Sad news! Adele has been forced to cancel her North American tour due to an ongoing battle with laryngitis. “I’m really frustrated. I was hoping with a weeks rest I’d be better to sing again straight away," she wrote on her website today. "However there is absolutely nothing I can do but take the doctor's advice and rest some more. I’m so sorry." The vocal problems started in May, causing the Brit to cancel five shows in Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Vancouver and Portland, before a doctor ordered her to step off stage for good.

Despite plenty of good tours scheduled for summer, Adele will clearly be missed. Hopefully fans can see her live stateside before her third album, INXS cover and all, is released next year. Until then, drown your sorrows in a live performance from earlier this year and spend hours of listening to 21 on repeat, then debate your friends over which other Brit you should lend your ears to in the meantime: Katy B, Jessie J, or Ellie Goulding. (We'd go with the latter.)



The Columbian (Vancouver, WA) May 23, 2000 | compiled by Columbian staff Eric DeVroeg Camas A memorial service will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Brown's Funeral Home in Camas for Eric DeVroeg, who died in Camas on Saturday, May 20, 2000. He was 31.

An artist and student at Clark College, Mr. DeVroeg was born Sept. 8, 1968, in Orange, Calif. He lived in Camas for the past 21/ 2 years.

Survivors include his mother, Sally Bartlett of Camas; his stepfather, Richard Bartlett of Escondido, Calif.; his father and stepmother, Paul and Nelda DeVroeg of Escondido; three stepbrothers, Craig Brokaw and David Bartlett, both of Escondido, and Rick Bartlett of Aloha; and his grandparents, Minnie Pryor of Hemet, Calif., and Edith DeVroeg of Escondido.

Mr. DeVroeg loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, mountain climbing, photography and art.

Memorial contributions may be made to Vancouver Humane Society, 2323 W. 26th St. Extension, Vancouver, WA 98660.

George M. Eads Vancouver George Marion Eads, pastor for the United Pentecostal Church for 60 years, died in Vancouver on Saturday, May 20, 2000. He was 87.

Mr. Eads was born June 19, 1912, in Spokane. He lived in Salt Lake City for 21 years before moving to Clark County 11/2 years ago.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Phyllis V., at home; one daughter, Beverly J. Davies of Spurger, Texas; one son, George M. of Vancouver; one brother, Ralph Trask of Salem, Ore.; one sister, Zella Anderson of Salem; three grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren.

Mr. Eads enjoyed yard work, the ministry and studying the Bible.

A funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel.

Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Bertha C. Fifield Camas A lifetime Camas resident, Bertha "Bertie" Charlotte Fifield, died Saturday, May 20, in Camas. She was 81.

Ms. Fifield was born Aug. 27, 1918, in Camas.

She was born at home and spent her entire lifetime in the same house.

She enjoyed reading and writing poetry and gardening.

Ms. Fifield was a member of the United Methodist Church in Washougal.

Survivors include her brother, Donald Fifield of Ocean Park, Wash.; and longtime friend and caregiver, Barb Wade of Camas.

A graveside service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Camas Cemetery.

Straub's Funeral Home in Camas is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 3710 S.W. U.S. Veterans Hospital Road, Portland, OR.

Mildred M. Finley Junction City, Ore.

Former Vancouver resident, Mildred M. Finley, 86, died in Junction City on Sunday, May 21, 2000.

Mrs. Finley was born Sept. 14, 1913, in Liberty, Neb., and lived in Vancouver from 1941 until 1999, when she moved to Junction City.

Her husband, John, died in 1992.

Survivors include three daughters, Mary E. Butts of Junction City, D.J. Waller of Vancouver and Carol L. Berger of Kentucky; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great- grandchild.

Mrs. Finley was a charter member of the Genealogy Society of Washington and a member of Ladies of the Moose. She enjoyed reading.

Mrs. Finley was a school teacher in South Dakota.

There will be a private service. Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to charity of donor's choice.

Mary M. Halvorson Vancouver Mary Marie Halvorson, 74, died in Vancouver on Saturday, May 20, 2000.

Mrs. Halvorson was a finalist for the 2000 Outstanding Senior Volunteer Citizen Recognition Award sponsored by the Clark County Council on Aging.

She spent many hours in service as a reading tutor in elementary schools, the Emblem Club and other civic groups and individuals.

Unfortunately she was too ill to attend the recognition program May 17.

Mrs. Halvorson was an office worker at the old Crown Zellerbach paper mill in Camas for 23 years.

Her husband, Henry J. Halvorson Jr., died in 1985, and a son, Henry J. Halvorson III, died in 1982.

She was born Oct. 23, 1925, in La Grande, Ore. Her maiden name was Johnson. go to website escondido humane society

Mrs. Halvorson lived in Camas 55 years before moving to Vancouver three years ago.

Survivors include three daughters, Trish L. Covington and Lucy D. Lee, both of Vancouver, and Susan M. Stevens of Battle Ground; one son, Jeffrey W. of Anchorage, Alaska; one sister, Karen Campbell of Ryderwood, Wash.; one brother, Oscar J. Johnson of Anchorage; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was a member of the Fishers Landing Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Camas Ward; the Emblem Club of Vancouver Elks Lodge 823; Women of the Moose, Camas Lodge 1492; and Camas-Washougal Soroptimist International.

Mrs. Halvorson earned an associate arts degree in music from Clark College and also attended the University of Washington.

