Obituaries for March 1, 2013

By Baker City Herald March 01, 2013 09:00 am

Jerry Marks

Baker City, 1966-2013

Jerry George Marks, 46, passed away February 21, 2013 in Huntington. 

There will be a celebration of life at 2 p.m. March 2 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Prineville.  

Jerry was born on Aug. 15, 1966, at Grants Pass to Richard and Louise Marks. He attended high school at Prairie City where he received his GED in 1984. Later that year he went to work for Prairie Wood Products, where he worked until 1988. 

He had a long career as a mill worker. He worked for many years at Ochoco Lumber, where he became an accomplished setup man. 

He also was a commercial fisherman in Alaska with his brother, Jay, and worked in the building industry in Montana. He did some logging and was also a paint contractor. 

Jerry married Merrillee Magnuson. Their son, Austin Marks, was born on Feb. 3, 1990, and then Whitney Marks was born on May 4, 1991.  

Jerry loved to hunt in Grant County, fish on the Snake River, salmon fish on Shear Bridge, hunt for arrowheads and carve wood. He loved his family very much and will be missed by all. 

Jerry was very spiritual and felt closest to God when he was in the outdoors hunting and fishing, family members said. 

Survivors include his son, Austin G. Marks; daughter, Whitney N. Marks; twin brother, Jay R., and wife, Verna Marks; and good friend, Joey Villava. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Charles Hospice – Prineville or to Whispering Pines Funeral Home in memory of Jerry through Whispering Pines Funeral Home, 185 N.E. Fourth St., Prineville, OR 97754.

Joyce McKie

Baker City, 1940-2013

Joyce McKie, 72, of Baker City died peacefully on Feb. 25, 2013, with her loving companion of 11 years, John Lorimer, at her side.

Joyce was born on March 10, 1940, at Rochester, N.Y. Some people are born to serve and to save. Joyce McKie was one of those very special people. As a young girl it didn’t matter to Joyce whether it was a bumblebee or a bird that needed her help. She was always prepared, ready to assist and save a life.

Joyce opened South Window Kennels in the 1980s. It was home away from home for her patrons of dogs, cats, birds and rabbits. No soul too small to care for, Joyce could be found preparing home-cooked meals or giving insulin shots to one of her guests.

Joyce and South Window Kennels were the centerpiece in the establishment of Best Friends of Baker Inc., a local rescue group. Without the generosity of Joyce it is questionable whether Best Friends would have survived. Joyce was midwife, psychologist and doctor for hundreds and hundreds of pets and strays.

Joyce will be sorely missed by her friends in both the human and animal kingdoms; she moved so easily from one to another. She is survived by her companion, John Lorimer; her dog, Heather; her friends, Susan Castles, Dee Hoheimer, Lloyd and Vi Thompson; and many more friends and customers she enjoyed knowing through the years.

Her companion, John Lorimer, said: “On the day you left, a red-winged blackbird arrived at the snow-covered south window. He seemed to be saying, ‘Joyce, come away with me,’ and though now you’re gone I can hear your songs. I’m free to fly, free to be. I say fly high, Joyce, I’ll see you soon. Love John.”

The family would like to thank the Department of Human Services, and a special thank you to Dr. Charles Hofmann and all his staff.

For those who wish to make a memorial donation in memory of Joyce, you may do so to help defray end of life expenses through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.