Obituaries for the week of March 3/13 to 3/16

March 16, 2001 12:00 am

Marie Relling

Marie Inez Relling, 90, a longtime Baker County resident, died March 8, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

Mass of Resurrection will be said at 10 a.m. Monday at the St. Elizabeth Health Care Chapel, 3325 Pocahontas Road. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin will celebrate. There will be a time of fellowship and sharing after the service. Private interment will be at the Haines Cemetery.

Mrs. Relling was born on April 4, 1910, at Lamarr, Mo. She married Lawrence William Relling at Weiser, Idaho, on Aug. 7, 1927. They made their home in the Haines area.

The couple had one son, Robert. Her beloved husband, Lawrence Relling, died on March 8, 1968.

Mrs. Relling was a loving and caring mother and grandmother and was loved and respected by all who knew her. She was especially fond of her brothers, sisters, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and friends, many of whom shed known since her school days. She was a friend to all and always extended a welcome hand.

She loved spring and summer because that is the time she could garden. She enjoyed planting and seeing the beautiful flowers grow. Anyone who had ever fished with her will remember the fun and delightful squeals when she caught a fish. She was always ready to go when the words going fishing were uttered.

Survivors include her son, Robert Relling, and his wife, Mary of Phoenix, Ariz.; a grandson, Kent, and his wife, Liz; a granddaughter, Kris Rose, and her husband, Jerry, and two great-grandchildren, Bobby and Michael; a sister, Pat Sims of Tucson, Ariz.; a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Connie Davis of Oxbow; a sister-in-law, Shirley Davis of Glen Rock, Wyo.; Lonnie Wilks and Leslie Pointer; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lawrence; and one brother.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of ones choice through the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Babe Wood

Lenore Pearl Babe Wood, 96, of North Powder, died March 14, 2001, at Phillips Foster Care at North Powder.

Her funeral will be scheduled later.

Mrs. Wood was born June 6, 1904, at Caldwell, Idaho, to Charles Wesley Wood and Esabelle Hanna Eames. She went out on her own when she was 16. She moved to Portland where she worked at an orphanage taking care of babies.

She met Harold Wood and they married and moved to San Francisco. Mrs. Wood lived there until 1977, when she moved back to Baker City.

Her many interests included basketball, crocheting, knitting and reading. She traveled all over the world and was a member of the Rebekah Lodge.

She enjoyed family get-togethers. She was a very happy, kind, gentle and loving person. Everyone who knew her loved and admired her. Her family will miss her very much.

Survivors include her great-nephews, Michael Allen Morrow of Haines, and a great-niece, Elizabeth Leigh Neill of Baker City; and numerous great- and great-great-nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Morrow; her mother, Julia Morrow; a brother, Charles Lewis Morrow; sister-in-law, Lee Morrow; sister, Lilian Moudy; a brother-in-law, Ernest Moudy; and a nephew, Walter Allen Morrow.

Herschel Jones

Herschel Leland Jones, 85, a longtime Richland resident, died March 11, 2001 at his home.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Richland Christian Church. Pastor Gordon Bond will officiate. Interment will be at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Visitations will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Mr. Jones was born Feb. 8, 1916, at Keating on his grandfather Andrew Ritters ranch. His parents were C.E. Curly Jones and Pearl Ritter Jones. He was the eldest of four boys. He started school at Keating. The family subsequently moved to Rock Springs and later to Baker and then to Eagle Valley.

As a young man, he went with his dad to build the Sparta Road. He completed his high school education at Eagle Valley High School at Richland. He worked at the Cornucopia mine, on two dams, at the sawmill, but mostly as a farmer, cattle rancher and cowboy.

Except for the 17 years that he worked for the McGregor feed lot at Pasco, Wash., he had been a lifetime Baker County resident. He retired from McGregor feed lot in 1987 and returned to Eagle Valley.

He had a special interest in rodeo, being a charter member of the Northwest Rodeo Producers, past president, board member and pick-up man. He picked up horses at Baker County rodeos for 27 consecutive years.

He was proud of the friendship, cooperation, hard work and good times accomplished by this group. He was also a lifetime member of the Baker Elks Lodge, No. 338.

At age 20, he married Vera Robinette. Two children were born to this union, Edward John, better known as Butch and Nona Jean, who was called Sis.

This marriage ended by divorce. He married Ethyl May Nedrow on Aug. 25, 1948. They had one son, Clifford Leland Jones. His beloved wife, Ethyl, died on Dec. 25, 1970, after 22 years of partnership.

On Dec. 5, 1988, he married Betty A. Bunyard in Las Vegas, Nev., while attending the National Finals Rodeo. They spent the last years together riding for cattle for other ranchers, rodeoing, and riding the range.

His passion was horses, working teams and rodeoing. There were many stories told of getting wood with a four-horse team. All his life he loved a good pulling team.

The couples travels included trips to various rodeos and camping in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. He was a friend to a host of young people and he always stopped to greet young and old alike.

He kept a close association with old pards along the way. He thrived on friendships and independence, trying to live the Cowboy Code. His message to his friends is this: Well boys, it came up my turn; may the old man keep his arm around you. His message to his family is I love you all, but Im gone to camp.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Jones of Richland; son and daughter-in-law, Edward Butch and Connie Jones of Tallahassee, S.C.; son, Clifford Jones of Richland; brother and sister-in-law, C.W. Tiny and Phyllis Jones of Baker City; brother, Ralph Jones of Moses Lake, Wash.; grandchildren, Herschel Jon Buck Jones of Tallahassee, S.C., Lucas Jones and Jeremiah Jones of Richland, and Micky Parvin of Albany; three stepchildren, James Bunyard of Hermiston, Gayle and Robert Haga of Estacada; and Gene and Bonnie Bunyard of Richland; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Everett; and his daughter, Nona Jean.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagle Valley Ambulance and EMTs through the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.