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Obituaries for the week of January 10, 2005, to January 14, 2005

Glenn Ulrey

Glenn Ulrey, 86, a Baker Valley resident, died Jan. 11, 2005, at Serenity Farms foster care home near Haines.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Coles Funeral Home. The Baker City AMVETS, Post No. 1874, will accord military rites. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be from noon to 5 p.m. Friday.

Mr. Ulrey was born on April 28, 1918, at Lucas, Kan., a son of John Harrison and Ada Bille Standley Ulrey. He received his education in Kansas.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and remained there until his retirement from the U.S. Air Force in the mid 1960s. He proudly served his country for 23 years.

Mr. Ulrey spent most of his military career in the United States and was a mess sergeant. He was stationed at the Baker Air Force Base when he retired. He purchased a ranch on Spring Creek Road; it was his hobby to work on the ranch.

Mr. Ulrey was a member of the NRA. He was honored as Citizen of the Year by the national gun rights group, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Alan Gottlieb, chair of the committee said "If it weren't for people like Glenn Ulrey, our constitutional rights would have been eroded years ago."

He loved to talk politics, writing to his Congressman whenever a chance presented itself. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his children, Ron Ulrey of Baker City, Don and Roxy Ulrey of Baker City, Chuck and Evelyn Ulrey of Boise, David Ulrey, Steven Ulrey, Rebecca Ulrey and Donald Alan Ulrey; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Mabel Asher

Mabel Roland Asher, 94, of Prairie City, a former Baker City resident, died January 10, 2005, in Prairie City.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Private vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Visitations will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mabel was born on Jan. 18, 1910, in Wheeler County. She was the oldest of five children.

Mabel lived in the Wheeler County area from birth until shortly before her marriage. Like many children of the era, Mabel rode a horse to at least one school she attended, and loved to talk about that.

After her marriage to Fred Asher during the Depression, she started moving where he found jobs. Fred was an engineer and worked for the Bureau of Public Roads constructing roads, dams and bridges, and in later years worked for the Department of Interior.

During their marriage, they lived in Idaho, Utah, Montana, Washington and Oregon. Mabel and Fred were the parents of three children, Verne, Rod and Beverly.

After Fred's retirement in the 1950s, they settled in Baker City, near Mabel's sister. During many of the years while living in Baker, they were snowbirds and spent their winters in Arizona, usually near their daughter.

After Fred's death, Mabel moved to Reno to be near her son, Rod, and his family. Rod died in 1997. She moved to John Day in 1999 and resided at Valley View Assisted Living.

Mabel was always a homemaker, and was an excellent cook and enjoyed sewing. She belonged to the Episcopal Church and was active in church affairs wherever she lived. Red was her favorite color.

Survivors include her children, Verne Asher and his wife, Carolyn, of John Day, Beverly Worthman and her husband, Charles, of Dewey, Ariz., daughter-in-law, Shirley Asher of Reno, Nev.; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Dick Naud of Klamath Falls; six grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred; her son, Rod; two brothers and one sister.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephens Episcopal Church or to a charity of one's choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Dale Killingsworth

Dale B. Killingsworth, 51, of Madras, died Jan. 5, 2005, as the result of a car accident on Highway 97.

His memorial service will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2005, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Madras.

He was born on Dec. 31, 1953, at Colfax, Wash., to Kenneth and Margorie Beckley Killingsworth. He married his wife, Mickey, on June 26, 1976, at Halfway.

Dale attended grade school at Benge, Wash. He attended junior high at Corvallis and was a graduate of Wheeler High School. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in agriculture engineering and technology from Oregon State University at Corvallis.

He and his wife moved to Madras in 1978 from the Tri-Cities. He was employed by Keith Manufacturing as a sawyer and welder.

He was a member of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau as well as the Jefferson County Livestock Association. He had been a Jefferson County 4-H leader for 27 years.

