Obituaries for the week of April 14-18

April 18, 2003 12:00 am

Lillie Ells

Lillie Lovelace Ells, 100, a long-time Baker City resident, died April 8, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her funeral was today at 2 p.m. at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Ian Fisher of Calvary Chapel in Ontario will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Lillie was born at Clovis, Calif., to Hubert and Lucy Van Cleave Carroll on Jan. 4, 1903. She moved with her parents at the age of 3 to Brady, Neb., where she lived until she was grown.

She worked hard all her life in the fields, milking cows and doing many chores outside and helping her mother with her younger brothers and sisters. She was the second of 13 children.

She lived in a sod house until she was 15 and assisted her mother in making mattresses for the beds, which were filled with corn shucks or clean straw. She was up early every morning to help outside and then did the chores inside before fixing a lunch for school and then walked to school, a distance of 1 miles, and she made sure the younger ones got there on time.

In 1917, her father moved the family to Kelly, Wyo., and she soon moved to La Grande where she worked at odd jobs until 1922, when she met and married Ed Lovelace.

They bought a ranch at Durkee and moved there in 1926, where she resided until 1950. She worked hard raising a huge garden each year, and canning many jars of fruit and vegetables to carry them over the winter. They always had others to room and board whether a friend or a stray prospector. One man, a Mr. Gray, wished to stay for four or five days to prospect a gold mine and he lived with them for more than 30 years.

Lillie worked at the Portland Cement plant, which was then at Lime during World War II and was a rural mail carrier for 13 years from Durkee to Bridgeport. She also cooked for Chris Lee's sheep shearing crew for seven years.

She and her husband raised a herd of registered Hereford cattle the last years on their ranch and in 1950 they sold everything and moved to Baker City.

They then moved to their home on Elm Street. Mr. Lovelace died on July 23, 1973, and Lillie lived alone at her home for more than 13 years. She was a very active person, and loved hobbies and creative crafts.

She liked to make something with such things as seeds from her flowers or anything she could gather from the way sides, beads, fish scales, etc. She was a rock hound and made lovely pieces of beautiful jewelry out of her many agates and petrified woods.

She did lapidary work and made custom jewelry for many of her friends and relatives. In later years, she spent many hours china painting dishes for her sisters and friends. She loved to fish and to be outdoors.

She married Ralph Ells at American Falls, Idaho, on Nov. 4, 1985. They had known each other for many years and were very, very happy in the short time they had together. Ralph owned and operated his own chimney and furnace cleaning business for 38 years until he was forced to retire due to ill health in 1987 at the age of 87. He died on March 7, 1990.

Lillie was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a charter member of the World War I Auxiliary, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, and the Durkee Grange.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands; her parents; her grandparents; four brothers, Hubert, Joe, Patrick and Warren Carroll; and four sisters, Daisy Suitter, Bertha Klien, Pearl McClary and Ada Talley.

Survivors include her sisters, Violet Graham of Baker City and Lois Music of Yelm, Wash.; and brothers, Omar M. Carroll and George W. Carroll Sr., both of Baker City; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews; and her longtime friends and neighbors.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Research or the V.F.W. through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Shirley Wilson

Shirley J. Wilson, 65, of Helena, Mont., died April 4, 2003, at St. Peter's Hospital after a long illness.

Mass of Christian burial was Saturday, April 12, at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church at East Helena, Mont. Interment was at St. Ann's Cemetery.

Shirley was born at Pampa, Texas, on May 17, 1937, to George and Helen Tilcock. She was later joined by a brother, Don, and a sister, Sherry.

Her father drove truck in heavy hauling, so the family moved quite often. She attended several different schools in several states, graduating at Fillmore, Calif.

She met her husband, Lyle F. Wilson, while visiting her aunt in Ontario. They were married at Fillmore on Oct. 12, 1955. They moved to Payette, Idaho, where Lyle was employed as a meat cutter.

Shirley and Lyle were blessed with three children, Debra, Pamela and Nolon.

Shirley and Lyle moved to East Helena in 1987, where she opened Nana's Daycare in 1989.

Shirley opened her heart and home to anyone who needed love and support. She loved her family, crocheting, her garden, flowers and her church.

Shirley touched many lives and will be sorely missed by all.

She is survived by her husband, Lyle; daughters Debra Lang and her husband, Daniel, of Helena, Mont.; and Pamela Johnson and her husband, Mark, of Missoula, Mont.; her son, Nolon Wilson, and his wife, Julie, of Helena, Mont.; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, all of Montana; her mother, Helen Tilcock, sister, Sherry Younger and her husband, Allen, all of Baker City; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Tilcock, and her father, George Tilcock.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, 120 W. Riggs, East Helena, MT 59635.

‘Bill' Lambeth

William Franklin "Bill" Lambeth, 87, a longtime Baker City resident, died April 12, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

At his request, there will be no funeral. Disposition was by cremation.

Mr. Lambeth was born Nov. 13, 1915, at Whiticha Falls, Texas. He was a son of P. A. and Laura Myrtle Knight Lambeth. He attended schools in Texas and California and after graduating, went to work as a manager for a wholesale electric supply company in Escondido, Calif.

He entered the U.S. Army on June 10, 1943. He was stationed in Europe and fought in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Central Europe and Germany. He was decorated with the World War II Victory Medal, the American Theater Service Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal, and a Bronze Star.

