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Obituary for Nov. 20, 2013


‘Stan’ Wellman

Baker City, 1926-2013

Stanley Taylor Wellman, 86, of Baker City, died peacefully at his home on Nov. 15, 2013. 

Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Tim Fisher will officiate. There will be a reception at the Nazarene Church Family Life Center after the committal ceremony.

Stan was born on Dec. 23, 1926, at Baker City to Homer Leslie Wellman and Lucy Fay Hunt. He was a proud graduate of the Baker High Class of ’44. While in school he played football, wrestled and participated in FFA. Stan was a member of the original Drum & Bugle Corps.

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Obituaries for Nov. 15, 2013


Harold Redden

Baker City, 1924-2013

Harold Roy Redden, 89, of Baker City, died Nov. 10, 2013, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living Community. 

No service is scheduled at this time.

Harold was born on Aug. 27, 1924, at Dunsmuir, Calif., to Leo Roy and Ethel Elaine Lyons Redden. He attended California Polytechnic and joined the U.S. Navy where he served four years. He became a civil engineer and worked for Caltrans on highway projects in San Luis Obispo, Calif. 

Harold married Kathleen Melton at Santa Barbara, Calif. They raised two children, Beverly and Larry.

Harold was an avid golfer and a member of the San Luis Obispo Country Club where he scored four holes-in-one. He also was a member of the American Legion, Post No. 66, for 25 years.

Survivors include his wife Kathleen; his stepdaughter, Beverly Hale and her husband, Darrell, of Sumpter; his stepson, Larry Blessing and his wife, Sara, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion through Gray’s West and Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Mary Ellen Rick

Baker City, 1930-2013

Mary Ellen Rick, 82, of Baker City, died Nov. 11, 2013, at Meadowbrook Place.

No service is planned at this time. 

Mary was born on Dec. 2, 1930, at Baker City to James Edgar and Frances Anna Richards Young. She married William Dewey Rick, who died in 2011.  

She was a loving and caring mother, and will be very much missed, family members said.

Survivors include two daughters, Diane Ruisch of Lake Charles, La., and Betty Fuller of Baker City; and two sons, Tim Rick of Baker City and Gary Rick of Pendleton.

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

 

Obituary for Nov. 13, 2013


Orin Palmer

John Day

Orin Francis Palmer, 83, of John Day, died Nov. 8, 2013, from complications of cancer, at his home surrounded by his family.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., in John Day.

Survivors include his wife and sweetheart of 60 years, Betty Irene Edwards Palmer; his brother, Jack Palmer; sons, Jerry L. Palmer and his wife, Phyllis, David L. Palmer and Joseph O. Palmer and his wife, Marion; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his son, Randall William Palmer; and David’s wife, Denise Palmer.

Mr. Palmer was born at Ucon, Idaho, to Edmund Lawrence and Effie L. Minchey Palmer. He moved with his family to Vale when he was 5 years old, where he grew up and graduated from high school.

In his early years, Mr. Palmer worked with his father on their family ranches. After high school he joined the U.S. Air Force.

He served four years, including deployment to Korea during the Korean War as an air traffic controller achieving the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Palmer met his sweetheart of 60 years, Betty, at Unity. They were married on Dec. 19,1953. 

He then started his career with the U.S. Forest Service. He decided to attend Oregon State University at Corvallis, graduating magna cum laude in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in forestry. 

He worked with the Forest Service for 35 years, serving at Corvallis, La Grande, and Chiloquin. He was district ranger at Butte Falls  and timber staff officer at Prineville. 

He was assigned as the safety officer on many large forest fires in Oregon and Washington during his career. He retired as timber staff officer at the Malheur National Forest Supervisor’s Office in John Day in 1986.

After retiring from the Forest Service, Mr. Palmer had the opportunity to join the Denny Dahl Realty Co. as a Realtor in John Day. He also ran his own private timber management company for several years.

After moving to John Day in 1979, Mr. Palmer and his wife became very active members of the John Day Golf Club. They played golf every day and were very involved in improving the golf course. They enjoyed playing in, as well as helping host the many golf tournaments held there.

He was a skilled golfer, avid hunter and fly fisherman. He truly relished the friends he made during his lifetime.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

 

Obituary for Nov. 13, 2013


Orin Palmer

John Day

Orin Francis Palmer, 83, of John Day, died Nov. 8, 2013, from complications of cancer, at his home surrounded by his family.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., in John Day.

