Baker City, 1949-2013
Marne Baines, 64, of Baker City, died where she had wished, at her home, on Feb. 20, 2013.
Her memorial service will be Thursday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. at the Missouri Flat Grange at Cedar Street and Hughes Lane in Baker City. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception to be held immediately after the service at the Missouri Flat Grange.
Diagnosed with fourth-stage cancer on Nov. 9, 2012, Marne had gone under the care of Heart and Home Hospice soon after her diagnosis. Marne was totally at peace. She had no fear of death. She saw death as an open door one went through and that door closed behind you. A devout Christian, Marne passed serenely into a joyous afterlife where there is no more sickness and death.
Born Feb. 19, 1949, at St. Petersburg, Fla., Marne grew up in the South. Most of her life was spent as a caregiver. In her early 20s Marne went on an adventure from Alabama to Nevada. She moved to Baker City from Gardnerville, Nev., in 2002.
Survivors include her husband, Tom Baines of Baker City; her oldest son, Ronald Skipper of Baker City; her youngest son, Wade Skipper of Reno, Nev.; a granddaughter, Haley Skipper of Sparks, Nev.; a grandson, Elijah Skipper of Reno; and a sister, Jeanne Kirkland and family of Raleigh, N.C.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth Solomon, a nurse; and her father, Roy Solomon, a World War II veteran.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heart and Home Hospice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Ruth M. Flaherty, 85, of Bend, died Feb. 14, 2013, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Her son, Jim, and daughter-in-law, Betty, were with her.
At her request there will be no service.
Ruth was born on Feb. 23, 1927, in Sterling, Colo. She married Earl Flaherty in 1946 and they moved to Oregon. Together they raised a family of five. She lived in Westfall, where they managed the old Becker ranch from 1952 until 1960.
She moved to Burley, Idaho, where the family farmed potatoes until 1963 when they returned to ranching in Hereford. In 1985, she and Earl move to Umatilla. In Umatilla, she assisted at the local grade school as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching assistant.
After her husband died she moved to Bend to be closer to family.
Ruth was artistic and loved to draw. She also enjoyed bowling and her bunco club. She was happiest when she was with family and friends.
Survivors include her children, Jim and Betty Flaherty of Bend, MaryBeth and Ray Cornell of Burns, Mike and Dawnel Flaherty of Parma, Idaho, Barbara Sanders of The Dalles; her son-in-law, Clinton Tarvin of La Grande; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl; her daughter, Kathleen; and her brother, Vern.
In lieu of flowers,the family suggests memorial contributions to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.
Autumn Funerals of Bend is in charge of arrangements.
Formerly Baker City, 1920-2013
Pearl Jeraldine Willis Haydock, 92, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 18, 2013, at Forest Grove.
Pearl was born on April 12, 1920, at Blackfoot, Idaho, to Charles and Pearl Celia Van Ostrand Walker.
Survivors include her daughters, Lorraine Swiger of Hillsboro and Barbara Apple of Roy, Wash.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee B. Haydock.
Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814, is in charge of arrangements.
Baker City, 1919-2013
Betty Jean Taylor, 93, of Cove died Feb. 6, 2013, at the home of her son, Michael, where she had lived for the past 5ﬁ years.
In accordance with her wishes, there will be no service.
Betty was born on May 25, 1919, at Spokane, Wash., to Robert A. and Bertha Augusta Hopper Smith.
Betty was one of three children and was the second child. She was very close to both of her siblings.
Betty was raised at Spokane, Wash. She met her future husband, Harold Dennis “Denny” Taylor, at Spokane when he was stationed at Geiger Field in 1942.
They were married later that year on July 31, 1942, at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. They decided to wait to have a family, so during their early years, they traveled and Betty was a singer in a jazz band. She truly enjoyed sharing her love of music with her friends and family. She had a beautiful voice.
In 1953, they adopted their first child, Dennis Michael, and followed with the adoption of a daughter, Roberta Mae, two years later.
