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Obituaries for Dec. 18, 2013


Diana Wells

Tacoma, Wash., 1948-2013

Diana Lynne Wells, 65, of Tacoma, Wash., died Nov. 13, 2013.

Her life was celebrated Dec. 7 at the University Place Presbyterian Church at University Place, Wash.

Diana was born on May 5,1945, at Omaha and grew up at Kennewick, Wash. She was a graduate of Central Washington College at Ellensburg and taught kindergarten at Tacoma for many years. She retired in 2004.

Diana enjoyed line dancing, traveling, walking beaches and geocaching with  her husband, Larry. She was active in the University of Puget Sound Women’s League, serving as treasurer and assisting in coordination of the annual flea market.

For the last several years she coordinated sewing and stuffing of Christmas stockings for children of local food bank families. She was also a child care volunteer for the Mothers of Preschoolers program at University Place Presbyterian Church.

Her family members expressed their appreciation to hospice workers for their compassionate care of Diana.

Survivors include her husband of eight years, Larry Wells; daughter, Anna Cole, and her husband, Jack; stepdaughters, Rhonda, Brenda and Karen; stepgrandchildren, Sierra and Jesse; mother, Marcine; sisters, Rhonda, Holly, Melody and Natalie; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Peck; daughter, Marija; father, Lyle; and brother, Kyle.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Franciscan Hospice House, 2901 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, WA 98466.

Zona Clarke

Baker City, 1923-2013

Zona M. Clarke, 90, of Baker City, died Nov. 30, 2013, at Meadowbrook Place. 

A vigil service will be on Friday, Dec. 27 at 6 p.m. at Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., with a memorial service on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets.

Zona Marie Parker was born on May 6, 1923, at Baker City. As a child she spent time with her grandparents, William and Caroline Colton, while her mother, Nell R. Colton, pursued an education degree in Ashland and Eastern Normal School. She had many memories of her grandparents’ home on Spring Garden Avenue and the Colton family. Zona attended schools in Haines, North Powder and Baker City. During her high school years she lived in Wingville near the Elkhorn Mountains.

She graduated from Baker High School in 1941 and entered Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Spokane. Upon graduation she joined the U.S. Army Nurses Corps and was stationed at the Army Hospital in Spokane then transferred to Fitzsimmon in Denver. As part of a chest surgery team she served in Kwan-Ju, Korea, at the 1st Station Hospital and later in Boop Young-Kwanj-Do, Korea, at the 382nd Station Hospital as a surgery nurse supervisor.

While in Korea she met Capt. F.B. Clarke from Benton, Ill., commanding officer of liaison pilots under General Hodge. They married a year later in 1947 and spent their honeymoon in Okinawa, Japan and Shanghai, China.

F.B. and Zona settled in Wingville. Life was busy and full, raising their six children, running a wheat ranch, harvest time, gardens and canning for the family, all the while working nights at St. Elizabeth Hospital. In the fall of 1961 the farmhouse in Wingville burned to the ground as the family traveled to a church picnic. Together they built a new home. She faced every challenge with a calm grace and determined spirit.

Continuing her nursing career she was director of nursing at both Cedar Manor Nursing Home and St. Elizabeth Hospital. In 1984 she received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon University. Upon her retirement, Zona and F.B. joined the Peace Corps, traveling to Patan and Katmandu, Nepal.

Community service included the Oregon State Ethics Board, EOU Foundation Board, memberships in P.E.O and AAUW. She served on the Baker City Golf Board helping to develop the new course and was instrumental in establishing the nursing program at EOU.

The Chamber of Commerce honored her as Legacy Woman of the Year in 1996.

Survivors include her children: Vicki and Glen Herman, and Patti and Ray Stinnett, all of La Grande, Terri and Kevin Bell, Tabor and Dee Dee Clarke, Nelson and Amy Clarke, and Mike and Kim Clarke, all of Baker City; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Patty Hunter; nephew, John and Betty Ann Clarke; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, F.B. Clarke; her mother, Nell Grant; her stepfather, Nelson Sieg; and her sister, Jayne Christjansen.

