Obituaries for Jan. 28, 2013

By Baker City Herald January 28, 2013 11:05 am

Joanne Woodwiss

Baker City, 1933-2013

Joanne Woodwiss, 79, of Baker City died Jan. 17, 2013, at Baker City after losing her battle with breast cancer.

Burial will be at Carson City, Nev. 

She was born on May 7, 1933. 

 Her loving and generous spirit will be missed  by family and friends.

Survivors include her sister, Elizabeth Schwob; brothers, Brent and Robert Sorkness; niece, Laura Weimer; and nephew Steven Schwob. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home,  P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.


Kelly Thompson

Baker City, 1955-2013

Kelly Michael Thompson, 57, died Jan. 3, 2013, at his home with his wife, Jody, and daughter, Kati, at his side.

There will be a celebration of his life at 1 p.m. April 27 at the Southwest Shore Campground off Hudspeth Lane near Sumpter.

Kelly was born on June 18, 1955, at Eugene to Norma Smith Thompson and Calvin Thompson. He later moved to California and then his family settled in Enterprise where he graduated from high school. After high school, Kelly attended college in Bend.

Kelly was a late-bloomer and did not marry until he was 40. He married Jody Griffith in October of 1996. 

They were best friends and soulmates. Kelly discovered his true talent was being a grandfather. He was an adored grandfather and he loved his grandchildren. 

In 1972, Kelly joined the Smoke Jumpers in Sumpter.  After that he went on to work for Bond Jobe as a driller. Drilling was Kelly’s passion. 

He and his wife spent several years working on the road drilling. They had the opportunity to help build the Olympic Stadium in Salt Lake City. 

 He was preceded in death by his parents, Norma Bobbit and Calvin Thompson; his brother, Kyle; and his uncle. 

Survivors include his wife, Jody;  daughters, Kati Baldwin, her husband, Craig, Mary Mata and her husband, Mark,  and Arlee Smith, all of La Grande;  son, Ben Young of Georgia; brothers, Dan Thompson, and his wife, Bobbi of Benton City Wash., Scott Thompson and his wife, Kim, of Oregon City,  John Thompson; 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a nephew and two great- nieces and his four-legged friends Bella, MayC, Gus, Wicca, and Squeek. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart ‘n’ Home Foundation through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.