She was a volunteer with the grandparents reading program and participated with the Clark County Adult Literacy Program.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Brown's Funeral Home in Camas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the reading programs at Mill Plain or Lacamas Heights elementary schools.

Frank W. Hopkins Snohomish, Wash.

Former Clark County resident, Frank W. Hopkins, died Saturday, May 20, 2000, in Snohomish. He was 96.

Mr. Hopkins was born July 9, 1903, in Grand Forks, N.D. He lived in Clark County for 30 years, moving to Snohomish about five years ago.

As a young man he was a telegraph operator throughout the United States and Cuba. He later worked on the Great Northern Railway and retired from the railroad.

His wife of 59 years, Jessie, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his nephew, Clyde Hook of Cockrane, Alberta, Canada; and nieces, Sherry Westergaard of Monroe, Wash., and Susan Torres of Okatokos, Alberta.

A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Garden of Faith at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Vancouver.

Purdy & Kerr Funeral Home in Monroe, Wash., is in charge of arrangements.

Maxine M. Johnson Vancouver A funeral will begin at noon Thursday at Vancouver Funeral Chapel for Maxine M. Johnson, who died at home Sunday, May 21, 2000. She was 74. go to site escondido humane society

Mrs. Johnson was a bookkeeper for the family-owned grocery store, T-P Food Market, for 38 years.

She is survived by her husband, Gene, at home; two daughters, Cheryl Rash of Houston and S. Kay Clow of Vancouver; two sons, Greg and James, both of Vancouver; two sisters, Marian Beach of Eugene, Ore., and Vera Power of Burlington, Wash.; one brother, James Fuhrman of Goldendale, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren.

Mrs. Johnson was born May 27, 1925, in Goldendale.

She lived in Clark County for 56 years.

A foster parent to 12 children, Mrs. Johnson was also a volunteer in nursing homes and was named Nursing Home Volunteer of the Year in 1985.

She was involved with family activities and children's groups.

Burial will be in Willamette National Cemetery.

The casket will be open at the funeral home after the service.

Memorial conributions may be made to the Washington Elks In-Home Pediatric Therapy Program, P.O. Box 110760, Tacoma, WA 98411-0760.

Dorothy Jones Vancouver A homemaker and resident of Vancouver since 1972, Dorothy "Dot" Jones, died of cancer at home Saturday, May 20, 2000. She was 81.

Mrs. Jones had spent many hours tutoring children at Peter S. Ogden and Marshall elementary schools.

She was a member of First Congregational Church and the YWCA Proto Club, both in Portland.

Mrs. Jones was born Feb. 5, 1919, in Portland. Her maiden name was McMahon.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, E.R. Jones, at home; one daughter, Cherie Staehely of Vancouver; one son, Rick Jones of Vancouver; one sister, Margaret Crowe of Portland; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

There will be a private family service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Southwest, P.O. Box 1600, Vancouver, WA 98668.

Phillip Kowcum Vancouver A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Oakhurst Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Phillip Kowcum, who died in a local care facility Sunday, May 21, 2000.

He was 87.

Mr. Kowcum was born June 28, 1912, in Minnesota and raised in Montana.

He worked as a heavy equipment operator and was a member of the Operating Engineers Union, Local 701, for more than 50 years.

He worked on Hungry Horse and Fort Peck dams and in the Vancouver shipyards during World War II.

He loved to dance, bowl and watch baseball.

At one time he was very involved in activities at Luepke Senior Center.

Survivors include his wife, Mickey, at home; two daughters, Phillis Stephens and Sharon Shell, both of Vancouver; three stepdaughters, Louise Bush and Vicki Thurgood, both of West Richland, Wash., and Linda Sillito of Benton City, Wash.; two stepsons, John McDowell of McMinnville, Ore., and Stephen McDowell of Copalis Beach, Wash.; one sister, Amelia Miller of Albuquerque, N.M.; one brother, Peter Kowcum of Portland; 23 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

His body was cremated and inurnment will be in Washougal Memorial Cemetery. Straub's Funeral Home in Camas is in charge of arrangements.

Robert G. Kunkel Vancouver A memorial service will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday at East Vancouver United Methodist Church for Robert G. Kunkel, who died in Vancouver on Sunday, May 21, 2000. He was 55.

Born June 24, 1944, in San Rafael, Calif., Mr. Kunkel lived in Clark County 28 years.

He worked at Frito-Lay for 34 years, retiring in 1997.

Survivors include his wife, Connie, at home; two sons, Kirt of Vancouver and Keven of Camas; one brother, Rory of Lynnwood, Wash.; one sister, Marsha Erickson of Seattle; and three grandchildren.

Mr. Kunkel was a trustee and longtime Sunday School teacher at East Vancouver United Methodist Church.

Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church, 5701 MacArthur Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98661; or the National Kidney Foundation of Oregon and Southwest Washington, 4370 N.E. Halsey, Suite 240, Portland, OR 97213-1566.

Linda M. Lawrence Vancouver A 1988 Prairie High School graduate, Linda M. Lawrence, 30, died in Vancouver Sunday, May 21, 2000.

Miss Lawrence attended Western Business College fashion school and was working at Salmon Creek Safeway store as a courtesy clerk.

She enjoyed art, sculpturing, cooking and sewing.

Miss Lawrence was born Nov. 5, 1969, in Vancouver and lived in Clark County all her life.

Survivors include her mother, Marian Lawrence of Vancouver; and one sister, Nancy Ann Lawrence of Vancouver.

A funeral will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to charity of donor's choice.

compiled by Columbian staff