Home News Obituaries Obituaries for the week of Aug. 14 to Aug. 18, 2006
Obituaries for the week of Aug. 14 to Aug. 18, 2006
Jaycee Marie Dunn, 13, of Baker City died Aug. 11, 2006, at Doernbechers Children's Hospital in Portland.
Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Baker Middle School Auditorium, Fifth Street and Court Avenue. Pastor Lennie Spooner of the First Church of the Nazarene will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception in the school gymnasium after the service.
Jaycee Marie Dunn was born on June 15, 1993, at Ontario to Keith Thomas and Jill Marie Greenwood Dunn. She was raised in Baker City where she attended school. Jaycee completed her seventh-grade year at Baker Middle School in June of this year.
Active in sports, Jaycee played volleyball, softball and was a cheerleader. Recently she had been riding horses and learning to rope with her papa. She loved hanging out at her mama and papa's.
She loved to be in the outdoors, hunting and fishing. She was especially fond of terrorizing ground squirrels.
Jaycee enjoyed target practice and spent a lot of time shooting cans and clay pigeons. Even though Jaycee had a tomboy side, she was just as comfortable being a princess in a beautiful dress.
Jaycee cared about everyone and every animal. She loved everyone from babies to cranky old neighbors. She wanted to be a veterinarian to care for animals. She loved animals so much that she only would watch Animal Planet on TV (besides, she said cartoons would "rot your brain.")
Survivors include her parents, Keith and Jill Dunn of Baker City; brother, TJ Dunn of Baker City; grandparents, Jay and Eddie June Greenwood of Unity and Tom and Mary Dunn of Baker City; great- grandmothers, Mildred Greenwood of Unity and Helen Clubb of Baker City; uncles, Curtis Dunn of Baker City and Jay Don and Niki Greenwood of Caldwell, Idaho; cousins, Millie and JakEd Greenwood of Caldwell, Idaho; her kitty, Cali, her dog, Cami, and her horse, Hustler; and many great-aunts, great-uncles and second cousins.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Ronald McDonald House or Doernbecher Children's Hospital through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Mary Lou Rosales
Mary Lou Castillo Rosales, 78, a former longtime Baker County resident, died Aug. 11, 2006, at Hillsboro.
Her memorial service was today at the Evergreen Staples Funeral Home in Vancouver, Wash.
Mary Lou was born in Anadarko, Okla., on Sept. 3, 1927, to Tomacita Urias and Francisco Castillo. She grew up in Anadarko where she went to school and spent her time with her cousins Mary, Della and Oscar.
On Dec. 14, 1943, she married her beloved husband, Manuel G. Rosales, with whom she had six children. In 1954 they packed up their family and headed West, landing at Durkee. Nine years later they moved to the great city of Baker where they made lifelong friends and became a big part of the community.
In 1995, because of health issues, they moved to the Portland-Vancouver area to be closer to the family. This gave them the opportunity to watch the sports and other activities of their grandchildren. Mary was so proud of all her grandchildren.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. With much love for all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she spent countless hours creating beautiful blankets.
Watching the Trailblazers and other sports were a favorite pastime. She also enjoyed reading, wrote beautiful poetry, gardened and loved the outdoors.
Above all else, what she loved the most was her beloved friend, companion and husband, Manuel. They were married 61 years. He died in June of 2005.
She will be desperately missed by her family.
Survivors include her children, Barbara Patton, Margaret and Terry Hobson, Frank and Pam Rosales, Shirley and Manuel Florez, Anita and Darrell Hobson, Manuel and Gwen Rosales and Ben and Cindy Rosales; 21 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Barbara Verell McCullough, 93, a former longtime Haines resident and Baker County teacher, died Aug. 14, 2006, at her home in Elma, Wash.
Her graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to share memories and sign the family's online guest book at www.whitesidefamilymortuaries.com.
Barbara was born Jan. 6, 1913, at Montrose, Colo., to Loring Wesley and Mable Schee Jordan. After the death of her mother, Myrtle May became Barbara's stepmother when she was 3 years old. She graduated from Roseburg High School and then went on to earn her teaching degree. She taught at Richland, Haines and at Baker High School.
She married Ralph Leslie McCullough in Baker City on May 24, 1938. They lived on their cattle ranch at Haines from 1938 until Ralph died in 1993. In 1995 Barbara moved to Elma, Wash., to be near her family.
She was a member of P.E.O., Eastern Star, Muddy Creek Mutual Improvement Club, Haines Birthday Club, the Methodist Church at Haines, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Baker City and St. Luke's Episcopal Church at Elma, Wash.
Barbara enjoyed ceramics, reading and playing the piano.
Survivors include her daughter, Recia, and her husband, Jim Plummer, of Elma, Wash.; two grandchildren, Penny Ramstein and Tracy Tyree; six great-grandchildren; and three nephews, Chuck, Mike and Jimmy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; and her brother, Wayne Sherwood Jordan.
