Obituaries for the week of Sept. 2 to Spet. 6

September 06, 2002 12:00 am

Leona Hoffman

Leona Maxine Hoffman, 80, of Ontario, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at a Boise hospital.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Park Community Church, Highway 201 and Holly Road on the Oregon Slope across from Vern's Market. Ed Renk will officiate.

Burial will be at the Fairview Cemetery. There will be a dinner afterward in the Park Community Church basement.

Visitations will be Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ontario Lienkaemper Chapel, 78 N.W. First Ave.

Maxine was born Sept. 5, 1921, at Rye Valley to Elsie and Alvin Cartwright. She lived at Rye Valley, Weiser, Idaho, Baker City, Granite and Ontario. In July 1937, she married Si Hoffman in a Weiser church. They had two children: a daughter, Sandra, and a son, Charles "Pug."

Maxine drove a school bus from Rye Valley to the highway to meet the bus that would take the kids to school. She was also active in the community with 4-H clubs, Quilting Club, ceramics, Solona Club, Hyline Community Club and the Auxiliary Club. She was a member of the Park Community Church on the Oregon Slope.

Maxine was a loving mother, grandmother and friend. She will be missed by all who knew her. Survivors include her husband, Si; a daughter, Sandra Baker; a son and his wife, Chuck and Kathy Hoffman; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Donna Ladd of La Grande; a brother and his wife, Gordon and Elaine Cartwright of Las Vegas; a sister-in-law, Norma Cartwright of Medford; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Orlin Cartwright.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Park Community Church or the Gideons International Organization in care of Lienkaemper Chapel, P.O. Box 970, Ontario, OR 97914.

Laurajo Bennett

Laurajo Bennett, 74, of El Monte, Calif., died Aug. 28, 2002 at her home.

Her funeral service was held in Halfway on Saturday, Aug. 31. Interment was at Pine Haven Cemetery.

Laurajo was born in Phoenix, Ariz., on Nov. 23, 1927, to Kenneth and Edith Roberts. She was raised and educated in Los Angeles. In 1947 she married William Bennett, and on Aug. 10 of this year they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.

Bill and Laurajo made their first home in Texas. It was there in Texas where their daughter Karen was born. Not long after, they left Texas for Baker City and while in Baker their second child Linda was born.

From Oregon they went to El Monte, where Nancy and James were born. They spent the next 52 years making their home in California. In 1989 they started spending time and enjoying their summers in Halfway.

Laurajo was a loving wife and mother. She was blessed as well with 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

She enjoyed camping with the family and traveling with her husband. She loved her summers in Halfway with all of her friends. She enjoyed reading, sewing, crocheting, painting and her flowers. She was active in the Ladies Rotary, Emblem Club, Ladies Moose Club and the Geranium Club.

She is survived by her husband Bill; daughters and their husbands, Karen and Jan Haga of Hermiston, Linda and Carl Miley of Lancaster, Calif., Nancy and Jim Minner of El Monte, Calif.; son, Jim Bennett and his wife, Sharon, of Newport Beach, Calif.; grandchildren, Jan Jr. and Karly Haga, Heidi and Tim Miley, Rhonda, Jim, Brandon and James Minner, William and Jaime Bennett and two great-grandchildren.

Donations in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation or the Lung Association in care of Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.