Obituaries for April 5-9

April 08, 2004 11:00 pm

Bernice Munhall

Bernice V. Munhall, 87, of Baker City, died April 2, 2004, at the St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

Recitation of the rosary will be at 7 o'clock tonight at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Summerville Cemetery. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate.

Mrs. Munhall was born on May 14, 1916, at Summerville to Victor and Martha Fries Johnston. She was educated at Imbler, graduating in 1934. After graduation she attended business college at Spokane, Wash.

She worked for various La Grande doctors. She married Robert Munhall on April 13, 1949, in La Grande. In 1950, they moved to Baker City where Robert worked for York Electric. Later they purchased York Electric where she took care of the bookkeeping for the company until their retirement.

She also was a homemaker and loving wife and mother. After their retirement they spent most of their time at their cabin on Wallowa Lake. She loved the wildflowers and watching the wild birds. She loved to cook especially large meals for family gatherings.

Mrs. Munhall had a love for music and people and she shared her love with all. She had been a member of Pleasant Grove Grange since 1926 and was a member of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral and the St. Francis Altar Society.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Jeanne Munhall of Lakeview; her daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Wayne Bloom of Baker City; brothers and sisters-in-law, Leighton and Marie Johnston of Hood River and Dean and Judy Johnston of Union; grandchildren, Kevin and Darnel Cassidy of Haines and Tony Bloom of Dixon, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Kale Cassidy of Haines and Matthew Dixon of Dixon, Calif.; brother-in-law, Owen Munhall, and his wife, Kathleen, of Spokane, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a niece and nephew.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Francis de Sales Choir Loft Repair Project, St. Francis de Sales Food Bank, or Pathway Hospice through the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Baker City, OR 97814.

Leah Kerr

Leah Etta Kerr, 85, of Bend, a former longtime Baker teacher, died April 4, 2004.

There will be a private family service.

Mrs. Kerr was born on June 25, 1918, at Loveland, Colo., to Leon and Olivia Hewitt Evans. She was raised at Medford. She married Norman M. Kerr on April 11, 1942, at Medford. He died in 1988.

Mrs. Kerr was an elementary schoolteacher in the Baker School District from 1965 to 1986. She retired after 37 years of teaching.

She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and Oregon Retired Educators. She was active with the Baptist Church and loved to read and sing and she enjoyed music.

Survivors include her son, Norman Kerr V and his wife, Vicki; her daughter, Karen Spencer of La Pine and her husband, Virgil; a brother, Leon Evans of Medford; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and three sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bend Senior Center, 1600 S.E. Reed Market Road, Bend, OR 97702.

Autumn Funerals of Bend is in charge of arrangements.

Alladyne Derrick

Alladyne L. Derrick, 78, a long-time Baker City resident, died April 7, 2004, at her home.

Her graveside funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. The Rev. Connie Boone and Mr. Mike Durgan of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church will officiate. Everyone is invited to a reception afterward at St. Stephen's.

Alladyne was born on March 8, 1926, at La Grande to Bill and Wilma Neider Metcalf. She was raised in Baker City and was a Baker High School graduate. She married Robert V. Derrick on March 10, 1946, at Baker City.

Survivors include her husband, Bob Derrick of Baker City; son and daughter-in-law, Larry M. And Debra Derrick of Winter Park, Fla.; grandchildren, Kim, Miki, Bill and Joe Derrick; a niece, Gloria Lewis, and her husband, Wayne; and other nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilma and Bill Metcalf.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.