Obituaries for Jan. 2, 2013

By Baker City Herald January 02, 2013 10:07 am

Barbara Grover

Baker City, 1941-2012

Barbara Leslie (Winslow) Grover, 71, of Baker City, died Dec. 28, 2012, at Angel Wings Assisted Living in Baker City.

She will be laid to rest with her father in Bend.

 Barbara was born on March 27, 1941, at St. Charles Memorial Hospital in Bend to Richard L. and Elizabeth D. (Vandersee) Winslow. She attended Bend High School and Emanuel Hospital School of Nursing where she graduated in 1962.  She was a registered nurse, working for Bend Memorial Clinic, Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, Bend Hospital, Redmond Hospital, Madras Hospital, Gold Beach Hospital, Grants Pass Hospital and St. Elizabeth Hospital in Baker City.

 Barbara married Gerald Floyd Grover on June 14, 1964, at the First Christian Church in Bend. Her hobbies include sewing, knitting, crocheting, gardening, quilting, scrapbooking, rubber stamping, card making, paper crafts of all types, tole painting, collecting craft books and magazines, ceramics and cake decorating. Barbara attended the First Christian Church in Baker City.

Barb was an excellent cook (although she always said she didn’t like to). She was a perfectionist and very good at everything she tried. She was a great mom, loving wife, and grandmother. She will leave a large empty hole in every heart that loved her.

 Barbara is survived by her husband, Gerald (Jerry) F. Grover of Baker City; her daughters, Cheryl L. Armstrong of Olympia, Wash., Amy L. White and her husband, Kenneth, of Baker City; her sister, Alberta L. Winslow of Philomath; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, James L. Winslow.

Contributions in memory of Barbara can be made to Baker City Christian Church or Angel Wings Assisted Living through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Terry’ Craig

North Powder, 1946-2012

Terrence Paul “Terry” Craig, 66, of North Powder, died Dec. 26, 2012, in Boise.  

A memorial celebration will be Thursday, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. in Baker City.

Terry was born on Jan. 29, 1946, at Baker City to his parents, Charles A. “Jack” and Dorothy E. Craig of North Powder. He attended North Powder High School, graduating in 1964 and shortly thereafter moved to Kodiak, Alaska. Terry was hired at Kodiak Electric Association in September 1966, where he enjoyed an exemplary, 31-year career until his retirement in October 1997. 

After retiring, he relocated back to Eastern Oregon, settling in La Grande for approximately seven years, then finally moving back to his hometown of North Powder.

Terry was a longtime active member of the Kodiak Elks Lodge where he had been a Past Exalted Ruler and a trustee on the Board of Trustees. He loved to hunt and fish and fly remote-control helicopters.

He is survived by his two daughters, Stephanie F. Kinsey (James) of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and Tera L. Gilley (Christopher) of Farmersville, Texas, and his son, Michael S. Hillman of Kodiak; his brothers, Alfred L. “Larry” Craig of North Powder, and Stephen J. Craig (Nancy) of Pendleton; his nephew, Stuart P. Craig (Marie) of Palmer, Alaska; his grandchildren: Dakota Kinsey of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Devin, Jordan and Sydni Gilley of Farmersville, Texas, and William Hillman of Pine River, Minn.; and by his great-nephew, Joshua P. Craig of Palmer.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Charles A. “Jack” Craig and Dorothy E. Haley; and by his sister-in-law, Marcia L. Craig.

Please make any memorial contributions to The Elks National Foundation,, or through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Ida Chastain

Baker City, 1924-2012

Ida Mae Chastain, 88, of Baker City, died Dec. 30, 2012, one day after her 88th birthday, at Meadowbrook Place.

Visitations will be Thursday, Jan. 3 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Her funeral will be Friday, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. at Gray’s West & Co., with burial to follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Ida was born on Dec. 29, 1924, at Texhoma, Texas, to Samuel and Grace Stump. The family moved to Harper, Ore., in 1929 where they settled. Ida Mae graduated from Harper High School in 1942, then joined the Navy and served as a WAC for two years. Upon completion of her service obligation, Ida Mae returned to Harper, where she married William (Bill) F. Chastain, a former high school classmate, on Dec. 10, 1948.

Ida and Bill farmed in Little Valley until 1954, when Bill took a job with Baker Production Credit Association. Bill and Ida moved to Baker with their family of three children, where Bill continued to farm part time along with his job at PCA. Bill and Ida welcomed their fourth child to the family after the move to Baker.

