Obituaries for the week of Dec. 29 to Jan. 2

January 02, 2004 12:00 am

Mary Jane Malone

Mary Jane Malone, 82, of Vale, a former longtime Richland resident, died Dec. 22, 2003, at Pioneer Place in Vale.

Christian Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Vale. Interment will be at Valley View Cemetery in Vale.

Mary Jane was born March 3, 1921, at Richland to Joseph and Rebecca McPartland. She married Alfred Malone on Sept. 29, 1939. They lived at Richland until 1961 when they moved to Vale.

Mary Jane worked many years at Becker's Market. After working she enjoyed her volunteer service, square dancing and card clubs. She also spent many hours in her yard with her flowers.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Tykie Malone, of Kelso, Wash., and Rick and Beverly Malone of Lake Oswego; three daughters and sons-in-law, John and Joanne Recla of Vale, and Paul and Janet Recla and Johnnie and Candy Richmond, all of Boise; her twin brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Rita McPartland of Nogales, Ariz.; brother and sister-in-law, Mick and Joy McPartland of Nyssa; one sister, Rebecca Carlson of Lake Oswego; one sister-in-law, Vivian McPartland of Moses Lake, Wash.; 13 grandsons; one granddaughter; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred A. Malone; and one brother.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pioneer Place or a charity of one's choice through Lienkaemper Chapel, P.O. Box 970, Ontario, OR 97914.

John Cress

John M. Cress, 91, of Baker City died Dec. 24, 2003, at Ashley Manor Care Center.

His memorial service will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Bishop Tom Brock of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at Gray's West & Co. His ashes, along with those of his wife, will be scattered in their beloved mountains next spring.

John was born on Aug. 7, 1912, at Portland to Harry J. and Leona L. Warren Cress. He was a lifetime Oregon resident, and attended Oregon State University at Corvallis. He had a ranch at Sisters prior to World War II. John served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific, including Guadalcanal, New Caledonia, Bouganville, and Okinawa.

After his discharge from the Marines in 1945, he went back to ranching. On April 16, 1948, he married Florence E. McCammant from Alberta, Canada. They spent many years in the Jordan Valley area, then moved to Baker City in 1954. He continued ranching in North Powder until he retired in 1978 and moved into Baker City.

Survivors include a brother, Don Cress of Grants Pass; a son, Richard Cress of Haines; a daughter, Dorothy Rickert of Newport; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence, in 1998; and by his parents.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association or the American Legion, Post No. 41, through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Beverley Torrey-Grimes

Beverley Torrey-Grimes, 74, of Mesa, Ariz., a former longtime Baker City resident who returned often to visit relatives and friends, died Dec. 16, 2003, at the Banner Hospice House.

Her funeral will be scheduled in Baker City at the family's convenience. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Gray's West & Co. is in charge of arrangements.

Born April 21, 1929, at Pocatello, Idaho, she was the daughter of the late Lester Randall and Jessie Armstrong-Randall. She was the wife of the late Charles Grimes.

She was a homemaker and a dental assistant for many years. She was a Baker High School graduate and had traveled in Europe and lived in Spain and France.

She lived in many different places in the United States, including her hometown of Baker City. She enjoyed many different hobbies including ceramics and her love of reading.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and greatly enjoyed the visits from her ward teachers.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Grace, and her husband, Jerry, of Walkersville, Md., and Paula Barlet and her husband, Russ, of Mesa, Ariz.; two sisters, Lola Jack, and her husband, Robert, of Baker City, and Norma Cartwright and Gail Gardner of Medford; two grandchildren, Anthony Grace and Tina Grace; and five great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Rachel Kirkpatrick, and Allie and Jared Grace, all of Walkersville, Md., and Ryan Grace, of North Pole, Alaska; many nieces and nephews; and many friends she made over the years.

She was preceded in death by Paul Bowers, Ronald Torrey, her brother-in-law, Orlin Cartwright, and her nephew, James Cartwright.

Mark Shoemaker

Mark D. "Monk" Shoemaker, 65, a longtime St. Helens resident, died Dec. 21, 2003, of natural causes.

At the family's request, disposition was by cremation. No service is planned.

Mark was born on March 27, 1938, at Toppenish, Wash., to Marcus T. and Lorraine V. Embrey Shoemaker. He attended grade schools at Hermiston, where he lived a large part of his life. He was a 1957 Hermiston High School graduate and later moved to Coquille and then to the Myrtle Point area where he went to work for Roseburg Lumber Co. for several years.

