Obituaries for the week of March 25 to March 29

March 29, 2002 12:00 am

Betty Maynard

Betty Maynard, 80, a longtime Baker City resident, died Monday, March 25, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

Her funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 2177 First St.

Betty was born March 12, 1922, at LaMar, Mo., to William H. and Nell Murray Hackney. The family moved to Salem when she was 5 years old. When she was 12 they moved to McMinnville She graduated from high school there. On Aug. 11, 1940, she married John C. Maynard in McMinnville. They moved to Baker City in 1958.

Betty worked for Dr. John Burchtorf for 17 years. After her retirement, she traveled with her husband in their motor home. She loved to bowl and was a member of a bowling league. She was a member of Credit Womans International, St. Stephens Episcopal Church and the Altar Guild, and the Lady Elks.

She is survived by her husband, John C. Maynard of Baker City; her children: a daughter, Elaine Joseph of Baker City, sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Nona Maynard of Fruitland, Idaho, and John Henry and Misko Maynard of Olympia, Wash.; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Frances and George Burton of Salem; a sister-in-law, Bernice Widemeyer, sisters-in-law and their husbands, Clara and Herold Spiedel, Marian and Bill Carol, and Donna and Rom Grant; a brother-in-law and his wife, Frank and Mabel Maynard.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents and two grandsons.

Contributions in her memory may be directed to St. Stephens Episcopal Church or Dogs for the Deaf. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Dr. John Higgins

Dr. John R. Higgins, 81, a Baker City native, died March 23, 2002, at his Baker City home.

He was lovingly cared for at home by his wife, Esther, following his stroke in November 1996.

The rosary will be said today at 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, corner of First and Church streets. Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the cathedral. Father Rob Irwin will officiate. There will be a luncheon following at the cathedral.

Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Dr. John achieved a life of fulfillment devoted to his family, his medical practice and his community.

He was born May 6, 1920, in Baker City to Maude Apple Higgins and Thomas J. Higgins. He was the youngest of four children. His brothers, Thomas and Paul, and sister, Katie, preceded him in death.

John received his elementary and secondary education at St. Francis Academy. Following his graduation from Oregon State he entered medical school at the University of Oregon School of Medicine in 1939. He received his doctor of medicine degree in 1943 and did his internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland in 1944. There he met his lovely wife, Esther Natterlund, and they were married July 31, 1944.

John served his country in the military from 1943-46. In October 1946 he joined his father, Dr. Thomas Higgins, in general practice in Baker City, until his fathers retirement in 1956.

Dr. John, or Doc as he was often called, received his board certification as a charter member in Family Practice in 1972, and continued that certification until his retirement in 1996.

He belonged to multiple professional organizations: the American Medical Association, the Academy of Family Practice, and Oregon Physicians Service. He was on medical staff at St. Elizabeth Community Hopsital and served on its board of trustees. The Union Pacific Railroad had him serve as district physician for 44 years.

Dr. John was committed to his involvement in his community by his participation in the Elks, Kiwanis, Junior Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus, St. Francis choir, Baker Sheriffs Posse and as Baker County Medical Examiner. His ability for leadership was recognized often as he held positions in any number of his professional, community and church organizations. He served more than a quarter million patients, and delivered 2,600 babies in the Baker community.

Dr. John and his wife, Esther, were married 57 years and were a beautiful example of love and devotion to their family of eight children. He took time to encourage family togetherness. He spent his days off enjoying skiing, hiking, picknicking, fishing and exploring with his family. His famous spaghetti sauce and garlic bread dinners will long be celebrated as a remembrance of him.

He nurtured interests in a number of hobbies. His most recent was his love of spinning and weaving. Prior to his stroke he was often seen at the swimming hole (Sam-O Swim Center) doing his laps. He was always striving to learn more and expand his knowledge. He loved his Baker Valley and hearing the train whistles echoing through its expanse.

Dr. John is survived by his children: John and Bobbi Higgins, Tim and Paula Higgins, Mary Ellen Fullmer, Patty Lee, Matt and Nancy Higgins, Dr. Milt and Catherine Schild, Frances and Glen Hellings, Tom and Ann Higgins; 24 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Surely he is bouncing his grandson, Tyler Higgins, on his knee up in heaven this very day.

Contributions in Dr. Johns memory may be made to the charity of ones choice in care of Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Dutch Webb

Manning Dutch Webb, 88, of Union, and a former Baker City resident, died March 21, 2002, at his home.

His funeral will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande, with the Rev. Doug Hale officiating. Burial will follow at the Union Cemetery.

Visitations will be Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mr. Webb was born Dec. 19, 1913, at Detroit, Mich., to Burt and Zoe Jaycott Webb. He attended school in California and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He moved to Union in 1963 and worked as a master upholsterer for many years. He was a member of the American Legion in Baker City and enjoyed fishing, gardening, hunting mushrooms, and working with his hands. He built bear chairs for kids.

