Obituaries for the week of Feb. 28 to March 4

March 04, 2005 12:00 am

‘Reta' Powell

Ireta A. "Reta" Powell, 88, of Baker City, died March 2, 2005, with her family at her side.

Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery.

She was born at Preston, Idaho, to George Ames and Ava Inez Ransom on Oct. 17, 1916. She received her education at Preston and Grace, Idaho. She loved summers as a child when her mother and siblings would join their father camping in the mountains. She talked often of her escapades.

Reta married Harold M. Powell on Feb. 3, 1941, at Kenmore, Wyo. They lived most of their married life in Idaho and Oregon. They had three children, Geraldine, Gary and Diana. As a family, they enjoyed many camping and fishing adventures.

Reta was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. In her younger years, she could whip up a beautiful family dinner at the drop of a hat. As her children married, they returned often and enjoyed Mom's fried chicken and many games of pinochle.

She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, canning and gardening. Her years working at Levinger's Drug Store were fond in her heart. She was a member of the Degree of Honor Lodge and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Her husband died in 1982 and she lived on her own until 2003.

Survivors include her children, Geraldine "Gerri" Smith of Portland, Gary and Jackie Powell of Hermiston, and Diana and Bruce Burningham of Baker City; her sister, Elaine Nate of Montpelier, Idaho; brother, Charles Ransom, and his wife, Susan, of Turkey; grandchildren, Brent Smith, Bryan Smith, John and Ronda Powell, Greg and Brenda Goodyear, Andrew Anderson, Todd and Jolynne Welter, Becky and Joe Lazdauskas and Sheila and Joel Baker; 11 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sister, Norma Moser; and brothers, Loren Ransom and Gerald Ransom.

Memorial contributions may be made to Guardian Hospice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Marcy' Sapp

Marcelee Jane "Marcy" Sapp, 68, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 27, 2005, at her home in North Las Vegas, Nev.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate.

Marcelee was born on Jan. 21, 1937, at Lone Beach, Calif., to Allen "Eldon" Brooks and Louise Thelma Brooks. She was raised with one sister, Sandra Louise Brooks. Marcy married Gerald "Jerry" Sapp in Las Vegas, Nev., on Sept. 9, 1955.

They shared their home in Orange County, Calif., and raised two children: Bradley "Brad" Eldon Sapp and Cathy Louise Sapp Christensen. Marcy and her husband and family retired in 1993 to Baker City to the delight of their daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In 1999, she relocated to North Las Vegas for health reasons. Marcelee will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Her wisdom, beauty, words of encouragement, and especially her faith, laughter and smile will be missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her sister.

Survivors include her two children, Bradley Eldon Sapp of North Las Vegas, Nev., and Cathy Louise Christensen of Baker City; grandchildren, Joseph Allen Charbonneau of Baker City, Jeffrey John Charbonneau of Boise, Jillian Brook Sapp of North Las Vegas, Nev., and Crystal Lee Charbonneau of Baker City; and great-grandchildren, Joseph David Charbonneau of San Diego and Maddox Lee Charbonneau of Boise.

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

Daren Spencer

Daren H. Spencer, 62, of Baker City, died Feb. 27, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

There will be a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Friday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Visitations will be until 8 o'clock tonight at Gray's West & Co.

Daren was born to Harlow and Evelyn on July 31, 1942, at Baker City. He lived his entire life in Baker County where he farmed.

Daren was a Baker High School graduate and was well-known as a local artist and photographer. He was kind-hearted and loved Baker County.

Survivors include his lifetime partner, Louise Shreffler of Baker City; best friend and sister, Joy Hoff of The Dalles; and daughters, Shannon Brown, Raegan Spencer and Kelly Taylor-Wilson, all of Utah.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Stars for a Safe Return through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Helen Sager

Helen Sager, 83, a lifelong Baker County resident, died Feb. 26, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Lutheran Church, 1734 Third St. Pastor Mel Harris will officiate.

Helen was born on Oct. 19, 1921, at Richland to John and Magdalena Nave. She was the seventh of nine siblings who were raised at Richland.

She graduated as valedictorian from Eagle Valley High School at Richland. She married Lorenzil C. Raley on Sept. 30, 1939, at Weiser, Idaho.

The couple had two children. Helen enjoyed raising her children and taking care of her family.

On Jan. 29, 1968, she married John Sager. They spent many good years camping and fishing.

