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Obituaries for Dec. 5, 2012
Baker City, 1925-2012
Harry Eugene Long, 87, of Baker City, died Nov. 28, 2012, of natural causes at Meadowbrook Care Center.
Combined funerals for Harry Long and his sister, Doris Long Colton, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Nephew Keith Long and Father Julian Cassar will officiate.
Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall at First and Church streets.
Harry was born on July 11, 1925, at Baker City to William Oscar Long and Amy Owen Long. He was the youngest of 11 children and the only one born in a hospital.
Harry attended Baker High School and graduated in 1943. He joined the U.S. Navy in November of that same year.
He served on the USS Cottonwood as a gunner. After the war, he married LaVelle Mattis in 1946. They later divorced.
Harry worked as an accountant in both Baker City and Salem before moving to Alaska to fish on a fishing boat out of Dutch Harbor. He loved his time in Alaska and often reminisced about his fond memories there. Harry enjoyed hunting and fishing in his free time.
In the early 1970s, Harry was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. As his health declined, he moved from Salem back to Baker City where he lived with his sister, Ruth, and her husband, Lee Brown. After their deaths, Harry continued to live alone for one year until the MS progressed further making it difficult to live alone.
In 2003, his leg was amputated as a result of ulceration of the leg. In April of 2004 Harry moved to Meadowbrook Care Center, where he lived for 8ﬁ years before his death.
Harry had many trials and tribulations in his life, but always had a positive outlook on life. He loved living at Meadowbrook and all the wonderful people caring for him, family members said. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and jokes.
Family members expressed their appreciation to Guardian Home Health and Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice for their loving care. They would also like to thank his niece, Sandra Payton, for her devotion to serving Harry.
Survivors include his daughter, Janis Long of Salem; one granddaughter, Jamie, and one great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers and sisters Pearl (Dan) Thrasher, Opal (Joe) Blank, Garnet (Ester) Long, Ruth (Lee) Brown, Earnest Long, Frank Long, Glen (Marylis) Long, Lewis (LaVelle) Long, Doris (Walter) Colton and Daisy (Gilbert) Elliott; and his son, Steve.
Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Baker City, 1918-2012
Doris Owen Long Colton, 94, of Baker City, died Nov. 29, 2012, of natural causes at Meadowbrook Care Center
The rosary will be said and a viewing is scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.
There will be a combined funeral for Doris and her brother, Harry Long, at 10 a.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Father Julian Cassar will officiate.
Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall.
Doris was born on Aug. 19, 1918, at the family home in Haines to William Oscar Long and Amy Owen Long. She was the eighth of 11 children.
Doris attended school at Muddy Creek, Rock Creek, Haines, North Powder, Bowen Basin and Baker City. Her grandfather, Alonzo Long, donated the land for the Muddy Creek School where the bell tower stands today.
Doris married Walter “Bud” Colton on April 7, 1937, at Weiser, Idaho. They had been married for 57 years before Bud’s death on May 27, 1994.
Doris and Bud spent the first three months of their marriage at Main Eagle living in a tent and herding sheep for the Colton family.
Doris worked hard as a homemaker and a mother of six children. She often cooked for huge haying, thrashing and shearing crews at least three times a day along with her other household duties and farming chores.
Doris and Bud first bought the Boyles place west of the airport, then later bought the Evans place on Slough Road where they raised their family. They farmed and raised hay, cattle, and sheep for 28 years. Later they started Colton Grade A Raw Milk Dairy with sons, Ron and Jim Colton.
In 1969, they sold the ranch and bought the Stockman’s Bar and Café along with their sister and brother-in-law, Louis and Lavelle Long. They owned and operated Stockman’s Bar and Café for 20 years before retiring.
Doris always had a garden and could grow anything with her green thumb. She loved feeding the birds and taking care of animals.
She loved to play cards, especially pinochle, with the family and could “shoot the moon” almost every time. She enjoyed going for drives in the country.
She also loved to dance and could play the piano by ear. She played a mean “Turkey In The Straw,” family members said. She often played piano at church services growing up.
Doris worked on the election board for 30 years. One of her most memorable vacations was a trip to Hawaii with her oldest daughter, Margaret, and granddaughter, Tonya.
Doris was a gentle person who put others’ needs before her own. She also had a lot of “spunk” with a little stubborn streak; she would say “dynamite comes in small packages you know,” family members said.