Survivors include his wife, Mickey of Madras; his mother, Margorie Killingsworth of Washington; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Carol Killingsworth of Spokane, Wash.; sisters and their husbands, Shirley and John McLean of Coulee City, Wash., Carol and Rick Killingsworth of Fall City, Wash., and Jeannie and Dan Gullett of Prineville; brothers-in-law, Andrew Greener of Halfway and Jack Greener of Fort Worth, Texas; mother-in-law, E.J. Greener of Halfway; nieces and their husbands, Tammy and John Hossfield of Seattle, Wash., and Lisa and Trevor Quinlan of Prineville, and Ruth McLean of Spokane, Wash.; nephews, Don Gullett of Missoula, Mont., and Ted McLean of Spokane, Wash., and Lance Rottger; grandnieces, Laccee and Tyce Harris, both of Prineville; grandnephews, Brady Hossfeld of Seattle, Wash., and Ethan Gullett and Bubba Harris, both of Prineville.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Farm Bureau, the Jefferson County 4-H Youth Programs or the Jefferson County Food Bank.

The Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras is in charge of arrangements.

Marvin Brown

Marvin Brown, 52, of Baker City, died Jan. 9, 2005, at Baker City of liver cancer.

At his request, there will be no service.

Marvin was born on Aug. 26, 1952, at Walla Walla, Wash. He grew up in Baker City where he met Theresa Hughes. They were married on Dec. 5, 1972.

Marvin worked much of his life in ranch-related jobs. He loved being outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was a cowboy without a ranch.

Marvin enjoyed pool and shuffleboard and played on the local teams most of his adult life. There he met many people who became lifelong friends and who will miss his ability to always have a good time, win or lose.

Survivors include his three children, Tina Pogue and Steven Brown of Baker City and Teri Villastrigo of Vale, and their mother, Theresa Copeland of Baker City and Rhonda Denton Brown of Baker City; six grandchildren, Stephanie and Corbin Pogue, Alen and Ryan Brown and Lucas and Mersaides Villastrigo; his mother, Donna Nitzell of Bouse, Ariz.; his sisters, Debbie Brown of Butte, Mont., and Lori Khem of Hillsboro; his brother, Wendall Brown of Baker City; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Shirley Spence

Shirley Spence, 80, a Rock Creek-area resident, died Jan. 10, 2005, at her home.

Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Haines Methodist Church. Shirley's nephew, J.O. Maxwell, will officiate.

Mrs. Spence was born on June 26, 1924, at North Powder. Except for several years during her nurse's training in Portland, and two years in La Grande, she spent the remainder of her life in North Powder and the Rock Creek area near Haines.

She was raised and attended elementary school and high school at North Powder, later graduating as a registered nurse from St. Elizabeth's School of Nursing. She worked at both La Grande and Baker City hospitals, most often assisting in operations.

In 1948, she met and married Fred Virgil Spence Jr. After a short time in La Grande, the family moved to a farm near Haines. After additional farm purchases, Mr. and Mrs. Spence moved together with their children to the Rock Creek area where they continued farming throughout their lives.

For a time they ran a dairy, along with raising cattle, horses and other general farm crops. Mrs. Spence enjoyed a variety of handcrafts and was known as an excellent cook. She especially loved the Lord and her family.

Survivors include her sister, Fern Galligan of North Powder; her brother, Kenneth H. Myers of McMinnville; her children, Kemet D. Spence of Genesee, Idaho, Mary Jo Spence of Clarksville, Tenn., and Susan Sells of Forest Grove; eight grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Bess Ingle

Bess O. Ingle, 97, a longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 8, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Ralph Holcomb of Baker City will officiate. The funeral will conclude in the chapel. Private vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Visitations will be from noon to 7 o'clock tonight at the funeral home.

Mrs. Ingle was born on June 28, 1907, at Galloway, a Morrow County community. She was the daughter of William Earl and Bitha Leona Turner Wiglesworth.

She was raised in Morrow County and received her education at Canby. She attended college at Monmouth to become a teacher.