In the following years, Betty devoted herself to being a loving wife and mother as the family moved often. Her family was always her first priority.
Dennis worked for International Harvester and was transferred every three years or so. She was a very caring individual and made many friends everywhere they lived.
They retired to Prescott, Ariz., in 1976. Her husband, Denny, died in March 1994 at Prescott. Betty moved with her son, Michael, and his family to Coos Bay in 1997. A year later they moved to Cove, where she resided until her death. She attended the Cove Methodist Church.
Survivors include her son, Michael, of Cove; her daughter, Roberta, of New Mexico; her brother, Robert “Buzz,” and his wife, Catherine “Kitty” Smith, of Seattle, Wash.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘n’ Home through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Baker City, 1941-2013
Joan Curtis, 71, of Baker City, died Feb. 12, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
Joan Beverly was born on Nov. 21, 1941, at Malden, Mo., to Raymond and Irene (Glover) Medlin. She was raised until the age of 7 in Malden and then moved to Baker City, graduating from Baker High School in 1959.
Her first marriage was to Roy E. Morris in Baker City, whom she had met in high school. They had three children, Linda, Brenda and James. They divorced and later she married Alvin Curtis. They met at the same place of employment and they had one child, Jason.
Joan worked as a CNA at both Cedar Manor and St. Elizabeth Hospital for years. She also did in-home care on the side. She was Leo Adler’s caregiver the last 15 years of his life and was always proud to be known as a good friend to him.
She enjoyed camping, fishing, reading and collecting figurines of frogs. Joan loved her family and her pets.
She is survived by her daughters: Linda and her husband, Brant Dixon, of Banks, and Brenda Morris of Baker City; her sons: James Morris of Baker City, and Jason Curtis of Woodburn; her brother, Jonny Medlin of Springfield; and five grandchildren: Brittney and Corina Morris, Terrance Dixon, Dalton Curtis and Alexa “Lexy” Curtis.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Alvin.
Memorial donations in memory of Joan may be made to the Diabetic Association through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Baker City, 1955-2013
Claudia Ann Hance (Binschus), 58, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 5, 2013, with her son, Bryan Polley, and companion, Bill Hance, by her side after battling a long-term illness.
There will be a gathering in the spring for an informal memorial service for family and friends. The date and time will be announced later.
She was born on April 27,1955.
She was preceded in death by her son, Johnathon BoeDean Boettcher; and her mother, Mary Colter.
Survivors include her three sons, Gary Chapman and family of Baker City, Bryan Polley and family of Caldwell, Idaho, and Joey Grove and family of Baker City; two sisters and two brothers, Lillian Sawyer and family, Delbert Binchus and family, Jody Thompson and Jack Binchus; numerous nieces and nephews; and numerous grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Boise Veterans Hospital.
Muriel D. Gray, 93, died Feb. 6, 2013, in Portland.
Visitations will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Baker Seventh-day Adventist Church at 42171 Chico Road. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the Seventh-day Adventist Church fellowship hall at the corner of Pocahontas Road and 17th Street.
Muriel was born on April 23, 1919, at La Harpe, Kan., to Alvis and Bessie (Colwell) Dick. She was raised all over the state of Montana and received schooling in Montana, Idaho, Washington, California, and Nebraska.
She specialized as a nurse and received her registered nurse credentials at Paradise Valley, Calif., and her bachelor’s degree at Lincoln, Neb. She worked as a nurse in San Diego and at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md.
She moved to Baker City in 1949 and met Frank Gray. Muriel married Frank on June 8, 1950, at Baker City.
Muriel was a longtime member of the Baker Seventh-day Adventist Church. Her accomplishments include working as a registered nurse in several institutions over 40 years, volunteering for many church and community organizations, and raising two daughters and one son. She especially enjoyed teaching children’s classes for many years at the church.