Survivors include his wife and sweetheart of 60 years, Betty Irene Edwards Palmer; his brother, Jack Palmer; sons, Jerry L. Palmer and his wife, Phyllis, David L. Palmer and Joseph O. Palmer and his wife, Marion; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his son, Randall William Palmer; and David’s wife, Denise Palmer.

Mr. Palmer was born at Ucon, Idaho, to Edmund Lawrence and Effie L. Minchey Palmer. He moved with his family to Vale when he was 5 years old, where he grew up and graduated from high school.

In his early years, Mr. Palmer worked with his father on their family ranches. After high school he joined the U.S. Air Force.

He served four years, including deployment to Korea during the Korean War as an air traffic controller achieving the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Palmer met his sweetheart of 60 years, Betty, at Unity. They were married on Dec. 19,1953. 

He then started his career with the U.S. Forest Service. He decided to attend Oregon State University at Corvallis, graduating magna cum laude in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in forestry. 

He worked with the Forest Service for 35 years, serving at Corvallis, La Grande, and Chiloquin. He was district ranger at Butte Falls  and timber staff officer at Prineville. 

He was assigned as the safety officer on many large forest fires in Oregon and Washington during his career. He retired as timber staff officer at the Malheur National Forest Supervisor’s Office in John Day in 1986.

After retiring from the Forest Service, Mr. Palmer had the opportunity to join the Denny Dahl Realty Co. as a Realtor in John Day. He also ran his own private timber management company for several years.

After moving to John Day in 1979, Mr. Palmer and his wife became very active members of the John Day Golf Club. They played golf every day and were very involved in improving the golf course. They enjoyed playing in, as well as helping host the many golf tournaments held there.

He was a skilled golfer, avid hunter and fly fisherman. He truly relished the friends he made during his lifetime.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

 

Obituary for Nov. 11, 2013


Betty Bennett

Richland, 1936-2013

Betty Jo Bennett, 77, of Richland, died Oct. 29, 2013, among family members at her home.

There will be a celebration of Betty’s life and a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Richland Christian Church. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck reception after the service at the Richland Christian Church.

Betty was born on May 11, 1936, at Carnage, Okla., to Theodore and Ova Stevens. She moved to Imperial Beach, Calif., in 1941. Betty enjoyed her high school years on the pom-pom squad and spending time with her sister, Retha, and her best friend (and cousin), Shirley Dively.

She married Jimmy Kenyon -and had her two beloved daughters, Anna and Sharie. After her marriage ended in the late 1950s, she and her girls remained in Southern California.

In 1965, Betty met and married George N. Purcell and moved to Sebastapol, Calif. In 1977, they moved to Richland. It was in Richland that Betty and George began their foster parenting program and their Grade “A” dairy. 

Their foster family would eventually grow to help 30 children over the course of the next decade and was recognized as the State of Oregon’s Foster Family of the Year. 

George died in 1980, but Betty continued their dairy farming and foster parenting program. She married Lovell Bennett in the late 1980s and purchased the Shorthorn Bar & Cafe. 

During this time Betty, working with Vonnie Bennett, organized and developed the first rural volunteer fire department in Richland. After Lovell’s death in 2004, Betty decided to sell the ranch and café and move to “town.”

In 2006, Betty began to travel. She journeyed to 14 countries, 47 states, and enjoyed nine beautiful cruises with her family and friends. In 2012, Betty’s lifelong best friend, Shirley, became her roommate. Shirley was a great comfort to Betty during her final battle with cancer. 

Betty made new friends wherever she went, sharing both her wonderful sense of humor and her spirit of adventure, family members said. She loved traveling, playing cards, and dancing. 

She spent as much time as she could with her family and all of her grandchildren.

“Betty had a way of making each one feel like ‘the favorite.’ ” they said. “She will be dearly missed.”

Survivors include her sister, Retha Allensworth; her daughters, Anna Steenhard and Sharie (Bill) Andrade; stepchildren, Victoria Carnahan, Teresa Alvarez, George Purcell Jr. and Roxanne Cooper; her dearest friend and cousin, Shirley Divley; 14 loving grandchildren and 21 loving great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Ova Stevens; her husbands, George Purcell and Lovell Bennett; her granddaughter, Danielle Andrade; her brother-in-law, George Allensworth; and her son-in-law, Daryl Steenhard.

