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Obituaries for June 4, 2010

Lewis Moser, Harold Slane, Georgia Ann Brooks, Sue Smurthwaite

Lewis Moser

Lewis “Cork” Moser, 79, died Feb. 23, 2010, at Skagit Valley Hospital at Mount Vernon, Wash.

Friends are invited to join the family for a celebration of his life from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St.

His memorial service was March 6 at Westminster Presbyterian Church at Anacortes, Wash. Pastor Stephanie Hankey officiated.

Lewis was born on June 18, 1930, in the Rock Creek area to Gladys and Al Moser. He was a 1948 Baker High School graduate.

He married Pat Brookhart on Feb. 15, 1952. They had two children, Debra Moser of Dunedin, New Zealand, and Dug Moser of Anacortes, Wash.; five grandchildren and one great-grandson; and a brother, Frank of Caldwell, Idaho.

He was a 50-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He was a lineman for California Pacific Utilities. He enjoyed annual fishing trips to Alaska and hunting and fishing in Eastern Oregon.

“He’ll be missed for his dry wit and commitment to family and friends,” his family said.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Harold Slane

Harold Slane, 91, of Richland, died May 28, 2010 at his home.

Harold will be interred at Willamette National Cemetery. There will be a private memorial service this summer.

Harold was born on March 1, 1919, at Helena, Ark. The family moved to Vancouver, Wash., in 1921 and to Portland in 1927. Harold was a Benson High School graduate and worked in several service stations as a young man, and on the construction of the Yaquina Bay Bridge at Newport in 1935. He worked for White Motor Co. as a mechanic until December 1941 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

Harold taught aviation mechanics at naval air bases at Norman, Okla., and Beeville, Texas.

He married his wife, Leona, on May 11, 1947, and they lived in Portland. He was employed in several sales positions and later at Schwinn Bicycle Co. as its Northwest representative.

He continued in the business and owned several bicycle shops in the Portland area, including Phil’s Schwinn Cyclery on Northeast Broadway from the early 1970s to 1994, when he retired at the age of 75. He thoroughly enjoyed owning a small business, and was a member of the Eastside Business Breakfast Club for more than 20 years.

Harold moved to Baker City in 2008 and later to Richland to be closer to his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona; a sister, Mildred Siebert; a brother, Collin Slane; and a nephew, Al Siebert.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Fred Stewart of Richland; granddaughters, Jeanette Stewart of Richland and Stephanie St. Peter of Wilsonville; great-grandchildren, Cannon and Crystal St. Peter; nieces, Mary Karr of Fairview and Barb Baker of Bellevue, Wash.; nephew, Rick Slane of Aberdeen, Wash.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Providence Heart Clinic (Portland Providence Hospital) through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Georgia Ann Brooks

Georgia Ann Brooks, 59, a former Baker City resident, died May 31, 2010, at Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, where she had lived for the past two years with her daughter, Olivia, and her family.

A celebration of her life is planned for sometime in August at Hermiston.

Georgia was born on April 12, 1951, at Baker City to Glenn and Olive Wolfe Points. Georgia lived at Haines the first four years of her life until her family moved into Baker City. Georgia attended Baker City schools and was a 1969 Joseph High School graduate.

She lived a short time at Reno, Nev. She then moved to Arlington, Texas, to help her brother with his children. She married and divorced while living in Arlington, having one child.

She moved to Hermiston in 1978 and had lived there most of 30 years. (She lived about a year at The Dalles, transferring from the Hermiston Shop ’N Cart and then moving back.)

Georgia moved to Coeur d’ Alene in 2008 to be near her daughter and family.

She enjoyed golf, bingo, crossword puzzles and especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughter, Olivia, and her husband, Joe Black; grandchildren, Terrance, Ajiha, and Alex; sisters, Rosie Carter of Nampa, Idaho, Glenda Sather of Ontario, Hope Phillips of Boardman, Charlene Murray of Moorcroft, Wyo; a brother, Herb Points of Payette, Idaho; and seven nieces and 12 nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Dan, Pete, and Gary; a sister, Ella Bruner; two nephews, Butchie Bruner and Danny Ray Points; and one niece, Mary Murray.

Sue Smurthwaite

Sue Rae Hoff Smurthwaite, 76, a former Baker resident, died April 4, 2010.

The rosary was recited in Portland on April 17.

Her graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Aug. 21 in Baker City with Archbishop Elden Curtiss presiding.

Sue was born Jan. 21, 1934, at Baker, the first child of Mike and Joan Hoff. She was raised at Baker and attended St Francis Academy.

She moved to Portland where she was a registered nurse her whole life, attending nursing school and later retiring from Providence Hospital.

She married Tom Smurthwaite, also from Baker. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed camping, playing pool on a league, and volunteering.

She volunteered at the Providence Child Center. She also volunteered yearly for the Fred Meyer Challenge, Hood to Coast Run, Festival of the Trees, with many other organizations.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Mike Hoff; and her husband.

Survivors include two siblings, Mary McBride and Pete Hoff; and her three children, two daughters, Karin Wade and Sam Conway, and a son, William; and her grandchildren.


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