Obituaries for Feb. 23, 2017

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Doris Rebecca Leith
May 12, 1924 ~ February 12, 2017

Doris Rebecca Leith passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at the age of 92 years. Left to celebrate her life are her children, Dayle (Chuck) Neale, David (Joy) Leith, Karen (Bill) Nelson, and Julie Sardinha; 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Doris was predeceased by her husband Jim (2014) and son-in-law Joe (2013).

Doris was born on May 12, 1924, in Matsqui, British Columbia, to parents, Frank and Gladys Beharrell, and grew up on their dairy farm. In 1943, while riding the MacDonald bus to work each morning in Vancouver, Doris caught the eye of a handsome young UBC engineer named Jim Leith. Doris and Jim were married on September 15, 1945. Together they raised 4 children and moved 13 times before settling in their home on Giant’s Head Road in Summerland, British Columbia, in 1995.

Doris enjoyed many hobbies and was a skilled card player, gardener, seamstress and cook, but her greatest joy was found in her family.

Always best together, Doris and Jim began the final phase of their lives together in late 2008, when they both entered 24 hour residential care. In early March 2009, Doris and Jim moved into Summerland Senior’s Village where, for the last eight years, they have received kind and gentle care from people who have become like family to those of us who loved them. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the staff at Summerland Senior’s Village. Your care made a difference.

Doris’ family and friends will gather in the summer to celebrate her life.

I have loved.

I have been loved.

The sun has caressed my face.

Life, you owe nothing.

Life, we are at peace.

Condolences may be directed to the family through, 250-494-7752.

Read the complete obituaries in the Thursday, Feb. 23, print edition of the Post-Record.

Marian O. (Huddleston) Smolarek

Marian Opal (Huddleston) Smolarek, of Camas, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. She was 84.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m., at Straub’s Funeral Home, with a Celebration of Life to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Marian’s name to The Arc of Clark County,

Funeral arrangements are provided by Straub’s Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign the online guestbook, please visit

Scott R. Nielson

Scott Russell Nielson, of Vancouver, Washington, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, from complications of a brain tumor. He was 46.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m. at the Stevenson Ward Building, 650 Northwest Gropper Rd., Stevenson.

The family would like to put together a remembrance book for Scott’s children. Please email any stories or experiences to

Straub’s Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation in Camas is in charge of the arrangements. To send condolences or to sign the online guestbook please visit

Charleen R. Tackett

Charleen Raye Tackett died on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Vancouver. She was 56.

Charleen was a lifetime Washougal resident and a Washougal High School graduate. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Camas and LaCamas Chapter #152 of Order of Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her father, Cecil Tackett.

Charleen is survived by her mother, Joanne of Washougal; twin sister, Darleen Head of Vancouver; sister, Michelle West of Washougal; brothers, John Tackett and Dwayne Tackett, both of Washougal.

Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 1 p.m., at North Bank Masonic Temple in Washougal.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Children Hospital.

Brown’s Funeral Home and Cremation Services was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, visit

Bernice B. Andrews

Bernice Betty Andrews died on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in Vancouver, Washington. She was 100.

A graveside service was held Jan. 27, at Washougal Memorial Cemetery.

Brown’s Funeral Home & Cremation Services was in charge of arrangements. To send condolences, go to

Randal S. Dearborn

Randal S. Dearborn, of Camas, died on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. He was 63.

He was born June 29, 1954. Services are pending at this time. Straub’s Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation, in Camas, is in charge of the arrangements.

Read the complete obituaries in the Thursday, Feb. 23, print edition of the Post-Record.