Obituaries for Sept. 16, 2011

By Baker City Herald September 16, 2011 03:04 pm

‘Annie’ Neault
Anna Dorris “Annie” Neault died Sept. 13, 2011, at Baker City.
Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at the St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, 2235 Church St. Father Julian Cassar of St. Francis will officiate. There will be a reception afterward in the parish hall.

Annie was born on Dec. 2, 1915, at Bigelow, Kan., to Howell Ray Colton and Imogene Colton. 

The Coltons moved to Arizona and then to Payette, Idaho, where Annie was raised alongside four brothers (Arlen Vere, Harold Clay, Myron Dale and Clifford Nathan) during the Great Depression. She graduated from Payette High School at the age of 18.

 A Payette friend encouraged Annie to travel to Baker City to enroll in the formal nursing program at St. Elizabeth Hospital. She graduated from the program and became a registered nurse.

 Shortly thereafter, John Rouse introduce Annie to Lawrence Martin Neault, a local boy who broke horses for the U.S. Army and later worked for a local band. Then he started and operated Baker County Finance Co. The two were married at New Plymouth, Idaho, on Dec. 4, 1937. This union produced two children: Sally Ann and Rory Andrew.

An avid golfer, Annie won a number of golf events, including the local club championship and an Oregon Women’s Golf Association title.

Annie retired from active play at 88, only because she could no longer raise her arms high enough and long enough to get off “a good drive”. 

 Annie was a member of St. Francis de Sales church, belonging to the Altar Society and Circle Six.  Her children attended St. Francis Academy and she was an active member of the SFA Mothers Club.

She also was a frequent volunteer for other community activities. In addition, Annie helped build up the local golf club and served as treasurer of the club’s Social Board. 

 Married for 66 years, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence; her parents and four brothers, one of whom died on Dec. 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor; and a nephew.

Survivors include her children, Sally Todd and her husband, Don, and Rory Neault and his wife, Marsha; grandchildren, Victor Todd and his wife, Tracy, Heather A. Gilley and her husband, Lester, Wayne M. Todd and his wife, Kristen, Jennifer J. Markatos and her husband, John, and Stephanie N. Reichlen and her husband, Keith; 12 great-grandchildren and another one on the way; her extended family includes Rory’s stepchildren, Joshua Dalrymple (with children Ksenna and Isaiah), Kristoffer Dalrymple (with children Kristopher, Kamryn, and Dylan), and Michelle Bennett (with son Asher).

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice through Gray’s West and Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.