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Home arrow News arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week of February 14 to February 18, 2005

Obituaries for the week of February 14 to February 18, 2005

Madge Singer

Madge Frances Singer, 84, a former Baker County resident, died Feb. 15, 2005, at a College Place, Wash., nursing home.

Her funeral was today at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home at Walla Walla. Pastor Robin Peterson of the Presbyterian Church officiated. Burial was at Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla.

Mrs. Singer was born on March 5, 1920, at Unity to James and Isabel Brown. She was a Baker High School graduate.

She married Carl H. Singer on Sept. 1, 1940, at Baker City. They traveled to Wallowa Lake for their honeymoon in a Model A Ford.

Madge was employed by Woolworth's Department Store in Baker City from 1938 to 1943. She then worked at the Baker Payless store from 1963 to 1965. She and her husband then moved to Burns and she stayed home to raise her family.

When they moved to Walla Walla in 1968 she provided child care for 10 years. She worked for D & K Frozen Foods Inc., from 1980 until her retirement in 1984.

She enjoyed walking, music, reading, camping and taking care of her roses. She had a great sense of humor and could always make people laugh by being silly or making a face. She loved animals, especially her dog, Cindy.

She loved being with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and people in general. Madge was loved by all who knew her.

Survivors include her husband; four sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Loretta Singer, Gary Singer, and Robert and Wanda Singer, all of Walla Walla, and Richard Singer of Vancouver, Wash.; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Marie Estes and Maxine McIntyre; and a brother, Maurice Brown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Children's Hospital Foundation of Seattle through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla, WA 99362.

‘Mary' Cochran

Margaret L. ‘Mary' Cochran, 78, of Baker City, died Feb. 14, 2005, at St. Lukes Regional Medical Center in Boise.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin will celebrate the Mass. There will be a graveside service at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Prairie City Cemetery. Pastor Darrell Johnson of Grace Chapel of Prairie City will officiate. Visitations will be until 7 o'clock tonight at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Mrs. Cochran was born on Feb. 18, 1926, at John Day to Carl and Mabel Gunther Born. She was raised in Grant County and received her education in Grant and Baker counties.

She married Laurance W. "Larry" Cochran on April 6, 1947, at John Day. In 1954, they moved from Prairie City to Baker City. Mrs. Cochran worked for the Baker County Education Service District for 22 years.

She enjoyed doing crafts and was an avid reader. She enjoyed fishing and loved animals. She dearly loved her grandkids. Mary was able to see the funny things in life. She loved life and her family. She was a member of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral.

Survivors include her husband, Laurance W. "Larry" Cochran of Baker City; daughter, Linda Cochran of Ontario; daughter and son-in-law, Vickie and Lee Mullin of Prairie City; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Elizabeth Mullin and Damon Pope and great grandson, Zachary; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Darrell and Dorothy Johnson; several stepgreat-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Baker City, OR 97814.

Alva Courtney

Alva Courtney, 90, of Sweet Home, died Feb. 14, 2005.

A graveside service was held today at the North Powder Cemetery. Workman & Steckley Funeral Chapel of Sweet Home handled the arrangements.

Alva was born Dec. 10, 1914, in Anadarko, Okla., to Joseph and Myrtle English Courtney.

He married Pauline Coates on Aug. 7, 1937, in Haines. She preceded him in death in 1972.

He served in the U.S. Army in World War II.

Alva is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Juanita and Nick Hutchins of Sweet Home; two grandsons, Jeff Hutchins and his wife, Sally, of Lebanon and Trent Hutchins and his wife, Julie, of Fresno, Calif.; two granddaughters, Sheli Hutchins of Richmond, Calif., and Kim Hutchins of Portland; and three great-grandchildren.

Pansey Allen

Pansey P. Allen, 83, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 11, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St. Pastor Susan Barnes will officiate. Inurnment will be later at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland.

Pansey was born on Sept. 19, 1921, at Fruitland, Idaho, to Gordon and Grace Timson Smith. She was raised in Malheur County. She moved to Baker City in the early 1950s.

In Baker City, Pansey managed the Sears Catalog Store for 17 years. She served two terms on the Baker City Council from 1971 through 1979. She was the recipient of the Baker Jaycees Distinguished Service Award.

Pansey received numerous awards for her volunteer work and spent more than 10 years volunteering at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter CJ Sisterhood, Baker County Soroptimists and was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church. She married Sherman Allen on May 15, 1971.