Survivors include her daughters, Elizabeth Parker and Rosalyn Patton; son, Peter Gray; grandchildren, Thomas N. Turner, Matthew Parker and Donald and Daniel Gray; sister, Bonita Kraemer; and great-grandchildren, Erin, Matthew, Honor and Christian Parker; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Frank.
Memorial contributions may be made to the SDA Thanksgiving Food Box program or the Baker City Pathfinder (youth club) Building Fund through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Howard Ego, 89, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 9, 2013.
His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Vale Christian Church. Burial will be at Valley View Cemetery in Vale.
Howard was born on Nov. 3, 1924, at Baker City to Charles Berton and Bessie Sadie Doolittle Ego. He was the seventh of eight children. He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Bill, Jim, Elmer, Gene and infant Cecil; and two sisters, Clydia (Van Horn) Smothers and Adealia (Barrentine) Veristain.
Many of his early years were spent on the family ranch on Sutton Creek. Howard and his sister, Adealia, were the only ones to graduate from high school, in Baker.
After high school he joined the U.S. Army and served in Europe (1944-1945) during World War II, receiving the Bronze Star Medal for heroism.
Howard married Carol Frances Evitts in 1945. They were divorced in 1974. They had two children, David and Susan .
On Valentine’s Day in 1981 he had his first date with his “better half,” Willie Jones, also known as “Mrs. Smith.” They were together for 32 years.
After coming home from military service he went to work for Walt Gildersleeve at the Standard Oil bulk plant in Baker City. He also farmed with his father during these years.
In 1957, he purchased the Standard Oil bulk plant at Vale. He later sold the plant and after one year at Peterson Furniture in Ontario, he became Vale city coordinator and municipal judge. He worked for the City of Vale for more than 47 years. Howard also served as Treasurer for the Valley View Cemetery District for more than 47 years.
Howard had a servant’s heart for his adopted community of Vale. He served on the Vale City Council before going to work for the city. He was an active member for decades in the Jaycees, Lions, and the Masonic Lodge, for which he received the highest honor — The Hiram Award.
He also was a member of the Shriners, Eastern Star, Blue Lodge, Elks, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Sports Inc. , Senior Citizens , Vale Chamber of Commerce and many other groups.
He received the Distinguished Service Award in 1960. He rode a horse as grand marshal for the 2000 Vale Fourth of July celebration.
He received lifetime achievement awards from the Shriners and the Vale Community. Howard could many times be found behind the cook stove or beside the barbecue pit helping prepare many community and family meals.
He also enjoyed hunting, camping, wood gathering, the cabin and family festivities.
“He was loving, kind and compassionate as a companion, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa ... we couldn’t have asked for anyone better,” family members said. “He will be missed by all.”
Survivors include his companion, Willie Jones and family; his son, David, and his wife, Gloria Ego; and daughter, Susan, and her husband, Joe Yraguen; two grandsons, Jay (Michelle) Ego and Josh (Emily) Ego; and three granddaughters, Julie (Tom) Spoo, Kimi (Wade) Gipson, Kristi (Britton) Stuart; and seven great- grandchildren, Amand and Janci Spoo, Brylie and Chace Gipson, Amaia, Addison and Bodie Stuart; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners or Vale Senior Citizens.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.lienkaemper-thomason.com.
La Grande, 1913-2013
Hilda Dorothy Jones McCumber, 99, died Feb. 7, 2013, at Wildflower Lodge in La Grande.
Her graveside funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Family members said there will be a gathering to celebrate her remarkable life this spring.
Hilda was born on Oct. 31, 1913, at Baker City to Robert and Mary Gilkison Jones. She attended elementary school in one-room schoolhouses in Eastern Oregon towns including Sparta, New Bridge and Keating. She attended Baker High School for two years before being forced to quit because of her father’s death.
Hilda was married to the love of her life, Frank Avery “Dick” McCumber, on June 19, 1933, at Baker City. During their early years, they lived on a ranch at Sparta and also lived at Milton-Freewater, Baker City and Union before moving to Mount Vernon in 1950.