During her early years, Helen worked at the Oregon Lumber Co. Later she became the librarian at Brooklyn Elementary School where she worked until her retirement.

Helen was always ready for a game of pinochle with friends and family. She was also a loyal Trail Blazers fan and eagerly anticipated every game. She was a longtime member of the First Lutheran Church.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, John and Magdalena Nave; Lorenzil Raley and John Sager; and six siblings, Anna Ballard, Claus Nave, Margaret Neuman, Walter Nave, Dora Hilzer, Christina Brown.

Survivors include daughter, Shila Hessler, and her husband, Gene, of Fairview; son, Larry Raley, and his wife, Beverly, of Baker City; sisters, Freda Johnston of Richland, Wash., and Betty Wieber of Hillsboro; granddaughters and their husbands, Cherie and Scott Ludwig of Milwaukie, Gail and Bob Hommel of Canby, and Stephanie and Chris Mays of Huntington; grandsons and their wives, Todd and Carol Wyatt of Portland and Lance and Denise Raley of Baker City; six treasured great-grandchildren, Courtney and Katelynne Raley, Jessica and Paul Wyatt, Hollie Mays, and Danielle Ludwig; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Lillian Hatfield

Lillian Hatfield, 83, of Baker City, died Feb. 27, 2005, at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande.

Her memorial service and reception was Tuesday at Coles Funeral Home. Pastor Gordon Bond of the Richland Christian Church officiated.

Mrs. Hatfield was born on April 19, 1921, at Des Moines, Iowa, to Merrill and Charlotte Porter. She married Don Hatfield on Aug. 24, 1940, at Des Moines. In 1985, she moved to Baker City, where she lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Jim Morrissey.

Lillian liked to read and cook, and she enjoyed gardening. She loved her family, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. They were her whole life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, and four siblings.

Survivors include her children, Don and Mary Hatfield, of Blue Grass, Iowa, Mike and Valee Hatfield of Alaska, and David and Linda Hatfield, Steve and Linda Farstad and Judy and James Morrissey, all of Baker City; three sisters and one brother, all of Des Moines, Iowa; 21 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Margaret Ainsworth

Margaret Helen Ainsworth died Feb. 28, 2005, in Baker City.

At her request there will be no funeral. Her friends and family will have many memories of her to share now and always.

She was born on March 16, 1919, at Mendota, Ill., to Edwin Bowling and Carrie Belle Ashley Bowling. Margaret was raised in Wyoming, Colorado and California.

Her father was a Methodist minister and a circuit rider between small towns in Wyoming and Colorado, before being assigned to a church in California.

Margaret graduated high school and married Harold W. Davis at Campbell, Calif. They had two children, Charles Edwin Davis and Ann Irene Davis.

The marriage later ended in divorce. Margaret married John Frances Ainsworth. They had another son, Ashley Bowling Ainsworth.

The couple spent the majority of their married life at Cloverdale, Calif., until John's passing. Margaret began visiting Pine Valley in the '70s and always loved it there, becoming a resident in 1999.

Margaret was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses and enjoyed visiting with her friends in the congregation. She also loved to travel. Margaret loved all the animals and birds that lived in or visited the area.

Survivors include her loving children, Ann Starke of Halfway, Ashley and Karen Ainsworth of Kelseyville, Calif., Ed Davis of Lattimore, N.C.; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John, who died in 1971; two brothers and three sisters, including a twin sister, who died in infancy.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Virgle Clelland

Virgle C. Clelland, 77, a former Baker County resident, died Feb. 15, 2005, at the Boise Veterans Hospital.

His graveside service was Feb. 19 at Park View Cemetery in New Plymouth, Idaho.

Virgle was born on May 17, 1927, at Midvale, Idaho, to Edgar Raymond and Hilda Eva Heinrich Clelland. He was a former member of the Boise River Cattleman's Association, the Idaho Cattleman's Association and the American Quarter Horse Association.

Virgle loved his cattle more than he loved his wife. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and he enjoyed and loved his family.

Survivors include six children; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cards or memorial contributions may be sent to The Virgle Clelland Family, in care of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.

‘Chuck' Britton

Charles Howard "Chuck" Britton, 84, of Baker City, died Feb. 26, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St.

Visitations will be until 7 o'clock tonight at Coles Funeral Home.

