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Obituaries for March 25, 2011


Carol Simmons

Carol Simmons, 76, of Baker City died March 20, 2011, at her home.

Visitations will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Bishop Richard Hindman will officiate. Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the LDS Church Cultural Hall.


Carol Zella Simmons was born on April 25, 1934, at Baker City to Cleon and Florence Smurthwaite Simmons. She grew up in Baker City, attending South Baker Elementary School and Junior High.  She was a 1952 Baker High School graduate.

She attended Brigham Young University, graduating in 1956. 

She taught school for the next 12 years at Whittier, Calif., and at Salt Lake City. Carol later moved to Denver and worked in her brother-in-law’s ski shop.

She then returned to Baker City to live with her father, who was living alone in the family home. She was very active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she played the organ and taught classes.

Carol liked to crochet, sew and tole paint. She enjoyed spending time visiting her sisters and nieces, shopping and line dancing.

Survivors include a sister, Norma Giles of Baker City; six nieces,  Lisa Beyer of Baker City, Lori Snyder of Albuquerque, N.M., Leslie Smith of North Salt Lake City, Utah, Nancy Jackson of Edmonton, Canada, Tonia McKibben of Nibley, Utah, and Suzette Metzler of Denver.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Marceen Andel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the LDS Humanitarian Aid Fund through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


Ethel Hopkins

Ethel Ellen Hopkins, 85, of La Grande, and a former Haines and Baker City resident, died March 19, 2011, at a local care facility in La Grande.

 At the request of the family, there will be no services. Interment will be at the Haines Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Ethel was born April 18, 1925, at Haines, daughter of Russell Blaine and Florence (Tuttle) Wallingford. She grew up in Haines, and attended Rock Creek Grade School. She lived in Baker City from 1972 until 2005, when she moved to La Grande to be near her sons.

Ethel was a gardener. She was also a collector of salt and pepper shakers, earrings and hurricane lamps. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge.

She is survived by her two sons, Robert Hopkins of La Grande and Clinton Hopkins and his wife, Barbara, of La Grande; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Donations in memory of Ethel may be made to the Summerville Baptist Church, in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel.

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