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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for March 12, 2014


Obituaries for March 12, 2014

Ralph Myers

Forest Grove, 1930-2014 

Ralph Douglas Myers, 83, of Forest Grove, a former Baker County resident, died Feb. 8, 2014, at the Forest Grove Rehabilitation and Care Center.

Private Cremation Rites will be at Hoyt Crematory in Forest Grove.

Ralph was born on July 17, 1930, at Astoria, the first son of Ray Oliver Myers and Alice Mae Douglas Myers.

He received his education at Sumpter and Baker City, and was a 1949 Baker High School graduate.

Ralph worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Baker Country Road Department. Later he moved to Weiser, Idaho, where he taught at a heavy equipment school. He moved to Glenns Ferry, Idaho, and worked for Morrison Knudsen. 

Ralph realized his dream of moving to the ocean, settling at Seaside, buying a fishing boat and working at becoming a commercial fisherman. Later he moved to Hebo, and was an independent contractor. His ability to run a grader kept him busy until retirement.

Ralph loved to walk on the beach and watch the storms come in. He also loved the mountains of Eastern Oregon. Visiting his siblings and their families was very special to him.

 The love of fishing, hunting and walking in the mountains were fond memories. He spent part of every visit going to Greenhorn, Granite, Baldy Lake and the mining towns that he lived in as a child.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association and Operating Engineers Union.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Alice Myers; and his two brothers, Glen O. Myers and Hugh A. “Butch” Myers.

Survivors include his three sisters and brothers-in-law, Doris J. and Wilbur C. King of Baker City, Hazel M. and Cecil T. Benintendi of Huntington, and Edie and Ron Nelson of Baker City; sisters-in-law, Luci Sohler, of Hood River and Norma Myers, of Baker City; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Joe and Makayla Ehly, Bill Balmer and Jonathan and Alyssa Engberg and family, who cared for their Uncle Ralph with faith and love.

Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives of Hillsboro is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Walker

Woodland, Calif.,1929-2014

Betty Lee Cavin Walker, 84, a former longtime Baker City resident, died March 6, 2014 at her home in Woodland, Calif., with her family and friends caring for her. 

There will be a family gathering later this summer at Blackwood Canyon in California. 

Betty was born in 1929 at Aberdeen, Wash., to Evelyn “Belle” De Souza Cavin and Alexander Bell Cavin.

Betty grew up at Dunsmuir, Calif., attending grade school there until her freshman year in high school when she began attending Holy Rosary School at Woodland, Calif.

She was introduced to Bud Walker by his two sisters also HRS alums, and on their first date Bud asked Betty to marry him. They were partners in life for 64 years until Bud’s death in 2012 at Baker City.

Together they ranched near Woodland and at Lostine for more than 25 years. Betty was a registered dental hygienist, attending dental school at San Francisco and working both in San Francisco and at Woodland. 

Besides the family ranch, Betty worked for Wallowa Hardware at Wallowa. She also worked several years in retail at Baker City.

Betty especially enjoyed spending time with her only grandchild, Jessica. She was always baking special treats for her classes, chaperoning field trips, sewing costumes and attending any event that Jessica participated in.

She was an accomplished seamstress, winning many awards in the Yolo County, Calif., Fair with her embroidery work. She was most creative in her sewing room, and it is the most fortunate who are in possession of a Betty Walker “homemade with love” gift, family members said. 

She was also an excellent hunter and enjoyed fishing the Columbia and Snake rivers. She served a wonderful “crappie” dinner from “line to plate!”

Betty enjoyed traveling, and toured Poland with her daughter, Pam. She traveled through several European countries with her daughter, Paula, and visited their ancestry through Portugal and Spain with her sister, Virginia. Bud and Betty spent many winters traveling in their RV to Arizona and Mexico and she enjoyed traveling throughout the United States.

She moved back to Woodland, Calif., to be near her sister, Virginia, after Bud’s death. She moved to Lincoln Gardens at Woodland in November 2012 and soon became friends with a very warm and endearing group of neighbors, family members said.

This last year she enjoyed playing bingo, going to potlucks, telling the “city girls” many “ranching stories” spending time with her sister and other family members, and visiting with old friends.

Survivors include her daughters, Pam Walker (Morgan Lynn) of Auburn, Calif., and Paula (Mitchell) Southwick of Baker City; granddaughter, Jessica Southwick of Hermiston; sister, Virginia Haugen (Percy) of Woodland, Calif.; sister and brother-in-law, Mazie (Walker) and Dick Carnell of Sierraville, Calif., and their families; and many friends in California and in Oregon.

 The family was served by Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home.

Effie Turner

Baker City, 1914-2014

Effie Wellman Turner, 99, of Baker City, died March 9, 2014, at Ashley Manor with her daughter-in-law, Joann Wellman, and granddaughter, Garla Rowe, by her side.

Visitations will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pastor Ralph Lawrence of the Baker United Methodist Church will officiate. A graveside service will be at Mount Hope Cemetery with a reception in her honor afterward at the Methodist Church, 1919 Second St. 

Effie was born on April 4, 1914, to Oscar M. and Eva Ann Hassen Pierce of Pleasant Valley at the old Wolf Homestead across from the stone house that her grandfather built on the west side of the freeway. She attended school at Pleasant Valley.

Her folks moved to Omaha, Neb., for a few years and then returned and settled at North Powder where Effie graduated from high school. 

While going to school, she worked on a ranch helping and care for children. Effie earned $5 per month and paid her father’s life insurance policy of $4.25 per month leaving her 50 cents for the month.

She worked at various jobs until 1938, when she married R.L. Harris. They settled at Elko, Nev. He was a barber and it was the war years and help was hard to find so Effie entered Moeller Barber College at Salt Lake, Utah. After completion, they worked together until his death in 1943.

Effie then returned to Baker City and entered the Baker Business College and worked with the U.S. Weather Bureau in a war time appointment. Effie met Homer “Les” Wellman and in 1945 they were married. 

Les and Effie bought the old Mack ranch with the Powder River going through on Chandler Lane in 1946,to combine with his rangeland at Virtue Flat. She took an active role in the ranch life, cooking fabulous meals for the hired crew three times a day. 

She also would help out in the fields when necessary but she would always be dressed in her usual attire of a printed starch dress and apron along with her high heels. She enjoyed sewing and mending and all forms of cooking. 

The couple worked with their son, Stan, as a partner. Les died in November 1969. Effie stayed on at the ranch with Stan, Joann and family while enjoying retirement.

She kept her flower beds, knitted and did fancy work until she married Murray Collins in 1982. She then moved to town and started fishing and traveling to places she had never been. They spent the summers in Baker City and the winters in Overton, Nev. After 13 years of marriage, he died.

While married to George Turner, Effie loved playing cards, games, a little gambling and dancing. She bragged about being “first lady” at the Senior Center during the many years George spent as president of the senior organization.

She also enjoyed gardening and her flower beds. She was involved with the Rebekah Lodge, Good Sam Club and Community Connection. Effie was a life long member of the Methodist Church. 

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Joann Wellman; 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 21 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great- grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews; her lifelong friends, Milton and Wynona Prowell, and all her loving caregivers at Ashley Manor and Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice.


 She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Eva Pierce; husbands, R. Harris, Les Wellman, Murray Collins and George Turner; a daughter, Inez Wellman Miller; a son, Stanley Wellman; her brothers, Virgil, David and Benny Pierce; and  numerous nieces, nephews, a great-nephew, aunts and uncles and one granddaughter.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Baker County Livestock Association or Community Connection through Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.



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