Ida was a full-time homemaker and a devoted mother and wife. She kept a spotless home while raising a garden, canning and preserving fruit and vegetables as well as working on many knitting and crocheting projects. She was president of her children’s PTA several years, and was actively involved in their 4-H and FFA clubs and projects.

Upon Bill’s retirement from the PCA, the couple became actively involved in community activities such as fundraising for the local YMCA.

 The couple could be seen about town taking long walks and playing golf without a cart, to stay fit.

Ida is survived by her children: Carolyn Banaka, Donald and wife, Judy Chastain, Janet and husband, Keith Jensen, and Dennis and wife, Rochelle Chastain; her sisters: Lois Wharton and husband Tom, and Betty Watkins; 10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Ida was preceded in death by her husband, William in 1996; both her parents and two siblings, Sammy Stump and Myrtle Holland; one grandson, Ryan Chastain; and one son-in-law, Mitch Banaka.

Contributions can be made in Ida’s memory to the YMCA or a charity of your choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR 97814.

Violet Graham

Baker City, 1924-2012

Violet Rose (Carroll) Graham, 88, a long-time Baker City resident, died Dec. 26, 2012, in Nampa, Idaho, following a short illness.

Funeral services for Mrs. Graham will be Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Her nephew, Pastor Ian Fisher of the Calvary Chapel in Ontario, will officiate. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations for Mrs. Graham will be Friday, Jan. 4 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Coles Tribute Center.

Violet was born early Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 1924, at Emmett, Idaho, to Hubert Lawrence and Lucy Jane (Van Cleave) Carroll. She was the 12th of 13 children. Violet lived at Emmett until 1927 when the family moved to Kuna, Idaho. In 1929 they moved to Lawen, Ore., where Violet started school. For a short time in 1931 Violet lived in Durkee with another move to follow to Pleasant Valley where she finished second grade.  In the spring of 1932 Violet started third grade in Beaver Creek, Ore., that fall the family moved to Baker City where she finished the school year.  The family remained in Baker City where Violet completed her schooling including Business College.

 On Aug. 31, 1946, Violet married Bill Graham, the love of her life, in Weiser, Idaho, and they were happily married for 46 years until his death on April 16, 1991. Violet and Bill spent most of their married life in Baker City raising their three children: Sylvan, Judy, and Bill (Eddie). Violet was a loving wife and a devoted mother.

 Violet loved fishing and her boys claim she had the patience of an oyster (an oyster can take a grain of sand and over the course of many years turn it into a pearl), now that is patience!  She admittedly would rather fish than eat when she was hungry. We all have many happy memories of deer hunting together at her sister Daisy Suitter’s place in Durkee and elk camp at Starkey. She enjoyed many hobbies including crafts, sewing, embroidery, crocheting, gardening, cutting wood, sewing, reading and dancing with Bill. Violet spent a lot of time with her sister Lois and they enjoyed going to yard sales and to Jackpot. More than anything else, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

 Violet’s employment opportunities included pin-setter at Baker’s first bowling alley, waitressing, retail sales, and mail carrier from Stices Gulch to Granite and from Baker to Pleasant Valley. In the early 1950s when her husband first began his career with the state of Oregon Highway Department, the family spent their summers criss-crossing Eastern Oregon in a small camp trailer. During this time Violet not only pulled the trailer from place to place, but also prepared served meals for the highway crew from the trailer. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary, past member of the Baker CB Club and I-80 Control, Crazy 8 Square Dancers, and the Eagles Auxiliary.

 Violet embraced life wholeheartedly, in later years she so enjoyed meeting with friends at McDonald’s for coffee. She has always enjoyed traveling, first with her husband and children, later with her siblings. The last four years her daughter, son-in-law and sister, Lois, were blessed to have her travel with them to 49 of the 50 states as well as Washington, D.C., and Canada.

Violet is survived by her sister, Lois Music of Baker City; her son Sylvan and wife Linda Graham of Tacoma, Wash.; her daughter Judy and husband Ole Beymer of Nampa; her son Bill (Eddie) and wife Janiece Graham of Chewelah, Wash.; nine grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.

 Violet was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill; six brothers: Hubert, Joe, Patrick, Omar, Warren and George Carroll; and five sisters: Lillie Ells, Daisy Suitter, Bertha Klein, Pearl McClary and Ada Talley.

 Violet was the hub of the family – very devoted and very proud of her children and grandchildren’s accomplishments. She was always there to provide advice, encouragement, support and praise. She truly was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

Contributions may be made in Violet Graham’s memory to a charity of your choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.