Obituaries for the week of Nov. 4 to Nov. 8

November 08, 2002 12:00 am

Ada Mathews

Ada M. Mathews, 76, of Baker City died Nov. 4, 2002, at her home.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Monte Loyd of the Baker Valley Christian Assembly will officiate. Interment will be at 2 p.m. at Pilot Rock Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Ada was born July 9, 1926, at Norton, Kan. She was a daughter of Merl and Mary Olive Culligan Paugh. In 1933, she moved with her parents to Milton-Freewater where she received her schooling and was educated in life.

At the age of 16, she started working in the canneries. She moved to Portland for seven years and returned to Eastern Oregon in 1961, working for Birdseye.

In January 1972, she met her future husband, Paul Mathews. They were married in December 1972.

With Paul, Ada owned and operated many businesses throughout Eastern Oregon. Some of these were the Waterhole at Umapine; the TeePee at Milton-Freewater; Paul's Truck Stop at Irrigon; The Last Chance Tavern at Hermiston; the Nyssa Tavern at Nyssa; and Paul's Tavern at Huntington.

In 1983, they purchased the Stockman's in Baker City. Ada recently sold it to a couple from Portland. Besides working and running the businesses, Ada enjoyed gold mining with her husband. She loved people and being with her friends.

Ada was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, in 2001; her parents; a sister, Alice Marie Pearce; and a brother, Harold Paugh.

Survivors include her stepchildren, Paul Mathews Jr. of Portland, Brenda Paul of Baker City and Tim Mathews of Huntington; brother and sister-in-law, Ole Franklin and Viola Paugh of Portland; a niece, Anne Gunderson, and great-niece, Lisa Onstot, both of Conrad, Mont.; and nephew and niece, Myron and Brenda Sherburn of Baker City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Oregon 97814.

Alice MacPherson

Alice Marie Ensminger Mac-Pherson, 82, of Union died Oct. 15, 2002, at a La Grande care facility after a brief illness.

There will be a memorial service in the spring and burial will be in the Union Cemetery at Union. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel 1508 Fourth St., La Grande.

Alice was born Feb. 7, 1920, to Herschell R. and Harriett M. Ford Ensminger at Baker City. The family lived at Granite for several years before moving to Pondosa where she attended public school. She was a 1938 graduate of Union High School.

In 1939 she married Donald Franklin MacPherson. The couple lived at Palouse, Wash., Gig Harbor, Wash., and Waitsburg, Wash., before returning to Union in 1944. While living in Union she and her husband owned and operated The Union Republic newspaper for many years.

Survivors include her daughter, Marcia DePatie, and her husband, David Hudson DePatie, of Sisters; son, Scott MacPherson, and his wife, Jan, of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Robert Ensminger of Klamath Falls; half sister, Sally Gerbing Hardin of Klamath Falls; half brother, Dustin Gerbing of California; grandchildren, Matthew MacPherson and Lisa MacPherson, both of Las Vegas, Nev., Troy MacPherson of Yorba Linda, Calif., and Seth MacPherson of Las Vegas, Nev.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, who died on Dec. 29, 1994.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Humane Society through the Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850, as she cared for many stray animals during her lifetime.

Wesley Loverin

Wesley Ernest Loverin, 86, of Hereford, died Oct. 31, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His graveside funeral was at 1 p.m. today at the Unity Cemetery. John Hayes and Bob Skinner officiated.

Mr. Loverin was born at Visalia, Calif., on July 4, 1916, to Orlen Wesley and Maude Britten Loverin. Wes was raised at Three Rivers, Calif., where he grew up helping his father with his pack station.

He worked out of the Giant Forest, guiding pack trips to the High Sierras. He later became a park ranger, district forest ranger and a supervisor for the Civilian Conservation Corps.

On Jan. 23, 1942, at March Field, Calif., he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served as a first lieutenant during World War II. Wes was a fighter pilot in the 36th Fighter Squadron with the 5th Air Force, stationed at New Guinea.

He was qualified to fly a variety of airplanes: P39, P38, P61, AT6 and AT11. His favorite was the P38, but most of his time was spent flying in — as he referred to it, the death trap — the P39. He was also a fixed gunnery instructor.

Wes received several decorations: Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, American Theatre Service Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged on May 16, 1946, as a captain in the U.S. Air Corps.

He attended Visalia Junior College prior to the war. Upon discharge from the service, he enrolled at Fresno State College. He was a brother in the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity.

He graduated from Fresno State with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture on June 10, 1952. He put his degree to use as he became a lifelong rancher, knowing all of his cattle and their breeding by memory. He was always able to identify them by name. His trademark was to bell his lead cows before sending the herd to the high mountains.

He married Marilyn Nelle Johnson at the First Baptist Church at Bakersfield, Calif., on June 2, 1956. He was employed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles for 11 years before retiring to pursue ranching full time.

Besides ranching, his passion in life was flying. He was a certified flight instructor and helped numerous students receive their private pilot license. He flew actively until recently, when his health declined. His logbook recorded nearly 5,000 hours.

The loves of his life were his wife and grandchildren. He enjoyed packing his mule, riding the range and herding cattle with the help of his wife and numerous beloved cowdogs. Wes remained young at heart. He continued flying and riding his two outlaw horses with pride well into his 80s.

He loved the outdoors and appreciated hunting with friends and relatives. He was a member of the AOPA, OCA, Baker Elks Lodge and a lifelong member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Nelle Loverin; daughter, Beverly J. Loverin of Nashville, Tenn., and Lynne Loverin of Hereford; sons, Lee Loverin, and his wife, Kristy, of Hereford, Rod Diesslin and his wife, Chris, and Eric Diesslin of Clovis, Calif.; son-in-law, Scott Owens of Riggins, Idaho; grandchildren, Jackie, Jordan and Johnny Owens, Kaytlin, Casey and Kristin Jean "Half-pint" Loverin of Hereford, Justine Loverin of Nashville, Tenn., and Justin and Kurt Diesslin of Clovis, Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins of the Loverin-Britten family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Orlen and E.B. "Bud" Loverin; an uncle, E.J. Britten; and a son, Wesley Otlyn Loverin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Scholarship Fund through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.