Obituaries for the week of April 19 to April 23

April 30, 2004 12:00 am

Mary Yoder

Mary M. Weir Yoder, 46, of Sandy, died April 11, 2004, after a multi-year battle with cancer.

There will be a celebration of Mary's life at the Richland Grange Hall from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Friends are invited to stop by to visit with her parents and family. At Mary's request, her body was cremated.

Mary was born on Oct. 22, 1957, at Baker City and grew up at Richland. She was a 1975 graduate of Pine-Eagle High School at Halfway. She then moved to the Portland area where she became a successful businesswoman.

Mary began her professional career with First Interstate Bank (later Wells Fargo Bank) in 1975. She worked her way up through the company to become division vice president. She took an early retirement in 2001 when her medical challenges began.

Mary traveled extensively and loved working for Wells Fargo. She had many friends within the banking industry and was a respected employee and manager at Wells Fargo.

Mary was generous in every way to family and friends. She made special efforts to help and mentor her nieces and nephews in any way she could. She loved to travel and spent winters in Arizona with her parents. Mary was the center of attention when in Arizona, and made many new friends wherever she went.

Mary loved to garden and to shop. She had many unique items, which always made her home and garden a delight to explore and experience. She was well known for her style and flair in decorating.

She was bold yet sophisticated. Mary loved everything about home decorating, both inside and out. She was an avid gardener and master of finding that odd, yet tasteful item that would absolutely set the tone for her creative decorating.

Mary's stylish manner and unique humor were well known to her family and friends. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her, but will remain in their hearts and minds for eternity.

Survivors include her parents, John and Donna Weir of Richland; sister, Judi Grantz, and her husband, Ron, of Sandy; brothers and sisters-in-law, Neil and Cindy Weir of Mountain Home, Idaho, and Jerry and Mary Weir of Halfway; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

James Donald

James Cleveland Donald, 75, of Acton, Mass., a former Baker City resident, died April 11, 2004.

He was a third-generation citizen of Baker County. His father, James Donald, was a member of the Baker City law firm, Nichols, Hallock, Donald, Banta, which is now Silven, Schmeits and Vaughan.

James attended Baker schools until he was 16 when he transferred to Phillips Academy at Andover, Mass. He kept close to his classmates at Baker High School and attended every reunion of the Class of 1946. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service during his college vacations.

He was a 1950 graduate of Stanford University where he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry. After serving two years with the 2nd Infantry Division, which saw action in Korea, he graduated from Harvard School of Business.

His working career spanned 45 years and seven companies, including DuPont and Almy, where he achieved the Daran patent. His last job was as president of his own company, Six States Engineering. He was active in community affairs in Acton and traveled twice to Romania to help support the church people who had suffered during the dictatorship.

He was an early feminism enthusiast, encouraging his wife to continue her medical practice and civic activities. He kept in close touch with his friends and classmates in Baker County and always was proud of his Baker County heritage.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Donald, M.D., of Acton; sister, Jane Creighton of San Rafael, Calif.; and three children, James Wylie Donald of Fair Haven, N.J., Amy Donald Pualwan of Greensboro Bend, Vt., and Lt. Commander Elliott Judson Donald of the U.S. Navy at Norfolk, Va., and his wife, Olivia Cole of Haines; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Judy.

Baker City friends suggest memorial contributions to the Crossroads-Carnegie Project since James Donald spent many happy hours in the Carnegie Library and would take great pride in seeing its restoration as a cultural center.

Martin Smolich

Martin Smolich, 77, a Baker City native, died April 21, 2004, at St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Baker Elks Lodge, No. 338, 1896 Second St. Members of the Elks Lodge will perform the ceremony. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the lodge.

Martin was born on Aug. 15, 1926, at Baker City to George and Mandy Lulich Smolich. He attended St. Francis Academy and worked for the Oregon Lumber Co. for quite a few years. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the Baker Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include four brothers, Emil Smolich and his wife, Kay, George Smolich and his wife, Janet, and Paul Smolich and his wife, Helen, all of Milwaukie, and Bob Smolich and his wife, Patty, of Seattle, Wash.; one sister, Helen Cardinal, and her husband, Jerry, of Gig Harbor, Wash.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Luke, John, Jim, Raymond and Tommy Smolich; and by one sister, Leona Stoddard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker Elks Lodge, No. 338, through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.