Memorial contributions may be made to  St. Jude Children’s Hospital through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

 

Obituaries for Nov. 6, 2013

Marcelle O’Connell

Baker City, 1920-2013

Marcelle O’Connell, 93, of Baker City, died Nov. 1, 2013. 

There will be a private family service in the spring of 2014.

Marcelle was born on June 30, 1920, at Salt Lake City to Bebridge and Nora Oglevie Ferguson. She was the seventh of eight children. The family moved several times throughout her childhood, living in Utah, Wyoming, California, Colorado and Oregon. By the time she graduated from Tulelake High School, she had attended 13 different schools. She married John O’Connell on Oct. 13, 1940.

The couple raised their two children, Michael and Kathryn, on a ranch in the Burnt River area. They owned the ranch with Cornelius and Arr O’Connell, and the two families spent many happy years living and working side by side. The eight members of the two families remained close all of their lives.

In 1964, John and Marcelle moved to Baker City and eventually retired there. The couple enjoyed traveling in their motor home to Arizona, taking trips to Hawaii and spending time with their family. Arr and “Corney” bought the house next door and the two couples spent several years as next-door neighbors.

When the sisters became widowed, they moved together into a new home in the same area and lived there together for several years before moving together into an assisted living center.

Marcelle’s family remembers her kindness and generosity. She had a sharp wit and was always ready with a quick quip. She is also remembered for her musical ability, and even during advanced Parkinson’s disease, she continued to play the piano until about two months ago.

Marcelle handled her battle with Parkinson’s disease courageously, with determination, wisdom, acceptance, and a special kind of grace, family members said. 

“She set an example for all of us to follow when dealing with adversity,” they said.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Una, Gala and Arr; three brothers, Doy, LB, and Max; her daughter-in-law, Mary; and her husband, John. 

Survivors include her devoted sister, Wilrose; her son, Michael O’Connell, and his longtime partner, Barbara Lewis; her daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and Gary Guymon; her grandchildren, Matt Still and his wife, Jennifer, Marinda O’Connell Lariz and her husband, Joe Lariz, and Lacey O’Connell; and great-grandchildren Menzie and Walker Still and Kasen and Josslyn Lariz.

Shirley DeWitt

Yuma, Ariz., 1931-2013

Shirley Jean DeWitt, 81, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 2, 2013, at her home in Yuma, Ariz., surrounded by family.

 Shirley was born on Dec. 4, 1931, at Toledo, Ohio, to Alvin and Virginia Christ. She attended Whitney High School in Toledo.

She married Paul Frederick DeWitt on Nov. 29, 1952, and during the next 11 years they were blessed with five children.

Shirley enjoyed camping, sewing and travel in her leisure time. During her life she had various outside jobs, but the job she loved most was being wife and mother to her family.

Survivors include her husband, Paul; daughters, Paula Scott and Karla Lee; and sons, Patrick, Michael and Christopher Dewitt.

Christine Medlin

Baker City, 1931-2013

Christine Louise Medlin, 82, of Baker City, died Nov. 4, 2013, while staying at the Angel Wings Adult Foster Care Home in Baker City. 

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Pastor Jesse Whitford will officiate.

Christine was born on Aug. 29, 1931, at Greenville, Mo., to George Ward and Ruth Lee Glover Ward. She attended school in Missouri.

After graduating, she moved to Oregon in 1951 where she met Bert Medlin. They were married in 1961 at Baker City. 

Christine received her certified nurses aide training and worked for St. Elizabeth Nursing Home in Baker City until she retired in 1961.

She loved gardening, genealogy, collecting stamps and coins, and the outdoors. She loved to fish and camp. 

She was a devoted wife and mother, and a caring nurse. Her mother died at a young age and Christine was raised by her grandmother, Soleina Glover. When she moved to Baker City, she lived with her aunt, Irene Glover Medlin and that was when she began her nursing aide career.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Bert Medlin; her sons, Roger Medlin of Baker City and Steve Medlin and his wife,Virginia of Albany; grandson, Jeremy Medlin of Las Vegas, Nev.; and granddaughter, Stephannie Inslee of La Grande.

She was preceded in death by a cousin, Joan Curtis; and her brothers, Buddy Glover and Charles Glover.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

 

Obituaries for Nov. 4, 2013

Shirley Coyle

Halfway, 1927-2013

Shirley Coyle, 86, a longtime Halfway resident, died Oct. 28, 2013, at her granddaughter’s home in Baker City. Her hand was held until the end.  