Zona was a remarkable, kind and valiant woman, her family will miss her.

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

 

Obituary for Dec. 16, 2013


Diana Barber

Baker City, 1948-2013

Diana Sue Barber, 67, of Baker City died Dec. 10, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Health Care Center.

There will be a small service to bid farewell to Diana on June 7 at the Elkhorn Muzzle Loader shooting range in Durkee Valley.

Diana was born on Sept. 27, 1948, at Humboldt, Tenn., to Manuel Ray Talley and Mary Frances. She grew up in Tennessee and Ohio, until she moved to Baker City in 1999 to take care of her ailing mother, and had lived here since.  

Diana loved camping, fishing, hunting, anything to do with the outdoors with her dearest friend, Tracy Humphries, and her husband, Steven. These interests led to her love and enjoyment of being a member of the Elkhorn Muzzle Loaders Club. 

She was the secretary and also scorekeeper for a couple years. Diana might not have been able to participate much but she was always willing to lend a helping hand and was happy to help in any way she could.  

Diana was a devoted mother, friend and sibling, family members said. She loved working as a security guard back in Ohio and told many tales of her encounters on the job. She was proud of her Indian heritage and went by the name Halfbreed.

Survivors include three children, Tamie Sue Peck of Springfield, Tenn., Frances Ann Barber of Phoenix, Ariz., and Robert Willis Barber of Madison, Ohio; grandchildren: Kara Krynn, Racheal Marie, Nicole Kimberly, Katrina Teresa and Jessica Marie; great-grandchildren, Keagan, Ilse and Hannah; her siblings, Stephen Talley, Kenny Wright, Dolores Golden and Vernon Evans.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, David Wright.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elkhorn Muzzle Loaders Club through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

 

Obituaries for Dec. 13, 2013


‘Gary’ White

Baker City, 1941-2013

Ralph Gerold “Gary” White, 72, of Baker City, died Dec. 8, 2013, at his home.

There will be a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Friends are invited to join the family for a time of fellowship after the service. Private interment will be later at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Gary was born on May 25, 1941, at Ontario to Jasper “Jack” and Wilma “Babe” White. He attended schools at Gold Beach, Umatilla and Baker City, before graduating from Waitsburg High School in Washington in 1961. 

During his final years of high school and immediately after he graduated, he served eight years in the Oregon Army National Guard. He enlisted in June of 1956 and receiving an honorable discharge in 1964.

He was a skilled carpenter, body-fender repairman and electrician. For many years he owned and operated Baker Bowl in Baker City. 

Gary loved hunting, fishing, his family and church. He enjoyed playing football at Baker High School and later worked for many years officiating high school and college football games.

Gary married Shirley Munden on Aug. 10, 1968. During his marriage to Shirley he adopted and raised her two sons, Randy and Robert “Bobbie.” Gary and Shirley divorced in 1983. 

He later met and married Delores Grove in 1984. He adopted and raised his third son, Danny. Gary and Delores later divorced. 

Gary was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Baker City 1st Ward. 

He enjoyed spending time working, playing, hunting and fishing with Uncle Tom. He spent a lot of time with his grandson, Rob. It was important to Gary to be at home with family and not to be alone when he passed.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Jack and Babe; and a younger brother, Richard. 

Survivors include his sons, Randy White, and his wife, Denise, of Alaska, Bob and his fiancee, Michele, of Baker City and Danny White of Portland; brothers and their wives, Bruce and Sharon White of Pasco, Wash., Monty and Roberta White of Baker City, Randy and Carole White of Walla Walla Wash., Kenneth and Debbie White of Baker City, Michael and Claudette White of Waitsburg, Wash., and Thomas and CeCe White of Baker City; a sister, Sherrie White of Baker City; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and cousins.

Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

 

Obituaries for Dec. 11, 2013


Don Madewell

Baker City 1962-2013

Don W. Madewell, 51, of Baker City, died Dec. 5, 2013, at his home.