As her health failed, she moved to Meadowbrook Care Center where her brother, Harry, also resided. Brother and sister, they were very close and looked after one another. They both decided to leave and cross the threshold of this life together on the same day only a few hours apart.
Her family meant more to her than anything. She took pride in her children and all 82 of her grandchildren. She loved each and every one of them. Doris loved her Heavenly Father and had a strong faith in her belief.
She always had a positive outlook on life and was rarely seen without a smile. She was a wonderful mother, friend, and example to all her family. She will be greatly missed by her family.
Family members expressed their appreciation to “the wonderful and compassionate staff at Meadowbrook who took care of their mother.”
Survivors include her son, Ron Colton and his wife, Lois; son, Jim Colton; daughter, Margaret Deardorff and her husband, Eldon; daughter, Sandra Payton, and her husband, Howard; daughter Wanda Larson and her husband, Joe; daughter, Debbie Hampton and her husband, Dennis; 24 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren; and seven stepgrandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter; four grandchildren, Alan Colton, Billy Payton, Michael Lindsay and Karrisa Hampton; her brothers and sisters, Pearl (Dan) Thrasher, Opal (Joe) Blank, Garnet (Ester) Long, Ruth (Lee) Brown, Earnest Long, Frank Long, Glen Long, Lewis (Lavelle) Long, Daisy (Gilbert) Elliott, and Harry Long.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Billy Payton Memorial Fund through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Baker City, 1931-2012
Donna M. Scott, 81, of Baker City, died Dec. 4, 2012, at Settler’s Park.
Her graveside service will be Thursday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery, with Pastor Jonathan Privett of First Church of the Nazarene officiating.
Donna was born on Feb. 14, 1931, at Harrisville, W.V., to Clarence Otto and Fannie Dodd Calhoun.
They lived in Ohio when Donna was very young, then moved to the state of Washington where she attended school.
The Calhouns moved to Baker where Donna met Herschel G. Scott, Sr. They were married in Weiser, Idaho, on Dec. 6, 1954.
Donna enjoyed yard sales, her doll collection and listening to her husband play country music in the Gold Dust Band. She was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Baker City .
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Herschel Scott of Baker City; her daughter, Patty Good, and husband, Curtis, of Summerville; her sons, Herschel Scott Jr., and wife, Joyce, of Vernal, Utah, and Bud Scott and wife, Sandy, of Baker City; her brothers, Silvan Calhoun and Rex Calhoun and wife, Reva, all of Baker City; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters and two sons.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heart-n-Home Hospice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Baker City, 1919-2012
Bernice Mae Galyen Maine, 93, of Baker City, died Dec. 4, 2012, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living Facility.
Her funeral will be Friday, Dec. 7, at the Haines Baptist Church, with Pastor Jack Hatfield officiating. There will be a reception afterward at the church fellowship hall. Interment will take place Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. PST at the Rosedale Memorial Cemetery in Payette, Idaho.
Bernice Mae Galyen Maine was born on Nov. 30, 1919, at Tilden, Neb., to Fred and Ella Schumacher. In August of 1936 she married Elmer Galyen. They moved to Oregon Slope near Ontario with Elmer’s parents.
Bernice and Elmer made their home on the Oregon Slope until 1968 when Elmer passed away. During these years they raised five wonderful children. In August of 1976 Bernice married Harold Maine and moved to the Malhuer Butte area where they made their home and farmed until Harold died in 2005. After Harold’s death, she moved to Haines to live with her daughter, Marlene McCullough.
Bernice was a wonderful friend, a caring grandma and the “Best Mother in the World,” her family said. She was a hard worker and helpmate. She worked at Pioneer Grade School in Ontario as the beloved cook for 21 years. Throughout the years Bernice was very active in her community and various clubs including Hyline Club, Salona Club, Auxiliary Club, and the Community Club. She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Payette, Idaho, for several decades and in her latter years she was a member of the Baptist Church in Haines.
Bernice enjoyed camping, playing games and especially being with her family!
She was preceded in death by her parents; two beloved husbands, Elmer and Harold; two brothers; two sisters; two granddaughters; and one great-grandson.
She is survived by her children, Marlene McCullough, Jim and Peggy Galyen, Gary and Ruth Galyen, Ken and Alene Galyen, and Shari and Steve Cornell; 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by the family she shared with Harold, Merl and Art Maine, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization that helps people in need, through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.