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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for the week of Aug. 29 to Sept. 2


Obituaries for the week of Aug. 29 to Sept. 2

Melda Gibson

Melda Mary Frances Nelson Gibson, 84, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 16, 2005, at a Portland nursing home.

Her graveside funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Jack Bynum will officiate.

Melda was born Sept. 16, 1920, at Baker City. She grew up in Baker City, and moved to California after her marriage to Gordon Gibson. They moved to Portland in 1989, where she resided until her death.

Melda loved to cook, crochet and knit. She worked in real estate while living in California. She loved her twins, Karl Paulsen, who died in 1999, and her daughter, Karol Paulsen Molnar, who lives at Burley, Idaho. Melda had much joy sharing times with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughter, Karol Molnar; two daughters-in-law, Donna Scrivner of Baker City and Sue Morton of Pendleton; five grandchildren, Kent Paulsen of Medford, Jody Lamberson and Andrea Cress, both of Pendleton, Christi Molnar of Kent, Wash., and Lohry Coltrin of Copenhagen, Denmark; 10 great-grandchildren, Alex Rauh, Danielle Delaney, Elizabeth and Danielle Baldwin, Mandy Lamberson, Nolan and Whitney Anderson, and Daniel, Jamie, and Krysanna Coltrin; one great-great-grandchild, Isaac Alexander Rauh, who was born Aug. 2, 2005; five sisters, Gertrude Cate, Barbara Lagan, Gladys Bosler, Margaret Mullins and Emma Pinjo; one brother, Donald Straub; and very special friends, Marianne Gallagley of Portland, and Bob and Gema Preece of Vancouver, Wash.

Melda also was preceded in death by her adopted parents, Nellie and Frank Nelson; and her biological parents, George and Velma Shurtliff Straub.

Eloise Mitchell

Eloise (Albrecht) Mitchell, 82, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 28, 2005, after a brief struggle with a blood disorder.

Informal services will take place in September at her daughter Victoria's home in Martinez, Calif.

Eloise was born Oct. 6, 1922, at Pocatello, Idaho. When she was a young girl her family moved to Baker City. She went to school in Baker City and still has many area friends who will remember her. She was active in band, chorus, and Rainbow Girls. She was active in the First Presbyterian Church. She was proud that she never missed a class reunion until this year.

She met and fell in love with Grant Mitchell. She knew she had chosen her lifetime dancing partner. They married in 1945 and moved to Boise, where they spent their married lives. They owned Mitchell Plumbing.

They had so many wonderful friends and they enjoyed playing pinochle, bowling and golfing with them. They also danced on television as the Star Lighters. Eloise and Grant were active in the Southminster Presbyterian Church. Most of all they loved being together and now they are once again together.

Eloise is survived by her devoted and loving brother, Frank Albrecht of Portland; her daughters, Linda Stiller of Augusta, Ga., and Victoria (Vicky) Oleson of Martinez, Calif.; her grandson, Steven Stiller; her granddaughter, Brenda Glenn; her grandson Peter D. Oleson; and her great-grandsons, Michael, Ritchie and Brady Glenn. She will be missed by her two sons-in-law, Harry Stiller and Peter A. Oleson.

Eloise was and will continue to be a wonderful mother, friend, counselor and role-model to all who knew her. We will miss her and are looking forward to reuniting with her.

Joseph Givens

Joseph J. Givens, 45, a Baker City native, died Aug. 26, 2005, in Elko, Nev.

There will be a potluck and gathering of Joe's family and friends in his honor at the American Legion, 2129 Second St., at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. All friends and family are invited to attend.

Joseph was born June 14, 1960, in Baker City, and attended school in Baker City and La Grande. He moved to Nashville, Tenn., and spent most of his adult life there. In 2004, he moved to Elko, Nev., to be closer to family.

