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Obituaries for Aug. 17, 2012


David Roberts

Pendleton, 1954-2012

David William Roberts, 57, of Pendleton, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 13, 2012, at a Richland, Wash., hospital. 

There was a celebration of his life Thursday at the Roy Raley Park in Pendleton. 

Mr. Roberts was born on Sept. 18, 1954, at Fallbrook, Calif., to William and Beulah White Roberts. He lived at Salt Lake City,where he attended school before the family moved to Baker, Oregon when David was 13.

He was a 1973 Baker High School graduate. Shortly after graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served for eight years, from 1973 until his discharge in March of 1981. During his time in the Marines, he  earned several medals.

He married Cathy Farrar on June 2, 1989. He later lived at Winnemucca, Nev., where he worked in mining. 

The family moved to Pendleton in 2000. While there he worked as a warehouseman for Walmart, and also at the Pendleton Walmart Store.

He was a huge Oakland Raiders fan as well as a fan of NASCAR. He also enjoyed football and the outdoors, including camping and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Cathy Roberts of Pendleton; his parents, William and Beulah Roberts of Baker City; children, Priscilla Wynne of North Carolina, Sara Roberts of California, Bryan Roberts of Pasco, Wash., Ryan Roberts of California, and Matthew Roberts, Megan Roberts and Zachery Roberts, all of Pendleton; brothers, Wade Roberts and Kirk Roberts of Baker City and Kyle Roberts of Bend; and any grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Children’s Miracle Network through Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. 

Friends and family members may sign the register book or send condolences online to this address:

www.burnsmortuary.com. 

Lana Bailey

North Powder, 1967-2012

Lana Beth Sanborn Bailey, 44, of North Powder, died July 31, 2012.

Her funeral will be at noon Sunday, Aug. 26, at Hamilton Mylan Chapel in Vancouver, Wash. There will be a remembrance luncheon afterward next door at the Briar Rose Inn.

Lana was born on Sept. 16, 1967, at Vancouver, Wash., to Sally and Frank Sanborn.

She loved fishing, camping, gardening, going to the beach, cooking and any reason to get together with family and friends.

Lana worked caring for sick and elderly people and was considering returning to school for a nursing degree. She also loved working on her stepmother’s family ranch, the Maxwell Ranch.

Lana deeply loved her family and she was very beloved to them. She will be remembered by many as the fun-loving person she was, and to her niece and nephew as their funny, “crazy Auntie Lana,” family members said. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandparents (the Swensons and the Sanborns); and aunt, Mae Knight.

Survivors include her sister, SuAnn, and her brother-in-law, Dennis Loewen; nephew, Zach Loewn; double cousin, Jon Sanborn; and niece, Savana Sanborn; stepmother, Cheri Maxwell Sanborn; uncle, Bob Sanborn; aunt, Katherine Edmison; uncle, Gus Swenson; and aunt and uncle, Carol and Dan Peoples; 11 cousins; and her dearest friend, Shannon Underhill. While she was married to Ron Bailey, she loved being a stepmom to Jon and Jessica Bailey.


Obituaries for Aug. 15, 2012


‘Bob’ Hardesty

Formerly Baker City, 1938-2012

Robert A. “Bob” Hardesty, 73, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 10, 2012, at Sparks, Nev., after a 7½-month battle with breast cancer.

With hospice care he was able to remain at his daughter Lynda’s home in Sparks.

A Celebration of Life will be on Aug. 25 at his daughter’s home in Sparks.

Bob was born on Sept. 4, 1938, at Lakeview to Ernest and Juanita Hardesty, joining brother, Lorne, and sister, Jackie, a year later. The family left the Lakeview area when Bob was 3 years old to move to the Sierra Army Depot at Herlong, Calif., where his father, who was a carpenter, helped build the base.

Bob attended school at Herlong, graduating from Herlong High School in 1957. He married his high school sweetheart, Dixie Huntley, and attended a year of Lassen Junior College while adding to the family with a son, Robert, and two daughters, Lynda and Penny. 