There will be a celebration of the lives of Shirley and her husband, Harry, (who died in July) at 1 p.m. Saturday outside at Harry and Shirley’s home in Halfway.

Shirley Honeycutt Wright Coyle was born on July 20, 1927, at Spokane, Wash., to Washington Denver Honeycutt and Gwendolyn Akin Honeycutt. She was the youngest of four daughters.

She married Dallas Wright on Jan. 16, 1946, at Halfway. They bought a small farm below the hills of Bear Wallow and raised two children there. She stood by Dallas’ side until he died in September 1972. Shirley stayed on the farm for the next 42 years. 

She eventually downsized the farm to 2 acres and moved to a smaller house on the property, but to her it was heaven. She had all kinds of flowers, irises of every color, trees, and rose bushes planted on just about every inch of her property. She loved springtime when everything was in bloom and wanted everyone to see it. 

Although she had access to a riding lawn mower, she would use the push mower up and down the hill.

Shirley got her first driver’s license when she was 45 and drove back and forth to Baker and Ontario to get a nursing degree — and all the while keeping the farm going. She worked the farm until July of this year. 

She married Harry Coyle in October 1978 and they were inseparable for the next 35 years until his death in July 2013.

One of Shirley’s favorite memories to share was the time she moved to Halfway with her parents and sisters and she and her mother rode horses from Washington. Shirley said it was a long journey and the food was short so they would eat an occasional squirrel just to keep going. 

The first winter in Halfway was spent in tents. She said that it was a very cold winter. But she treasured that trip always. 

She also talked about her childhood when her family lived at Everett, Wash., and the four girls would pick fruit to sell to keep the family going. 

She said times were hard but they always survived. She loved all animals, gardening, raising sheep, cows and chickens, and she loved working with firewood every year when it was time to get the winter’s supply.

“Mom-Grandma you will be missed until we see you again,” her family said.

Survivors include her children, John Wright of Halfway and Lynda Masterson and son-in-law, Fred Masterson, of Baker City; grandchildren, John Wright of Halfway, Day Bruhn of Baker City,  and Marty Masterson and granddaughter-in-law, Lindsey Masterson, of Bend; one great-granddaughter, Sasha, and six great-grandsons, Corey, Trevor, Gabriel, Travis, Riley, and Juke; one great-great grandson on the way; and several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews; and two estranged grandsons, James Austin and Jerry Wright.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Washington Denver and Gwendolyn Honeycutt; two husbands, Dallas Wright and Harry Coyle; sisters, Thelma Kempe, Bessie Kempe and Lois Bowerman; and one grandson, Dallas “Charlie” Hoffecker.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

William ‘Bill’ Edwards

Halfway, 1968-2013

William Earl Edwards, also known as “Belt Buckle Bill,” 45, of Halfway, died Oct. 22, 2013, at St. Luke’s Regional Hospital in Boise. 

His graveside memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway.

After the service, friends are invited to join the family for a celebration of his life and a potluck dinner at the Pine Valley Grange in Halfway.

Bill was born on May 6, 1968, at Baker City to Neal and Wyona Edwards of Halfway. He was raised on a small farm and graduated from Pine-Eagle High School in 1987.

Bill went to work on the Oakes ranch at Ironside, and later to logging at Yakima, Wash., for Wyss and Sons and then back to the Oakes ranch. Bill worked at a placer mine on Pine Creek for the Bonanza Mining Co. and when that job played out he went to work for Kenworthy Logging and Huston Logging. 

When he came back to the area he went to work as a Baker County corrections officer. For the last few years he worked at fiber optics for several companies all over the West. He came home to work for Gordon Summers Ranches in the summer of 2009.

Bill will be remembered for his lawn mowing jobs, hauling his mower on a trailer behind his dad’s 8N Ford tractor, and showing his Guernsey milk cows and his sheep at the Baker Junior Livestock show, Baker County Fair and the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show. For years he helped to put on the Fourth of July fireworks display. 

Following in his dad’s footsteps, he helped in the arena at the Hells Canyon Junior Rodeo and Baker County Fair and Rodeo. He was always willing to give a helping hand to anyone who needed it. Bill never knew a stranger. He loved to dance — country- western swing and two-step. He had a fun laugh and always a good story, like the one that landed him in National Geographic magazine years ago.