Hilda was a devoted wife and mother, and was very active in her community. She was involved in the Mount Vernon Grange, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Grant County Women’s Bowling League, Mount Vernon PTA, and the Degree of Honor Protective Association.
Her hobbies included bowling, gardening, camping and reading.
Throughout her career, she was employed by various facilities as a cook, including J Bar L Guest Ranch, Blue Mountain Hospital and U.S. Forest Service summer camps.
A large portion of her career was spent working for the U.S. Forest Service, out in the open air of beautiful Grant County, where she retired multiple times before actually leaving her job.
Hilda was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Frank Avery “Dick” McCumber; her oldest son, Neil A. McCumber; and two great-grandchildren lost in infancy.
Survivors include her daughter, Millie I. McCumber Hickerson Butler (Bob); sons, Roger A. McCumber (Janet), Lyle A. McCumber (Linda) and Robert B. McCumber (Charlotte); 14 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wildflower Lodge through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Baker City, 1933-2013
Roberta LaVell Graves, 79, died Feb. 9, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center- Baker City.
Her graveside service will be at noon on Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Roberta was born on Nov. 9, 1933, at Baker City to Roy and Ora Burris Calloway. She attended school there until at the age of 14 when illness prevented from her returning.
She began working at St. Elizabeth Hospital as a nurse’s aide at the age of 14. The money she earned helped her parents purchase their place on Pine Creek.
She continued working at the hospital, working in Central Supply sterilizing the surgical instruments, and then working as an assistant during surgical procedures.
She lived at Baker City most of her life, but for a brief time she lived at Smith River, Calif. In her 20s she married Larry Graves and they had two children.
When Roberta retired from the hospital, she went to work as a motel maid at Oregon Trail Motel. She worked there for several years and also did in-home care for the disabled and elderly.
Roberta enjoyed anything having to do with being outside: she gardened, picnicked, camped in the mountains, and, most especially, she loved horses. She had fun memories of sledding on tubes and floating down creeks, family members said.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Larry; brothers, Ralph Calloway and Ronald Calloway; and sisters, Dorothy Phillips and Fern Wheeler.
Survivors include her son, Norman Daniel Graves of Baker City; daughter, Lorraine Graves of Baker City; brother, Robert Calloway, and his wife, Brenda, of Irrigon; sister, Shirley Guilliams of Baker City; grandchildren, Chris Graves and Johanna Cole; two great-grandchildren, Kailyn McQuisten and Andrew Davis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contribtions may be made to CASA or the Rachel Center through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Baker City, 1937-2013
Marvin Glenn McKinney, 75, of Culver, died Jan. 25, 2013, at Redmond.
There will be a remembrance of Marvin’s life at 11 a.m. MST Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Vale Christian Church at 450 A St. West in Vale.
Marvin was born on May 3, 1937, at Ontario to Merrill “Red” and Ruth Maupin McKinney. He grew up on a small cattle ranch outside of Vale. Shortly after graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Army, serving time in Alaska. After returning home, he met and married Linda Joanne Woodward, his partner in life for the past 54 years.
He worked for the Vale road department and the Oakridge sawmill for a number of years before returning to ranching, a vocation he pursued with his wife, Linda, at his side, for the remainder of his life. He ran a large cattle ranch in Eastern Oregon for 33 years.
He and Linda then “retired” to a small cattle ranch in Culver where they lived happily for the past 12 years. His greatest joy and personal measure of success, was raising cattle from birth, and adding them to the herd that he and Linda worked together to build.
Marvin was a much loved husband, father, and grandfather.
He enjoyed rodeo, hunting, four-wheelers, horses, reading the news, candy, but most especially, family.
Survivors include his wife, Linda McKinney of Culver; sons, Steve McKinney of West Richland, Wash., and David McKinney and his wife, Tami, of Redmond; daughter, Sheila Hite and her husband, Brad, of Corvallis; his grandson, Bryan; and five granddaughters, Janet, Shalene, Danielle, Madyson and Hannah.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Milton and John McKinney; and daughter-in-law, Susan.
