Obituaries for the week of July 22 to July 26

July 26, 2002 12:00 am

David Scott

David Phillip Scott, 67, of Ontario, and a former Haines resident, died July 23, 2002, at Holy Rosary Medical Center.

His memorial service will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Haines. Pastors Sally Wiens and Mike Allen will officiate.

David was born March 3, 1935, at Haines to Raymond Earl and Georgia (Jaroman) Scott.

He found his house 17 years ago with Louise Pierce and they have been devoted to each ever since.

David worked the past 14 years at Bellows Construction in Ontario as a truck driver. He loved collecting collector cars and trucks, and full-size antique trucks.

He is survived by his mother, Georgia Scott of Haines; his partner, Louise Pierce of Ontario, and her seven children; a daughter, Diana Grende of Union; a son, Mike Scott of Baker City; a brother, Paul Scott of Haines; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Scott.

Contributions in David's memory may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross in care of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette, Idaho 83661.

Della P. Baker

Della P. Baker, 105, a longtime Baker City resident, died Saturday, July 20, 2002, at the Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center in La Grande.

Her funeral will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. The Rev. Susan Barnes of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Vault interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Baker was born April 8, 1897 to Tom and Sarah (Davis) Thomas in Carroll, Neb. She attended a country school near her hometown. When she was 20 years old, and still in Carroll, she married Othal Baker. Othal worked as a farmer in Carroll for a good many years while the couple raised their four children, Delmar, Della May, Viola and Eldon. In 1940 they moved to Baker City where Othal became a contractor. The couple lived the rest of their lives in Baker City.

She loved gardening and was a "professional" babysitter. She once proclaimed to a reporter that she had changed the diapers of 92 percent of the businessmen in Baker City. She had been a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary in Baker since 1975.

Mrs. Baker is survived by a son, Delmar Baker and his wife, Mary Anne, of Casa Grande, Ariz.; a daughter, Della May Taylor and her husband, John, of Portland; a son-in-law, Donn Ballantyne and a daughter-in-law, Barbara Baker, both of Baker City; 11 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and great-great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Othal Baker; a daughter, Viola Ballantyne; and a son, Eldon Baker.

Contributions in Mrs. Baker's memory may be made to the charity of one's choice in care of Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

George L. Carroll

George L. Carroll, 77, of Baker City, died July 19, 2002, after a five-month illness.

There will be a private family graveside service Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mr. Carroll was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Sept. 29, 1924. He moved to Baker City with his family when he was seven years old. He attended Baker schools and joined the Navy during World War II.

He married Mary Williams on Feb. 17, 1946, in the old Christian Church in Baker City. They had four children and raised their family in Esparto, Calif. Mr. Carroll was a meat cutter by trade. He retired in 1986 after working 25 years in the same market. He and Mary moved back to Baker City in July 1992.

He was very loved by his family and will be greatly missed.

Mr. Carroll was preceded in death by two sons, George in 1999 and Robert in April of 2002, and one sister, Wilma Kay of Florida.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary; a daughter, Maggie, and her husband Ken of Emmett, Idaho; a son, James, of San Diego, Calif.; daughters Patti Carroll of Sacramento, Calif. and Dolores Carroll of Baker City; five grandchildren, Kathleen Arenas and her husband, Antonio, Robert Carroll and Laura Carroll, all of Baker City, Kristen Carroll of Vacaville, Calif., and Danielle Yates and her husband, Dave, of Sacramento, Calif.; and three great-grandchildren.

Ralph Cole Ward

Ralph Cole Ward, 80, of North Powder, died July 17, 2002, at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Kathryn Ward, of North Powder.

His graveside memorial service was this morning at 11 o'clock at the Cove Cemetery. Disposition was by cremation.

Mr. Ward was born April 1, 1922, at Baker City to Glenn H. and Hattie Cole Ward. He spent his early life in the upper Burnt River Valley, graduating from Hereford High School in 1940. He attended Eastern Oregon College in La Grande before entering the U.S. Navy in 1943. While in La Grande, he entered pilot training and became a pilot in the Civil Air Patrol.

Mr. Ward was a radarman 2nd class in the Asiatic Theater, where he served aboard the USS Ponaganset and USS Candid until 1945.

Following his service he graduated from Kinman Business College in Spokane, Wash. He married Muriel Houle in 1944. They had three sons and were later divorced. In 1961, he married Betty Warrick Burger. She preceded him in death in 1999.

Mr. Ward was an accountant-comptroller for Boise Cascade at several locations, and was part owner of Graystone Corp. in Seattle. While in Seattle he was voted "Boss of the Year" by the Public Building Exchange Club.

In his later working years he was an administrative assistant from 1970-75 at St. Anthony's Hospital in Pendleton, and for nearly 20 years he was the comptroller for Warm Springs Forest Products in Madras.

Mr. Ward served in many organizations. He was a past post commander of the VFW and was a current member. He served as president of the Kiwanis. He enjoyed fishing, especially on the Metolius River, and he enjoyed the company of his pets.

He was preceded in death by his infant son; his grandparents, Charles and Fannie Boyer Cole of Hereford, and O.D. Porter and Elida Parsons Ward of Cleveland, Ohio; his parents, Glenn and Hattie Ward; his sister, June LaVelle; and his brother, Raymond G. Ward.

Mr. Ward is survived by his son, Russell; his son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Katie Ward of North Powder; his sister, Ardis Waters of Baker City; and his sister and brother-in-law, Glenda and John Schaer of Corvallis.

Contributions in Mr. Ward's memory may be made to the Pathway Hospice or Bethphage House in care of Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.