He is survived by his brothers, Mitch Givens and his wife, Hazel, of Elko, and Greg Givens and his wife, Carla, of La Grande; sister-in-law, Leisa Givens of Baker City; stepfather and stepmother, Dick and Connie Weygandt of Pacific City; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Jane Cameron; grandparents, Helen Obershaw and Earl Estes; and brothers, Thomas D. Givens and Lonnie Weygandt.

Elizabeth McKim

Elizabeth Hanes McKim, 84, of Baker City, died Aug. 28, 2005, at a Boise hospital.

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St. Arrangements are under the direction of Summers Funeral Homes, Ustick Chapel in Meridian.

Elizabeth was born on March 19, 1921, at Saint Mary's, Pa. She met and married Dr. Menzie McKim Jr. on May 6, 1944. They moved to San Jose, Calif., for Menzie to do surgical training for four years. Elizabeth, with her husband and two children, lived at Okinawa for one year.

She enjoyed being a homemaker, boating, fishing, gardening, bird watching and spending time with her family at their Spring Creek cabin. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends who recognized her kindness, wit, selflessness, and love of life.

Survivors include her husband Menzie McKim Jr., M.D.; son, Thomas D. McKim, M.D., and his wife, Cynthia A. McKim, D.M.D.; daughter, Nancy Galvin, and her husband John Galvin; sister, Jean Hall; and grandchildren, Benjamin and Michael McKim and Janine and Nathan Galvin.

She was preceded in death by her five siblings.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Charles Lewis

Charles William Lewis, 92, of Baker City, died Aug. 28, 2005, at his home.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Jack Bynum of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Ritualistic rites will be accorded by Blue Mountain Lodge, No. 34, AF & AM.

Private interment was at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Charlie was born on May 7, 1913, on the family farm near Summerville, to James Lewis and Mertie Robbs Lewis. He had two younger sisters, Elva and Lila.

He attended grade school in the area and graduated from Imbler High School. While working for Safeway in the late 1930s he was transferred to Baker City where he met and married Grace Mineff. They had three children: Carolyn, Robert, and Joan. They had been married 63 years at the time of Grace's death.

Charlie enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, but because of sun blindness he received a medical discharge. He bought Guyer Grocery in south Baker City during the 1940s and later changed the name to Lewis Grocery.

After selling the grocery, he worked for Pifher Brothers as a carpenter. In the 1970s, he worked for Bob Clemens constructing Boise Cascade Homes.

He was a lifetime member of the Baker Masonic Lodge and Baker Elks Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace; his son, Robert; daughter, Joan; and sister, Lila.

Survivors include his daughter, Carolyn, of Baker City; grandchildren, Desiree Wellman of Baker City, Tony Bloom of Dixon, Calif., Jordan Lewis and Erica Lodahl, both of Portland, and Elizabeth and Lea Croft of Baker City; great- grandchildren, Sasha Bloom, Matthew Bloom, and Luke and Cloe Lodahl; great-great granddaughter, Katie Bloom; and sister Elva Doud of La Grande.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker County Shrine Club, Pathway Hospice, or the Baker United Methodist Church through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Blair Syme

Blair Carl Syme, 51, of Baker City, died Aug. 30, 2005, at his home.

There will be no funeral.

Blair was the golf pro at Quail Ridge Golf Club, fulfilling his lifelong dream and goal of living in this part of Northeastern Oregon.

The son of Margaret Jane Syme of Salem and John Syme of Seneca, S.C., Blair had loved the game of golf all of his life. He had been a manager and teaching professional at courses in greater Chicago, Roanoke, Va., and Charleston, St. Stevens and Myrtle Beach, S.C., areas.

A great player, teacher and manager, Blair had been a special friend and inspiration to young and old alike. He will be deeply missed and ever in the memory of family and friends all over the country.

"May you now fly high with your eagles and may they continue to guide and care for you," his family said. "We will all love you always."

Survivors include his parents and sisters, Marilee Syme of Vancouver, Wash., and Sheryl Leitner of Chattanooga, Tenn.

Gray's West & Co. is in charge of arrangements.


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