Velma Jean Runabear

Clatskanie resident, 74Velma Jean Runabear, 74, of Clatskanie, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005, in Longview, Wash.

Mrs. Runabear was born to Jess and Effie Mae Brawley Kerr, June 14, 1930, in Winona, Mo.

In 1951, she married Milton Rollo, whom she divorced in 1962.

In 1972, she married Paul Runabear. He preceded her in death in 1992.

Mrs. Runabear lived in Warrenton and retired in 1980 from the commercial fish processing industry. She moved to Clatskanie in 1995.

Mrs. Runabear was active in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Knappa. She enjoyed working with flowers, crocheting and making beaded bells.

She is survived by two daughters, Wanda Wigington and Sheila Ely, both of Clatskanie; three sisters, Rose Willford of Prineville, Eula Phebus of Kenton, Tenn., and Juanita Jones of Astoria; one brother, Jerry Kerr of Spokane, Wash.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband Paul, she was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Steward of Knappa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 2067, Longview, WA 98632.

At the request of the family, no service will be held at this time.

Inurnment will be at a local cemetery.

Haakinson-Groulx Mortuary of Clatskanie is in charge of arrangements.

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