His memorial service was at 2 p.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church, 2307 Third St. Pastor David Deputy officiated.

Don was born on Nov. 7, 1962, at Gresham to Bettie J. (Venable) and Thomas Madewell. Don was the first of five children. He grew up in the Gresham area where he attended schools.

He worked for many years in construction as a sheet metal fabricator. He married Debra Allbee in March of 1981. Don and Debra had three sons: Tom, Aaron and Jesse.

Don moved to Baker City three years ago to spend time with his mother. He was known for his generosity and his love for others, family members said.

He loved nature, fishing and hunting, yard work, landscaping, NASCAR races, watching the Oregon Ducks play football and helping other people.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Hershel and Mary Madewell; and his uncle, Bill Madewell.

Survivors include his mother, Bettie Venable of Baker City; his father, Thomas Madewell of Moses Lake,Wash.; three sons and seven grandchildren, all of Everett, Wash.; two brothers,  Tim Madewell of Cathlamet, Wash., and Guy Davis of Baker City; two sisters, Gayle Kelly of Moses Lake, Wash., and Pamela Bailey of San Antonio, Texas; six nieces and nephews; and one great-niece.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814, to assist the family with burial expenses. 

‘Jim’ Silva

Baker City, 1957-2013

James Joseph “Jim” Silva, 56, of Hereford, died Dec. 1, 2013, at his home.  

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Unity Community Hall. Pastor Gary Munger of the Burnt River Community Church will officiate.

Jim was born on Feb. 21, 1957, to Joseph and Carrie Paoli Silva at Petaluma, Calif. He was a 1975 Petaluma High School graduate.

He married Linda Groble at the Pengrove Community Church in Pengrove, Calif., on Sept. 15, 1979. He worked as a truck driver delivering raw milk to processing plants, then worked for L & L Trucking hauling gravel and building materials.

In 1978, Jim became the owner/operator of a cattle ranch at Petaluma. In 2001, he moved to Hereford where he found his dream house and ranch. He began working for the Oregon Department of Transportation in 2003, first as a seasonal snowplow driver and then full time as a maintenance contractor. 

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, camping and restoring old equipment, trucks and tractors. His favorite thing in life was to make people laugh, family members said. 

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Linda Silva; brother, Mike Silva and his wife, Roberta, of Malin; sister, June Ghiggioli, and her husband, Bob, of Petaluma, Calif.; brother-in-law, Steve Groble, and his wife, Lisa, of Ft. Collins, Colo.; and his mother-in-law and brother-in-law, Carol and David of Coppeopolis, Calif. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Carrie Silva; his stepfather, Melvin Ilg; and father-in-law, Richard C. Groble Jr.

 Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s -MSTI  through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR  97814.

George Hardy

Unity, 1928-2013

George Hardy, 85, died Dec. 5, 2013, at his home in Unity.

The rosary will be said at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Mass of Christian burial will be at 1 p.m. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the church.

George Hardy left for his eternal home after 85 years of giving, his family members said. 

George was one of the last remaining original ranchers in the Burnt River Valley. He loved ranching and was a great cattleman. He never retired from working his ranch until the last few months of his life.

 He was a devoted husband, loving father, doting grandfather and a very proud great-grandfather. It was just as common for him to be seen sleeping in his chair with a grandchild as it was for him to be seen carrying an irrigation shovel.  

George was a faithful member of Burnt River’s St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was involved with his community and would help anyone in need, stranger or not. George wore many hats: ranch hand for cousins, Johnny and Mike Rouse; a school bus driver and janitor for the Burnt River School District; a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Elks Lodge. 

He served on the Upper Burnt River Weed District, Burnt River Irrigation District, and even took time to be a 4-H leader. His favorite hat was his cowboy hat. He enjoyed caring for his animals, which included feeding the wild birds (hummingbirds and quail were his favorites).

 George was as patient and humble as he was strong and hardworking. His example on Earth was one for all to strive for, family members said.

