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Obituaries for Dec. 21, 2011


Laura Deschner
Laura Bernice Wallace Deschner, 90, died Dec. 16, 2011, at Baker City.
A celebration of life will be scheduled later date.
Laura was born on June 6, 1921, at Jasper. She grew up at Jasper and Eugene. She served as a surgical technician in the U.S. Army during World War II and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics from Oregon State University at Corvallis.
She married Thomas Deschner in 1948; they lived in the Seattle area and had three children. Because of Tom’s work, the family lived and traveled extensively abroad.
Tom and Laura continued to travel throughout their retirement. Laura was always active — sewing, cooking, gardening, writing, hiking and kayaking.
Survivors include two sons, Whit and Matthew; a daughter, Marquita; three grandchildren, Galen, Tessa, and Ben; a sister, Elsie; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
 Her family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Parkinson’s Center of Oregon through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

‘Clay’ Mann
Clayton W. “Clay” Mann, 77, of Pasco, Wash., died  Dec. 16, 2011, at Kadlec Hospital with his wife and daughter, Deb, by his side.
His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Summerville Cemetery Chapel.
 He was born on April 14, 1934, to William F. Mann and Opal Mann Cross.
Clay enjoyed country western music that you could tap your foot to, being outdoors, fishing and camping. He had a great sense of humor.  He loved to tell jokes and stories.
He enjoyed doing crossword puzzles every morning after he had taken care of two special spoiled cats.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Roberta; three children, Terri (John) Coronado, Debra (Mark) Evans and Ron (Rhonda) Mann; four granddaughters, Trisha, Traci, Cassie and Jessie; two great-grandsons, Michael and Ryder; a very special cousin (brother) Grover (Mary) Mann; sister, Billie Mac Naughtan; stepsister, Roberta Danials; cousin, Donna Lanyon; several nieces and nephews; mother-in-law, Marg’ sister-in-law, Helen (Ed) Barnette; and brothers-in-law, Ron (Sherryl) Gover and Danny (Wanda) Gover.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Mann; mother, Opal Cross; and two stepbrothers.
The family expressed a special thank you to Dr. Racsa, Dr. Manalato and Lorna for the excellent care he received from them the past 12 years.  They also thanked the Kadlec Hospital staff for the comfort and care he received in his final days.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX  75231 or The Children’s Hospital of Spokane, P.O. Box 2555, Spokane, WA  99220.
Sign the online guestbook at www.Hillcrestmemoiralcenter.com.

Audrey Shaw
Frances Audrey Romine Steele Shaw, 93, a Halfway native, died Dec. 11, 2011, at Bellingham, Wash.
Burial was Monday at Grand Junction, Colo.
Audrey was born on March 30, 1918, at Halfway to Oliver Eber Romine and Irene Poer Romine. She was the sixth of nine children.
Audrey married Glenn Harold Steele on May 29, 1936. They had one son, Richard Glenn “Dick” Steele. They moved to Grand Junction, Colo., at the beginning of World War II.
Audrey had four grandchildren: Glenn (Cindy Womack) Steele, Audrene (Rick) Simpson, Blake (Lori Payne) Steele and Marry Steele Brown. She had are 13 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
Glenn died in 1957. In 1959, Audrey married A. Evan Shaw. This union brought three stepchildren into her life: Lloyd Shaw, Lilian (Bob) Thatcher and Diane (Gary) Mowry. There are six stepgrandchildren and 15 stepgreat-grandchildren.
Audrey was a loving, caring, kind person, familly members said. Her interests were in socializing and volunteering. She enjoyed dancing, gardening, fishing, traveling, hunting, camping, reading, sewing, bowling and cooking. After her eyesight failed, she liked to visit on the phone and listen to audio books.
Diane had been her “daughter” steadfast friend and companion since 2010, when Audrey moved from Colorado to Washington to be near Diane and her family.
The Steele family expressed their appreciation to Diane for taking such good care of their grandmother.
Audrey was preceded in death by her parents; both of her husbands; her son, Dick Steele; a stepson, Lloyd Shaw; her brothers, Russell, John, Harry and Robert Romine, and her sisters, Dorothy Smelcer, Helen Davidson and Norma Palmer.
Survivors include her youngest sister, Joey McDowall; her four grandchildren and their extended families; her two stepdaughters and their families; and many nieces, nephews and cousins; her former daughter-in-law, Loretta, and her husband, George Stacey. The three of them spent many memory-filled times together during the past 12 years.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice or macular degeneration research or the charity of one’s choice through Callahan-Edfast Mortuary, 2515 Patterson Road, Grand Junction, CO 81505.