Bob loved Lassen County and all it had to offer as an avid outdoorsman, and he would take off fishing or hunting at a moment’s notice with family or friends. He loved all sports and took part in them all during his school years and even played softball until he was 30. 

After an industrial accident in 1969 and his subsequent retirement from federal service, he moved his family to Ontario and then to Baker City. After selling their home in Baker City, Bob and Dixie bought a motor home and became snowbirds, spending winters at Yuma, Ariz., summers in Oregon, spring in Nevada and fall on the Oregon Coast and as many other places as they could fit in. Bob and Dixie loved to travel and were always planning the next outing with family or friends.

While in California, Bob was a Little League coach for many years and could always be found teaching and taking the neighborhood kids fishing or hunting. In Oregon he was a volunteer at the Christian Church Food Bank each month, server for senior lunches or helping a friend with a project. He was a Good Sam member and enjoyed many fun outings with good friends.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Dixie; his son, Robert, of West Richland, Wash.; daughters, Lynda (Rick) McLellan of Sparks, and Penny (Wolf) Clemens of Trabuco Canyon, Calif.; grandchildren, Jason, Jennifer and Nathan Hardesty of Portland, Chase Clemens of Trabuco Canyon, Lisa (Isaiah) Eukel of Las Vegas, Nev., and Ricky McLellan of Alamogordo, N.M.; a great-grandson, Dominick of Las Vegas; nephews, Bart (Stephanie) Marsters, Bryan Marsters, and Blake (Lynn) Marsters of Herlong, Calif., Brett (Julie) Marsters, of Paradise, Calif., and Chad (Beth) Huntley of Albuquerque, N.M.; nieces, Lorna Mae Thomas of Baker City, Karen (Doug) Kircher, of Couer d’Alene Idaho, and Heidi and Heather Huntley of Irvine Calif.; and several cousins and many good friends who will miss him so much.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or a charity of one’s choice.

Gifferd Ellsworth

Haines, 1928-2012

Gifferd Lester Ellsworth, 83, of Haines, died Aug. 11, 2012.

A private family interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Gifferd was born on Oct. 16, 1928, at International Falls, Minn., to Lester and Evelyn Ellsworth. He was one of eight children and after high school joined the Coast Guard in 1947. Gifferd married and had three children. He worked as a salesman, millwright foreman and prospector. 

During his life, he lived at Libby and Malta, Mont., Baker City and Haines. He had mining claims in Oregon and loved to talk gold with his friends.

He was a natural leader who was comfortable out in front making the plan, leading a crew or debating politics. He loved poetry, reading and to entertain with his wit, humor and stories. Gifferd was a man of unique character and will be remembered by all who crossed his path, family members said.  

Survivors include his daughters, Evelyn Seely of Medford and Tammie Rochefort of Vancouver, Wash.; his siblings, Enid Carr and Lollita Adams, both of Wirt, Minn., Arnold Ellsworth of Castle Rock, Wash., Lynn Ellsworth of Longview, Wash., and Robin Adams of Winterville, N.C.; 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.


Obituary for Aug. 13, 2012


Tanya White

Baker City, 1977-2012

Tanya Marie White, 36, of Baker City, died in an automobile accident Aug. 4, 2012, near Baker City. 

A celebration of her life, with a luncheon, will be Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. in Baker City. 

Tanya was born on July 10, 1977, at Orange City, Calif., to Alan Glenn and Sandra Jean (Scherwinka) White.  Tanya graduated from high school in Gold Beach, Ore.  She enjoyed raising rabbits, fishing, camping and hunting.

 Tanya is survived by her sons, Chance and Chase Brister of Baker City; her parents, Alan and Sandra White of Baker City; her sister, Shilo White of the Tri Cities; and her bothers, Derrick and Terry Scherwinka.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West and Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.