He loved poetry, making up poems along with little sayings and quotes. George will always be remembered by his family for his favorite saying: “Good Morning, good morning, we’re all in our places with bright and sunshiny faces.”

“Heaven is a much greater place now that George Hardy is there,” the family said.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, JoAnne; six children: Sherri (John Stelljes), Theresa (Ed Schumacher), Rob (Kelly Schurte), Bryan (Jeanette VanAtten), Danny (Kristen Storey) and Alicia Mena; 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren — with one on the way.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church (Unity), Burnt River High School Scholarship Fund or North Powder High School Scholarship Fund, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

 

Obituaries for Dec. 9, 2013


Anne Wickert

Baker City, 1924-2013

Anne Margaret Wickert, 89, of Baker City died Dec. 2, 2013 while at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City. 

 Visitations will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. 

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday also as Gray’s West & Co. Father Robert Greiner of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

There will be a reception at noon at the Catholic Church Parish Hall, First and Church streets.

Anne was born on March 3, 1924, to Anton Henry Williamson and Wilhelmina Hendrixson Williamson.

She attended at David City High School at David City, Neb. During World War II she worked in a munitions factory. 

She and Donald Wickert were married at St. Francis Cathedral on March 11, 1949. Besides being a loving wife, she was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, family members said.

Anne was a clerk at the Baker County Courthouse and also worked for Commercial Welding. She retired in 1986.

Those who knew Anne agree she always had a kind word to say and a huge smile on her face.

Survivors include her sons, John Wickert and his wife, Jerri, of Baker City, Dale Wickert and his wife, Claudia, of Ontario, Steve Wickert and his wife, Sherry, of The Dalles, and Mike Wickert and his companion, Shirley Gessele, of Baker City; her brothers, Francis Williamson, Anton Williamson and Donald Williamson, all of Baker City, Leo Williamson of Pendleton, and John Williamson of La Grande; and sisters, Margaret Sagendorf and Shirley Sagendorf, both of Spokane, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Donald Wickert; her mother, Minnie Williamson; her father, Anton Williamson; and her sister, Mary Devos.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR. 97814.

Loretta Larkins

Richland, 1944-2013

Loretta Ann Pollard Larkins, 69, of Richland, died Dec. 1, 2013, at her home with her family by her side.

A private memorial service will be scheduled later.

Loretta was a private person who shared her big heart with family and friends.

She was born on July 26, 1944. She started school at Robinette, moving to Eagle Valley around the age of 6 where she attended grade school and high school. She made lifelong friends during that time; friends who knew they could count on Loretta’s loyalty, love, and support.

Friends and family alike respected her passion for knowledge. Loretta excelled at history and for fun, entered radio contests correctly answering history questions and winning pizzas.  

She was an original armchair traveler and rarely met a book she didn’t like. She loved playing games, especially pinochle, a game she learned at the age of 8 watching her grandpa, Harley, play. Whenever a pinochle game was on, everyone wanted to be Loretta’s partner —  a guaranteed win. 

Loretta, an avid birdwatcher, was fond of relaxing in her backyard surrounded by birds. She happily anticipated the arrival of the first hummingbird. 

Although Loretta could spend hours indoors with a good book, she loved the mountains where she rode horses, fished, and explored the forests. Her love of and appreciation for the great outdoors developed naturally. 

Being the daughter of a sheepherder provided her with ample opportunities to find pleasure in the solitude of the mountains, the fresh air, and tracking planets in the night sky.

In later years, Loretta and her husband, Glenn, enjoyed the drive up North Pine and across to Joseph, spotting elk, birds, and bears, to attend Chief Joseph Days and in the winter, attending the winter carnival at McCall, Idaho. 

Loretta and Glenn were true soulmates, falling in love as teenagers and reconnecting years later to enjoy more than 30 years together as husband and wife.

Loretta was proud of her family and never missed an opportunity to share stories of her daughter, grandchildren, niece, and nephews. Family members said Loretta’s stories were often laced with examples of her great sense of humor — gently wicked, often self-deprecating, and always funny. Her grandkids always knew that there would be cookies for them at Grandma Loretta’s.