She moved to Baker City in 1926 from Portland. On April 21, 1928, she married Glen W. Ingle at La Grande.

She taught school at Blue Mountain School between Pondosa and Keating for two years. She also worked as a clerk at the Courthouse.

She enjoyed fishing and camping in the mountains. She loved her family and enjoyed taking care of them. Bess liked to go to yard sales, play cards with her friends and take care of her many houseplants.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Don and Arlene Ingle of Durango, Colo.; daughter, Doris Saling of Bend; three grandsons, five granddaughters, nine great-grandchildren and three great- great-grandchildren; a sister, Lucille Hadley of Portland; and a cousin, George Turner, and his wife, Effie, of Baker City; and numerous nieces and other cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glen W. Ingle; a sister, Gladys Wiglesworth; brothers, Walter R. Wiglesworth and Harley C. Wiglesworth; and son-in-law, Robert D. Saling

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

Clifford Neeley

Clifford Joe Neeley, 59, of Baker City, died Jan. 3, 2005, at his home.

His private memorial service was Tuesday at Coles Funeral Home.

Joe was born on Dec. 30, 1945, at Nashville, Tenn., to Clifford Wallace and Frances A. Regg Neeley. He attended school at Nashville and later moved to Washington where he completed his education.

He trained to be a mechanic and worked at various jobs throughout the Northwest. In 2001, he moved to Baker City to be near his daughter. He thoroughly enjoyed living in the community.

He was a genius at fixing anything and often the more challenging the project, the more creative he became. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his children, Jenny Davis of Paulden, Ariz., Daniel Neeley and Erin Neeley of Indianapolis, Ind.; three grandchildren, Morgan Davis, Christina Davis and A.R. Davis of Haines; his mother and two sisters, who live at Nashville; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Dale Killingsworth

Dale B. Killingsworth, 51, of Madras, died Jan. 5, 2005, as the result of a car accident on Highway 97.

His memorial service will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2005, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Madras.

He was born on Dec. 31, 1953, at Colfax, Wash., to Kenneth and Margorie Beckley Killingsworth. He married his wife, Mickey, on June 26, 1976, at Halfway.

Dale attended grade school at Benge, Wash. He attended junior high at Corvallis and was a graduate of Wheeler High School. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in agriculture engineering and technology from Oregon State University at Corvallis.

He and his wife moved to Madras in 1978 from the Tri-Cities. He was employed by Keith Manufacturing as a sawyer and welder.

He was a member of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau as well as the Jefferson County Livestock Association. He had been a Jefferson County 4-H leader for 27 years.

Survivors include his wife, Mickey of Madras; his mother, Margorie Killingsworth of Washington; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Carol Killingsworth of Spokane, Wash.; sisters and their husbands, Shirley and John McLean of Coulee City, Wash., Carol and Rick Killingsworth of Fall City, Wash., and Jeannie and Dan Gullett of Prineville; brothers-in-law, Andrew McGreener of Halfway and Jack McGreener of Fort Worth, Texas; mother-in-law, E.J. McGreener of Halfway; nieces and their husbands, Tammy and John Hossfield of Seattle, Wash., and Lisa and Trevor Quinlan of Prineville, and Ruth McLean of Spokane, Wash.; nephews, Don Gullett of Missoula, Mont., and Ted McLean of Spokane, Wash.; grandnieces, Laccee and Tyce Harris, both of Prineville; grandnephews, Brady Hossfeld of Seattle, Wash., and Ethan Gullett and Bubba Harris, both of Prineville.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Farm Bureau, the Jefferson County 4-H youth programs or the Jefferson County Food Bank.

The Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras is in charge of arrangements.

Rodger Watson

Rodger Eugene Watson, 59, of Haines, died Jan. 8, 2005, at his home where he had lived since 1993.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Loyd Phillips will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Visitations will be from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Rodger was born on Feb. 14, 1945, at Santa Paula, Calif., to Frank and Alpha Watters Watson. He received his education in California.