Survivors include her husband, Sherman Allen of Baker City; her children, Fred Mull Jr., and Sandra Allen and her husband, John, of Salem; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pansey was preceded in death by her parents and 10 siblings.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Diabetic Association, First Presbyterian Church or to the charity of one's choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Tom' Boyd

Arthur Thomas "Tom" Boyd, 76, a longtime North Powder community leader and rancher, died Feb. 10, 2005, at his home in Baker City.

There will be a celebration of life memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday at the North Powder Community Methodist Church with a reception afterward at the Wolf Creek Grange in North Powder.

Tom was born on Oct. 19, 1928, at Baker City to Arthur Stanley and Sarah Miller Boyd. He attended school in Baker City and was a 1951 graduate of Oregon State University at Corvallis with a degree in animal husbandry.

In 1946, he married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Ellen Wood. The couple celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary in June. They had three sons.

Upon graduating from Oregon State, Tom and Ruth moved to the ranch on Wolf Creek at North Powder. The 43 years he spent on the ranch were the best years of his life.

He truly enjoyed ranching and working with his father and sons in the lamb and wool industry. He also enjoyed working with his brother-in-law, Boyd Brown, in the purchase of local wool pools.

Tom traveled the Western United States buying lambs for numerous packers and feeders and buying wool for Draper Wool & Co. based in Boston. The Boyd family affiliation with Draper Wool & Co. encompassed three generations and more than 70 years.

Tom's honesty and integrity was well known and was the basis of his long and successful career. He made many lifelong friends in the livestock industry and was honored by the Idaho Wool Growers Association in 1998 for his contributions to the industry. He remained active in the affairs of the industry and discussed the sale of lambs the day he passed away.

Tom was very active in the local community. He served on the local school board and was chairman in his final year. He also served on the Education Service District Board.

He was a lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge and a Shriner, receiving his 50-year pin last year. He learned to fly while still in high school, having been taught by his uncle and role model, Harvey Miller.

Tom flew aerobatics and gave rides at many local county fairs in the PT-19 and aspired to be a World War II pilot, but the war ended too soon. He continued his love of flying by earning his commercial license and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol through his high school and college years. Later he served in the Oregon National Guard.

Tom loved to hunt. A major event every fall was the gathering of many of his friends from all over the state for hunting season. He knew and loved the mountains around North Powder, especially the Shaw Mountain, Summit Springs and Rock Creek areas.

He was a successful hunter and instilled in his sons the love of hunting. His favorite food was venison back strap with sheepherder potatoes.

Tom and Ruth enjoyed traveling. They made several trips overseas. In his later years, they enjoyed snowbirding to the Southwest and Mexico, searching out aeronautical museums and historical sites.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Monona Weber; grandson, Jacob Arthur; and nephews, Carl and Kevin Weber.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ellen; sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Kathy of Walla Walla, Wash., Stan and Ann of Eagle, Idaho, and Dave and Urmi of Bend; grandchildren, Kim Boyd of Milton-Freewater, Jon and Terri Boyd of Walla Walla, Wash., Regan and Sam Boyd of Eagle, Idaho, and Nicholas and Ross Boyd of Bend; great-granddaughter, Chelsea Boyd of Milton-Freewater; a sister, Margaret Brown of Baker City; Uncle Harvey and Aunt Dorothy Miller of Beaverton; cousins, Zona and F.B. Clarke of Baker City, Elinor Marie Neilson of Salt Lake City, Joan Barlow of Lindon, Utah, Helen and Larry Berg of La Grande, Paul and Cheren Wood of Salt Lake City, Keith and Virginia Long of Baker City; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker County Library Foundation Board, the Shriners Hospital for Children, the North Powder Community Church, Pathway Hospice or a charity of one's choice through Gray's West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Elton Best

Elton Ralph Best, 85, a lifelong resident of Keating and Baker City, died Feb. 7, 2005, at his home.

His graveside service was today at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Lennie Spooner of the First Church of the Nazarene officiated.

Elton was born on Oct. 10, 1919, at Keating to William Henry and Pearl Shulenbarger Best. He was raised at Keating and attended school at Keating and Baker City.

He worked in the sawmill for many years before changing careers to work for the natural gas company. At retirement, Elton was working for the U.S. Forest Service.

Elton met and married Eleanor Marie Franklin at Baker City. The couple had two children, Lynda L. Geyer and Gerald Elton Best. They were later divorced but remained friends.

Elton was set in his daily routine that included visiting Stockman's Tavern every morning for breakfast and conversation with all of his friends. He was very friendly and caring and had no problems making friends everywhere he went.

