Valda "Billie" Rose DeBlois SOUTH BEND - Valda "Billie" Rose DeBlois, 63, died Oct. 13, 2002 in South Bend. The daughter of Charles and Valda (Edwards) Hess, she was born March 30, 1939 in Astoria.

Mrs. DeBlois attended Clatsop Community College. Prior to moving to South Bend, she lived for many years in Mulino where she and her husband, William, raised eight children.

Mrs. DeBlois worked as a waitress and cook at various area restaurants including the Airport Cafe (which she owned and operated from 1976 to 1979), Andrew and Stevens, Seven Acres in Canby, Ore., the Little Gem Restaurant and others.

In addition to being a housewife, she enjoyed playing bingo, quilting, sewing, canning and reading. She loved her chickens - she had about 60. She also loved being a grandmother, and traveling with her husband.

Survivors include her husband, William; sons Roland Salsberry, Oregon City, Ore., William DeBlois, Molalla, Ore., Randall Sheeder, Long Beach, Michael DeBlois, South Bend; daughters Cyndie Hobert, Molalla, Ore., and Milissa Beatty, South Bend; sisters Colleen Hippensteel and Ruth Huckaby, Astoria, Betty Jo Davis, Seattle, Nancy Hess, Grayland, and Aggie Stocker, Warrenton; 14 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son Richard Salsberry in Aug. 1999, and a sister Mary Jane Hall.

The funeral service will be held Friday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m. at Hughes-Ransom Mortuary in Astoria. Committal to follow at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 380 SE Spokane Street #110, Portland, Ore. 97202.

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