Obituaries for Jan. 4, 2013

By Baker City Herald January 04, 2013 11:40 am

Ross Bullard

Baker City, 1930-2012

Ross Lee Bullard, 82, of Baker City died Dec. 6, 2012, at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande.

His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at McEwen Bible Fellowship with Pastor Dan Martin officiating.

Ross was born on Sept. 8, 1930, at Graham, Texas, to Walter and Attie Pillinder Bullard. He spent two years in the U.S. Army, leaving as a corporal. Ross worked most of his life as a cowboy doing day work at different ranches. He also worked for the Texas Parks and Wildlife rescuing and relocating bighorn sheep for 12 years.

He married Mary Thomas at Baker City on Dec. 8, 2005. His hobbies included family, horses, woodworking and dancing. He was very active in the Haines Rodeo Association where he carried the American flag for rodeos.  He attended McEwen Bible Fellowship.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Bullard of Baker City; his daughters, Annette Bates and LuAnne Brummett of Baker City; his sons, Dan Bullard of North Powder, Travis Bullard and Tim Bullard, both of Union, Joe Bullard of Baker City, and Charles Brummett of Fairbanks, Alaska; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Betty Bullard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Haines Rodeo Association or Roloff Evangelistic Enterprises through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Lorene Howland-Spriet

La Grande

Lorene Geneveave Howland-Spriet, 91, died Dec. 31, 2012. She spent her last years at La Grande.

Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. in Baker City. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Gray’s West & Co. 

Lorene was born at Lone Pine to James Otho Hall and Mabel May York.  She met James Clifford “Jimmy” Howland and they were married on Feb. 5, 1938, at Caldwell, Idaho. Their children are Clifford Howland (Debbie) of Fishers, Ind.; Nita Powell (Carl) of La Grande; Vernon Howland of Baker City; Tera Cassie of Boise; Michael Howland (Darlene) of Umatilla; John Howland (Candy) of Huntington; Edwin Howland (Betty) of Boise; Nelda Petitt (George) of Huntington; Lela Stangle of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Marla Coalwell (Jerry) of John Day.

Jimmy Howland died Feb. 10, 1953. Lorene later met Willie Alphons Spriet and they married on Feb. 25, 1955, at Pasco, Wash. Their children are Mary Spriet and Wilma Hawk (Harold) of Huntington.

Lorene is also survived by her twin sister, Irene Martin of Caldwell; 50 grandchildren; 80 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands; her siblings, Millie Mann, Ada Haney, Dorothy Henner, Glenn Hall, Edward Hall and Donald Hall; and her children, Bill Howland, June Wolf and Mary Spriet.

The family would like to thank Dr. Conklin, Wildflower Lodge Staff, and Hospice for the care they gave Lorene in her final days.

Thaoma Ellingson

Baker City, 1936-2012

Thaoma L. Church Ellingson, 76, a longtime Baker City resident, died Dec. 8, 2012, at Linda Vista Care Center in Ashland from complications arising from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

There will be a family gathering to honor her in the spring.

Thaoma was born on April 28, 1936, at Baker City where she spent much of her life. She moved to Ashland this year while recovering from a stroke. She was the daughter of Cora Davis Church and Guy Church. 

Thaoma grew up in Baker and Union counties, moving between Union, John Day and Hereford, but spending her formative years in Baker. She was raised by loving pioneering parents, and three doting older brothers. After graduation from Baker High School, she attended a year at Oregon State University. Thaoma married Donald M. Ellingson at Baker City, where they made their home.

Survivors include her brother, Gerry Church of Redmond; her daughter, Elizabeth Ellingson of Ashland; and her grandchildren, Jordan Ellingson of Lake Stevens, Wash., and Kai White and Ian White of Corvallis.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald Ellingson; and her son, Matthew Ellingson. She also recently lost two of her brothers, Robert Church of Vale and Donald Church of Gresham.