He had a wide variety of interests where his work was concerned. He had great talent in rebuilding, restoring and designing brass and copper antiques and pieces of furniture. Rodger's first job was at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort in California running the ski lift, which he dearly enjoyed.

That led to the beginning of his greatest love, the outdoors. Rodger's hobbies included fishing, and hunting for elk and deer.

He enjoyed gold mining and scuba diving with his dad. He also found a creative outlet with wood-working in his shop along with his dog, Shadow.

There were so many joys in Rodger's life. He enjoyed spending as much time as he could with his family and friends. One of his greatest joys was his granddaughter, Sky-baby. He loved every moment with her.

Rodger was the most wonderful and caring brother, uncle, daddy and "Papa Darlin.'" He loved his friends and family and was loved so much by everyone that encountered him.

"Although he has gone to Heaven to be with the Lord that he trusted in and loved, he will be forever in our hearts," family members said.

Survivors include his daughters, Tracy Fass of Boise, and Michelle Rosin and her husband, Kris, of Baker City; granddaughter, Alexis "Sky-baby" Rosin of Baker City; sisters, Julia Bingham, Laura Watson, Cindy Shukle and Vicki Worsham, all of Baker City; nieces and nephews, William Watson, Kimberley Bingham, John Beatty, Colleen Klassen, Rick Watson, Rhonda Yanez, Justin Watson, Todd Beatty, Chris Beatty, Holly Banister and Ashliegh King; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; and his former spouse, Sandy Watson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Alpha Watson; two brothers, William "Skip" and Jerry Watson; and his nephew, Joshua Hardesty.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Multiple Sclerosis Society through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Adrian Acton

Adrian G. Acton, 87, of Baker City, died Jan. 9, 2005, at his home.

There will be a private memorial service later this year.

Adrian moved to Baker City a year and a half ago with his daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Larry Craft.

He was born at Marysville, Wash., and grew up at Granite Falls, Wash., with his nine brothers and sisters.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and served in the South Pacific. He had lived at San Diego for 40 years and retired in 1986 as a fire chief at North Island Naval Air Station.

In his younger years he played baseball for the Padres' semi-pro team. He later became an avid golfer. He was known for his wonderful wit and his love of family.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Elsie; daughters, Gayle Artea and Dawn Lee Bjorkheim; his parents, Margaret and John; and five brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Larry Craft of Baker City; sisters, Elaine Wisdom and Eleanor Hall of Portland; 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 20 nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice through Coles Funeral Home.

Jerry Welch

William Jerry "Doc" Welch, 78, of Tacoma, Wash., a former Haines resident, died Dec. 17, 2004, at his home after a valiant battle with cancer.

There was a viewing at Tacoma on Dec. 23. The family has tentatively scheduled a memorial service in the spring with placement of his ashes where he wanted to be: near his Welch and Fisher family.

Although he lived in Thailand and Tacoma much of the time after his 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, he always considered Haines and the Welch Ranch as his home.

He was born at Glendale, Calif., on Aug. 25, 1926. His parents were William Ray Welch and Pearl Welch Enum. When World War II threatened the California Coast, he and his sister, JoAnn and his paternal grandmother, Clara M. Welch, went to Haines and spent time with his Aunt Emma and Uncle Albert Fisher and Cousin Kenneth and Aunt Rose Fisher.

Jerry attended school at Haines and college at Washington State University in Pullman where he became a doctor of veterinary medicine, graduating in 1949.

He worked in Baker City with Dr. Ragle for a short time and then moved to La Grande where he worked for the Bureau of Animal Industry, testing cattle for Bangs's disease and tuberculosis.

In 1953, he was drafted into the U.S. Air Force as a 1st lieutenant and served as a veterinarian. He decided to make the Air Force his career and served in Japan, Germany, California, Vietnam, Labrador, North Carolina, Thailand and North Dakota. He retired as a colonel in 1973.

