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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.


Obituaries for Nov. 22, 2013

Maurice Tatlock

Baker City, 1926-2013

Maurice Kent Tatlock, 87, of Baker City, died Nov. 18, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City. 

Visitations will be from 4 o’clock to 8 o’clock tonight at Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave.

His funeral will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Pastor Jesse Whitford will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the church.

Maurice (better known as Maury) was born at Rock Springs, Wyo., on Sept. 21, 1926, to Kent Tatlock and Marie Fager Tatlock. Maury attended Twin Falls High School where he graduated in 1944. 

He then joined the U.S. Navy where he became a medical corpsman until he left the service in 1946. Maury found he liked working in the denture field and in 1954 he started Tatlock Dental Lab.

In 1960, Maury married his wife, Phyllis Shaw, who died in 2000.

Maury moved to Baker City at the age of 27, and started doing something he enjoyed doing, fixing beautiful dentures so people could have nice smiles, family members said.

He was especially proud of the fact that his sons and daughter, Christine, followed in his footsteps and ended up owning their own denture businesses. The boys would be the first to say their dad taught them right.

If asked, his sons would say their dad stayed with his business because he loved what he did and enjoyed making beautiful dentures. Maury retired from his profession in 2009, but he helped his son, Curtis, who took over the business whenever he was needed.

Maury also enjoyed horses, water skiing and snow skiing and any kind of outdoor sports, along with flying. He was a member of the Jaycees, the Appaloosa Club and various other groups.

Maury was well-known and loved by everyone in a community he was proud of, family members said.

Survivors include his sons, Randy Miles of Memphis, Tenn., Steve Miles of Ashland, Kevin Tatlock of Ontario and Curtis Tatlock of Baker City; his extended family, Dale Moore, Teresa Nordquist, Don Moore and Darlene Ferry; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 40 years, Phyllis; his daughter, Christine Tatlock; and his son, Terry Miles.

Memorial contributions may be made to Baker County Search & Rescue through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.


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.


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. 


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