Obituaries for Sept. 19, 2012

By Baker City Herald September 19, 2012 10:00 am

Tanner Davis

Baker City, 1995-2012

Tanner Eli Davis, 17, of Baker City, died Sept. 13, 2012, at his home.

There will be a memorial gathering from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. 

Tanner was born on Feb. 9, 1995, in Roseburg to Ted and Karrie Davis. Tanner attended Baker High School and his hobbies including skiing, soccer, hunting, reading, and spending time with his friends.

 Tanner’s greatest accomplishment was adopting a pit bull from the shelter and training her through Level 1 and 2 Practical Dog Solutions tests. His goal for his dog was for her to become a service dog.

 Tanner is survived by his father, Ted Davis of Baker City; his mother, Karrie Davis of Wilcox, Ariz., his sister, Selia Davis of Wilcox; his grandmother, Judethe Hill of Roseburg; and various other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bikers Fighting Cancer through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Tim’ Moore

Baker City, 1995-2012

Timothy “Tim” Moore, 62, a longtime Halfway resident, died Sept. 7, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City. A wake in his honor will be scheduled next summer in Halfway.

Tim went to school in Boise and graduated from Boise High School in 1969. He learned to lay carpet following high school and it was a trade that he worked at throughout his life. After high school he lived in the San Francisco area. When he moved back to Boise, he met and married Tracy in 1980 and in that marriage brought stepson, Jason. In 1986, Keith was born. 

During Tim’s life he worked as a carpet layer, worked in the mines in Jordan Valley and in the Halfway area at the Bonnanza Mine, and until his retirement he worked for Bud LaRue. 

Hobbies in Tim’s youth were camping, fishing and hunting. Later in life he enjoyed watching football, his favorite teams being the Chiefs and the Raiders.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents, Boyd and Betty Moore, and his wife, Tracy.

He is survived by his son, Keith Moore of Halfway; his stepson, Jason Dyami of Nampa; his sisters, Mary Moore of Waldport and Kathy Fitch of Kihei, Hawaii.

Those who wish to make a donation in memory of Tim may do so to defray expenses to Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.

Cherie Jimmy

Baker City, 1954-2012

Cherie Lynn Lissman Jimmy, 58, died Sept. 14, 2012, in Portland at the OHSU Hospital with her family around her.

There will be a celebration of her life at 2 p.m. Friday at the Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane.

“Cherie was a strong and caring woman who after years of fighting her multiple health conditions finally succumbed to her ailments and will no longer suffer,” family members said.

She was born on Aug. 24, 1954, at Nyssa to James and Betty Lissman. She was the oldest of five children. At the age of 6 she moved with her family to Baker City where she was raised. She was a 1972 Baker High School graduate.

After attending Eastern Oregon University at La Grande, she married Gerald Griffith. They had two sons: Justin Wayne Griffith and Eric Samuel Griffith.

She raised her boys in La Grande with her second husband, the love of her life, Billy W. Jimmy.

“She was an incredible mom and she loved life, family, friends and following her boys in all their sport and music activities,” family members said.

Cherie also loved her extended family and attended many of her nieces’ and nephews’ sporting events and activities.

She was often found crocheting baby blankets and pet sweaters for those she loved. Many of her son’s friends considered her their second mom.

She also was loved by many students at EOU and PSU where she worked in the admitting, education, nursing and agricultural departments.

She guided and encouraged those students as if they were her own. She will be greatly missed, her family said.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Jimmy of La Grande; her two sons, Eric Griffith, and Justin Griffith and his wife, Doyle, and baby daughter, Linda, of San Diego; her parents, Jim and Betty Lissman of Baker City; her siblings, Charles Lissman, and his wife, Sandra, of Boring, Barbara Baller, and her husband, Dennis, of Willamina, Lorin Lissman, and his wife, Sue, of Wasco and Sam Sullivan, and her husband, Mike, of Baker City; and 13 nieces and nephews.

Elsie Bennett

Baker City, 1932-2012

Elsie May Bennett, 80, of Baker City, died Aug. 13, 2012, at her home. 

At her request, there will be no service.

 Elsie was born on May 8, 1932, at Dixon, Ill., to Elwin Murray Bunnell and Lydia Madeline Rose. She attended Dixon Grade School, Amboy Rural School, and Mendota Township Grade School and High School in Illinois. She continued her education in California at UCLA, where she studied for 3½ years. 

Elsie married Claude Jay Bennett on Sept. 6, 1989, at North Bend. Claude and Elsie moved to Baker City in 1996 after Claude’s retirement.

Elsie is fondly remembered by many friends, nieces, nephews, neighbors, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by both her parents; her husband, Claude; and her brother, Erwin.

Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel is in charge of arrangements.