Obituaries for Nov. 23, 2011

By Baker City Herald November 23, 2011 05:29 pm
Virginia Carter
Virginia Lucretia Carter, 83, died Nov. 12, 2011, in a house fire at her residence in Baker City.
There will be a memorial service in her honor at 1 p.m. Nov. 29 at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Friends are invited to join the family for a meal at th American Legion, 2129 Second St., after the service.
Virginia was born on Feb. 5, 1938, at Salmon, Idaho, to Cloyed Richard and Rosetta Knottage Bailey. She spent most of her young life in Baker City, where she met and married her first husband, Dewey Jacobs Sr. Together they raised six children, and because Dewey served in the U.S. Army, they were able to live in Japan and Germany.
When Dewey left the service the family settled in Washington state, where he and Virginia eventually divorced. Even though they divorced, they remained very good friends.
Virginia later met and married Bruce Carter, who died shortly after they were married. After that, Virginia moved back to Baker City to be near her family. There she met Homer Young, who became her friend and companion for many years until his death.
Virginia worked hard most of her life to provide a good life for her six children. She spent some time as a bartender, but her love and primary income came from selling Fuller Brush products. She loved interacting with her customers and made many friends as a result of that occupation. She continued to sell Fuller Brush even after she retired from her other occupations.
Virginia was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Eagles and the American Legion. Virginia was a gamer — she loved to get together with friends and play shuffleboard and bingo.
She was a member of the Pool and Shuffleboard League in Baker City for many years. She also liked to travel to Nevada once a year with her two sisters, Pearl and Elvina, to gamble. And she loved to collect things. Her home was full of knickknacks and collectibles.
Virginia loved her family. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for them when she could.
Survivors include her children, Raymond Jacobs and his wife, Sue, of Tacoma, Wash., Dewey Jacobs of Baker City, Lucrita McDermitt of La Grande, Joe Jacobs of Haines, Virginia Dunham and her husband, Ray, of Bradford, Ark., and Jerry Jacobs of Boise; two sisters, Elvina Hughes of Baker City and Sandra Cartwright of Grants Pass; two brothers, Joe Bailey and his wife, Alberta, of Baker City, and Irvin Bailey and his wife, Carolyn, of Farmington, N.M.; and several grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Cloyed Bailey and Rosetta Knottage Bailey; her sister, Pearl Christiansen; and two brothers, Ivan Bailey and Cloyed Richard Bailey.

Colleen Flanagan Dayhoff
Shirley Colleen Dayhoff, 44, of Hooper, Utah, and a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 17, 2011, at her home.
The family will schedule a private service for Colleen in the spring.
She was born on Dec. 17, 1966, at Ontario to Charles and Caroline Logsdon Flanagan. She was raised at Spokane and graduated from Baker High School.
On December 31, 1985, Colleen married Drew L. Dayhoff in Baker City.
She was a Christian and she loved the Lord.
“Mom had a ‘mom smell’ of bubble gum,” family members said. She was a devoted mom and wife. Her family was her everything. She enjoyed spending time with her family, kids and grandbabies, they said.
She was an excellent baker and enjoyed crafts so much that she wanted to start her own gallery.  She loved the outdoors, owning and shooting pistols, and fishing. She always wanted to have fun wherever she was.
“She had a beautiful smile that always made you feel better,” her family said.
Colleen’s husband, Drew, said: “Thank you for 25 years of love and devotion. She did the little things in life for me to make me happy because she cared so much.”
Survivors include her husband, Drew; a son, Justin, of Blackfoot, Idaho; two daughters, Brady and  McKenzie, both of Hooper, Utah; two grandsons, Micah and Hagen; her parents: Caroline and Bob Barton of Baker City, Charlie and Connie Flanagan of Lacey, Wash.; her brothers: Shannon Flanagan and his wife, Kristie, of Scappoose, Patrick Flanagan and his wife, Kristi, of Baker City, Mike and Tracy Barton of Spokane, Wash., and Ken Hall of Lacey; and two sisters, Dianne Long and her husband, Harold, of Sheridan, Wyo., and Erin Carrithers and her husband, Lee, of Vancouver, Wash.; her mother-in-law, Rosemary Dayhoff of Haines; her brothers-in-law, Dan and Dale Dayhoff; her sister-in-law, Robin Newton and her husband, Wes, of North Dakota; and numerous extended family.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
Family and friends may sign a guest registry at
Arrangements were by Lindquist’s Roy Mortuary.

Madonna McLeod
Madonna June McLeod, 92, of Marion County, Iowa, died Nov. 16, 2011, at the Knoxville Area Community Hospital.
Her funeral was Nov. 20. Interment was at Dallas Cemetery. Memorials are requested to Dallas Christian Church. Online condolences may be left at
Madonna was born on June 3, 1919, at the family farm in Marion County east of Dallas, Iowa, to Ernest Floyd and Bertha Blanche Brown Wood. Madonna graduated from Dallas Consolidated High School in 1937.
Madonna married Robert Alfred McLeod on Sept. 3, 1943, and together they had one son, Ronald Scott McLeod. They made their home in Melcher and later moved to California for several years, then returned to live at the farm.
Madonna lived on the farm where she was born for most of her life.
She loved the farm and was a farm wife, homemaker, and mother, working very hard all her life. In 2002 she was proud to receive the Century Farm Award at the Iowa State Fair.
Madonna loved people and her community. In 2002 she planned a community-wide picnic at the community center in Melcher-Dallas just to bring everyone together. It was a big success.
Madonna was a faithful member of the Dallas Christian Church. Even after moving to Knoxville in 2004, she drove to Dallas every Sunday to go to church. She enjoyed Park Lane Village and the residents, helping others often.
She went to every activity, spending quite a bit of time in the activity room, enjoying each day with a smile, her family said. She especially enjoyed the crafts. When you went to visit, you had to time your trip according to the activities, because she might be headed out or already in the activity room.
Survivors include her son, Ronald McLeod and his wife, Judy, of Baker City; grandchildren: Warren McLeod and his wife, Virginia, McLeod, Elizabeth Canales, Ronald McLeod and Sonya Delatorre; many great-grandchildren; her niece, Beverly Jones; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Alfred McLeod; and her brother, Wilbur Wilson Wood.

Lenore Bigler
Lenore Rose Bigler, 84, of Union, died Nov. 17, 2011, at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande.
A Celebration of her life will be Saturday, Dec. 31, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the North Powder Grange. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Lenore was born on April 24, 1927, at Portland to James Ambrose Lewis and Violet Emma Katherine (Albrect) Lewis. She grew up in Portland and graduated from Jefferson High School. On April 27, 1946, she married her high school sweetheart, L. Harry Bigler, and they became the parents of four children.
Lenore’s lifelong occupation was homemaker, wife and mother. She also was a very talented professional seamstress. Her favorite activities, besides sewing, were gardening and caring for her flowers. Lenore was a member of the Lutheran Church.
Lenore is survived by her husband, Harry, and her son, Lloyd C. Bigler and his spouse, Beverly, of North Powder; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, Wayne Bigler; two daughters, Kathryn Langford and Susan Bigler; and her grandson, Jason Bigler.