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Obituaries for Aug. 1, 2011


Jack Pearson
Jack Pearson, 87, of La Pine, a former North Powder and Baker County resident, died July 22, 2011, at La Pine, surrounded by his family. 
There will be a private family graveside service later at Florence.

Jack was born on July 5, 1924, at North Powder to ranchers Everett and Florence Pearson.
He served in the 17th Airborne-Glider Infantry Corps during World War II. He received the French Fortege award, Distinguished Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and the Purple Heart.
He worked for the Sumpter Valley Railroad for 14 years. For more than 30 years he was the manager of Elks lodges at Baker City, No. 338, The Dalles, No. 303, and Florence, No. 1858, where he retired in in 1986.
Jack was a lifetime member of and held offices in the Elks Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and the Moose Lodge.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He and Darlene enjoyed traveling in their RV, following the rodeo circuit from the Calgary Stampede to the Pendleton Round-Up.
“Jack and his cowboy stories and wisdom will be greatly missed,” his family said.
Survivors include his companion, Darlene Keith of La Pine; daughters, Sandra (Barry) Southard of Gabbs, Nev., and Sally (Jerry) Fish of Portland; son, John of Las Vegas; grandchildren, Daryl, Wally, and Jeri (Armstrong) Southard,  Michael and Natalie Fish, Mark and Jake Pearson and Benjamin and Christopher; eight great-grandchildren; his sister, Norma Rush of Woodburn; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bette Ilene.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic through any Elks Lodge.
Baird Memorial Chapel of La Pine is in charge of arrangements.

Noel Gorham
Noel Vaughn Gorham, 83, formerly of North Powder, died July 16 at his home.
Close family and friends were present during the July 21 services with military honors at Riverside National Cemetery, where his ashes reside in the Columbarium with his wife of 62 years.
Noel was born on May 3, 1928, at North Powder. He lived with his dad, Stonewall Volney Jackson Gorham and mom, Allie Mae (Gilkison), and three brothers and five sisters.
Noel retired from the United States Coast Guard on July 1, 1966, as a senior chief yeoman with 20 years of service. He previously served in the U.S. Navy from Dec. 15, 1947, to March 17, 1950. During his naval career, in 1948-49, he was assigned to assist with the great Berlin Airlift, stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, to provide the devastated German citizens with food and supplies. Noel fell in love with a beautiful young German fraulein, Martha Elisabeth “Elly” Sziegle and they married in Germany on July 20, 1949, and remained happily married and very much in love until Elly’s death on June 27, 2010.
Noel enjoyed the Gorham family reunions every year in La Grande for the opportunity to play music with his family. He played guitar, harmonica and accordion and also recorded many of the family music sessions. He was an artist and inventor, crafting tools, motors, wood boxes, bowls, cups, frames, furniture, cabinets and guitar stands. He was also a self-taught horticulturist with over 500 varieties of exotic houseplants, shrubs, roses, succulents and cacti. He also took care of two California desert tortoises for over 45 years, which later bred three babies.
He was known for being organizing and believed that everything had its place. Those who knew him say he was at peace with himself and was very proud and independent.
Noel is survived by his daughter, Renee and her husband, Mark Gerber, of Chewelah, Wash.; son, Jeffrey and his wife, Cynthia Gorham, of Bowie, Md.; two granddaughters, Megan and Stephanie Gorham; and one grandson.

Pauline Maxwell
Pauline Harryett Maxwell, 92, of Dundee, Ore., and a former Baker County resident, died July 24, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis.
Her funeral was July 28 at Attrell’s Funeral Chapel in Newberg. 
She was born Sept. 15, 1918, at Deary, Idaho, to Harry and Mabel Dent. She was raised in Lewiston, Idaho, and also spent much time at her grandparents’ homestead in Dent, Idaho, on the Clearwater River, where she grew to love the mountains. Her grandmother Della Leasure taught her to oil-paint at the kitchen table, a pasttime she continued for the rest of her life.  
She was a graduate of Lewiston High School, and Lewiston Normal School, and taught in several one-room schoolhouses in rural Idaho before World War II. She married Robert Wesley Maxwell on July 2, 1938. During the war, she lived with her mother, grandparents, and aunts in Los Angeles. Her first child, Robert, was born in May 1945.
In December 1945, when her husband was discharged from active duty, they moved to Huntington and then to Baker where they raised their three children and built their own home on three acres near Pocahontas Road.
In 1968 she left Eastern Oregon and lived first in Sherwood and then moved to Dundee, where she lived on two acres of land out in the country in a house she called her “mansion,” except for the many weekends every summer she spent camping up in the mountains.    
She was an avid oil painter, and loved camping, picking huckleberries, baking biscuits, apple pie, and making wonderful jams and jellies.  She grew corn and green beans in her garden each summer, and loved serving them to her family. Christmas and birthdays were her favorite times, and she never forgot a single birthday of her friends or family.  
She is survived by her three children: Robert Maxwell and his wife, Carol, of Albuquerque, N.M., Patricia Steiger and her husband, Jerry, of Corvallis, and Michael Maxwell of Mount Shasta, Calif.; her grandchildren, Michael Maxwell, Tammie Andrews, Robert Maxwell, Jennifer Maxwell, Christina Steiger, Charisse Kartchner and David Maxwell; and 10 great-grandchildren.

 
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