Obituary for Aug. 10, 2012


Dorothy Rudolph

Baker City, 1922-2012

Dorothy Ruth Proctor Rudolph, 89, died August 4, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Care Center-Baker City. 

At her request, there will be no memorial service.

Dorothy was born on Sept. 16, 1922, at Salida, Colo., to Charles and Ellen Rout Proctor. She married Kermit Lee Rudolph and eventually moved to Baker City, where she raised her family and worked. 

In her younger days, she was involved in Cub Scouts, Brownies and the PTA. Dorothy enjoyed sewing, traveling and reading books.

Survivors include her son, Daniel Rudolph, and his wife, Carol, of La Grande; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; and her daughter, Susan Rudolph Ward.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker City St. Alphonsus Care Center Activities Department through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR. 97814.


Obituaries for Aug. 8, 2012

Michael Long

Baker City, 1973-2012

Michael Lewis Long, 39, a former Baker City resident, died July 26, 2012.

His memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Flagler Cemetery at Flagler, Colo.


Obituaries for Aug. 3, 2012


‘Allen’ Ragsdale

Baker City, 1921-2012

Jan “Allen” Ragsdale, 91, of Emmett, Idaho, died July 26, 2012, at Emmett.

There will be a celebration of his life at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Pedee Women’s Club, 13025 Kings Valley Highway, Monmouth, OR 97361.  For more information, call Ron Coxon at 503-932-5115.

Allen was born on April 5, 1921, at Salem to Cordon and Florence Allen Ragsdale. He was raised on the Allen family farm just west of Salem. He attended and graduated from Rickreall High School. 

Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Bob, he joined the U.S. Navy where he served aboard the USS Wilson, DD408, a destroyer. He served as a diesel engine specialist during World War II. He was extremely proud to have served his country.

After his discharge, he returned to the family farm for a short time and then was off to Baker City where he met his wife, LaNora, and began a career in law enforcement.

He was a police officer and part-time cowboy at Baker City, Albany and Burns. His marriage to LaNora produced three daughters. After his first marriage ended in divorce, he married Barbara from Jefferson. They had two children.

He later returned to the Willamette Valley and went to work for the Cates family farm located in and around Monmouth. His relationship with the Cates family continued until his retirement in 2007. He was happy to say that he was fortunate to work for both Eldon Cates and his son, Kendall. He always considered them to be like family.

Allen then moved to Boise to live with his daughter and son-in-law. It didn’t take long for him to realize that he missed the country life so they moved to a small farm at Emmett, Idaho. He fell in love with Emmett and said that “next to Oregon, Emmett was the best place on earth”.

Allen was a true gentleman and known for his honest, hard-working ethics, family members said. 

“He was always pleasant and kind,” they said. “He was quick to smile and enjoyed a good joke.”

He was preceded in death by his brother Robert “Bob” Ragsdale. 

Survivors include his daughters, Nancy, and her husband, John Ledwon, and Judy and her husband, Elden Alexander, all of Emmett, Idaho, Cindy and Brad Knight of Bloomington, Ill., and Julie and Steve Carrow of Jefferson; son, Bill, and his wife, Melissa Harrold, of Daly City, Calif.; stepdaughters, Nettie, and her husband, Ron Coxon, of Dallas, and Kathy Nisly of Monmouth; and stepson, Nick Arretcle of Shoreline, Wash.; 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Sayonna George, and her husband, Bob, of Baker City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pedee Women’s Club Soldiers Account, at 11895 Kings Valley Highway, Monmouth, OR 97361.


Obituaries for Aug. 1, 2012



Dick Ballantyne

Baker City, 1927-2012

Dick Ballantyne, 85, a former Baker City resident, died July 22, 2012. 

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3737 Liberty Road South, in Salem. 

He was born on Sept. 9, 1927, at La Grande to Pearl and Gilbert Ballantyne. The family moved to Baker City, where his father had a lumber mill. Dick grew up attending Baker schools. 

