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Home arrow News arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week of Jan. 28 to Feb. 1

Obituaries for the week of Jan. 28 to Feb. 1

Eileen Farson

Eileen Farson, 75, died Jan. 25, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services from complications of diabetes.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. MST Tuesday at the Haren-Wood Payette Chapel, 840 6th Ave. S. at Payette, Idaho. Vault interment will be at the Riverside Cemetery in Payette.

Eileen Muriel Withrow Farson was born to Wallace and Viola May Hofeldt Withrow on March 7, 1926, at Cleveland, Mont. She spent her youth traveling with her family while her father worked construction.

Eileen was a 1944 Baker High School graduate. On July 3, 1947, she married W.H. Bill Farson at Payette. They made their home in the Ontario and Payette areas. They had three children: Jim, Jan and Joni. Eileen worked for 25 years as a nurse for Dr. I.R. Woodward.

Bill and Eileen lived in Halfway from 1951 to 1953. When they left Halfway, their intent was always to return. In 1979 they built their home in Halfway and were completely moved to Halfway by 1985.

Eileen enjoyed quilting and making afghans. She also enjoyed growing flowers, and her specialties were gladiolus, begonias and pansies. Eileen enjoyed her kitties and never missed an opportunity to travel.

She was a member of Pine Valleys Carson Club and several bridge groups. Eileen will be most remembered as being a very kind person who was very thoughtful of others.

Survivors include her husband W.H. Bill Farson of Halfway; son, Jim, and his wife, Genia, of Boise; daughters, Janet Farson of Salt Lake City and Joni and her husband, Dennis Griffin, of Boise; three grandchildren, Jennifer, Thaniel and Megan; a sister Roberta and her husband, Bob Troyer, of Parma; brother, Lee, and his wife, Viola Withrow; and several nieces and nephews and many very special friends.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to the Diabetes Foundation through Tamis Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.

Russell Hyatt

Russell Frank Hyatt, 89, of Fruitland, Idaho, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 15, 2002, at Holy Rosary Medical Center at Ontario.

His funeral was Friday at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel at Fruitland. Interment was at Parkview Cemetery in New Plymouth, Idaho.

Russell was born on Feb. 11, 1912, at Union to Lloyd Burk and Ida E. Hyatt. He attended Baker City schools and was a 1931 Baker High School graduate. He continued his education at Oregon State University at Corvallis where he graduated in 1940 with a degree in animal husbandry and range management.

He worked for the U.S. Forest Service from 1928 to 1941. He married Wilma Larsen of Baker City at Boise on Nov. 10, 1941.

He enlisted in the Navy and joined the Seabees in 1941, serving until 1945. After his discharge from the military, the couple farmed and ranched on their Fruitland acreage. He also was a Payette County tax assessor.

Russell was a lifetime member of the Ontario Elks Lodge, No. 1690.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Wilma; their two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Jana of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Keith and Donna of Fruitland; four grandsons, Tony of Anchorage, Todd and his wife, Melissa, of Seattle, Wash., Jared and his wife, Doreen, of Elko, Nev., and T. Jay, also of Elko; two granddaughters and their husbands, Marci and Mike Holcomb of Meridian, Idaho, and Amanda and Shannon Mendive of Elko, Nev.; 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Jerry, and her husband, Cub Begley, of Beaverton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Marjorie.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Elks Foundation 1690 through the Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, Idaho 83661.

Mildred Langley

Mildred Esther Leisy Langley, 91, of Union, a former Huntington resident, died Jan. 23, 2002, at her sons home at Union.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. PST Wednesday at the Huntington Christian Center. Burial will be at the Lime Cemetery under the direction of the Thomason Funeral Home of Weiser, Idaho.

Mildred was born on May 18, 1910, at Nola, Idaho, to Isaac Burr and Mary Jane Talley Leisy. She attended grade school at Sweet, Idaho, and was a graduate of Montour High School. She attended nursing school at Boise.

Mildred married Harry Elton Langley on Feb. 4, 1933, at Weiser. The couple lived at Lime for many years and then moved to Huntington. She moved to Union to be near her son, Kenneth, until her death.

She was a cook at Howells Cafe and she also worked at the Weiser Cannery. Mildred enjoyed fishing, traveling, knitting, crocheting afghans and she baked the best pies. Her most special interest was her grandchildren.

She was a member of the Non-denominational Church of Huntington, the Lime Sewing Cub and the Huntington Senior Citizens, for whom she drove the senior bus for many years. She also was a volunteer for the Ground Observers, watching for planes in the area.

Survivors include four sons and their wives, Donald and Annetta Langley of Weiser, Earl and Bonnie Langley and Ivan and Karlee Langley, all of Huntington, and Kenneth Langley of Union; three daughters, Marjorie and Evert VanFossen of Hermiston, Carolee McLean of Union and Ruth and her husband, Dan Sanders, of Hermiston; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Thelma Leisy of Montour, Idaho; a sister-in-law, Lela Cameron of Eugene; and 34 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband; an infant son; her parents; two brothers, Irwin, and his wife, Mildred Leisy, and Harold Leisy; a sister, Eva, and her husband, Bill Scaggs; a brother-in-law, John Cameron; a grandson, Victor Langley; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Marti; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Huntington Ambulance, the Huntington School or a favorite charity.

