Obituaries for the week of Dec. 3 to Dec. 7

December 09, 2001 11:00 pm

Esther Long

Esther Heggie Long, 88, a life-long Baker City resident, died Dec. 6, 2001, at Settlers Park.

Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Mr. Bob Harrison of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will conduct.

Esther Heggie Long was born Dec. 15, 1912, at Austin. She was the fourth daughter of six children born to Andrew Smith Heggie and Lavina Dolby Heggie.

She lived her entire life in Baker City and attended Baker schools. She married Garnet A. Long on Jan. 26, 1935, at Baker City.

Esther enjoyed cooking for her family. She was employed by the Baker School District as a cook in the elementary schools, Baker Middle School, and she was one of the first cooks in the new high school in 1951. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survivors include her three sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald Long and Keith and Virginia Long, all of Baker City and Tom and Teresa Long of Hermiston; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1991, and her four sisters and one brother.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pathway Hospice or a charity of ones choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Eva Price

Eva Weimer Price, 95, of San Diego, a former Baker City businesswoman, died Dec. 3, 2001.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 10 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at San Diego.

Mrs. Price was born on April 7, 1906, at Cove, the second child of Jonas and Texy Weimer. She was a homemaker and an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She married John F. Price on July 19, 1928. She and her husband owned the Peerless Cleaners in Baker City for many years.

After selling the plant in Baker City, they moved to Portland and then to Spokane, Wash. After his retirement they moved to San Diego.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, LouAnn and Don Prock; a sister, Alice May Cantrell of Haines; sister-in-law, Faye Weimer of La Grande; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by sisters, Della Overman, Wilmerth Stark and Verna Baum; and a brother, Stowell Weimer.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to a hospice unit.

George Andrew

George Emmet Andrew, 82, of Baker City died Nov. 2, 2001 in a Boise hospital of complications resulting from a traffic accident Sept. 28 in downtown Baker City.

Disposition was by cremation. His ashes will be dispersed at his favorite locality.

Mr. Andrew was born in Portland on Sept. 2, 1919. He graduated from Kelso High School in 1938. He worked at The Long Bell Lumber Co. in Longview, Wash., from 1940 until he enlisted in the Army Signal Corps after Pearl Harbor and attained the rank of sergeant. After World War II service he returned to work for Long Bell and later was self-employed in the timber industry. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, walking, biking, cutting wood, remodeling and other similar activities.

At one time he owned Whites Sweet Shop at Castle Rock, Wash. He was a longtime member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and he loved the church and his many friends.

Survivors include his wife Judy of Baker City; a son, Sam C. Andrew of Farmington, N.M.; daughters, Denise L. Rowe of Farmington, N.M., Ellen R. Owens, of St. George, Utah, and Dannella J. Scully of Farmington, N.M; 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; a brother, Glenn N. Andrew of Castle Rock, Wash.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Andrew Alexander Fisher.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lavida Mission, P.O. Box 3308, Farmington, N.M. 87499

Martha Boyer

Martha Grace Boyer, 80, a former Baker County resident, died Nov. 5, 2001, at Good Shepard Hospital at Hermiston.

Her funeral was Nov. 9 at Driskill Memorial Chapel at John Day. Interment was at the Prairie City Cemetery.

Mrs. Boyer was born on July 20, 1921, at Youngstown, Ohio, to Alexander and Catherine Bubelenyi Racey. As a youngster, she rode five miles to school on horseback and drove cattle on foot.

She attended grade school at Malheur City and completed high school in three years at Hereford.

She married Paul Boyer on Sept. 9, 1939, at Hereford. She was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing, reading, hunting, rock hounding and gardening.

Survivors include her son, Richard Boyer of Irrigon; two daughters, Pauline Ordyno of Pendleton and Leslie Tuttle of Woodside, Calif; her sister, Helen Liddiard of Boise; eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers, an infant sister and an infant granddaughter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross.

Ron Han

Ronald L. Ron Han, 68, of Baker City, died Nov. 23, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Disposition was by cremation at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Crematory. There will be a family gathering in his honor later.

Mr. Han was born Oct. 11, 1933, at Boise. He spent most of his growing-up years on the Oregon Coast at Lincoln City. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he returned to Lincoln City and established himself as a chef. He later bought Captain Johns Restaurant where he served as owner and chef for many years.

He met his wife, Loretta, at Lincoln City. They were married on Jan. 31, 1977. Although he loved to cook, when he came home he was more than happy to let Loretta cook the family meals. An avid hunter and fisherman, he loved being outdoors. He enjoyed the coastal mountains and streams and the ocean.

He was preceded in death by his son, Ronald Han.

Survivors include his wife, Loretta; his daughters, Jacqueline Gardner of Carson City, Nev., Sandra Schneiderman of Springfield, Pamela Horesky of Forest Grove and Dawn Stafford of Phoenix, Ariz.; and eight grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

James Pontius

James William Pontius, 65, of Huntington, died Nov. 21, 2001, at his home.

His memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Huntington Christian Center. Disposition was by cremation at the Riverside Funeral Service and Crematory of Boise.

Mr. Pontius was born Dec. 22, 1935, at Bend to Ira and Evelyn Crowley Pontius. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, who died July 11, 2001; his daughter, Roslind; and his parents.

Survivors include his two sons, Ira Pontius and James Pontius, both of Huntington; his daughters, Jamie Pontius of Washington and Charleen Denny of Florida; and his sister, Donna Hickerson of Baker City.