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Obituaries for the week of June 31 to July 4

Arthur Anderson

Arthur E. Anderson, 76, died June 21, 2003, at his home in Greenwood, Ind.

Interment was in Washington Park Cemetery at Greenwood.

Arthur was born July 20, 1926, at Indianapolis, Ind.

He spent a year in the Army in 1944-45, and then enlisted with the Marine Corps.

While in the military he served in Japan, Okinawa, Korea and Vietnam. He and his nephew, Carroll Gene Small, were in Okinawa at the same time, and they were together near Danang, Vietnam.

Every time he came in or out of the West Coast, he detoured to Baker City.

Arthur enjoyed visiting his sister, Inez Small, and her family in Baker City, and often went fishing with brother-in-law Carroll, niece Ginny and nephew Carroll Gene.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria; a daughter, Mary Lou Francis of Indianapolis, Ind.; three sons, Arthur E. II of New Bern, N.C., Rick of Martinsville, Ind., and Wade of Cottage Grove; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Inez Small of Baker City and Della Mae Bravo of Indianapolis, Ind.; one brother, Charles Robert Keller of Dover, Del., and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Noe of Indianapolis; a sister, Kathryn Durham of Indianapolis; a brother, Leroy Keller of Albany, Ga.; nephew Carroll Gene Small and niece Virginia Lee (Ginny) Small Thomas, both of Baker City.

Mildred Rouse

Mildred M. Rouse, 83, of Portland, a former Baker City resident, died June 26, 2003, at Portland.

Her graveside funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Pastor Gordon Bond of the Richland Christian Church will officiate. Vault interment will be after the service.

Mrs. Rouse was born on Dec. 5, 1919, at Boise to Fred and Mae Hiner Pickerell. She was raised at Boise.

She married Roy Givart at Mountain Home, Idaho, on Oct. 7, 1942. He preceded her in death.

She married Eddie C. Rouse on April 23, 1971, at Winnemucca, Nev. He died in January 1998.

Mrs. Rouse enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Her hobbies were collecting bears, traveling, crocheting and gardening.

Survivors include her children, Linda Scott of Portland, Lee Givart of Ridgefield, Wash., Charles Rouse of Baker City, Betty Schmeder of Pendleton and Donna Fields of Vancouver, Wash.; grandchildren, Joe Givart, James Givart, Sharon Popp, Valerie Scott, Brian Scott, Kipp Rouse, Colleen Rouse, Chad Fields and Brandon Schmeder; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Roy Givart and Ed Rouse; and brothers, Melvin Pickerell, Jack Pickerell and Grover Pickerell.

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

Frederick Johnson Jr.

Federick William Johnson Jr., 68, of Boring, a former longtime Baker City resident, died June 29, 2003.

His graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland with U.S. Army honors.

Mr. Johnson was born on June 11, 1935, at Tillamook to Frederick Sr. and Myrtle Johnson. He was raised and educated in the Gresham/Boring area, attending Orient Grade School and Gresham High School. He then attended Oregon State University at Corvallis.

He served in the U.S. Army from January of 1955 to December of 1956. He then lived in the Portland Metro area until the late 1960s.

At that time he moved to Baker City where he worked for Redi-Mix in the construction industry. He was a longtime member of the Baker Elks Lodge. He moved back to the family home at Boring in the fall of 2001.

Survivors include his mother, Myrtle Johnson of Boring; a son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Suzann Johnson of Springfield; daughter and son-in-law, Lisbeth and Dan Parr of Sacramento, Calif.; sisters, Betty Norris and Mary Sause, both of Boring and Phyllis Claflin of Beavercreek; and three grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Bateman Carroll Funeral Chapel of Gresham.

Edith Bootsma

Edith Elaine Vallier Bootsma, 58, died June 28, 2003, at her home after a year-and-a-half battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends until the end.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Elkhorn Baptist Church, 3520 Birch St. Pastor Ron Bissonnett will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at 2604 11th St.

Visitations will be until 8 o'clock tonight at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

Edith Elaine was born on Feb. 17, 1945, at Long Beach, Calif., to Lila May and Everett Keith Vallier. Her childhood and teen years were spent in the Long Beach area.

She attended John Muir Elementary School and Stevens Junior High. In 1962 she graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School.

After her graduation, she worked as a switchboard operator at Bell Telephone in Long Beach, Calif. As an operator in 1963, she always remembered how the entire switchboard lit up when John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

In 1963 she met and married Tom Bootsma and started their family of seven children. Ernie and Tom Jr. were born at Gardena, Calif. They moved to Lakewood Village, Calif., in 1970 and had Edward, Tena, Erik, Trisha and Ted.

