Obituaries for July 12-July 16

July 15, 2004 11:00 pm

Betty Borgen

Betty Borgen, 74, of Baker City, died July 5, 2004, as a result of an automobile accident near John Day.

There will be a celebration of her life at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Lutheran Church, 1734 Third St. There will be a potluck supper after the service at the Senior Center, 2810 Cedar St. There will be a private family interment service at the ranch after her husband, Bob, recovers from injuries he sustained in the accident and returns home.

Betty Louise Milton was born on Sept. 13, 1929, at Soldier Summit, Utah, to Carl Halvord Milton and Clarabelle Fouse Milton. She spent her early years at Soldier Summit, Springville and Provo, Utah, moving with her father's job on the Union Pacific Railroad.

In 1946, the family moved to Baker City. Betty was a 1947 Baker High School graduate. She spent a semester at Brigham Young University at Provo, Utah, before returning to Baker City to work at First National Bank.

It was at Baker High School that she met Bob Borgen when he was sent to ask her on a date for a friend. Bob and Betty ended up dating instead. They were married on Oct. 17, 1952, at Winnemucca, Nev.

Their daughter, Karen, was born before Bob shipped out to the Korean War. On Bob's return, their son, Kerry, was born and four years later, their daughter, Kris, was born. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends in 2002.

The family lived briefly at Medford and Ashland while Bob was working for Rogers Construction, then returned to Baker City and moved to their ranch on Marble Creek Road in 1963.

During her career, Betty worked as a bookkeeper for Levingers Rexall Drug and Baker Truck Corral, and for Marble Creek Logging, the family business.

Betty was a very active person, not only walking, gardening, bowling and cross-country skiing but supporting her children and grandchildren in all of their activities as well. She enjoyed her friendships and memberships in Soroptimists, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Lady Elks and First Lutheran Church. She particularly looked forward to her bowling trips with her team of friends.

Betty was passionate about every aspect of life. She held fierce loyalty for her children and grandchildren, deep compassion and empathy for those in difficult circumstances and righteous indignation for those who drove too fast on Marble Creek Road. She loved to talk politics, help those in need and grow beautiful flowers that renew themselves season after season in her yard.

"We will miss her little laugh, her energy and her arguments," family members said. "Our community and family events to come will miss her presence and her apple pie."

Survivors include her husband, Bob; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Glen Giles and Kris and John Runyon; a son and daughter-in-law, Kerry and Kari Borgen; grandchildren, Robert, Hallie and Laura Borgen and Megan Runyon; sister and brother-in-law, Nadine and Pat Guymon; and many members of an extended and loving family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Soroptimist Scholarship Fund through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Lucy Cook

Lucy Laura Cook, 96, of Baker City, died July 7, 2004 at St. Elizabeth Care Center.

A graveside vault interment will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate.

Friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the Baker City Christian Church following the service.

Lucy was born Jan. 5, 1908, at Halfway to John and Jessie Shook Mills.

She went to Monmouth to study to be a teacher at normal school, then came back to Eastern Oregon and taught school for one year in Pine Valley and for one year at Blue Mountain School in Keating.

Lucy married Walter Cook on Feb. 23, 1929 and the couple bought a homestead in Keating that still remains the family ranch.

Lucy and Walter had two children: Elton in 1933 and Hildreth in 1932.

She loved to hunt, fish, go looking for huckleberries and camp in the mountains. Lucy was also a longtime member of the Keating Grange.

Lucy was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, and two sisters.

She is survived by her daughter, Hildreth Jacobs; her husband, Ralph, of Keating; her son, Elton Cook and his wife, Loretta, of Keating; four grandchildren, Curtis Jacobs and his wife, Anne, Perry Jacobs and his wife, Corinna, Michael Cook and his wife, Cathy, all of Keating, and Cindy Lenhart and her husband, Steve, of Pendleton; eight great-grandchildren, Kim, Jason, Katy and Alyssa Jacobs and Cody and Travis Cook, all of Keating, and Whitney and David Lenhart of Pendleton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Keating Rural Fire Department in care of Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Beverly Plymate

Beverly Ann Plymate, 61, died July 5, 2004 at her home in Huntington.

No services will be held at this time. Cremation by Eastern Oregon Pioneer Crematory.

Beverly is survived by two brothers, Robert Partlow Sr. and Bert Partlow, both of Oregon City; a son, Eddie Papst of Oregon City; a daughter, Dee Wilson of Ontario; and four grandchildren, Ashly Nipper, Charlie Bacon, Lacie Bacon and Kendra Huston, all of Ontario.

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

Michael Cunningham

Michael Richard Cunningham, infant son of Matthew and Elsa Cunningham, was born and died on July 7, 2004.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Close friends and family are welcome.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rachel Center or the Catholic Church through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Margaret Holcomb

Margaret Holcomb, 94, died July 13, 2004.

A celebration of her life will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the McEwen Bible Fellowship. There will be a potluck dinner afterward.

She and her twin sister, Margie, were born on June 30, 1910, at Newberg to Homer and Effie Hutchins. She married Vero Baird in 1927. They had three children: Robert, Corinne and Phillip.

In 1946, she married Ralph P. Holcomb. They had a daughter, Nancy. Ralph died on Dec. 17, 1997.