He was a wonderful family man, spending all of his time providing for his family and caring for them. He built the family home in Baker City by himself, even going as far as digging the basement by hand with just a shovel.

Elton was close to his sisters and, as they aged, he helped care for them and visited them weekly.

Survivors include his children, Lynda L. Geyer and her husband, Bill, of Navarre, Fla., and Gerald Elton Best, and his wife, Rita, of McMinnville; grandchildren, Rosann Ewbank, William Geyer, Gerald Best Jr., and Deanna Alexander; eight great-grandchildren; his good friend, Tammy Marie of Baker City; his ex-wife, Eleanor Marie Franklin of California; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents William H. and Pearl Best; brothers, Harold, Loyd, and John Best; and sisters Goldie Ewing and Olive Standefer.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Leona R. Monpas

Leona R. Monpas, 83, of Baker City, died Feb. 10, 2005, at her home.

Her graveside funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Ralph Holcomb will officiate.

Visitations will be held today until 7 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Leona Rica Monpas was born June 18, 1921, at Mondovi, Wis., to Alvin and Lucillia (Craker) Lunderville. She received her schooling in Chippewa Falls and had special training in secretarial work.

On April 8, 1938, she married Leon John Monpas in Milwaukee, Wis. In 1941, the couple moved to Port Angeles, Wash., where they remained until 1966 when they moved to Astoria. They resided in Astoria until they came to Baker City in 2001.

Leona served as VFW secretary for 20 years. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed traveling, fishing, flea markets, antiques and playing cards.

She is survived by her husband, Leon; a son, Charles, and his wife, Lois, of Baker City; a daughter, Diane Wilkins, and her husband, Dale, of Carefree, Ariz.; grandchildren, Craig Monpas of Canby, Kent Monpas and his wife, Kara, and Lloyd Monpas of Casper, Wyo., Darrel Wilkins and his wife, Diana, of Snohomish, Wash., Diana Spak and her husband, Pat, of Woodinville, Wash., Kendra Van Cleave and her husband, Tony, of John Day and Kurtis Monpas of Boise; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, one brother and one grandson.

Donations may be given to the V.F.W. through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Corky Combs

Corky Combs, 75, a long-time Baker City resident, died Feb. 10, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Ritualistic rites will be accorded by B.P.O.E. Lodge No. 338. Vault interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Visitations will be today until 7 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home.

Corky was born July 7, 1929, in Baker City to Carl and Thelma (Shephard) Combs. He was raised in Baker City and attended school in Baker and Huntington. He graduated from Huntington High School in 1947. He attended Western Oregon College at Monmouth for several months. He married Betty Brewer in 1946. They left Monmouth and moved to Baker in 1948.

He bought a grocery delivery service and after several years he sold it and went to work for Darigold Dairies of La Grande, delivering milk in Baker. After several months, he started his own milk business called Corky's Independent Milk Service. Then he merged with Meadow Gold Dairies. Later he bought out Valley Dairy and the business became Baker Dairies. Then he added an ice business with two other partners and it was called B.J.C. Ice Co. In 1972, he started a food wholesale company known as Baker Wholesale. As the business grew, he sold the milk business.

His wife and three sons were always a part of the business. Corky retired in 1987.

After his retirement, golf became his great love. He became very involved in the Baker Golf Club. He served as president of the Social Club. He ran the Baker Elks Golf Tournament for many years and he also helped with many of the other tournaments. He had his own golf tournament for many years called the Meadow Gold Golf Tournament. It is now the FirstBank Tournament.

In his earlier years, his interests were hunting, basketball and fast pitch softball. He was instrumental in bringing the 1968 Fast Pitch State Softball Tournament to Baker. He also brought Eddie Feiner, known as the "King and His Court" (the famous four-man fast pitch softball team) to Baker City.

Corky was a member of the Baker Elks Lodge, B.P.O.E. No. 338 for 53 years.

Corky is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty; sons, Steve Combs and his wife, Pixie, Craig Combs and his wife, Penny, and Bart Combs; sister and brother-in-law, Carmen and Bob Macy; grandchildren, Hannah and Rafael Rigueiro, Sada Combs, Danielle Combs, Andrea and Tory Weimer, Jeremy Combs and Cristopher Endicott; great-grandchildren, Kersey Jordan, Tristan Weimer and Jamisun Rigueiro; several nieces and nephews and an aunt, Ella Shephard Hunt.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his father and mother and an uncle.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions in Corky's memory may direct them to Corky Combs Golf Memorial through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Wanda O'Grady

Wanda O'Grady, 77, died Feb. 9, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Clifford Cole of Baker City will officiate.

