Obituaries for Feb. 11, 2013

By Baker City Herald February 11, 2013 10:17 am

Jill Spofford

Minnesota, 1944-2013

Jill Rombough Otto Spofford, 68, died Feb. 6, 2013, at the St. Benedict’s Senior Community Center in St. Cloud, Minn.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Osakis Lutheran Church in Osakis, Minn. Visitation begins one hour before the service at the church.  

She was born on April 23, 1944, to Donald and Winona Scadding Otto. Jill grew up at Sauk Centre, Minn., and was a 1962 graduate of Sauk Centre High School. After high school, she completed the licensed practical nurse (LPN) program at Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria, Minn. She worked as a nurse at the Browerville Hospital in Browerville, Minn. 

She met and married Lee Spofford and had a family of six that they raised in the Long Prairie and Sauk Centre areas. 

In 1980, Jill relocated to Oregon where she met and married Keith Eoff. Together they raised a family of three. 

In recent years, Jill had resided in both Oregon and Minnesota. She made her home in Minnesota in 2010 when she was diagnosed with cancer. 

Jill fought a very brave and courageous battle and was an inspiration to her family and many friends. She wore many hats throughout the years that included nurse, caretaker, bartender, hotel manager, farmer, cook, jewelry maker, crafter and seamstress. None were as important as Mom, Grandma and friend. 

Jill was a member of Eastern Star and enjoyed helping out the Monday quilters at Osakis Lutheran. 

Survivors include a brother, David (Cecelia) Otto of California; son, Rex (Brenda) Spofford Dillingham, Alaska; Marguarette Norwood of Browervill, Minn.; Heather (Brian) White of Baker City; Michelle Spofford (Mike Haffner) of Sauk Centre, Minn.; Kim Miland of Melrose, Minn.; Byron (Jody) Miland of Sartell, Minn.; Nancy (Glenn) Taft of Browerville, Minn.; Richard Eoff (Shannon Breeden) of Browerville, Minn.; Carl Eoff, South Carolina; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandson; 14 stepchildren; and special friend, Keith Eoff. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; her high school sweetheart and fiance, Andrew Lesser; Lee Spofford; and two (twin) grandchildren.

The Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis, Minn., is in charge of arrangements.

Mildred Winward

Spokane, Wash., 1930-2013

Mildred Louise Winward, 82, a former Baker County resident, died Feb. 5, 2013, at Spokane, Wash.  

There will be a celebration of her life at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Baker United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St. The family will hold a private graveside service at Lakeview where she will rest beside her husband.

Mildred was born on July 29, 1930, at Wingville to Vernell and Velma Morin.  She was the oldest of six children. Mildred spent most of her childhood at Hereford where the family farmed and ranched. She married Amos Gail Winward, “Gail” on Aug. 3, 1961. They made their home at Lakeview where they raised their two children, Rebecca Louise (Kinney), 46, and Matthew Glenn Winward, 45. 

After Gail’s death, Mildred moved to Baker City, where she was active in The Salvation Army Church and at the local community center. She spent many years enjoying the company of her Aunt Nellie Brannock and Uncle Ted Morin.

During her years spent with Uncle Ted, Mildred developed an avid interest in sports. In 2003 she moved to Deer Park, Wash., to be near her children and grandchildren.

Mildred loved to watch the Portland Trailblazers, Seattle Mariners and her recent favorites, the Gonzaga Bulldogs. She also enjoyed crocheting and other needlepoint crafts as well as Bible study; she loved the Lord.

Survivors include her children, Rebecca Kinney and Matthew Winward; seven grandchildren, Rose O’Dell, Ryan Kinney, Melody Winward, Amber Winward, Zachary Kinney, Dakota Winward and Austen Kinney; four great-grandchildren, Lillyanna O’Dell, Megan O’Dell, Katielynn O’Dell and Micah O’Dell; her siblings, Elaine Carr, Wayne Morin, John Morin, Darlene Jenkins and Arnold Morin; and many nieces and nephews. 

Mildred’s husband, Amos Gail Winward, preceded her in death in 1982.