Obituaries for August 27, 2012

Written by Jayson Jacoby August 27, 2012 11:56 am

Maudest Sexton

Baker City, 1926-2012

Maudest Grace Whiteley Sexton, 85, died Aug. 18, 2012, at Baker City.

There will be a celebration of her life at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Halfway, Oregon on Saturday.

 

Laura Zweifel

Baker City, 1916-2012

Laura K. Zweifel, 95, of Baker City, died Aug. 24, 2012, at her home surrounded by family.

At her request, the family has planned a private service.

 

Maudest Sexton

Baker City, 1926-2012

 Maudest Grace Whiteley Sexton, 85, died Aug. 18, 2012, at Baker City.

 There will be a celebration of her life at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Halfway, Oregon on Saturday.

Maudy was born on Oct. 19, 1926, at Payette, Idaho. She graduated from high school at Park Rose in Portland.

She met her loving husband, Claude Allen Sexton, at Portland and they were soon married. They lived at Portland for several years before later moving to Bend. 

In 1978, Maudy and Claude moved to Halfway to retire. After Claude’s death in 2011 she moved to Settler’s Park in Baker City. She loved it there and spent many hours visiting with her new friends and playing all the bingo, bango, ceramics and poker games that time would allow.

 Family was the most important thing to her. She loved to bake and to eat maple bars and drink vanilla milkshakes. Card playing with family was one of her favorite pastimes.

She loved flowers and painting and enjoyed sewing and crocheting. Right up to the end she loved to shop and would wear out whoever took her, family members said.

“Her fun ways and sense of humor will be greatly missed by all who knew her,” they said.

She was preceded in death by her husband and soulmate, Claude Sexton; her sister, Billie Powers; her brother, Raymond Whiteley; and her baby daughter, Suzie Sexton.

 Survivors include her son, Donald Sexton of Baker City; her daughters, Claudia, and her husband, Bob Strom, of Halfway, and Terrie and her husband, Don Stumpff of Bend; grandchildren, Ronni Herrold, Mark Sexton, Sally Baer, Sara Strom and Dylan Strom; great-grandchildren, Karley West, Megan West, Corbyn Herrold, Alyce Herrold and Kamrin Sexton; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Auxiliary or Best Friends of Baker City through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Laura Zweifel

Baker City, 1916-2012

Laura K. Zweifel, 95, of Baker City, died Aug. 24, 2012, at her home surrounded by family.

At her request, the family has planned a private service.

Laura was born on Sept. 23, 1916, at Hood River to Raymond and Ima Carnes Asdell. Her father worked for the railroad and the family lived in various locations following his work. 

The family settled on a North Powder ranch and Laura graduated from North Powder High School. She continued her education at Eastern Oregon Normal School, now Eastern Oregon University.

After taking her Civil Service test, she went to work at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., where she met her future husband, Robert Zweifel, who was in the U.S. Air Force. They were married on June 12, 1943, on the Air Force base at San Antonio, Texas.

In 1945, they moved back to La Grande where Laura worked as a secretary for Albertsons and State Farm Insurance Agency.

She had many interests and actively participated in several organizations. She started the first PTA at Willow Grade School in LaGrande in 1953. She was also a 75-year member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority, and was active in Eastern Star for more than 66 years.

She was a 55-year member of Daughters of the Nile, a member of the Rebekah’s Lodge at La Grande, and the White Shrine. 

 In 2003, she moved to Baker City to be close to family. She pursued her activities in the Eastern Star and each year for her birthday she traveled to the Oregon Coast, where she rented a house with an ocean view and invited family to join her. 

She loved baking and cooking for family and friends, especially at Christmas. She looked forward to pinochle games with friends and family, and never cared about the score, as long as everyone was having a good time.

She enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, and working outside in her garden. She was especially proud of her roses.

Laura was a lively conversationalist and spent many family gatherings chatting up everyone who came by. Family members said she was always interested in what her friends and family were doing, and forged a special bond with each of them. 

 Laura will be remembered as a loving parent who greatly loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

“She was a strong and independent woman who embraced life with joy and love, and lived simply, finding joy in the small things,” family members said.

 Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Suzen and Jack Fors of Baker City; grandchildren, Elesa Weber and her husband, Donovan, of Brush Prairie, Wash., and Mike Fors and his wife, Monica, of St. Helens; great-grandchildren, Austin and Brenden Weber and Wyatt and Ruby Fors.

 She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shrine Transportation Fund or to the charity of one’s choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.