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Obituaries for Sept. 7, 2012


Agnes Evarts

Baker City, 1926-2012

Agnes Marie Gilbert Evarts, 86, died Aug. 22, 2012, at Baker City. 

At her request, there will be no memorial service. She will be buried with her parents at Mount Hope Cemetery. 

Agnes was born at Peculiar, Mo., on April 22, 1926, to Theodore Gilbert and Cora Simrell. She was a sister to Theodore “Jr.” Gilbert, Fred Gilbert, Boyd Gilbert and Jack Gilbert.

Agnes married William Dale Evarts of Roseburg on Jan. 10, 1942, at Weiser, Idaho. They had been married for 70 years; they raised four children: Jimmie, Larry, Carl “Corky” and Vicki.

Dale retired from the Teamsters at Anchorage, Alaska, where they had lived for 44 years. Dale and Agnes owned a ceramics shop, a fish store and a charter service in Alaska before returning to Oregon. 

Agnes also spent time living in Missouri, Idaho and Colorado.

Survivors include her husband, William D. Evarts of Baker City; sons, Jimmie Evarts, and his wife, Terrie,  of Baker City, and Larry Evarts, and his wife, Karen, of Murphy, N.C.; and daughter, Vicki S. Bocz, and her husband, Rick, of Grand Saline, Texas; and nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cora Simrell and Theodore Gilbert of Baker City, OR; brothers, Fred Gilbert of Union and Theodore “Jr.” Gilbert of Humansville, Mo.; and son, Carl “Corky” E. Evarts of Anchorage, Alaska.

Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Heilmeyer

Baker City, 1915-2012

Mary Grace Corner Fales Heilmeyer, 96, of Baker City and longtime resident of Eastern Oregon, died Aug. 31, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Care Center.

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Sept. 14, at the First Lutheran Church, 1734 Third St. There will be a reception afterward in the fellowship hall at the church.

Mary was born on Nov. 8, 1915, at Colfax, Wash., to George Corner and Adah Carter. She married Archie Fales on Nov. 20, 1932, at Sweet Home. They moved to Eastern Oregon in 1935. 

Together they ran a dairy farm until they moved to Baker City in 1947. Mary and Archie were divorced in 1952 and, in 1956, Mary moved to Pendleton where she worked in the woolen mill for six years. 

On May 15, 1959, Mary married Archie K. Heilmeyer.  The couple moved to Dale in 1963, then to  Eureka, Calif., where they lived from 1966 to 1972, and then on to St. Maries, Idaho, where Mary worked as a senior services coordinator for Benoweh County until they retired in 1977.

After her retirement, Mary and Archie moved to Payette, Idaho, in 1981 and to Fruitland, Idaho, in 1989.

They enjoyed spending their winters in Arizona and their summers at Fruitland, Idaho. Mary was an active member of the First Lutheran Church and she enjoyed fishing, traveling, crocheting, crafts and reading.

Survivors include five children: son David Fales and his wife, Patty, daughter Judy Chinn and her husband, Charlie, daughter Arcella Hall and her husband, Ken, stepdaughter Joan Hunsaker and her husband, Doug, and stepson John “Butch” Heilmeyer and his wife, Vicki; 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands, Archie Fales and Archie Heilmeyer; sisters, Dorothy Parker and Margaret Munts; brother, Gordon Corner; and daughter, Sharon Fales.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church Memorial Fund through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

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