(Sue) Clarkson of Salem, Oregon; Doug (Theresa) Clarkson of Medicine Lodge, Kansas; many grand and great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She leaves behind a host of friends, missionaries, and pastors. Also surviving are sisters Alta Ross of Pratt, Kansas; Patsy (Charlie) Bruce of Venice, Florida; brother-in-law Delmar Ferguson of Kansas City, Kansas; brother Gene (Bobbie)Johnson of Sand Springs, Oklahoma. She is predeceased by her husband, Everett; her parents; sisters Arlene (Tommy) Thompson, Eileen Johnson, and Grace Ferguson; one brother, Lloyde; sister-in-law Naomi Johnson; brother-in-law Eugene Ross; daughter-in-law Erma Lee Clarkson; and great-granddaughter Natalie Sapphira Ramos.

June 16, 2018 • Newberg Friends Church
Prelude – Rachel VandenHoek
Beth’s Life – photos arranged by the Willis family
Welcome and Prayer – Dick Sartwell, pastor
Eulogy – written by H. David Harmon, son
read by Michelle Willis, granddaughter
Worship in Song – Samuel Morse
“I Know Whom I Have Believed” – Hymn #631
Scripture: Psalm 16:8-11; 73:23-26
read by Marilyn Harmon, daughter
Song: “What a Wonderful World” – Puhn family
sung to Bethlin by great-granddaughter Jayda days before her death
Open Sharing
led by Ken VandenHoek, assisted by Michael Harmon, grandson
Song: “How Could We Hold You Here?”
written and sung by Jeanne Leonard

Bethlin Rose Harmon was born to Frank and Yvonne Judd in Portland, Oregon, where she attended school, graduating from Franklin High School. She attended Cascade College for one year, then transferred to George Fox College, graduating in 1952 with a bachelor of arts degree. She taught elementary classes in Sherwood, Sandy, and Milwaukie, Oregon.

ethlin was a devoted mom and pastor’s wife throughout her life. As a teenager, she played the piano in church and continued in college, where she accompanied many singers. She also enjoyed singing in the college choir under the direction of Roy Clark.

ethlin loved to travel and was able to visit all of the fifty states plus more than thirty other countries! She visited missionaries in Bolivia, Peru, China, India, Bangladesh, and Morocco. Israel was her favorite of all the countries she visited, inspired by the land where Jesus lived.

ethlin accepted the Lord as her Savior when she was young and lived a joyful Christian life, eager to share the good news to others. She enjoyed reading the Bible and Christian books. She looked forward to the Lord coming again!

ethlin married Howard on March 3, 1951; they celebrated their love for each other over these past 67 years. She is survived by her husband; sisters Dorothy Haveman and Virginia Hardy; daughter Marilyn Harmon; son, H. David Harmon; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by both parents; brother, Carl Judd; sister Lavelle Steiger; and daughter Judy Harmon.

Memorial gifts may be sent to:

Friendsview Retirement Community

for “Resident Assistance Fund”

1301 Fulton St, Newberg, OR 97132

Keith Williams Memorial Service

Celebrating the Life of
Donald Keith Williams
May 12, 2018 • 1:30 p.m.
Newberg Friends Church
Newberg, Oregon
Prelude — Mauri Macy
Welcome and Prayer — Dick Sartwell, pastor
Congregational Song
“Have Thine Own Way, Lord”  — Hymn #400
Reflections on Keith’s Life — Con Williams, son
Scripture and Message
Photo Memories
Open Sharing
Congregational Song
“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” — Hymn #98
Closing Prayer

Donald Keith Williams was born in Wilder, Idaho, April 13, 1921, to Floyd Wendell and Bernice M. Williams. He passed away on April 29, 2018. He was preceded in death by his four brothers, two sisters, his wife of 53 years, Alyce, and his wife of 15 years, Eilene. His surviving family includes three sons, two stepdaughters, one stepson, 23 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Keith grew up in Greenleaf Friends Church and attended Greenleaf Elementery School and Caldwell High School. He graduated from Greenleaf Friends Academy in 1939. In the fall of 1940 he enrolled at Pacific College in Newberg, Oregon, and attended for two years.

