Obituary for Jan. 18, 2013

By Baker City Herald January 18, 2013 08:28 am

Genevieve Elliott

Baker City, 1922-2012

Genevieve E. Wilson Elliott, 90, of Baker City, died Jan. 14, 2013, at Meadowbrook Place, with her two sons, Bob and Mike Wilson, at her side.

Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. The Rev. Julian Cassar will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. 

Genevieve Evelyn Moore was born on March 30, 1922, at Baker City. She was the third of four children born to Harold Van Alan Moore and Cynthia Ann Powell, both of pioneer families.

Genevieve grew up in Baker City, attending Baker High School and St. Francis Academy.

 She married John “Bill” Wilson in 1940. They had four children: Elizabeth “Betty” Ann, Robert “Bob” Alan, Michael “Mike” John and Katheryn “Kathi” Marie. Bill and Genevieve shared 28 years of marriage until Bill died of a brain tumor in 1968. 

Bill worked for the First National Bank and was the assistant manager of the Baker Branch when he died. Genevieve finished raising Bob, Mike and Kathi, while teaching piano lessons. 

Genevieve was an accredited music teacher at Eastern Oregon College (now Eastern Oregon University) in La Grande and taught for 45 years in Baker City. 

Genevieve’s comments of Bill’s parents, John Wilson and Gertrude Chadwick, “they were the kindest, jolliest people I’ve ever known.” They were very instrumental in Bill and Genevieve’s lives with their four children.

“Gramma” Wilson lived with Bill and Genevieve after “Grampa” died and helped Genevieve raise Bob, Mike and Kathi. All the grandchildren dearly loved her. 

 Genevieve loved playing the piano, her piano recitals, and she enjoyed her students. She also loved to garden and was very proud of her beautiful roses and “dinner plate” dahlias.

There are many cherished memories of birthday parties and family gatherings in the backyard on College Street. Her family also recalls fondly the picnics, rides and camping at old No. 1 Cabin at Anthony Lakes, fishing, and beach vacations. 

Genevieve also loved cooking, baking cookies, huckleberry picking with her sisters and Aunt Erma, Carl, and Betty Ann. The boys really enjoyed all the fish, ducks, and pheasants she fixed for them. 

“She made the BEST fried chicken!” family members said. “Her pies were to die for.” 

 Harry liked her pies.

She married Harry N. Elliott of Bridgeport in 1974. Harry and Genevieve shared nearly 20 years of marriage. Lots of trips to the ranch over Dooley Mountain along with their pet, “Muffy.” After “Muffy” came “Teddy.”

 Genevieve was a member of the Sorority of Beta Sigma Phi, Community Concerts, St. Francis de Sales Altar, Rosary Society Circle Club, Birthday Club and she delivered Meals on Wheels for many years.

 Genevieve was a wonderful mother and a great piano teacher. She had a beautiful voice and sang in the St. Francis choir for many years.

“She was a little bright spot in a crowd of people with her red hair and pretty outfits of peach, blue, pink, yellow and rust colors,” her family said.

Then at age 80, she had beautiful white hair which she religiously put in curlers every night. She moved into Meadowbrook Place, which became her home.

She loved chocolate ice cream sundaes, which her family enjoyed bringing to her  — that twinkle in her eye.  Always a smile, a thank you and a welcome. Happy memories with our mother.

 Survivors include her daughter, Betty, and her husband, John Clark of Haines; son, Bob Wilson, and his wife, JoAnn, of Redmond; son, Mike Wilson, and his wife, Betsy, of Baker City; and daughter, Kathi Elder of Hermiston; stepchildren, Barbara Lewis, Tom Elliott, and Margie Elliott; sister, Winnifred Oesterling of Baker City; niece, Judy Fling; nephews, Richard Oesterling, Carl and Roy Sullivan and Duane Schaer; and 19 grandchildren, 22 great- grandchildren and seven great-great- grandchildren. 

 She was preceded in death by both her parents;  husbands, Bill Wilson and Harry Elliott; good friend, Ed Chadwick; brother, Walter, and his wife, Marion Moore; sister, Florence Sullivan; aunt, Erma Powell; and loving grandson, Kevin Eugene Wilson.

 Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice, St. Francis Altar and Rosary Society, Meadowbrook Place or a charity of one’s choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.