Obituaries & Tributes

Alva Gagner

Deceased: March 11, 2023

Alva Gagner of Cottage Grove, Ore. passed away Saturday, March 11, 2023, at the age of 85, surrounded by her family. Alva was born in The Dalles, Ore. to Roy and Vivian (Martin) Nichols. She had six siblings, Melvin Nichols, Janet Beck, Clare Knutson, Percy Nichols, Robert Nichols, and Susan Nichols. 

She married Clyde Gagner in 1967 and lived in Cottage Grove for 60 years. She was a member of the Cottage Grove Kingdom Hall, and a faithful Jehovah’s witness. 

She was a homemaker, loved family picnics, reading Louis L’Amour, watching old western movies, sewing, baking, enjoyed flowers, gardening, and loved camping, hunting with her boys, listening to country music, especially Johnny Cash as well as the king of rock ’n’ roll, Elvis. 

Alva is survived by her children: Aaron and Kathy Gagner, Ivan and Gioia Gagner of Cottage Grove, Terri Nichols, Michael and Marilyn Nichols of Salem, Lucinda and Wesley Brooks of Gilbert, Ariz., Melody and Scott Delorme of Eugene, Vivian Gagner of Cottage Grove, Tommy Gagner of Salem, Roy Lewis and Brittney Gagner of Rosburg, 21 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Clyde and son Nolan Nichols. A funeral service was held March 18. Arrangements by Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel and Crematorium. 



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