Obituaries for the week of Aug. 6 to Aug. 10

August 10, 2001 12:00 am

Billie Eastland

Billie Venarie Eastland, 83, of Baker City, died Aug. 2, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

Her graveside funeral will be today at 2 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Eastland was born June 8, 1918, at Pocatello, Idaho, to William and Margaret (Lebert) Byrd. The family moved to Nampa, Idaho, where she was raised and educated. She attended beauty school and operated her own beauty shop.

She married Wilfred Eastland on May 8, 1937, at Nampa. They moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where their daughter Margaret was born. They later moved to Los Angeles, where their son Mark was born. In 1972 they moved to Baker City, when their daughter Margaret and her husband, John, bought a ranch in Baker Valley.

Mr. Eastland worked on the ranch with John, and Mrs. Eastland worked at the Eldorado Inn until her health forced her into the nursing home. She had lived at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center for the past 10 years, where she received the loving care of the staff and Sisters of St. Francis.

Mrs. Eastland was the quiet strength of her family, which was her greatest love. She was always involved with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed the arts of crocheting and sewing, and tending her yard, roses and houseplants.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and John Bootsma of Baker City; her son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Anna Eastland of Baker City; a granddaughter, Lanae Jones of Eagle, Idaho; great-grandchildren, Robert Borgen and Taylor Jones of Eagle, Ian Eastland of La Grande, Jessica, Briann and Jacob Eastland of Baker City, and Margaret Elaine Argent of Alabama; and her sisters, Evelyn Sheehe and Dorothy Moore, both of Nampa.

Mrs. Eastland was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 47 years; and a granddaughter and her namesake, Billie Ruth Bootsma.

Contributions in Mrs. Eastlands memory may be made to the Billie Bootsma Cancer Fund in care of Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR, 97814.

Bob Lockwood

Robert E. Bob Lockwood, 86, a 64-year resident of Pendleton, died Aug. 3, 2001.

For more than 40 years he was known in the community for the superior service he provided to his local customers and tourists who patronized his service station in Pendleton.

His funeral was today at 10 a.m. at Bishop Funeral Chapel in Pendleton. Following the services a luncheon was held at the VFW Hall. Private family internment will be at Olney Cemetery Mausoleum in Pendleton.

Mr. Lockwood was born May 5, 1915, at Weiser, Idaho, to George E. and marie Lockwood. He grew up in La Grande and graduated in 1933 from La Grande High School. He moved to Pendleton in 1937 to open the first Richfield Oil Service Station in the city prior to being drafted into the Army and serving in World War II.

Mr. Lockwood was involved in the invasion of Sicily and later was captured on Oct. 18, 1943, by German soldiers, becoming a prisoner of war. On April 29, 1944, he was freed. In 2000, through the assistance of Sen. Gordon Smiths office, Mr. Lockwood was awarded his Purple Heart for injuries he suffered while serving his country almost 55 years before.

Mr. Lockwood returned to Pendleton to operate his service station, where he built a reputation for providing quality service that continues to be remembered by many. Washing every window inside and out with a chamois, sweeping all the floor mats with a whisk broom (later on, with a vacuum), checking the oil, fan belts and tire pressure of every car were his standards. His trademarks were the boys with the whisk brooms and the saying, keep your hands off the windows with a great big smile to children who were passengers in the cars, then giving them all a piece of candy.

He married Aileen V. Lockwood in Gilroy, Calif., on Sept. 18, 1945. Together they raised three sons. While Mr. Lockwood operated the service station Aileen kept the office windows and restrooms of the station decorated elaborately with fishing nets, seashells and live gold fish aquariums. Mr. Lockwood loved going to movies and riding his three-wheeled Harley-Davidson motorcycle, occasionally with his two eldest sons riding on the back service box and his youngest on his lap.

Mr. Lockwood is survived by his wife, Aileen, of Pendleton; his sons and their wives, Nolan and Kathleen Lockwood of Tacoma, Wash., Gregg and Susan Lockwood of Philomath, and Zane and Debbie Lockwood of Baker City; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a sister, Georgeanna Bruch of Woodburn; and a brother, Harold K. Lockwood of Clifton, Va.

Mr. Lockwood was preceded in death by his parents.

If desired, in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Post 922, American Red Cross or the charity of your choice in care of Bishop Funeral Home, 131 S.E. Byers Ave., Pendleton, Ore., 97801.

Phyllis Payton

Phyllis D. Payton, 70, of Baker City, died Aug. 2, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her graveside funeral will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery. Gary Laabs of the Baker City Seventh-Day Adventist Church will officiate. Visitation will be from today until 7 p.m. at the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Mrs. Payton was born Aug. 4, 1930, at Inglewood, Calif to Phillip and Hazel Vorce Danner. She was raised in and received her education in California. After graduating from high school she went to work. Her career eventually took her to work as a secretary at Disneyland before the park ever opened.

She met her husband, Wilton G. Payton, who worked there as a security guard. She took one look at him and knew that he was the one for her. They were married June 2, 1956, in Placentia, Calif. After her employment with Disneyland, Mrs. Payton worked at various other jobs. Her last position before retirement was as a senior buyer for an electronics company. Mr. Payton died June 28, 1976, in Yucipa, Calif. In 1996, Mrs. Payton moved to Baker City where she has since lived.

Her interests and hobbies were varied, and she was very artistic. She loved to do ceramics and gardening, but cake decorating, embroidery, crocheting, and needlepoint were also thoroughly enjoyed. When asked what her special family talent was, she replied with a chuckle, making everyone miserable but felt that her sense of humor was her best asset.

Mrs. Payton is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Harold Miller of Baker City, and Dorothy and Timothy Joines of Rancho Cucamanga, Calif.; a son and daughter-in-law, Phillip A. and Nicole Blanchard of Tucson, Ariz.; a son, Todd Michael Payton of Baker City; a daughter, Debra Payton of Baker City; and a son, William G. Payton; eight grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Payton was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one brother.

Contributions in Mrs. Paytons memory may be made to the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in care of Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore., 97814.