Autumn Funerals Redmond is in charge of arrangements.
Baker City, 1936-2013
Millie Ilene Butler, 76, of Baker City, died Feb. 11, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center.
Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Mr. Wally Muzzy and Mr. Jerry Sheets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in John Day will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St.
Millie was born on May 4, 1936, at Baker City to Frank Avery “Dick” and Hilda Dorothy Jones McCumber. She attended high school at Mount Vernon and married Floyd Lee Hickerson on Oct. 25, 1953, at Winnemucca, Nev.
She then married Robert Lee Butler on July 1, 2004, at Hillsboro. She was a great homemaker and also worked for a time at Beaver State Dental and Terry Trailer, retiring on Sept. 1, 2004.
She enjoyed horseback riding, riding her bicycle, going to the mountains mushrooming, huckleberry picking, and loving on her dog, Jake. She loved her kids, grandkids, great-grandkids and her husband.
She was a member of the LDS Church and a breast cancer survivor.
Survivors include her husband, Bob Butler of Baker City; two sons, Fain Hickerson, and his wife, Darla, of Coos Bay and Neil Hickerson and Kathy Keller of Gresham; one daughter, Theresa German, and her husband, Brent, of La Grande; three brothers, Roger McCumber, and his wife, Jan, of Hillsboro, Lyle McCumber and his wife, Linda, of Mount Vernon, and Rob McCumber and his wife, Char, of Mount Vernon; four stepdaughters and one stepson and their spouses; seven grandchildren plus several stepgrandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Lee Hickerson; a brother, Neil McCumber; and a grandson, Sean Christopher.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Jill Rombough Otto Spofford, 68, died Feb. 6, 2013, at the St. Benedict’s Senior Community Center in St. Cloud, Minn.
Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Osakis Lutheran Church in Osakis, Minn. Visitation begins one hour before the service at the church.
She was born on April 23, 1944, to Donald and Winona Scadding Otto. Jill grew up at Sauk Centre, Minn., and was a 1962 graduate of Sauk Centre High School. After high school, she completed the licensed practical nurse (LPN) program at Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria, Minn. She worked as a nurse at the Browerville Hospital in Browerville, Minn.
She met and married Lee Spofford and had a family of six that they raised in the Long Prairie and Sauk Centre areas.
In 1980, Jill relocated to Oregon where she met and married Keith Eoff. Together they raised a family of three.
In recent years, Jill had resided in both Oregon and Minnesota. She made her home in Minnesota in 2010 when she was diagnosed with cancer.
Jill fought a very brave and courageous battle and was an inspiration to her family and many friends. She wore many hats throughout the years that included nurse, caretaker, bartender, hotel manager, farmer, cook, jewelry maker, crafter and seamstress. None were as important as Mom, Grandma and friend.
Jill was a member of Eastern Star and enjoyed helping out the Monday quilters at Osakis Lutheran.
Survivors include a brother, David (Cecelia) Otto of California; son, Rex (Brenda) Spofford Dillingham, Alaska; Marguarette Norwood of Browervill, Minn.; Heather (Brian) White of Baker City; Michelle Spofford (Mike Haffner) of Sauk Centre, Minn.; Kim Miland of Melrose, Minn.; Byron (Jody) Miland of Sartell, Minn.; Nancy (Glenn) Taft of Browerville, Minn.; Richard Eoff (Shannon Breeden) of Browerville, Minn.; Carl Eoff, South Carolina; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandson; 14 stepchildren; and special friend, Keith Eoff.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; her high school sweetheart and fiance, Andrew Lesser; Lee Spofford; and two (twin) grandchildren.
The Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis, Minn., is in charge of arrangements.
Spokane, Wash., 1930-2013
Mildred Louise Winward, 82, a former Baker County resident, died Feb. 5, 2013, at Spokane, Wash.
