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Obituaries for Jan. 18, 2010

Brandie Frazier, Barbara Smith, Beth Rowen

Brandie Frazier

Brandie Ailene Frazier, 24, of Baker City died Jan. 10, 2010, at her home.

A Celebration of Life service will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St.

Brandie was born on Sept. 30, 1985, at Albany to Dave and Rhonda Daily Mowdy. She was raised at Jefferson and attended Jefferson schools. She entered the Oregon Youth Challenge Program at Bend, where she finished her education at the top of her class.

Brandie had three children with her husband, William Frazier, whom she later divorced.

She loved beading and deer hunting, but loved being a mom the most. She attended Baker Christian Church.

Survivors include her children, Michael Allen and Becca Ailene Frazier, both of Baker City; her mother, Rhonda Mowdy, and her partner, Paula Oury, of Gearhart; father Dave Mowdy of Scio; brother, Cameron Mowdy, and his wife, Natasha, of Jefferson; grandmother, Diane Daily, of Jefferson; uncle, Shawn Daily; and nephew, Austin Mowdy.

She was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Robert Frazier, who died on Feb. 18, 2005.

Memorial contributions may be made to MayDay Inc. and sent in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. S.W., Albany, OR 97321; www.fisherfuneralhome.com.

Barbara Smith


Barbara Smith, 96, a longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 16, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

A Celebration of Life service will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Dale Bingham will officiate. Private family interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

She was born Doris Barbara Greener at Halfway on March 18, 1913, to Norvil and Edna Leep Greener. Her grandparents came to Halfway by wagon train and homesteaded there.

Barbara moved to Baker City from Halfway in 1928 and graduated from Baker High School in 1931. She taught herself to play the piano and played in the Baker High School orchestra.

After high school, she attended Baker Business College. For 17 years she served as the deputy clerk at the County Clerk’s office in the Courthouse.

She married Chet Smith on Sept. 12, 1942. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she chose to stay at home and take care of her family. She was a Brownie Scout leader and was always very involved in raising her daughters. She always focused her energy on taking care of others.

She loved gardening, both flowers and vegetables. For years she preserved the bounties of her garden, filling her pantry with canned tomatoes, string beans, peaches and frozen corn. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed sewing and embroidery.

Her home was very important to her. She also loved pretty clothes, especially shoes, and had a real eye for and interest in fashion.

She loved her grandchildren and spending time with them. They spent many happy times together and she was thrilled to be a great-grandmother, her family said.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Winona DePuy and Wanda Cauffiel.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Chet Smith, of Baker City; her daughters, Susan Peters of Littleton, Colo., and Jennifer Blatchford of Baker City; her grandchildren, Kristen Powers of New York City, Karen Peters of Albany, Calif., and Jess Blatchford of Baker City; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to the family, she is survived by her faithful caretakers and friends, Paula Taylor and Gloria Osborn.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Beth Rowen


Beth Rowen, 93, of Halfway, died Jan. 13, 2010, at her home.

Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Presbyterian Church in Halfway. There will be a private family interment on her birthday in April at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway.

Lylah Elizabeth McNutt was born on April 22, 1916, in a tent at Roosevelt, Utah.

Three months later, she and her parents, James Oliver McNutt and Emily Melinda Thomas McNutt, returned to the family homestead on Clear Creek in Pine Valley. She attended Sunny Dell School and Pine Valley High School at Halfway, graduating at 16. Beth attended Eastern Oregon Normal School in La Grande, earning a lifetime teaching certificate in two years.

Her first teaching job was at Dry Creek School where they started a hot lunch program. Beth taught off and on in Halfway schools for the next 38 years.

Beth married Oliver Harold “Con” Rowen on June 17, 1938, at Weiser, Idaho. The couple ranched in Pine Valley on the family farm raising two children, Kelly and Gayla.

Beth was very family oriented. She loved family vacations and picnics with wiener roasts.

There wasn’t much Beth wouldn’t try or many places she wouldn’t go, her family said. She tried her hand at snowmobiling, jet skiing and horseback camping. When parasailing came along last year she wished she’d have been 10 years younger so she could try it, but was content to watch as the rest of the family soared.

She loved rodeos. During her lifetime she missed only one Labor Day Fair, due to a family vacation to South Dakota. She holds the same record for the Junior Rodeo, missing that one for her nephew’s wedding.

Beth liked to be among the first to arrive at the rodeo and wanted to be the last one to leave, enjoying every minute, family members said.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Con Rowen; brother, James McNutt; and son-in-law, Kerry Macomber.

Survivors include her children, Kelly Rowen, and his wife, Sue and Gayla Macomber; her grandchildren, Casey Rowen, and his wife, Kim, Cammie deCastro and her husband, Chris, Jake Rowen, and Lexy Hubberts and her husband, Dave; great-grandchildren, who were the apples of her eye, Kerri and Kadie Rowen and Ryan and Natalie Hubberts.

Beth looked forward to visits with her South Dakota nieces and nephews. She had a special place in her heart for nephews, Jim and Dick McNutt, who spent many hours working and playing with her family on the ranch.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Eagle Clinic, Hells Canyon Junior Rodeo, or the Pine Valley Fair Association through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

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