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Obituaries for the week of Feb. 5 to Feb. 9
Jack V. Brannock, 78, of Bend, a Baker City native, died Feb. 6, 2000, at Providence St. Vincent Hospital in Beaverton.
Mr. Brannock will be cremated and buried next to his wife at the Haines Cemetery. There will be a memorial service in the spring.
Mr. Brannock was born Oct. 10, 1922, to Judson and Alma Brannock. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II and later worked in farming. He also worked in logging and mill work. He retired to Bend in 1991.
Mr. Brannock is survived by two daughters, Arlene Rice of Tualatin and Anna Holliday of LaPine; a son, David Brannock, of Vancouver, Wash.; and a foster son, Robert Wood of Portland; six grandchildren, including Callie Beth Brannock of Yacolt, Wash., and Pamela Holliday of LaPine; and two sisters, Betty Wilson of Baker City and Lola Patterson of Oak Harbor, Wash.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife, Mina.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice through Grays West & Co.
Cecille Spence Guyer, 72, of Weiser, Idaho, a former Baker County resident, died Feb. 8, 2001, at a Boise hospital.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Thomason Funeral Chapel at Weiser. Burial will be at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Weiser. Visitations will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Thomason Funeral Chapel.
Mrs. Guyer was born on Feb. 24, 1928, at Haines to Fred V. and Melvina Heard Spence. She attended the first three years of school at the Muddy Creek School near Haines. Her family then moved to Baker City where she attended North Baker Elementary School. She was a 1946 Baker High School graduate.
She married Wayne R. Guyer on Nov. 30, 1946, at Baker City. The couple moved to Weiser in 1948.
Mrs. Guyer attended Treasure Valley Community College where she graduated from nursing school in 1969. She worked at Holy Rosary Hospital in Ontario for five years and then began working at Weiser Memorial Hospital in 1974. She retired after 20 years.
She was an active member of The Church of The Redeemer, 20th Century Club, PEO and the LOYAUTE, Chapter, No. 19, Order of Eastern Star, in Weiser.
She loved her family and enjoyed being with them. She also enjoyed sewing and working with other handcrafted items.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne of Weiser; four sons, Ivan of Weiser, Garth and his wife, Chris, of Minneapolis, Dean and his wife, Rhonda, of Baker City, and Lynn and his wife, Susan, of Twin Falls, Idaho; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Meredith Spence of Provo, Utah.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and one sister.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, Ore. 97220, or The Church of The Redeemer, State and Liberty, Weiser, Idaho, 83672.
Mary Ellen Huckins, 96, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 5, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.
Her funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Interment will follow at Rock Creek Cemetery west of Haines. Visitations will be today until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mrs. Huckins was born April 14, 1904, at Lookout Mountain near Durkee to Ezard G. and Addie (Sinclair) Ramsey Jr. She was the first of eight children. She married David Henry Taylor on Dec. 8, 1923. They were later divorced. They had two boys, Kenneth and Bob.
She later married Maurice Huckins. He is now deceased.
Mrs. Huckins was very talented. She did a lot of crocheting and many different kinds of crafts, including tin can crafts, which she sold. She was also a seamstress, making all her own clothes and also doing alterations for other people for many years. This helped to supplement her meager income. She was also an excellent cook and cooked in many places, including farm labor camps, ranches and college fraternities.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Walla Walla, Wash., a life member of the Rebekahs Lodge No. 8 in Baker City, and played in the original Buddy Band in Baker City.
Mrs. Huckins is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Mary Taylor, a son, Kenneth Taylor, and a daughter, Mary Jean Orazine, all of Baker City; a sister, Zella May Ramsey Griffith of St. George, Utah; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters and three brothers, Edna Eliza, Walter Raymond, James, Bernice, Della Evelyn, and a stillborn boy; and by two grandsons, David Taylor and Steve Benson.
Contributions in Mrs. Huckins memory may be made to the Alzheimers Association in care of Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore., 97814.
Lorene Karrels, 77, of La Grande, a former North Powder resident, died Feb. 4, 2001, at the Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Island City Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dedication of the grave and interment will be at the North Powder Cemetery. Visitations will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Daniels Chapel of the Valley and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday at the church.
Mrs. Karrels was born on June 27, 1923, at North Powder to Stonewall Jackson and Allie Gorham. She grew up in North Powder. She married Otto H. Karrels at North Powder on July 8, 1939.
She loved life and her family very much and was always raising a garden and many flowers, which she was always giving away. She loved to play games with her family and was good at winning. During the early 1950s she was a 4-H leader.
Mrs. Karrels was a nurses aide in the maternity ward of the St. Joseph Hospital from 1975 until it closed. She loved working with the babies. After the closure of St. Joseph Hospital in La Grande she worked for two years at Grande Ronde Hospital.
Mrs. Karrels was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was the secretary for the Relief Society and Sunday school. She also enjoyed bowling and bowled on a league team for many years until the old bowling alley closed.
Survivors include her sons, Alex Karrels and Ted Karrels, both of La Grande; daughters, Wynette Williamson of Cove and Linda Huck of La Grande; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, Noel Gorham of California and Marlin De Haas of Corvallis; sisters, Olive Craig of La Grande, Audrey Yarber of Myrtle Creek and Marleen Bowman of Oregon; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Otto; an infant son; a grandson, Otto OBrien; sister, Lena Fuchs; and brothers, Gordon and Owen Gorham.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Huntington Choreas Disease Association or the charity of ones choice through Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, Ore., 97850.
Albert Britton Smith, 90, of Pendleton, a former Baker City resident and Safeway manager, died Feb. 2, 2001, at Willowbrook Terrace in Pendleton.
His graveside funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Mr. Smith was born on July 7, 1910, at Durango, Colo., to William Albert and Jessie Farrell Smith. He married Marguerite L. Coleman on Nov. 29, 1935, at Weiser, Idaho.
The couple lived in Baker City for many years where he managed the Safeway store. He also was manager of Safeway in La Grande.
During World War II, he left his job in La Grande and went to work for the Kaiser Shipyards at Vancouver, Wash. He lived in Pendleton for more than 40 years and worked as an engineer at the Pendleton Community Hospital. He worked as a car salesman for eight years at Eastern Oregon Motors.
He and his wife enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping, horses and trips to the mountains. He was a past master of the Elgin Masonic Lodge.
His wife, Marguerite, died in 1994 at Pendleton.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Arlen and Kathie Smith of Sacramento, Calif.; a sister, Edith Patricia Pribgen of La Grande; a grandson, Gregory Wayne Smith of Salem; a granddaughter, Kristi Lea Butler of Salem; a great-grandson, Tate Butler of Salem; and two granddaughters in Sacramento, Calif.
The Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.