There will be a celebration of her life at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Baker United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St. The family will hold a private graveside service at Lakeview where she will rest beside her husband.
Mildred was born on July 29, 1930, at Wingville to Vernell and Velma Morin. She was the oldest of six children. Mildred spent most of her childhood at Hereford where the family farmed and ranched. She married Amos Gail Winward, “Gail” on Aug. 3, 1961. They made their home at Lakeview where they raised their two children, Rebecca Louise (Kinney), 46, and Matthew Glenn Winward, 45.
After Gail’s death, Mildred moved to Baker City, where she was active in The Salvation Army Church and at the local community center. She spent many years enjoying the company of her Aunt Nellie Brannock and Uncle Ted Morin.
During her years spent with Uncle Ted, Mildred developed an avid interest in sports. In 2003 she moved to Deer Park, Wash., to be near her children and grandchildren.
Mildred loved to watch the Portland Trailblazers, Seattle Mariners and her recent favorites, the Gonzaga Bulldogs. She also enjoyed crocheting and other needlepoint crafts as well as Bible study; she loved the Lord.
Survivors include her children, Rebecca Kinney and Matthew Winward; seven grandchildren, Rose O’Dell, Ryan Kinney, Melody Winward, Amber Winward, Zachary Kinney, Dakota Winward and Austen Kinney; four great-grandchildren, Lillyanna O’Dell, Megan O’Dell, Katielynn O’Dell and Micah O’Dell; her siblings, Elaine Carr, Wayne Morin, John Morin, Darlene Jenkins and Arnold Morin; and many nieces and nephews.
Mildred’s husband, Amos Gail Winward, preceded her in death in 1982.
Baker City, 1932-2013
Richard Dean Cook, 80, of Baker City, died Feb. 7, 2013.
He passed quietly in his sleep after a protracted battle with complications from lung disease, family members said.
No service is planned at this time.
He was born on Oct. 20, 1932.
His family celebrates his life, and mourns his passing. He was husband to Marcia L. Cook and father to Deanna Camp, Sheryl Cook and Mike Cook.
They remember Dick/Dad as enjoying his retirement from his lifelong Boeing Aerospace career, spanning 32 years. He was an avid camper, outdoorsman and Minnesota farm kid. He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the Triple Nickel (555 infantry battalion).
He’s also remembered as an actively engaged father of three, grandfather of six and as a great-grandfather of twin boys.
He is celebrated as a fixer of cars, master barbecuer and tinkerer of life.
“He lived a good life and took care of his wife and family to the best of his ability,” family members said. “We will forever remember him sitting in his favorite chair with his cocker spaniel, Corky, on his deck watching the sun go down over the Elkhorns.”
Baker City, 1942-2013
Betsy Jean Mason, 70, of Baker City, died Feb. 2, 2013, at her home.
Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. There will be a reception afterward at the Nazarene Church, 1250 Hughes Lane.
Betsy was born on March 22, 1942, at Ontario, Calif., to Jean and Ruby Joines Pettit. She was a 1961 Clackamas High School graduate. She then attended Clackamas Community College.
She married Elmer Donald “Don” Mason at Oregon City. They lived at Whidbey Island, Wash., and were later divorced.
She loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping and being among family and friends. Camping and fishing for catfish on the Willamette River was a favorite, and hunting as a way of life and survival was always fun.
Betsy took her kids to the berry farms and taught them how to work for what they wanted. She worked in the woods for many years and at Mason Dam for 10 years.
She had a sense of adventure and enjoyed sharing her knowledge of the outdoors by teaching her grandchildren to fish and how to drive in the snow. Betsy also liked to play hide-and-seek after dark.
Her hobbies included oil painting — she took classes and loved to share her beautiful art with others. She also enjoyed playing music with friends and church groups.
She loved animals and fed as many as she could. Toward the end of her life, ministry became her passion.
