Obituaries for Nov. 21 to Nov. 25, 2005

November 24, 2005 11:00 pm

Cora "Lois" Moberly

Cora "Lois" Moberly, 78, of Milton-Freewater and a Haines native, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, in Walla-Walla, Wash.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater. Private burial will be in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Alzheimer's Association, or to the Diabetes Association through the funeral home.

Lois was born Dec. 15, 1926, in Haines to LeRoy and Lela Cross Speelman. She received her schooling in Haines, North Powder and Baker City. She married Joseph D. Moberly on Sept. 30, 1946, in Baker City. They lived in Baker City; Waitsburg, Wash.; and Independence for the most part of their marriage.

She was a cook and waitress at various restaurants in those areas. For a time they were property managers for various apartment complexes in the Tri-Cities.

Mr. and Mrs. Moberly moved to Milton-Freewater in 1980 to help care for her mother. After the death of her husband in 1983, she lived in Pasco for a time with her son. She came back to Milton-Freewater in 1990 and lived with her sister, Marjorie McAlliser and later moved to Fran's Place in 2004.

The most important thing in her life was her family. All the family dinners were at her house for many years. They had several foster children, and were very active in the Waitsburg Southern Baptist Church. She and her sister loved to play bingo and did so regularly until ill health made it impossible.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Claudia and Tom Allen of Milton-Freewater; sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Joy Moberly of Pasco, Wash., Doug and Susan Moberly of Rainier, and Dan and Colleen Moberly of Milton-Freewater; foster son and his wife, Tom and Nadine Bowling of Penrin, Calif.; sister, Marjorie McAllister of Milton-Freewater; and sister-in-law and husband, Peggy and Charles Hill of Dallas. Also surviving are 19 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Claude Speelman, and sister, Jewell Wright.

Fern M. Galligan

Fern M. Galligan, 93 of North Powder, died in her home Friday, Nov. 18, 2005.

A celebration of her life and a rosary is set for 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker City. Father Julian Cassar will officiate. A reception will follow at the Geiser Grand restaurant in Baker City.

Disposition is by cremation at Eastern Oregon Pioneer Crematory.

Fern was born Oct. 9, 1912, in Baker City to Windom H. and Catherine Wood Myers. She was raised and educated in North Powder, where she spent her entire life.

She married Michael J. Galligan June 14, 1933. They lived on their ranch on Wolf Creek where she remained after Michael died in 1984.

Survivors include a brother, Dr. Kenneth H. Myers and his wife, Betty, of McMinnville; daughters Mary Schaan of Seattle, Janet Clarke and her husband, Edward, of Brookings, and Joan Colton and her husband, Fred, of North Powder; 12 grandchildren; 16 greatgrandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, brothers Kermit Myers and his wife, Thelma, Jerome Myers, and sisters Marjorie DeMoss and her husband, Harvey, and Shirley Spence and her husband, Virgil.

Remembrances may be made to the charity of one's choice through Gray's West & Co., PO Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Myrna German

Myrna Maxine German, 66, of Baker City, died Nov. 18, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

There was a private service and burial was at Mount Hope Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley in La Grande was in charge of arrangements.

Myrna was born on Jan. 14, 1939, at Baker City to Max and Enid Ware Sipp. She was raised in various places all over Baker County. She married Bud German on Dec. 29, 1955, at Weiser, Idaho.

She attended business school in Baker City and worked as a bookkeeper for Ellingson Lumber Co., the Forest Service and the State of Oregon offices in Baker City before retiring. Many will remember her as the secretary of the men's and the women's bowling leagues, which she did for many years.

Myrna enjoyed the outdoors and was her husband's hunting and fishing partner. She enjoyed crocheting and loved flowers of all types and she loved her dachshunds! In 1976 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis but that did not stop her from continuing to hunt and fish with her husband. She put up a brave struggle with the disease over the years and will be remembered for her courage.

Survivors include her husband, Bud German of Baker City; mother, Enid Sipp of La Grande; brother, Clayton Sipp of Baker City; sister-in-law, Wanda Jones of Haines; nephews, Craig Sipp of Union and Brian Sipp of Kennewick, Wash.; close friends, Carl and Nancee Heath of Baker City; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Max; and brother-in-law, Roy Jones.

Memorial contributions may be made to the MS Foundation through Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, Oregon 97850.

Angela Edvalson

Angela A. Edvalson, 92, a Baker City native, died Nov. 18, 2005, at her residence in Meadowbrook Place.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Bishop Jeff Daniels of 1st Ward will conduct the service. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Angela was born on Jan. 22, 1913, to Jesse A. and Zina Stark Smurthwaite in the family home at 345 Second St. She was the first born in the family and was followed by six brothers and a sister who died in infancy.

Angela was a 1930 Baker High School graduate She had already worked for Leo Adler Magazines part time while she was in high school and continued working there for another 25 years. Later, she worked for the U.S. Forest Service for the next 15 years before retiring in 1971.

Angela was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served numerous callings including that of teacher, chorister and pianist. In 1940, she served a mission for her church in California. She remained active until her health started to fail and she was unable to attend church.

Angela married John P. Edvalson on July 26, 1946, at Boise. They later had their marriage sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple. The couple's only child, Timothy P. Edvalson, was born in 1953. Tim was truly their pride and the joy of their life. Before moving to Meadowbrook Place, Angela and John had lived in the same home for more than 52 years.

Angela loved her brothers and was very proud of them. All six of them served their country in the armed forces. Four of them in World War II, and the youngest two in the Korean War. Her brother Gordon was a prisoner of war in the Philippines and was killed in 1945 while being transported to Japan. Her husband, John, also served valiantly in the army during World War II.

Survivors include her husband, John P. Edvalson; her son, Dr. Timothy P. Edvalson, and his wife, Dana, of West Linn; her granddaughters, Allyson Edvalson and Marel Edvalson, who are both attending Brigham Young University and live at Provo, Utah; her brothers, Doug Smurthwaite of Baker City, and Paul Smurthwaite and his wife, Norma, of King City; sisters-in-law, Mabel Smurthwaite of Beaverton, Ola Smurthwaite of Nampa, Idaho, Sue Smurthwaite of Portland, and Ada Dungan of Orangevale, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Zina Smurthwaite; her brothers, Gordon, Don, Bob, Tom; and an infant sister, Margaret.

Memorial contributions may be made to the LDS Church Humanitarian Fund, Heart 'N' Home Hospice or to the charity of one's choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.