Obituaries for the week of June 11 to June 15

June 15, 2001 12:00 am

Nancy Doherty

Nancy Elma Doherty, 92, a Baker City native, died June 13, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Laura Kidner-Miesen of the Baker City United Methodist Church will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception at the United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St., after the funeral. Visitations will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Grays West & Co.

Mrs. Doherty was born on Feb. 7, 1909, in Baker County to Brooks and Edna Luster. She was raised, educated and spent her entire life in Baker County.

Mrs. Doherty was a longtime active member of the Baker City United Methodist Church and a past member of the Missouri Flat Grange.

She married Harold Doherty on Nov. 5, 1925, at Boise. She spent most of her working life as a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include her daughter, Lois Mitchell of La Grande; eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Harold E. Doherty; a daughter, Shirley Dougharity; her twin sister, Velma Higbee; and four brothers, Elbert, Victor, Arthur and Melvin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker City United Methodist Church or a charity of ones choice through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814.

Dorothe Derrick

Dorothe Mae Derrick, 76, a longtime resident of Othello, Wash., and a former Baker City resident, died June 7, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care Center at Othello.

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Church of the Nazarene at Othello. Pastor Robert Luhn will officiate. There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Neil Castle of the Baker City Church of the Nazarene will officiate.

Mrs. Derrick was born on June 23, 1924, at Baker City to Edward and Rose Haywood Mineff. She married Cecil D. Derrick in Baker City on July 23, 1923. She had lived at Othello for 43 years.

Her family and friends would consider Mrs. Derrick a courageous and strong-willed woman. She faced many physical and emotional trials as a result of a plane crash in 1982 that took the life of her husband, Cecil. She was determined to walk again, even though doctors predicted that she would not be able to do so.

Prior to the accident, she and her husband enjoyed outdoor life to its fullest. She had been an avid golfer and snow skier. She enjoyed yard work and just being outdoors. At one time she was actively involved in the Eastern Star and was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her son, Richard, and his wife, Robin Derrick, of Bothell, Wash.; a daughter, Linda K. Derrick of New Mexico; and two sisters, Grace Lewis of Baker City and Helen Bierman of Portland.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home in Baker City and the Stevens Funeral Chapel at Othello.

Aaron Nelson

Aaron Scott Nelson, 7, of Haines, died June 9, 2001, in Bend as the result of an accident.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Haines Baptist Church. There will be a community potluck at the Haines Park at noon after the service. A celebration of his life is scheduled Saturday beginning at noon at the home of his father, David Scott Nelson, at 2283 Orchard St.

Aaron was born in Portland on May 26, 1994, and had lived at Haines since he was a week old. He had just completed the first grade at Powder Valley School at North Powder.

He enjoyed Legos, GI Joe toys and his PlayStation games. He had an independent nature and was full of life. He was all boy, and left many friends. He also loved visits to the park and bicycle riding. He loved his parents and his family very much.

Survivors include his mother, Sharon Warner of Haines; his father, David Scott Nelson of Baker City; two brothers, Trevor and Philip; grandparents, Ray and Coleen Warner of Portland and Mel and Jane Nelson of Chandler, Ariz.; and aunts and uncles, Karen and C.A. Zietler of Beaverton and Richard A. Nelson, Douglas Warner and his wife, Hedy, Alan Warner and Annette Warner, all of Portland, Sandra Cole of Susanville, Calif., and Daryl and Tracy Warner of Denver.

The family suggests memorial contributions to a charity that provides services on behalf of children. This may be done through Tamis Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, Ore., 97834; or through Autumn Funerals, 1725 N.E. Lytle St., Bend, Ore., 97701.

Wistar Adair Jr.

Wistar Morris Wis Adair Jr., 75, of Dundee, a former Baker City resident, died June 10, 2001, at his home.

His graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Pleasant View Cemetery at Sherwood with Pastor Walter Dingfield officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Attrells Newberg Chapel.