Like many girls, Loretta started smoking when she was a teenager. She smoked for 50 years and smoking eventually took her life. 

Although Loretta was a private person who wouldn’t dream of imposing her beliefs on or intruding in other’s lives, she wanted her death to serve as a cautionary tale — to encourage all smokers to seek help for quitting, as she, better than anyone, knew how difficult quitting could be, and to encourage others to not start smoking.

Survivors include her husband, Glenn Larkins; her daughter, Diana Smith; her grandson, Coby Ryder; great-grandchildren, Caden, Avilyn, and Jacob Ryder; niece and nephews, Jessica, Logan, and Harley Pollard;  brother and sister, Davis and Zona Pollard; her cousin, Earletta Baker; and her mother, Billie Wells.

Loretta’s family knows your prayers are with them at this time and thank you for your kindness. They also want to say a special thank you to Crystal Sadlowsky, Maureen Stanciu, Heart ’N Home Hospice, Tony Bonn, Gordon Bond, Eagle Valley Ambulance, Patty and Wally Hammond, and the Hilary Bonn Benevolence Fund.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Hilary Bonn Benevolence Fund in Loretta’s name through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Robert Neuberger

Portland,1953-2013

Robert J. Neuberger, 60, a longtime Portland attorney, died Nov. 30, 2013, after a four-year battle with cancer.

Private burial service has been completed. A celebration of his life will be scheduled later.

Robert was born on Aug. 6, 1953, at Baker City to Gert and Erna Neuberger. He graduated from Baker High School, Colorado College and Lewis & Clark Law School. 

Survivors include his son, Stuart Neuberger; and sisters, Roz and Pat Neuberger. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

See more at: http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=168331627#sthash.1CrED743.dpuf.

 

Obituaries for Dec. 6, 2013


Luanne Lee

Baker City, 1941-2013

Luanne Lee, 72, of Brookings, a former Baker City and North Powder resident, died Nov. 29, 2013, after a lengthy illness.

She did not wish to have any formal funeral services. 

She was born on July 1, 1941, at Payette, Idaho, to George E. “Jimmy” and Eileen Lee of Baker City. Luanne grew up at North Powder and Baker City, and was educated there.

After graduating from Eastern Oregon College at La Grande (now Eastern Oregon University), she worked in Baker City for Bill Jackson’s law firm, and then moved to Eugene, where she worked many years as a paralegal for Art Johnson’s law firm. 

While in Eugene, Luanne returned to school at the University of Oregon’s School of Fine Arts. She developed her love of painting there, as well as later in retirement. 

After her marriage to Cliff Weeks in 1983, Luanne moved to California and worked for the Walkup, Downing law firm in San Francisco. When Luanne and Cliff retired in 1998, they settled at Brookings, a place they previously visited during their travels. 

Their interests in travel led them to many places in the U.S., but often to Arizona. Luanne’s love of art inspired her to further develop her abilities by attending many painting classes in Brookings. She became a lifetime member of the Pelican Bay Art Association. 

She was also a great fan of sports, and “her teams” were the San Francisco Giants and the 49ers football team. In addition to Luanne’s talent and many interests, she was a most courageous person, setting an example of strength and bravery every day, family members said. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Eileen Lee of Baker City; and her beloved nephew, Scott Carnine.

Survivors include her loving husband, Cliff Weeks of Brookings; sisters, Pat Hunt (Tom) of Ketchikan, Alaska, and Marilyn Carnine (Steve) of Wilsonville; niece, Brooke Hunt (Steve Heinl) and family, of Ketchikan, Alaska; nephew, Jimmy Hunt of Ketchikan, Alaska; great-nieces, Mena and Elsie Heinl of Ketchikan, and Dorothy Hunt of Cambridge, Minn.; and great-nephew, Jerome Hunt, also of Minnesota.

Memorial contributions may be made to Coastal Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 6042, Brookings, OR 97415.

