Looking Good!


leanna-hairWe’re looking and feeling good, thanks to Leanna McDowell, our new on-site hairdresser.

Leanna offers cuts, curls, style & color for men and women — and serves residents, staff, and the community-at-large.

Her skill and enthusiasm is matched with warmth and kindness.

“I believe I’m here to help people find love and beauty in their reflection,” she says. “We put a lot of energy into protecting children but in our culture we don’t always put so much care and love into our elderly,”

Born in Portland, Leanna has lived all over the U.S. and now makes her home in Dufur. She is an instructor at Gorge Academy of Beauty in The Dalles and has a passion for color.

“I’m a hair artist, a colorist, a chemist,” she says. “I can turn the hair every color of the rainbow.”

Leanna is typically available Mondays and Tuesdays. To make an appointment, place your name on the reservation form located outside the Salon, located on the first floor, across from the Activity Room.

Leanna joined Columbia Basin last fall and has found a second home among new friends. “I’ve  been so embraced by everyone here, the residents, and nurses, and all of the staff!” she says.


Like Family



Our hearts are heavy with the passing of George Little, a lively man who brought us love and light.

At this sad time we are heartened to know that he loved us too!  The Little Family penned a tribute that mirrored the man — fun-loving and thankful — and thoughtfully included us in the rememberance, too:

George D. Little, Jr., of The Dalles, Ore., passed away on Jan. 7, 2018. He was 90 years young.

George was born July 31, 1927, to George and Eleanor Little in Spokane, Wash. He spent the largest portion of his life in The Dalles, surrounded by many aunts, uncles and cousins, many of whom he remained close to.

George married Frances Guth, (who survives him) and together they had three children, Betsy Clow (Tom), Kathy Hayden (Wayne) and John Little. He enjoyed his grandchildren Steve, (Tiffany) Clow, Shannon (Mike) Salts, Tracy Clow, David and Bradley Little. He always had an enormous smile when he saw his great grandchildren, Annabelle and Elena Clow and Norah Salts.

George and Frances ran Jenny’s Discount Furniture in The Dalles for almost 18 years, and were active in Little League, American Legion and all the sports that David and Bradley participated in. He never missed a practice or a game. He also was a member of the Masons.

Also missing him, are the staff and residents of Columbia Basin. They were his family, too! He spent the last day of his life telling everyone how much he loved them. They loved him and are grieving with us all!

Like he said “Until next time!” We are counting on that!


Celebrating 101!


jean-chronicleColumbia Basin Care staff are seeing more and more residents celebrating birthdays over 100 — they currently have a resident aged 103 and last year one who was 105. Another resident, Jean Greene, turned 101 last week.

Greene, who friends say has always been no-nonsense in everything she does, was not feeling up to the decorative birthday crown, button and sash she was given the day of her party in the activities room; so her friend Bonnie Biddix wore them instead.

“I always talk her out of her moods,” Biddix said, “she’s not a fan of being cheerful except when you talk to her and get her laughing, then she forgets and gets goofy,” she said. “I act like a goose so she can’t mope.”

Lorna Jean Greene was born on Jan. 4, 1917, and spent her life in The Dalles. Her friend Florence Lulow recalls Greene telling stories about her family raising a garden, canning, and being pulled around the yard in a goat-drawn cart her father made.

Greene worked as a secretary at Tenneson Engineering for most of her life and had a “mind like a steel trap” for numbers, friends say. “She’s still a secretary,” Lulow said, commenting on Greene’s tidiness and businesslike attitude.

Greene was 28 when she married her husband, who was a soldier in World War II, friends said.

“He was quiet and she was quiet and they could have been happy like that until perpetuity,” Biddix said, “but he got an itch for someone else.”

They separated but when her husband got sick and went to Columbia Basin, “she took pity on him,” Biddix said.

Greene visited her husband at Columbia Basin every day for the 10 years he was a resident before his death. Greene herself has been a resident at Columbia Basin since 2011.

Friend and fellow resident Yvonne Hartung appreciates Greene for her sense of style and wardrobe, recalling a time when the two would exchange clothes.

“She has the classiest clothes ever,” Hartung said. Greene prides herself on her polished wardrobe and hair, even at her age as she suffers from dementia and physical problems that cause her pain.

Greene is an avid reader, friends say, recalling Greene sitting outside on nice days with the thickest book she could find.

Greene was never one for small talk or idle chatter, friends say, but she is appreciating both more as she’s getting older.

There were no children in Greene’s family and she is left without any surviving relatives; but she is frequently visited by Biddix and Lulow and connects well with the residents and staff at Columbia Basin.

“She is a kind hearted and loving person,” Lulow said.

— by Emily Fitzgerald
Reprinted from The Dalles Chronicle

A Season of Joy!


georgann-snowglobegroup-merry-1snowglobes-laurasanta-and-sarahjeannine-and-norm-accordionFa la la la la, fun for all!

coloring-groupFrom Thanksgiving to New Year, together
we celebrated the days with joy and cheer.

We decked the halls, dressed up,
played games, sang songs,
saw night lights, greeted Santa,
opened gifts, snacked on sweets,
feasted on treats, visited with friends
& laughed with family,

all while looking back
with fondness and

looking ahead
with hope.