Chuck was born on Sept. 3, 1920, to Howard C. and Helena Britton. He was raised on the family homestead near Lusk, Wyo., and graduated from Torrington High School in 1937.

He married Vivian Vondra, his childhood friend, on Dec. 31, 1939, at Torrington, Wyo. Chuck and Viv moved west, living in Idaho, Seattle and Portland. Chuck worked as a welder in the shipyards during World War II.

They moved to Baker in September 1945 and established Britton Bros. with his brother, Lester. In 1948 he and Vivian became sole owners of the farm equipment company, renaming it Britton Equipment Co.

Having grown up on the arid, eastern Wyoming prairie, Chuck appreciated the potential in the water-rich Baker Valley. He pioneered both sprinkler and gravity-flow irrigation throughout the county.

In the late 1960s he recruited his sons, Howard and Harold, from Oregon State University to become partners in Britton Equipment. Leo Poe became the third partner in 1972.

At that time the product line was expanded to include Case and David Brown lines and eventually John Deere and New Holland as well. After Chuck sold his final interest in the business, he continued as an adviser and a salesman until his final retirement in 1985.

After selling the business, he and Vivian traveled extensively in the United States and enjoyed spending winters in Arizona. Vivian died in 1988.

In 1989, Chuck married Lois Butts, a longtime family friend. They enjoyed 13 years together until her death in 2002.

Chuck was a life member of the Baker Elks Lodge and a member of Oregon Trailers Good Sam Club. He enjoyed square dancing, camping and playing bingo and pinochle games with friends and family.

Survivors include his four children and their spouses, Evelyn and John Plankinton of Menlo Park, Calif., Howard and Sandee Britton of Baker City, Harold and Judy Britton of Hillsboro and Betty Braswell of Baker City; eight grandchildren, Chuck Britton and his wife, Abby, of Tigard, Dave Britton and his wife, Kristina, of Beaverton, Lisa Britton, Ed Braswell and his wife, Diane, Emily Bryant and her husband, Bob, all of Baker City, Bryce Britton of Seattle, Amy James and her husband, Werner, of Hillsboro, and Robin Plankinton of Menlo Park, Calif.; six great-grandchildren, Vivian Britton, Levi Britton, Tyler Britton, Jordan Bryant, Katee Braswell and Justin Braswell; brother, Erle Britton and his wife, Neva, of Phoenix, Ariz.; longtime friend, Milton Prowell of Baker City, and special friend, Myrtle Colvard of Baker City.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth and Alice, and a brother, Lester.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Albert Wicks

Albert G. Wicks, 100, of Warren, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 24, 2005, at Warren.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Visitations will be until 6 o'clock tonight at Gray's West & Co.

Albert was born on Sept. 21, 1904, at Hereford. He was the third child of Arrie Jane Osborn and Jasper E. Wicks.

Albert's father and grandfather, Henry M. Wicks, traveled to Oregon by covered wagon and homesteaded property in the Hereford area. Albert lived for many years in the Baker City area. As a young man he worked for his uncle, Jeff Phillips of Wingville. He later worked for John Rouse at Unity, Fred Phillips at Keating and Harlin Wendt at Baker City.

During World War II he worked as a welder at the Swan Island Shipyard in Portland. He later worked on the construction of the Bliss Dam in Idaho.

After Albert's retirement from ranching, he made his home with his eldest son at Tigard and Warren. He was active in raising a large vegetable garden until 1999 when the infirmities of age kept him more confined to the house.

He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include five children, Ronald, Clayton, Margaret, Wayne and Joyce; 32 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; two brothers; three wives, Effie, Lola and Imogene; three stepchildren, Homer, Raymond and Betty; stepgranddaughter, Kimberly; and a great-great-grandson, Christopher.

Bertha Ridpath

Bertha Pauline Ridpath, 91, of Baker City, died Feb. 25, 2005.

Her graveside service was at the City View Cemetery in Salem. The family expressed heartfelt thanks for the assistance of Coles Funeral Home, which transferred arrangements to Howell Edwards Mortuary.

Mrs. Ridpath was born on June 12, 1914, at Odessa, N.D. She had lived in Baker City since 1999. She will be missed by her family.

Survivors include Bert Osborne, and his wife, Ann, of Albany; Miss Ilena Fleming and Miss Fritzi Aldrich of Baker City; Francis Pierce and her husband, Tom, of Keizer; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.