Obituaries for the week of Sept. 20 to Sept. 24

September 24, 2004 12:00 am

Lola Parlier

Lola G. Madill Parlier, 84, of Baker City, died Sept. 13, 2004, at her home.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at Grace Methodist Church in Stockton, Calif. She is interred with her husband at Park View Cemetery in French Camp, Calif.

She was born on Dec. 21, 1919, at French Camp and had lived at Stockton, Calif., until January.

She was a graduate of Manteca High School and the College of the Pacific at Stockton. She taught kindergarten at Jefferson and Fillmore Schools.

She was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi. She belonged to many social and civic groups, including the Philamatheon Club and the Stockton Garden Club. She was a member of Grace Methodist Church. Her lifelong interest included gardening, music, bridge and fishing.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Dale Parlier and her good friend, Ed Grant.

Survivors include her brother, Mike Madill; a sister, Rita Simms of Anchorage, Alaska; her daughter and son-in-law, Lynne and Philip Burroughs of Baker City; her son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Donna Parlier of Corvallis, Mont.; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, VA 22038-1131 or online at

Manuel Tarango

Manuel Tarango, 80, of Baker City and a former longtime resident of Stanfield, Ariz., died Sept. 20, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

A memorial Mass for him will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Friday at the St. Elizabeth Health Care Center chapel, 3325 Pocahontas Road. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin will celebrate the Mass. Another memorial Mass will be celebrated Oct. 8 at Casa Grande, Ariz.

Manuel was born on June 2, 1924, at Fort Davis, Texas, to Encarnacion and Alejandra Magallanes Tarango. Manuel was raised and educated on the family cattle ranch at Aldama, Chihuahua, Mexico. His family owned a store in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, where as a child he sold his eggs to a Chinese restaurant owner.

When a terrible drought hit the region, Manuel and his brother Eliseo decided to come back to the United States. They took on many farm labor jobs before settling at Stanfield, Ariz., where they picked cotton by hand in a migrant camp.

He met his wife of 53 years, Elena Morales, at Stanfield. There the two brothers raised their families together.

Until his retirement, Manuel worked for Martin Talla Farms, Lewis Johnson and John Wayne's Cattle Feedlots.

He was "Tata" to everyone at Stanfield, especially to the several children he and Elena cared for. Manuel always had a pocketful of change for every child he came in contact with. He had a passion for gardening, target shooting, hunting and farming with his sons and daughter.

His generosity was expressed to all, even to strangers to whom he would give his new boots, new coat, and his wife's favorite Mexican blankets. His family grew up hearing him recite poetry and singing Mexican ballads.

"We will miss ‘Papi,' but rejoice with thanksgiving for the love, guidance, and compassion he shared with every one of us, family, friend or stranger," his family members said.

Survivors include his wife, Elena Morales Tarango; sons, Hector, and his wife, Lynn, of Yakima, Wash., Carlos of Running Springs, Calif., and George and his wife, Bertha, of Queen Creek, Ariz.; his daughter, Ma'Lena Tarango Wirth and her husband, Karl, of Baker City; and his beloved daughter-in-law, Norma Tarango of Casa Grande, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren, David, Anthony, Alfredo, Stacy, Sarah, Beth, Brandon and Laura Tarango and Adam and Victoria Wirth; one great-grandson, David Jr. "D.J." Tarango; numerous nieces and nephews; his brothers, Rafael and his wife, Gloria, and Father Carlos Tarango; one sister, Esperanza Serrano, and her husband, Sebastian.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Santana, Roberto, Jos, Reynaldo, Concepcion, and Eliseo; and one sister, Dolores Aguirre.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Elizabeth Health Care Center through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Norma Ash

Norma L. Ash, 69, a longtime Baker City resident, died Sept. 17, 2004, at her home after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Her funeral was at 11 a.m. today at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Family friend Sally Farmer officiated.

There was a reception afterward to share a meal and memories with the family at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall.

Vault interment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Hermiston Cemetery.

Norma married Billy Joe Ash on May 14, 1952, at Richland, Wash. They had three children.

Norma enjoyed camping, fishing and raising her family. In Norma's later years, she spent time with her companion, Charlie Bishop. They traveled, spent time with family and enjoyed many hours playing cards.

Survivors include her longtime companion, Charlie Bishop of Baker City; son, Dan Ash, and his companion, Midge, of Riverside, Calif.; son, Dave Ash, and his wife, Donna, of Umatilla; daughter, MaryJo Nee, and her husband, Mike, of Keller, Wash.; five grandsons, Travis, Nickolas, and Zachery Ash, and Spencer and Sawyer Nee; three brothers, Ron, George and Lawrence Noggles all of Tri-Cities, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Elsie Noggles; her father, James Beckwith; adoptive father, Claude Noggles; husband Billy Joe Ash; and one grandson, Jeremy Ash.

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

Phyllis Moulton

Phyllis H. Moulton, 89, of Baker City, died Sept. 10, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Elkhorn Baptist Church, 3520 Birch St.

Mrs. Moulton was born on June 28, 1915, at Dallas, Ore., to Philip and Ella Hausr Winters. She was educated at Walla Walla, Wash.

She worked in the family bakery until 1946. She also worked in a grocery store and for Pacific Fruit Co. in La Grande and also at May's Music.

She married Elmer Moulton on Aug. 9, 1950. Mrs. Moulton was a homemaker and worked for Gwilliam Bakery before retiring in 1976.

Survivors include her husband, Elmer Moulton of Baker City; a son, Philip Moulton of Baker City; a stepdaughter and her husband, Rosemarie and Ron Bisonnett of Baker City; stepdaughter, Darla Jean Peterson of Kennewick, Wash.; brother, Eugene Winters of Oregon; sisters, Marguerite Winters and Roberta Leonard, both of Yakima, Wash.; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elkhorn Baptist Church through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.