Survivors include his daughter, Bailey Rae Edwards of Ontario; his mother, Wyona Edwards; sisters, Colleen Gilmore and her husband, Terry, of Halfway, Luetta Holtz and her friend, Brian Lubberke, of Baker City and Raedawn Edwards of Portland; Bailey’s brother, James Dederer of Redding, Calif.; nieces, Nichole Duncan, Kortney Duncan, Danielle Villani and Lorena Hellberg, and their families; and numerous cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Valley Labor Day Fair and Rodeo through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Marlene McCullough

Baker City, 1937-2013

Marlene Kay Galyen McCullough, 76, of Baker City and a longtime Haines-area resident and teacher, died October 31, 2013. 

The funeral for Marlene McCullough will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Haines Baptist Church. Vault Interment will be at the Haines Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception after the interment at the Haines Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Marlene was a very special mother, grandmother, sister, friend and teacher, family members said.

She was born on March 8, 1937, at Tilden, Neb., to Elmer and Bernice Galyen. Before she turned 1, the family moved to Ontario where they farmed on the Oregon Slope. 

Marlene was the oldest of five kids. She had many happy years growing up on the farm, working and playing with her brothers and sister. Marlene went to grade school at Pioneer School and was an Ontario High School graduate. She went on to college at Eastern Oregon, where she graduated with her teaching degree.

Marlene started teaching school when she was 21. In the 36 years she taught full time, she touched 750 children with her gifts of love and teaching, and many more in the following years as a substitute.

Marlene married Lloyd McCullough in 1963 and was blessed in 1967 when they adopted their daughter, Laura. Marlene was a great mom who loved and adored her little girl. 

She was fun, but also taught Laura many lessons in life. Marlene was also a devoted grandma both to her grandkids, Nathaniel, Samuel and Ariel, as well as to her adopted grandkids, Beth and Casey. If she could, she would be at any and all events her grandkids were involved in. They knew they were loved.

Marlene and husband, Lloyd, also shared their love for kids and their great parenting skills by opening their home to help many foster kids have a safe and loving environment.

Marlene was a special lady with a love for her Lord, family, friends, music, and life.

“She will be greatly missed, but treasured in our hearts!” family members said.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd McCullough; and her parents, Elmer and Bernice Maine Galyen.

Survivors include her daughter, Laura Pointer, and her husband, Gary, of Haines; grandchildren, Nathaniel Pointer of Cambridge, Mass., Samuel and Ariel Pointer of Haines, Beth Clark and her husband, Ryan, of Redmond,Wash., and Casey Frantum of Portland; her brothers, Jim Galyen, and his wife, Peggy, of Baker City, Gary Galyen and his wife, Ruth, of Madras, and Ken Galyen and his wife, Alene, of Meridian, Idaho; sister, Shari Cornell, and her husband, Steve, of Payette, Idaho; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Haines Baptist Church through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. 

 

Obituary for Nov. 1, 2013


Louise Brown

Oregon City, 1927-2013

Louise May Lindstrom Brown, 86, of Oregon City, died Oct. 10, 2013.

At her request, there will be no service.

She was born at Port Angeles, Wash., on Aug. 4, 1927, to Edwin and Estella Lindstrom and moved with her parents to Colton at the age of 3.

She attended Colton schools through the eighth grade. In 1942, she moved to Oregon City where she began her long career as a waitress in numerous cafes and restaurants in Oregon City. Her last employment was at Art’s Cafe before it closed.

Survivors include three sons, Douglas M. Shannon (Stella), of Molalla, David L. Hays (Toni), of Baker City and Robert S. Brown (Debbie), of Newberg; sister, Lenora Owens of Harrisburg; brother, Donald of McMinnville; seven grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Harold and Robert; sister, Alice; husbands, Douglas R. Shannon, David W. Hays and Harvey S. Brown; and a son, Michael H. Brown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners.

 

Obituaries for Oct. 30, 2013


Darlene Carpenter

Baker City, 1932-2013

Darlene Bernice Carpenter, 81, of Baker City died Oct. 24, 2013, at Angel Wings care center.

Her graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery with Pastor Brad Phillips of Harvest Church officiating. A potluck reception is planned after the service at the Missouri Flat Grange, 1050 Hughes Lane in Baker City. 

Darlene was born on May 16, 1932, at Halfway to Ralph and Martha Curry.

Most of her school years were while she lived in Baker City. After leaving school, she drove school bus for several years and did in-home care for several years. She met and married Robert Titus in 1949 and that marriage lasted until 1955. She then married Norman Carpenter in 1969 and they were married until his death in 1991. 

