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
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 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
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 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.