Obituaries for the week of May 20 to May 24

May 23, 2002 11:00 pm

Julia Phillips

Julia M. Spriet Phillips, 91, of Baker City, died Friday, May 17, 2002, at a foster care home.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate. Vault interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. After the committal service at the cemetery, everyone is invited to a potluck gathering at Phillips Park to celebrate Julia's life.

Visitations will be until 7 o'clock tonight at the funeral home.

Julia was born May 28, 1910, in Baker City to Ivo Spriet and Alida Verhaeghe Spriet, immigrants from Wingna, Belgium.

Along with her brothers, Frank, Willie, Marcel, and Adiel, the family lived and worked on a farm in the foothills of the Elkhorns. Raising their own food and working with horses left little time for much recreation other than dances held on a rotational basis with other county homes.

It was at a local dance where she met, dated, and later married William Harve Phillips on July 4, 1928, at the St. Francis Rectory. Their honeymoon included an airplane ride and trip to Portland with her parents.

Julia's deepest values revolved around her home, family, and the Catholic Church. Two sons, Don and Leroy Phillips, together with a daughter, Joyce Phillips Bryan, and 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren were the joy of her life. She loved children and volunteered many years baby-sitting for her own grandchildren, great- grandchildren and several churches so parents could attend church services without interruption.

Her flowers and gardening were also a source of joy and satisfaction. She spent countless hours raising a garden, canning food, and distributing the surplus to her children and grandchildren. Her raspberries were a labor of love for the entire family.

Julia worked outside the home for 23 years at St. Elizabeth Hospital, mending and sewing. Of particular pride were her seamstress duties to make the habits for the Sisters of Notre Dame.

Julia's unconditional love and support for her family will always be treasured. She was a sweet, gentle lady who through hard work and sacrifice raised a family during the Depression and was always a source of acceptance and inspiration. We, her family and friends, offer our warmest gratitude to have shared her life and to have every lovely, lasting memory!

Julia was preceded in death by her father and mother Ivo and Alida; her brothers, Marcel and Willie Spriet and her grandson, Daniel S. Phillips.

Survivors include her sons, Don and Leroy Phillips, both of Baker City; daughter, Joyce Phillips Bryan of Salem; brothers Deal Spriet of Baker City and Frank Spriet of San Bernardino, Calif.; grandchildren, Terri Axness, Jan Phillips, Debra Day, Minda Vaughan, Tami Maciejko, Mike Phillips, Judy Chastain, Dave Phillips, Ann Vanboxtel Bryan, Karen Phillips Bryan, Kevin and Tom Bryan; 26 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Presley Wayne Scholarship Fund through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Wilbur McGaughey

Wilbur James McGaughey, 84, a longtime Baker City resident, died May 22, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 3 p.m. Friday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin will celebrate the Mass. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Visitations will be until 7 o'clock tonight and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Mr. McGaughey was born on Aug. 21, 1917, at McCraken, Kan. He was a son of Joseph Thomas and Nellie Theresa Casey McGaughey. He was educated at Richfield, Idaho. On April 24, 1940, he married Margaret Friand at Shoshone, Idaho. He farmed in Richfield until he enlisted in the U.S. Army. During that time, his wife and children lived at Twin Falls, Idaho.

After his release from the service, they returned to Richfield, until moving to Baker City in 1957. They had seven children. His wife, Margaret, died in October 1996. In June 2000, he married Helen Query.

He spent his working years as a driller with construction with the Laborers Union, and worked on the Brownlee and Oxbow Dam projects. He also worked on the Hells Canyon Road construction as well as various other locations. He retired at the age of 62.

After his retirement, he was able to spend his time doing what he loved to do: gardening, fishing, and stripping wire to take to Portland for sale. He was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; his parents; two sisters; two brothers; and two grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Helen, of Emmett, Idaho; children, James and Sharon McGaughey of Redmond, Joe and Joyce McGaughey of Nampa, Idaho, John McGaughey of Salem, Joan and Blanie George of Baker City, and Jean and Ronnie Tobin, and Judy McGaughey, all of Seattle, Wash., and Juanita and Leonard Barker of Beaumont, Texas; brothers, Barney F. McGaughey of Moses Lake, Wash., and Don McGaughey of Palm Desert, Calif.; sister, Lorraine Bell, of Royal City, Wash.; 21 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis de Sales Cathedral or to a charity of one's choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Yvonne Boulton

Yvonne Elizabeth Boulton, 82, died December 18, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

Her graveside memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Gene Habbyshaw II of Elkhorn Baptist Church will officiate.