On September 8, 1946, he married Alyce Lorene Craven, the daughter of Edgar and Isa Craven. Following their marriage at Greenleaf Friends Church they moved  back to Oregon where Keith returned to Pacific College. He graduated in 1948 and was listed among America Colleges and Universities outstanding students. After graduation he and Alyce moved to Greenleaf, Idaho, where he farmed for two years before joining the staff of the Idaho Farm Bureau. In 1955 he and the family moved to Bozeman, Montana, to work as the executive secretary of the Montana Farm Bureau. He finished his working career with the Montana Power Company as an agriculture representative in Billings, Montana. Keith served as a Sunday school teacher, a member of the church boards, a lay leader, treasurer and chairman of various committees in churches in Bozeman, Helena, and Billings.

Keith and Alyce had three boys: Ron, a retired chemical engineer in Bellingham, Washington; Con, a retired electrician in Simi Valley, California; and Doug, an IT network manager in Bellingham, Washington. Con was married to Kathy Purvis of Billings, Montana, and they have three children Joel, Lindsay, and Josh. Con is now married to Cheryl and has three step-children Melissa, Ashley, and Dillon. Doug married Laura Hein of Billings, Montana, and has a daughter, Tessa.

Two years after retirement Keith and Alyce moved to Newberg to be near family. Keith worked as a volunteer at Camp Tilikum, George Fox University, and Newberg Friends Church. In 1995 they moved to the Nut Tree Ranch mobile home park where Keith planted a rose garden that provided him fresh roses to bring to Alyce for the last few months of her life.

In 2001 Keith moved to Friendsview. He married Eilene Nordyke and they had 15 great years together before her passing in May 2017. They spent time traveling and visiting their families. They volunteered for various committees and activities at both Friendsview and George Fox University.

Keith lived a wonderful 97 years. He loved his Lord, he loved his family, he loved the church, and he loved people. He will be greatly missed by many.

Jerry Magee memorial service

Celebrating the Life of Jerald “Jerry”Magee
May 11, 2018 • 10 a.m.
Newberg Friends Church
Prelude  —  Dan Cammack (son-in-law)
Welcome and Prayer  — Dick Sartwell, pastor
Congregational Hymn #98: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
“Mary Did You Know” 
Dan, Forrest, and Will Cammack (son-in-law and grandsons)
Jerry’s Life 
Forrest and Will Cammack, Kristiane Ransbarger
and Anders Sorestad
Scripture and Thoughts
Open Sharing  — Cindy Johnson
Congregational Hymn #2: “How Great Thou Art”
led by John Johnson
Taps – Veterans of Foreign Wars
Closing Prayer  — Al Sorestad (son-in-law)

Dr. Jerald “Jerry” John Magee was born on February 28, 1927, in Scotts Mills, Oregon, to John William Magee and Edith Kellogg Magee. He passed away on May 6, 2018 in Newberg, Oregon. He graduated from Silverton High School in 1945, George Fox College in 1950 and Oregon Health Sciences University Dental School in 1961. Jerry served in the Army from 1945 to 1946 at the end of WWII. He practiced dentistry in Vancouver, Washington, from 1961 until he retired in 1994.

For 57 years, Jerry was the loving husband of Connie Jarvill Magee, who survives him. He was preceded in death by his sister Barbara Hays and brother Maurice Magee. Jerry is survived by his daughters Tamara Cammack (Dan) and Lisa Sorestad (Allen); brothers Harold, Kenneth, and Warren Magee; grandchildren Forrest Cammack, Rebekah Klatt, William Cammack, Kristiane Ransbarger, and Anders Sorestad; and great-grandchildren Laurel, Ember, and Dane Ransbarger.

Jerry had a great love and awe of God’s creation. His hobbies included spelunking, identifying plants, and fishing, among other outdoor activities. He also had a great interest in Native American artifacts. He was an active member of Newberg Friends Church. He was a member and past secretary and president of the Clark County Dental Society. He was a lifetime member of the American Dental Association.

Jerry’s kind and gentle ways will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Donations in Jerald’s name are welcome and appreciated and may be made to Friendsview Retirement Community for the Resident Assistance Fund, 1301 Fulton St. Newberg, OR 97132.

