Obituaries for May 11, 2012

By Baker City Herald May 11, 2012 10:09 am

‘Marnie’ McConnell

Marnie McConnell, 84, of Bates, died  May 8, 2012, at her home.

Her graveside service was today at the Prairie City Cemetery. Pastor Levi Manitsas officiated.

Marnie was born on Feb. 1, 1928, at Baker City to Frank and Neni Frey. When she was 3, the family moved to the Austin area where her father worked for the highway department. 

Marnie attended the Bates-Austin School through the eighth grade and attended Baker High School during her freshman year. Then she transferred to Prairie City. 

She was a 1945 Prairie City High School graduate and the first Bates student to graduate as valedictorian. After high school she went to work at the Bates Mercantile.

Marnie married Cody McConnell on June 5, 1946, at the Bates Community Church. They were the first couple married in the church. They had two children: Terry Ray and Marnie Jo. 

In 1963 they moved from Bates to Galena where Marnie drove school bus to Bates and worked in Long Creek at the OK Garage. She managed the store in Long Creek in 1971 for Lewis Stuber. She was a member of the American Legion and a life member of the Eastern Star.

Marnie and Cody raised several foster children including Leonard John Carter (Debbie) of Athena; nephew Bob Watkins (Dorothy) of St. Helens; Mary Loomis (Ernie) of Galena; and Bill Morris of John Day. Many others considered Marnie and Cody as parents or grandparents.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Neni Frey; her husband, Cody; son, Terry, and his wife, Jacque; daughter, Marnie Jo; sister, Pat Watkins; and grandson, Chad Loomis.

Survivors include grandchildren, Cody McConnell and his wife, Ann, and their daughters, Teri and Kayla, of Burns, Bob McConnell and his wife, Dee, and children, Hailey and Garrett, of Mount Vernon, Caroline Bobo and her husband, Keith, and their sons, Jake and Ronnie, of Baker City; Dawnya Kirkpatrick and her husband, Dan, and daughters, Michah and Shawnee, of Terry, Mont., Billie and Kurt Enze and their two daughters, Morgan and Taylor of Athena, Becky Hardy and her son, Ryan, of Athena, and Chris Loomis and his wife, Kari, and their sons, Brendan and Kaelan, of Caldwell, Idaho; special grandchildren also included Larry Nelson and his family; and several nieces and nephews and many friends.

Driskill Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

‘Brad’ Stuart

Lawrence “Brad” Stuart, 30, of Baker City, died May 3, 2012, at Baker City.

There will be a special gathering on June 23 for his friends and family.

Brad was born on June 26, 1981, at Portland to Lawrence S. Stuart and Debra Parlin.

Brad lived most of his life at Baker City. He married Nina Studer on St. Patrick’s Day in 2011. He obtained his GED online.

Throughout his lifelong battle with diabetes, he enjoyed fishing and camping and the outdoors. Throughout his childhood, his favorite birthday gift was to go camping. Brad was an avid gardener and loved animals.

He was a woodworker and carpenter. Brad had a large collection of items with an eagle theme. He loved eagles for their majesty and the freedom they symbolize. He always wanted to have a family and was devoted to his twin daughters, Stormie and Skye.

Survivors include his wife, Nina; his children, Stormie and Skye; his parents, Lawrence Stuart and Debra Parlin; brothers, Forest and Tyler, and their spouses and children; sisters, Sarah and Stace, and their children; and special friends, including Bill, Lisa, Buddy and Kyle.