Obituaries for Aug. 22, 2011

By Baker City Herald August 22, 2011 09:50 pm

Dorris Parker
Dorris D. Scott Parker, 79, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 18, 2011, at her home surrounded by her family. She lost her year-long battle with cancer.
Her graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Roseburg Memorial Gardens.

She was born on Sept. 15, 1932, at Payette, Idaho, to Elmer William and Bessie K. Scott. She was one of six children.

 She was a cosmetologist in Oregon and Idaho and an accomplished artist who also did portrait art for people. She met Emery E. Parker at Payette, Idaho, and they were married on July 2, 1951, at Pendleton.

They raised four children in the Roseburg area.

“Mom’s top priority was always her family,” her children said.  “Thank you, Mom.”

When her husband retired from Basco Logging Co. in 1981 they moved to Baker City to farm wheat.   They worked hard on the ranches they bought and sold, until Emery’s death in 1993 at Nyssa.

Dorris moved back to the Roseburg area to be near three of her four children.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Doris “Chicky” and Clay Tuttle of Lowell, Casey and Tracey Parker of Roseburg,  Tony W. and Rosie Parker of Winston and Tamera and Stephen Bonebrake of Soldotna, Alaska; her sisters, Marlene Donoho of Roseburg and Hope Davis of Chandler, Ariz.;  12 grandchildren, Casey Bonebrake, Valerie Peterson, Darcy Campbell, Anna Bonebrake, Dale Kolb, Sherri Bryant, Ricky Kolb, Kameron Kolb, Karmon Smith, David Parker, Heather Goin, and Emmit Parker; and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Bessie Scott; her husband, Emery Parker; siblings, Keith, Edward and twin brother, Denny Scott. 

Taylor’s Family Chapel (541-679-6983) is in charge of arrangements.

‘Bob’ Church

Robert Keith “Bob” Church, 80, of Boise, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 14, 2011, at Boise.

Bob lived as a cowboy and in true cowboy fashion he suffered a fatal injury while handling his horse. Bob’s family was at his side when he died.

His funeral was Friday at Ontario. The Boise Funeral Home Aclesa Chapter was in charge of arrangements.

He was born on Jan. 15, 1931, at Union. Bob spent his childhood at Union and John Day, but he could be called a true citizen of the “State of Eastern Oregon,” his family said.

He graduated from Baker High School where he played basketball for the Bulldogs and served as senior class president. After high school Bob was a ranch foreman in Sumpter Valley.

His life’s work included farm supply management in Baker and Vale, operating his own businesses, and driving professionally. Bob was an active member of the Vale Lions Club, served as a board member of the Malheur Education Service District and was a charter member of the historic Sumpter Valley Railroad.

He was passionate about supporting his daughters and their friends in school and 4-H activities. He loved the outdoors and his favorite place on earth was the Sumpter Valley.

His retirement years were spent with family, traveling, and giving advice — both solicited and unsolicited.

“Bob will be missed, but his huge spirit, sly humor and great compassion will continue to live on in the hearts of all who knew him,” his family members said.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Guy Virgil Church and Cora Alice Church; brother- and sister-in-law, Jack and Jesse Wellington; brother-in-law Don Ellingson; nephews, Roy Carnell and Matthew Ellingson; and niece, Juanita Carnell.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Phoebe Joan Wellington Church; daughters, Teresa Lynn Church and Cindy Sue Church; siblings, Donald Church, Gerald Church and Thaoma Church Ellingson; sons-in-law, Drew Williams and Victor Valencia; three stepgrandchildren, Phillip Williams, Victoria Valencia, and Valerie Valencia; nieces and nephews, Ann Church Miracle, Don Guy Church, Elizabeth Ellingson, Alison Church Charbonneau, Rob Church, Tom Wellington, Carmen Carnell Harrison and Roy Carnell; and family that extended beyond biology to include Kay Lethlean Carlson, Kitty Conn, Amanda and Alina Stasinski, whom he loved as his own. He was a foster parent and surrogate parent for many in the community.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Vale City Library, 150 A St. East, Vale OR 97918, Sumpter Valley Railway, P.O. Box 389, Baker City, OR 97814 or the charity of one’s choice.