Obituaries for the week of Dec. 15 to Dec. 19

December 19, 2003 12:00 am

Lois Coles

Lois I. Coles, 93, of Pendleton, and a former longtime Haines resident, died Dec. 12, 2003, at St. Anthony's Hospital in Pendleton.

Her graveside funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Haines Cemetery. David Miller, pastor of the Helix Baptist Church, will officiate. Visitations for Mrs. Coles will be today until 7 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. in Baker City.

Lois was born Jan. 22, 1910, at McMinnville. She was the daughter of Oliver and Dora Ellen Leach Inskeep. She attended school at McMinnville, graduating from McMinnville High School. After graduation, she worked for the Oregon Mutual Insurance Co. in McMinnville for many years. Before her marriage, she and her sister, Dorothy, would take yearly vacations traveling across the United States in their automobile, one time traveling to Detroit to pick up their new car.

On June 20, 1942, Lois was married to J. Bernal Coles in McMinnville. After Bernal was discharged from the U.S. Navy, they returned to Haines, where they resided until 1985 when they moved to Baker City after selling their home, which Bernal had built. They had four boys: Jim, Ron, David and Roger. Lois was a stay-at-home mom, but she worked many years as the recorder/treasurer for the city of Haines, and as secretary/treasurer for the Haines Cemetery District.

She will be remembered by many for the hundreds of wedding, birthday, anniversary and special occasion cakes that she made in her home. She kept a picture of each cake that was decorated and even in latter years could remember each couple she made cakes for.

Lois was a member of the Haines Baptist Church as well as the Calvary Baptist Church in Baker City. She worshiped her Lord and was a faithful member in any community that she lived. She was also a member of the Eastern Star for many years. After her husband died in 1989, Lois moved to Helix to be near her eldest son, Jim. In 1990, her sister, Dorothy, moved in with her after Dorothy's husband died. Lois and Dorothy enjoyed being together for the next 12 years, until Dorothy died in September 2002.

Lois enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, cooking for her family, and reading. Each of her children and grandchildren has received an afghan made by Lois.

Mrs. Coles is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Nancy Coles of Pendleton, Ron and Kathy Coles of Medford, David and Barbara Coles of West Linn, and Roger and Dawn Coles of Baker City; stepdaughters and their husbands, Wanda and Clark Springer, of Visalia, Calif., Beth and Ken Twigg of Venice, Fla., and Sara Lee Williams of Marina, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Gen Coles of Prineville; grandchildren, Kathy and Tim Spratling, and Jaime and Rocky Duff, all of Pendleton, Carrie Lynn and Tim Flynn of Beaufort, S.C., Jason and Kerry Coles of Willanantic, Conn., Chandra and Jeff Hafford of Stevens, Wash., Ronie and Jeffrey Schreck of Medford, David Coles of Medford, and Michael Coles of Oregon City; 10 stepgrandchildren, and several great-grandchildren and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernal Coles; her parents; and her sister.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Haines Baptist Church or the Helix Baptist Church. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Anna Hindman

Anna Serene Hindman, 90, a former longtime Durkee resident, died Nov. 30, 2003, in Los Gatos, Calif.

Friends are invited to join the family for the praying of the rosary at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. There will be a reception afterward at the home of Mac Hindman in Durkee. Inurnment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, with no formal service.

Serene was born May 6, 1913, at Hermiston to Mary E. and Clifford R. Gerry. She moved to Durkee when she was very young and had her early schooling there. She graduated high school from St. Teresa's Academy in Boise.

On July 3, 1931, she married Lowell "Jerry" Hindman. Serene was kept very busy raising her children, being a housewife and helping on the ranch in Durkee for 20 years. She enjoyed the cattle and horses.

Jerry accepted a job as a civil engineer in 1951, and moved the family to Menlo Park, Calif. They lived there until Jerry's death in 1962. Serene then moved to Palo Alto, Calif., where she lived for several years.

In the 1980s she moved to Seven Oaks in Los Altos, Calif. She took writing classes, enjoyed knitting, was an avid reader, and loved music and writing. She wrote stories and filled many journals. She also enjoyed being with her grandchildren. She was a Carmelite in the Catholic Church for many years. She moved to Los Gatos in the 1990s.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lowell "Jerry" Hindman; an infant daughter; a grandson; three sisters and three brothers.

She is survived by six children, Ida McMahon of Bakersfield, Calif., Sarah Harrison of Santa Clara, Calif., Timmie Lester of Paradise, Calif., Mary Hindman of La Grande, Mac Hindman and his wife, Jan, of Durkee, and Cathy Reiter of Santa Cruz, Calif.; seven grandsons and one granddaughter; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Patricia Coleman of San Jose, Calif.; one brother, Robert Gerry of Baker City; two sisters-in-law, Mary Gerry of Portland and June Crawford of Elgin; one brother-in-law, Donald Hindman of La Grande; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made the charity of one's choice through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Grace Jones

Grace E. Jones, 79, of Baker City died Dec. 12, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

At her request, her body was cremated. Interment will be later in California.

Mrs. Jones was born Dec. 9, 1924, at Cenika, Mo., a daughter of Porter and Frances Hendricks Elliott. She was raised and educated at Cenika, Mo. She married James Edward Elliott. She was a homemaker raising five children and a granddaughter.

Mr. Elliott preceded her in death. After a period of time she married James Franklin Jones. He also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Jones came to Baker City in 1999 from California with her family. She enjoyed cooking, canning, gardening and being a homebody.

Survivors include her children, Charles and Barbara Elliott of Gerber, Calif., James and Cindy Elliott of Goodman, Mo., Larry Elliott of Red Bluff, Calif., Michael and Jeanette Elliott of Baker City and Ray and Roberta Elliott of Los Molinos, Calif.; a granddaughter she raised, Michelle Wisner and her husband, Dillard, of Madera, Calif.; a brother, Lee Elliott, and sister, Gladys Carr of Chowchilla, Calif.; several grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; a sister and two brothers.

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