Leroy Smith

Leroy Irvin Smith, 73, died Jan. 20, 2002, at Providence Milwaukie Hospital after six days of illness there.

He was born Sept. 4, 1928, at Marshfield (now known as Coos Bay). He was the sixth of seven children.

In 1937, the Smith family moved from Marshfield to Carus where Leroy attended grade school He graduated from high school at Canby in 1945.

Leroy grew up with an enjoyment for sports. He especially loved baseball. He participated with his high school team as a catcher, but also was able to fill any other position on the field.

His enjoyment of the game continued after school, leading him into coaching Little League teams. As an adult, Leroy worked many jobs, but found real satisfaction as a long-haul truck driver for the Yellow Truck Co. and as a baggage handler for Greyhound Bus lines.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie Williams Smith of the Rock Creek and Muddy Creek areas, and Lewis Smith; and four brothers, Robert, Herbert, Chester and Ralph.

Survivors include two sisters, Kaye of Roy, Utah, and Myrtle of Baker City; and many nieces and nephews.

Marilou Love

Marilou Bernadette Love, 64, of Willows, Calif., a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 27, 2002, at her home.

The rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Thursday at St.Monicas Catholic Church at Willows. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Monicas Catholic Church at Willows.

Mrs. Love was born on Dec. 13, 1937, at Baker City to James Hillmon Sr. and Anna Neault Hillmon. She attended St. Francis de Sales Academy in Baker City, graduating in 1956. She moved to Willows with her young family in 1967, where she had lived since. In 1972, she married the love of her life, John Love. She was a member of St. Monicas Catholic Church, where she also was the secretary. For several years, she worked as a real estate agent, then later she ran her own bookkeeping business until her retirement in 2000.

She was known by her many friends as Marilou Mom. She very much enjoyed her family of eight children, 22 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. She loved to have family gatherings for just about any occasion, with the holidays being her favorites. Her pastimes included gardening, bingo, traveling and having family barbecues.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 30 years, John Love Sr. of Willows; two sons, John Love Jr. and Sean Long, both of Willows; six daughters, Evelyn Niehues of Willows, Deanna LaCroix of Chico, Calif., Sherry Brott of Willows, Ranee Polit of Willows, Edie Steele of Price, Utah, and Coleen Hurt of Covelo, Calif.; a sister, Neri Anne Post of Wilmington, N.C.; a brother, Gary Hubler of Moorpark, Calif.; 22 grandchildren, two great-granddaughters; and niece and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Monicas Catholic Church Building Fund or Enloe Hospice, in care of F.D. Sweet & Son, 114 N. Shasta St., Willows, CA 95988.

Mildred Langley

Mildred Esther Leisy Langley, 91, of Union, a former Huntington resident, died Jan. 23, 2002, at her sons home at Union.

Her funeral was at 2 p.m. PST today at the Huntington Christian Center. Burial was at the Lime Cemetery under the direction of the Thomason Funeral Home of Weiser, Idaho.

Mildred was born on May 18, 1910, at Nola, Idaho, to Isaac Burr and Mary Jane Talley Leisy. She attended grade school at Sweet, Idaho, and was a graduate of Montour High School. She attended nursing school at Boise.

Mildred married Harry Elton Langley on Feb. 4, 1933, at Weiser. The couple lived at Lime for many years and then moved to Huntington. She moved to Union to be near her son, Kenneth, until her death.

She was a cook at Howells Cafe and she also worked at the Weiser Cannery. Mildred enjoyed fishing, traveling, knitting, crocheting afghans and she baked the best pies. Her most special interest was her grandchildren.

She was a member of the Non-denominational Church of Huntington, the Lime Sewing Cub and the Huntington Senior Citizens, for whom she drove the senior bus for many years. She also was a volunteer for the Ground Observers, watching for planes in the area.

Survivors include four sons and their wives, Donald and Annetta Langley of Weiser, Earl and Bonnie Langley and Ivan and Karlee Langley, all of Huntington, and Kenneth Langley of Union; three daughters, Marjorie and Evert VanFossen of Hermiston, Carolee McLean of Union and Ruth and her husband, Dan Sanders, of Hermiston; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Thelma Leisy of Montour, Idaho; a sister-in-law, Lela Cameron of Eugene; and 34 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband; an infant son; her parents; two brothers, Irwin, and his wife, Mildred Leisy, and Harold Leisy; a sister, Eva, and her husband, Bill Scaggs; a brother-in-law, John Cameron; a grandson, Victor Langley; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Marti; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Huntington Ambulance, the Huntington School or a favorite charity.

Kenneth Daugherty

Kenneth A. Daugherty, 69, of Grants Pass, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 15, 2002, at the Three Rivers Community Hospital at Grants Pass.