The Whiteside Family Mortuary of Elma is in charge of arrangements.
Carlotta Kay Roecker, 59, of Prineville, a former longtime Baker City resident, died Aug. 13, 2006, at St. Charles Medical Center, in Bend.
Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the First Church of the Nazarene in Prineville. Pastor Warren Powell will officiate.
Carlotta was born at Vancouver, Wash., on April 9, 1947, to Edward and LaDonna Jones Benshoof. She attended and graduated from Marshfield High School.
She married James Roecker on Dec. 29, 1965, at Eastside. Together they had two sons. In 1996 they moved from Baker City to Prineville.
Carlotta loved to cross-stitch, play her flute, and play with her grandchildren, plus spend time loving her family. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene at Prineville.
Survivors include her husband, James; her two sons and their wives, Aaron and Tanya Roecker of Hillsboro and Raymond and Holly Roecker of Amity; two sisters, Charlene Howell of Medford and Linda Pace of Seneca; eight grandchildren; and three nieces and three nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mayo Clinic Cancer Research Center at Rochester, Minn.
The Prineville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Kyla J.E. Nagel, 28, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 13, 2006, at the home of her parents after a courageous four-year battle with brain cancer.
There will be a celebration of life service at 6 p.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church, 1166 Oak St. in Eugene. Inurnment will be later at Springfield Memorial Gardens.
She was born in Baker City on May 3, 1978, where she attended grade school through the fifth grade. She moved to Springfield with her family in 1988. She was a 1996 graduate of Thurston High School where she was active in drama and played on the high school tennis team.
She married Jered Nagel in 1998. She attended the University of Oregon at Eugene and graduated with a bachelor's degree in history.
Kyla worked as a graduate secretary in the Linguistics Department at the University of Oregon where she enjoyed the faculty and students so much.
She loved history and traditions and could spend hours reading and studying on this subject. Kyla was known, and will always be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor, her zest for life and the love and devotion she had for her children and family.
Kyla was a very special person who was, and will continue to be, a source of pride and inspiration to her family and friends.
The family would like to acknowledge the support of their friends, caring and concerned folks at the University of Oregon, Lane County Department of A & T, the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center and Hospice of Sacred Heart.
Survivors include her children, 6-year-old Emma and 1-year-old Lucy, and her former husband, Jered of Springfield; siblings, Brian Phillips of Madrid, Spain, Jill and James Koehler of Springfield and Kelli Evans of Springfield; nephew, Byron Koehler; her parents, Dave and Vonda Fuzi Evans of Springfield and Mike and Toni Phillips of Baker City; grandparents, Mae Fuzi of Baker City, Max and Delpha Evans of Springfield, Leroy Phillips of Baker City and Mabel Dreher of Roans Prairie, Texas; and numerous very supportive and loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the University of California, San Francisco, where she received such good care or to National Brain Tumor Association. Her greatest wish was to find a cure for this disease.
Connie Alice Everett, 53, born at Fort Collins, Colo., died Aug. 10, 2006, at her daughter's home in Boise.
The family invites everyone who would like to attend to a potluck dinner to honor Connie's memory at 1 p.m. Saturday at Geiser Pollman Park.
Connie spent her time working for the state taking care of children of parents with addictions. She loved her job and the children she cared for.
She always could find good in everyone. She was kind-hearted and caring and was loved by many and was a mother to many. Connie was a good friend and a great mother and grandmother and will truly be missed by many, her family said.
She was preceded in death by her father, Herbert Jesser; her mother, Julia Jesser; her brother, Ronnie Jesser; and her niece, Sierra Stein, all of Colorado; and her mother-in-law, Norma Jean Everett of Oregon.
Survivors include her son, Scot Everett and Charity of Baker City; her daughter, Dena Everett of Boise; son-in-law, Bruce Callaway, grandson, Collin Callaway, and granddaughter, Kylie Callaway of Boise; her brother, Ricky Jesser of Fort Collins, Colo.; sisters, Melody Bolton of Limon, Colo., and Sheila Jesser of Tempe, Ariz.; her sister-in-law, Georgia Hinnant of Calimesa, Calif.; 10 nieces and nephews; and six great-nieces and great-nephews.
Zella Virginia Long, 70, died Aug. 11, 2006, at her home in Baker City.
Her funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the LDS Church, 2625 Hughes Lane.
Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Virginia was born on April 15, 1936, in Baker City to Percy LaVon Wood and Zella Hemmert Wood. She was the fifth of six children, and always remained close to her sisters and brothers.
During her high school years, she loved to baby-sit her many nieces and nephews. After graduating from Baker High, she attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and later graduated with her teaching degree from Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.
She married Keith Randall Long on June 8, 1968. They met when Keith, an Oregon State Police officer, pulled her over on the highway. The rest was history. Keith was a devoted husband and she was grateful and appreciative of everything he did for her.