Anne Wickert

Baker City, 1924-2013

Anne Margaret Wickert, 89, of Baker City died Dec. 2, 2013 while at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City. 

 Visitations will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. 

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday also as Gray’s West & Co. Father Robert Greiner of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

There will be a reception at noon at the Catholic Church Parish Hall, First and Church streets.

Anne was born on March 3, 1924, to Anton Henry Williamson and Wilhelmina Hendrixson Williamson.

She attended David City High School at David City, Neb. During World War II she worked in a munitions factory. 

She and Donald Wickert were married at St. Francis Cathedral on March 11, 1949. Besides being a loving wife, she was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, family members said.

Anne was a clerk at the Baker County Courthouse and also worked for Commercial Welding. She retired in 1986.

Those who knew Anne agree she always had a kind word to say and a huge smile on her face.

Survivors include her sons, John Wickert and his wife, Jerri, of Baker City, Dale Wickert and his wife, Claudia, of Ontario, Steve Wickert and his wife, Sherry, of The Dalles, and Mike Wickert and his companion, Shirley Gessele, of Baker City; her brothers, Francis Williamson, Anton Williamson and Donald Williamson, all of Baker City, Leo Williamson of Pendleton, and John Williamson of La Grande; and sisters, Margaret Sagendorf and Shirley Sagendorf, both of Spokane, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Donald Wickert; her mother, Minnie Williamson; her father, Anton Williamson; and her sister, Mary Devos.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR. 97814.

 

Obituary for Dec. 4, 2013


Priscilla Hedgpeth

Baker City, 1941-2013

Priscilla K. Hedgpeth, 72, of Baker City, died Nov. 27, 2013.

Her memorial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 975 S. Bridge St.

She was born on Feb. 7, 1941, at Medford to Francis and Essie May Poole. She was the youngest of seven children. She grew up at Butte Falls except for a few years the family spent in San Francisco. She attended school at Butte Falls and graduated in 1959 as class valedictorian.

Priscilla got a job with the Forest Service shortly after high school. It was while working there that she met her husband, Glenn. They were married in November of 1969 at Reno, Nev. Their daughter, Jennifer, was born about a year later. In May of 1977, she and Glenn moved to Baker City where they had lived ever since. 

Their son, Matthew, was born in 1980. In addition to raising her own children, Priscilla helped raise her niece, Kathy.

Priscilla was known for her generosity and love for family. Many family members, including numerous nieces and nephews have wonderful memories of spending summers or long visits at “Aunt Cilla’s”.

Priscilla also had a deep faith in the Bible. She was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on April 16, 1960, at Klamath Falls along with her mother and sister, Norma. She was comforted by the Bible’s promises and enjoyed sharing that comfort with others, family members said.

She also enjoyed doing the daily crossword puzzle in pen. She loved animals and had many horses, cats, and dogs in her life and enjoyed feeding the deer that wandered on her property.

She was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Glenn, of Baker City; her sister, Norma, of Altona, Manitoba; her son, Matthew of Baker City; her daughter, Jennifer, of Hermiston; her niece, Kathy Doane of Sheridan; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker City Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

 

Obituary for Dec. 2, 2013


Pearl Bush

Baker City, 1915-2013

Pearl Josephine Bush, 97, of Baker City died Nov. 20, 2013.

A memorial service will be scheduled later in Arizona.

Pearl was born on Dec. 29, 1915, at Boxes Cove, Ala., to McKinley and Josephine Selby. Her mother died shortly after Pearl was born. 

In 1919 at the age of 4, she moved from Alabama to Casa Grande, Ariz., with her father and grandparents. Her sister, Gladis, stayed behind in Alabama, and eventually married Ira Travis and had two children, Harry and Carolyn.

Pearl graduated from Mesa High School at Mesa, Arizona. At the age of 19 she met Joseph R. Bush and married him. She was a faithful wife to her husband as she traveled and, at times, worked with him from California to Arizona, Oregon and Nevada.