Elizabeth Liebman memorial service

Celebrating the Life of
Elizabeth Liebman
April 14, 2018
Newberg Friends Church

Prelude — Judie Abrahamson
Welcome and Prayer — Ron Stansell, presiding
Congregational Song — Cindy Johnson, leader
“How Great Thou Art” (Hymn #2)
Scripture: Psalm 23 — Kathy Bouvia, daughter
Remembering Elizabeth Liebman
Congregational Song
“Near to the Heart of God” (Hymn #35)
Open Sharing
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 13
Devotional Thoughts
Congregational Song
“It Is Well with My Soul” (Hymn #495)
Closing Prayer

Audrey Burton Memorial Service

A Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration
For the Life of Audrey Adell Byers Burton

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Prelude – Karen Rathkey
Welcome and Prayer – Rev. Dr. Mark Smith
Opening Song: “In Christ Alone”
Words of Comfort from Scripture  – Pastor Mark Mehl
Words of Assurance
Song: “Day by Day”
Remembrances of Audrey’s Life
Open Sharing
Audrey’s Life in Pictures: A Celebration
Prayer of Thanksgiving – Mr. Jim Strickler
Closing Song: “Blessed Assurance”

Bob Gilmore Memorial Service

Piano Prelude: David Gilmore
Three Haikus: Poems by Bob Gilmore; Music by Ben España
“I Found a Friend”: Bob Gilmore
Welcome and Prayer: Pastor Dick Sartwell
“His Eye Is on the Sparrow”: congregation, led by Mauri Macy
Life Story: Pastor Dick Sartwell (written by David Gilmore)
Photo Memories: Duet sung by Bob Gilmore and Ben España
“A Meditation from Thais”: Dwight and Flynn Gilmore on cellos
“My Tribute”: Gerardo Ibarra
Message: Pastor Paul Almquist
“O Glorious Love”: congregation, led by Mauri Macy
Psalm 72:18-19—music composed by David Gilmore, sung by family members
Closing prayer: Pastor Paul Almquist

Beverly Kelsven Memorial

Celebration of Life
Beverly Doris Kelsven

January 20, 2018 • 10 a.m.

Newberg Friends Church

Prelude: Bonnie Lapp

Welcome and Prayer: Pastor Howard Harmon

Eulogy: Cheryl Edwards, niece

Solo: Dave Overby
“I’d Rather Have Jesus”

Open Sharing

Pastoral Words

Congregational Song: Hymn #627
“Jesus Is All the World to Me”

Closing Prayer


Beverly Kelsven grew up in Almont, North Dakota, the youngest child of Clifford and Katherine Kelsven. The family lived above her parents’ general store. They were faithful in the Wesleyan Methodist church, and Bev began to follow Jesus at a young age. She played with the boys, hunted pheasants with her father, and preferred overalls to the pretty dresses her mother sewed for her and sisters, Kathleen and Marion.

The family moved to Oregon in 1942. At Cascade College, Bev met lifelong friend Gerry Custer. The two shared crazy jokes, wild adventures, and quarts of ice cream, and challenged each other to live wholeheartedly for God. Gerry went to Burundi as a missionary nurse. In her visits there, Bev came to love East Africa as well.

Soon after graduation in 1947, Bev joined the Cascade faculty as a PE and history teacher. She completed her master’s degrees at the University of Oregon. In 1961, she began teaching history at Lake Oswego High School, then transferred to the new Lakeridge High School in 1971. Bev loved meeting all kinds of people and learning about the world. Slides from summer trips made her classes more interesting.  After retirement in 1987, she continued to travel, visiting more than 100 countries.

At the homes she shared with her sister Marion, Bev oversaw the yard work and maintenance and was quick to get meals on the table. The sisters spent every holiday with Kathleen’s family, had lots of fun with their nieces and nephew, and were great role models. Bev held leadership roles at St John’s Wesleyan Methodist and Clackamas Park Friends churches, sang and played the organ. She always followed world news and football.

In 2005, Bev and Marion moved to Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg. Many friends from Cascade lived there, and the sisters made new friends. Bev always tried to learn names and give an encouraging word. Her independent spirit continued even when she needed increasing care in the last years.