Seaside signal. (Seaside, Or.) 1905-current, March 06, 2015, Image 5

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    March 6, 2015 • Seaside Signal • • 5A
Scene and Heard  CLAIRE LOVELL
Invisible pedestrians and a ‘humongous’ convention center
When will the high school
refurbish its event sign at the
south entrance? It’s been in-
active for a long time, and
we like to know what’s go-
ing on. Lots of cars in the
parking lot or extra kids in
town pique our interest.
Lighten up
Astoria has had several
collisions of pedestrians with
cars. I always lay that to in-
attention and one-way streets
myself. It’s a wonder we
don’t have the same kind of
an average. Certainly there
are lots of near misses. Any-
time I’m out with someone,
driving at night especial-
ly, I’ve never seen anyone
walking who was easily visi-
ble to a driver. Bicycles seem
to appear out of nowhere.
Walkers are in dark
clothing with no lumines-
cent strips or glow-in-the-
dark materials. In the car
in which I rode, we came
upon bicyclists or walkers
in the bike lane not easy
to see. Even just to carry
safer and a favor to the per-
son behind the wheel.
More friends gone
Another friend, Roberta
Meling, who was recover-
ing from a broken hip, took
a turn for the worse and died
on Tuesday, Feb. 10. She
had moved to Dallas, Ore. to
be near her sons. She was a
former resident of Suzanne
Elise, and friends at the
United Methodist Church
are sorry for her loss. Inter-
ment will be at Willamette
National Cemetery.
Also a loss was Do-
ris Rummell, of Astoria. I
was present for at least two
of her children’s deliver-
ies at St. Mary’s. I always
thought she was Catholic,
though it said in her obit
that she attended North
Coast Fellowship. The lon-
ger you live, the larger the
list of friends grows who
have checked out.
I didn’t really know
Terry Mersereau, who also
died recently. We have to
wait until we read their
biographies to realize all
they cared about in life.
Mrs. Mersereau had such
an extensive record of ac-
complishments. I had met
her through John Raniero at
the Catholic church. At one
time she wrote me a very
nice thank you note be-
cause of things I had writ-
ten, which were dear to the
hearts of us both. I wish I
had known her better.
Music appreciation
Friday at noon, Alvis
Porter, Leila Vernor, Ruth
Pratt, Irene Kan and I went
to the senior center for
lunch, since its cuisine has
improved. Later we learned
the center was having a
great program as well. A
couple from the jazz festival
entertained us. He was a pi-
anist extraordinaire, and she
ly it could make you cry, es-
pecially at the tune “Memo-
ry” from “Cats.” He played
jazz medleys and “Chop-
sticks” as Strauss, Mozart or
Beethoven would have done
it. It was great! They were
Jeff and Anne Barnhart from
Too large for
Why do we need a hu-
mongous convention center
for two or three extra large
gatherings a year? The pic-
ture of the projected “im-
provements” looks awful.
The building is all over the
place, swallowing the street
and the parking place, and
we can’t afford it.
I long for the days when
space now held by the center.
It was also the location for
traveling carnivals to set up.
How long has it been since
there was one of those? It
may be corny but it’s Amer-
icana. And if a sales tax is to
fund it, how popular do you
think that will be?
People in charge never
seem to get over wanting to
make our little hometown
into a metropolis. Haven’t
we had enough?
Laugh Line:
A vulture boards an air-
plane carrying two dead
raccoons. The stewardess
looks at him and says, “I’m
sorry, sir, only one carrion
allowed per passenger.”
Carol Ann (Westphal) Hamilton
Roberta F. Meling
May 8, 1941 — Feb. 14, 2015
Jan. 18, 1923 — Feb. 10, 2015
She was a tireless homemak-
er who kept her home as clean
as could be. Her favorite room
was always the kitchen, where
she would create the most
amazing dishes — and for those
who knew Carol, what came out
of her kitchen was their favor-
ite. Some of her dishes included
homemade granola, sourdough
sweet and sour spareribs, casse-
role for a crowd, not to mention
her famous blueberry cheese-
cake, every kind of pie imagin-
able and cinnamon rolls made
from scratch.
Playing a game of tennis,
taking a brisk walk, playing
dominoes and a chat with a
kindred friend over tea brought
her much joy and satisfaction. A
few of her favorite things were
and ice cream.
She was known by all as a
mother, sister and friend who
always put others before herself,
constantly looking for the good
in all.
She was an avid Bible read-
er, as well as a faithful servant of
her God Jehovah, and regularly
volunteered to teach others the
truths about the Bible. (www.