She gave birth to their first son, Joe R. Bush, on Feb. 12, 1936. On Aug. 3, 1950, she gave birth to Jerry W. Bush at San Diego.

Before Pearl and Joe retired, they managed mini-storage units. She was always full of energy, family members said. She knew no strangers and loved to talk and laugh. 

Her husband, Joseph, died on June 25, 2002.

Pearl is survived by those who loved her and were loved by her, family members said.

They include her sons and their spouses, Joe R. Bush and his wife, Nancy, and Jerry W. Bush and his wife, Sandee; grandchildren, Joe Jr., Jeffrey, Jeremy, Aaron and Kristina; great-grandchildren, Mandy, Reese, Kori, Jeffrey II, Marilena Pearl, Aimee, David and Danielle; great-great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Keegon, Kallie, Julie, Jason, Shelby, Jade, Tristine, Kession, Sage, Willow, Raylin, Cali, Jace and Haley; her sister, Gladis Travis; nephew and niece, Harry and Carolyn, and their children Teresa, Stephanie and Jesse.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Church through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

 

Obituaries for Nov. 27, 2013


Donna Ryder

Baker City, 1932-2013

Donna Faye Ryder, 81 of Baker City, died Nov. 24, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center. 

Her services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave.  The committal service be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Ryan Tachenko, Donna’s grandson-in-law, will officiate.

Donna was born on June 30, 1932, at Denver to Arthur C. and Marjorie Mae Woeber Berndt. She was a 1950 Ontario High School graduate.

Soon after graduation she moved to Baker City, where she worked at the Red Top Drive-In and at Millers Lunch. 

She would tell the story of how, while waiting tables, someone showed her how to load her arm up with plates of food. The first time she tried it, she arrived at the table and couldn’t figure out how to unload it, then she started to laugh and the scramble was on. 

While working at the Red Top she met her future husband, Joseph Ryder. They were married in 1952 and had two sons, Wayne and Tom. Joseph died in 2007.

In the early 1960s she worked at the Montgomery Ward store. In the mid-to-late ’60s, she went to work for US Bank. She continued to be a familiar face there until she retired in 1995.

After that she worked doing various bookkeeping jobs and cashiering at Baker Valley Auto Parts for her son, Wayne. When she decided to retire from that job, she continued to call or check in to make sure everything was being done correctly.

Donna always had a soft heart, family members said. When her boys were young, they were always bringing some stray or injured animal home and, of course, she would have to take them in. She always worried more about her family than herself and would call herself “Old WW” (for worry wart). 

She loved to work in her yard planting flowers and gardening and on any summer day you could see her doing so. She could never pass up the chance to save a distressed plant. If there was one at work that had pretty much failed down to a stick, she would take it home and nurse it back to health. So needless to say, there were plants all around the house. 

Donna always looked forward to her Wednesday card night playing bridge at the golf course. She had a wonderful smile and an unforgettable laugh that was heard quite often. She never had an unkind word to say about anyone and had a never ending love for her family.

“She will be missed by all who knew her,” family members said.

Survivors include her brothers, Phillip and Lynn of California; sons, Tom and Wayne, and Wayne’s wife, Jeanie, of Baker City; grandchildren, Christy DeMoss and husband, Daryl, of Heber City, Utah, Angie Aldrich, Eric Ryder, and Vanessa Tachenko and husband, Ryan, of Baker City; and great-grandchildren, Katie and Kiley Jo Aldrich of Baker City.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe; and her brother, Duane.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker Valley Seventh-day Adventist School through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR. 97814.

Charles Maslowski

Baker City, 1934-2013

Charles Clayton Maslowski, 79, of Baker City, died Nov. 18, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.  

Charles was born April 25, 1934, at Forsyth, Mont., to Charles Raymond and Dorothy Schelin Maslowski. After graduating from high school at Colstrip, Mont., he joined the U.S. Marines. He served for three years, attaining the rank of sergeant.

Charles married Audrey Fennimore on Feb. 6, 1959, while at Seattle, Wash.

