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Obituaries for Dec. 3, 2010
Betty Almeda Griswold died Nov. 30, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Care Center after a four-year battle with cancer.
Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. April 21, 2011, at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. At Betty’s request, her body will be cremated and her ashes will be buried next to her husband in the cemetery at Union.
Betty Almeda Ballance was born on April 21, 1928, at Leon, Butler, Kan. She was the fifth of six children born to John Wesley and Elsie Mary Wagner Ballance.
A few years after her parents’ divorce, she and her siblings moved to Nevada where she lived with her mother and stepfather in 1936. Because of the Great Depression, work was hard to fine, so the family became migrant farm workers and would move wherever they could find work in the fields.
Betty and her sisters formed a band and played at local dances, singing the old-time country songs. She never lost her great love of country music and songs. She continued to play guitar for many years afterward.
Betty met her rodeo cowboy, Roland “Ron” Griswold, at the Caldwell, Idaho, night rodeo on Aug. 2, 1951. The next day he came into the restaurant where she worked, announced he had fallen for her and would come back soon from Winnemucca, Nev., for her.
He did and they were married on Sept. 12, 1951, at Boise. Betty and Roland raised two daughters, Retha and Ronda.
Betty and Roland remained married until his death in Union in December 1970. She held jobs as a migrant farm worker, sugar beet factory worker, waitress, fry cook, mill worker and truck driver.
One of Betty’s proudest moments was on Aug. 28, 1973, when she received her GED, because as a child growing up in the Great Depression, school was put on hold.
She often talked about her third-grade education and how much she learned from helping her children with their homework, her family members said. Shortly after receiving her GED, she attended Baker Business College.
In November 1973, she met Horace Logan, who became her companion and a partner in G&L Trucking in 1974. They drove truck and saw the continental United States for the next 15 years, retiring in 1989. Horace died in 1991.
Betty was best known for her cooking and baking, her gardening, especially her flowers, which filled her yard, but most of all, for her love of her family. Everyone called her “Grandma,” or “Momma” and she “adopted” many friends as if they were her own kids.
Her life was not an easy one, but she always tried to make the lives of those around her a little better by giving of herself, her family said.
“Her independence, social sense of humor, toughness, and her wisdom will be missed by everyone that knew her,” family members added.
Survivors include her daughters, Retha Gryder and, Ronda, and her husband, Jack Crow, of Baker City; stepdaughter, Pamala J., and her husband, Dean Griffith of Pilot Rock; stepson, Daniel Coleman, and his wife, Margaret, of Dunn, N.C.; brother, William Hudson, and his wife, Susie, of Woodburn; sisters, Leona M. Parker of Twin Falls, Idaho, Ruth C. Primm of Nampa, Idaho, Deana Lamb of Kansas and Betty N. Storm of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister-in-law, Juanita Waldron of Sparks, Nev.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews; special family members, Erving Logan, and his wife, Karen, of Baker City, Hudson Logan and his wife, Bev, and Marie Stratton and her husband, Herb, of Caldwell, Idaho, and their children; and special neighborhood friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Roland F. “Ron” Griswold; infant daughter, Letha Mae; father, mother and stepfather, Harry Hudson; brothers, Edmond Wesley “Jack” Ballance and Roy E. Hudson; sister, Juanita B. Cox; and companion and trucking partner, Horace Logan.
Ramona Ann Stock, 74, died Nov. 28, 2010, at Baker City.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the New Beginning Fellowship. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Ramona was born on May 30, 1936, at Klamath Falls to Raymond and Naomi Moffett Hooker. She attended Monument High School and graduated in 1954.
She continued her education at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande where she earned a bachelor’s degree in teaching in 1958. She then went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Oregon at Eugene. She retired from teaching in 1981.
She married Floyd Stock at Roseburg on Aug. 23, 1980.
She enjoyed playing the piano, singing, sewing, crafts, reading, visiting with friends and traveling with her husband, writing, collecting lighthouses, and playing with her pets. She was affiliated with New Beginnings Fellowship, Pentecostal Church of God, for about 30 years. She was a lifelong Christian.
She accomplished many things, such as teaching for 20 years. Also, she began taking piano lessons at the age of 5 and played throughout her life. She was an accomplished pianist.
Ramona adapted to some extreme living conditions, from tent to town, to be with her husband wherever he was working.
Survivors include her sisters, Sarah Carolyn Rehberg of Philadelphia and Karie Hickerson of Condon; her husband, Floyd Stock of Baker City; nephews and nieces, Alex Rehberg, Julia Jones, Jenny Brown, Jo Hickerson, Jay Hickerson, Corey, Simon and Tucker Brown and Jason and Nick Jones.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Naomi Hooker.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Beginnings Fellowship or to Oregon Health & Sciences University Heart Research through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.