She loved the Lord Jesus and wanted to share that with others, family members said. Her desire was to help people and she did that by sharing her life experiences and using them to help encourage others. There were no strangers to her and she was always willing to lend a helping hand.
Betsy volunteered at the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center where she helped in ministry and at the Food Bank. She attended Agape Christian Center for many years and more recently the First Church of the Nazarene. She was also a member of the National Rifle Association.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include three daughters, Christine, and her husband, Eugene Hawes, of Baker City, Arlene and her husband, Dave Shafer, of Caldwell, Idaho, and Becky Rose of Meridian, Idaho; a niece, Syndy, and her husband, Paul Zarr, of Klamath Falls; a brother, James Pettit of Cheyenne, Wyo.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Baker City, 1930-2013
Samuel Glenn Williams, 82, of Baker City, died Feb. 1, 2013.
Visitations will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pastor Ron Kratzer of the Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene at Meridian, Idaho, and former pastor of the Baker City Nazarene Church, will officiate.
Glenn was born on Nov. 26, 1930, at Baker City to George and Jima Hill Williams. He grew up on small farms in Baker County. He attended Haines School up to the seventh grade and then Baker High School.
He worked 40 years in the lumber mills, which included Ellingson Plywood and Ellingson Burnt River mill until it closed.
Glen loved riding horses, hunting, fishing and gardening. He never missed an opportunity to go to a rodeo with family and friends.
His family extends a very heartfelt thank you to all the caregivers and volunteers that helped Glenn through his time of need.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Ralph and Jimmy Williams; sisters, Ruby Dodds, Cleo Conrad and Mattie McVey; and brothers, Fred and Jess Williams and Paul Medford.
Survivors include his children, Sammie Williams of Bend, Glenda and husband, Dan Hull, of Haines, and Summer Curry of Haines; daughter-in-law, Karen Williams of Warrenton; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Baker City, 1921-2013
Merle Mitchell Hanby Singley, 91, a longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 29, 2013, at Ashley Manor in Baker City.
Her family extends a very special and heartfelt thank you to the staff and caregivers at Ashley Manor for their loving care to Merle.
There will be a visitation for Merle from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel at 2625 Hughes Lane. It will be conducted by Bishop Parker Ussery. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Merle was born on Nov. 19, 1921, at Cove to Smith Hyatt and Chloe Burns Mitchell. She was the seventh of 12 children: four girls and eight boys. When Merle was 6 the family moved to Baker City. Merle graduated from high school in Baker and then went to work at the Orpheum Theater as an usher. She met her husband, Walter Harden Hanby, at a dance. They enjoyed dancing at the Grange halls. They had three children: Cheryl, Gary and Dennis. Harden died in November 1961.
Merle enjoyed crocheting, music and dancing, working in her yard and singing in the choir at church. She was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She served in many positions throughout her life. She was a temple worker at the Boise Temple for 10 years. She loved her time working at the temple, before health reasons caused her to be released.
Merle worked as a substitute rural mail carrier for 11 years at the Baker Post Office. She then worked inside the post office as a clerk carrier and later as a window clerk. She retired in July 1983.
Merle married Frank Singley in 1972. He died in 1985.
She loved her family, and enjoyed many special occasions with them throughout the years. She is loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her three children, Cheryl and Harold “Mike” Webb of Baker City, Gary and Lynne Hanby of Kent, Wash., and Dennis Hanby of Baker City; 12 grandchildren, Valerie Edelmayer, Lana Goodwin, Lane Webb, Casey Webb, Matthew Webb, Kirk Webb, Jesse Webb, Sara Barnett, James Hanby, Darcy Hanby, Tyrel Hanby and Crystal Atkinson; 31 great-grandchildren; her brothers, Clair and his wife, Rose Mitchell, of Arizona, and Delbert and David Mitchell, both of Boise; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Harden and Frank; her parents; five brothers; and three sisters.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humanitarian Fund or Perpetual Education Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Baker City, 1928-2013
Dolores Juanita McClurg, 84, died on Jan. 28, 2013, in Baker City.
