Obituaries for Feb. 6, 2013

By Baker City Herald February 06, 2013 09:43 am

Betsy Mason

Baker City, 1942-2013

Betsy Jean Mason, 70, of Baker City, died Feb. 2, 2013, at her home.

Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. There will be a reception afterward at the Nazarene Church, 1250 Hughes Lane.

Betsy was born on March 22, 1942, at Ontario, Calif.,  to Jean and Ruby Joines Pettit.  She was a 1961 Clackamas High School graduate. She then attended Clackamas Community College.

She married Elmer Donald “Don” Mason at Oregon City. They lived at Whidbey Island, Wash., and were later divorced.

 She loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping and being among family and friends. Camping and fishing for catfish on the Willamette River was a favorite, and hunting as a way of life and survival was always fun. 

Betsy took her kids to the berry farms and taught them how to work for what they wanted. She worked in the woods for many years and at Mason Dam for 10 years. 

She had a sense of adventure and enjoyed sharing her knowledge of the outdoors by teaching her grandchildren to fish and how to drive in the snow. Betsy also liked to play hide-and-seek after dark.

 Her hobbies included oil painting — she took classes and loved to share her beautiful art with others. She also enjoyed playing music with friends and church groups. 

She loved animals and fed as many as she could.  Toward the end of her life, ministry became her passion.  

She loved the Lord Jesus and wanted to share that with others, family members said. Her desire was to help people and she did that by sharing her life experiences and using them to help encourage others. There were no strangers to her and she was always willing to lend a helping hand.

 Betsy volunteered at the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center where she helped in ministry and at the Food Bank. She attended Agape Christian Center for many years and more recently the First Church of the Nazarene. She was also a member of the National Rifle Association. 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include three daughters, Christine, and her husband, Eugene Hawes, of Baker City, Arlene and her husband, Dave Shafer, of Caldwell, Idaho, and Becky Rose of Meridian, Idaho; a niece, Syndy, and her husband, Paul Zarr, of Klamath Falls; a brother, James Pettit of Cheyenne, Wyo.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Samuel Williams

Baker City, 1930-2013

Samuel Glenn Williams, 82, of Baker City, died Feb. 1, 2013.

Visitations will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.  His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pastor Ron Kratzer of the Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene at Meridian, Idaho, and former pastor of the Baker City Nazarene Church, will officiate.

Glenn was born on Nov. 26, 1930, at Baker City to George and Jima Hill Williams. He grew up on small farms in Baker County. He attended Haines School up to the seventh grade and then Baker High School.

He worked 40 years in the lumber mills, which included Ellingson Plywood and Ellingson Burnt River mill until it closed.

 Glen loved riding horses, hunting, fishing and gardening. He never missed an opportunity to go to a rodeo with family and friends.

 His family extends a very heartfelt thank you to all the caregivers and volunteers that helped Glenn through his time of need.

 He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Ralph and Jimmy Williams; sisters, Ruby Dodds, Cleo Conrad and Mattie McVey; and brothers, Fred and Jess Williams and Paul Medford.

 Survivors include his children, Sammie Williams of Bend, Glenda and husband, Dan Hull, of Haines, and Summer Curry of Haines; daughter-in-law, Karen Williams of Warrenton; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.