Obituaries for the week of Dec. 17 to Dec. 21

December 21, 2001 12:00 am

Luellen Kirkwood

Luellen A. Kirkwood, 94, a longtime Baker City resident died Dec. 15, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

Her graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Mount Hope Cemetery. Maj. Dennis Trimmer of The Salvation Army will officiate. There will be a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. at The Salvation Army, 1820 Estes St.

Mrs. Kirkwood was born Luellen A. Withers on July 26, 1907, at Ault, Colo., to Herman and Caty Withers. She was the oldest of four sisters and one brother.

She attended school at Baker and Auburn. In February of 1928, she married Robert C. Kirkwood. They raised seven children.

After Mr. Kirkwoods death in 1954, Mrs. Kirkwood worked for the Baker Hotel, and later at St. Elizabeth Nursing Home. She worked there until she was 72 when she retired because of an illness. She was an active member in The Salvation Army and volunteered most of her free time. She served as corps sergeant major, League of Mercy secretary and also ran the thrift store and rang the bells at Christmas for needy families in Baker County.

Survivors include her seven children: sons, Cecil of El Paso, Texas, Don of Salem, Keith of Hermiston, and Robert of Baker City, daughters, Shirley of Nampa, Idaho, and Myrna of Portland, and son, Darrell of Detroit, Mich.; 20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman Withers and Caty White; her sisters, Naomi, Gladys, and Thelma; and her husband, Robert.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army through the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Baker City, OR 97814.

Ellen Waldron

Ellen Belle Waldron, 94, a Halfway native, died Dec. 18, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Ellen developed pneumonia after a fall in her apartment at Settlers Park. She had suffered a stroke in June 1999 that left her unable to walk by herself. She had spent 15 months with her son, then moved to Settlers Park a year ago.

Her funeral was today at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church in Halfway. The Rev. Bill Shields officiated. Interment was at Pine Valley Cemetery.

Ellen was born Sept. 8, 1907, at Halfway to James P. Ritter and Ella Belle Canady. She received all of her schooling in Halfway and spent all of her life helping in the work on a ranch. Her father raised cattle, and she learned at an early age to do all the chores associated with the hard life of a farmer.

She married Clifford Waldron in April of 1926. They bought from Cliffords father the ranch she lived on until her stroke. She used to raise turkeys and chickens to help pay the mortgage off. She was a dedicated hard worker and especially adept at cooking and baking. In the winter months, when there wasnt as much work to do outside, Ellen would spend the time crocheting and making beautiful pillow slips.

Ellen was a true homebody. Her only outside functions were the Presbyterian Church, which she and Clifford joined in 1953, and the Carson Club, of which she was an original member.

Her family remembers her as the true and loving mother and wife that she was, and she has left her mark on all of them.

Ellen is survived by her sons, Robert Waldron and his wife, Freda, of Baker City; Bill Waldron and his wife, Veryl, of Halfway; nine grandchildren she loved dearly; 24 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Jim Ritter of Richland; and several nieces and nephews.

Ellen was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Clifford; three brothers, Clair, Harold and Perk Ritter; and a sister, Maude.

Ellen was very excited about the prospect of an assisted living home in Halfway, and wanted to be one of its first residents. Contributions in her memory may be donated to that project in care of Tamis Pine Valley Funeral Home in Halfway, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Clara Watkins

Clara Elizabeth Watkins, 83, of Haines, died Dec. 16, 2001, at Serenity Farm Adult Foster Home.

Her funeral will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Tony Brandon of the Seventh-day Adventist Church will officiate. Visitations will be Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Watkins was born on Feb. 19, 1918, at Plaza, N.D. She was a daughter of Ben and Isabal Hutchinson Henry. She was raised and received her schooling at Plaza. During the summer, she went to work on various farms to help pay for her school clothes and books.

After graduating from high school, she moved to be with her sister at Long Beach, Calif. She attended secretarial college in California. Upon graduating, she went to work for various companies doing their books and office work.

On a visit with her cousin in Seattle, Wash., she met Robert Watkins. They were married on Aug. 26, 1940, at Seattle, Wash.

