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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for the week of Monday, July 11, to Friday, July 15


Obituaries for the week of Monday, July 11, to Friday, July 15

Ella Hunt

Ella Mae Shephard Hunt, 93, of Baker City, died July 11, 2005, at Ashley Manor Care Center.

At her request, cremation was held.

Mrs. Hunt was born on May 14, 1912, at Tetonia, Idaho, to John Henry and Ella Mae Jackson Hardwick. She received her early education in the Panama Canal area where her family was working. The family moved to the United States, settling in Baker City where she completed her education.

She married Clarence Shephard. The couple were married for more than 50 years. Both of them worked for the railroad at Huntington. Ella was employed as a clerk. After their retirement they moved to Stanley, Idaho, for a time and then returned to Baker City.

Mr. Shephard died in 1991. In August of 1993, she married Harold Hunt. He died in 1997.

Mrs. Hunt was a lifelong active member of the Christian Science Church. She enjoyed fishing, motorcycles and snowmobiles. She was a hard-working and caring person.

Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands and seven sisters and brothers.

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

Darnell Davis

Darnell Davis, 54, of Huntington, died July 8, 2005, at his home.

His memorial service will be scheduled later at Vancouver, Wash.

Darnell Davis was born on April 10, 1951, at Fort Towson, Okla. He was raised and educated in Oklahoma. He started working outside of the home at the age of 13 to help support his family. Darnell was awarded a football scholarship and attended college in Oklahoma. Earning his degree, he joined the U.S. Navy, completing his tour of duty in 1974.

After serving in the Navy, Darnell began driving truck in Oklahoma. He continued driving when he moved to Vancouver, Wash. He met his future wife, Katherine, in 1990; they were married at Vancouver in 1994.

They bought their home at Huntington just this last year. Darnell loved to go fishing for any type of fish. He enjoyed collecting tools, even though he didn't know how to use them. Darnell welcomed the opportunity to bring his nephews into his home and enjoyed being a part of their raising.

He enjoyed teasing. Whether you knew it or not, you might be the brunt of the tease and he enjoyed every minute of it. Darnell had a heart of gold; he'd help anyone and give the shirt off of his back if it was needed.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine; nephews, Robert and Ridge Jackson; his mother, Annie Jewel Weekly; half-sisters and brothers, Earl Jackson, Martha Jackson, Marilyn Jackson, Chris Weekly, Carolyn Jackson and Skip Jackson; many nieces, nephews and cousins; mother-in-law who adored him, Betty, and father-in-law, Brian Hart; sisters-in-law and their husbands, Connie and Jack Brown and Julia and Dave Kelly; brothers-in-law, Robert Brodahl and Chuck Brodahl and his wife, Barbara.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Leon Davis; and a half-brother, Ray Jackson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Huntington Fire Department through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Ryan Chastain

Ryan Donald Chastain, 25, of Baker City, died July 7, 2005, at Woodlands, Texas, as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Father Julian Cassar of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate. Everyone is invited to join the family afterward for a potluck celebrating Ryan's life at the Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St.

Ryan was born on Oct. 17, 1979, at Baker City. He attended grade school at Brooklyn Elementary in Baker City and finished junior high and high school in the Pine-Eagle School District at Halfway.

Ryan was attending Universal Technical Institute at Houston at the time of his death. He was less than three months away from graduating with a specialty in Ford motors.

Ryan was married in April of 1999 to Aimie Shepherd. They had a son, Blake McCabe Chastain. They were divorced in June 2001.

He had two more children, Weston Chastain and Luke Chastain, with his companion Shakira Close.

Ryan was a fun-loving, kind and generous soul who will be greatly missed by all who loved him. He was active in all outdoor sports and loved camping, water and snow skiing, snowboarding, dirt motorbike riding, horseback riding, rafting in Hells Canyon, hiking, elk hunting and fishing in the Eastern Oregon mountains.

In his last conversation with his mother he said that he loved Oregon and could hardly wait to finish school to come home to the mountains he loved.

Survivors include his parents, Donald and Judy Chastain of Baker City; his brother, Wayne Chastain, currently serving in Iraq with the 116th; his grandfather, Leroy Phillips of Baker City; grandmothers, Mabel Dreher of Roans Prairie, Texas, and Ida Mae Chastain of Baker City; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family is establishing a scholarship in Ryan's name at the Universal Technical Institute at Houston. Contributions may be made through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Bonnie Kelso

Bonnie May Nedrow (Scott) Kelso, 73, lost her valiant battle with cancer on July 5, 2005, with her husband, Don, daughter, Michelle, and stepdaughter, Jan, by her side.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. at the Ustick Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Meridian between Linder and Ten Mile Road. A graveside service and dedication will be at the new Veterans Cemetery in Boise.