He played basketball and football at Baker High School and helped his team make it to the state basketball tournament, becoming an “All State Player.”

After graduation, Dick joined the U.S. Navy. From his boot camp training, he was selected to lead and train the next incoming group of men. When the war ended, he returned to Baker City. 

Dick had been previously recruited by Oregon State, so he packed his bags and headed southwest to join the Oregon State Beavers basketball team at Corvallis.

Dick spent four years at Oregon State where he met Pat and was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. While at OSU, Dick had many accomplishments as a player. 

Some highlights were traveling across the country by train to compete in the NIT (National Invitation Tournament) at Madison Square Garden, the Pacific Coast Conference Championships, and a trip in 1949, to the “Final Four” of the NCAA Tournament.

Upon graduation from Oregon State, Dick took an entry level position as the head basketball coach and teacher at Roseburg High School. Two years later, in 1954, he was selected as the head basketball coach and math teacher at the brand new South Salem High School. 

In his 16 years of coaching at South Salem, he took many teams to state tournaments, placing among the top teams. In 1970, Dick earned the position of athletic director at South, which he held for the next 17 years. While in his teaching and coaching career, Dick was fulfilled by the relationships he built through coaching, teaching, and mentoring students.

Retirement brought many new adventures. Dick and Pat, along with their children, built a home at Camp Sherman where the outdoors was his playground. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and family gatherings. 

Dick also enjoyed traveling and competing in tennis with his brother, Gordon. Pat and Dick created many memories as they traveled extensively throughout Europe.

Survivors include Pat, his wife of 63 years; three children, Claudia of Colorado Springs, Colo., Linda of Beaverton and Jon of Salem; and seven grandchildren.

Dick was passionate about athletics and the role it played in the building of character within young adults. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Dick Ballantyne Student Athlete Scholarship Fund via MAPS Credit Union, in Salem.

City View Funeral Home of Salem is in charge of arrangements.

Jean Densley Connall

Coos Bay, 1920-2011

Jean Densley Connall, 91, died Oct. 3, 2011, in North Bend at the Pine Street Adult Foster Home.

There will be a celebration of Jean’s life at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, at the New Bridge Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Ron Hunter will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the New Bridge Grange Hall.

 Jean was born on July 28, 1920, at Richland to John and Belva Simonis Densley. She was raised in Eagle Valley on a sheep and cattle ranch where she created rich and lovely adventures she was able to share with her family throughout her life, and indelible memories that brought her comfort, familiarity and laughter, even as her health and memory deteriorated. 

Her warm love, quiet strength, subtle wit and willful sideways glances will be sorely missed, family members said. She was exceptional.

 Jean excelled in the Eagle Valley Schools, graduating from high school as valedictorian at the age of 16. She attended Oregon State College and remained a huge Oregon State sports fan until her death, attending her last home football game at the age of 87. 

She married her high school sweetheart, Wilbur Connal, on Feb. 3, 1940. Together they embarked upon a 55-year journey of home, family, joy, loss and above all else, love. 

They began their lives together at Cornucopia where Wilbur worked in the gold mine. Their first home that winter was a quaint, snow-bound, two-story, two-room cabin in the woods. After the mine closed, they moved to Portland for a job in the shipyards. 

In 1944, Jean and Wilbur moved back home to Richland, where they raised their three cherished children: Noel, Kathy and Doyle. They lived there happily until Wilbur’s death on May 31,1995. 

Jean continued living in their home until her health forced a move to Coos Bay to live with her daughter.

 Jean was heavily invested in her children’s lives and her community. She was active in PTA and the Booster Club. She volunteered as a 4-H leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, and served as worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star and as a Rainbow for Girls mother advisor. 

Jean was elected as recorder-treasurer for the city of Richland from 1958 to 1965. Jean then worked for U.S. Bank until her retirement.

 Although small in stature, Jean had a giant zest for life, family members said. She zealously loved pink, angels, teddy bears and roses. She was unapologetic in her devotion to the Atlanta Braves and her OSU Beavers. She loved Chinese food and loathed bananas unrepentantly. And to the end, Jean cherished children, friends, and adored “her Wilbur.” 

