Obituaries for the week of April 8 to April 12

April 12, 2002 12:00 am

Clifford Gover

Clifford L. Gover, 87, a longtime Richland resident, died April 10, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Care Center.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Vault interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Visitations will be until 7 oclock Friday at the funeral home.

Clifford was born Dec. 15, 1914, at New Bridge to David S. and Pearl Thorpe Gover. He was the middle child of nine. He grew up on a ranch in Richland and graduated from Eagle Valley High School.

Clifford married Delora Ritter on Dec. 14, 1939. They raised their son and two daughters on their Richland ranch. He also worked on the Oxbow and Brownlee dams and retired from the Oregon State Highway Department.

His life was the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with his family. He also enjoyed attending his childrens and grandchildrens sporting events.

Survivors include his wife, Delora, of Baker City; their son, Gary, and his wife, Yvonne, of Salem; daughters, Cheryl Burchett of Hillsboro and Janice Brooks and her husband, Adam, of Baker City; and a sister, Mattie Dethloff of Rainier; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters.

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

George Guthrie

Ort George Guthrie, 76, of Baker City, died April 6, 2002, in Baker City.

His funeral was at 2 p.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Burial was at Mount Hope Cemetery.

George was born on Oct. 10, 1925, in Fresno, Calif. He completed elementary school at Dunlap, Calif., in a one-room schoolhouse. He then attended high school in Fresno. During his high school years he boarded with many families, earning his way on his own, and learning many of the skills, work habits and ethics that he used throughout his life.

He answered the call to arms for his country during World War II and served in the U.S. Navy until the end of the war. He attained the rank of motor machinist mate 3rd Class and was an engineer and gunner on LCMs and LCNPs during invasions, landing troops and supplies on the islands of the Pacific.

After miliary service he married Marion Rose Marsik and moved to Oregon. They started a family in 1948 and had five children. In 1954, George moved his family to Baker City and started the Baker Valley Septic Tank Service. He also started Guthrie Distributing, dealing in scrap metal.

With the urging of some friends, he opened a gun shop in 1960. It was called Georges Custom Firearms and was located on Campbell Street. This was his most noted business. His gunsmithing and stock-making abilities are still talked about today.

During the late 70s and 80s, fur trading and trapping took up his work time. With the passing of time, he returned to his love of firearms and gunsmithing.

George loved the outdoors, trapping, hunting, fishing, archeology, anthropology and most any nonfiction book. He also enjoyed gardening and canning produce from his gardens. George baked a great pie and was known for telling a great story or two.

Survivors include his two sisters of California; and his five children, Steven Alan of Baker City, John Marsik of North Powder, Barbara Lynn of Colorado, Ort Scott of Haines, Timothy George of Colorado; and many grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Howard Driggers

Howard Houston Driggers, 69, died April 3, 2002, at his home in Halfway.

There will be a Celebration of Life service and potluck at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lions Hall in Halfway. There also will be a memorial service in New Mexico later this summer.

Howard was born on Sept 8, 1932, at Santa Rosa, N.M., to W.I. Buster and Mary Major Driggers, a prominent New Mexico cattle ranching family. He was raised on the Bar Y Ranch at Santa Rosa with his sister, Jane Ellen, and brothers, Don and Robert. He attended high school at Santa Rosa and college at New Mexico State University at Las Cruces.

After college he returned to the Bar Y and Cabra Springs Ranch. He married Joan Shoemaker in 1954. They moved to Joanns home town of Watrous, N.M., in 1957 and ranched there the next 15 years. Four children were born in nearby Las Vegas, NM. Howard was active in the local community as a 4-H leader, Farm Bureau president and a member of the local school board.

He also was president of the Rough Riders Rodeo Association in Las Vegas. He was New Mexico State High School All-Around Cowboy in 1950 and later a member of the college rodeo team at New Mexico State. His love of rodeo led him to many years of coaching kids in rodeo events both in New Mexico and Oregon.

He and his family moved to Haines in 1972 where Howard continued his tradition of helping kids, coaching the Baker High School Rodeo Team for many years. He coached many high school and college rodeo athletes for many years after his children graduated.

He and his family raised horses and cattle on their ranches in New Mexico and Oregon. He was a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association.

Howard was dedicated to the community he lived in and enhanced it in many ways. He extended a helping hand to anyone in need and helped many people in special ways. He was an especially soft touch for children and animals. He and Joann moved to Halfway in 1998 where Howard was active in the community and made many new friends.