Bonnie was born at Hilgard outside of La Grande on Aug. 17, 1931, to John Nathan Nedrow and Evelyn May Ashby Nedrow. She and her family lived in small towns around Baker City and they also lived a time in Yellow Pine, Idaho.

At the age of 13, Bonnie's parents settled in the little green house at 3425 13th St. in Baker City. Bonnie's dad farmed alfalfa where the prison now stands. The old Air Force base and Linscotts were fixtures in Bonnie's children's minds. Sadly, this home is now gone.

Bonnie was a 1949 graduate of Baker High School. She later attended business school in Baker City.

She married Barney Duncan on Feb. 27, 1951. They were divorced a short time later.

Bonnie married Jim Cardwell on Jan. 11, 1952. They had four children. While married to Jim, Bonnie traveled with him to different Air Force bases: Hawaii, Johnston Island and Wiesbaden, Germany. They divorced in 1962.

Bonnie lived a short time at the Strauss house on Baker Street between Ninth and 10th streets after returning from Germany in late 1961. In the summer of 1963 she bought the gray house with pink trim at 1350 Fifth Street. Her stepson, Paul, named the house "The Leaning Tower Of Baker."

Bonnie joined the LDS church in March of 1963. She served in many church positions. Bonnie's passion was genealogy. Many cemeteries in Eastern Oregon have faded footprints of Bonnie's search for family members who have passed on.

A Church member had borrowed Bonnie's sewing machine and had her son return it to Bonnie. She and this man, David ‘R' Scott were later married on Oct. 31, 1964. David soon adopted Bonnie's four children and he added two stepsons, David and Paul, to the family. The younger David was on a mission for the LDS Church when they married.

David and Bonnie then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. The family settled at Fremont, Calif. Bonnie worked for the Alameda County Welfare Department in Fremont.

Bonnie and David divorced in 1972 and Bonnie was anxious to move out of California, back up north.

Bonnie married William B. Everett in August of 1974 and they divorced in 1978. Just days before Bonnie's death, Bill's daughter, Debbie Shrader, thanked Bonnie for all she had done for her family, including helping them move out of California.

Bonnie moved to Meridian, Idaho, in 1976. She chose Idaho because she knew she could find gainful employment in Boise, she but was still close enough to her father and uncles in Baker City and La Grande. She worked for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare until she retired in 1995.

Bonnie married Donald H. Kelso on Dec. 8, 1979. They lived at Boise until 1990 when they purchased a home and some land at Meridian. Don raised cows and pigs and Bonnie always had her beloved Boston terriers.

After Bonnie retired from Health and Welfare, she opened her own candy store for a short time at Meridian. Bonnie gladly gave the extra candy to her children and grandchildren and donated many pounds of candy to the local Senior Center at Meridian.

She loved setting up and selling things at the local flea markets and antique shows. Bonnie made many a sweet tooth happy with her homemade confections. Bonnie also enjoyed e-Bay and purchased many things, especially buttons.

The family expressed appreciation to the staff at Horizon Hospice for their tender care of Bonnie, especially Jodi, whose visits were always a bright spot in Bonnie's last days.

Survivors include her husband, Don, of Meridian; her oldest daughter, Lorelei Nalley, and her husband, Charles, of Baker City and their children Coralei, Andrew, Veronica, Vertawn and Dominick; her daughter, Leilani Denney, and her husband, Byron, of Arimo, Idaho, and their children, Heather, Caleb, and Alicia; her son, James Scott, and his wife, Cyndi, of Eagle, Idaho, and their children, Chad and Jared; her daughter, Michelle March, and her former husband, John, of Nampa, Idaho, and their children, James and Joseph; Don's children: Butch, and his wife, Sandy, of Texas and their children, Hallie and Shawn, Larry and Debbie of Baker City and son, Brett, Jan Groves and her husband, Jerry, of Nampa, Idaho, and their sons, Tim and Jamie, Jeff and his wife, Pam, of Pensacola, Fla., and Boyd of Seattle, Wash; Paul Scott of Patterson Calif.; the eight Everett children: Vance, Steven, Debbie, Keith, Bryan, Vikki, Lorry and Larry, of Idaho, Utah and California; her two known remaining cousins, Florence Nedrow and Joan Schaber of Richland; and her brother-in-law, Ken, and his wife, Betty Narkaus of Astoria and their three children, Kenna, Gary and Larry.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved twin uncles, Henry and Harry Ashby and his wife, Sadie; Wes Nedrow and his wife, Myrtle; Andrew Nedrow and his wife, Eva; Edward Nedrow; her only sibling, Betty Narkaus, of Astoria, who also died from the effects of cancer just 25 days prior to Bonnie; her stepson, David Scott; and her cousin,Ethel Jones.

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


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