Edna L. Roshone, 14, schoolgirl, saved John L., Tawna D., Jonnell M., and Eugene A. Sanchez, 4, 3, 5, and 6, respectively, from suffocation, Salem, Oregon, December 5, 1964. At night fire broke out in the kitchen of a frame dwelling where Miss Roshone and another 14-old girl were overnight guests. Awakened by the smoke, Miss Roshone roused the girl and the children’s mother, whose youngest child slept in a crib in the same bedroom. Miss Roshone then went to get the other children from their bedroom. She ran through the living room, singeing her hair as she passed near flames issuing through the kitchen door. Smoke was so dense that she had to stoop in order to breathe. In the children’s room she removed John, Tawna, and their 2 year-old brother from one bed and pushed them ahead of her as she moved to another bed, from which she removed Jonnell and Eugene. Miss Roshone then guided the children to the front door and out of the dwelling. Discovering that the youngest boy was missing, Miss Roshone ran back to the front door but found that the flames were spreading rapidly in the living room. She took the four children to the home of a neighbor, who summoned firemen. They entered the burning, dwelling and removed the girl and the baby, both of whom had died of suffocation. The mother and the youngest boy were found unconscious, but they were revived.
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Edna Leaone Harvey, 55, of The Dalles, Ore., died at her home on April 26, 2006, after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Ilwaco, Wash, on Nov. 28, 1950, the oldest of three children of Elmer Edward and Donna Belle (Moore) Roshone.
Harvey grew up in Salem, Ore., surrounded by her family. Her curiosity often led her and her brothers and cousins on day-long adventures. She received the Carnegie Medal, the Willamette Chapter of the American Red Cross Bravery award, and the Salem Professional Firefighters Council award for extreme bravery at age 14 for some children and an adult from a burning home where she was babysitting.
She married William Ray Harvey on May 8, 1970, and together they raised three children; Cherie, Michelle and Michael. During the 1970s, they moved from Oregon and lived in Central City, Neb., Topsfield, Mass., and Winchendon, Mass., finally settling in The Dalles in 1979.
Harvey had worked with handicapped and special needs children and adults, beginning in 1980. She worked for the Education Service District as a special-education teacher at Petersburg and Chenowith Elementary schools and as a community support specialist at the Columbia Gorge Center in The Dalles.
She was a council member of the Native American Breast Cancer Awareness Program; a founding member of The Dalles Area Relay for Life event, and a Fred Meyer Relay Team member; a Red Hat Society member; Eagles member and Ladies Auxiliary member. She enjoyed traveling the globe and making new friends wherever she went.
Harvey was survived by her husband of 35 years, Bill Ray Harvey; her children and their families, Cherie (Harvey) Coiner and her husband Mike; Michelle Harvey, Rolan Miller and Michael Harvey; her grandchildren, Derek Coiner, Bethanie Miller, Zackary Coiner, Samantha Coiner and Katie Jo Petroff; her parents, Elmer and Donna Roshone; and her brother, Elmer Roshone, Jr. and his wife Carol.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Warren D. Roshone; her nephew, Edward J. Roshone, and her niece, Jami S. Lyon.
(Edited from an obituary published in The Dalles Chronicle, April 28, 2006.)