 Jean enjoyed many activities including baking, knitting, gardening, crossword puzzles, bridge club, Minnesota trips, cruises, solitaire, beach trips, and playing slot machines. Watching sports was another of Jean’s favorite past times especially when her children, friends’ children, or grandchildren were involved. 

 Jean’s unconditional generosity and love for her friends and family were unrivaled. Jean considered her friends as gifts and she cherished them all. Two wonderful young sisters, Sandra and Tykie Solosabal, came to her home as “boarders” and left her home years later as her family, always holding a special place in her heart. 

A major highlight in Jean’s life was her trip to Spain with Sandra. Through the years, Jean and Wilbur also rented rooms in their home to many young teachers who became lifelong friends. Jean loved them all.

Into each great life comes great joy as well as great sorrow, and Jean was able to weather both life’s peaks and valleys with grace and dignity. Blessed with three children, Jean and Wilbur were devastated by the untimely death of their son, Noel, in 1982. 

Although Jean never stopped missing her beloved son, her strength in this tragedy defined her grace just as much as her ability to share and spread the joys she experienced, family members said. 

 Then, of course, there were her grandchildren who were the center of her universe. The quintessential grandmother, she loved, praised, doted and bragged mercilessly to strangers about them, so much so that those grandchildren constantly felt her love and devotion, even when she was not physically present. 

Jean and Wilbur were the grandparents written about in storybooks, great distributors of love, affection, bear hugs and homemade cookies. 

“Their beautiful legacy of family and their example of great love is an eternal gift to their grandchildren,” family members said. “We are all made richer having had our lives so blissfully entangled in theirs.”

Survivors include her daughter, Kathleen Hosack, and her husband, William, of West Linn; son, Doyle Connall, and his wife, Candi, of Enterprise; daughter-in-law, Susan Hall Connall of Coos Bay; adopted daughters Sandra Way of Boise and Tykie and her husband, Bob Malone, of Bremerton, Wash.; brother, David Densley, and his wife, Donna, of Baker City; grandchildren, Sean Connall, and his wife, Stacey, of Tigard, Zachary Hosack and his wife, Malin, of Christiansburg, Va., JD Connall and his wife, Ruby Ann, of La Grande, Brittany Hosack MacDonald and her husband, Tom, of Downers Grove, Ill., Stacey Connall Stockhoff and her husband, Chet, of La Grande, Shannon Hosack Wallace and her husband, Colin, of Tualatin, Luke Hosack and his wife, Virginia, of Phoenix, Ariz., great-grandchildren, Allie, Marley, and Gabi Connall, Jade and Trista Connall, Tommy, Reese, Luke, and Tate MacDonald,Austin and Carter Stockhoff, Ashby and Brenna Wallace and Gunnar Hosack; and numerous nieces and nephews; special friends and caregivers, Tari Fitzpatrick; and Pine Street’s Russ and Karma Schellong. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur; son Noel; parents, John and Belva Densley of Richland; her siblings, John Densley, Alice Glenn, Belva Moody, and Churby Stanciu. 

The Coos Bay Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Friends and family are encouraged to sign the guestbook at www.coosbayfh.com.

Ada Schell

Twickenham, 1940-2012

Ada Schell, 71, of Twickenham, died July 26, 2012, at her son’s home in Prineville.

There will be a memorial gathering beginning at noon Saturday at Pete Schell’s home in Prineville. For directions, call 541-447-7932. 

Ada Pearl O’Neal was born on Sept. 8, 1940, at Kamiah, Idaho, to Raymond and Thelma Brummett O’Neal. The family moved to Kinzua in 1942 where Ada was raised and educated. She graduated from Fossil High School and then attended Links College of Business at Boise.

