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Obituaries for Jan. 28, 2011


Ronald Cook
Ronald Cook, 61, of Portland, died Jan. 24, 2011, at his home.
Private family burial of his cremated remains will be later at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Ronald Lloyd Cook was born on June 19, 1949, at Baker City to Lloyd R. and Geraldine Iona Delaney Cook. He attended Baker grade schools, but graduated from North Salem High School.
After high school, Ron enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Vietnam. After he completed his enlistment in the Marines, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. After serving two years in the Army, he received a medical discharge.
Ron moved to Seneca after his time in the military and was married for a short time while living there. He then moved to Portland where he continued to reside.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Iona; sister, Janice; and nephew, Rick. 
Survivors include his father, Lloyd Cook of Baker City; brother, Richard Cook of Baker City; aunts and uncles, Nita and Bob Hendriksen of Baker City, Gerald Delaney, Dick and Donna Delaney, Ken Delaney and Larry Delaney; and many cousins.
Coles Tribute Center is in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn Haberman

Evelyn O. Haberman, 94, of Baker City, died Jan. 22, 2011, at her home.
Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. today at Rose City Cemetery in Portland, with the Rev. Linda Stewart-Kalen of the Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church officiating. There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church in Portland.
Evelyn was born on Sept. 5, 1916, to Edward and Anna Rude Bjerke at Veneta. She was raised on the family farm until her dad died.  She and her mother then moved closer to Eugene where Evelyn graduated from high school.
Then they moved to Portland, where Evelyn attended Business College. Evelyn met Fred Haberman in 1939 and they were married in July of 1940 in Portland where they raised their family.  They had three children:  Phillip and twins, Arlene and Lloyd. 
Evelyn worked for Rose City Label Co. for 24 years before retiring in 1979. She moved to Baker City in 2009 to be with her daughter, Arlene.
She enjoyed sewing, reading, traveling and making doll clothes.  She then dressed the dolls and donated them to foster children. She always enjoyed helping others who were less fortunate.
Evelyn volunteered for Fish and was a member of Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church in Portland. She loved God, church and children. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Haberman; her son, Lloyd Haberman; and her son-in-law, Joe Dethloff.
Survivors include her son, Phillip Haberman, and his wife, Janice, of Harbor; her daughter, Arlene Dethloff of Haines; her daughter-in-law, Gayle Haberman-Laird of Milwaukie; her four grandchildren, Marty Dethloff of Haines, Josie Graven of Richland, David Dethloff of Bend, and Kit Haberman of Portland; and her seven great-grandchildren, Kristiana, Sean, Mark and Lana Dethloff, all of Baker City and Abby, Jodi and Ty Graven, all of Richland.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice or Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Thomas Witham
Thomas Henry Witham, 82, a fourth-generation Baker City resident, died Jan. 24, 2011, at his home.
There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Tom’s friends and family will gather at the Baker Elks Lodge after the graveside service.
Tom was born on Feb. 11, 1928, to William Witham and Maud Moeller Witham in Baker City. He was the youngest of three brothers, Fred, Bill, Harvey, and sister Evelyn. 
Tom was a 1946 Baker High School graduate. He then joined the U.S. Army, serving in Germany from 1946 to 1950.
Tom worked as a heavy equipment operator after his return from active duty. He worked for several construction companies including many years with Witham Brothers Construction. He also owned and operated his own log truck later in his life.
Tom married Ida Patricia Locken on April 1, 1963. 
Survivors include his wife, Carol Witham; his two sons and daughters-in-law, Harvey and Robbi Witham and Russell and Christina Witham; his daughter, Molly; and his grandchildren, Zack, Sara, Sam, Jenna, Travis, Eli and Ashley; and one great-granddaughter, Rosalina Mia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ida Patricia Locken, who died in 1988; and his brothers and sister.
Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled Veterans or the Elks Lodge No. 338 through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR 97814.


‘Nicki’ Worral
Nicatie Fern “Nicki” Worral, 61, an on-again, off-again Baker County resident, died Jan 21, 2011, in La Grande at the La Grande Post Acute Rehab Center.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Visitations will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The Rev. Gene Dunn of John Day, Nicki’s first cousin, will officiate. There will be a potluck reception afterward at the Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St.
Nicki was born on May 12, 1949, at Baker City, the only daughter of George Gerald and Kathryne Jeanne Motley Richardson.
She grew up at Baker City and attended schools there. She was a 1967 Baker High School graduate. Throughout high school she was an active member of the International Order of the Rainbows for Girls, church, theater, choir and orchestra.
Her parents owned an oil business at Baker City, so she was often seen by her dad’s side delivering oil all over Eastern Oregon.
Nicki married Roger Allen Worral on Dec. 25, 1970, at La Grande.
Their son, Allen Fredrick Worral, was born July of 1972. Nicki worked diligently at various jobs in order to take care of her family. In June of 1980 the couple’s second son, George Gerald Worral, was born.
 They were divorced in 1986.
In April of 1989, while dating Maurice Robert Moyes, she give birth to his daughter, who Nicki named Michelle-Marie Nicatie Worral.
Nicki had various stints at a couple of different colleges. She dreamed of becoming a teacher. She attended school part time here and there till she graduated from Eastern Oregon University with her master’s degree in education in the mid 1990s.
She found inspiration in being able to light up children’s eyes by teaching them something new, her family said. She worked throughout Baker County as a substitute teacher.
Nicki loved playing the violin and learning new things, like how to play the fiddle. She was very passionate about theater and music. She performed in various plays and sang in numerous choirs.
Nicki loved hunting, fishing and camping with family and friends. She had numerous stories to tell of the old days when “Dad chased the elk down the hill and Mom and I jumped up and got two elk,” her family members said.
She also instilled in her children the importance of volunteerism and helping others out. She had participated in many charity fundraisers from baking sweets to wrestling in a vat of mashed potatoes with her daughter. She was an active member of the Eagles and presided as president of the Past Presidents Association for the State Auxiliary in past years. 
In 2002, Nicki’s father died leaving her to care for her mother, who had Alzheimer’s disease. She quit teaching and took on the new challenge. She loved caring for her mother till she died on Valentine’s Day 2006. She was a lady of strength and courage.
Nicatie always loved church and always sought refuge there. She was a member of the Baker City Christian Church. She is remembered by her family as an excellent, caring, and loving mother and grandmother. 
“She was always there for her family and friends if somebody needed them. Countless times she has put her family before herself, even if it put her in harm’s way. She will be greatly missed,” family members said.
Survivors include her son, Allen Worral of San Diego and his son, Chaz Worral; her son, George  Worral of Baker City; her daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Kyle Boudreau of Baker City; sister-in-law, Joanne Richardson of Worland, Wyo.; longtime boyfriend, Jerry Cohoe of Baker City;  and many other cousins and friends left behind to remember her stories, her smile, her love and her heart.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Worral; her parents; her brother, Dr. George Gerald Richardson; nephew, Trent Thomas Richardson; and infant son, Roger Worral.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Research through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

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