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Obituaries for the week of August 15 to Aug. 19

‘Gene' Potter

E.B. "Gene" Potter, formerly of Baker City, died Aug. 16, 2005, at Portland.

His graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Ritualistic rites will be accorded by the Baker Elks Lodge, No. 338. Visitations will be until 7 o'clock tonight at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Gene was born at Clovis, N.M., on Oct. 18, 1909, to Oscar and Katie Dean Potter. He attended Stanford University where he studied civil engineering. He had been employed by Morrison-Knudsen Co. for more than 35 years when he retired in 1975.

Gene married Frances J. "Jackie" Haldiman on Dec. 23, 1939, and raised her son, Don, as his own. Jackie died in 1973. Don died in 1986.

In 1974, he married Pauline Ross of The Dalles. They had nine wonderful years before her death in 1983.

Survivors include Pauline's daughter, Kristine, and her husband, Kris Thomsen, of Hillsboro; two grandsons, Kevin and Kyle Thomsen and Don Haldiman's three children, Susie Magee and Sylvia and Jimmie Haldiman; Jackie's nieces, Beverly Null, Janet Lamprey, Carol Kohls and Kathleen Lundt; and many caring friends and neighbors.

Ruth Van Driesche

Ruth A. Van Driesche, 90, of Stayton, who attended nursing school in Baker City, died Aug. 14, 2005, at her home.

There will be a Catholic vigil at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Stayton. Vault interment will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Stayton.

Mrs. Van Driesche was born on Feb. 12, 1915, at Enterprise to Tom and Zelnie Downing Lathrop. She was raised and educated at Enterprise.

She earned her nursing degree in 1937 from St. Elizabeth's Nursing School at Baker City. She married Marcel Van Driesche on June 5, 1939, at Mount Angel Abbey. The couple made their home at Stayton where they owned and operated the Star Theater for 30 years.

She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Stayton and greatly enjoyed sewing, reading and her family.

Survivors include her husband, Marcel Van Driesche of Stayton; five children, Ken Van Driesche of Salem, Carla Rosenbalm of Stayton, Karen Bettencourt of Asburnham, Mass., John Van Driesche of Jefferson and Roy Van Driesche of East Hampton, Mass.; a sister, Elf Bissinger of Enterprise; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary's Catholic Grade School at Stayton or to the Stayton Public Library. Weddle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Donna Wilson

Donna Rae Wilson, 59, of Joseph, a former Baker County resident, died Aug. 12, 2005.

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church, 1420 W. North St., in Enterprise. Burial will be at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Grangeville, Idaho, Cemetery.

Donna was born on Feb. 23, 1946. She attended schools in Idaho at Clearwater Valley and Grangeville. She married Ray Wilson in 1961 and began her adventurous life on a sheep ranch in Hells Canyon. The couple had two sons and a daughter.

After the Forest Service forced them off of their land in 1973, Donna and Ray became cattle ranchers at Halfway.

In 1980, Donna moved with her family to a new ranch at Baker City. In addition to ranching, Donna also worked at Bohn's Clothing Store. In 1988, Donna gave up ranching for a short period and moved with her husband to Sisters.

After two years there, she was back ranching with Ray in the Lewiston/Asotin area. In 1993, she moved to a different cattle ranch at Imnaha where she was a county librarian and special education teaching assistant. Her final move with her husband was to Joseph in 2003 to open a saddlery business.

Donna loved landscaping and planting flowers in her yard. She also enjoyed quilting and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Her strong faith in the Lord enabled her to fight a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Survivors include her husband, Ray; her sons, Chris, a seaman based out of Seattle, Wash., and Greg of Mesa, Ariz.; her daughter, Sherri of Philomath; her mother, Edna Hewson of Grangeville, Idaho; sisters, Darlene, of Grangeville and MaryEllen of Lewiston, Idaho; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Don Fine; and her sister, Sandra.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through the Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise, OR 97828.

Phoebe Cosens

Phoebe Ellen Cosens, 89, of Halfway, died Aug. 13, 2005, at Settlers Park Assisted Living center.

Her graveside funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. The Bollman Funeral Home of Dallas is handling the arrangements.

Phoebe was born on Nov. 6, 1916, at Wilder, Idaho, to Bertrum and Mable Waldron Day. She moved to Halfway as a child and lived there for most of the rest of her life.

She married Royal Robert Cosens on May 29, 1935, at Halfway. They herded sheep and then raised cattle in Pine Valley.

Phoebe and Roy moved to Philomath in 1979 and lived in the Sutherlin/Cottage Grove area before returning to Halfway in 1981.

Roy died on Feb. 16, 1981. Phoebe was active in church in the later years of her life. She enjoyed crocheting afghans.

Survivors include her sister, Lula Day of Redland, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Henry "Hank"; and a sister, Mila Morris.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Valley Ambulance Service.

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