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Obituaries for Dec. 15, 2010

Melba Harrington
Melba Jean Harrington, 63, died Dec. 5, 2010, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.
There will be a family gathering celebrating Melba’s life next summer.

Melba Jean Crow was born on Feb. 28, 1947, at Halfway. She was raised at Halfway, graduating from Pine Valley High School on May 19, 1965. Melba met Dick Harrington while she was working at Union. They were married on July 27, 1974, at Winnemucca, Nev.

Early in Melba’s working career, she was a cook and bartender. After she and Dick were married, she became a logger, was a float operator at the mine at Cuprum and a truck driver. They lived at Union, Fruitland, Idaho, and Council, Idaho, before retiring back to Halfway.

Melba enjoyed mushrooming in the spring, fishing and doing things with her “best friend,” Dick, and the kids.

Survivors include her husband, Dick; daughters, Terre Jo and Don Murray of Prineville, Tammy Jean and Steve Schlett of New Plymouth, Idaho, and Sarah Elizabeth Harrington and Cory Carpenter of Baker City; sons, Rick and Gail Harrington, Steve and Tami Harrington of Notus, Idaho, and Tracy and Patton Harrington of Vale; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Marion and Colleen Crow of Halfway, Dick Crow of Halfway, Louise and Wayne Tyler of Halfway, Dave and Jeannine Crow of Stanfield, Elaine and Darrell Wolf of Vancouver, Wash., Lorraine Gunter of Halfway, John Crow of Halfway and Betty Wells of Portland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Marlene and Rose; infant, brother.

Memorial contributions in memory of Melba may be made to help defray expenses incurred through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Sam Miles

Samuel Wesley Miles, 92, died Dec. 7, 2010, at his home surrounded by his family.

 In honor of Sam’s wishes, a simple graveside service was held.

He was born on Oct. 13, 1918, in Wallowa County.

He volunteered to serve in the U.S. Navy shortly after Pearl Harbor and served in the Aleutian Islands during the hostilities there. He later served at the Bremerton Naval Yards in Washington where he met and married Catherine Hunke. His last assignment was at the Portland Ammunition Depot where he was discharged at the end of World War II.  

Upon his return to Baker, he owned and operated a gunsmithing business. In 1952 he moved with his family to the Dallas area  and found employment at Gerlinger/Towmotor/Caterpillar.  While at Caterpillar, he worked as a machinist and was promoted to management.  He was known by his middle name, Wes, in Eastern Oregon and his first name, Samuel, or Sam, in the Willamette Valley. 

Sam was a member of St. Philip Catholic Church at Dallas, the Knights of Columbus, the Polk County Sheriff’s Posse and served as president of the Polk County Saddle-ites horse club during the 1970s. In recent years he especially enjoyed the company of his good friends in the senior pinochle club at St. Philips.

He shared travel and companionship with his special loving friend, Betty Fisher. He excelled at making and giving many woodworking treasures from his well-equipped home workshop.

Survivors include his children, Fran Weisensee of Dallas, Roger and his wife, Gail, of Monmouth, and Christine Miles and her husband, Robert Coiner, of Eugene; brothers, Norman Miles of Klamath Falls and Willis Miles of North Powder; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine; his parents, Watson and Mamie; brothers, Kenneth and Raymond; and sisters, Frances and Mildred.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Sam Miles to Hospice Care of the Northwest, 1500 N.E. Irving St., Suite 200, Portland, OR  97232.

Voncille Sanders

Voncille Sanders, 48, of Baker City died Dec. 11, 2010, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane.

Voncille was born on June 4, 1962, at De Queen, Ark., to Darrell and Doris Williams. She received her education in college at Oklahoma Vocational Tech.

She worked as a receptionist for St. Alphonsus Health Services and had numerous certificates of training for business. She recently attended and graduated from a phlebotomy class. 

Voncille had three children: daughters, Crystal and Tiffany, and a son, Bobbi Jo Williams. She married Gary E. Sanders at Baker City. They later separated. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene and enjoyed spreading the love and word of our Savior to all, especially during Bible studies at her house.

She loved spending time with her grandchildren more than anything. All children who knew her called her “Nana Von.”  She loved spending time with her family.  She enjoyed camping, fishing, reading, baking, cooking and going to garage sales.  Her family was her hobby.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Doris Gould; her step-dad, Jay Eugene Gould; her son, Bobbi Jo Williams; numerous aunts and uncles; and two siblings.

Survivors include her children, Crystal Gonzales and her husband, Shawn, and Tiffany Williams;  granddaughters, Josie, Jayden and Jordyn Gonzales, all of Baker City; and brother, Herschel Gould of Oklahoma.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Nazarene Church through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

June Rodriguez

June Lee Rodriguez, 76, of Baker City, died Dec. 3, 2010.

 There will be no service at this time.

