In the community

Obituaries: for the week of Dec. 21, 2022

Joyce Delores Hussey

Sept. 27, 1937 – Dec. 12, 2022

Joyce was born in Medford, Oregon, on Sept. 27, 1937, to Robert L Cowden and Evelyn Pauline (Waddell) of Butte Falls, Oregon. She was an Eagle Point, Oregon graduate. She passed away on Dec. 12, 2022 at the age of 85 during a bronchoscopy biopsy.

Joyce Hussey

Joyce married James Russell Oden on Sept. 27, 1957. They had three children together, Wayne Alan Hussey of Vale, Oregon; Lucinda Faye Parrish of Junction City, Oregon; and Yvonne Renee Murphy of Payette, Idaho.
Joyce married Douglas R Hussey on Feb. 10, 1968. They moved to Vale in 1970 where they made their permanent home for 52 years. Douglas passed August 7, 2014. Douglas brought into the family from a previous marriage three daughters and one son:  Sheryl Garrett, Lovettville, Virginia; LeAndra Hussey, Prescott, Arizona; Suzan Gates, Payette, Idaho; and Geoffrey Hussey.

For many years Joyce enjoyed crocheting/sewing, gardening, and baking.

Joyce was preceded in death by Douglas Hussey, her parents, a brother Terrill Cowden, and another brother Richard Cowden.
Joyce is survived by her three children, a sister, Laree Linder of Eagle Point, Oregon; a brother Wesley Cowden of Medford, Oregon. She was an adored grandma and GiGi to her nurmerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.


Perry James Walsh

December 29, 1935 – December 1, 2022

Perry James Walsh, 86, of Great Falls, Montana, passed away Dec. 1 at Benefis Hospital. A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 in the Rose Room Chapel at Croxford Funeral Home. To view his service visit and click on his obituary.

Perry Walsh

Perry was born Dec. 29, 1935, in Daykyn, Nebraska, to Francis and Madge Walsh. He was raised in Alexandria, Nebraska, as one of five children in the family. His brothers Keith, Dale and Wayne preceded him in death, as did his sister, Ruth, and both parents.

Perry graduated from Alexandria High in 1954 and attended Fairbury Jr. College in Nebraska. Perry then moved to Vale, Oregon where he met his wife, Frances Schaffeld. They married on October 19, 1957, and spent the next 65 years creating a beautiful life together, which included six children, 13 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren with three more on the way.

He loved and was proud of his grand- and great-grandchildren. Perry taught his sons to swim in the bay in Florida during their younger years and like many great fathers taught them how to throw and catch a ball; he attended their games as often as possible. He made sure his children knew how to defend themselves and understood the importance of protecting the little guy.

A retired airman since 1978, Perry had served 20 years as an air traffic controller for the U.S. Air Force. His service took him overseas during the Vietnam War and thankfully brought him home again. He received many commendations during his service. After retirement he worked different jobs, mostly as a bartender. When Perry wasn’t working, he enjoyed visiting with friends for a beer or two, or could be found walking his doggy, Little Girl, whom he loved very much.

Perry is survived by his wife, Fran; sons, James, Russel (Cathy), David, Tina, John, Joe, and Perry (Holly).


Carrie Elaine Ross

April 20, 1937 – December 14, 2022

Carrie Elaine Ross was born on April 20, 1937, in Caldwell, Idaho, to Lloyd and Amanda Richey Wilson. Carrie passed away on Dec. 14, in Fruitland, Idaho. She was the second of nine children, Sam, Carrie, Larry, Pauline, Virginia, Shirley, Bonnie, Jack, and Gloria. She graduated high school in Council, Idaho, and later worked at First National Bank in Weiser. 

Carrie Ross

She was the Queen of the Adams County Rodeo, where she met her husband Donald R. Ross. They were married on May 9, 1959, and moved to the ranch in Vale, Oregon, where they had three children, Randall, Donald, and Debra. Carrie loved riding her horse Little Buck, sewing, going to yard sales, reading, canning, rock hounding, leading the sewing 4-H group, and cats. She enjoyed working on the ranch in Vale, at Quisenberry’s clothing store, driving a beet truck and picking clods on the potato harvester, at Kopper Kitchen, and at Denny’s restaurant. 

Carrie was greatly loved by her family and those who knew her. She is survived by her brother, Larry, and sisters Virginia, Shirley, and Gloria; her children Randall R. (Kris Vandeweghe) Ross, of Prineville, Donald L. (Shaney Rockefeller) of Vale, and Debra S. Ross of Vale. She enjoyed her eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. 

Carrie’s family would like to thank our friends and community for the loving support they received. We would like to thank the incredible staff at Edgewood Spring Creek Senior Living in Fruitland for their loving care of Carrie during the last two years. A viewing will be Thursday, Dec. 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Lienkaemper Chapel in Vale. Graveside services at 1 p.m.  Dec. 23 at Valley View Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Ontario Feral Cat Project, P.O Box 44, Ontario Oregon 97914.

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