ASTORIA - Chinook resident Rosella May Cartwright, 85, died Dec. 17, 2006 in Astoria, Ore. She was born in Colfax on Feb. 22, 1920, to John E Swift and Eva (Reed) Swift.
She was a member of the Daughters of the Pioneers as her grandfather, Silas Swift, traveled by wagon train to the Willamette Valley and then on to Colfax.
On Feb. 10, 1937, she married Clifford John Cartwright of Renton, and they enjoyed 51 years of marriage. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, was very active in St. Frances of Assist Catholic Church of Seahurst near Seattle. She was a great supporter of all youth activities and events.
Mrs. Cartwright worked for Pacific Northwest Bell in Seattle as a telephone operator for 27 years before she and her husband retired to Chinook in the early 1970s. They then became active members of the Surfside Golf Course until his death.
Her husband, Clifford John, her son, Clifford John Jr., her daughter, Minnie Frances "Suzy" Carmel and her brother, Wilbur Swift, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sisters, Eleanor Ogdon of Seattle, Veria Kindle of Renton and Doris Van Sickle of Marysville; her son, James F Cartwright and his wife, Julie of Mount Angel, Ore., and her daughter Rosella Andrews of Chinook; grandchildren, Jim Cartwright, Debbie Neff, Linda Raaymakers, Dave Cartwright, Joe Cartwright, Julie Chrismer, Jeff Andrews, Laurie Roberts, Cathy Cartwright, Gary Cartwright, Carol Echart, Brian Cartwright, Steven Carmel, Donnie Carmel and Rickie Carmel; 29 great-grand children, Brett, Olivia, Adam, Theo, Mary Kate, Megan, Sarah, Taylor, Madeleine, Michelle, Cliffy, Jake, Mathew, Elyse, Kara Rose, Kelsey, Jordan, Nathan, Christopher, Nicholas, Buddy, Kennedy Rose, Abby Louise, Gregory, Rick, Amber, Bailey, Cameron, Cody; and six great great-grandchildren, Amiah, Jordyn, Caide, Trinity, Alexander, and Brendon.
A celebration of her life will be held around her birthday in February for family and friends.
Arrangements are by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.