1926 – 2019

Mary Willene Scheer, age 92, passed away on January 5, 2019, at Waverly Place Assisted Living in Albany, Oregon.

She was born in Clayton, New Mexico, to William and Altha Luellen. Soon after, the family moved to Arkansas for a few years, then back to New Mexico, until the dust bowl situation sent them to California.

In 1937, the family moved to Oregon. Mary graduated with the Roseburg High School class of 1944. Soon after she married Dale Ellis, who had returned home from military duty in Iceland. They raised three daughters and were later divorced.

Mary moved from Roseburg to Albany, and met and married Louis Scheer in 1972. He preceded her in death in 1993.

Mary is survived by daughters Carol Stewart (Bob, deceased), Becky Darling (Chuck), both of Albany, Cindy Guido (Patrick) and honorary 4th daughter, Barb Bathrick-Yee, both of Roseburg. She also leaves a grandson, Tony Guido; a granddaughter, Brandi Tucker; and three great-granddaughters, Larea Guido, Rylie and Keatyn Tucker.

Preceding her in death were brothers Alvin, Cecil and Marvin Luellen; and her one sister, Melba Lee Hodges. Gaylord Houghton, her beloved companion for 20 years passed away in 2016.

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Sandra (Sandy) Lee Smith, age 78, of Days Creek, OR, passed away peacefully in her home on January 3rd, 2019. Sandra was born May 27, 1940, to Loyd and Thelma (McPeek) Fairfield in Canyonville, Oregon. Sandra moved to Days Creek in 1951. She graduated from Days Creek School in 1958, and married William (Billy) Ray Smith on June 15th, 1958. They were happily married for 60 years and lived in the Days Creek, Tiller, and Milo, Oregon area for most of that time. Sandra was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Sandra is survived by her husband of 60 years, William (Billy) Smith; three children, Tom (and Dianna) Smith, Tim (and Wendy) Smith, Suzanne (and Kenji) Wheatley; two sisters, Patricia Ulrich and Jean Charleyboy; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was proceeded in death by her parents and a great-grandchild.

There will be a celebration of life at the Days Creek School on January 19, 2019, starting at 11 a.m. Please bring a potluck dish to share.

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