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Home arrow News arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for April 8, 2011

Obituaries for April 8, 2011


Cheryl Davis

Cheryl Davis, 58, of Baker City died April 5, 2011, at her home on April 5, 2011.

Her funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. There will be a potluck dinner afterward.

Cheryl was born on Aug. 19, 1952, at Prairie City to Leslie and Georgia Livermore Davis. She was a Baker High School graduate and worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital as an emergency room and front desk clerk for nine years. She lover her job there, and most of all, loved to help others.

Cheryl played many different roles in life. She was in archery in grade school, the Baker’s Dozen singing group and in the choir at her church. She was willing to help everyone, friend or foe.

She had a deep belief in God and loved to share and pray. She loved roses and lilacs, walks through the park, taking her children to get ice cream in their pajamas and walking along the beaches on the Oregon Coast, her family said. She loved the sound of the waves crashing and the cool water splashing on her feet. She had a beautiful smile and was always willing to share it with others.

Cheryl loved her grandchildren as if they were her own and she understood the value of self-love, family members said.

Survivors include her son, Brian Topping of Boise; daughter, Kelly McKague of Pomeroy, Wash; her father, Leslie Davis of Baker City; and two grandchildren, Idanna and Marty McKague of Pomeroy, Wash.

Coles Tribute Center is in charge of arrangements.

 
Ruth Hauter MacLean

Ruth Miller Hauter MacLean, 100, of Baker City, died April 6, 2011.

There will be a celebration of Ruth’s life for friends and family at 11 a.m. Saturday in Rogers Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St.

Ruth Elms Miller was born at Clyde, Ohio, on June 27, 1910, to the Rev. Earl A. Miller and Ida Belle Elms Miller. Ruth’s father was the minister of the First Presbyterian Church at Grand Rapids, Mich., and had an important influence on her life.

Ruth graduated from high school at Grand Rapids and received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Michigan.

In 1936, she married Kenwood Smith Hauter and moved to Springfield, N.Y., and then to Nattic, Mass., where he worked as an architect.

They had two children: Kenwood “Woody” Hauter Jr. and Katherine Elms Hauter Vaughn. In 1947, Ruth’s husband was transferred to California where they lived at Orinda and then moved to Fullerton in 1952.

Ruth and Ken were very active in their neighborhood organizing the San Juan Community Pool. Ruth was a Girl Scout leader and was also active with the Parent- Teacher Association at the children’s school.

They were very devoted to the First Presbyterian Church in Fullerton where Ken was an elder of the church. They were active in the church couples group called “Mariners” and taught Sunday School.

Ruth loved nature and camping. She said she felt a great sense of oneness with the world, God, and all of nature from her adventures outdoors. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and her family feels so blessed to have had Ruth in their lives.

After Ken died in 1962, Ruth went to work at Buena Park and Irvine, Calif. She helped establish the Adult Education program of UCLA Extension in Orange County. This was the forerunner of the University of California Irvine where Ruth continued to work for 11 years as the registrar.

Ruth married Harold Edwin MacLean in 1970. They had been friends since the 1920s when Ruth and Harold attended the University of Michigan together.

They were very active in the First Presbyterian Church at Fullerton. Ruth had many wonderful friends and was very devoted to her Women’s Fellowship Circle meetings called the “Evening Star” group. They called her and wrote to her many years after she left Fullerton. Ruth was awarded “Mother of the Year” at the Mother’s Day Church Banquet.

Ruth and Harold traveled extensively. They shared interests and activities in such things as music, theater, and Continued Education Experience (CLE) at California State College in Fullerton. They spent many happy days at their beach home in Oceanside (near San Diego) where they especially enjoyed hosting barbecues for their friends, neighbors, and families.

One of Ruth’s favorite quotes was “Friends are the flowers in the garden of life.”

Ruth and Harold moved to Settler’s Park at Baker City in 2001 to be closer to their family. Harold died in November 2003 at Baker City.

In January of 2009, Ruth moved to Elkhorn Adult Foster Home in Baker City. She was very happy and well taken care of by her caregivers, Pam and Rayna Peyron.

Survivors include her son, Kenwood “Woody” Smith Hauter Jr., and daughter, Katherine “Kathy” Hauter Vaughn, both of Baker City; stepdaughter-in-law Diane MacLean of Bellingham, Wash.; stepson, Hugh Henry MacLean and his wife, Venus MacLean, of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; grandchildren, Jenifer Vaughn Dyer and her husband, Dan, of Boise, Lori Hauter Rowland and her husband, Dan, of Baker City, Karen Hauter of Baker City, Mark Hauter and his wife, Kristin, of Cove and Sandy Hauter Kemper of Portland; great-grandchildren, Mitchell and Margaret Dyer of Boise, Kyle and Jace Rowland of Baker City, and Cole and Hannah Hauter of Cove.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Kenwood Smith Hauter and Harold E. MacLean; and her stepson, Donald David MacLean.

Memorial contributions may be made to the local chapter of the American Red Cross through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Avenue, Baker City, OR 97814.

 
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