 She married Ernie Schell on Dec. 24, 1958, at Kinzua. They lived at Kinzua for two years before moving to Fossil, where they started a family. Ada worked in the newspaper office at Fossil. 

They moved to the Portland area where they remained for the next 29 years living at Boring, Eagle Creek and Sandy. Ada worked in grocery retail while raising the couple’s two children. She and Ernie retired at Twickenham where they enjoyed the quiet beauty of living on the John Day River.

“She left us with the memory of her instant smile and the twinkle in her eyes and will be missed by all her family and many, many friends,” family members said. 

 She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and her mother-in-law and father-in-law. 

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Ernie Schell of Twickenham; son, Pete Schell and Nancy of Prineville; daughter, Brenda Admire of Roseburg; grandchildren, Brittany and Tim Cross of Vancouver, Wash., Jordan Schell and John of Bellingham, Wash., Taylor Schell of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Shawna and Jimmy Adams of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Michael Smith and Shara of Roseburg; great-grandchildren, Trenton Cross of Vancouver, Wash., and Catherine Adams of Twin Falls, Idaho; brother, Ray and Betty O’Neal of Heppner; sister, Darlene, and Dennis Teskey of Baker City; and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.

 Memorial contributions may be made to Pioneer Memorial Hospice through Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. 


Obituary for July 27, 2012


Marquess Lewis

1929-2012

Marquess Lynn Lewis, 83, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 24, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Care Center.  

Private family inurnment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

 Lynn was born on Jan. 28, 1929, at Baker City to Trudy and Marquess Clifton Lewis.  He lived in Richland until his father’s death at the age of 48. Lynn and his brother, Harlan, then lived with family and friends while his mother earned a living cooking in the area mines and ranches. Their mother finally made a permanent home for the family in Baker City.

 He started school at a one-room schoolhouse in Richland and rode a horse to school daily. Later he attended grade school and St. Francis Academy in Baker City and later graduated from Baker High in 1948.

 Lynn married Carol Duncan in Weiser, Idaho, on Nov. 17, 1950. They were married for 61 years. 

Lynn and Carol lived at Pondosa for 10 years, where he learned to grade lumber at the local mill. After the mill closed, the family moved to Baker City where he graded lumber at Ellingson Lumber Co. for 30 years. 

Survivors include his wife, Carol, of Baker City; his daughter, Carol Lynn Lewis of Portland; his grandsons, Nicholas and Christopher Gryniewski of Miami, Fla.; his granddaughter, Carrie Cundell of La Grande; his  daughter, Lynda Pearson, and son-in-law, Terry, of Baker City; his grandson, Bryan Pearson, and his wife, Emily, of La Grande; his son, Marquess Lynn Lewis Jr. and daughter-in-law, Dorothy; and his granddaughters, Jaymie and Sarah of Livermore, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Harlan, age 39; and his daughter, Lynn Ann, age 6.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


Obituaries for July 25, 2012


Sally L. Powers

La Grande: 1923-2012

Sally L. Powers, 88, of Santa Barbara, Calif., and formerly of Baker City and La Grande, died July 19, 2012, at Santa Barbara. 

Her graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Hillcrest Cemetery in La Grande. 

Sarah Luella Patten was born on Oct. 28, 1923, at La Grande. Known throughout her adult life as Sally, she graduated from high school at La Grande before heading out for Wilson’s Business College in Seattle in 1942. There she met and married Robert Edwin Powers, son of an Irish farming family from South Dakota. He was employed with the original three Nordstrom brothers at their first shoe store in Seattle.

Known as “Bob and Sally,” they were rarely apart. They married in September 1943, enjoying nearly 60 wonderful years together; they were, as it was often said, “two sides of the same hand.” They would later move to Walla Walla in southeastern Washington, where Sally worked for Pacific Power and Light prior to becoming secretary of the Southeastern Washington Fair Board, a position she continued to work from a home office constructed after the arrival of their daughter.

