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Obituaries for June 8, 2011

‘Jim’ Williams

Arthur James “Jim” Williams, 70, of Halfway, died May 4, 2011, at his home.

His memorial service and a celebration of Jim’s life will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Presbyterian Church in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Presbyterian Fellowship Hall.

Arthur James Williams was born  on June 23, 1940, at Hanford, Calif., to Arthur and Helen Knight Williams. Jim spent his early years at Oakridge, where he graduated from high school.

After graduation, he served in the Oregon National Guard at Eugene, and was married to his wife, Anita. They had four children: Brenda, Geraldine, Tammy and Andrew. Jim and Anita later divorced.

In 1978 Jim and Sue were married. They had three daughters: Rosie, Mitzi and Ginger.

He retired from Smurfit Newsprint at Newberg in 1995 and moved to Halfway. Jim maintained a small business working on guns and machines before his retirement and committed to it more fully after moving to Halfway.

Locally he was well-known as being able to “fix” anything, his family said. All will remember his smile and wave as he’d drive his old 1952 Ford tractor to and from town.

He was preceded in death by his parents  and oldest daughter, Brenda, and his longtime German shepherd companion, “Tank.”

Survivors include his six children: Geraldine, Tammy, Andrew, Rosie, Mitzi and Ginger; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sister, Ruth Ann Harris.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine-Eagle United Youth Fund through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.


Eunice Squires

Eunice Alvira Squires, 94, a former longtime Baker City resident, died June 4, 2011, at Orofino, Idaho.

Visitations will be from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Her graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Jack Pittman will officiated.

Eunice was born on June 18, 1916, at Fall Creek to Samuel and Lizzy Mary Kintzley Rhinevault. She graduated from Springfield High School and attended business school there.

She married Bruce Squires on Feb. 20, 1937. They moved to Baker City in 1944 when he got a job as a mail clerk on the railroad.

They celebrated their 50th anniversary early due to Bruce’s declining health. He died in December of 1986.

Eunice liked people and worked several places as a bookkeeper around Baker City including Smith Brothers, Cenex, and the Christian Church for Pastor Ralph Holcomb. Bruce and Eunice loved gardening and had a beautiful yard and garden where they sold produce for many years.

She enjoyed entering her produce, flowers, and needlework at the Baker County Fairs where she earned numerous ribbons. One year, the Halfway Fair honored her by asking her to be grand marshal.

In the late 1940s, they discovered hunting, fishing, and camping. Many people can remember she always got her deer and once an elk. She spent many hours gathering night crawlers to sell and fish with, especially at Hewitt Park.

She loved playing the piano and at family gatherings the grandkids would all gather around listening to Grandma and singing with her.

Eunice was a regular at the Senior Center for lunch and played bingo there or anywhere else. She also liked to go on bus trips to different places to the casinos.

Her love of fishing took her to Alaska where her son, Gary, lived. She spent several months a year with them and fished.

In 2004, she sold her home on Rose Street and moved to Cordova with them. There are many stories of her fishing on their boat even when she was well into her late 80s. In July 2008, they all moved to Weippe, Idaho where she resided until her death.

Survivors include her son, Gary, and his wife, Eva, of Weippe, Idaho; daughter, Peggy Payton, and her husband, Ed, of Baker City; son-in-law, John MacDonald of Sumpter; grandchildren, Phil Payton of Baker City, Sandi Payton-Drumm of Salem, Debra MacDonald of Richland, Wash., Tony MacDonald of Oceanside, Dawn Searles of Baker City, Brad Payton of Baker City, Jon MacDonald of Alaska, Paul Gabbert of Alaska, Bob Squires of Anchorage, Alaska, Suzanne of Trigo, Mont., Matt Smith of Malden, Wash., and David Smith of Airway Heights, Wash.; sister-in-law, Lorraine Prociew of Springfield; nephew, Bob Rhinevault of Klamath Falls; niece, Ardith Hammond, of Florence; 20 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bruce; her daughter, Mariland MacDonald; two brothers; one sister; and one grandson.

Contributions may be made to Baker County Seniors Inc. or a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

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