Jerry had many interests. He got his pilot license at the Baker Airport during his college years. He started winning shooting trophies while living in La Grande.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a scuba diver and instructor. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and a staunch supporter of the NRA.

Survivors include his wife, Chan, and two daughters from his first marriage. His daughter, Laurie Lee, her two children and two grandchildren, live in Iowa; his daughter, Sandra Woods lives in Springfield, her son and grandson live in Eugene, and her daughter and grandson live in Portland.

‘Bob' Balfour

Robert H. "Bob" Balfour, 73, of Baker City, died Jan. 6, 2005, at his home of congestive heart failure and diabetes.

His funeral was at 1 p.m. today at the Baker City Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints 2nd Ward, 2625 Hughes Lane. Bishop David Richards officiated.

Visitations were from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m today in the Relief Society Room of the LDS church.

Bob was born on Oct. 25, 1931, at Ogden, Utah, to William Henry and Mildred Bryson Balfour. He married Charlotte Gail Pointer. The couple later divorced.

Bob married Margaret Ann Riding on Feb. 21, 1986. The marriage later was solemnized in the Boise Temple.

Bob joined the U.S. Army at the age of 14 on Aug. 19, 1946, was discharged Oct. 7, 1949. He joined again on Sept. 13, 1950, and was discharged on Sept. 12, 1953.

He served in the Korean War and was considered a World War II veteran. He earned the World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Metal, Japan, Korean Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

He retired from Tooele Army Depot on Feb. 3, 1988, as a heavy equipment operator. He loved to camp and fish. He loved to go out and look at wild birds, wildflowers and wild animals. He loved to go find bald eagles.

Bob was an avid gardener and always had a beautiful yard. He served for many years in the Moose Lodge as governor and secretary.

He was an active member of the LDS Church and served for a time as the secretary of the High Priest Group. He loved the church and had a very strong testimony.

Survivors include, Margaret, his wife and eternal companion; his sons, Edward Balfour, Mertis Balfour and Robert Balfour Jr.; stepchildren, Trudy Claiborne and Tari Wright; two brothers, Bill Balfour and John Balfour and his wife, Lorie; sister, Lorrie Perkins; three grandchildren, Alice, Robert and Tyler; and two stepgrandchildren, Kevin and Geoffrey Claiborne.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Carl Bowman; sister-in-law, Louise; brother-in-law, Alan; and stepgranddaughter, Becky Booth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with Bob's services through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Terry Graven

Terry Evan Graven, 58, of Nampa, Idaho, died Jan. 8, 2005, after a brave and valiant 21-month battle with cancer.

His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Nampa 10th Ward Chapel, 7908 Deer Flat Road. Terry will be honored by police color guard and the military.

There will be a viewing on Tuesday at the church from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be at the Veterans Cemetery in Boise.

Terry died peacefully at his home in Nampa, with his family at his side. He died with the same calm collected nature that personified his character. Terry challenged and successfully beat the odds that nature and others counted against him, and was considered a miracle by those around him, including his medical advisers.

He lived to see many of the milestones in 2004 and 2005 that others felt he would not be able to. He was known as a spiritual man, yet maintained an unmatched warrior spirit.

He was born on Aug. 25, 1946, to Walter E. Graven and Geraldine Mary Mathis Graven at Portland. He attended and graduated from Estacada Union High School in 1964. He was an enlisted member of the U.S. Navy from May 2, 1966, through Feb. 5, 1970.

Terry served faithfully and dutifully in the Vietnam War, aboard the USS Benjamin Stoddert as a radioman cryptographer and radio supervisor. He was also very involved with athletics and was the ship athletic petty officer during his tours.

His awards and commendations include the Armed Forces Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea) and Combat Action Ribbons.

Terry met and married his wife, Ramona, in September of 1971. They were introduced by two dear friends who were also at his bedside.

In 1974 their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Terry and Ramona are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where Terry was a high priest, serving his faith dutifully.

