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Obituaries for the week of July 23 to July 27

Mabel Brewer

Mabel L. Brewer, 99, of Baker City died July 24, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Her graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. MDT at the Glen Rest Cemetery at Glenns Ferry, Idaho.

Visitations will be until 7 oclock tonight at the funeral home.

Mrs. Brewer was born in 1902 at Lincoln, Calif. She moved to Idaho with her family as a child.

Her father worked for the railroad and part of the time the family lived in rail cars. Her mother cooked for crews with the help of her children.

She graduated from high school at Glenns Ferry, Idaho, and attended normal school at Lewiston, Idaho. She taught school until she married Lloyd Brewer on June 25, 1922. He died in 1959.

The couple had three children: a boy and two girls. They lived at Lima, Mont., Glenns Ferry and Hermiston at various times. Mrs. Brewer taught school at Huntington, Hermiston and Clackamas before her retirement in 1969.

She enjoyed painting with watercolors, china painting, ceramics and tatting. She moved to Baker City in 1992 to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Corky Combs.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Corky Combs of Baker City; son-in-law, Karl Dame of Oxnard, Calif; a sister, Ethel Mae Starkey of Nampa, Idaho; grandchildren, Steve and Pixie Combs of La Grande, Craig and Penny Combs of Meridian, Idaho, Bart and Robin Combs of Baker City, Janice and Budd Burns of Las Vegas, Nev., Jeffery and Caren Dame of Gilroy, Calif., Robin and Kelly Dame of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Regan and Greg Brown of San Martin, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Hannah and Sada Combs, Cristopher Endicott, Danielle and Andrea Combs, Jeremy Combs, Jake Williams, Scotty and Tammy Lord, Jensis and Jordan Burns, Tiffiny and Stephany Dame, Greg and Megan Dame, Russell, Ryan and Jessie Taylor Brown; and great-great-grandchildren, Kersey Jordan and Tristan Weimer.

She also was preceded in death by her parents, a son and a daughter.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice through the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home.

Olive Craig

Olive Gorham Craig, 85, of La Grande, a former North Powder resident, died July 24, 2001, at the Evergreen Care Center in La Grande.

Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Sally Wiens of the Haines Methodist Church will officiate.

Mrs. Craig was born on Oct. 25, 1915, at her family home in North Powder. She graduated from North Powder High School.

She married Harold Craig in Pendleton in 1934. They farmed and made their home at North Powder until 1956 when they moved to Lebanon in the Willamette Valley and later to Portland.

Mrs. Craig was very active, raising five children. She was a member of the Methodist Church at North Powder and later the Freemont Methodist Church at Portland.

She and her husband, Harold, had a catering service in Portland and also ran a boarding house. They made many longtime friends in their business ventures.

She and her family were very musical, participating in a little dance band for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; two brothers, Owen and Gordon Gorham; and sisters, Lorene Karrels and Lena Fuchs.

Survivors include her sisters, Audrey Yarber and Marlene Bowman; brothers, Noel Gorham and Marlin DeHaas; sons, H. Lowell Craig, Denny Craig and Randy Craig; daughters, Katharine Stauffer and Karen Yates; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Huntington Disease Society through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814.

LaVelle Blum-Clark

SALEM LaVelle Blum-Clark, 74, a former Baker City resident, died July 24, 2001, from complications of Alzheimers disease.

Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Christ Lutheran Church in Salem. Arrangements are by Keizer Funeral Chapel.

She was born in Baker City on March 21, 1927, and raised here. She later moved to Salem. She worked a s secretary for Gerry Frank and Sen. Mark Hatfield.

Survivors include her husband, Dan of Salem; a brother, John Mattes of Baker City; daughter, Janis Long of Salem; and granddaughter, Jayme Jones of Salem.

She was preceded in death by her son, Steve Long.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association.

Frances Kergel

Frances Holmes Muncey Kergel, 90, of Post Falls, Idaho, and a former Baker City and Halfway resident, died July 22, 2001, in Post Falls.

Her graveside funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. The Rev. John Jasper of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate.

Mrs. Kergel was born May 26, 1911, in Ostrander, Wash., to Edwin Francis and Amanda Asenath Holmes Muncey. She attended schools in Oregon and graduated from the University of California. She married James Louis Kergel on Dec. 28, 1936, in Reno, Nev.

She was an elementary school instructor for 23 years. She also taught piano and voice lessons.

She and her husband loved to travel, and they made many trips outside of the United States. She also enjoyed music and her family. She moved to Baker City after her husbands death in 1998.

Mrs. Kergel is survived by family members, Yvonne and Lyle Strong of Post Falls, and Joseph Muncey of Sparks, Nev.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her only son, Paul; her husband, Louis; a sister, Freda Petersen; and a brother, Wendell Muncey.

Contributions in Mrs. Kergels memory may be made to Pathway Hospice in care of the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore., 97814.

Ivan Bork

Ivan Richard Bork, 84, of The Dalles, a former Baker City resident, died July 21, 2001, at a care center in The Dalles.

There will be a graveside committal service at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in The Dalles. His memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Solid Rock Community Church of God at The Dalles. The Rev. Ken Post and Ellie Sutter will officiate.

Mr. Bork was born May 30, 1917, at Flora. He was the oldest of eight children born to Ira H. and Lora Moys Bork. He was the grandson of early Wallowa County pioneers, Rudolph and Bertha Bork. They came from Germany in 1885 and settled in Wallowa County as U.S. citizens in 1891.

Mr. Bork was married to Leola Surber on June 23, 1940, at Enterprise. They were married by Justice of the Peace A.B. Conway, who had married their parents, Ira and Lora Bork and Richard and Edith Surber in June 1916.

Mr. Bork was a logger in Eastern Oregon until moving to Baker City in April 1949. He worked here as a faller and a cat skinner. The family moved to Portland with Ivan Logging of Estacada in 1959. He went to work at the Tygh Valley Lumber Co. in June 1962 as a loader operator. He retired in 1982.

Mr. Borks favorite pastime was his ham radio, chatting with new friends and helping truckers with driving directions and weather reports. He also participated yearly in the Diabetes Bike-A-Thon.

Survivors include his wife, Leola of The Dalles; his children and their spouses, Rosalie and David Harnden of Prineville, Ivan Harry and Saundra Bork of Baker City, Wayne and Sharon Bork of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Darlena and Robert Salisbury of Albany; grandchildren, Brian, Lisa, Carl, Crystal, Timothy and Andy; great-grandchildren, Kristopher, Alina, Staranna, Nicholas, Tiffany, Steven and Stacey; his brother, Neal Bork of Baker City; and his sisters, Alma Gribling of La Grande, Ila Grenier of Scappoose, Erma Sewell of Sweetwater and Rita Bork of Orville, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, an infant son and an infant grandson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Solid Rock Community Church of God or Hospice of the Gorge, 751 Myrtle St., The Dalles, OR 97058.

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