Obituaries for Aug. 3, 2011

By Baker City Herald August 03, 2011 08:28 pm

Patricia Boothby

Patricia Louise Boothby, 55, of Baker City, died July 24, 2011, at her home.

Her memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday the First Presbyterian Church,1995 Fourth St. Pastor Al Fry will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family afterward for a reception at the church. Interment was at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Patricia was born on April 3, 1956. When just a couple of weeks old, she became C. Jack and LaVera Miller’s second child, joining her brother, Greg. She grew up a typical Baker kid, attending South Baker Elementary School, Baker Middle School and Baker High. In 1972 she met Jim Boothby, a California boy who came to Baker for a visit not long before and never looked back.

Patty and Jim married and were together for the rest of her life. During that time they raised three sons, Shawn, Travis and Ryan. Their boys’ exuberance growing up mirrored Patty’s own headstrong early years and she often said that she never appreciated her own parents more than she did after she and Jim became parents themselves.

For almost 20 years Patty delivered papers for the Baker City Herald. It was a job she loved. It gave her a chance to get out and interact with people while allowing her to devote time to her family.

She was regularly voted Carrier of the Month and was a familiar face to hundreds of Herald subscribers over the years. In her free time she enjoyed card games and cookouts with family and friends, shuffleboard competitions, camping, and trips to the Oregon Coast.

In 2009, after not feeling quite right, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The tumor was removed, but by that time the cancer had spread. For the next several months Jim took her to Walla Walla almost weekly for treatment including more surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

During this time she bravely lived life as normally as she could. But finally in August of 2010 she was unable to leave her bed. Because of the constant care provided by Jim and her family and with the support of hospice she was able to live her last months at home among loved ones and friends.

Survivors include her husband Jim; sons Shawn, Travis, and Ryan; her brother, Greg Miller; and her granddaughter, Faith.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Relay for Life through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.


Theresa Reinecke

Theresa Ann Reinecke, 81, a former Baker City resident, died July 23, 2011, at Aegis of Aptos in Santa Cruz, Calif.

There will be a celebration of her life in October.

Theresa was born on June 5, 1930, to Raymond and Angela Brown at The Dalles. She attended grade school at St. Patrick’s Parish in Walla Walla, Wash., and at St. Francis Academy in Baker City, graduating from St. Francis Academy in 1948.

Theresa attended Marylhurst Catholic College for Women and West Valley College in Saratoga, Calif., majoring in home economics, art, textile art and design.

She married R. Douglas Reinecke on Aug. 26, 1950, at St. Francis Cathedral in Baker City. They moved to La Grande where Doug completed college, then on to Wallowa where he taught school.

They had five children: Sherri, Damon, Shawn, Synthia and Suzanne. In 1959, the family moved to San Jose, Calif., where they lived until returning home to Baker City in 1986. Theresa moved to Santa Cruz, Calif., in August 2009 to be near family.

Theresa’s joy was her family, her love of friends, teaching sewing, arts and crafts and cooking. After her family was grown, she taught adult sewing and worked in fabric stores in California. She also managed a clothing store and designed window displays until retirement.

She was a member of St. Francis Cathedral, Altar Society Circle II, Beta Theta Sorority, La Grande Chapter of E.S.A. for many years, and St. Elizabeth Hospital Auxiliary.

Survivors include her children, Sherri and Ron Enz of Granite Bay Calif., Damon and Pat Reinecke of San Jose, Calif., Shawn and Mike Morse of Aptos, Calif., Synthia Reinecke of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Suzanne Schooler of Moss Landing Calif.; grandchildren, Ryan Enz, Eric and Katie Reinecke, Amie Northrip, and Joseph, Elizabeth and Robert Schooler; sister, Betty Jo Kratz; niece, Anna Lisa Valentine; and nephews, David and Geoffory Kratz and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Doug.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Francis de Sales Elevator Fund or St. Francis Altar Society through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.


‘Bob’ Smith

Robert O. “Bob” Smith, 87, a longtime Baker Valley resident, died July 29, 2011, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living.

His graveside service with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Haines Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception immediately after the service at the Haines Methodist Church.

Robert was born on March 24, 1924, at Boardman. He was the fourth of five children born to Paul and Lizzie Smith. He graduated from school at Boardman, enlisting into the Air Force after graduation.

He met Mable E. Austin from Meadow Grove, Neb., and they were married on Dec. 29, 1946.  They settled in Baker Valley where they were involved in dairying and ranching.

They purchased a ranch at Muddy Creek near Haines, where they had lived since 1958, raising up their three children in the farming and ranching lifestyle.

Bob was active in the community.  He belonged to Baker Valley Dairy Corporation, the Farm Bureau, the Cattlemen’s Association, 4-H, and the Baker County and Oregon State sheriff’s posses.

He volunteered countless hours to search and rescue missions, training, community services and the youth trail ride. Joining in 1971, he remained passionately active for several years, establishing his lifetime membership. He had a love for people, kids, boating, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his children, Lynda Holloway of La Grande, Roger Smith of Haines and Christy Settles of Baker City; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Margarette Thorpe of Hermiston, and Pauline Sullivan of Langlois.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mable; and two brothers, Larry Smith and Charles Smith.

Bob spent many hours passionately investing in the people and especially the youth in our community. In honor of his dedication, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Baker County Mounted Posse Youth Trail Ride through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.