Mr. Adair was born on Dec. 9, 1925, at Portland to Wistar M. Adair Sr. and Margaret L. Weeks Adair. He moved to Sherwood at the age of 9 and was reared on the family farm. He attended the local schools and was a 1943 Sherwood High School graduate.

He entered the U.S. Navy on Dec. 8, 1943, and was called to duty in the Asian campaign in the Pacific, including Okinawa, during World War II. He was honorably discharged on May 16, 1946.

He then attended Oregon State College, now known as Oregon State University, graduating in agricultural engineering in 1950. He was called again to serve his country on Nov. 7, 1950, during the Korean War. He served aboard the USS Dextrous, mine sweeping along the Korean Coast. He was honorably discharged on May 16, 1954.

He was a recipient of these medals: Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Expert Rifleman Medal, Korean Service Medal and the United National Service Medal.

He married Charlotte Meek on May 7, 1955, at Corvallis. They lived for a year and a half at Albany where he was a volunteer fireman for the Albany Fire Department and he worked as an irrigation engineer. They then moved to Mount Angel where he started working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a resident engineer for two years for the Soil and Water Conservation districts in Marion and Polk counties.

In 1957, they moved to Baker City where he worked for the USDA for 20 years in many positions, including district engineer and area engineer for the Soil Conservation Service. After retiring from the USDA office at Hillsboro in 1982, he purchased a small business, which he operated until his death.

He was an avid farmer and also greatly enjoyed working his family farm at Dundee. He also especially enjoyed spending time with his family. He attended several local churches. He was a member of the American Veterans at Salem, the Baker Rotary Club and the National Rifle Association.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Adair of Dundee; his son, Jim Adair of Dundee; two daughters, Katherine Adair of Beaverton and Laurie Adair-Dirks and her husband, Brian Dirks, of Dundee; and many nieces and nephews; and those who came to know and appreciate him where he lived and worked.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Rodney Adair, in 1954.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Cancer Institute through Attrells Newberg Chapel, 207 Villa Road, Newberg, Ore. 97312.

Arlene Briscoe

Arlene Briscoe, 63, of Baker City died June 5, 2001, in a Boise hospital.

Cremation is under the direction of the Cloverdale Funeral Home in Boise.

Mrs. Briscoe was born Dec. 18, 1937, at Coco-Solo, Panama Canal Zone, to Eldon and Eleanor Brightenstine. She attended school in Ukiah, Calif., and was a Ukiah High School graduate. She married Richard Briscoe on April 2, 1955.

They made their home at Castroville, Calif., until Mr. Briscoe retired in 1988. They then moved to Fernley, Nev. They moved to Baker City in 1997.

The Briscoes were very active in the Good Sam Club in Baker City. They enjoyed traveling, camping and fishing.

Mrs. Briscoe is survived by her husband of 46 years, Richard; a daughter, Patricia, and her husband, Sam, of Boise; a son, David of Washington; six grandchildren; and a brother, Robert Brightenstine of San Ramon, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.

Kathryn Vaughan

Kathryn L. Kathy Vaughan, 78, a longtime Durkee resident, died June 8, 2001, at her home.

Vigil services will be today at 7 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the cathedral. The Rev. James P. Logan and the Rev. Robert C. Irwin will concelebrate the Mass. Vault interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Visitations will be today until 5 p.m. at the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Mrs. Vaughan was born Nov. 29, 1922, at Hunters, Wash., and was raised in Portland. She received her schooling at Grant High School in Portland. She graduated from the University of Oregon in social work. While at the U of O she was president of her sorority, Chi Omega.

She moved to Baker City after graduating from college to work as a social worker for the state of Oregon. It was in Baker City that she met and married Floyd C. Vaughan Jr. in 1949. She left her job with the state to move to Hereford, where the couple started their family. They ranched in Hereford and Juntura before settling on the Oxman Ranch in Durkee Valley in 1960.

Though raised a city girl, she loved her life on the ranch and she always said she knew she was home when the mountains above Durkee Valley came into view.

