Obituaries for March 29, 2013

By Baker City Herald March 29, 2013 09:58 am

Stanley Griggs

Baker City, 1925-2013

Stanley Gilbert Griggs, 87, of Baker City and formerly of Caldwell, Idaho, died March 25, 2013, at a Baker City care center.

Visitations will be Monday, April 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. MDT at Flahiff Funeral Chapel in Caldwell. Graveside services will be Tuesday April 2, at 11 a.m. MDT at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Caldwell. Condolences for the family may be given at

 Stanley was born on May 29, 1925, at Caldwell, the oldest child of Orel Lincoln Griggs and Velma Winifred Stevens Griggs. Stanley was educated in Greenleaf and Caldwell rural schools.  Stanley entered the Navy in March 1943. While in the Navy, Stanley served as a motor machinist 2nd class and was honorably discharged in February 1946 at Bremerton, Wash.

After his discharge from the Navy, Stanley met the love of his life, Aleta Mae Perry. They celebrated 66 years of marriage this past February. They were married in Caldwell on Feb. 7, 1947.  They have two sons: Dennis, born in October 1948, and Doyle, born in April 1952. 

Stanley held several jobs during his life, including a 25-year career at the College of Idaho, which he ended in 1978 as head of maintenance. After leaving the College of Idaho, Stanley and Aleta moved to Mount Vernon, Ore., where Stanley worked in the forests cutting lodgepole pine, and later as a boiler-dryer operator and night watchman at the Prairie City sawmill. Stanley and Aleta moved several times in the next 20 years, settling in Baker City.

Stanley enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially with his grandchildren, when his health permitted. He also enjoyed being with his eight grandchildren and attending their many school activities.  In the past several years, Stanley enjoyed the numerous country and mountain drives taken with both sons and their families.

Stanley is survived by his wife, Aleta; his sons, Dennis and his wife, Judy, of Caldwell, and Doyle and his wife, Wilma, of Haines; eight grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; one brother, Ernest, of Maryland; and several nieces and nephews.

Stanley was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Carroll; and two sisters, Juanita and Melva.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ’N Home Hospice or a charity of your choice.

Mildred Jacobs

Baker City, 1922-2013

Mildred Helen Jacobs, 90, of Baker City, died March 23, 2013 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.

Her funeral will be Thursday, April 4 at 2 p.m. at Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Urn burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Helen was born on June 26, 1922, at La Grande to John Ezra and Frances (Gregory) Burnett. Following graduation from Baker High School in 1940, she married Clarence on June 26, 1941, in Weiser, Idaho.  

They spent several years working the ranch and living with Clarence’s parents at Wingville. In the spring of 1947, the family purchased a ranch at Keating from Sam Coon. Jake was born in May of 1947 and Carol was born January of 1951. The family resided in Keating for approximately 30 years.  

During that period, Helen was active in the Keating Grange, the Home Economics Club and was an avid 4-H leader. She always supported her children’s activities such as 4-H, FFA, choir, football, Bakerettes and more. She and Clarence spent many Saturday nights square dancing either at the Sportsman’s Club in Baker or at one of the many Grange Halls around Baker County. She loved to go with Clarence riding for cattle or helping drive the sheep over the mountain to Trout Meadows.

Helen and Clarence moved to Baker City in 1977 and lived near the Missouri Flat Grange Hall on a small acreage. They became very active in the Baker City Christian Church where she did a great deal of volunteer work. She also volunteered at the Baker Heritage Museum for several years and helped with meals at the Senior Center. Clarence died in September of 1982.  Following Clarence’s death, Helen moved to a smaller house. She resided there for some time and then in 2010 she moved to assisted living facilities. 

Helen is survived by her two children, Owen (Jake) Jacobs of Evergreen, Colo., and Carol Jacobs of Prairie City; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her husband; her brother, Russell Joseph Burnett; and her sister, Lorene L. Miller.

Memorial contributions may be made to Baker City Christian Church through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.