June was born on June 29, 1934, at Phoenix, Ariz., to Domingo and Josephine Gonzales. Throughout her life she enjoyed being with her family and friends. She was a very social person and many people knew her as “mamacita.” She loved to dance and listen to music.

Survivors include her children, Blasa, and her husband, Edward Stuart, of Butte, Mont., Juan Burgos of Idaho, Andy and his wife, Angie Moreno, of Mountain Home, Idaho, Pete and Jerry Burgos of Reno, Nev., and Martina Moreno and Josephine Morgan, both of Baker City; her grandchildren, Keith, Audrey, Amanda, Andrew, Amber, Alicia, Austin, Karrass, Antonio, Siera; and three great-grandchildren, with one due in June.

She was preceded in death by Maria and Effrem Moreno; and her grandson, Ralph Peters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association through Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Edith Miles

Edith Miles, 97, a longtime Baker resident, died Dec. 12, 2010, at her home in Milwaukie.

The rosary will be said at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at the cathedral. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Edith was born on Sept. 12, 1913, at Baker City to William and Matilda Elliott Miles. She spent her early childhood years on her the farm and sheep ranch of her grandmother, Becky Jane Elliott Bess. It was on the Upper Powder River. She attended Grades 1-3 at George Washington School.

Beginning in the fourth grade, she attended St. Francis Academy, graduating in 1932. She then went on to obtain her education degree at Eastern Oregon College in La Grande, graduating in 1939.

After graduation, she taught in several small schools in Baker County, including Keating, Huntington and Durkee. In 1958, after 19 years of teaching in Baker, she moved to Buckley, Wash., to teach third and fourth grades. She retired in 1974 and returned to Baker.

She enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading, horseback riding and raising roses.

She will be missed, her family members said.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her niece and nephew, Debbie and David Miles.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Loyd Phillips

Pastor Loyd Phillips, 75, of Baker City, died Dec. 10 at his home.

Visitations will be Saturday, Dec. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon at Harvest Church, 3720 Birch St. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, with interment following at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastors Monte Loyd of Harvest Church, Joe Barnett, Chaplain of Holy Rosary Medical Center in Ontario, and  Ron Phillips of Assembly of God Church in Wilder, Idaho, will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the Harvest Church following the interment.

Loyd was born July 1, 1935, in Hallesville, Texas, to Richard and Evalee Phillips. The Phillips family owned a farm in Oklahoma before moving to Milton-Freewater in 1945. Loyd moved to Eugene in 1953 where he attended Eugene Bible College. He married Joy Cogburn on July 8, 1955. In 1955 Loyd also became a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God, Oregon District.

Loyd and Joy moved to Cascade Locks in 1956, where Loyd worked several jobs while pastoring the church. The church grew from their home to a storefront and soon Loyd, along with his brother, Charles Phillips, constructed a new church building.

In 1962, Loyd and Joy, along with their three children, Mark, Lynette and Steve, returned to the Eugene area. Loyd worked at Sacred Heart Hospital, and the couple pastored two more churches in Jasper and Oakland, Ore. During this time, their two youngest children, Janelle and Brad, were born.

The family moved to Cottage Grove in 1970 to pastor the church now known as South Lane Christian Center. Under Loyd’s leadership a new multi-purpose gymnasium was constructed and South Lane Christian School was founded.

In 1982, they moved with their son, Brad, to Baker City as pastors of Baker Valley Christian Assembly, now know as Harvest Church.  For the next 16 years Loyd and Joy led the way in building a new church facility and establishing Harvest Christian Academy. From Baker City the couple pastored the Assembly of God Church in Vale for seven years before retiring in Caldwell, Idaho, for two years. They moved back to Baker City in 2008.

Loyd loved his family and friends. He loved the outdoors, gardening, hunting, fishing and building. He enjoyed music, singing and playing the harmonica. He worked hard and would never quit because something was difficult. The impact of his life and ministry continues to be felt by many. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Joy, and their five children:  Mark Phillips of Springfield, Ore.; Lynette Clark and her husband, Rick, of Beaverton; Steve Phillips and his wife, Kelly, of Klamath Falls; Janelle Loyd and her husband, Monte, of Baker City; and Brad Phillips and his wife, Lisa, of Baker City; five grandsons: Seth Clark and his wife, Amber;  Luke Clark and his wife, Sabrina; Ethan Clark; Joel Phillips and Braden Phillips; five granddaughters:  Caitlin Phillips, Whitney Phillips, Shana Phillips, Blaecleah Loyd, and Summer Phillips, four brothers: Melvin, Earl, Charles and Leo Phillips; two sisters: Jessie Smalley and Effie Hensen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Loyd was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Evalee Phillips; his brothers, Hollis and Floyd Phillips; and his sisters, Viola Billings and Esther Gosney.

Memorial contributions may be made to Harvest Church through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR, 97814.


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