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Obituaries for Jan. 10, 2011
Mamie Lisle, Jesse White
Mamie Lisle, 84, died Jan. 6, 2011, at Baker City.
At her request there will be no service. She will be interred at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway.
Mamie “Chap” Alice was born on Aug. 25, 1926, at Spokane, Wash., to George and Roxie Patterson Hanna. She was raised at Plaza and Pine City, Wash., on a farm.
In 1937, when Mamie was in the fifth grade, the family moved to Lewiston, Idaho. It was there that she graduated from high school in 1945.
She married James A. Lisle on Sept. 10, 1946, at Moscow, Idaho. They met while both were students at a beauty college in Idaho. They had one son, Douglas “Sparky” Lisle, born in 1949.
During most of Mamie’s life she was a homemaker, and although she went to beauty school, she did hair just for the family. Mamie worked for about 10 years in school lunchrooms in Moses Lake and Othello, Wash., retiring from the Moses Lake School District in 1984.
Mamie spent many hours working on crafts and tatting. She always enjoyed rodeos, especially bull riding (her dad was a rodeo stock contractor). Mamie kept a diary most all of her life and enjoyed scrapbooking.
Jim and Mamie lived in 31 different homes during their married lives, the longest at Halfway, Moses Lake being the second. Up until a few years ago Jim and Mamie loved traveling in their RV and dancing.
Mamie was a collector. She saved everything that brought her pleasant memories, including dolls, every card she received, buttons, dishes, jewelry, figurines and spoons. While she lived at Halfway, Mamie was a member of the Carson Club for 17 years.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Jim Lisle, and son, Douglas “Sparky,” and his wife, Polly Lisle, of Halfway; brother, James Hanna of Washington; and two grandchildren, Thon and Eric.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Newell; and sister Georgia.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice or the Pine Eagle United Youth Fund through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.
Jesse White, 28, of Halfway, died Dec. 26, 2010, at his home.
The immediate cause of death was kidney failure.
His memorial will be a shared document from loved ones and he will be interred at Pine Valley Cemetery in Halfway.
His family said he enjoyed a Christmas Eve with his sisters, Natalie White and Marcy Harrington, and two nieces, Madeline (8) and Heidi (5) in Seattle.
Jesse was born with the degenerative birth defect spina bifida. His was a serious case, which left him with speaking, reading and writing skills at about the level of a 12-year-old, but normal social skills.
He spoke until about age 16 and communicated on a computer until he was 20. He was a very cute, kind, optimistic, and a quick learner in primary school at a time when he could change the views of school, social service and health care people toward inclusion and humanistic treatment, his family said.
Jesse’s life was more meaningful than most. He lived many years beyond expectations because of an aggressive mother and lots of luck and he was very brave and uncomplaining through many downturns, family members said.
“We will miss your easy laughter, Jess,” they said.
He liked music, cooking and watching game shows especially with his grandma, Audrey White, who lived many years with him. She died nine months earlier.
His tastes in music continued to mature and he was enjoying MTV more and more.
Jesse enjoyed a good quality of life in his last six years at Halfway. His family expressed appreciation to the “brave caretakers, health care people and EMTs, which can best be found in small communities.”
“Thank you all,” they said.
Survivors include his parents, Steve and Summer White of Halfway; Grandma Betty Jayne of Seattle,Wash., and Boise; Aunt Becky Bowling of Portland and her sons, Josh and Tyler; Aunt Mary Ann Pogany and her daughter, Stephanie, of Tucson, Ariz.; Uncle Dave Jayne and his son, Jon, of Seattle, and Uncle Tom White and his daughter, Shabri, of John Day.
In lieu of memorial contributions the family asks others to talk to people with handicaps, (no baby talk allowed).
“We hope to turn his experiences into a guide to other parents,” they said.
Jesse’s birth defect occurs in about 1 in a 1,000 births in the U.S., but is much higher among “Celtic” people, people who have diabetes and people with poor nutrition (lack of folic acid), according to the family. It can be detected in early pregnancy by amniocentesis and other tests, and it is important to know ahead of time to avoid birth trauma.