Obituaries for Dec. 28, 2011

By Baker City Herald December 28, 2011 09:12 pm

Marci Williams
Marci Diane Williams, 53, of Baker City died Dec. 22, 2011.
There will be a celebration of her life at 10 a.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Lennie Spooner of the First Church of the Nazarene will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck reception afterward at the family’s home.
Marci was born on May 11, 1958, to Russell Watson and Netia Carter Watson at Hot Springs, Mont. She was a Baker High School graduate.
She worked for the Department of Human Services for 10 years as a social worker. She loved spending time with her family.
Some of her hobbies included fishing, camping, and driving in the mountains. She considered her three beautiful children — two sons and her daughter — to be her greatest accomplishments, family members said.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Mayme Tillman; her father, Russell Watson; and her brother, Randy Watson.
Survivors include her children, Cole Goodwin of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Jace Goodwin and Sarah Lyman of Baker City; her mother and stepfather, Netia and Walter Jensen of Baker City; two brothers, Russell Dean Watson of Monmouth and Walter Jay Watson of Casper, Wyo.; and a sister, Tina Fraser of Baker City.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Gladys Redford
Gladys LaVina Redford, 78, died Dec. 26, 2011, after a long illness.
Visitations will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.
She was born on Feb. 18, 1933, at Othello, Wash., to Martin and Della Slinker Wyrick.
She and her loving husband, Ronald G. Redford, shared their home in Baker City for more than 30 years before her illness made it necessary to move her to Settler’s Park Memory Care Center at Baker City last June.
The last three weeks of her life were spent in the Payette Skilled Nursing Care Center at Payette, Idaho.
Gladys worked as a meat cutter and later as a meat wrapper at Safeway in Baker City. She and her husband enjoyed fishing, camping, mushrooming and taking trips to the Oregon Coast and Crater Lake.
They also enjoyed spending time with their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family and friends. Gladys’ kitchen was always open and a favorite stopping place for all.
When Gladys’ legs no longer enabled her to walk through the woods and along the beaches, she and Ron spent time together driving through Burnt River Canyon outside of Baker.
They enjoyed the wildlife and looking at the canyon’s beautiful rock walls.
“We all have many fond memories of being with them in the woods camping, fishing, driving through the wonderful scenic by-ways and spending time as a family together, having barbecues and picnics,” her family members said.
Survivors include her husband, Ronald G. Redford of Baker City; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Homer Horlacher of St. John, Wash.; brother, Chuck Wyrick of Spokane, Wash.; and her children, Angelia Lackey of Ione, Wash., Debbra and Jonathan Branen of Nampa, Idaho, Steven and Laurie Leitz of Latah, Wash., Sherry Kirby of Caldwell, Idaho, and James Reeder of Baker City; numerous nephews and nieces; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Gwynne Anne Cromwell-McGee; son, Nickolas L. Leitz; and brother, Marvin Wyrick of Spokane, Wash.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.