He was stationed at Bellflower, Calif., and after they started their family, they made their home at Long Beach. After their retirement, they moved to Junction City where they remained until 1996. That year they moved to be with their daughter, Linda Cowan, at Haines. Mr. Watkins died on Jan. 2, 2000.

Mrs. Watkins loved to garden and canned all of the produce that she raised. She also loved to travel, which she did extensively with friends. The Holy Land, Alaska, China, Japan, and Hawaii were just some of the places that she had traveled to. She loved to visit her children and always lent a helping hand in whatever they were doing. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Survivors include her children, Robert and Lucena Watkins of Huntington Beach, Calif., Beverly Jean Kiser of Eugene, Barbara Joan and Hal Connor of Cottage Grove, Linda and Mickey Cowan of Haines and Jim Watkins of Junction City; 13 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and a cousin, Adele Burgstrom.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert; and a son, Allen Watkins.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Coles Funeral Home to help families who are in need of funds. This may be done through the funeral home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Howard Snode

Howard L. Snode, 83, a longtime Baker City resident, died Dec. 16, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Care Center.

His graveside funeral will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the North Powder Cemetery.

Mr. Snode was born at Buhl, Idaho, on Jan. 31, 1918. He and his older brother, Glen, were raised by their father, Delbert A. Snode.

Howard was very adventurous. At 16 he traveled to Alaska to work on a fishing boat. In the 1930s he lived at Portland working odd jobs. From the 1940s until his retirement, he worked in the logging industry at all positions, from choker setter to cat operator. Howard was well-known throughout Wallowa, Union and Baker counties as an extremely hard worker.

Howard enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping in the nearby mountains. In his later years, he took care of his elder neighbors yards and helped anyone in need with handouts, food or a place to stay. He will always be remembered by his friends and nurses at St. Elizabeth Care Center for his quick wit and unforgettable smile.

Survivors include his sweet wife of 40 years, Otie B. Snode, who he loved very much; a daughter, Marshea Willingham of Pendleton; a son, Delbert Lee Snode, and daughter-in-law, Debi Snode, of Milwaukie; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Elva Cundiff

Elva G. Cundiff, 89, a longtime Baker City resident, died Dec. 16, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Norman Baxter of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be until 6 oclock tonight at Grays West & Co.

Elva G. Cundiff was born on Oct. 8, 1912, at Butler, Tenn., to Marion Monroe Grogan of Zionville, N.C., and Rauza Ader Dugger, also of Butler, Tenn.

Several years later the family moved West following Marions brother and sister. The family settled at Durkee where Elvas parents had a farm and operated a boarding house for railroad employees.

Elva was affectionately known as Tootie to family and friends. She attended school at Durkee.

Elva was first married to Harley Parker. Their daughter, Alice Arlene, was born at Eugene. Elva lived in the Portland area for a number of years and was employed by Jantzen clothing manufacturers. She subsequently returned to Baker City and had lived here for about 40 years.

Elva was married to Walt Cundiff of the Baker area for a number of years. Tootie truly enjoyed flower gardening and embroidery. She spent much time tending to her yard as long as she was able.

Survivors include her daughter, Alice Arlene Parker; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, three brothers, a sister and a niece.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice through Grays West & Co, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Ray Weber

Lyle Raymond Ray Weber, 72, of Mission Viejo, Calif., a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 13, 2001.

There was a private family memorial service Saturday.

Lyle R. Weber achieved a great deal in his 72 years. He was a staff sergeant in the Civil Air Patrol, Staff, a sergeant in the ROTC, and a veteran of the Army Air Force and the U.S. Navy.

He worked in commercial construction for 45 years, beginning as a carpenter and retiring as a respected superintendent of blueprint detail.

He was awarded a multitude of art, photography, and volunteer service awards.

He was an active member of the Baker City Lions Club and a Trail Tender at the Interpretive Center, where he was known (in character) as Judge William Bristow.

He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. His love and spirit continues.

He was a son-in-law to Frances F. Wilson; husband to Cornella Louise Weber for 52 years; father to Stanley Weber, Thomas Weber, and Renee Scura; grandfather of six; and father-in-law to Brian Scura and Penny Weber.