Mr. Webb is survived by his children: Manning Webb of Union, LaRhea Bowden of Clear Lake, Calif.; Theron Webb of Mukielio, Wash., Jim Ritchie of Tacoma, Wash., Art Ritchie of La Grande, Hazel Hagen of Vancouver, Wash., and Jeannie Peacock of Baker City; 24 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-granchildren; a sister, Ola May Long of Clear Lake; and other relatives.

His companion of 42 years, Helen Romig, died earlier.

Contributions in Mr. Webbs memory may be made to the Grande Ronde Hospital Home Care Services, in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, OR 97850.

Dale Brookshier

Dale Kenneth Brookshier, 88, of Baker City, died March 21, 2002, in Baker City.

His graveside funeral will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Summerville Cemetery, with Pastor Frank Humber of the Summerville Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow. Arrangements are under the care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mr. Brookshier was born Feb. 14, 1914, at Crescent, Okla., to James A. and Blanch (Moffett) Brookshier. He was educated in Crescent and in January of 1940 he came to Imbler. He worked as a farmer and mill worker, and as a custodian and bus driver for the Imbler School District until his retirement.

Mr. Brookshier married Ethel Fields. She preceded him in death on Jan. 20, 1970. In May of 1970 he married Lucretia Ruckman in Vale. She preceded him in death in 1997. He moved to Baker City in 1998 to be near family. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and did a lot of woodworking.

Mr. Brookshier is survived by his sons, Robert Brookshier of Palouse, Wash., Leonard Brookshier of Baker City, and Wayne Brookshier of Langlois; stepchildren, Leon Parox of Imbler, Merideth Patterson of Wenatchee, Wash., Annette Brokow of La Grande, David Paroz of North Port, Fla., Joann Parks of Irving, Texas, and Duana Paroz of Pendleton; numerous grandchildren; a half-sister, Arlene Johnson of Guthrie, Okla.; and numerous cousins, other relatives and friends.

Contributions in Mr. Brookshiers memory may be made to the Summerville Baptist Church in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, OR 97850.

Viola Calder

Viola M. Calder, 90, a longtime Baker City resident, died March 17, 2002, at Troutdale from complication of breast cancer.

A celebration of Violas life will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hugest Lane. Ernie Collard of the 1st Ward will conduct the services. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Visitations will be from today until 7 p.m. at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Viola was born April 5, 1911, in Sumpter to Andrew and Libby Lucas. She was the third daughter in a family of three girls. She was raised in Sumpter Valley and spent summers at the family ranch and winters in Sumpter. Her family moved to Baker City when she was a teenager, and she graduated from Baker High School. As a child she helped out on the ranch and enjoyed cooking. Desserts were her specialty. As years went by her reputation grew and no visitor left her home without their sweet tooth being satisfied.

She married Clarence L. Calder, her high school sweetheart, on Sept. 6, 1933, and their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They had two children: a son, Clarence A. Calder, and a daughter, Sharon S. Doan. The family moved to Elgin in 1946, where her children went to school. Viola was very active in the PTA, helping in Girl Scouts and 4-H, and she loved attending her childrens sporting events. In Elgin she developed a lifelong love of playing bridge.

In 1959 the family moved to Burns, where they lived until Clarence retired. Viola worked at the Ranch Supply and the Ladies dress shop. She was very adept at alterations and enjoyed crocheting. As years passed, all the grandchildren received gifts of afghans.

After retiring, Clarence and Viola returned to Baker City. They had a cabin in Granite where they spent many happy times with their family and friends. For years, they took their trailer to Apache Junction, Ariz., for the winter.

Viola was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, husband and son.

She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Doan of Corbett; daughter-in-law, Judy Calder of Salt Lake City; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Contributions in Violas memory may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650-309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309 or to the Clarence A. Calder memorial scholarship endowment in mechanical engineering in care of Oregon State University Foundation. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Lester Talbott

Lester Elvin Talbott, 94, of Junction City, and a former Baker City resident, died March 22, 2002.

His funeral will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Murphy-Musgrove Funeral Chapel in Junction City. Visitations will be Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Burial will be at Alford Cemetery.

Mr. Talbott was born Dec. 23, 1907, at Tillamook to Francis and Franky (Farley) Talbott. He graduated from high school in Tillamook. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Europe during World War II.

After the war he worked as a farmer and mill worker, retiring from the Hall-Oakes Lumber Co. in Bellfountain.

He lived in San Diego and Baker City for a time, but spent most of his life in Monroe.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and collecting guns. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Mr. Talbott is survived by his children, Lee Talbott of Noti, and Joyce Torrence; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Patrick Talbott.

Contributions in Mr. Talbotts memory may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Murphy-Musgrove Funeral Chapel.