Obituaries for the week of Aug. 13 to Aug. 17

August 21, 2001 11:00 pm

Tex Jackson

Preston Tex Jackson, 79, a former Baker County resident, died as the result of a stroke on Aug. 1, 2001, at Oklahoma City.

His graveside funeral was Aug. 3 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Edmond, Okla. Elder Allen Daniels, pastor of the Primitive Baptist Church of Tuttle, Okla., officiated. Arrangements were under the direction of the Baggerly Funeral Home.

Mr. Jackson was born on June 12, 1922, at Duncan, Okla., to James P. and Elizabeth Foster Jackson. After he was honorably discharged from military service, he married Nadine Marrow on Oct. 1, 1943. They would have been married 58 years this October.

Soon after their marriage, the couple moved to Oregon where they lived for 40 years in and around Ontario, Baker City and Huntington. Mr. Jackson loved the hills and mountains of Oregon. He and his wife spent much time hunting and fishing in the states streams and lakes. He was lovingly known by his friends and neighbors as Tex.

Mr. Jackson spent most of his working career in law enforcement. He retired from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission in 1975.

In 1989, he and his wife moved to Oklahoma to be near much of his family. There they spent the last few years of their married life together, enjoying numerous visits from their children, grandchildren and his wonderful nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Albert and Frank Jackson; and a sister.

Survivors include his wife, Nadine Jackson of Edmond, Okla.; a son, Hershel Jackson of Edmond, Okla; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Ken Cavin of Edmond, Okla.; a brother, Jewel Jackson of Longview, Texas; two sisters, Altia Wade of Abernathy, Texas, and Lorene Hill of Westville, Okla.; four grandchildren, Desi Stout, Ashley Cavin, Jessica Jackson and Rebecca Jackson; and one great-grandchild (his namesake), Preston Charles Stout, of whom he was very proud.

Dorris Roy

Dorris Mary Scott Roy, 88, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 10, 2001, in Oregon City.

Mrs. Roy was born on Sept. 30, 1912, at Corvallis to Frank and Malinda Scott. She was proud of her roots and the fact that she was a native Oregonian. Her paternal grandfather came West in a wagon train from Dubuque County, Iowa, and settled at Tangent in 1853.

After graduating from Corvallis High School, she completed a degree in home economics from Oregon State University and earned a masters degree in Extension Education from the University of Wisconsin.

She lived in Baker City from 1952 to 1959, where she started her 22-year career in the Extension Service. She also served in Yamhill, Jefferson and Clatsop counties. As an Extension agent, she received a Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding program development from the National Association of Extension Home Economics. After retirement, she moved to the Portland area.

Survivors include her son, Richard Roy of Portland; her daughter, Marilyn Torsen of West Linn; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon 4-H Foundation, Ballard Hall, OSU, Corvallis, OR 97331.

Norva Pullen

Norva Elvera Pullen, 89, a Baker Valley resident, died Aug. 9, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

Her graveside service was today at the Haines Cemetery. Pastor Sally Wiens of the United Methodist Church officiated.

Mrs. Pullen was born on June 5, 1912, at Payette, Idaho, to Guy and Jane Inman. She was one of four children. She began school at the age of 5 in Baker City. She was an excellent student who received many scholastic honors and graduated from high school at the age of 16. She attended business college in Spokane, Wash., for a time.

After school, Mrs. Pullen worked for several retail businesses in Baker City. She was married to Raymond F. Pullen on Oct. 13, 1935. They were married for nearly 66 years.

The Pullens operated a small cafe in North Powder for 14 months and then opened Rays Cafe in Haines, which they operated together for 30 years. In 1966, the couple moved to Baker City, where they had lived for 35 years.

Mrs. Pullen loved reading and read a great many books over the years. She also enjoyed boating and fishing and vacationing at Payette Lakes. They also traveled to Nebraska several times to visit Mr. Pullens family.

Survivors include her husband; two sisters, Mrs. Al Applegate of Sonora, Calif., and Mrs. Myrtle Lay of Baker City; a niece, Barbara Bond of Shingletown, Calif.; three nephews, Kerry Lay of Ashland, Roger Inman of Tallahassee, Fla., and John Inman of Salinas, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Marion Inman of Baker City.

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

Frank Blankinship

Frank Carson Blankinship, 79, a longtime Ontario resident and businessman, and a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 11, 2001, at Baker City.

At his request there will be no services.

Mr. Blankinship was born Sept. 27, 1921, in an apartment on Resort Street to Etta Lurchin and Elmer Blankinship. He was raised by his grandparents, Kit and Dammie Harpham. He accompanied his grandparents as Kit worked as a dynamite specialist in various gold mines around Sumpter and in the Wallowas. He attended school in Homestead, and then in Baker.

He married Lela Mitchell in August 1941. Shortly after, World War II commenced, and he served in the Army Air Corps.

In the mid 1940s the family moved to Ontario, where Mr. Blankinship started his businesses, with service stations, oil distribution, tires and auto parts sales.

He was active in various veterans organizations and was a member of the Ontario Elks Lodge. He served on the Ontario school board and was board president for many years.

Mr. Blankinship is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Cathy Blankinship of Baker City; his daughter, Pam Brown of West Richland, Wash.; his brother and sister-in-law, Darrell and Pat Perry of The Dalles; his sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Darrell Brown of La Grande; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Blankinship was preceded in death by his wife, Lela; his parents; his stepfather, Merle Perry; a brother, Harold Blankinship; and his sisters, Louise Hixson, Norma Davis and Velma Blankinship.

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