Obituaries for Jan. 6, 2012

By Baker City Herald January 06, 2012 06:32 pm

Delbert Shephard
Delbert Shephard, 65, of Baker City, died Dec. 28, 2011, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.
The family is having a private service.
Delbert was born to Wallace D. Shephard and LaNeva E. Shephard on Jan. 24, 1946, in Baker. He attended Baker schools where he was a member of the high school football team and played the cornet in the band. He was a member of the Baker Chapter Order of DeMolay.  He also was a member of the Weiser (Idaho) Elks Lodge for many years.  Growing up in Baker, he was a member of the United Methodist Church.
Delbert worked as an assistant chef for 20 years in the restaurant businesses that his father, Wallace, owned and operated in Weiser, Idaho, and Ontario. He later worked with his brother at Shephard Telecom in Baker City for eight years.
Delbert married Pamela Gray in 1964. They had two children: a daughter, Stephanie, and a son, Stacy.  They were later divorced. 
Later he married Dolly Gloe, and they had one son, Rocky.  They also were divorced.
Delbert was an excellent mechanic, repairing older models of cars and other machines. In the early 70s he made a dragster, which he raced at the Meridian Drag Strip in Idaho. He moved to Haines.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father.
He is survived by his three children; five grandchildren; a brother, Wally Shephard of Baker City; and three sisters: Sharron Ewing of Baker City, Carolyn Medlin of Sedona, Ariz., and Christina Bonadiman of Ontario.
Memorial contributions may be made to Best Friends of Baker City through Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Avis Corley
Avis Ann (Wirth) Corley, 82, died Dec. 30, 2011, in Baker City.
Her memorial service will be Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church in Baker City.
Avis was born on July 25, 1929, at Bend to Lloyd James Wirth and Sarah Ester Reed Graham. Avis married Shellie Elmo Corley on Dec. 21, 1949, in Montesano, Grays Harbor, Wash.  She was employed with Jones Truck Line driving 18-wheelers with her husband. She also worked at the Baker County Library driving the Bookmobile. 
Her hobbies included: beading, reading, drawing, gardening, playing pinochle with her friends, and attending various events her grandchildren were involved in.  Avis was affiliated with the Baker City Calvary Baptist Church. Her children say she was “The best mom ever.”  She will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Shellie Elmo Corley, who died Aug. 11, 1991; and her eldest daughter, Sandra Sue Colson.
Avis is survived by her three sons: Patrick Raymond Corley of Baker City, Randy Eugene Corley of Earp, Calif., and David Edwin Corley of Newalla, Okla.; her two daughters, Sally Ann Schuh of Baker City and JoAnn Marie Hefner of Union; her stepson, Larry Corley of Tillamook; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.