While there he enjoyed his new hobbies of cooking and gardening. He loved indulging his friends with excellent homegrown meals and even winning ribbons at the county fair with some of his recipes.

Howard will be greatly missed by his many friends and family members.

Survivors include his wife, Joann Driggers; his aunt, Louise Major; two brothers, Don and Robert; three sons, Warren, Arlen and daughter-in-law, Dana, and Kyle; a daughter, Dixie, and son-in-law Bill Quigley; and three grandchildren Keri, Elizabeth and Nicole.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern Oregon University Rodeo Team or the New Mexico Boys Ranch through Tamis Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Katheryn Braswell

Katheryn Braswell, 90, of Baker City, died April 8, 2002, at Ashley Manor Care Center.

Her graveside funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. The Rev. Lennie Spooner of the First Church of the Nazarene will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the home of Pat and Bobbie Braswell.

Visitations will be until 6 oclock tonight at Grays West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave.

Mrs. Braswell was born on April 5, 1912, at Baker City to A.P. and Lulu Sullivan. She attended Baker schools and was a 1930 Baker High School graduate. She was the editor of the 1930 yearbook.

She was a graduate of Southern Oregon State Normal School with a lifetime teaching certificate. She was active in Baker County education for many years as were her sister, Mabel Erickson, and her son, Patrick Braswell.

Her brother, Edward Sullivan, served several years on the Baker County School Board and her brother, Stewart Sullivan, established a scholarship fund for Baker County students.

She taught school for several years in Baker County schools at Little Lookout, Sparta, Carson and New Bridge and later served as a member of the first school board for the reorganized Pine-Eagle School District.

She married Allen Braswell on Feb. 22, 1935. They lived at New Bridge until 1942 when they moved to Sparta. There she helped her husband operate a general store, post office and ranch. She took care of two young sons, ran the general store and was appointed acting postmaster during her husbands military service during World War II.

In 1952, the family moved back to New Bridge. After retiring from teaching, she helped her husband run an upholstery business for 17 years. She was quite active in the New Bridge Grange and was frequently involved with decorating the grange booth at the Baker County Fair and keeping the Grange notebook for state competitions for community service.

She donated significant time to the community by putting together and then maintaining the Eagle Valley Cemetery records in much better order during the 20-plus years her husband served on the Eagle Valley Cemetery Maintenance Board.

Survivors include two sons, Dennis Braswell of Renton, Wash., and Patrick Braswell of Baker City; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; all eight of her siblings, Mabel Erickson of Baker City, Edward Sullivan of Hereford, Mayme Lonzway of San Diego, Ethyl Hill of Opportunity, Wash., James Sullivan of Orange County, Calif., Stewart Sullivan of Baker City, William Sullivan of Baker City and Alden Pat Sullivan of Arlington, Va.; her husband, Allen Braswell, who died in August 2000; and two sons, Michael, who died in August 1993, and Timothy, who died in July 1947.

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

Susie Lewis

Susie Lucille Lewis, 86, of La Grande, and a former Union and Imnaha resident, died April 6, 2002, at a local care facility.

Her funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St. in Enterprise. Interment will follow at the Enterprise Cemetery. Visitations will be Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Lewis was born Jan. 13, 1916, at North Powder to Frank and Olive Adeline Davis Pearson. She attended elementary and high schools in North Powder. Her family were pioneers of North Powder.

She married Manuel Leslie Wisdom, and after his death in 1937 in a logging accident she married Garrett Samuel Lovell on Oct. 3, 1937. He died in 1975. She married Chet Lewis on July 6, 1979, in Joseph. He died in 1996.

Mrs. Lewis is survived by her children, Skip Lovell of Toledo, Kyle Lovell of Prairie City, Marvin Lovell of Joseph and Edna Perrin of Union; grandchildren, Gary Ray, Jackie Marie, Samuel Garrett, Rhonda Sue, Tammy Kay, Douglas Kyle and Timothy Greg; numerous great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; her sisters, Grace Viola Rowett of North Powder, Barbara Jean Baker of Baker City, and Phyllis Nadine Fettig of North Powder; a brother and sister-in-law, Henry Davis Pete and Edna L. Pearson of Baker City; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Elmer Vernal, Emery Frank, Calvin Lavern and Alvin Pearson; and by five sisters, Ruby Arletta Butler, Dorothy Marie Tiffany, Peggy Ann Spence, Lois Larose Campbell and Alta Mae Coates.

Contributions in Mrs. Lewis memory may be made to a favorite charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home.

Clarice Street

Clarice Eunice Street, 92, a longtime Baker City resident, died March 27, 2002, at Elkhorn Village.

