Arlene Edwards

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Arlene Edwards, 37, and her daughter Jolene Edwards, 19, left their Portland, Oregon, home on the morning of May 18 and wound Arlene’s Dodge pickup up logging roads to a viewpoint south of Elk Rock, 10 miles northwest of the mountain. Arlene was a freelance photographer; Jolene was a waitress engaged to her high school sweetheart. They scrambled up to the 3,800-foot summit with their dogs and were taking photographs when the mountain erupted. The blast blew Arlene from the summit onto a hemlock tree below; she died from chest injuries sustained in the impact. Jolene died of ash asphyxiation after she was blown into some trees near her mother’s four-wheel drive.