Obituaries for Sept. 26, 2012

By Baker City Herald September 26, 2012 10:02 am

Mary Robertson

Sawyer, Okla., 1942-2012

Mary Robertson, 70, of Sawyer, Okla., a former Richland resident, died Sept. 19, 2012, at her home with her family by her side. 

Her memorial service was Friday at First Baptist Church in Hugo, Okla. 

Mary Robertson was born on July 12, 1942, at Poplar Bluff, Mo., to Marshall and Mildred Loury Worley. Growing up she lived with various relatives and one foster family in several different states.

She attended many different schools in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Mary was the oldest of her siblings, which include one brother, four half-brothers and two half-sisters. 

She married Earl Ray Robertson at Poplar Bluff, Mo., on Oct. 4, 1958. They had six children, four of whom are still living. 

They lived in several states but mostly in the Willamette Valley of Oregon before moving to Richland. The couple later divorced.

Mary worked at several places in Richland, including the Longbranch, the Shorthorn, Flip’s and Kid’s Plus. She also was a caregiver at Patterson’s Adult Foster Care Home, Reasoner’s Adult Foster Care Home and for several private homes with disabled or hospice patients. 

“She learned to love those beautiful special people,” her family members said.

She enjoyed crafts, baking, yard work, camping and family and friends.

In September 2003, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, which had been in remission since October 2004. In October 2006, she moved to Sawyer, Okla., in southeastern Oklahoma near Hugo to be close to most of her family there. In 2008, the cancer, which she had fought since then, returned.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandparents; infant daughter, Patricia Robertson; infant son, Enoch Robertson; one granddaughter, Tina Tenbusch; and the father of her children, Earl Robertson.

Survivors include one son, Earl Wayne Robertson, and his wife, Debbie, of Antlers, Okla.; three daughters, Mary Ann Tenbusch of Sweet Home, Christine Dorrough and her husband, Steve, of Ozona, Texas, and Marsha Soderwall and her husband, Gregg, of Sawyer, Okla.; step-mother, Ella Worley of Prineville; siblings, Robert Worley of Washington, Mike Worley of Oregon, Pat Worley of Washington, Marsha Thomas of Arizona, Rex Banks of Ohio, Sam Banks also of Ohio and Elaine Banks of Kentucky; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hugo First Baptist Church through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

‘Jay’ Garrison

Richland, 1923-2012

J. L. “Jay” Garrison, 89, of Richland, died Sept. 13, 2012, at Boise after a sudden illness.

There was a graveside service Sept. 22 at Fallon, Nev. A celebration of his life and potluck dinner in his honor will begin at noon Saturday at the Richland Community Park.

  He was born on Aug. 28, 1923, at Logan County, Ark. He was the eldest son of James L. and Flora Mae Garrison, who brought their family west and settled near Fallon, Nev. Jay was drafted into the U.S. Army from Churchill County. 

He served proudly during World War II under General Patton in the Black Hawk Infantry Division until he was wounded in action in Germany. In addition to the Purple Heart, Staff Sgt. Garrison also was awarded a Bronze Star. 

Jay moved to Oregon in 1954 and became highly regarded in the sawmill industry, first as a sawyer and later in management. Jay always enjoyed dancing and was a regular at the Fraternal Hall and the district-schoolhouse dances back in the day, family members said.

Later, daughters and granddaughters happily invited him to dance with them at their weddings. He enjoyed reading, golfing and bowling as well.

After retirement, he settled at Richland, where he enjoyed fishing, spending time with his family and just visiting with friends over a cup of coffee. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the Eagle Valley Grange. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard; four sisters, Bea Stanhope, Reba Doyle, Juanita Hadley and Kay Luce; an infant daughter, Norma; son, Jimmy; stepson, Bill; stepdaughter, Sharon; and two infant grandchildren.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Beth; sister, Mamie Buhlig; brother, Allan; five sons, Clifford, Gary, Raymond, Robert and David; four daughters, Catherine Jackson, Patricia Shirley, Becky Cromwell and Elaine Francis; two stepsons, Ed and Monte Beasley; stepdaughter, Susan Cooke; 44 grandchildren; 87 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan B. Komen Cancer Foundation through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Elsie Butler

Baker City, 1927-2012

Elsie Margaret Butler, 85,  of Baker City, died Sept. 19, 2012, at her home after a long battle with cancer.

Her memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, 975 S. Bridge St. A graveside service will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Elder Ed Haugland will conduct both services. 

Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. 

Elsie was born on Sept. 3, 1927, at Baker City to Patrick and Dorothy Wicks. She lived on the family ranch most of her life. She rode a horse to the Pocahontas School in grade school.

 She married Dennis Bennett and they later divorced. She met Norman Butler at New Plymouth, Idaho, and they were married in April 1950. 

Soon afterward they moved to the family ranch where they ranched for 42 years until Norman’s death in 1992. They raised two children: Linda and James.

 Elsie was well-known for her excellent cooking. She loved to cook big meals for the hired men. They never had to bring a sack lunch. She made delicious pies, and some of the men said, “We just like working here for Elsie’s cooking!” She also canned hundreds of jars of food from her garden every year.

 She enjoyed many outdoor activities, including gardening, ocean fishing for salmon, and going into the mountains. She loved the ranch as it provided the perfect place for her to raise her dogs and cats.

 In 1993 she became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She loved reading the Bible and attending religious assemblies in different cities. She liked going to breakfast with her close friends, Don Germond and Isabelle Dunn.

 “Elsie was a loving person and will be missed by all who knew her,” family members said.

 Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Ronald Newton of La Grande; son and daughter-in-law, James and Rebecca Butler of Baker City; stepson, Larry Butler of Idaho; six grandchildren, Julie Matoza, Ryan Baxter, Justin Butler, Emery Pierce, Eric Pierce and Scott Newton; seven great-grandchildren; and other family members.

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