He was employed as a maintenance worker for Cascade Gas for a number of years, retiring in 1998.  Charles enjoyed farming and stamp collecting.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years; his son, Scott Maslowski of Kent, Wash.; brother, Morris Maslowski of Colstrip, Mont.; a sister, Julie Ann Schwin of Elko, Nev.; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Charles and Dorothy; and his sisters, Carrie Maslowski, Marla Hugh and Frances Ray.

Gray’s West & Co. is in charge of arrangements.

Birl Miller

Haines, 1938-2013

Birl Frank Miller, 74, died Nov. 12, 2013, at his home in Haines.

 Birl was born on Nov. 17, 1938, at Denver to Birl Miller and Lena Leslie Miller. He attended high school in Halfway. After high school he attended Blue Mountain Community College where he graduated in 1956. He was in both the Army and Navy for 20-plus years and ended his military career as a sergeant, E8. He was also proud of the fact he was Native American.

He loved to ride bareback broncos and bulls. He enjoyed fishing, camping and anything military, and he really enjoyed his firearms. Birl also took an interest in genealogy and enjoyed watching professional wrestling whenever possible.

 Birl was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Baker 1st Ward, the American Legion and he was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 116. 

He was a former commander of the American Legion, Post No. 140, on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association. Birl was proud of the fact he was part of the Bay of Pigs Cuban invasion on April 17, 1961. He was an Army ranger assigned to the 11th Airborne Division. 

Survivors include his son, Mark, and his wife, Alicia, of North Powder; his son, Birl Miller, and his wife, Eunice, of Moorehead, Ky; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Birl B. Miller; his mother, Lena Leslie Miller; his daughter, Tilleena Miller Ransom; his brother, Orville Richard Miller; and a sister, Ada Jewel Miller.

Memorial contributions may be made to gofundme.com\59cyzg through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR  97814.

 

Obituaries for Nov. 25, 2013


Josephine Elskamp

Meridian, Idaho 1919-2013

Josephine Eva Moar Leuck Elskamp, 93, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 20, 2013, with her family by her side. 

At her request, her body was cremated and there will be no funeral. Burial was at Mount Hope Cemetery.

She was born on Dec. 21, 1919, at Grants Pass to Verla Adelia and Thomas Harold Moar. After Josephine lost her parents, she and her younger brother, Thomas Moar, were raised by their grandparents, Malinda and Manuel Silvers, at Baker City.

Josephine attended St. Francis Academy, graduating at the age of 18 on May 27, 1938. She married Don Leuck in 1940 and had two daughters.

She married Sam Elskamp in 1963.

Survivors include her two daughters, Dona Jo (Murray) Stookey of Meridian, Idaho, and Mary Ann Edlin of Spokane, Wash.; three grandchildren, Dane (Ann) Stookey, Marna Hoiland and Bret (Maureen) Cunningham; nine great-grandchildren, Erika Stookey, Marissa Stookey, Ben Stookey, Savanah Cunningham, Tana Cunningham, Nicolas Cunningham, Judith Cunningham, Bailey Cunningham, and Reagan Cunningham.

Family members expressed special thanks to Rhea and Merrill of St. Luke’s Hospice and Yona, Crystal, and others at Grace Assisted Living in Meridian.

Brenda Hock

Halfway, 1949-2013

Brenda Gayle Hock, 64, of Halfway, died Nov. 21, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Care Center.

Brenda had been battling Stage 4 cancer for eight months until it finally got the best of her and she decided to leave this life and be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to also be reunited with her mother, father and her only son, Michael Jo.

There will not be a service at this time.

Brenda Gayle was born on Nov. 17, 1949, at Denison, Texas, to Curtis and Lora Thomas. In 2003, Brenda and Ken moved to Halfway.

Brenda will be missed. If you ever came to visit her, she would try to give you something. She was always a giver, never a taker. 

For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Brenda, Ken suggests that you consider a tag from the Christmas tree at US Bank to brighten a child’s face this Christmas, or maybe a prayer, or just do something really special.  

Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 
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