Obituaries for Jan. 24, 2019

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Carolyn Irene Pillette
October 27, 1963 ~ December 12, 2018

Carolyn Irene Pillette — A much loved daughter, sister, aunt, partner, and friend — passed away peacefully on December 12, 2018, at the age of 55. She had bravely confronted and fought cancer and now rests pain free with her dad and mom, Jim and Dorothy.

Carolyn was born on October 27, 1963, in Spokane, Washington, and resided in Ketchikan, Alaska, with her partner, Colleen Coggins, for the past 12 years. She graduated from Camas High School in 1982 and subsequently earned her certification in Phlebotomy.

Carolyn was a born nurturer which started during high school as her being a lifeguard at the Camas Community Pool, then as a full-time nanny in Trenton, New Jersey, for two doctors and their two children, she then was a certified phlebotomist at The Vancouver Clinic, and eventually caregiver for her mother who sadly passed away from her battle with COPD.

Carolyn loved to laugh, have fun and make people smile. She had a light-filled, wonderful soul and it showed through her daily endeavors. She is terribly missed.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 26, at The Salud Event Center from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (224 NE 3rd Avenue, in Camas).

Please come and visit with family, friends, and share stories.

Mary Josephine (McNett) Mason
April 3, 1933 ~ January 14, 2019

Mary found her eternal rest, the youngest of eight siblings, to be joined again with all her nuclear family in the arms of the Lord.

She was born in Circle, Montana, to Lon Francis and Theresa (Tress) McNett. Soon afterward, during the height of the Great Depression, the family traveled west, eventually homesteading in Fern Prairie. She enjoyed family and friends as she lived in the Camas-Washougal area all the years of her long and loving life.

Mary Jo graduated from the Providence Academy in Vancouver, Washington, in 1951. Shortly afterward, she found William (Bill) Dennis Mason, the love of her life, and they married September 8, 1951. They were together for 55 years until Bill’s passing in 2006.

Mother Mary was a homemaker throughout her life, nurturing her four children, Susie, Billy Jr., Sandy (Jeff) and Eddy (Shari), along with her 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. As a licensed foster parent she brought other children into her modest home as her children grew.

A member of St. Thomas Aquinas in Camas from 1937, Mary was also active in the St. Thomas Women’s Guild as well as the Catholic Daughters of America. She dearly loved her extended church family and all her time spent there.

Mom loved to dance. She was active in team sports including bowling, softball, basketball, as well as the drum and bugle corps in her younger years. Upon his retirement, she enjoyed her time with Bill as snowbirds, along with many fishing trips to County Line.

Mary is survived by her four children and all grand- and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Camas, Washington. The Rosary will be at 11:00 AM, Mass will be at 12:00 noon, with the reception following in the church basement. Interment will take place at the Camas Cemetery at 2:30 PM. Funeral arrangements were provided by Straub’s Funeral Home.

In Lieu of flowers, please make any donations to: St. Thomas Youth Group-Faith Formation. Special thanks to PeaceHealth Hospice and Camas Hills Adult Care.

Read the following complete obituaries in the Jan. 24 print edition of the Post-Record.

Norman E. Clatterbuck Jr.

Norman “Norm” Eugene Clatterbuck Jr., died Jan. 15, 2019. He was 81.

Norm’s celebration of life service, to be followed by a reception, will be held at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Evergreen Funeral Chapel, 1101 N.E. 112th Ave., Vancouver.

Straub’s Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

Ethel J. Hauser

Ethel Joy Hauser died Dec. 6, 2018, in Woodland, Washington. She was 87.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, at Hockinson Community Church, 15918 N.E. 182nd Ave., Brush Prairie. Inurnment to follow at a later date at Camas Cemetery.

Lewis ‘Lew’ J. Carlson

Lewis “Lew” John Carlson died Jan. 15, 2019, at the Quarry Assisted Living facility in Vancouver. He was 94.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Camas United Methodist Church, 706 N.E. 14th Ave., Camas. In lieu of flowers, Lew would have appreciated donations be made to the Friends and Foundation of the Camas Library, Friends of Hospice Southwest Washington or the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter.

To send condolences or sign the online guestbook, visit

Ben L. Franklin

Ben L. Franklin died Jan. 18, 2019, after a hard-fought battle against cancer. He was 75.

There will be a private interment at Fern Prairie Cemetery, 25700 N.E. Robinson Road, Camas. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at Church at Proebstel, 18702 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver.

Memorials may be made to the Children’s Shelter of Cebu, P.O. Box 247, Cambridge, MN 55008. Arrangements are entrusted to Brown’s Funeral Home. To sign the guestbook, visit

Wilbert ‘Wil’ Pfeifer

Wilbert “Wil” Pfeifer died Jan. 18, 2019. He was 81.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, at Straub’s Funeral Home, 325 N.E. Third Ave., Camas, followed by burial at Fern Prairie Cemetery, 25700 N.E. Robinson Road, Camas. A celebration of life will be held at Grace Foursquare Church, 717 S.E. Everett St., Camas, after the burial.

Emma Naffin

Emma Naffin died Jan. 22, 2019. She was 93. Emma was born Jan. 4, 1926.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 28, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 716 Washougal River Road, in Washougal.

A complete obituary will be published in a future edition of The Post-Record. Straub’s Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation in Camas is in charge of the arrangements.

Heather R. (Danback) Parsons

Heather Rhiannon (Danback) Parsons died Dec. 23, 2018. She was 41.

A memorial will be held at a later date.

Brenda K. Polson

Brenda Kaye Polson died Jan. 18, 2019, in her home. She was 76.

Services will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Brown’s Funeral Home. To sign the online guestbook, visit

Read the complete obituaries in the Jan. 24 print edition of the Post-Record.