NASELLE - Naselle resident Lucy Jean Leikas, 83, died July 22, 2003 in Astoria. One of nine children born to John and Lucy (Loop) Crippen, she was born April 19, 1920 in Rickreall, Ore. She grew up on the family farms in rural Polk County and graduated from Monmouth High School.
While she was living in Portland and working in a dry-cleaning plant, she met Walt Leikas who was driving a taxi. They were married in 1948 in Vancouver and moved to Deep River, near his hometown of Naselle. Mrs. Leikas settled in as a wife and homemaker and he logged and became a partner in Valley 8 Logging. In 1957 they built their home on Salmon Creek east of Naselle. Mr. Leikas died in 1998.
While living in Deep River, Mrs. Leikas drove one of the few cars in the area, and she was the mode of transport for her friends and neighbors. She worked in local canneries and as a census surveyor got to know all the nooks and crannies in the area. She was a member of a local sewing club where she made many friends.
Though Mr. and Mrs. Leikas never had children, their home was the focus of many family vacations for their nieces and nephews. Fishing, craw-fishing, berry picking, clamming and picnics were a summer ritual. She loved children and always considered family first. She also enjoyed sewing, flower gardening, growing orchids, dogs and cats and a good joke. Her family will remember her hearty laugh and her love of traveling with her husband in their Airstream trailer, making many trips to Alaska, Arizona and points in between.
Mrs. Leikas is survived by a brother Dale Crippen of Salem, Ore., sister Barbara Smith of Portland, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life was held on Sunday, July 27 at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach. Private burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Park in McMinnville, Ore. Memorials may be made to either the South Pacific County Humane Society or the Naselle Fire and Ambulance Fund in care of Penttila's Chapel, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.