Darlene’s heart was happy when helping others and it was known that the door to her home was always open to family and friends, family members said. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Darlene always accepted the challenge of a game of cards.

Darlene was very proud when she received her diploma after many years through correspondence, and she completed a nursing course. She loved her children and showed a lot of pride in them as well.

Survivors include her son, Dan Titus and his wife, Carol, of Baker City; her daughter, Kathy Jeannotte and her husband, Tony, of Vancouver, Wash.; her brothers, Sam Curry of the Tri Cities, Wash., and Rodney Marshall of Omaha, Neb.; her sister, Carel Rogers of the Tri Cities; and many nieces and nephews. She was proud to say she had 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Martha Curry; her brothers, Vernon, Lee, Chuck, Darrel and Don; her sisters, Evie and Fern; her grandsons, Tim Porter and James Joseph Tabert; and her husbands, Robert Titus and Norman Carpenter.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West and Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Linda Shorts

Baker City, 1945-2013

Linda Christine Shorts, 68, of Baker City, died peacefully on Oct. 22, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise as a result of complications during her heart valve replacement surgery.

A private service took place Oct. 25.

Linda was born on July 21, 1945, at Pittsburgh, Pa., the only daughter of Carl and Betty Calhoun. She grew up in Pittsburgh and it was there she met and married her only husband, Edward S. Shorts. The newlyweds traveled and lived all over the United States, and eventually settled in Baker City where they raised their five children. Linda and Edward divorced after the children were grown, and Linda never remarried.

In addition to raising her own five children, Linda dedicated most of her life to helping people who were in need. She began doing foster care in her early 30s, caring for elderly disabled, as well as any child in need, whether they were handicapped, troubled or in an unfortunate circumstance. Her home was always open to a stranger in need.

During the last eight years of her life she dedicated her whole being to raising her beloved grandson as her own child. She loved all of her grandchildren dearly, but she and her grandson had a very special bond.

Survivors include her brother, Carl Calhoun; her son, Edwin Shorts; her daughters, Stephanie Morris, Melanie Bauer, Jessica Shorts and Alicia Shorts; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; an aunt; cousins; and many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Health Foundation at: http://www.stlukesonline.org/ways_to_give/

‘Mac’ Vance

Jerome, Idaho, 1931-2013

Howard “Mac” Vance, 82, of Jerome, Idaho, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at the home of his son, in Meridian, Idaho. 

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Haven Cove Ward, 1560 North Ten Mile Road, Meridian, Idaho. Bishop Ford Grigg will officiate. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Meridian, Idaho.  

Mac was born on Feb. 15, 1931, at Wichita, Kan., to Howard Verle Vance and Gretta Mae McCoy Vance. He was raised at Garden City, Kan., and was a 1949  Garden City High School graduate. He graduated from Garden City Junior College in 1951 and Utah State University in 1953. 

Mac met Jean Jackson while she was in Kansas visiting her sister. They were married June 8, 1952, at Belfry, Mont. Their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on July 17, 1955. 

Together Mac and Jean raised six children while living in several states as Mac worked for the USDA as a hydrologist and soil scientist.  He was an accomplished photographer and loved spending time outdoors, camping, and fishing — a quality he passed on to his children.

Survivors include his sweetheart of 61 years, Jean Vance of Jerome; their children, H. Clay (Cindy) Vance of Eugene, Doug (Carolyn) Vance, Shanna Clark and Kristine (Craig) Atkinson, all of Meridian, Rob Vance and Ed Vance of Jerome; 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; and many extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Vicki; and his son-in-law, Kent Clark.

Arrangements are under the care of Farnsworth Mortuary of Jerome.

 

Obituaries for Oct. 28, 2013

Faye Phipps

Halfway, 1930-2013

Leta Faye Phipps, 83, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Care Center in Baker City. Graveside services will be held Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway, Ore. 

Friends are invited to join the family for a reception immediately following the service at the VFW Hall in Halfway.

Faye was born April 16, 1930, in DeQuincy, La. to Ira and Ina Mitchell. She was raised in DeQuincy along with two brothers, Glen and  Billy Mitchell and sister  Verta Mae Van Winkle. She married Robert R. (Bob) Phipps on Jan. 7, 1950. They had two children Linda Diane and Robert R. (Ricky) Jr.

She and her husband lived in Louisiana, Texas and finally settled in Bakersfield, Calif. where they raised their children.

