Obituaries for the week of Aug. 2 to Aug. 6

August 06, 2004 12:00 am

Erma Guyer

Erma Gladys Guyer, 93, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 4, 2004 at Boise after having lived a long life filled with simple pleasures.

Her funeral will be Monday, Aug. 9, at 9 a.m. PDT at the Alden Waggoner Funeral Chapel, 5400 Fairview Ave. in Boise.

Interment with graveside services will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery on Monday at 2:30 p.m. PDT.

Erma was born Oct. 23, 1910, at Richland. She grew up on her parents' sheep ranch on the Powder River and attended Sunnyside School in Eagle Valley.

As a teenager, Erma worked as a cook at the Sass and Schneau Sheep Ranch in Richland. There Erma met Louis Guyer. After a two-year courtship, Louis and Erma were married on May 18, 1928.

As newlyweds, Erma and Louis moved into their own little home within the Buffalo mining camp in the Blue Mountains, west of Baker City, where Louis worked.

Erma loved to ride horses, and she owned dogs and pet canaries. She especially enjoyed going fishing with her husband.

Later Erma and Louis moved to Baker City where they raised two sons. Erma also worked at Hotel Baker as a salad chef. In 1971 the couple moved to Boise.

Her sons remember Erma as an outstanding caregiver. During the Great Depression, Erma fed hobos, took in single mothers and their children for several years, took in one young man for years, as well as taking in several others for short periods of time. Then, when Erma's husband was disabled from a mining accident, she took care of him for 41 years. Erma also took care of her aging mother for several years.

Erma will be missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include her two sons, Dale and his wife, Donna, and Vernon and his wife, Cynthia; one sister, Anita Smith of Grangeville, Idaho; two brothers, Joe Wilson of Slate Creek, Idaho, and Harold Wilson of Gooding, Idaho; five grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Boise Rescue Mission or to the charity of one's choice.

Corlynn Wilson

Corlynn Elaine (Trindle) Wilson, 31, a former Baker City resident now of Nampa, Idaho, died on Aug. 3, 2004 in Canyon County, Idaho.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, 2235 First St. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin will officiate.

Friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the Baker Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St., following the service.

Corlynn Elaine was born on Nov. 6, 1972 in Portland. She was the oldest of Mike and Ann Trindle's three children.

Corey was raised in Baker County, attending kindergarten in Haines and grammar through high school in Baker City. She graduated from Baker High School with the class of 1991.

After graduation, Corey attended Treasure Valley Community College. Although she only attended college for one year, she was able to accomplish two years of fun.

After college, Corey started working at a bank in Lewiston, Idaho, and then another bank in Payette, Idaho. She then got a job in Nampa with Micron Technology working as a secretary and had worked her way up to working in the Information Technology Department as a N.O.F. administrator.

She started playing softball in high school on a women's league and had continued to play in many leagues ever since — sometimes on three teams in one season.

Corey was always there to help work cattle on her family's ranch. She loved spending her time with her family and friends. Corey was a wonderful and caring mother, daughter, sister, aunt and person. We all loved her so much and will miss her.

She is survived by her two daughters, Ashley Trees and Baylie Wilson; her parents, Mike and Ann Trindle of Baker City; her brother, Chad Trindle of Haines; her sister, Laurel DeCarli and her husband, Steve, of Baker City; her nephews, Cody and Wyatt DeCarli of Baker City; grandfathers Bill Trindle of Haines and Raymond Rademacher of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Ashley Trees and Baylie Wilson Trust, established for Corey's two young daughters Ashley Trees, 10, and Baylie Wilson, 3, in care of Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Jim' Robbins

James Wade "Jim" Robbins, 66, of Baker City, died at his home on July 31, 2004.

The family will be host for a gathering at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Baker United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St. Friends are invited to join family members for cake and punch while they honor Jim's life.

Jim was born on Nov. 2, 1937, at Banner Elk, N.C., to Robert Pell and Margaret Estelle Pritchard Robbins. He grew up and attended school in Avery County, N.C. James was one of 13 children.

In 1958, James left North Carolina and moved to Santa Maria, Calif. He got a job working for General Motors as an automotive repairman. While working for GM, Jim received six years of trade school training for automotive repair.

Arranged by his landlady, Jim started corresponding with a young lady at Caldwell, Idaho, named Linda Vernholm. After several letters, Linda agreed to visit Jim in California.

They were married a year later in 1966 at Caldwell. Linda joined Jim in California, and in 1968 their son, Robert James, was born.

In 1972, the family relocated to Baker City where they have lived for 32 years. Their daughter, Lynn Marie, was born in 1973.

In Baker City, Jim worked at the Chevrolet Dealership, Poe Motors and had his own automotive repair shop. He then worked for Don Giles until he retired in 1993.

He was a teacher and a mentor to many local mechanics. He also taught automotive repair for Treasure Valley Community College.

Jim was always willing to help people out with their car troubles. Even up until his last days he still received calls from people asking questions about how to fix their cars, which he was more than happy to answer.

He was an honest and giving man. He was so giving, that when he had his own shop, he had a hard time charging people for fixing their cars.

Jim loved his family very much. He enjoyed woodworking and made furniture for his wife and children.

He also was a hunter and a fisherman. Even though he couldn't read music, Jim played the guitar, learning all songs by ear.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Linda; his son, Robert, and his girlfriend, Sandra Miller, of La Grande; his daughter, Lynn Weems of Baker City; a brother, Grant Robbins of Sedro Wooley, Wash.; three sisters, Florence Evans of Pismo Beach, Calif., Elizabeth Hartley of Charlotte, N.C., and Margaret Ann Calhoun of Newland, N.C.; six grandchildren, AliAnne, Alastair, and Aidan Weems and Jennifer, Michael, and Daniel Altherr; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and six brothers.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Linda Christensen

Linda Jean Christensen, 51, of Baker City, died July 28, 2004, at her home after a long illness.

At her request, there will be no memorial service.

Linda had lived in Baker City and prior to her illness had worked for several years at Marvin Wood Products. She was born at La Grande on March 13, 1953, to Armia Jean Schooler and LeRoy Shawver. She lived at La Grande most of her childhood. She married Daniel Christensen in Baker City in November 2003.

Survivors include her husband; her mother; her brother and sister-in-law, Robert Lee and Mildred Shawver; a nephew and a niece of Ellecott, Md.; her daughter, Angela Pursfull; granddaughters, Tisha Kimberly and Chelsea, all of La Grande; and many other relatives and friends.