Jane Carpenter

Baker City, 1939-2013

Jane Marie Carpenter, 74 of Baker City, died April 3, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center.

Private viewing was Friday at Gray's West and Company Pioneer Chapel. There was a private memorial service Saturday at the Pleasant Valley Fellowship with private burial at Auburn.

Jane was born on Feb. 9, 1939, at Baker City to Samuel and Sarah Droke Patterson. She married Carl Carpenter on Sept. 11, 1955, at Weiser, Idaho. They spent most of their adult lives in Baker City raising eight children.

She enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and camping. She also was an avid gardener and canned all the foods she grew in her garden.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Carl of Baker City; two sisters, Iris Stuber and Naomi Stevenson; eight children, Sam Carpenter of Baker City, Sarah Hanson of Clarkston, Wash., Dawna Carpenter of Baker City, Kathy Smith of Baker City, Casey Carpenter of Elko, Nev., Carl Carpenter Jr. of Baker City, Jasen Carpenter of Marysville, Calif., and Chanc Carpenter of Baker City; 34 grandchildren; and 48 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Anna Miller and Pearl Hainey; and three brothers, William Patterson, Franklin Patterson and Samuel Patterson.

Memorial contributions may be made to any children's charity through Gray's west and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

'R.C.' Shirley

Baker City, 1943-2013

Richard "R.C." Shirley, 69, of Baker City, died April 4, 2013, at his home.

There will be a private family celebration of R.C.'s life later this summer.

Richard was born on Oct. 7, 1943, at Baker City to Curtis and Julia Richards Shirley. He was raised at Baker City and Tigard, graduating from Tigard High School in 1962. R.C. joined the U.S. Marines in 1964. On Thursday, March 28, 2013, he was honored for his service and received a pin and a plaque.

R.C. married Glady Sosa at Lake Tahoe. He enjoyed working construction in the United States and abroad. R.C. loved being outside, working in the yard, the orchard and the gardens. He had a great sense of humor and a smile that lit up a room.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Glady; three children; and eight grandchildren.

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

Randy Simonis

Hermison, 1955-2013

Randy Keith Simonis, 57, died April 5, 2013, at Hermiston.

He was born on Nov. 12, 1955, at La Grande. He was raised at North Powder where he attended school.

Friends and family are invited to sign the condolence book and view the full obituary at

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.