Obituaries for May 13, 2013

By Baker City Herald May 13, 2013 09:52 am

Margee Sagers

Halfway, 1924-2013

Margee J. Lee Curtis Sagers, 88, died May 11, 2013, at her home in Halfway.

Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Halfway.

Margee was born on Oct. 13, 1924, at Halfway to Anna Viola and Charles Wesley Lee.  She was the youngest of nine children and attended Sunny Dell Elementary School and Pine Valley High School at Halfway.

Margee married Wayne Curtis in 1942 and shortly thereafter they moved to Vanport so Wayne could work in the shipyards during the war. Vanport no longer exists as a town as it was destroyed by a flood in the early 1940s. 

While living there, their first son, Dennis, was born in Portland in 1943.  They moved back to Halfway when Dennis was 2 weeks old and Wayne worked as a ranch hand. Their second son, Thomas, was born at Baker City in July 1944. 

Wayne and Margee divorced in the mid 1940s.  She later married Wilford “Swede” Sagers in December 1948. 

In January 1949, the newlyweds and Denny and Tom moved from Halfway to Draper, Utah, where Swede continued mining until 1958, when the family moved again to Halfway for employment during the construction of Brownlee, Oxbow and Hells Canyon dams. 

Both Tom and Denny graduated from Pine Valley High in the early 1960s. Swede then went back to Utah and continued to work at mining until 1969 when he and Margee moved to Las Vegas. Swede worked as a miner at the nuclear test site some 100 miles west of Las Vegas. 

In 1977 they moved back to Halfway for the last and final time. Swede worked on Hells Canyon Dam and retired in the mid 1980s.

Margee was devoted to her family and loved to spend time with family and friends. She especially liked camping in the west deserts of Utah while searching for arrowheads. This hobby produced a fabulous collection, all displayed on a framed background. 

Margee was an avid reader of books of all sorts and read every night before falling asleep for most all her life. Mysteries and detective novels were her favorites.

Margee was the baby of the family and with her passing closes a chapter of the Lee family book, family members said.

Survivors include her two sons, Dennis Curtis, and his wife, Inez, and Tom Curtis, all of Halfway; grandchildren, Bob and Meriann Digges of Halfway, Renee and Rick Crow of Prosser, Wash., Michelle and Lance Homan of Joseph, Justin Curtis of Reno, Nev., and Cambria and Baki Ildiz of Palisades Park, N.J.; 14 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, numerous cousins and friends; and one old miniature dachshund named “Minnie.”

She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; all of her brothers, Jess Lee, Wilbur Lee, Gilbert Lee and Henry Lee; sisters, Inez Bernhardt, Alma Whitley, Mona McCormick and Jeanne Daniels; and a granddaughter-in-law, Mandy Curtis. 

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

Vickie Wagoner

Baker City, 1953-2013

Vickie Wagoner, 59, died May 5, 2013, at her home in Baker City.

A celebration of Vickie’s life will be scheduled later.

Vickie was born on Dec. 30, 1953, at Sioux City, Iowa, to Tim and Barbara Williams. The family came to Oregon with Vickie and her sister, Laurie. She attended Baker City schools. 

Vickie loved the outdoors and was the happiest when skiing, fishing and hiking. But she also loved to cook and she loved cooking shows. She especially enjoyed making everything from scratch.

She returned to Iowa for a few years but soon returned, for Oregon was always home.  She married Ted Wagoner in December of 1981. They adopted their son, Christopher, in 1983. She had a stepson, Jason Wagoner. 

Vickie loved her family very much. She was so much fun — if you met Vickie, you loved Vickie, family members said. She always tackled everything head-on, she loved adventure and was very compassionate.

In the ’80s Vickie and Ted went to work running Boulder Park Lodge. Carrie and Eric worked with them during the summer guiding and wrangling.

Vickie always worked, sometimes two jobs. But she always made time for family. We always had big family get-togethers. Sister Carrie remembered them “as some of the best times of my life.” Vickie and Ted decided to embark on a new journey and moved to Arizona, living closer to her grandparents and sister. 

Vickie went to real estate school and worked for Century 21. She then decided to go into escrow and became an escrow officer. She really enjoyed that because she met a lot of interesting people. She did that for 20-some years. 

After her mother, Barbara, died, she decided to come home and had a house built in Idaho. Then eventually she returned to Oregon.

 Survivors include her son, Chris Wagoner, and his girlfriend, Talia, and daughter, Daphne; her sisters, Laurie, and her husband, Mike Iverson, of Georgia, Carrie and her husband, Scotty Maliwauki, of Baker City;  her brother, Eric Olson, and his girlfriend, Crystal Bork; her niece, Cassandra, and her husband, Austin Schomberg, and their son, Kenyen; and her beloved dog, Hooch.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tim Williams and Barbara Raney; her sister, Sherrie Olson; and her stepfather, Elwood Olson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Best Friends or New Hope through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.