In the mid-1960s, Mark moved to St. Helens where he broke ground for the Trojan Nuclear Plant. He worked there for about 30 years for the Laborers Local Union 320, where he was well-known and respected.

He moved to Haines in 1999 after he retired. He enjoyed the outdoors, seeing the snow-covered mountains, being in the fresh air and being closer to the Snake River, where he enjoyed fishing. He also enjoyed deer and elk hunting each season with friends and family.

Mark loved gardening and going to the mountains to pick mushrooms. He enjoyed trips to the coast to visit his family, especially during Easter time. He loved to hide the Easter eggs and watch his grandchildren hunt for them. And he enjoyed picking bouquets of daffodils.

Mark was involved with his senior citizen neighbors and enjoyed his newly found friends. He was said to be their adoptive son — a son who always had a smile, joke or wave for anyone who passed by.

Survivors include a son, Mark Shoemaker; two daughters, Maxine Crawford of Sweet Home and Celene Horlacher of Myrtle Point; his mother, Lorraine Woodward of Hermiston; sisters, Margaret Ball of Lexington and Jacqueline Hartman and Betty Doman of Hermiston; a brother, Boyd Woodward, and a close friend and nephew, Douglas Ross, both of Hermiston; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mark Shoemaker; a stepfather, Ralph Woodward; and a sister, Virginia Brock.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Jiles Dinger

Jiles D. Dinger, 91, a former Sumpter and Baker City resident, died Sunday, December 28, 2003, at Kellogg, Idaho, while recuperating from injuries sustained in a fall.

His graveside funeral will be at 1 p.m. MST Monday at the Valley View Cemetery in Vale. Pastor Roy Obermeier of Willowcreek Community Church at Willowcreek will officiate. Vault interment will be after the service.

Jiles Dennis Dinger was born at Taloga, Okla., on July 28, 1912. He worked on a farm for 20 years. He also was part owner of the Sumpter Supply Store. He loved mining and worked in different mines in Baker County.

He married Theta Hazel Rea at Vale on July 13, 1932. She died Jan. 18, 2003. They had many happy years together. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather to all of his family.

Survivors include his sons, Paul Dinger of Parma, Idaho, Kent Dinger of Vale and Dale Dinger of Kingston, Idaho; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 70 years, Theta; one brother, Lloyd Dinger; and one sister, Freda Desmit.

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

Anna Morris

Anna Marie Morris, 98, of Baker City, died Dec. 31, 2003, at her home.

Her funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Sister Kay Marie will officiate. The funeral will be followed by a graveside service at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Anna was born March 7, 1905, at St. Paul, Minn., to Steve and Ella Domby, who were Hungarian immigrants. When Anna was a young girl she came to Malheur City with her parents and two sisters. The family settled on a homestead there. She attended grade school at Malheur City, and later came to Baker City, where she worked for room and board. She attended the St. Francis Academy through the eighth grade.

When her dad died she returned to the ranch in Malheur City to help. While at the ranch she met Wayne, and they were married in 1932. Wayne and Anna celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 8, 1982.

Anna was a member of the Catholic Church. She was a housewife and rancher, and lived at the Snake River, Cambridge, Malheur City and Bridgeport before she settled in Baker City in 1958. She loved the white-faced Hereford cattle and good quarter horses. Her great-grandchildren nicknamed her "Grandma Cookie" because she always had her cookie jar full, and milk in the fridge. She had a sign in her kitchen saying "Free Hugs and Cookies." She loved visitors, and she made sure they never left hungry. Anna said a visitor could do more to make you feel good than any ole pill.

The family would like to thank Anna's caregivers, friends and family who made it possible for her to stay at home.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Bertha and Darrell Bales; her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Rocky; five grandchildren, Bradley Bales, Brian Bales and his wife, Karen, Dan Morris and his wife, Amy, Jeff Morris, and Lori Halsey and her husband, Tim; eight great-grandchildren, Kelly, Kevin, Drew, Morgan, Jake, Justin, Marissa and Anthony; and two brothers, Victor Domby of Bend and Paul Domby of Ontario.

Anna was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; her parents, Steve and Ella Domby; her brothers and sisters, Ella Capps, Louise Bronson, Clara Scott, Ethel Archuleta, Steve Domby and Francis Domby, and five other brothers and sisters who died in infancy.

Contributions in Anna's memory may be made in her name to St. Francis Cathedral, 2235 First St., Baker City, or to the charity of one's choice, in care of Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.