Carol was the best friend
and loving wife of the late Le-
roy Richard (Rick) Hamilton;
beloved mother of Doug Ham-
ilton, Tina (Hamilton) Sims,
Todd Hamilton, Jana Hamilton
and Paula Hamilton; adored
grandmother “Nana” of Ja-
mie, Uriah, Benjamin, Scott,
Cassidy and Zachary; and dear
great-grandmother “Nana” of
Kloe and Katy.
Carol is also survived by her
siblings, Evelyn Meyer, Bill
Westphal, Sheryl Caldwell, Pam
Westphal and Rick Westphal
knowing the hope she went to
sleep with ... of a resurrection
to life everlasting on a paradise
earth, right along with her late
husband and mother, as well as
so many more loved ones who
have fallen asleep in death.
Carol’s family would like to
express heartfelt love and appre-
ciation for all the helping hands
that reached out to her and her
family, as well as the generous
hearts of all those who loved her
so dearly!
Memorial services will be
held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March
21 (the second day of spring) at
the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s
Witnesses, 2667 Highway 101
North, Seaside.
Those who want to make
a small donation to the Hamil-
ton Memorial Fund can make
checks payable to: Tina Sims
for: Hamilton Memorial Fund
and send to: Columbia Bank,
P.O. Box 1000, Warrenton, OR
Roberta Meling, 92,
died on Tuesday, Feb. 10,
2015, in Dallas, Ore.
Roberta was born
on Jan. 18, 1923, in
Portland, Ore., to Fred
Vanderlaan and Fannie
Noyes Vanderlaan. She
graduated from Franklin
High School in 1941, and
then later from business
During World War II,
she worked for Pruden-
tial Insurance Co., where
she was employed un-
til she married Edmund
Meling on June 1, 1946.
Ed and Roberta moved
to Seaside in 1958, when
he was transferred there
as a bank manager. They
moved several times, as
he managed different
branches, living in Yam-
hill, Carlton and Lincoln
City before returning to
Seaside in 1972. Roberta
worked at various jobs,
but on returning to Sea-
side she worked for Clat-
sop County until both she
and Ed retired in 1983.
Roberta was a mem-
ber of the Seaside United
Methodist Church, and
she was an active mem-
ber and volunteer with the
American Legion Auxil-
iary; Lady Elks; the Red
Cross Blood Drive, where
she volunteered and do-
nated blood; the Miss
Oregon Pageant; Seaside
Museum; and many other
civic organizations. She
and Ed were also avid
bowlers and golfers.
Roberta is survived by
her children, John Mel-
ing and his wife, Myr-
and Paul Meling and his
wife, Laura, of Dallas,
Ore. Also grandchildren,
Dawn Wilen (husband
Nick) of Lincoln City,
Ore., Jeff Meling of Sa-
lem, Ore., Mark Meling
of Dallas, Ore.., Steph-
anie Meling of Spring-
hill, Fla., and Amanda
Meling of Richmond,
Va. Also great-grand-
children Tytus and Tegan
Meling, and Jacob and
Elias Marko, and many
nephews and nieces. She
is preceded in death by
her parents, husband Ed-
mund, and brother Dean
Vanderlaan and his wife,
A memorial service is
being held at Willamette
National Cemetery at
2 p.m. March 6, 2015.
Please arrive 30 minutes
early for an escort to the
Memorial gifts may be
made to the Seaside Unit-
ed Methodist Church.
Elnora Strong Jones ‘Kit’ Mulcahy
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Elnora “Kit” Strong Jones
Mulcahy, 92, passed away in
Lincoln City, Ore., Feb. 12,
2015. Born July 17, 1922 she
grew up in Sultan, Wash. Even
as little girl she loved to draw.
Kit graduated from Art
Center College of Design in
Pasadena, Calif. She met and
married Johnny Jones after
World War II. Her career be-
gan at Boeing in Seattle. Lat-
er in Spokane, she became
Travel was her muse. She
went around the world, en-
joying cruises, Elderhostel
trips and painting tours.
She is survived by two
children, Judi Barkley of
Otis, Ore., and Gary Jones
of Portland; four grand-
daughters, Lisa Egger, Lau-
ra Lehinger, Erin Jones and
Her ashes will be interred
in Sultan, Wash., near her
parents and grandparents.
an advertising graphic artist,
eventually becoming art direc-
tor, winning numerous awards
for her creative achievements.
After owning an ad agency,
she retired to the Oregon coast,
settling in Seaside to pursue
her joy of watercolor paint-
ing. She belonged to Palette
Puddlers, Trail’s End Art As-
sociation and the Oregon Wa-
tercolor Society. She exhibited
her paintings in juried shows
across the Northwest, winning
more awards.
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