Obituaries for the week of May 12 to May 16

May 16, 2003 12:00 am

Belva Staab

Belva Harriet Staab, 94, a longtime Baker City resident, died April 8, 2003, at Bothell, Wash., where she was a resident of the Franciscan Health Nursing Home.

Disposition was by cremation at Acacia Memorial Park Funeral Home in Seattle, Wash. Her memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the United Methodist Church will officiate.

Belva was born Jan. 5, 1909, to David and Harriet Scott of Ansley, Neb., where her family lived for many years. She was preceded in death by her brothers, George and Henry Scott; and sisters, Gladys Payne, Hazel Bristol and Evelyn Eloe.

She married Carlyle H. "Buster" Staab at Ansley, Neb., on March 25, l928. Carlyle died on Aug. 28, l990. After their marriage Carlyle and Belva moved to Lincoln, Neb., where they both attended the University of Nebraska. Carlyle played football for the university and received a commission in the U. S. Army upon graduation.

After Carlyle graduated from the University of Nebraska, he worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps, and he and Belva lived at DeSoto, Paris and Monroe City, Mo.

When Carlyle went on active duty with the Army, they moved to Fort Smith, Ark., and Camp Chaffee Army Base. After completion of Army service, Carlyle and Belva moved to Baker City, where they lived for 40 years.

Belva was active in the Missouri Flat Grange, the Methodist Church and as a bookkeeper for Carlyle's businesses. She was also involved in numerous other civic activities. Some years after retirement, they moved to Grande Ronde Retirement Center in La Grande.

After Carlyle's death, Belva moved to an adult foster home. During retirement years, their love of family and roots took them back to Nebraska for several family reunions and other visits.

As her health failed, she moved to her son Tom's assisted care home at Kennewick, Wash., and then to Bothell, Wash., when Tom moved his family there.

Survivors include her son, Carlyle D. Staab and his wife, Susan, of Chehalis, Wash., and their children, David Staab of Auburn, Wash., Ken Staab of Marysville, Wash., Laurie Painter of Amity, and Brad Staab of Chehalis, Wash.; her son Richard G. Staab and his wife, Joan, of La Grande, and their children, Larry Staab of Keizer, Bob Staab of Portland, and Sandra Staab of La Grande; her son, Thomas Staab, and his wife, Barbara of Bothell, Wash., and their children, David and Jennifer Staab, also of Bothell; and 13 great-grandchildren, with another one due in June.

Memorials for both Carlyle and Belva are being established by the children at the Baker Sports Complex and the Baker United Methodist Church. Send memorials to Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Grace Lewis

Grace E. Lewis, 85, a lifelong resident of Baker City, died May 10, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

A Celebration of Life service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday at Coles Funeral Home, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Ritualistic Rites will be accorded by Esther Chapter, No. 11, Order of Easter Star.

Grace was born March 1, 1918, at Baker City. She was the oldest of three children born to Rose Heywood and Edward Mineff. She was a 1935 Baker High School graduate.

She attended Oregon State College for two years and returned to Baker City to work as a beautician. Grace married Charles W. Lewis on New Year's Eve in 1939. They were married 63 years. Grace and Charlie had three children, Carolyn Rose, Robert and Joan.

Grace returned to college and graduated with a teaching degree. She taught in Baker for the next 20 years. After retiring from teaching, Grace volunteered at many places, including teaching Laotian children to read and write English.

Grace was a lifetime member of the Baker United Methodist Church, Esther Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, American Association of University Women, Baker Historical Society, Trail Tenders, and the Paintabouts.

Grace was a wonderful woman, touching everyone who had the honor of having her in his or her life. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Robert; her daughter, Joan; and her sister, Dorathe.

Survivors include her husband, Charles; her sister, Helen of Beaverton; lifetime friend, Ethel Olson of Seattle, Wash., and daughter Carolyn; grandchildren, Desiree and Lea of Baker City, Elizabeth, Jordan and Erica of Portland, and Tony of Dixon, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Sasha of Baker City, Linda, Steven, and Matthew of Dixon, and Luke of Portland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church Memorial Fund through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Kathleen Kirkland and Ralph Kirkland

Kathleen Stella Kirkland, 86, died May 3, 2003, at Mesa, Ariz., and her husband, Ralph Victor Kirkland, 86, died May 13, 2003, also at Mesa.