Mrs. Vaughan assisted with the lunch program at the Senior Center. She spent much time as a volunteer for the Catholic Parish of St. Francis de Sales, helping with the community food bank and serving for many years as a Eucharist Minister for those unable to attend church.

She was a member of the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and prior to its closure, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Durkee. She served on the Board of Directors of the Durkee Historic Preservation District. She was instrumental in preserving the Durkee Catholic Church by overseeing its deed transfer to the district for continued use as a community church.

After her husband Floyds death in 1982, Mrs. Vaughan continued to be involved in the family ranching business in Durkee and Hereford, which is entering the fourth generation in the Vaughan family. She devoted most of her time and unyielding support to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was always present at their scholastic, athletic and other endeavors. She always found time to enjoy gardening and yard work.

Mrs. Vaughan played a mean game of gin rummy, with many a hand played lakeside with her husband, children and grandchildren at Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho. She passed on to her children her wonderful sense of humor, unselfish nature and faith in God.

Mrs. Vaughan is survived by her children, Kathleen and Mark Eckerich of Cheney, Wash., Laurie and Mike Carnahan of Redmond, Charlie and Teresa Vaughan of Baker City, Margie and Bill Walter of Liberty Lake, Wash., Tom and Mindi Vaughan of Hereford, Reagan Vaughan and Steve Stevenson of Durkee, Heather Vaughan and Dan Davis of Hereford, Joan Vaughan of Boise, and James and Audrey Vaughan of Shedd; grandchildren, Shawna, Margo, Joel and Melissa Carnahan; Sam, Kate and Patrick Vaughan; Amy and Peter Walter; Jackson, Bob and wife Eva, Will, Mike, Tim and Julia Vaughan; Brent Vaughan; Joseph Davis; and Morgan and Kaylie Vaughan; great-grandchildren, Chad and Clayton Vaughan; her brother, Pete Dunn and his wife, Jeanne, of Portland; sister-in-law Liz Heriza and her husband, John, of Pendleton; a friend since childhood, Ruth Cahill of Portland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Bessie Dunn; husband, Floyd; son, Joe, who died in 1996; and brothers, Aldon, Bill, Jack, Jim and Ralph Dunn.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Durkee Historical Preservation District, Mountain States Tumor Institute, St. Francis de Sales Cathedral or the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This may be done through Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore., 97814.

Zella Pallis

Zella May Pallis, 78, of Ontario, a former Baker City resident, died June 7, 2001, at home with her family by her side.

Visitations will be from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Colonial DeWitt Funeral Home at Walla Walla, Wash. There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Mountain View Cemetery at Walla Walla.

Mrs. Pallis was born on May 14, 1923, at Clayton, Idaho, to Guennie Fisher Geist and William Fisher. She married Woodrow Davis in 1941. He died in 1952.

She then met Anthony John Pallis of Walla Walla, Wash. They were married in 1953. They owned and operated the 19th Hole Restaurant. They later moved to La Grande where they owned and operated Hermans Tavern. Upon retirement, they moved to Baker City. When Mr. Pallis became ill, they moved to Ontario.

Mrs. Pallis had a great love for the outdoors. Her favorite pastimes, which brought her the greatest pleasures, included fishing and hunting with her family, cooking and gardening. She also loved yard sales and traveling with friends and family.

She was a devoted member of the Collister Community Church of Boise. She also was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, Unit 23, of Payette, Idaho, and a member of the Walla Walla Elks Lodge, No. 287.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Pallis; her mother and father, Guennie Geist and William Fisher; two sisters, Tiny Nanson and Mary Trogee; and a brother, Fletcher Fisher.

Survivors include her children, Judie Johnson of Milton-Freewater, Woodrow Pallis and Thomas Pallis, both of Fruitland, Idaho, Linda Pratt and William Pallis, both of Milton-Freewater, Anthony Pallis of Bathe, Maine, and Nicholas Pallis of Elgin; two sisters, Jheri Yost and Nita Bishop; a brother, Bill Fisher; and 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Collister Community Church, 4709 State St., Boise, Idaho 83703.