Obituaries for Jan. 23, 2012

By Baker City Herald January 23, 2012 06:27 pm

LaVerne Buchan
LaVerne Cosens Buchan, 91, of Ontario, a longtime Rye Valley resident, died Jan. 17, 2012, at Weiser, Idaho.
At her request, there will be no funeral. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.
LaVerne was born on Feb. 16, 1920,to Fred and Hazel Cosens. She was the granddaughter of Joe and Winifred Frisco, early Rye Valley pioneers.
She spent most of her life on the Rye Valley Ranch where she enjoyed the outdoors and horseback riding in the surrounding hills and Pedro Mountain.
She married Lloyd Buchan in 1949. They were married for 30 years.
After Lloyd’s death in 1980, LaVerne remained on the ranch until it was sold in early 2000. She then moved to Ontario where she lived until her death.
LaVerne was loved by all who knew here and her sweet friendly spirit will be missed by her loving friends and neighbors, family members said.
Survivors include her daughter, Robin Herriman and granddaughter, Stacy, both of Vale; her close cousin, Nelda Morton of John Day; several other cousins; and her niece, Barbara.

Billie Hunt
Billie Evelyn Gooing Hunt, 85, beloved wife, mother and daughter of God, died Jan. 19, 2012.
Visitations were Sunday at Sundberg Olpin Mortuary in Orem, Utah. Her funeral was at 11 a.m. today at the Orem Park 4th Ward chapel of The Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-day Saints. Condolences may be sent to the family at
Billie was born on April 10, 1926, at Quinton, Okla., to Jedediah and Vivian Gooing. After living in several states, her family settled in Idaho when Billie was 13. She graduated from Parma High School as salutatorian of her class in 1944.
After graduation, Billie moved to Seattle, Wash., and worked in the shipyards. In 1946, Billie moved back to Idaho to attend the University of Idaho at Moscow.
There she met her soul mate and eternal companion, William Donald Hunt. They were married on June 27, 1948, at Parma and later solemnized the marriage in the Idaho Falls Temple.
Billie’s first child, Larry Alan, was born in Moscow in 1950; just two days after Billie played nine holes of golf. Her three other children — David born in 1951, Jennifer,1954 and Tony, 1956 — were born at Twin Falls.
In 1957 the family moved to Baker City where Billie lived for nearly 40 years. She was active in the community and the LDS Church and was employed by the school district, U.S. Census Bureau and the Baker Flower Shop.
Billie returned to school in 1964 and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Eastern Oregon State College in La Grande. After graduation she began a long teaching career at Haines Elementary School.
The family spent some of their most cherished times at Redfish Lake in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. For 10 summers Billie and Don managed the campgrounds at Redfish. It was hard work, but Billie found time to enjoy the majestic setting and developed a love for water skiing, which continued into her mid-50s.
Billie loved to serve and had a positive impact on everyone she associated with. Her LDS Church callings included Gospel Doctrine teacher, temple missionary, and Relief Society leadership. She loved to sing and play the guitar and mandolin.
She was an accomplished artist, specializing in water colors. Later in life, Billie and Don traveled throughout the U.S. and enjoyed trips to Europe and Mexico.
Above all, Billie loved being with her family and friends. She was always an eager and active participant in family games, songfests and sporting activities.
Billie and Don moved to Orem, Utah, in 1995 to be near her burgeoning family. She made wonderful friendships in Orem, bled Cougar Blue, was passionate about the Utah Jazz and enjoyed participating in a fantasy basketball league.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don, in 2002; brothers, Roy, Glen, James and Jack; and sisters, Nadine and Roberta “Bobbie.”
Survivors include her sister, Beverly Hansen of Notus, Idaho; and her four children, 25 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.