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Obituaries for Dec. 13, 2010

Veryl Koons, Louise Watson

Verl Koons

Verl D. Koons, 86, of Nampa, Idaho, a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 5, 2010.

There will be a memorial celebration at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Greenhurst Bible Church in Nampa.

He was born on April 18, 1924, at Pleasantville, Iowa. Verl, loving husband to Lois, was beloved by all his family.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War ll and as postmaster and sectional center supervisor in the U.S. Postal Service. He took any early retirement to join New Tribe Mission in 1979.

Verl and Lois lived at Baker City at the NTM Training Center for more than 15 years. They moved to Nampa, Idaho, in 1994 where they have lived  since.

Verl is the former pastor of Greenhurst Bible Church at Nampa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenhurst Bible Church for their missionary endeavors.

Louise Watson


Louise Anabel Hayes Watson, 91, a former Baker County resident, died Aug. 21, 2010.

Her memorial service was Aug. 28, 2010, at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Portland.

Louise was born on Dec. 11, 1918, at Baker City to Walter and Junia Hayes. She grew up in a remote homestead they called Hayes Creek Ranch. She was the oldest of three children, with brother Hartwell, and sister Marilyn.

Her family ranch life was a great challenge. They had a seven-party phone line, but no indoor plumbing or electricity. Louise skied to a one-room schoolhouse in the winter.

Her father used horse-drawn equipment for planting and harvest. It was a long drive to town for supplies.

After graduating from Baker High School, Louise began her goal to become a nurse. With $5 in her pocket, she left for Portland. She attended University of Portland St. Vincent Hospital, working her way through school. She graduated cum laude with a five-year degree in 1943.

She had only begun nursing for a short time before joining the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She served in Europe as a first lieutenant.

Louise and George were married Nov. 11, 1950. While raising their three children, Louise continued her passion for nursing in many ways.

She became one of the earliest members of the Multnomah County Block Nursing Program, volunteered for local nursing homes and performed foot care clinics for the elderly.

She was an avid member of the Gray Panthers, lobbying for elderly rights, and a longtime member of St. Mark Presbyterian Church. Louise lived her life helping others, family members said.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, George Sr.; son, George Jr., his wife, Linda, and their daughters, Hillary, Bonnie, and Emily; son, Jim of Portland; daughter, Martha Herron, her husband, Scott, and their children, Felicia and Trevor; and sister, Marilyn Hayes.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mark Memorial Garden Fund.

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