He received a Purple Heart after he was injured by a bomb that exploded at Limburgh. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 31, 1945, as a first lieutenant, combat liaison officer.

On May 30, 1962, he married La Wanda Hall at Carson City, Nev. They continued to live in California until Bill's retirement in 1979, when they moved to Baker City.

He loved to fish and hunt and spent many hours doing so. He was a member of the National Rifle Association.

Survivors include his wife, La Wanda Lambeth of Baker City; his daughters, Ann Kirkland of Jacksonville, Fla., and Linda Simms of Escondido, Calif; his son-in-law, Larry Martin Sr. of Baker City; grandchildren, Larry Martin Jr. and his wife, Candace, of North Powder; and Pam Spencer and her husband, Roger, of Vancouver, Wash., and many other grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, David Chafy; his daughter, Aprildiane Martin; sisters, Ann Lunder and Lillie Cory; and a brother, Oscar K. Lambeth.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Rifle Association through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Wilma Henner

Wilma Geddes Henner, l00, died Saturday, April 12, 2003.

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Haines Methodist Church. Pastor Sally Wiens of the church will officiate.

Wilma was born on the corner of Madison and Grove streets in Baker City, the daughter of LuLu and Frank Geddes. Her grandfather owned and operated the Geddes-Pollman Butcher Shop on First Street in Baker City.

Later the family moved to the Missouri Flats area, and then again to Hereford where her mother provided the daily lunch for the stage driver and passengers. After receiving her teaching certificate from Baker High School in 1920, she taught school at Muddy Creek

Bertha Warfield Boesch, Oral Ensminger Aldrich, Cora Mae Fidler, Doris Loennig, and Russell Williams were all students of Wilma's. In 1921, she married John E. Henner. They had been married for 65 years when he died in 1986. Her son, John Jr., was born in 1924.

Wilma and her husband, John, shared many interests. Among them were hunting, fishing, huckleberry picking and rock hounding. Some of their rock finds can still be seen today around her house in Haines and beside the Haines City Hall.

In 1939, in Haines, John and Wilma established the Henner Garage where Treeline Woodworking is currently. John and Wilma worked side by side there until they sold it in 1962. Wilma was the "gofer," driving by herself to Ontario and to La Grande over the old Bidwell Hill road.

Wilma and John were instrumental in helping to establish the Eastern Oregon Museum. They donated many things from their own antique collection to start the infant museum.

In the late '30s, Wilma began braiding rugs using a unique four-braid system that required no sewing together of the braids. Although legally blind in the last 10 years of her life, she continued to braid. Her rugs can be found all over the country.

She was an active member of the Haines Methodist Church, sang at many functions throughout the county and entertained many people as a member of the Senior Citizen Kitchen Band.

It was a great joy for her when her beloved grandson, Jack Henner, and her great-grandson, Brandon, came to live next door to her in Haines and when her great-granddaughter, Lora, came for her yearly visit. Wilma enjoyed gardening, flowers, playing cards and her many dear, dear friends and relatives. She was much beloved and cherished.

Survivors include her grandson, Jack; great-grandson, Brandon; and her great-granddaughter, Lora; many nieces, nephews, and cousins on both the Geddes and Henner sides; and John Sr.'s sister, Edna Jordan, of Grants Pass.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; her son, John Jr.; daughter-in-law, Dorothy; and her two brothers, Otto and Joe.

The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Haines Methodist Church, the Eastern Oregon Museum or the Pathway Hospice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Lucky' Miller

Wayne Dale "Lucky" Miller, 76, of Richland, died April 15, 2003, at his home.

A Celebration of Life in his honor will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Richland Christian Church. Gordon Bond will officiate.

Lucky was born Sept. 22, 1926, at Martin County, Minn., to Jay Desmond and Minnie Garrison Miller. He came to Oregon as a young man, where he met his lifelong sweetheart, Dorothy Maxine Jones. They were married at Astoria on Nov. 3, 1945.

Lucky served his country during World War II in the Navy Air Corps. After the war, he and Maxine lived in the Coos Bay area for several years, then moved to Myrtle Point, where they bred and trained Appaloosa horses. They were very active in the Sheriff's Posse and there were many fond memories of the annual Easter Seal trail rides for children, hunting trips and good friends.

In 1983, Lucky and Maxine moved to Eagle Valley, where they had resided since then. Lucky loved the outdoors, and was happiest when he was outside working, either making hay, moving dirt with his tractor, or working on some other project around the place.

He enjoyed the many times he hunted with his good friend, Dave, from Portland, as well as just riding around in the mountains. He and Maxine spent many hours enjoying the mountain air, wildlife, gardening and generally enjoying each other.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine; his son, Dennis Miller and his wife, Linda; and their son, Russell; granddaughter, Missy Reasoner and her husband, Dennis, and their children KyeLeigh, Cory, and Leanna, all of Richland; two sisters, Shirley Sifrit and her husband, Ken, and Nancy Brennon and her husband, Bob; grandchildren, Gail Hanna and her three children, Dwayne Miller, his wife, Tammy, and their three children, Scott Miller, his wife, Christine, and their three children and Matthew Miller and one great-great-grandchild.

Lucky was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lois Sisson; and his daughter, Pam Brunke.

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