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Home arrow News arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week of Oct. 7 to Oct. 11

Obituaries for the week of Oct. 7 to Oct. 11

Debra Faye Goss

Debra Faye Goss, 47, of La Grande, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash.

Her funeral was at 1 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande, 1002 L Ave. The Rev. Hank Albrecht officiated.

Committal and interment was at the Summerville Cemetery.

Visitations were Wednesday until 7 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., in La Grande.

Deb was born June 18, 1955, to Harvey C. Bud and Ruthella "Ruthie" Phelps Crim in Baker. She attended schools in Baker until the family moved to La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School with the class of 1973.

On Aug. 2, 1975, she married Milo Goss at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande. Together they owned and operated B&K Auto Salvage.

Deb enjoyed spending time with her family and dearly loved their cabin. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed gardening and hunting.

She was a member of the La Grande Country Club where she served on the Ladies Board for several years. She was in charge of the Junior Golf Program for several years and was instrumental in bringing the High School Golf Program to its current level of operation. She was also a member of The Nature Conservancy.

Survivors include her husband, Milo Goss of La Grande; son and daughter-in-law, M.J. and Becky Goss of Boise; parents, Bud and Ruthie Crim of Baker City; sister and brother-in-law, LouAnn and Phil Charbonnier of Taylorsville, Calif.; brother and sister-in-law, Clay and Theresa Crim of Neenah, Wis.; father-in-law, Bill Goss of La Grande; brother-in-law and his wife, Mark and Cally Goss of La Grande; sisters-in-law and their husbands, Suzie and Lantz Hughes of La Grande and Garnet Caleli of Boston; and other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Donna Goss.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Donna Goss Memorial Fund in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, OR 97850.

Elvera McQuain

Elvera I. McQuain, 73, of Hermiston, a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 7, 2002, at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel at Burns Mortuary of Hermiston.

She was born on Dec. 18, 1928, at Cody, Wyo., to Archie and Myrtle Achenbach Sawyer. She attended grade school at Laramie, Wyo., then moved with her family to Baker City, where she graduated from high school. She attended the University of Wyoming at Laramie.

On Jan. 8, 1956, she married Martie McQuain II at Laramie, Wyo. The couple lived in Wyoming and California before moving to Oregon in 1968.

They lived at Olex and then at Condon before later divorcing. Mrs. McQuain returned to Wyoming where she lived for several years before moving to Hermiston in 1989.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Kim and Jack Carnine of Boardman, Georgia and Rod McKee of La Grande, Sheila and Ken Norris of Gillette, Wyo., and Sherrie and Matt Loomis of Caldwell, Idaho; a son and daughter-in-law, Martie III and Staci McQuain of Echo; 13 grandchildren; sisters, Beverly Reese of Laramie, Charlotte West of Glendale, Ariz., Annette Rice of Hillsboro and Vickie Shepherd of Sheridan, Wyo.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, George Sawyer and Thomas Sawyer.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720.

Sweeney Mortuary of Condon is in charge of arrangements.

‘Bill' Smith

William "Bill" Smith, 69, of Sumpter died Sept. 26, 2002, at his winter home in the Tepusquet Canyon of Santa Maria, Calif.

His body was cremated and there was a family memorial service at the Smith ranch.

Bill was born on the family ranch on April 12, 1933, and lived there until his death. He bought his beloved forest in the Sumpter area in 1982 and built his home there in 1998. He also had lived there until a few weeks ago.

Bill was an electrician by trade and wired the first space shuttle at Vandenberg Air Force Base. He was a foreman on the Alaskan pipeline in the 1970s.

He served in the U.S. Navy on the Yorktown carrier and the U.S.S. Rendova. He was a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 413 in good standing for 45 years. He was a recent associate member of the Baker Elks Lodge. He was an active member of the Sisquoc Grange and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ulah and Dorothy Bennet Smith; and his wife of 46 years, Joanne K. Smith.

Survivors include his loving wife of two years, Jan Smith; daughter, Karen Rookhuyzen, and son-in-law, Paul, of Mesa, Ariz.; sons and daughters-in-law, William Jr. and Bonnie Smith of Washington, John and Janeen Smith of Santa Maria, Calif., Joseph and Gloria Smith of Utah, Kenneth and Debbie Anderson of Santa Maria, Roy and Joell Swan of McKinleyville, Calif., and David and Annamarie Swan of Hemet, Calif.; son, Jay Swan, and partner, Laneva Beam, of Eureka, Calif.; his mother-in-law, Jessie Wilkinson of Camarillo, Calif.; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Roy and Charlotte and Paul and June, all of Tepusquet, Ulah and Cheri of Paso Robles, and James of Washington; sisters, Bertha Sherwood and Barbara Elliott of Santa Maria; 28 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Powder River Rural Fire District or the American Diabetes Association.

 
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