Mary Evans

Mary Frances Evans, 72, of Baker City, died Dec. 16, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Richland Christian Church. Pastor Gordon Bond will officiate.

Private interment will be in Eagle Valley Cemetery at Richland. Visitations will be until 7 oclock tonight at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Mrs. Evans was born Aug. 11, 1929, at Pleasantville, Tenn. She was one of 15 children of George and Betty Kelley Williams. She attended school at Pleasantville. In 1956, she met Bill Evans in La Grande; they were married in the spring of 1957.

After their marriage, they moved to Portland, where she worked as a title insurance messenger. After Bills retirement in 1971 they returned to Richland. They made their home in Richland until Bills death in 1992 . She then moved to Baker City, where she has resided since.

The Evanses loved to travel and spent every winter in Salome, Ariz. They would leave in October and come back in May. She enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, gold panning, and shopping, but her real love and talent was music.

Some of her most favorite times were singing, dancing and playing with her musician friends. She would dress up like Minnie Pearl and was named Miss Minnie Pearl of Lapaz County, Ariz.

Survivors include her children, Diana Barber of Baker City, Stephen Talley of Detroit, Mich., Delores and John Golden of Columbus, Ohio, Dave Wright of Kent, Wash., Kennith and Betty Wright of Tulsa, Okla., Dave Wright of Kent, Wash., and Vernon and Karyn Evans of Kent, Wash.; her brother, Bill Williams of Pleasantville, Tenn; sisters, Etta Meredith of Dixon, Tenn., Berniece Himes of Pleasantville, Tenn., and Betty Armstrong of Gleason, Tenn; sisters-in-law, Jessie Lee and Leora Williams of Pleasantville, Tenn., brother-in-law, Alton Armstrong of Gleason, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and six brothers and sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation to help in feeding the wildlife. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

LaJean Johnston

LaJean E. Johnston, 74, a long-time Baker City resident, died Dec. 14, 2001, at her home.

Her funeral was at 2 p.m. at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Ed Niswender of the Calvary Baptist Church officiated. Private vault interment was at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Johnston was born on Dec. 24, 1926, at Baker City. She graduated from Baker High School on May 17, 1945, as valedictorian of the Class of 1945.

She was married to Owen H. McIntyre and they had four children: Karen, Linda, Kevin and Phyllis. Along with being mother to her children, she also kept business books, doing some of the work at home. She was very close to her family. Grandmas Ann Sisley and Sarah Estes and her mother, Daisy Estes, all worked at helping with family care.

She married Albert Johnston on Sept. 6, 1961. She added two children from Albert to this marriage, Ken Johnston and Joanne Sponseller. She loved her family very much and always enjoyed planning for their happiness.

She worked in insurance for many years beginning with C. Jack Miller, then Burnside Insurance and then retired while working in the insurance business with Daryle Burnside and Terry Schumacher.

She loved working in her yard with landscaping, flowers, fountains and the birds. She loved her music.

Her parents provided music for dances back in the olden days so she grew up playing piano, violin and filling in playing accordion. She had an artistic talent for drawing pictures especially as it related to family. She started oil painting this past year.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and David Yeakley, Linda and Jim Thomas, Phyllis and Tom Cummings, Joanne and Don Sponseller and son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Berniece Johnston; very special cousin and wife, Darrel and Roberta Sisley; grandchildren Jason, Joel, Kayla, Karen, Sharon, Byron, Kevin, Mark and Kathy; and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Daisy Estes; a sister LaVelle; her husband, Albert Johnston; and her son, Kevin.

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

Lorraine Bowman

Lorraine Bowman, 80, a former Baker Valley resident, died Dec. 10, 2001.

At her request, there will be no services. Disposition was by cremation. Cloverdale Funeral Home in Boise was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Lorraine Georgeoff was born March 13, 1921, the only daughter of Anna and Vasil Georgeoff. After growing up in Portland, she married Elbert Bowman and raised three sons, John, Paul, and Gary (Joe).

The family lived for many years in Baker Valley. She was active in the VFW auxiliary in Baker City, and in Heppner.

She is survived by three sons and numerous grandchildren.