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Obituaries for March 23, 2009

Wayne Whitnah

Wayne Whitnah, 36, of Baker City, died March 18, 2009, in Richland.

A memorial Mass will be held in his honor on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Baker City. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception to be held immediately following the service at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.

Wayne Gordon Whitnah grew up in Baker City, attending Churchill and North Baker Elementary schools. He enjoyed playing baseball at Baker Middle School; he was also remembered as a “gentle-hearted teacher's aide” at the local preschool during his middle school years. While attending Baker High School he was involved in skiing, rodeo, wrestling and enjoyed socializing with his friends.

Wayne was a gifted chef. He could bake and create pastry so easily to everyone's delight. He last worked for Community Connection in Baker City with the Senior Meal program. Wayne was always willing to help anyone in need. He loved the outdoors, whether it be fishing, hunting, camping or just being out for a hike. Wayne also was known for his baseball hats, of which he had quite a collection.

Wayne is survived by his daughter, Briana Taylor of La Grande; his parents Warren Whitnah of Richland and Ruth Whitnah of Salem; brothers Bob Whitnah, Nick Whitnah and Joe Whitnah; sisters Tymmera Whitnah, Marina Whitnah, Natasha Whitnah and Lylia Whitnah; biological brother, Brian Pelch and sister-in-law Kari Whitacre; three nieces, Collee, Mady, and Abby; two nephews in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gordon and Edith Pratt and Harvey and Clarice Whitnah; and his uncle, Cal Whitnah.

Wayne had such a kind heart and sweet spirit, he will be so missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those who wish to make a donation in memory of Wayne may do so to the Eagle Valley Cemetery Beautification Fund or St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School of Salem through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.


Beverly Wonderly

Beverly Wonderly, 73, of Baker City died March 17, 2009.

A family gathering celebrating Beverly’s life will be held at a later date.   

She was born May 30, 1935, in Okmulgee, Okla., to Oren and Mamie Rogers. She moved with her family to Ukiah and graduated high school in that community in a class of five. Growing up in Ukiah was a good experience and Beverly often spoke of the close community and good times sledding, having card parties and pulling taffy.

Beverly married Joseph Arthur Wonderly in 1954. They have two daughters, Deborah Wonderly Noe, and Brenda Wonderly Chung.

The family lived in the Pendleton and Umatilla areas until coming to Baker City in 1996. During most of years she lived in Umatilla, Beverly worked at Mead’s Thriftway where that community came to buy groceries. She also got to know and enjoy the school children at Umatilla Grade School as Beverly was the head cook of the Umatilla School district for a number of years. Beverly would often joke about the popularity of her lunch menu and the students certainly had their favorites.

Among the many things Beverly enjoyed, bowling with her team was high on the list. She had many trophies as an individual and a team player and was a member of the 300 Club. Beverly spent many hours in her yard and garden and was known by all to have exceptionally beautiful plants. Beverly enjoyed spending time with her many good friends and loved to share a cup of coffee and good conversation

Family was center to everything Beverly did. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Wonderly of Baker City; daughters Deborah Noe  and Brenda Chung, nine grandchildren: Chris Button, Doug Noe, Kelli Noe, Jeffrey Noe, Richard Chung, Suzy Noe, Michael Chung, Robert Chung, and William Chung all of whom have resided at one time or another in Baker City; great grandchildren Sydney Noe, Mia Noe, Darwin Button, and Dagan Button; brother, Kenneth Rogers, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Wanda Rogers; and Ian Noe, a great-grandson.

For those who wish to make a memorial contribution in memory of Beverly, the family suggests either the Baker City Fire Department or the Baker City Police Department through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.


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