In 1966, the Powers family moved to Baker City and opened their own shoe store, which became known for specialty and boutique orders. They retired after 25 successful and happy years in business, enjoying travel and creative relaxation as they visited family and friends across the United States.

 In addition to her personal and professional partnership with her husband, Sally found time to become a certified Master Gardener; a collector and restorer of fine antiques (she once chased down a rubbish truck to take possession of a discarded Victorian chaise, which she then restored in an Egyptian motif of linen and silk); a designer and seamstress of beautiful gowns, dresses, and coats; and a producer of jams, chutneys, preserves and delightful fruit pies from their garden’s many offerings.

After Bob’s death in July of 2002, Sally moved in April of 2003 to Santa Barbara to live with their daughter and three grandchildren, before finally settling in the Samarkand retirement community, in an “independent living” apartment like she and Bob had visited often during their many trips to Santa Barbara. The Samarkand was a perfect fit for Sally, and she quickly jumped into an easygoing and multi-faceted lifestyle there, taking field trips and joining classes whenever the opportunity arose. She was the official Samarkand Christmas elf for three consecutive years.

 In the course of her time there, she would change residence to “assisted living” and then to “skilled nursing,” having battled back, with an indomitable spirit, from both illness and surgery, rallying to participate in the next big adventure. She went on to become a watercolor artist who worked in brilliant colors and with vivid imagery (she greatly surprised herself), and would play bingo with wicked winning streaks, acquiring stashes of goods which she would then give away.

She lived to see her eldest granddaughter marry, wearing her own wedding dress modified some 65 years later; celebrated each of her grandchildren’s university and college graduations; was there to love, cuddle and play with her first great-grandchild; and was recently made aware that another great-grandchild would soon make his debut. 

Sally lived to become a matriarch who had seen her family through the many cycles of life, and she left this world knowing that for her family right now, everything was good and every ship was sailing safely upright; this held great importance to her as a mother.

“Sally was a genuinely wonderful, generous and remarkable woman, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and she was one of those gentle souls who touched people by her kindness and simplicity,” family members said. “She was a fine example of those of whom it is said were from ‘the greatest generation.’ ”

Survivors include her remaining brother, Charles (Ethyl) of La Grande; her daughter, Colleen (Lee) of Santa Barbara and Rome, Ga.; her granddaughter, Mersedeh Imani Ruiz (James) of Templeton, Calif.; her grandson, Shafiq Hepp of Goleta, Calif.; her granddaughter Ajira Hepp of Goleta; her great-granddaughter, Aslah Imani Ruiz of Templeton; and a great-grandson on the way; many nieces and nephews across the country; lifelong childhood friends, Verna Courtright and Ruth Hulse Coriell, both of La Grande; and the many friends she held dear throughout the Samarkand communities.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harvey Patten; brothers, Clifton and Keith; her mother, Teresa Castle Patten; and her husband, Robert Powers.


Obituaries for July 16, 2012


Bob’ Love

Baker City, 1918-2012

Robert E. “Bob” Love, 94, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 12, 2012, at Ashley Manor. 

His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Bob Harrison of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will conduct the services. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. 

Visitations will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Coles Tribute Center.

Mr. Love was born on Jan. 2, 1918, at Baker City to Floyd and Helen (Love) Love. He attended Baker schools, graduating in 1936.

He married Marian Ballantyne in September 1940 at Baker City. He owned and operated a Baker City car dealership for many years. 

Bob was a wonderful family man. He and his wife, Marian, had been married for 71 years. He loved gardening, college football and his annual fishing trips to Montana with Carl and Jess. 

After his retirement from the car dealership, he went to work for the Oregon State Police for four years. He will be greatly missed by his family.

 Survivors include his wife, Marian Love of Baker City; daughters, Diana Cottle Coleman of Sandy, Utah, and Joyce Ross of La Grande; a brother, Gene Love of Fairfield, Calif.; four grandchildren; and 11 great- grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Lucille Lillard, Evelyn Studer, Mildred McAllister, and Frances Perkins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


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