Her funeral was April 1.

Clarice was born Jan. 3, 1910, near Cherokee, Okla., to Eunice McDowell Wells and Joseph Ellsworth Wells. She lived in a two-story home her father built over a spring so they could have running water in the home. In 1916 Clarice left Oklahoma with her parents; her three sisters, Ollia, Lulla and Daisey; and her two brothers, Joe and Dan. The family drove in a Model T Ford to Ontario, where they operated a dairy farm.

Clarice moved to Long Beach, Calif., in 1927, where she worked in her Aunt Amandas restaurant. She met and married Robert K. Street Sr. in 1928. She and Robert moved with their three-month-old son, Robert Jr., to the Street Ranch in 1930.

Clarice loved people. She often had numerous church outings, sledding parties, corn roasts, lawn games, outdoor church and potluck dinners at the Street Ranch. She loved going to church. She was a Dorcus Leader, visited homes, passed out Thanksgiving baskets, Gathered, and worked in childrens departments decorating and cleaning. She had a knowledge of healing using rest, fresh air and natural remedies which she applied to her own life as well as helping others.

Clarice is survived by her sons, Robert K. Street and his wife, Alice, of Baker City, and William D. Street and his wife, Kathy, of Portland; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

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

June Brown

June Lucille Grant Brown, 82, loving wife and mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died April 7, 2002, at Portneuf Valley Nursing Home in Pocatello, Idaho.

A celebration of her life will be held Friday at 11 a.m. MDT at the Century Ward Chapel on Fourth and Fredregill in Pocatello. The family will visit with friends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at Myers Evergreen Memorial Park in Ogden, Utah. Arrangements are under the direction of Colonial Funeral Home in Pocatello.

June was born June 17, 1919, in Dietrich, Idaho, to Charles Henry Grant and Sarah Inez Nelson. She married Ray A. Brown of Baker City on Oct. 5, 1940, in Boise. Their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple in 1954. June was a lifetime active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She and Ray served a church mission in Texas from 1974 to 1976. She served in many positions of the church such as Relief Society President, Sunday School teacher and District Relief Society President, and she worked in the Young Women, District Missionary, and anywhere else there was a need.

She was a beautician from 1938 to 1974. Many of those years she worked out of her own shop in The Dalles, where she and Ray lived for 22 years.

June and Ray served many years in the Ogden Temple after moving there in 1978. They managed the Cutlery World Store in the Ogden Mall for five years.

June is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Ray A. Brown of Pocatello; her sons, Robert C. Brown of Mapelton, Utah and Richard G. Brown of Arlee, Mont., and a daughter, Kathleen Stephens of Pocatello; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Condolences to the family may be sent by e-mail to

Lola Harsin

Lola Jennivee Harsin, 87, a long-time Baker City resident, died April 6, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

At her request, there will be no funeral. Burial will be Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Harsin was born March 7, 1915, at Pomona, Mo., to William Mairott and Carrie Bell Deacon Mairott. On July 24, 1930, she married Theodore M. Hogg. Mr. Hogg passed away after moving to Baker City. On Sept. 8, 1958, she married Vernon F. Harsin at Carson City, Nev. Mr. Harsin passed away May 11, 1993.

Mrs. Harsin was a member of the First Christian Church of North Platte, Neb., and the V.F.W. Auxiliary of Baker City. During her life she was a bookkeeper for many firms, with three years for State Farm Insurance and 17 years for the Phillips 66 Oil Co.

She is survived by her sons, Clarence W. Hogg and his wife, Norma, of Santa Maria, Calif., and Ronald L. Hogg and his wife, Evelyn, of Baker City; a stepson, Paul W. Harsin and his wife, Emily, a stepdaughter, Wendy Smatlan and her husband, Edward; and three grandchildren.

Contributions in Mrs. Harsins memory may be directed to the charity of ones choice in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Robert Carroll

Robert J. Carroll, 51, of Baker City, died April 5, 2002, at St. Lukes Hospital in Boise after a long illness.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Catholic Church, First and Church streets.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Dolores; his daughters, Kathleen Arenas, and her husband, Antonio, Laura Carroll, and her fiance, Saul Gaeta; his sons, Robert Carroll Jr., and Austin Carroll, all of Baker City; three grandchildren, Hilary, Marissa and Johnathan; his parents, George and Mary Carroll of Baker City; brother, James Carroll of San Diego; and sister, Maggie McGuire, and her husband, Ken, of Emmett, Idaho.

He was preceded in death by his brother, George Carroll.