Memorial Page


If you have information about any of the ENCORE members for whom I do not have dates please email the webmaster . If someone should be listed here please send that information also.

Charles Blight, 1942 – May 2017 Chuck was a regular at Science Exchange for several years and had a prodigious knowledge of the scientific world as well as a great intellect. He co-led the class during several terms. Chuck lived in Ocean Park.

Linda Brooks, 1943 – 2015 “Throughout the years [Linda] had many roles including care giving, tutoring at Clatsop Community College, running her own home day care, foster parenting, as well as providing adult foster care. One of the highlights of her life was her time spent as a radio DJ at KSWB, where she was known as ‘Kelley Green Eyes.’ . . [Linda] will be remembered as a very happy, carefree spirit who brought a positive light with her wherever she was. She truly was a ‘glass half-full person.'” Daily Astorian, 12/7/2015.

Ed Morgan, xxx – 2016 Ed and Deb Morgan have been regulars at Lunch Bunch and have only been in Astoria for about a year. More will be posted here when it is available.

Joan Ryan, 1926 – 2015 “After retirement, [Joan] traveled the world extensively, and she was an avid quilter, master gardener and volunteer.” Daily Astorian, 8/7/2015.

Reta Leithner Sabey, 1942 – 2017 Reta was an ENCORE member for many years. In ENCORE she was best known for organizing the Lunch Bunch every month. “Reta loved the people of Seaside, and was dedicated to many organizations. She was actively involved with the Association of Realtors, Eastern Star, and ENCORE. She helped provide scholarships with the ENCORE group at Clatsop Community College, and was a fierce competitor playing pinochle.” Daily Astorian, 4/21/2017

Dorothy Scott, 1923 – 2016 “Dorothy served as a Girl Scout leader and a 4-H Club leader. She was a member of the Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Warrenton, Oregon. Among her special interests she enjoyed quilting, sewing, baking, gardening and traveling. Dorothy also enjoyed playing bridge, and was a member of a local bridge club.” Daily Astorian, 4/26/2016. Dorothy and her husband “Scotty” moved to Astoria in 1948. From Kathleen Hudson: “Dorothy was our first President! She helped get ENCORE where it is today.”

Marilyn Simantel, 1939 – 2017 “Marilyn was an active member of ENCORE until her health prevented her attending events. Her husband Marcus and she were both well-known in ENCORE circles.” from Kit Ketcham.
“She was known for her love of music and was an accomplished pianist and vocalist, doing solo work and singing in numerous groups that varied from Sweet Adelines to the Oregon Chorale, which toured Europe twice. . . Marilyn volunteered extensively, and felt strongly about the importance of her work with CASA and the Dougy Center in Portland, Oregon.” Daily Astoran, June 26, 2017

Eileen Thompson, 1933 – 2015 “Eileen loved Astoria and involved herself with many local organizations that were important to her. She was involved with the Regatta Association, the Uniontown Association, volunteered as a CASA advocate, acted as the chaperone for the Junior and Senior Scandinavian Courts for different years, was a Liberty Theater docent, participated in Astor Street Opry plays, participated as a Cruise Ship Host, was a 50-year member of Beta Sigma Phi, and was a proud member of the United Finnish Kaleva Brotherhood and Sisterhood (Suomi Hall).” Daily Astorian, 1/28/2015.

Meg Weaver, ?? – 2015 “Meg was a longtime ENCORE member, webmaster, officer, and Science Exchange facilitator. Meg was a brilliant, interesting, funny, and very private woman; she will be sadly missed.” from Kit Ketcham

Phyllis Williams, 1940 – 2015 “[Phyllis] was active in the SMART program, reading to children at Warrenton Grade School. She enjoyed meeting her friends for coffee, visiting, having lunches and volunteering at the Warrenton Senior Center. She was a member of ENCORE, and enjoyed attending classes and field trips. She also enjoyed music concerts and going to North Coast Ukulele Strummers performances.” Daily Astorian, 3/20/2015.

Walt Wollenbecker, 1935 – 2015 “Walt [was] an active member of the [Astoria] community, serving on the PTA and finances board for St. Mary, Star of the Sea School, the Clatsop Care Board, and did end-of-the-month bookkeeping for St. Mary’s Church. . . . Walt Prepared low- to no-cost returns for people in need of assistance. He was a devout Catholic who served as lector and Eucharistic minister.” Daily Astorian, 1/30/2015.

Melissa Yowell, 1939 – 2015 “[Melissa] was active in the historic preservation of Astoria, including the Liberty Theater and the Lower Columbia Preservation Society. . . She enjoyed taking ENCORE classes and was an enthusiastic, accomplished and competitive bridge player.” Daily Astorian 1/29/2015. Melissa was a former President of ENCORE.

A poem and words written for the Poetry Group as a Memorium for Melissa Yowell:

      • Some say when you die it is because it was your time to go or everything happens for a reason. And perhaps believing in fate brings some comfort.


But when two lives collide in a certain year, month, day, and moment, who knows how many decisions and indecisions over how many years brought them to this intersection.

I don’t believe that every step of that journey was programmed and that it was her time to go. She still had poets to discover and share. And we could still have profited from her perspective.

But life does not give us choices in all things and so we will honor her by researching the poet as well as the poetry and give each our respectful attention.

by Nellie E. Hutchison; published in the ENCORE Newsletter Spring 2015