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Obituaries for Sept. 1, 2010

Pearl Waller, Lee Harding, Mary Petersen, Craig Combs

Pearl Waller

Pearl Hanby Waller, 94, of Portland, a former Baker County resident, died Aug. 20, 2010, at the Providence Portland Medical Center.

Her funeral was Friday at the Wilhelm Portland Memorial Funeral Home.

Pearl was born on Nov. 9, 1915, at Baker City to Walter and Alice Boyer Hanby. She spent her youth on the family ranch in Sumpter Valley learning to be resourceful and self- sufficient.

She married Floyd Hesner. They had one child, Barbara Jean, who died shortly after birth.

Pearl moved to Portland to work in the shipyards during World War II, then hired on with North Coast Electric as a bookkeeper.

Pearl married Jack Waller on Oct. 2, 1949. They made yearly fishing trips to Canada. She loved dancing, making crafts and baked goods for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Elks Lodge, watching “Dancing with the Stars,” playing Keno and sharing her pies and jam.

Pearl lived in her own home, driving until the age of 93, tending to her garden and birds and keeping up with her many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

She felt honored to have her great-great-niece named after her, Emma Pearl Marrs. Pearl was a faithful member of Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alice Boyer and Walter Hanby; her husband, Jack Waller of Portland; her sister, Rachel Hudspeth Daly; her brother, Hardin; and her nephew, Bill Hudspeth.

Survivors include nieces, Jean Marrs of Portland, Mary “Babe” Thompson of Pendleton, Sharon Daly Solseng of Seattle, Wash., Joyce Runyan Daly Pierson of Spokane, Wash., and Betty Waller Nielson, and nephews, Dan and David Bushnell, all of Portland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gateway Elks Lodge Eye Clinic Fund, 711 N.E. 100th St., Portland, OR 97220.

Lee Harding

Lee Palmer Harding, 76, died Aug. 25, 2010, in Baker City.

There will be a celebration of Lee’s life at 4 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Harding home at Pine Creek. There will be another celebration at 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at Red Sunset Park in Gresham.

Lee was born on on May 10, 1934, at La Pine to Arlo and Martha Harding. He was raised in the Beaverton area and was a Beaverton High School graduate.

Lee served a two-year hitch in the U.S. Navy and was with the Navy Reserves for six years. He worked in the construction industry as a custom cabinetmaker and contractor at Smithers, British Columbia, Palm Springs, Calif., and in the Portland area.

The most important thing to Lee was his family. He married Janet Scheel on May 10, 1958.

As well as raising their own children, he and his wife also raised five of their grandchildren. He rewarded his great-grandchildren with pizza parties for their good grades.

Lee loved his wife’s cooking and baking. He especially enjoyed his goodies.

He vacationed and traveled to many places with his wife and family. Lee loved being in the canyon where he had a great time fishing, hunting and playing poker with his family and friends. He took pride in his garden and had many friends at harvest.

“Lee touched the lives of so many, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but he will live in our hearts forever,” family members said.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Jan, of Oxbow; four children, Ken Harding, Dave Harding, Jill Moeller and Joe Harding (Carol); grandchildren Mary, Ann (Mario), Jennifer (Tito), Jestin, Christopher, Rosalie, Rebecca, Corey, Craig, William and Anthony; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Chuck Harding; sister, Patricia Watson; sister-in-law, Joyce Soberanes; brother-in-law, Orve Scheel; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Mary Petersen

Mary E. Petersen, 67, died Aug. 27, 2010, at Baker City.

There will be no service at this time. Mary will be buried at Union later with her husband.

She was born Mary Elizabeth Jones on Feb. 11, 1943, to Arthur and Peggy Jones at Brentford, Isleworth, Middlesex County, England.

Mary attended the Red Cross College of Nursing in England and spent much of her professional life taking care of the infirm. She raised many foster children as well as her biological and stepchildren.

She will be missed by her family, friends and devoted pets, Emma, Lizzy, Miko, Ming and Snowy, her family said. Mary loved the United States of America, the mountains and the sea.

Survivors include her mother, Peggy, in England; her children, Sharon, Lloyd, Paula, David and Donna; 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Jones; and her husband, William B. Petersen.

Memorial contributions may be made to an animal shelter through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Craig Combs

Craig Lavern Combs, 59, of Baker City, died Aug. 26, 2010, at Boise.

His Celebration of Life service will be at 5 p.m. Thursday at Quail Ridge Golf Course, 2801 Indiana Ave.

Craig was on born on April 14, 1951, at Baker City to Carl “Corky” and Betty Combs. He was raised in Baker City along with his two brothers, Steve and Bart Combs.

He was a 1969 graduate of Baker High School where he participated in football and an occasional rock session with his buddies. After graduating from high school, he started his entrepreneurial life, beginning with the opening of a stereo store with his brother, Steve.

This led to many business ventures throughout his life. Craig never had a dull moment. Living his life to the fullest, he engaged in music, skydiving, snowmobiling, hunting, camping, traveling, politics and anything that involved risk for enjoyment.

Craig married Nancy Basche in 1970 and they had two daughters, Hannah and Sada. He had two other wives, Penny Trump (who had a son, Christopher Endicott) and Katherine Hampshire.

Craig was single at the time of his death. Through his life he worked for his parents’ family businesses, Corky’s Independent Milk, Baker Dairies and Baker Wholesale. Being a natural salesman, he moved to Utah working for Sysco Food Service for several years. He then moved to Boise where he started his own businesses.

Returning to Baker City in 2007, he lived out the rest of his life enjoying his family and friends. Craig had many talents and ambitions toward work.

His beliefs in life were unlike any other, family members said. He crossed paths with many different people, expressing his uniqueness in his opinions and beliefs.

He was preceded in death by his father, Corky Combs; grandparents, Lloyd and Mabel Brewer; grandmother, Thelma Tierce; and great-grandparents, Calie and Verna Jones.

Survivors include his mother, Betty Combs; daughters, Hannah and Sada Combs; brothers, Steve, and his wife, Pixie Combs, and Bart Combs; grandchildren, Kersey Jordon, Jamison and Giacomo Rigueiro; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to a charity of one’s choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St.


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