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Obituaries for May 1: Carl Carnahan, Betty Sharp

Carl Carnahan

Carl Carnahan, 87, died April 26, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family afterward for a reception at the church at 675 Highway 7.

Mr. Carnahan was born March 4, 1920, at New Bridge to Carl C. and Flossie M. Clements Carnahan. He attended grade school at New Bridge and was a 1938 graduate of Eagle Valley High School in Richland.

He worked on the family farm until entering the U.S. Navy on Jan. 28, 1942. He served as a corpsman and attained the rank of pharmacist mate first class.

He was assigned to the U.S.S. Tryon and served in the South Pacific from June 23, 1943, to March 11, 1945. During this time he was at the major battles of Tinian (Mariana Islands), Peleliu (Palau Islands) and Leyte and Luzon (Philippine Islands).

He was honorably discharged Nov. 19, 1945, and farmed in Eagle and Pine valleys, also working for the Oregon Department of Transportation maintenance section in Richland. He moved to Baker City in July 1972, continuing to work for ODOT and retired in 1985. He then worked part time for Monroe Funeral Home.

He was married for 61 years to Mary E. Libby Carnahan, whom he met while stationed at the Bainbridge, Md., Naval Hospital. He was a member of the Baker Christian Church.

He enjoyed horses, hunting, fishing, and picking huckleberries. He also did leather braiding.

Survivors include his wife, Libby, of Baker City; daughters, Judy Meneghin of Beaverton and Audri Alsman, of Tualatin; son, Jim Carnahan of Bend; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Joseph, and sister-in-law, Peggy; a niece, Donna Jane; a nephew, Duane; and a son-in-law, Gerald Alsman.

Memorial contributions may be made to Baker City Christian Church or the charity of one's choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Betty Sharp

Betty Maxine Sharp, 87, of Halfway, died April 26, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Pine Baptist Church in Halfway. Interment will be at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Pine Baptist Church in Halfway.

Betty Maxine was born Aug. 29, 1919, at Peabody, Kan., to Walter and Bessie Draper Brooks. Betty was raised and educated in Kansas.

Friends fondly recall a story she told of living near the train tracks as a youth in Kansas. As the trains went by, they would throw sparks, and on occasion it resulted in her bedroom catching on fire.

She enjoyed working as a cook and waitress most of her life. In fact she didn't quit working until she moved to Halfway in 1983 at the age of 73.

Betty enjoyed doing word search puzzles, crocheting and crafts. She was an avid reader and loved going to Friday night bingo. Betty enjoyed her circle of friends, the 7 a.m. phone calls, the trips to Baker City with Shelley and the ice cream cone on the way home, roller derby and watching wrestling on Monday nights with J.P.

She loved her family and looked forward to their phone calls and visits. She will be missed very much, not only by her family, but by all who knew and loved her, her family said.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Debra Boutwell, who died in 2001.

Survivors include three daughters, Beverly Pierson of Reseda, Calif., Betty Joyce and her husband, Charlie Smith, of Mira Loma, Calif., and Donna and her husband, Hank Ogle, of Ledbetter, Ky.; son-in-law, Homer Boutwell of Halfway; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR.

Gertrude Davis

Gertrude Ida Davis, 94, a former Baker County resident, died April 29, 2007, at Hospice House in Kennewick, Wash., surrounded by family.

Her graveside funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Summerville Cemetery. Visitations will be from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., in La Grande.

She was born Feb. 15, 1913, at Sumpter to John Thomas and Pearl Caroline Foster Shields. She was married to Rolla Mack Davis on Oct. 14, 1935, at Weiser, Idaho. He was a wonderful husband and father for 59 years.

Gertrude was a nursing assistant at Valley View Manor until her retirement. She loved to read, enjoyed oil painting, and made many afghans over the years for each of her grandchildren, and she loved to swim at the Natatorium in Baker City.

Survivors include her sons, Larry Davis and his wife, Myrna, of Gresham, John Davis and his wife, Terry, of Elgin, and Keith Davis of Florida; daughters, Christine Showalter and her husband, John, of Ketchikan, Alaska, Pamela Quintero and her husband, Roy, of Kennewick, Wash.; a sister, Lavina Balch of Baker City; and 16 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Foster Shields and Jack Shields; and sisters, Fay Liden and Junia Love; and granddaughter Amanda Gurr.


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