Wanda Roberta O'Grady was born on April 15, 1927, at Stockville, Neb., to Elizy and Florence Powell Wollam. Her early years were spent at Stockville.

The family then moved to Portland where she was educated and worked for a time in the shipyards as a welder. She married Donald James O'Grady Sr. on Aug. 12, 1960, at Stevenson, Wash.

The couple lived at Portland until they moved to Haines in 1968 where she took care of her family. She had a good sense of humor and loved life and the outdoors. She also loved growing her roses and other flowers.

Survivors include her son, Donald James O'Grady Jr. and his wife, Dawn, of Haines; her daughter, Kathleen O'Grady of Lewiston, Idaho; grandsons, Tanner and Colby O'Grady of Haines; sisters, Mary Helm of Portland and Marge Frels of Nebraska; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald James O'Grady Sr.; and several brothers and sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Literacy Coalition through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Tom' Boyd

Arthur Thomas "Tom" Boyd, 76, a longtime North Powder community leader and rancher, died Feb. 10, 2005, at his home in Baker City.

There will be a celebration of life memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday at the North Powder Community Methodist Church with a reception afterward at the Wolf Creek Grange in North Powder.

Tom was born on Oct. 19, 1928, at Baker City to Arthur Stanley and Sarah Miller Boyd. He attended school in Baker City and was a 1951 graduate of Oregon State University at Corvallis with a degree in animal husbandry.

In 1946, he married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Ellen Wood. The couple celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary in June. They had three sons.

Upon graduating from Oregon State, Tom and Ruth moved to the ranch on Wolf Creek at North Powder. The 43 years he spent on the ranch were the best years of his life.

He truly enjoyed ranching and working with his father and sons in the lamb and wool industry. He also enjoyed working with his brother-in-law, Boyd Brown, in th purchase of local wool pools.

Tom traveled the Western United States buying lambs for numerous packers and feeders and buying wool for Draper Wool & Co. based in Boston. The Boyd family affiliation with Draper Wool & Co. encompassed three generations and more than 70 years.

Tom's honesty and integrity was well known and was the basis of his long and successful career. He made many lifelong friends in the livestock industry and was honored by the Idaho Wool Growers Association in 1998 for his contributions to the industry. He remained active in the affairs of the industry and discussed the sale of lambs the day he passed away.

Tom was very active in the local community. He served on the local school board and was chairman in his final year. He also served on the Education Service District Board.

He was a lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge and a Shriner, receiving his 50-year pin last year. He learned to fly while still in high school, having been taught by his uncle and role model, Harvey Miller.

Tom flew aerobatics and gave rides at many local county fairs in the PT-19 and aspired to be a World War II pilot, but the war ended too soon. He continued his love of flying by earning his commercial license and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol through his high school and college years. Later he served in the Oregon National Guard.

Tom loved to hunt. A major event every fall was the gathering of many of his friends from all over the state for hunting season. He knew and loved the mountains around North Powder, especially the Shaw Mountain, Summit Springs and Rock Creek areas.

He was a successful hunter and instilled in his sons the love of hunting. His favorite food was venison back strap with sheepherder potatoes.

Tom and Ruth enjoyed traveling. They made several trips overseas. In his later years, they enjoyed snowbirding to the Southwest and Mexico, searching out aeronautical museums and historical sites.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Monona Weber; grandson, Jacob Arthur; and nephews, Carl and Kevin Weber.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ellen; sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Kathy of Walla Walla, Wash., Stan and Ann of Eagle, Idaho, and Dave and Urmi of Bend; grandchildren, Kim Boyd of Milton-Freewater, Jon and Terri Boyd of Walla Walla, Wash., Regan and Sam Boyd of Eagle, Idaho, and Nicholas and Ross Boyd of Bend; great-granddaughter, Chelsea Boyd of Milton-Freewater; a sister, Margaret Brown of Baker City; Uncle Harvey and Aunt Dorothy Miller of Beaverton; cousins, Zona and F.B. Clarke of Baker City, Elinor Marie Neilson of Salt Lake City, Joan Barlow of Lindon, Utah, Helen and Larry Berg of La Grande, Paul and Cheren Wood of Salt Lake City, Keith and Virginia Long of Baker City; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker County Library Foundation Board, the Shriners Hospital for Children, the North Powder Community Church, Pathway Hospice or a charity of one's choice through Gray's West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

 
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