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Obituaries for May 2, 2011

‘Dee’ Veristain

Adealia May “Dee” Ego Barrentine Veristain, a former Baker City resident died April 27, 2011, exactly one month after reaching her goal of 90 years.

Her memorial services was at 11 a.m. today at the Vale Christian Church. The Rev. Mark Veristain officiated. Leinkamper Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


She was born March 27, 1921, at Cove in the upstairs bedroom of her Grandmother Ego’s house. She was the sixth child of Charles Burton and Bessie Doolittle Ego. Her dad always said of her, “She was a scrapper.” It was that fighting spirit that kept her alive for a year and a half after the Doctors predicted that she would live for six months.

“She was deeply loved by her family and many friends and will be missed more than mere words can express,” her family said.

Dee, as she was known by all, married Charles E. Barrentine on April 24, 1939, at Weiser, Idaho. They made their home in Baker, Oregon, for many years, where their two girls, Charlene and Kay were born. They came to Ontario to start Barrentine Motor Company, a successful business for several years, handling DeSoto, Chrysler, Plymouth, Subaru, Studebaker, and Jeep over the years. She became a pioneer of sorts, when she became one of the very first Parts Ladies in a car dealership. She amazed the regional factory representatives with her knowledge and skill. After Charles died on Christmas Eve, 1972, she remained at the garage until it was sold.

In 1974, she met Mark Veristain at a dance, and they quickly became a couple. They were married on December 31, 1974. After Mark’s retirement, they became snowbirds and spent their winters in Arizona, California and Mexico. They traveled together making friends wherever they went and enjoyed life to the fullest until Mark’s health made it impossible for them to enjoy that life style any longer. Dee was devoted to him in his last years and took care of him until his passing on December 24, 2007, exactly 35 years and 7 hours after she lost Charles. Shortly after Mark passed, she experienced her first heart attack and her daughter and son-in-law came from Utah to take care of her. Mark and Dee were both family oriented and burned up the highway visiting family for weddings, graduations, babies and other family occasions for several years. Another favorite pastime was fishing and camping, with several trips to the coast, North Fork of the Little Malheur, and Hells Canyon.

She is survived by her two daughters, Charlene (LeRoy) Hirschi of Ontario; Kay (Duane) McPheeters of Vale; 1 brother, Howard Ego, Vale; Stepchildren Lynda (Peter) Dallman; Dorothy Elliott; Diana (Scott) Jensen; Mark, Jr (Lavita) Veristain and Barry (Leslie) Veristain; 14 grandsons, 7 granddaughters; and numerous great-grand-children and great-great grandchildren also many nieces and nephews, several friends and one special friend Marilee Abbott.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to XL Hospice for the tender service rendered to us during her prolonged illness. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your favorite charity in her memory.

Norman Baxter

Norman DeGraw Baxter, 86, died April 27, 2011, at Baker City.

A visitation for Norman will be held Thursday, May 5, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Coles Tribute Center. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 7, 2011, at 10 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel at 2625 Hughes Lane, in Baker City, and will be conducted by Bishop Richard Hindman. Interment will be at the Joseph, Oregon cemetery at 3:00 p.m. Military rites will be accorded by Oregon National Guard.

He was born on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1925, to Francis LeRoy and Sophia DeGraw Baxter, in Cove, Oregon. Eventually, his family moved to Emmett, Idaho, where they farmed through the Depression years, and he gained an appreciation for the earth and a love for animals. His family moved to Union while he was in high school.

Norman left high school early to enter World War II in 1943. While serving in the Navy he earned his GED. He was always proud to have served his country.

After the war, Norman married Nadine Tucker, also from Union, in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 11, 1947. He graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Vocational Agriculture and taught it in schools in Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon.

In 1964, Norman and Nadine decided to move their family to Baker City. Norman taught math at Baker Jr. High and ended his career as a fourth grade teacher at Brooklyn Elementary School. He loved the children he taught. He and Nadine, also a teacher, retired in 1987.

Norman‚s greatest commitment was to the Savior, his wife, and his children. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He gave much service to his church and community.

He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in a variety of church callings, including as a patriarch for the La Grande Oregon Stake.  He and Nadine served as ordinance workers in the Boise Idaho Temple for seven years, and they served an 18-month mission in Salt Lake City as missionaries at the Family History Center.

When not working or serving others, Norman enjoyed planting and nurturing his large garden and beautiful yard. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and three sisters. He is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Nadine; his son, Dean, and his wife, Dawnie, of Baker City, son, Grant, and his wife, Dawn, of Fruitland, Idaho, daughter, Maxine Christofferson, and her husband, Jay, of Lehi, Utah, and son, Gregory, and his wife, Karen, of Baker City; a sister, Leila Blair, of Oregon City, and numerous nephews and nieces. His posterity includes 24 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the L.D.S. Humanitarian Fund or the L.D.S. Perpetual Education Fund through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


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