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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for April 18, 2011


Obituaries for April 18, 2011

Betty Griswold

Betty Almeda Griswold, 82, died Nov. 30, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Care Center after a four-year battle with cancer.

Her memorial service will be Thursday, April 21 at 2 p.m. at Gray’s West and Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. A dinner will follow at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. At Betty’s request she was to be cremated and her urn buried next to her husband in the cemetery at Union. The burial will take place on Friday, April 22 at 10 a.m.

Betty Almeda Ballance was born April 21, 1928, at Leon, Butler, Kansas. She was the fifth of six children born to her parents, John Wesley and Elsie Mary (Wagner) Ballance. A few years after her parents’ divorce, she and her siblings moved to Nevada where she lived with her mother and stepfather in 1936. Because of the Great Depression, work was hard to find, so the family became migrant farm workers and would move wherever they could find work in the fields. Betty and her sisters formed a band and played at local dances singing the old time country songs. She never lost her great love of country music and songs. She continued to play guitar for many years afterwards.

On Aug. 2, 1951, Betty met her rodeo cowboy, named Roland (Ron) Griswold at the Caldwell, Idaho, night rodeo. The next day he came into the restaurant where she worked, announced he had fallen for her and would come back soon from Winnemucca, Nev., for her.  He did, and on Sept. 12, 1951, they married in Boise.

Betty and Roland raised two daughters, Retha and Ronda. Betty and Roland remained married until his death in Union in December 1970. She held jobs as a migrant farm worker, sugar beet factory worker, waitress, fry cook, mill worker and truck driver.

One of Betty’s proudest moments was on Aug. 28, 1973, when she received her GED, because as a child growing up in the Great Depression, school was put on hold. She often talked about her third grade education and how much she learned from helping her children with their homework. Shortly after receiving her GED, she attended Baker Business College. In November 1973, she met Horace Logan who became her companion and a partner in G&L trucking in 1974.  They drove truck and saw the continental U.S. for the next 15 years, retiring in 1989. Horace passed away in 1991.

Betty was best known for her cooking and baking, her gardening, especially her flowers, which filled her yard, but most of all, for her love of her family. Everyone called her grandma or momma and she “adopted” many friends as if they were her own kids. Her life was not an easy one, but she always tried to make the lives of those around her a little better by giving of her self.  Her independence, special sense of humor, toughness, and her wisdom will be missed by everyone who knew her.

She is survived by her daughters: Retha Gryder and Ronda and husband, Jack Crow,  of Baker City; her stepdaughter, Pamala J. and husband Dean Griffith of Pilot Rock; stepson Daniel and his wife Margaret Coleman of Dunn, N.C.; her brother William and his wife Susie Hudson of Woodburn; her sisters, Leona M. Parker of Twin Falls, Idaho, Ruth C. Primm of Nampa, Idaho, Deana Lamb of Kansas, and Betty N. Storm of Las Vegas, Nev.; her sister-in-law, Juanita Waldron of Sparks, Nev.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; special family members Erving and his wife Karen Logan of Baker City, Hudson and his wife Bev Logan, and Marie and her husband Herb Stratton of Caldwell, Idaho, their children and special neighborhood friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Roland F. (Ron) Griswold; her infant daughter, Letha Mae; her father, mother, stepfather, Harry Hudson; her brothers, Edmond (Jack) Wesley Ballance, Roy E. Hudson; her sister, Juanita B. Cox; and her companion and trucking partner, Horace Logan.

Jim McCarty

James David McCarty, 69, died April 15, 2011, at his home in Baker City, of natural causes.

Being very “down-to-earth,” he expected everyone to call him “Jim.”

A celebration of Jim’s life will be Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 2177 First St. in Baker City. Friends are invited to gather with family at St. Stephen’s after the celebration of Jim’s life.

An only child, Jim was born Nov. 13, 1941, at Portland to Irene Cogburn McCarty and Otis McCarty, Jr. He spent much of his childhood in California, graduated Chula Vista High School in 1959, and attended San Diego State University.

He had a strong work ethic throughout his life, beginning in his early teen years. Jim loved to work because he loved his interactions with others and is described by his daughter as “incredibly smart,” a winning combination for his long career as a businessman and financial advisor. His career took him and his family to Texas; Grass Valley, Calif.; and La Grande. Baker City has been his home for the past 17 years.

Jim loved to “look out for others” whether family member, friend, client or coworker. Family members describe him as loyal and trustworthy, remembering many camping adventures, as he loved the outdoors and travelling. In recent years he visited Peru, the native country of his wife Mati, and, in February celebrated “a perfect time” in Hawaii with her and friends from Peru.

Coworkers, business associates and clients became Jim’s lifelong friends; friends became “like family”; family members were happy to also be clients. Jim “called a spade a spade” and “was a bit of a character.” At various times, he enjoyed participation in the The Elks and Rotary International.

Jim is survived by his wife, Mati McCarty of Baker City; his daughter, Karen McCarty of Ephrata, Wash.; his son, Mike, of Seattle; daughters and sons-in-law, Monica and Mark Macpherson of Shedd, Ore., and Melissa and Duane Kellem of Forsythe, Mo.; six grandchildren; and first cousins, Bob, Mike and Jane McCarty.

Jim was preceded in death by his grandparents; his wife, Jodie Conner McCarty; and his parents.

In honor of Jim’s love of the Baker community, memorial contributions may be made to Baker Elks Lodge, P.O. Box 347, Baker City, OR 97814, for the Baker County Assistance Fund, which often assists those in need of medical and dental care. Arrangements have been handled by Coles Funeral Home.


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