Her greatest love in life was her family, and especially her children and grandchildren. She was devoted to them, and visited them often. She was the glue that held the family together, and will be sorely missed.The family said, "We can still feel her presence and guidance among us."
Her love for children carried over into her teaching career. She taught school for 28 years, the last 24 at South Baker Elementary as a first-grade teacher. Many students remember reading some of their first books in her old-fashioned bathtub filled with pillows. She always remembered each of her first-graders at the time of their high school graduation by sending them their first-grade class picture, a writing assignment she had saved, and $5.
She received the Oregon Teacher of the Year award along with many other teaching honors.
She was an active and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and accepted many callings, including Relief Society president and many years as a much-loved primary teacher teaching children. She was always generous with her time and talents.
She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Keith Randall Long; her son, Mark Alan Long and his wife, Karen, of Salt Lake City; daughter, Malinda (Mindi) Ruth Gates and her husband, Kendale, of Salt Lake City; grandchildren, Megan and Melanie Long and Kendra, Keisha, and Alexis Gates, all of Salt Lake City; her brother, Paul LaVon and Cheren Wood of Salt Lake City; sisters, Ruth Boyd of Baker City and Helen Berg and her husband, Larry, of La Grande; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Percy and Zella Wood, her brothers, Loren and Wayne Wood, and her sister, MaryLu Wood.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice that benefits children through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Donald Wayne Huffman, 73, of Union, died Aug. 10, 2006, at Saint Luke's Hospital in Boise.
A funeral service was held Monday at the United Methodist Church in Union. Interment was at the Union Cemetery, and a reception followed at the United Methodist Church.
Donald Wayne Huffman was born on March 25, 1933, in Pyles Canyon. He attended school in Telocaset until the eighth grade. Don later graduated with the Union High School class of 1951.
After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and after his honorable discharge he returned to the family ranch. On July 10, 1957, he married Lois Carlson in La Grande.
The couple raised three children, and Don later moved to Hermiston due to its warmer climate where he worked as an excavator and property developer. He later returned to Union to be with his family.
He was a member of the Eagles Lodge, Elks Lodge, Union Range Riders and was on the board of directors for the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show. He enjoyed going to auctions, building things, socializing, and most of all loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will always be remembered for his great sense of humor and was always willing to help someone in need.
Survivors include his children and their spouses, Donna and Mark Beverage of Cove, Rodger and Jodi Huffman of Union, and Jill Billman of Union; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother and sister; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
His parents preceded him in death.
Those who wish may make contributions in memory of Don Huffman to the Diabetes Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, OR 97850.
To view the obituary, leave a condolence or sign the guest book on-line, visit, www.danielschapel.com.
Anne Viola "Vi" Sword Walter, 80, died Aug. 8, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.
There will be a celebration of her life and graveside service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home in Halfway and at 10 a.m. Tuesday before the service at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception after the graveside service at the Calvary Baptist Church, 2107 Third St.
Anne Viola was born on Nov. 12, 1925, at Baker City to Efraim "Ed" and Anna Judit Lovgren Sword. She attended schools at Pondosa and Baker City. She was a 1943 Baker High School graduate. Vi also attended Baker Business School.
She married John Horace Walter on Nov. 15, 1947, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Baker City. She loved her husband very much and referred to him always as "My John."
They had two daughters, Neva and Jeanne. The day before Jeanne was born, Vi had taken care of 200 chickens, which she had raised on the back porch, preparing them for the freezer.
During Vi's life, she worked for the Bureau of Land Management-Soil Conservation. She worked until she had the money to purchase a new washing machine. Vi was very proud to be a Swede and proud that her parents had come to this county, working hard and becoming citizens of the United States.
Vi enjoyed being involved in her church, whether it be in Baker City, or when she lived at Athens, Texas, or Spanish Fork, Utah. She belonged to the Helen Walter Missionary Society and sent many prayer letters.
She knew the importance of prayer, and was a true "prayer warrior." Vi had a talent for making beautiful wedding cakes and was an accomplished seamstress.
She enjoyed taking a Sunday car ride, studying her Bible and teaching Sunday school and women's Bible studies and planting flowers and garden vegetables. Vi always had room for family at her home; she treasured each and every visit.
Survivors include her daughters, Neva Clark of Winnemucca, Nev., and Jeanne Gillert and her husband, Gary, of Athens, Texas; brothers, Gus Sword, and his wife, Cleta, of Baker City and Don Sword and his wife, Evelyn, of Vale; grandchildren, Jennifer Clark Smith, Steven Gillert and Linsey Gillert Lewis; three great-grandchildren, Abigail, Dylan and Joshua Smith; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John, who died in 1994; son-in-law, John Clark; and grandson, Edward Lee Clark.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Elizabeth Health Care Center, Settler's Park or Calvary Baptist Church through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.