Obituaries for March 18, 2013

By Baker City Herald March 18, 2013 10:01 am

Lois Franklin

Formerly Baker City, 1917-2013

Lois Carmen Comstock Franklin, 96, a former Baker City resident, died March 14, 2013, at Starr Retirement home in Chelan, Wash.

At her request, there will be no funeral. There will be a future gathering for disposition of ashes at Chelan, and additional interment of ashes at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City.

Lois and her twin sister, Louine, were born on March 10, 1917, at Cove to Ray W. and Susan McNeill Comstock. The twins and their older brother, George Dale Comstock, were reared in Baker.

Lois attended Baker schools, playing cello in the Baker Symphony and piano while in high school. She was a 1935 Baker High School graduate. 

After graduation, Lois was employed locally at O.H.P. McCord Realty office. Later she worked for U.S. Bank in Portland as loan officer.

In October 1945, Lois married World War II Navy medic Alpin Earlynne (A.E.) Franklin in a ceremony at the Methodist Church in Baker. They became parents of two sons, Wesley and Ray, both of whom were born at Wenatchee, Wash.

A.E. and Lois, along with A.E.’s brother, David, and his wife, Verona, owned Franklin Furniture Co. in Chelan for 22 years. Later, A.E. and Lois operated the Cabana Motel in that city. 

Lois and her husband were actively involved in all aspects of the Boy Scouts of America program at Chelan, where both of their sons achieved Eagle Scout rank.

Lois loved to quilt, and she was an active member of the Chelan Sewing Club. She also served as treasurer of the Chelan Senior Center. She was active for many years in the Lake Chelan Garden Club and was an avid birdwatcher. She was known for her fun-loving nature (especially practical jokes) and her adventuresome spirit. She was never without a cat’s companionship.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years; by both parents; by her brother, George; and by her sister, Louine.

Survivors include her sons and their wives, Wesley and Mary Franklin, and Ray and Debby Franklin; her grandchildren, Victoria, Erin, Tamea, and Romy Franklin; her sisters-in-law, Grace Levi and Verona Franklin; her brother-in-law, Jim Franklin; plus nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be missed.

Precht’s Funeral Home of Chelan is in charge of arrangements.

Lillie Grandstaff

Formerly Baker City, 1923-2013

Lillie Grindstaff,  89, of Baker City, died March 1, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City. 

Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

Lillie was born on Nov. 7, 1923, at Baker City to Clarence and Alice Corn Kelley in Baker, Oregon, where she was raised and went to school. She was a 1942 Baker High School graduate.

She married Robert S. Grindstaff on July 4, 1942, at Weiser, Idaho. Robert joined the U.S. Navy and served during World War II on the USS Bullock. 

They had two children: Rosalie J. and Donald S.

Lillie worked at Jantzen Knitting Mills in Portland.  She retired as a housekeeper for St. Elizabeth and a Baker City doctor’s office.

She enjoyed fishing, picnicking, camping, spending time with her grandkids, and gardening.  She had a beautiful voice and spent a lot of her time singing. 

She devoted her time to her love of Jesus and her fellow parishioners, whom she loved very much, at the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church.

“She is home with God — her very presence lit up the room!” family members said.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son; her sister, Opal; brothers, Roy, Forrest, and Clyde; and great-granddaughter, Kayla Rose.

Survivors include her daughter, Rose, and her husband, Norm; seven grandsons;  three granddaughters; five great-granddaughters; nine great-grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews, each one very special to her; and several cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to The Lighthouse U.P.C. through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel,  1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Mark Coombs

Formerly Prairie City, 1955-2013

Mark Steven Coombs, 57, a former Prairie City resident, died Feb. 22, 2013, at Abuyog Leyte, the Philippines.

A graveside memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 25, at the Prairie City Cemetery. 

Mark was born on July 31, 1955, at Prairie City to John and Marva Howard Coombs. He graduated from Prairie City High School in 1974, when he enlisted in the U.S. Marines serving as a bandsman until 1982. On May 24, 1987, Mark married Susan Haberger in Boise.

Mark always loved sports and was very musically inclined. He lived for almost 20 years in Massachusetts and was involved with his church’s music ministry. He played the saxophone in the church band playing at many multi-faith events in Foxboro, Mass.  On a church band ministry trip to London and Wales, he was able to reach out to the community. Mark loved the outdoors and to fish with his son. He was very proud of where he came from and was a loving and caring father. He will be deeply missed by all.

Mark always cared about children in need and loved to help the less fortunate. His mission in the Philippines was to help just such children. He brought joy and smiles to everyone he met and knew. Mark’s spirit will live on through his only son, Rick Coombs, and his sisters, Pam and Penny.

Survivors include his wife, Susan, and son, Ricky Coombs, both of New York; his father, John Coombs; two sisters, Pam Gangler, and her husband, Tom, and Penny Black and her husband, Wendell, all of Prairie City; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marva Coombs; a brother, Ricky J. Coombs; his grandmother, Marie Howard; and his aunt, Donna Edmunson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion /American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 106 through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.