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Obituaries for the week of March 3 to March 8
Marjorie Baird Randall, 90, of Ontario, a former Baker City resident, died March 2, 2002, at the Presbyterian Community Care Center in Ontario where she had been a resident for the past five years.
Private cremation was under the direction of the Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel in Ontario. Her memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of the Presbyterian Community Care Center in Ontario. Interment for her and her husband, Jim, will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.
Marjorie and her twin sister, Margaret, were born to Frank D. Baird and Mary Lee Huyette Baird on Oct. 30, 1911, in Sumpter. Their mother died soon after the birth of the twin girls.
Marjorie lived in Sumpter until after the Sumpter fire in 1917 when the family members moved to Baker City and where her father continued his business. Marjorie was a 1929 Baker High School graduate and later graduated from what was at the time Eastern Oregon Normal School, now Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.
She taught in the primary grades starting in rural schools and for more than 10 years in the Baker school system.
In 1946, she and her twin sister, Margaret, moved to Portland and taught there for a few years. In 1949, she married Jim Randall of Baker City.
The couple spent most of their married life in northern Arizona, which they both loved. They later moved to Ontario for their retirement years to be closer to family.
The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary among their many friends at the care center. Jim died suddenly at their home in Ontario on Aug. 30, 2001.
Marjories family expressed its appreciation to the Presbyterian Care Center and to the staff for the loving care she received over the years and for the love that was expressed during her final illness.
She especially cherished her 50-year membership in Esther Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star.
Marjorie is survived by her twin sister, Margaret Lewis of Salem; her half-sister, Aileen Huntsman of Seattle, Wash.; and her sister-in-law, Flo Chamberlain of Caldwell, Idaho.
Alma Leona York, 88 of Baker City died Feb. 28, 2002, at Willowbrook Terrace at Pendleton.
Her memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St.
Alma was born on Feb. 28, 1914, in Baker City to Hazel and William Stanley. She married Vernon George of Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1933.
Together they had one child. They moved back to Baker City where they owned a small grocery story until the death of her husband.
In 1970, Alma began to drive school bus for the Baker School District from which she retired. In 1981, she married he second husband, Paul York, who was the owner of Crown Cleaners in Baker City. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, cooking, gardening, fishing and bowling.
Survivors include her grandson, Mark George of Pendleton; a granddaughter, Sybil Tremper of Pendleton; grandson-in-law, Robert Tremper; and her great-grandchildren, Andrew Tremper, Brayden Tremper and Caleb Tremper, all of Pendleton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Vernon George and Paul York; her sister, Tanis Buckley; and her son, Gregory George.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Cancer Society through Bishops Funeral Chapel, 131 S.E. Byers Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801.
Herbert R. Fenner, 100, of Baker City and a former Richland resident, died March 2, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.
At his request, disposition was by cremation. Interment will be later in Wisconsin.
Mr. Fenner was born on Aug. 30, 1901, in Wisconsin to Frank and Mary Fenner. He worked as a salesman in heavy equipment and lived in various locations. Mr. Fenner was a member of the Baker City Masonic Lodge, No. 47 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite and Baker County Shrine Club. He enjoyed fishing.
Survivors include his son, Dean Fenner of White Bear Lake, Minn.; six nieces and two nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and a brother.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children through the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Jimmy O. Young, 65, of Weston, a former Baker County resident, died March 1, 2002, at his home.
At his request, there will be no service.
Jimmy was born on March 16, 1936, at Haines. He was one of four children of James Edgar and Frances Anna Richard Young. He was raised in Baker County where he also attended school.
Jimmy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean conflict. After receiving his honorable discharge, he began working as a long-haul truck driver, hauling produce. He also drove log trucks. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad for a time.
Jimmy loved to fish and spent many hours on the Snake and Columbia rivers.
He was preceded in death by his son, Danny, in 1992.
Survivors include his special friend and companion, Helena Reinhart of Weston and his three sisters.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Walla Walla Community Hospice through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.