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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for Aug. 22: 'Bootsie" Berryhill, Helen Jewett, 'Junita' Wright


Obituaries for Aug. 22: 'Bootsie" Berryhill, Helen Jewett, 'Junita' Wright

‘Bootsie' Berryhill

Marguarite "Bootsie" Berryhill, 97, died Aug. 9, 2007 at St. Elizabeth Care Center with her family at her side.

She was buried next to her husband, Ernest "Ernie," and her daughter, Katherine, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Jasper, Tenn. Her funeral was Aug. 15 at Jasper.

Bootsie was born on Feb. 15, 1910, at Jasper to Oliver and Rosa Castle Woodfin. She was the sixth of eight children. She was raised in the Methodist Church and her personal faith was strong.

Bootsie married Ernie in 1931. They had three children. They spent their married life in Tennessee, Ohio, Florida, New Jersey and Georgia. Ernie died in 1977.

Bootsie was a devoted mother and a wonderful person, her family said. They described her as "sweet, kind and gentle with a great sense of humor." Her family was her life, they said.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie, and her two daughters: Louise, who died in 1998; and Katherine, who died in 2003.

After Katherine's death, Bootsie moved to Baker City to be near her son, Raymond, and his family. She lived at St. Elizabeth Care Center.

Her family expressed appreciation to Dr. Diane Nowak and the staff of St. Elizabeth Care Center for their loving care and support.

Survivors include her son, Raymond, and his wife, Joy; grandchildren, Jill Johnson and Brock Berryhill and his wife, Jenny; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Quinton Johnson; a brother, Clark Woodfin; and her family friend, Frances Carson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Activities Department of St. Elizabeth Care Center or to the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Helen Jewett

Helen M. Jewett, 93, of La Grande, a former longtime Baker City resident, died Aug. 17, 2007, at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande.

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cove Christian Camp.

Helen was born on June 22, 1914, at Montesano, Wash., to Harold and Thena Mae Moak Fry.

She spent most of her growing-up years on a ranch on the Wynooche River near Montesano, with a brief time spent at Alberta, Canada. Her elementary years were in a one-room school that included high school students at Montesano.

She attended Eugene Bible College (now Northwest Christian College) in Eugene. She and her husband ministered during college years at the Christian Church in Florence.

Her husband, Joe, attended graduate school at Enid, Okla., where their daughter, Joanne, was born. Two years later their twins, Doris and Robert, were born.

They traveled with their young family back to Oregon where they began a five-year ministry at the Milton-Freewater Christian Church on Pearl Harbor Day. In 1946, they moved to Heppner, ministering for two years at the Christian Church.

In 1948, the family moved to Baker City where they ministered for 21 years at the Baker First Christian Church. Their final years of ministry before retirement were at the Enterprise Christian Church.

Helen was an active minister's wife, teaching Bible classes to the children of the church, working as church secretary, and teaching and directing youth camps. She also was the main cook at Cove Christian Camp for many, many years, under conditions that kept her and her helpers busy from dawn to dusk.

Helen and Joe were two of the driving forces for Cove Christian Camp, and many young people have been influenced by their teaching and example, their family said.

After retirement, Helen and Joe were managers at Red's Horse Ranch for a summer, then spent two summers at Minam Lodge. They loved being in the mountains, and were able to take their grandsons with them for some of these experiences. In the winters, they traveled to Yuma, Ariz., where they became ministers to the senior citizens in the Yuma Christian Church.

Joe, Helen's beloved husband of almost 70 years, died in 2005. She also was preceded in death by grandsons, Robby Jewett, and Andrew Howard; a granddaughter, Bethel Gomez; her parents; and brothers, Arnold Fry and Oliver Fry.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Joanne and Richard Sweet of La Grande, Robert and Joyce Jewett of Chehalis, Wash., and Doris and Jerry Lundmark of Enterprise; grandchildren, Cami and Ron Brewer of Ramona, Calif., Stuart and Linda Sweet of Centennial, Colo., Tony and Debbie Howard of Dundee, June and Perry Petrequin of Portland, Karen and Randy Smith of Oregon City, and Randall Jewett of Centralia, Wash.; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and her siblings, Violet Dusbabek of Aberdeen, Wash., Dorothy Bolton of Mountain View, Calif., Arthur Fry of Morton, Wash., and Grant Fry of Aberdeen, Wash.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cove Christian Camp through Loveland Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850.

‘Juanita' Wright

Velma "Juanita" Wright, 86, formerly of Baker City, died Aug. 19, 2007, at Valley View Retirement Facility in Boise, Idaho.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., in Baker City. Pastor Mel Harris of the First Lutheran Church will officiate. A reception will follow at the First Lutheran Church, 1734 Third St.

Juanita was born March 7, 1921 in Portland to Alfred & Hilja (Taskinen) Deining. She attended school in Helix, Portland and Gresham.

She married Earl Wright Dec. 8, 1949 in Baker City. The couple lived in Baker where Juanita was a stay-at-home wife and mother.

Juanita was very active in the First Lutheran Church and enjoyed crocheting and knitting, especially baby sweaters, and quilting.

She is survived by her children: Cherylin and Roger Bell of Boise, Faye and Jerry Winkle of La Grande, and Janet Adduci of Portland; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and infant daughter Carole Juanita, son Gary Wright and husband Earl.


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