In 1977 they moved to Baker City and lived in the same well-known house, the Granite Burr Castle, at 2604 11th St. As time went by, she spent a lot of time keeping busy with her children and taking them to their many activities.

All the boys in the family were involved in Boy Scouts with all their campouts and hiking and backpacking trips. She loved to hear the stories of all the trips to the National Boy Scout Jamborees the boys had gone on.

Many a spring and summer were also spent at numerous Little League and Babe Ruth games. On many occasions you could find her helping out behind the snack bar counter.

Later the family took up snow skiing, and she spent many Thursdays skiing with friends. She said it made the cold winters seem shorter.

In later years, she spent time going to yard sales with her daughters and special friend, Roberta Brinton. She also loved spending time with her 12 grandchildren.

She had many creative talents including painting, antique doll repair and restoration and sketching portraits of the family. Many of her paintings and sketches have been given to family and friends over the years. She also had financial and management skills that were well appreciated at her husband's construction business for 26 years.

Survivors include her husband, Tom Bootsma Sr.; son, Ernest Bootsma and his wife, Barbara (Marsh), and their children, Mollie, Maggie, and Megan of Portland; son, Tom Jr. and his wife Michele (Sieckman), and children, Tegan, Sam, and Tobie of Baker City; son, Edward Bootsma of Boise; daughter, Tena McKim and her husband, Erik, and their children, Alexander, Elizabeth, and Karli of Baker City; son, Erik Bootsma of Ann Arbor, Mich.; daughter, Trisha Cowen and her husband, Michael, and their children, Ashley, Aimee, and Anthony of Baker City; son, Theodor Bootsma of Baker City; her mother, Lila Vallier of Baker City; an uncle, Dwight Tracey of Los Angeles; and sisters, Linda Baum of Kalispell, Mont., and Barbara Olmstead of Portland.

She was preceded in death by her father, Everett Keith Vallier.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Billie Ruth Bootsma Cancer Fund at St. Elizabeth Health Services through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Alice Morehead

Alice F. MacDonald Morehead, 97, of La Grande died June 26, 2003, at her home.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley in La Grande. The Rev. Norman Shrumm of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Committal and interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in La Grande. Visitations will be until 6 o'clock tonight at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mrs. Morehead was born on June 15, 1906, at Knappa to Angus and Lenore MacDonald. She moved with her parents to a homestead near Ontario. She attended Pioneer schools, Payette, Idaho, High School and St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing.

Mrs. Morehead was an active member of many groups in La Grande, including Camp Fire Girls, Rainbow Girls, Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, Knife and Fork Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, Magna Carta Dames and Sons and Daughters of the Oregon Pioneers. She also was a longtime member of the Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Morehead practiced her nursing career in the early days of the profession when much was done in private duty. She also helped with youth organizations. Her final work was as a nurse for Eastern Oregon University.

In 1929, she married Forest Jones and was widowed a short time later. She married Bruce Morehead on Nov. 24, 1935. They lived at the Mount Emily Headquarters at Starkey before moving to Cove in the mid 1960s.

They moved to La Grande in 1981. Mr. Morehead died on Aug. 29, 1984.

She was very artistic, loved gardening, bull dogs and anything historical. She spent years working on genealogy and had traced her family back to the Black Knight of Scotland.

Survivors include her son, Paul Bruce Morehead of Joseph; daughter, Alice Lenore "Lynn" Morehead Pio of Salem; sister, Margaret Davis; grandchildren, Michael David Morehead of La Grande, Cheryl Diann Drumheller of Walla Walla, Wash., Therese Marie Lambardi of Hillsboro, Rebecca Ann "Becky" Flippo of Walla Walla, Mary Frances Smith of Stayton and Amy Louise Warren of Stayton; 16 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; a niece, Kay Walker; and other relatives and friends.

She also was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Mary Katherine Morehead.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201, or the charity of one's choice. To view the obituary, sign the guest book or leave a condolence visit: www.danielschapel.com.

Donna Trindle

Donna Jean Trindle, 57, of North Powder, died June 26, 2003, at her home.

Her memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Haines United Methodist Church. Pastor Sally Wiens will officiate. There will be a reception after the service at the Haines United Methodist Church Community Hall.

Donna was born on Jan. 26, 1946, at Oroville, Calif., to Orville and Mildred Miles Jenkins. She attended Humbold University and Cerrocosa Community College. She earned an associate degree in English.

She was employed at St. Elizabeth Health Services for more than 20 years.

Donna was a member of the Literary Council in California, Americorps and Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA).

Survivors include her two sons, Jake and Ben Trindle and their spouses; and four grandchildren, Cooper, Cody, Casey and Chance.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker County Public Library or the Haines United Methodist Church Garden Fund through Gray's West & Co. , P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

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