Obituaries for the week of Nov. 12 to Nov. 16

November 16, 2001 12:00 am

Maggie Hill

Maggie E. Hill, 82, a longtime Baker City resident, died Nov. 10, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her graveside funeral was at 1 p.m. today at the Rosedale Memorial Park Cemetery at Payette, Idaho. Bishop Dick Hindman of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officiated.

Mrs. Hill was born on Sept. 17, 1919, at Moroni, Utah, to James R. and Mary E. Daniels Marx. She married Chester W. Hill at Weiser, Idaho, on Dec. 3, 1938. They lived at Weiser where she was a homemaker until moving to Baker City in the late 1960s.

Mrs. Hill loved being a homemaker for her husband and two children. She also enjoyed flower gardening and working with ceramics. She loved preparing large holiday dinners for the Marx and Hill sides of the family.

Her children have this to say about their parents: Let it be said that daughter, Sharon K. Mackay, and son, James W. Hill, could not have had more loving, caring and supportive parents than Chester W. and Maggie E. Hill. May God bless both of them.

Mrs. Hill was preceded in death by her parents, James and Mary Marx; and brothers, Marlin and Dwight Marx.

Survivors include Glennis and Rose Marx and family of La Grande, Bert and Jennie Marx and family and Sherwood and Georgie Marx and family, all of Tacoma, Wash.; sisters, Jewel McNair and family of Caldwell and Boise, Idaho, Joyce and Bob Hughes and family of Pendleton and Deanna and Ron Bates and family of Hines; daughter, Sharon; son-in-law, Steve, and granddaughter, Monica Mackay of Weiser; granddaughter, Gabbie (Mackay), and her husband, Wade Gartin, and their two sons (Mrs. Hills great-grandsons), Chance and Jake Gartin of Boise; sisters-in-law, Chris Marx (whose husband, Dwight, died earlier) and family of Everett, Wash., and Jean Marx (whose husband, Marlin, died earlier) and family of Longview, Wash.; son, James Hill of Baker City; and numerous nephews and nieces and their families on the Marx and Hill sides of the families.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern Oregon chapter of the American Red Cross through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson, 42, a Baker City resident, died Nov. 4, 2001, at Salt Lake City.

There will be a celebration of his life Nov. 24 at the Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St. Dinner will be served at 2 p.m. Main dishes will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish.

Mr. Benson was born at Provo, Utah, on May 3, 1959. He lived most of his life in Southern California and spent the last two years at Salt Lake City where he was waiting for a new heart.

He loved to go camping, fishing and hunting. He will be missed by many.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Orazine of Baker City; sisters, Debra Jean of San Diego and Lee Ellen of Gwinn Mich.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to a charity of ones choice.

Jane Cheney

Jane L. Cheney, 97, of Pendleton died Nov. 8, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Pendleton. The Rev. Jim MacKenzie will officiate. Disposition was by cremation at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Crematory.

Jane was a graduate of Pendleton High School where she played basketball for four years. Her championship team traveled to games by train, wearing dresses with bloomers for uniforms.

She enjoyed playing baseball with the boys, including her three brothers, Ned, Max and Buster. The Cheney farm often was the site of get-togethers for backyard tennis and other games.

A lifelong horsewoman, she was a member of the Pendleton Mustangers Riding Club. She rode in many Round Up parades with her friend, Margaret Harris.

Trained as a legal secretary and court recorder, Jane worked for several Pendleton attorneys and judges. When her employer, Judge William Perry, was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court, she moved to Salem to continue working for him.

After a 50-year career, she retired in 1970, continuing to live in Salem. She moved to Juniper House in Pendleton in 1999.

She enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hiker with the Salem Chemeketans. She also enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, photography and exploring the Pacific Northwest. She was a staunch Republican and a great supporter of many humanitarian efforts.

In her last years, she enjoyed the company of Kat, and the care given by her brother, Max.

Survivors include her brother, Max A. Cheney; nieces, Elizabeth Cheney Burton and Patricia Cheney Smith; a nephew, Donald Cheney; four great-nieces and four great-nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pioneer Humane Society in Pendleton through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Carolyn Wilson

Carolyn Sue Wilson, 53, a longtime Baker City resident, died Nov. 6, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services from complications associated with pneumonia.

Her funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Father Rob Irwin of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Visitations will be Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Grays West & Co.

Mrs. Wilson was born Sept. 17, 1948, at Baker City to Harold J. Buck Calder and Opal E. Chrisman. She was the eldest of three children.

She attended school in Baker City until an injury to her back forced her to quit in the eighth grade.

She met her future husband, Leland G. Lee Wilson, shortly after she left school. They were married shortly after her 18th birthday, on Sept. 23, 1966.

Since she had a back injury the couple decided to adopt, but after a few years she decided it was real nice spoiling her nieces and nephews and then being able to send them home.

Mrs. Wilson loved to go dancing when she was able to. She had a great love of the outdoors, picknicking, mushroom hunting, camping, fishing, hunting or just cutting wood. In later years she loved to work with flowers, making wreaths and all kinds of flower arrangements.

She worked at many different jobs when she was able to. She was a maid at a motel, drove a water truck in the woods, put load tickets on log loads, cleaned house for other people, drove a taxi in Baker City, and delivered flowers as a matron for the Baker County Sheriffs Office until her health forced her to quit.

Mrs. Wilson is survived by her husband of 35 years, Lee; a brother, Ron N. Calder of Baker City, a brother and sister-in-law, Edward L. and Cynda Calder of Baker City; a sister-in-law, Verna Calder of El Sobrante, Calif.; four nieces and four nephews; three aunts, Dorothy Simons of Milton-Freewater, LaVelle Calder of Baker City, and Zula Pellow of Enid, Okla.; four uncles, Dee Chrisman and Sam Chrisman, both of Enid, Bill Chrisman of Lawrence, Kan., and L.D. Chrisman of Nowata, Okla; and many, many cousins. She also leaves her four very special pets: two poodles, Jacque and Murphy, and two cats, Stripes and Fluffy.

Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Tom Calder.

She will be deeply missed by her many special friends she made through the years.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.