Obituaries for Dec. 30, 2011

By Baker City Herald December 30, 2011 05:51 pm

Nellie Munden

Nellie Munden

Nellie R. Munden, 82, of Milton-Freewater, a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 21, 2011, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla due to injuries sustained in an accident.

The family is planning a private memorial service at a later date in Richland. They will place her cremains with her beloved husband, Lee J. Munden, and parents.

Nellie was born on May 7, 1929, at Richland. She was the youngest of 11 children born to T.L. and Bertha O. Makinson Morris. She attended schools at Richland and Baker City.

She married Lee J. Munden on April 28, 1944.  Nellie and her husband lived at Milton-Freewater from 1945 to 1967, when they sold the Horseshoe Club and relocated to Wallowa, living there until 1973.  They owned homes at La Grande and Richland until 1997 when they began traveling for several years.  In 2000 they returned to the Milton-Freewater area.

During those years they were temporary parents for many children other than their own, whom they loved dearly. She spent her time caring for her husband until he died in 2005, and then became the primary caregiver for her eldest son.

She spent much of her time tending to her yard and garden as well as crafting and sewing. She often shared stories about how much she enjoyed her conversations with early morning walkers and took much pride in the appearance of her yard.

Hosting visits from her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren gave her much joy.

Survivors include five sons, Thomas, Dale and his wife, Carol, and Gale and his wife, Carolyn, who all reside in the Milton-Freewater area, Danuel and his, wife, Moni of Boise, and Norman North and his wife, Linda, of Redmond, Wash.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and three great-nephews, Robert, Lonnie and Michael Williams.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.