June Rode
June Irene Rode, 96, died Dec. 17, 2011, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law in Baker City.
There will be a celebration of June’s life at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Sunridge and a luncheon afterward. Interment will be at 1 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery.
June Irene was born on June 1, 1915, at Baker City to Charlie and Zella Vandervanter Edwards. Her younger years were spent at Bates.
June was a 1933 Baker High School graduate. June  married Darrell Skeen and they had two sons, one died  in childbirth.
June and Darrell later divorced. Fifteen years later she married Biz Rode.
June worked as a Baker City waitress. She spent a few years working in the Chinese restaurant for Jack Eng, and later she managed Stockman’s.  She  enjoyed, golfing, bowling, gardening and elk hunting. The family estimates that she shot 32 elk in her lifetime of hunting. She enjoyed gambling and in her later years spending time with her friends and playing cards at the Senior Center in Baker City.
June spent the majority of her life at Baker City, but she did for a short time live at Bates and at Walla Walla and Kirkland, Wash.
Survivors include her son, Larry Skeen, and his wife, Karen, of Baker City; three grandchildren, Cherie, Shawnee and Steven; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her infant son; husbands, Darrell Skeen and Biz Rode; and her brothers, Leonard Edwards, Ivan Edwards and Paul Edwards.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker County Senior Center through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Segundo Arriola
Segundo Arriola, 91, a longtime Bridgeport rancher, died Dec. 18, 2011, at Pioneer Place in Vale.
His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 27, 2011, at the Vale Christian Church. 
Segundo was born on April 30, 1920, at Winnemucca, Nev., to Spanish Basque immigrants Marcelina Achabal Arriola and Ysidro Arriola. Ysidro immigrated from Spain to the United States in 1902. He returned to Spain and married Marcelina Achabal in 1913, and in 1917 she became a U.S. citizen and joined her husband in America.
Segundo was raised at Andrews, Nev., and graduated from high school at Crane in 1937. The family moved to Westfall in 1939 where he later met and married his wife of 67 years, Edna Edmunson.            
Segundo and Edna moved from the ranch at Westfall with their four children, Joe, Joanne, Pat and Bonnie, after they purchased the Bridgeport ranch in 1953.
Segundo and Edna worked together side by side on the cattle ranch, and after they reached the golden years, they still did many things together. Segundo enjoyed supporting Edna’s hobby of making beautiful quilts, whether it was approving the colors, admiring her handiwork, or even helping her tear out a stitch or two.
One of the highlights of their life was acting as grand marshals for the Bull Run Parade at Unity in 1994.
Segundo served as a member of both the Hereford and the Burnt River school boards. He was also on the Unity Grange Board and the Baker Cenex Board. He loved working on the ranch and rode a horse until he was 89. The summer after he turned 90, he broke his hip but in a matter of months, he was often seen riding around the ranch on his four-wheeler with his dog, Rojo, on the passenger seat.
Visitors were always welcome at their home. He dearly loved to chat and would often engage others in lengthy conversations about the days of yore, as well as current happenings, politics and entertaining anecdotes. Segundo and Edna lived at the Bridgeport ranch until 2011 when they moved to Pioneer Place in Vale. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marcelina and Ysidro Arriola; his two brothers, Dionisio and Daniel; and his two, daughters Joanne Arriola and Bonnie Arriola Collins.
Survivors include his wife, Edna;  two sons and their spouses, Joe and Sheryl Arriola of Jamieson, and Pat and Wanda Arriola of Bridgeport;   grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Darcy Arriola Kindschy of Jamieson and her children, Emma and Gabe, Aaron Arriola and his wife, Angie, of Jamieson and their children, Jessica and Callie, Vikki Collins Ouillette and her husband, Scott, of Portland, Shannon Arriola Mckenzie and her husband, Tom, of Spokane, Wash., and their children, Drae, Tommy and Ryan, Todd Arriola of Baker City,  Ryan Arriola and his wife, Angie, of Baker City and their children, Chris, Teyona and Wyatt.
Memorials contributions may be made to Pioneer Place 1060 D. St. W., Vale, OR 97918. Condolences may be made to the family at www.lienkaemper-thomason.com.
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