He attended Oregon Institute of Technology at Klamath Falls and Clark College at Vancouver, Wash. He was a police officer and sheriff's deputy at Vale before moving to the Gresham Police Department as an officer, then detective before retiring in August of 2003

Terry lived the most honorable of lives, often known as a straight shooter who could weaken even the toughest of criminals with a demeanor that defined and commanded both integrity and respect. He was cherished for his wit, wisdom and sense of humor and for setting examples of high principles to all who knew and came in contact with him. He lived an exemplary life.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Graven; and brothers, Jack Graven and Darrell Betsinger.

Survivors include his wife, Ramona, of Nampa; his mother, Geraldine, of Richland; two sisters, Gloria Graven of Springfield, and Marcia Dima of Baker City; four children, Tracy of Nampa, Greg of Yamhill, Del of Meridian, Idaho, and Jennifer of Nampa; 11 grandchildren and a 12th on the way.

Marvel Crookston

Marvel June Sharp Crookston, 80, of Halfway, died Jan. 2, 2005, at her home.

Her funeral was Saturday at the Pleasant View 2nd Ward Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Provo, Utah. Interment was at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

Marvel was one of five children born to Clark Elwood Sharp Sr. and Juanita Williams Sharp. She was the middle child and was born at Independence, Jackson, Mo., on Aug. 28, 1924.

She married Ray Benjamin Crookston of Logan, Casche, Utah in the Logan LDS Temple on Jan. 6, 1943. They lacked four days of having been married 62 years when she died.

Marvel was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of her life. She held many responsible callings. She graduated from William Chrisman High School and also attended Brigham Young University for one quarter. Later in life she resumed her education, acquiring her associate of arts degree.

After her marriage to Ray, the couple left for Arizona where he was stationed in the military. They moved to Utah so their growing family would be close to the church and BYU. Besides the love for her family, Marvel loved books.

Most of her purchases were religious, classics, or self-improvement texts. She published articles, stories and poems and wrote an autobiographical novel about rearing her large family. Her organizational abilities were phenomenal.

At the age of 60, Marvel took on the challenge and enjoyed her sky-diving attempt. That sparked her to go on and receive her private pilot license, which she did along with two of her brothers.

Marvel died peacefully in her sleep at the home of her daughter, Gail Crookston Brown and her family at Halfway. They had been taking care of her because she had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for the past 20 years.

Survivors include her husband, Ray; 14 of her 16 children, Marnita Hill, Gail Brown, Sherry Smith, Clark Elwood, Joseph Ray, Mark Benjamin, Scott Tyler, Merry Thaden, Janet Mackley, Robert Kim, David Bruce, Douglas Arthur, Kelaine Mendicino and Christopher Lynn. Kay Grammer and Byron Frank Crookston preceded her in death. She also is survived by her siblings, Norma Ruhl, Hazel Bryce, Clark Elwood Sharp and Nona Cross; she had more than 101 grandchildren and at last count, 68 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Granite Peaks Assisted Living Center through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Ray Vandetta

Ray Vandetta, 55, of Baker City died Jan. 4, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Moose Lodge, 61341 Highway 97, in Bend.

Ray was born on Sept. 20, 1949, at Prairie City to Choicey Aldura Jones and Charles Freeman Vandetta. He grew up at Monument.

At the age of 12, the family moved to Bend. Ray lived most of his life in John Day, until moving to Baker City in 2002.

Ray was an avid hunter and fisherman; he enjoyed anything that included being in the great outdoors. He also enjoyed going to rodeos.

He joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17, serving in Vietnam.

Ray was a very good timber faller and also a mechanic.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Vandetta of Baker City; daughters, Jennifer Conklin and Niki Vandetta, both of Bend and Amy Vandetta of Prineville; a son, Austin Vandetta of Pilot Rock; stepson, Jasen Smith of Eugene; stepdaughter, Danielle Pelroy of Eugene; his mother, Choicey Condley of Bend; a brother; five sisters; and seven grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with Ray's memorial service, in care of Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

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