Mrs. Boulton was born Oct. 18, 1919, in Baker City to Dudley Edward Bowen and Ruby Masters Bowen. She spent most of her life on the main ranch.

Mrs. Boulton graduated from Baker High School in 1937. She married Neil H. Boulton on March 2, 1941, at Weiser, Idaho. They had two daughters.

The Boultons owned and operated the Koffee Kup Caf across from the middle school on Broadway Street for many years. After they sold the Koffee Kup, Mrs. Boulton worked for the Baker School District as a cook at the high school and then head cook at the middle school until her retirement.

Survivors include her daughters, Leanne Humphries and her husband, Steve, and Marcie Boulton, all of Baker City; six grandchildren, Julie Ingalls and her husband, Casey, Jennifer Herrmann, Dustin Herrmann and his significant other, Angie Elliott, Micah Blank and his wife, Julie, Christopher Blank and his wife, Somer, and John Rivers, all of Baker City; and four great-grandchildren, Brittney, Bethanie and Brianna Ingalls and Jonathan Herrmann, all of Baker City.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR, 97814 or to the Alzheimer's Association, 1311 N.W. Avenue, Portland, OR 97209.

Evelynne Hartless

Evelynne Lee Hartless, 66, of Richland, died May 18, 2002, at St. Luke's Hospital in Boise.

There will be a celebration of Evelynne's life at 2 p.m. Saturday at the New Bridge Grange in New Bridge. There will be a reception afterward. The family has asked that this be a happy occasion and in honor of Evelynne's request that those attending wear red, her favorite color.

Evelynne was born on Oct. 21, 1935, to Randolph and Leora Martin Sharp in Baker City. She was raised in Eagle Valley and graduated from high school at Nampa, Idaho. She then attended Northwest Nazarene College.

During Evelynne's life, she taught home economics at Pine Valley High in Halfway. She had an interest in nursing, and became a certified nurses aide.

She worked in San Bernardino, Calif., and in La Grande. She pursued her interest in nursing and was a graduate of the nursing program at Blue Mountain Community College.

She worked as a nurse in Portland for about six years. She then moved to Baker City where she was a nurse at St. Elizabeth Health Services. From there she moved to New Bridge to care for her parents.

Evelynne loved to knit, quilt, collect dolls, paint and enjoyed playing the piano. She was an accomplished seamstress; she not only made her own beautiful outfits, but she enjoyed sewing for others as well.

Evelynne loved life. She had a wonderful laugh and a kind heart. She loved her church, her family and was blessed that when her cancer was diagnosed just 2 weeks ago, that God called her home quickly.

Survivors include her two daughters, Jeannine L. Sharp of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Jeanette Sessions of St. Helens; grandchildren, Arrow Norton, Robert W. and Rainbow Sessions, Michael Sharp, Tawsha Mashak and Terra Sharp; great-grandchildren, Alaina Mashak, and Brennan and Levi Norton; her mother, Leora Sharp of New Bridge; two brothers Randolph E. Sharp and his wife, Betty, of Richland and Joel Martin "Marty" Sharp and his wife, Kathy, of South Berwick, Maine; a niece, Lori Prout; and nephews, Steve, Jamie and Edward.

She was preceded in death by her father, Randolph.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Bridge Nazarene Church through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Monty Nelson

Monty D. "Mont" Nelson, 40, of Baker City, died May 16, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His funeral was today at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral presided at the service. Interment was in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Monty was born on March 16, 1962, at Baker City. He spent his first 18 years in Baker City, where he attended St. Francis Academy and the public schools. He graduated from Baker High School in 1980. He lived in the Portland-Gresham-Salem area for 20 years. For the past 1 years, he lived in Baker City, the place he always called "home."

During his younger years, Monty enjoyed the outdoors. He was eager and enthusiastic when it came to hunting and fishing. He was also a good athlete, competing in Little League and Babe Ruth baseball, and also basketball and baseball at the high school level.

An active and fulfilled life following high school was not to be, as he was then diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, and later, Parkinsonism. Nevertheless, he continued with a strong and sincere belief in God, a deep concern and love for his family, a love of music and playing his guitar, and a good sense of humor.

Survivors include his mother, Juantia Carnell; father and mother, Ron and Edie Nelson; sisters, Rene and her husband, Ed Kress, and Shelly and her husband, Robert Horn, and stepsister Shelly Sprague; uncles and aunts, Glenn and Donna Nelson, Donald and Tina Nelson, Carmen and Keith Harrison, and Tom and Michelle Wellington; two nieces, Megan and Kaylan; and numerous cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Alliance for Mentally Ill. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.