Dolores was born on Aug. 8, 1928, at Boise to John and Grace Sipp Davis. She graduated from Muddy Creek High School in 1948 as valedictorian of her class.
Dolores married James W. McClurg on May 8, 1949. They had six children and were married for 58 years.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary Centre, and husband, Marvin, son, John McClurg, and daughter, Laurie McClurg, all of Baker City, son, Paul McClurg, of Casper, Wyo., son, James McClurg, and wife, Mary, of Augusta, Mont.; grandchildren, William Centre, and his children, Richard, and Gwen of Baker City, JoVanna Centre of Walla Walla, Wash., Timothy Nguyen and his children, Elly and Colby of La Grande, Lana Bentley and her husband, Donny, of Baker City, and Justin McClurg of La Grande.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James McClurg; son, David McClurg; and grandson, Sam McClurg.
Coles Tribute Center was in charge of arrangements.
Gerald “Jerry” Ross, 87, of Goldendale, Wash., a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 28, 2012, at Nashua, N.H., while visiting his daughter, Jane.
His funeral was Jan. 5 at Davenport’s Chapel of the Good Shepherd in Klamath Falls. He was buried Jan. 7 at Silver Lake Cemetery.
Jerry was born to Emma and Ralph Ross in Arkansas. In 1936, his father built a home on the back of a truck and the family joined that famous migration from the impoverished South to the golden promise of California. There he came of age finding work in a variety of jobs, including coopering for the wine trade, managing hops and rice fields and doing general house construction.
He married Helen Elizabeth Hobday and lived at Galt, Calif., before moving to Oregon to follow his dream of being a cowboy. He managed the Lombardi and Widman ranches in Baker City, and ended his career as manager of the Pitcher Ranch at Silver Lake.
He retired to Bonanza, where he continued to work for local ranchers and was a member of the Klamath Falls Missionary Baptist Church. After his wife died, he moved to Goldendale, Wash., to be near his son, Ernest.
Survivors include his sons, Ernest of Goldendale, Wash., Charles of Ione and Daryl of Burns; daughters, Karen Ross Bossert of Salem and Jane Ross Fallon of Brookline, N.H.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; and daughter, DeAnna.
Baker City, 1955-2013
Kelly Michael Thompson, 57, died Jan. 3, 2013, at his home with his wife, Jody, and daughter, Kati, at his side.
There will be a celebration of his life at 1 p.m. April 27 at the Southwest Shore Campground off Hudspeth Lane near Sumpter.
Kelly was born on June 18, 1955, at Eugene to Norma Smith Thompson and Calvin Thompson. He later moved to California and then his family settled in Enterprise where he graduated from high school. After high school, Kelly attended college in Bend.
Kelly was a late-bloomer and did not marry until he was 40. He married Jody Griffith in October of 1996.
They were best friends and soulmates. Kelly discovered his true talent was being a grandfather. He was an adored grandfather and he loved his grandchildren.
In 1972, Kelly joined the Smoke Jumpers in Sumpter. After that he went on to work for Bond Jobe as a driller. Drilling was Kelly’s passion.
He and his wife spent several years working on the road drilling. They had the opportunity to help build the Olympic Stadium in Salt Lake City.
Kelly’s family expressed appreciation to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice for the excellent service and care provided to Kelly and to them during the last months of his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Norma Bobbit and Calvin Thompson; his brother, Kyle; and his uncle.
Survivors include his wife, Jody; daughters, Kati Baldwin, her husband, Craig, Mary Mata and her husband, Mark, and Arlee Smith, all of La Grande; son, Ben Young of Georgia; brothers, Dan Thompson, and his wife, Bobbi of Benton City Wash., Scott Thompson and his wife, Kim, of Oregon City, John Thompson; 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a nephew and two great-nieces and his four-legged friends Bella, MayC, Gus, Wicca, and Squeek.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart ‘n’ Home Foundation through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.