Obituaries for April 19, 2013

By archive_import April 19, 2013 11:26 am

Jim Stella

Baker City, 1929-2013

Vincent “Jim” Bruno Stella II, 83, of Baker City, died April 16, 2013, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living Community. 

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Burial will be April 26 at Union Hill Cemetery in Pennsylvania.

Vincent was born on Nov. 22, 1929, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Placido and Mary Spinato Stella. He served in the Marines as a military police officer. He served in the military and civilian government for more than 20 years.

Vincent loved the outdoors, wildlife watching, traveling and practical joking. His greatest love was spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Snyder Stella of Baker City; daughters, Dawn Bishop, and her husband, Timothy,  of Baker City, and Shannon Keck and her husband, Robert, of Baker City; son, Vincent Stella, and his wife, Toni, of Oxford, Pa.; grandchildren, Cierra Keck of Baker City, Skyler, Jordan, Vincenzo and Chase Stella of Oxford, Pa. 

 He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jack Stella; and sisters, Sandy Bogdon and Marie Hartman.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Vincent B. Stella Memorial Fund at Banner Bank or through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Phyllis Rood

Lincoln City, 1928-2013

Phyllis Louise Rood, 86, a longtime Haines resident, died April 14, 2013, at the McMinnville Hospital. 

A memorial gathering will be scheduled later this summer. 

Phyllis was born on April 14, 1928, at Emmett, Idaho, to Doc (James) and Nell Delzell Haskin.

 She married Walter Rood on Nov. 17, 1945. They had two children, Larry Rood and Bonnie Maxwell.

They frequently moved while raising their family until finally settling at Haines in 1959. The last few years she has been residing in Lincoln City with her daughter.

Phyllis was an accomplished artist in oil painting as well as ceramics. She operated Phyllis’ Boutique for many years. She loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping and working in her yard.

Survivors include her son, Larry Rood, and his wife Kay, of Haines; daughter, Bonnie Maxwell, and her husband, Dewey Maxwell, of Lincoln City; a brother, James Haskin, and his wife, Donna, of Boise; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.

Thelma Myers

Baker City, 1932-2013

Thelma Jean Myers, 81, died April 10, 2013, at Baker City surrounded by family.

Family and friends are welcome to attend an urn interment at her father’s grave site at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a celebration of life gathering afterward at the home of Gail VanSickel 1950 Edgewater St.

Thelma was born in 1932 at Lake City, Ark., to William Floyd and Myrtle Olivia Clegg Thornton. Thelma moved to Baker City at the age of 4 and attended Baker City schools. She married Glenn “Dutch” Myers in 1947 and together they raised nine children: Dennis, Glenda, Steven, Ronda, Timothy, Tina, Teresa, Shane and a grandson, Ely Myers.

Thelma was a hard worker and began working at the age of 13, holding various jobs primarily in retail sales until retiring from Safeway in 1997. She loved working at Safeway; she had great rapport with co-workers and customers and made many friends. She always missed working after her retirement. 

She loved traveling, the beach, rock collecting, picking mushrooms, watching her favorite television programs and movies, yard sales, good Mexican and Chinese food, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Thelma was greatly loved and will be remembered for her sense of humor, strong commitment to fairness, unconditional love, generosity and kindness to others, family members said. She will be missed by all those who knew her.

Survivors include her husband, Glenn “Dutch” Myers and all of her children; 22 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; her sister, Lenora; numerous nephews and nieces; and her little dog, Barney.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother; and her brothers, James and Floyd Thornton. 

Memorial contributions may be made to a local food bank through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. 

Eloise Colton

Baker City

Eloise H. Colton of Baker City, died April 9, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her loving daughters.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Burial will be afterward at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Eloise was born at Baker City to George and Petra Rasmussen Bieber. She attended Baker High School. 

Eloise was a homemaker, worked at Safeway and was an alterations seamstress for Neuberger and Heilner. 

She married Philip H. Colton on Feb. 1, 1937, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Duncan. Philip died in October 1971.

Eloise enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilts, playing pinochle, games, cooking, traveling, crocheting doilies, and hosting many garage sales. She had a deep love of family and lifelong friends and spent many hours visiting folks in the hospital and nursing homes, giving perms and styling hair. 

She was enthusiastic about life and had a great love for learning. 


She was mischievous, loyal, giving, caring and extremely social. Eloise also had a unique ability to remember details from when she was a young girl.

Eloise was proud to be involved with many groups and organizations in her community. Her affiliations and accomplishments included Blue Mountain Extension, Garden Club, American Red Cross (30 years), Medical Springs Grange, Red Hat Society, Baker City Elks, Oregon Trail Interpretive Center volunteer, Baker Heritage Museum volunteer, and Baker County Posse. 

She received many awards at Baker County Fairs. She was also involved with sewing cheerleader uniforms, bridesmaid dresses, formals, and Bakerette uniforms.

Survivors include three daughters, Carol (Bud) Dotson of Walla Walla, Wash., Lana Emery of Port Angeles, Wash., and Beth (Bruce) Wood of Salem; nine grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her brother, Orman Bieber.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association or Cancer Fund.