Faye and Bob moved to Halfway in 1969 where they owned and operated a Mobil gas station for seven years before retiring. During that time Faye bought, what was then, the Halfway Variety store and operated it for a few years.

She always had time for people whether it was for old friends or new acquaintances. You could find her sitting on her front porch waving to all who drove or walked by. In the South, that was an invitation to come and sit awhile. She was a very proud Southern Lady. Without fail, Faye was up for a visit and regularly had a story to relate or a joke to tell, all the while laughing with her infectious laugh.   

Faye treasured the time she spent with her friends and family. She enjoyed making beautiful crafts as well as playing card games and bingo. The fact that she never drove a vehicle didn’t stop her for being on the go. She would tell you “I’m like an old dog, drive by and if the door’s open, I’ll jump in.” She took delight in traveling, going fishing, or simply going for a drive in the beautiful valley.

While in California she was a member of the Foresters, Eastern Star and the Druids where she was the Arch Druidess. She was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and a volunteer at Jacob’s Dream in Halfway.

Faye is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Bill Davis, Halfway; granddaughter and her husband, Cambria and Baki Ildiz along with great-grandchildren Asya and Blair, Palisades Park, N.J.; step-grandson, Jason Davis and step-great grandchildren Lexxi and Dylan, Payette, Idaho, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob and son Ricky, siblings and infant sister Mary.

The family asks that if you would like to make memorial contributions, to do so benefiting the Halfway Ambulance, VFW Ladies Auxiliary (Halfway), Jacob’s Dream or Heart n’ Home Hospice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, Ore.  97834.

Jonda Myers

Huntington, 1952-2013

Jonda Gay Myers, 60, of Huntington died Oct. 23, 2013, at her residence. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Community Hall in Unity, Ore. Pastor Phil Joseph of the Huntington Christian church will officiate. Interment will follow at the Unity Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Community Hall.

 Jonda was born Dec. 23, 1952, in Baker City to Chester D. and Dorothy M. (Mitchell) Koontz. She graduated from Burnt River High School in 1971, then went on to become a CNA in the late 70’s and worked in several nursing homes.

From 1999 though 2007, she worked as a Dorm Mom to Foreign Exchange students of Burnt River High School. Then from 2007 until 2010 she worked for Huntington High School.

 In 1973, she married Daniel Averett, a union ended in divorce. On July  16, 1984, she married Elbert “Butch” Myers.

Jonda loved singing and anything to do with music.  She was a worship leader at Huntington Christian Center and very involved there. She loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman. She also loved camping, playing the guitar, board games and especially spending time with her family.

 She was a very accomplished guitarist and song writer. She had trained and rode horses, and ran a variety of machinery on the family farm. In later years, even though she never had children of her own, she became “Mom” to so many foreign exchange students who loved her. She was an excellent cook and could throw together a meal in a matter of minutes. She loved her family, and was a very special aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was a compassionate caregiver to several people in time of need. She had such a huge heart that spilled over to everyone around her.

 Survivors include her husband Butch Myers of Huntington, step-daughters Tanna Korn and husband Mike of Springfield, Ore., and Brandy Myers of Rock Springs, Wyo., step-sons, Robert Myers and wife Melissa of Spokane, Wash. and Jason Myers and wife Charlene of Pueblo, Colo.;  seven sisters,  Davelle Baker and husband Dale of LaGrande, Gwynneth Anderson and husband Quinten of Unity, Kristi Ping and husband Denny of Bonney Lake, Wash., and Valerie Wilson and husband Rod of Unity; Richelle Brown and husband Loren of LaGrande, Kimala Hoskins and husband Tim of Hereford, and Shauna Andrews and husband Corey also of Hereford, and one brother, Chip Koontz and wife Cathleen of Hereford, 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many foreign exchange students form all over the world who still call her “Mom.”

 She was preceded in death by her parents, Chet and Myrnie Koontz.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Huntington Christian Center through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, Ore. 97814.

William Edwards

Halfway, 1968-2013

William Earl Edwards aka Belt Buckle Bill, 45, of Halfway, Ore., died Oct. 22, 2013, at St. Lukes Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.

A graveside memorial service at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. 

Friends are invited to join the family for a celebration of Bill’s life and potluck immediately following the service at the Pine Valley Grange.

The family wishes to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. For those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of Bill, the family suggests the Pine Valley Labor Day Fair & Rodeo through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, Ore. 97834.

 
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