Mr. and Mrs. Kirkland will be honored together on Saturday. Their funeral will be at 2 p.m. at the Haines United Methodist Church. Pastor Sally Wiens will officiate. Disposition will be at the Haines Cemetery.

There will be a reception afterward at the Haines Steakhouse.

Mr. Kirkland was born March 3, 1917, at Haines. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Born and raised at Haines, Ralph and his wife, Kathleen, lived many years on the McKenzie River outside of Springfield, and then retired to Newport and most recently lived in Mesa, Ariz.

Mrs. Kirkland was born Feb. 10, 1917,at Deerfield, Ill.

Mr. Kirkland is survived by his two daughters, Kay Carolyn Kirkland and Linda Grace Johnson; two stepchildren, Andy Kapfenberg and Linda Townsley; three granddaughters, Carrie Kapfenberg, Danielle Kapfenberg and Tracy Blum; and three great-grandchildren, Trinity Blum, Ty Blum, and Haley Burdick.

Mrs. Kirkland is survived by her son, Andrew Kapfenberg; daughter, Linda Townsley, her two stepchildren, Kay Kirkland and Linda Johnson; three granddaughters, Carrie Kapfenberg, Danielle Kapfenberg and Tracy Blum; and three great-grandchildren, Trinity Blum, Ty Blum, and Haley Burdick.

Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Jim McBride

Jim McBride, 77, died May 2, 2003.

His memorial service was May 7.

Jim served in the Army Air Corps in World War II and retired as roadmaster for Columbia County.

He was a board member for the Pacific Northwest Truck Museum for 13 years, and chairman of the Truck Show for the last three years.

Glenda Newell

Glenda Newell, 94, of Portland, died May 8, 2003.

Private interment was handled by Peke Funeral Home at Milwaukie. Her family plans to honor her memory at a family reunion in Baker City during the July 4 holiday.

Glenda was the sixth-born child of Emerette Eliza Dawson Riley and William Blakely Riley. She was preceded in death by her husband, George; and her five brothers and four sisters, including Wilma Freeman of Baker City.

Glenda was a devout Christian, faithful in church attendance and quietly committed to the practice of love and caring.

Survivors include her four children, Kara Lee of Philadelphia, Jackson Henry of Boise, Robert Dawson of Portland and Thomas Frederic of Salem. She also is survived and much beloved by nieces and nephews and their families.

Judy Johnson

Judy Johnson, 58, of Baker City, died at her home Saturday, May 10, 2003.

Her memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate.

No viewing is scheduled.

Ms. Johnson was born Jan. 20, 1945 in Orofino, Idaho, to Grace and John Profitt. She graduated high school in Kalispell, Mont., and attended Baker Business College. In May, 1965, she married Don Valentine. The couple had two children, Dawn Mack and John Valentine.

She married her soul mate, Truman Johnson, on Nov. 26, 1973.

She loved fishing with Truman and had a strong compassion for the elderly, as she was a caretaker for many years. She always had open doors for any soul in need.

Her grandchildren were the love of her life.

She will be missed by all who knew her as she had a special character and wit that was very entertaining. Her constant companion was her little dog, "Baby."

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Larry Profitt, of Libby, Mont.

Survivors include her brothers, Calvin Profitt of Alaska, David Profitt of Baker City, Loren Profitt of Baker City and Cecil Profitt of Baker City; her sisters, Debbie McCray of Baker City, Glenda Rice of Santa Claus, Ind., Ramona Cain of Bend, Peggy Cunningham of Carson, Wash., Cindy Brown of Baker City, and Tammy Urlacher of Baker City; her grandchildren, Amanda Mack of Portland, Texas, Dusty Mack of Portland, Texas, and Elizabeth Valentine of Louisville, Ky.

A reception will be held at the Eagles Lodge.

Contributions may be made to the Judy Johnson Memorial Fund in care of Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR, 97814.

David L. Whitaker

Graveside services for David L. Whitaker were held Saturday, May 10, 2003, at the Huntington Cemetery. He was a resident of Huntington for many years.

Pastor Rick Morris officiated at the services as family and friends gathered to pay final tribute.

A noon dinner was served at the Christian Church Social Hall by the Huntington Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

On Saturday evening, an auction was held to help defray burial cost. The auction was a great success and the cost was covered.

A dance followed the auction at the Streamliner with the Snake River Opry providing boot-scooting country music.