Obituaries for Nov. 16, 2011

By Baker City Herald November 16, 2011 06:59 pm

Ramona Idler
Ramona A. Idler, 78, of Baker City died Nov. 11, 2011 at her home.
Her graveside memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. The Rev. Julian Cassar will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception at St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall, First and Church streets, after the service.

Ramona was born on Nov. 6, 1933, at Ballaugh, Neb., to John and Anna Willemsen Frericks. Her family moved to Baker City in 1937. She was a 1946 St. Francis Academy graduate.
Then she moved to Southern California where she became a medical transcriber. She returned to her home in Baker City, to retire after the death of her husband, Lester.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester; her parents; her brothers, Leo, Joe, and Ted; her sister, Elizabeth Frericks; and three sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law.
Survivors include her two daughters, Michelle Miller of Rialto, Calif., and Renee Dorks of Reno, Nev.; son-in-law, Chuck Miller; two grandsons, Kyle and Blake Dorks; and two sisters, Connie Frericks Fisher of Echo and Louise Frericks Todd of Baker City.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Altar Society or the American Lung Association in Oregon through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Velma Dickison
Velma Nadeen Barton Dickison, 85, a Baker City resident, died Oct. 14, 2011.
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Pastor Jesse Whitford will officiate.
Interment will be at Sumpter Cemetery. After the committal service at the cemetery, everyone is invited to a luncheon at the Masonic Hall in Sumpter.
Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.
Nadeen was born on Jan. 22, 1926, at Bernice, Okla. She grew up and graduated from high school at Memphis, Texas, in 1943.
After high school, she graduated from business school and worked at the Army Air Force Base in Amarillo, Texas. She moved to Pittsburg, Calif., to work at Camp Stoneman and to meet her brother’s Navy shipmate, Wilson Dickison, who had been writing to her for a few months. They were married in Martinez, Calif., in April 1946.
After her sons were grown, Nadeen was the office manager for the Mitchell and Guyer accounting firm at Baker City. She was the office manager of Transcon until the Baker City terminal closed.
She then worked for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) in many administrative positions, retiring in 2004 at the age of 78.
While working for NRCS, she attended Eastern Oregon University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1995 at age 69.
She was an active member and past matron of Alpine Chapter No. 82, Order of Eastern Star in Sumpter and served in offices of the Grand Chapter in Oregon.
She was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Association and Association of American University Women (AAUW).
She was a longtime member of the Baker City Christian Church were she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. She also enjoyed singing in the Community
Choir, and in 1998 went on a European tour with the Eastern Oregon University Community Choir.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson; her parents, Henry and Laura Barton; two sisters, Lorene and Beatrice; and two brothers, Harvey and Otus.
Survivors include her sons, Jon Dickison of Baker City and Bart Dickison and his wife, Ann, of La Grande; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; her brother, William Barton of Paonia, Colo., and her sister, Dovey Dake, of Pittsburg, Calif.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children through Coles Tribute  Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.