Margaret, who was lovingly known as "Maggie," was a cafeteria cook at Churchill School for many years. She was well-known for her delicious cinnamon rolls. She also gained recognition for creating more than 100 crocheted afghans, which she presented to her friends and relatives.

Margaret's good-natured humor added to her home, where she often entertained her many friends and family. One of her favorite pastimes was camping, which she was able to enjoy just two weeks ago at Phillips Lake.

She was strong in faith and was a member of McEwen Bible Fellowship. Private family interment will be later at the Richland Cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter, Corinne, and her husband, Mike Fuzi, of Coolin, Idaho; her son, Robert Baird, and his wife, Fran, of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; daughter, Nancy, and her husband, Robert Smith of Baker City; daughter-in-law, Joanna Baird of Sequim, Wash.; stepchildren, Ralph H. Holcomb, and his wife, Velma, of Baker City, Doris Baum of San Jose, Calif., and Velora Morton of Eugene; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph; 10 brothers and sisters; and her son, Phil Baird.

In lieu of flowers, at Margaret's request, donations may be made to the McEwen Bible Fellowship, 15403 Sumpter Stage Highway, Baker City, OR 97814.

Marian McDonald

There will be a memorial gathering at 2 p.m. Saturday for the friends of Marian McDonald, a former North Powder resident who died Jan. 2, 2004, at Los Angeles while visiting her family during the holidays.

For directions to the memorial gathering, call Roxanna Swann at 523-9265.

Marian had moved to Bainbridge Island, Wash., in 1999 after living in Baker County for almost 30 years. She was born at Youngstown, Ohio. Her parents Emile A. Titangos and Anna Fondas, came from Triglia, Asia Minor.

The family moved to Los Angeles when Marian was quite young. Her father was a furrier and Anna was a seamstress. They made and sold fur items to the Hollywood stars of that time. Marian graduated from UCLA and taught English in the Los Angeles school system.

She first came to Baker County in 1968, where she and her husband purchased a piece of property near Anthony Lakes. After retiring from teaching, Marian moved here permanently and became an active member of the community.

She had jobs in advertising and public relations and was an ardent supporter of several environmental causes. She was active with the Blue Mountain Native Forest Alliance, the Blue Mountain Environmental Council, the Nature Conservancy, and the Sierra Club.

She especially loved the forests of Eastern Oregon and spent many hours hiking around her property and on trails near Anthony Lakes and the Wallowas. She was an active gardener as well, growing many of her own vegetables.

Marian's love of nature brought her outdoors during the cold, clear Baker Valley winters to take photographs of the snow-covered hills and rushing streams in her backyard. During her travels to Ireland, France and Italy, she documented the famous places and beautiful scenery she visited with her excellent camera work.

Other artistic pursuits included pottery, guitar, voice and poetry. Her favorite social pastime was entertaining people for dinners where everyone pitched in.

She also enjoyed the camaraderie of a Women's Circle. She was never afraid to try new things and to explore new horizons. She will be remembered by her friends for her "joie de vivre" and her love of Baker Valley and Eastern Oregon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Nature Conservancy or a local charity of choice.

Lillian Beam

Lillian S. Beam, 83, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 13, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Gray's West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. The Rev. Ed Niswender of the Calvary Baptist Church will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be until 8 o'clock tonight at Gray's West & Co.

She was born Delilah Lillian Siegler on Sept. 1, 1920, at Kulm, N.D., to John and Katherina Weisser Siegler. After finishing her schooling, she traveled West with her sister, Viola, to Tacoma, Wash., where they both went to work at Madigan Army Hospital.

It was there she met and married Robert "Bob" Beam in November of 1946. They made their home at Olympia, Wash., until Bob was discharged from the service. At that time they moved to Unity where Bob's parents, Ralph and Rose, lived. They later moved to Mount Vernon and John Day, but eventually made Baker City their home.

Together they had four children, Tom, Susan, John and Mike. After 26 years of marriage they divorced, but they always stayed close. Bob died in 1990.

Lillian spent most of her life as a devoted homemaker, wife and mother. You could always count on a good meal at her home.

After the children got older, Lillian went to work for the Hereford Motel in Baker City and later moved to the Oregon Trail Motel where she ended her working career.

Lillian was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America for a number of years and enjoyed traveling to out-of-town functions. She also enjoyed going to the Senior Center. For many years she was a constant and faithful companion to her mother-in-law, Rose Beam, and they could always be seen together at events around town.

Lillian spent the last several years living at Meadowbrook, having just recently moved to St. Elizabeth Care Center a couple of weeks before she died.

Survivors include her son, Tom Beam, and his wife, Suzan, of Woodburn; sons, John and Mike Beam of Baker City; daughter-in-law, Lorna Beam, of Baker City; a daughter, Susan Staab, and her husband, Carlyle, of Chehalis, Wash.; 15 grandchildren and stepgrandchildren, Tom Beam, Chris Beam, Debee Wilson, Jeremy Beam, Eddie Beam, Jeff Colton, Rick Colton, Brad Staab, David and Michael Beam, Jerry Dowdy, Brett Goodyard, David and Ken Staab and Laurie Painter; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Maggie Siegler of Jamestown, N.D., Vangie and her husband, Orville Wolff of Sacred Heart, Minn., Lorraine and her husband, Henry Hettick of Bismarck, N.D., and Viola Swain of Eugene; and one brother, Wilbur of Kulm, N.D.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Jake and Johnny; and several half brothers and half sisters.

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