Obituaries for the week of Dec. 2 to Dec. 6

December 06, 2002 12:00 am

‘Ruby' Matthews

Vivian "Ruby" Matthews, 80, died Dec. 4, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

A family gathering will be scheduled later.

Ruby was born Sept. 28, 1922, at Three Forks, Mont., to Charles A. Matthews and Cora Jane Andrews. She grew up and went through school at Lonerock.

Ruby lived most of her 80 years at Lonerock where she enjoyed the association with lifelong friends. She moved to Baker City in 1994 where she lived most of that time at Meadowbrook Assisted Living Center. Upon moving to Baker City, Ruby made friends with Shirley Johnson, who has remained her dearest and closest friend.

Ruby never married. She was very close to her sister and brothers. She loved pictures of family and especially pictures of her nieces and their families. Ruby was adored by all her family and friends. Her sweet smile and loving personality will be deeply missed by all.

Ruby was talented in needlework. She did beautiful embroidery and crochet. It was always a pleasure to receive handmade dish towels or pillowcases, on birthdays and at Christmas. She loved animals, particularly cats.

Survivors include her sister, Mary E. Haynes of Settler's Park; her brother, Allen Matthews of Portland; her closest and dearest friend, Shirley Johnson of Baker City; her niece and nephew, Marilyn and Keith Shollenberger of Baker City and her niece and nephew, Cindy and Jack Henner of Haines; her great-niece, Laura Hoopes, and her husband, John Hoopes, of Baker City and their children, Joelle, Kenneth, Jamie, Alisha, and Kristen; her great-nephew, Thomas Caylor, and his wife, Tracy Caylor, of Shoshone, Idaho, and their children, Hanna, Michael, Caleb and Jordan; her great-niece, Celinda Linscott of Baker City, and her son, Austin; her great-nephew, Jacob Westgaard of Haines, her great-niece and husband, Amy and Miguel Castro and family of Kuna, Idaho; and her great-nephew, Bryan Shollenberger and family of Walla Walla, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her older brother, Emery Edward Matthews.

Memorial contributions may be directed to her best friend Shirley Johnson through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Randy' Carpenter

Randall Earl "Randy" Carpenter, 45, of Coos Bay, died Nov. 25, 2002, as a result of a firefighting accident in the line of duty.

His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Baker High School gymnasium, 2500 E St. Pastors Chris Carpenter and Lennie Spooner will officiate. Cremation rites were conducted at Ocean View Memory Gardens Crematory at Coos Bay. Inurnment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Randy was born Dec. 9, 1956, at Baker City to G. Wayne and Drucilla M. Stiff Carpenter. He grew up in Baker City, graduating in 1975 from Baker High School.

He attended Portland State and Portland Community College. In December 1978, he married Mary Mamrose and they had two wonderful daughters.

He started his dental lab business in 1979, while holding several other jobs at the time. He started his firefighting career as a volunteer in 1979. During this time he was very active in the Oregon Volunteer Firefighter Association serving in all state offices, including president.

Randy became a full-time fireman shortly afterward in Baker City. In February 1989, he moved to Coos Bay to accept a position with the Coos Bay Fire Department. Randy was the consummate professional.

He was highly qualified in all operational and procedural aspects of his job. He was part of the original efforts to bring a hazardous materials unit to Coos Bay and was a specialist in HAZMAT.

He was qualified and certified to teach all subjects, and regularly taught courses in CPR and EMT Basic at the local college. He took great pride in this job and enjoyed the trust and respect of all his firefighter brethren.

He was an active member of the International Association of Firefighters, IAFF Local 2935, and the Regional Hazardous Materials Team. He also was skilled in construction and built a successful contracting business with his good friend, Jim Bush.

Randy especially loved spending time in Eastern Oregon, hunting as well as working with friends on the Bunch Ranch at Durkee, filling in whenever and doing whatever was needed. He had a wonderful sense of humor and often enjoyed a practical joke. His honesty and integrity were unquestionable.

He will be missed beyond description.

Survivors include his daughters, Sarah Carpenter and Stephanie Carpenter, both of Portland; parents, Wayne and Dru Carpenter of Baker City; brothers and their wives, Kerry and Cindy Carpenter of Baker City, Brad and Michelle Carpenter of Oregon City, and Jeff and Shelley Carpenter of Fruitland, Idaho; his companion, Christine Farmer-Benson of Coos Bay; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces, as well as countless friends who were like family to him.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Randy Carpenter Memorial Firefighter Training Fund through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814. It is suggested that those planning to attend the reception at the First Church of The Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane, after the service, bring either a salad or a dessert in a disposable container.

Edythe Collinson

Edythe Jayne Collinson, 80, of Baker City died Nov. 27, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Baker City Veterans Memorial Club, 2005 Valley Ave. Pastor Ed Niswender of the Calvary Baptist Church will officiate. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Edythe was born Sept. 2, 1922, to Edith and Clifford C. Chadwick. She attended Baker City schools and was a 1941 Baker High School graduate.

