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Obituaries for June 14, 2010

Helen Gover, 'Bob' Hughes

Helen Gover


Helen Clarice Gover, 92, of Halfway, died June 8, 2010, at La Grande.

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. June 26 on the hillside at the home of George and Marcia Gover in Halfway. There will be a potluck afterward with the family providing ham, baked beans, potato salad, rolls and drinks.

 Helen was born on March 31, 1918, at Baker City to George and Helen Staight Densley. Helen attended grade school in Baker. Her mother passed away when she was 9 and she stayed with a sister and brother-in-law, Priscilla and Vern Manary to attend school. On weekends, she would go home to her grandparents, W.J. and Maggie Densley in Richland. Later she attended St. Francis Academy and boarded there through her sophomore year. Helen returned to Richland for her junior and senior years graduating from Eagle Valley High School in 1936.

The summer of 1936, Helen was crowned Queen of the Miners Jubilee. Fifty years later, in 1986, Helen was honored to ride again in the Miners Jubilee Parade.

Helen married Wilford Lovell Gover Jr. at Baker City on Oct. 5, 1936. They made their home at Halfway.

The couple made a living by farming, working hard, raising cattle, milking cows and putting up hay for themselves and others. Horseback was a way of life, and something Helen truly enjoyed.

In the spring and during haying season, a tractor became her best friend and she spent many hours in the driver’s seat. It was nothing for Helen to cook for 10 hay men and be back in the field working as soon as the dishes were done.

Helen served on the election board for 50 years. She helped establish the first hot lunch program for the Halfway Grade School.

She was instrumental in starting the annual talent show, with the proceeds going to help pay for school programs. She was a member of the Baker County CowBelles, and served on the Pine Eagle Clinic Board for nine years, including three as chairwoman. She also served on the Pine Valley Cemetery Board for many years.

 Helen belonged to the local bridge club for more than 50 years and actively attended until her eye sight began to fail. Her favorite place to vacation was Jackpot, Nev. She loved to go and usually came home a winner.

Survivors include her sons, Daniel, and his wife, Joyce, of Enterprise, Gary and his wife, Mary, of La Grande, and George and his wife, Marcia, of Halfway; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter born on June 4, 2010; and her nephew, Tom Pearce.

 She was preceded in death by her husband, Junior; and sisters, Priscilla Manary and Ruth Pearce.

 In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Pine Eagle Clinic in Halfway through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


‘Bob’ Hughes


Robert Allan “Bob” Hughes, 41, died June 4, 2010, at his home on Sutton Creek Road.

There will be a Celebration of Life potluck dinner at 1 p.m. June 26 at the Harvest Church, 3720 Birch St. Pastor Monte Loyd of the church will officiate.

Bob was born March 4, 1969, at San Jose, Calif., to Ken and Linda Hughes. He spent most of his life in Baker County. After school, Bob’s love for the outdoors took him into the woods where he worked as a logger. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and mushroom picking. But he enjoyed nothing as much as his family and kids.

In June of 1990, he married the love of his life, Jackie Andrews. Together they had three beautiful children, Logan, Amber and Brandon. Bob was a very passionate man that would do anything for his family and friends.

In 2003, Bob’s life took a turn when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After many surgeries and battles he returned home to Sutton Creek. His strength and strong will with God’s help brought him through what most could not endure. He spent the last six years of his life with Jackie, raising his kids and spending time with family and friends.

“Bob — husband, father, son and brother — you will be dearly missed by all,” his family said.

Bob was preceded in death by his father Ken Hughes, grandfather Everett Warren and step-brother Paul Opperman.

He is survived by his wife, Jacqualine “Jackie” Hughes; children, Logan, Amber and Brandon; his mother, Linda Opperman, and stepfather, David Opperman of Baker City; grandmother, Betty Lou Warren of Youngstown, Ohio; his brother, Tom, and his family of Baker City; many stepsiblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

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