Obituaries for Feb. 20, 2013

By Baker City Herald February 20, 2013 10:42 am

Betty Taylor

Baker City, 1919-2013

Betty Jean Taylor, 93, of Cove died Feb. 6, 2013, at the home of her son, Michael, where she had lived for the past 5 years. 

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no service.

Betty was born on May 25, 1919, at Spokane, Wash.,  to Robert A. and Bertha Augusta Hopper Smith. 

Betty was one of three children and was the second child. She was very close to both of her siblings.

Betty was raised at Spokane, Wash. She met her future husband, Harold Dennis “Denny” Taylor, at Spokane when he was stationed at Geiger Field in 1942. 

They were married later that year on July 31, 1942, at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. They decided to wait to have a family, so during their early years, they traveled and Betty was a singer in a jazz band. She truly enjoyed sharing her love of music with her friends and family. She had a beautiful voice.

In 1953, they adopted their first child, Dennis Michael, and followed with the adoption of a daughter, Roberta Mae, two years later. 

In the following years, Betty devoted herself to being a loving wife and mother as the family moved often. Her family was always her first priority.

Dennis worked for International Harvester and was transferred every three years or so. She was a very caring individual and made many friends everywhere they lived. 

They retired to Prescott, Ariz., in 1976. Her husband, Denny, died in March 1994 at Prescott. Betty moved with her son, Michael, and his family to Coos Bay in 1997. A year later they moved to Cove, where she resided until her death. She attended the Cove Methodist Church.

Survivors include her son, Michael, of Cove; her daughter, Roberta, of New Mexico; her brother, Robert “Buzz,” and his wife, Catherine “Kitty” Smith, of Seattle, Wash.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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

Joan Curtis

Baker City, 1941-2013

Joan Curtis, 71, of Baker City, died Feb. 12, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Joan Beverly was born on Nov. 21, 1941, at Malden, Mo., to Raymond and Irene (Glover) Medlin. She was raised until the age of 7 in Malden and then moved to Baker City, graduating from Baker High School in 1959.

Her first marriage was to Roy E. Morris in Baker City, whom she had met in high school. They had three children, Linda, Brenda and James. They divorced and later she married Alvin Curtis. They met at the same place of employment and they had one child, Jason. 

Joan worked as a CNA at both Cedar Manor and St. Elizabeth Hospital for years.  She also did in-home care on the side. She was Leo Adler’s caregiver the last 15 years of his life and was always proud to be known as a good friend to him.

She enjoyed camping, fishing, reading and collecting figurines of frogs. Joan loved her family and her pets. 

 She is survived by her daughters: Linda and her husband, Brant Dixon, of Banks, and Brenda Morris of Baker City; her sons: James Morris of Baker City, and Jason Curtis of Woodburn; her brother, Jonny Medlin of Springfield; and five grandchildren: Brittney and Corina Morris, Terrance Dixon, Dalton Curtis and Alexa “Lexy” Curtis. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Alvin.

Memorial donations in memory of Joan may be made to the Diabetic Association through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.