She married Joseph C. Collinson on April 10, 1943. She raised four children: Joseph C., Robert M., Richard E., and Jannice Eileen in the Portland area.

She was a sewing teacher for the Linton School District in the Portland area. She worked with her husband, Joseph, as a Master Gardener. She was very active for many years in 4-H and the Oregon state Extension program.

After she and her husband moved to Baker City, she became very active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the AMVETS. She and Joseph were both members of the Calvary Baptist Church.

Survivors include her four children: Joseph C., Robert M., Richard E. Collinson and Jannice Wells; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the "Scholarship Fund" for American Legion, Post 41, in Edythe's name through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Eloise' McKittrick

Dorothy "Eloise" McKittrick, 93, a lifetime Baker County resident, died Nov. 30, 2002, at Baker City.

There will be no memorial service at this time. A memorial gathering is being planned for next summer.

Mrs. McKittrick was born Feb. 26, 1909, at the Wingville home of her pioneer parents, Robert Lee and Edith Lammert-Stewart. When she was 2 years old, her family moved to their Bowen Valley ranch where she lived while attending the Stewart Elementary School and Baker High School, graduating in 1927.

On March 22, 1930, she married Oran McKittrick at La Grande. They were married 52 years.

After their marriage they lived in Baker City, where her husband worked for the Democrat-Herald (now the Baker City Herald) until 1949. Mrs. McKittrick worked several years for Harrison's Fountain and Parson's Pharmacy in the 1940s.

In 1949, Eloise, Oran and their son, Bobb, moved to the Stewart family ranch in Bowen Valley, which they operated until their retirement in 1973. Mrs. McKittrick continued to reside at the ranch home until 1992 when she moved to Baker City.

Mrs. McKittrick was an active member of the Oregon Trail Riders during the 1940s and the 1950s. She loved animals and was an excellent horsewoman.

She was a member of several mounted drill teams during the 1940s. For several years in the 1960s, she chaperoned the annual 4-H club trail rides. During the 1980s, she volunteered as a server at the senior citizen lunches and as an assistant at the county library.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Teckla McKittrick of San Mateo, Calif.; two grandsons, Mike McKittrick and his wife, Nancy, of El Cajon, Calif., and Ladd McKittrick and his wife, Lynne of Tigard; great-grandsons, Remington and Colt McKittrick of El Cajon, Calif.; niece, Bonnie Simpson of Ketchum, Idaho; nephews, Jack Jacobson, and wife, Marsha, of Baker City, Bill Stewart and wife, Thelma, of Richland, Dale McKittrick and wife of Mesquite, Nev.; and Jim McKittrick and wife, Nancy, of Eugene; and many great- and great-great- nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oran in 1982; her son, Bobb in 2000; her nephew, Oscar Jacobson; her brother, George Stewart; and two sisters, Margaret Dinwiddie and Marian Jacobson.

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

Carrie Shropshire

Carrie Mae Gatson Shropshire, 78, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 27, 2002, at Tualatin.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Finley-Sunset Hills Mortuary in Portland. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Shropshire was born on Oct. 14, 1924, at Claremore, Okla. She married Ben Shropshire in 1983. He died on July 17, 1998.

She was a devoted wife and mother, Brownie Girl Scout leader and an active member of the Beaverton Church of Christ.

She had been a Portland-area resident for the past nine years and had previously lived at Baker City and John Day. She loved cooking, fishing and being a grandmother.

Survivors include three daughters, Sharron Black, Paula Turner and Caron Thomas; two sons, James H. Shropshire and Ben M. Shropshire; a sister, Dorothy Davis; a brother, Charles "Hershel" Patton; 11 grandchildren and six stepgrandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and one stepgreat-grandchild; and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

Cora Dooly

Cora Jane Dooly, 88, of Clatskanie, a former longtime Baker City resident, died Dec. 1, 2002, at Community Home & Hospice at Longview, Wash.

There will be a celebration of her life at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Westport Community Church at Westport. The Rev. Tim Teele will officiate.

Mrs. Dooly was born on Aug. 8, 1914, at Clarkston, Idaho, and was a 1932 graduate of Clarkston High School.

She and James Warren Dooly were married on Oct. 6, 1936, at Moscow, Idaho. He died in 1988.

The couple had moved to Baker City in 1949. Mrs. Dooly lived here until 1999 when she moved to Clatskanie to be closer to her family.

She and her husband enjoyed snowmobiling for many years. She enjoyed working with him at Cook's Radiator Shop. She delighted in supporting her daughters' PTA and school activities and was an avid Baker Bulldog basketball fan.

She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Baker City and also a member of the Harmony Circle of the First Methodist Church. Since living at Clatskanie she attended the Westport Community Church.

Survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Donna and Gerald Carver of Clatskanie and Judy and Milt Stromer of North Platte, Neb.; four grandchildren and their spouses, Linda and Steve Burleson of Salem, Jim and Gayle Carver of Clatskanie, Sandy and John Stetler of Longview, Wash., and Dalaina and Russell Salamun of Rapid City, S.D.; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Haakinson-Groulx Mortuary of Clatskanie is in charge of arrangements.