His memorial service was Jan. 19 at Newman United Methodist Church with the Rev. Brett Strobel officiating. Private interment was at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Lundbergs L.B. Hall Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Daugherty was born on Aug. 16, 1932, at Haines. He attended Baker High School and graduated from the University of Oregon at Eugene.

He married Lola Lynn on Sept. 2, 1961, at Roseburg. They moved to Grants Pass from Portland in 1969. He had owned and operated Irish Graphic Products since 1981.

Mr. Daughtery had served on the Grants Pass School District 7 board for the past 22 years. In a story published in the (Grants Pass) Daily Courier newspaper, fellow board member Cliff Kuhlman remembered Daugherty as a dedicated public servant instrumental in the campaign and decision to build a new Grants Pass High School.

He kept saying it over and over that it had to be a new high school so that we finally all believed him, Kuhlman said. He was a man of great faith that we needed top-notch facilities and he was willing to go to the wall for it.

School board member Rich Ward worked closely with Daugherty on the high school construction committee, according to the Daily Courier. He described Mr. Daugherty as a quiet visionary with a dry sense of humor and the ability to take a tense situation and turn it around.

He cared about the future of our community a great deal, Ward said in the article. Daughertys motto while on the school board was always, Teach them kids, according to the Daily Courier.

His business partner, Phil Paquin, was quoted as saying, His honesty and integrity were beyond reproach. Hes a stalwart of this community.

Mr. Daugherty also was a member of the Newman United Methodist Church. He enjoyed architecture, gardening, traveling and his pets.

Survivors include his wife, Lola of Grants Pass; two daughters, Cindy Daugherty of Fukuoka, Japan, and Julie Daugherty of Jersey City, N.J.; his mother, Florence Daugherty of Haines; a sister, Barbara Murdock of North Powder; and a brother, Glen Daugherty of Baker City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grants Pass High School Foundation Scholarship Fund, 830 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass, OR 97626.

Aline Kesterson

Aline Pratt Kesterson, 90, of Twin Falls, Idaho, a former longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 24, 2002, at Bridgeview Estates.

Visitations will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Vault interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Aline was born on Sept. 19, 1911, at Greenfield Tenn. She married Luther Kesterson in Poteau, Okla., and they lived their early married years in Muse, Okla. Alines job was being a housewife and raising their two daughters, Norma Sue Griffith and Janice Faye Henderson. After their daughters were grown, she worked as fill-in at the school cafeterias in Halfway. She was also a child care provider in Baker City.

Their daughter, Norma Sue Kesterson Griffith, was born in Muse, Okla. In 1942, Luther, Aline and family moved to Wright City, Okla., where Luther worked as a saw filer. Their daughter, Janice Faye Kesterson Henderson, was born there.

Aline and Luther moved to Pondosa where Luther worked as saw filer; the family lived there for several years until the mill at Pondosa closed down. Aline so enjoyed Pondosa because it was a wonderful community.

Aline moved with Luther to Halfway where Luther worked as a head saw filer at the mill in Halfway until his retirement. Luther and Aline retired in Baker City and lived there from 1970 to 1996. Aline had a great love for Baker City.

In May 1996, Luther and Aline moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, to be near their daughter, Janice Henderson. February 2000, Luther and Aline moved to Bridgeview Estates Assisted Living after living with their daughter for about four years. Luther died April 13, 2000. Aline adjusted to life without Luther, but never got over missing him.

Aline enjoyed going fishing with Luther and one of their favorite places was up toward Cornucopia, above Halfway. They did some camping along with their fishing with their good friends and Alines sister, Opal, and brother-in-law, Henry. Aline loved playing card games and Aggravation with their Baker City friends.

Aline also enjoyed groups at Bridgeview including Exercise Class, Current Events, and she was a regular at the bingo games. Aline was active in the Methodist Church while living in Baker City and she attended church while living in Twin Falls at the Twin Falls Reformed Church. She also enjoyed attending Sun Shine Circle. She had some lovely friends while living at Bridgeview.

Aline was a wonderful mother and wife and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Cooper Pratt; her mother, Mary Aletta Patterson Pratt; a brother, Robert Pratt; sisters, Lillian Pratt, Ruby Lynn McCadams and Opal Bowling; brother-in-law, Fred Kesterson; and her husband of 64 years, Luther Albert Kesterson.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Paul Griffith of Renton, Wash., and Janice and David Henderson of Twin Falls, Idaho; sister-in-law, Ethel Fagan; six grandchildren, Karen Aline Bakken, Janet Frampton, Kelly Griffith, Marcie Dawn Bennett, Arnold Wright Mason III, and Ramona Aline Henderson; nine great -grandchildren, Jennifer Bennett, R.J. Bennett, Kyle Bakken, Amanda Bakken, Adam George Griffith, Nicole Griffith, Nathaniel Frampton, Eleanor Louise Frampton and Madelyn Frampton; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions made be made to the United Methodist Church in Baker City; Twin Falls Reformed Church, Twin Falls, Idaho; or Hospice Visions Inc. of Twin Falls, Idaho, through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

 
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