Obituaries for June 12, 2013

By Baker City Herald June 12, 2013 09:40 am

Denice Jones

Alberta, Canada, 1955-2013

Dr. Denice Schlingman Jones, 57, of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, a former Baker City resident, died June 2, 2013, at home in the arms of her husband, Bob, and surrounded by family and friends after a courageous 20-month battle with cancer.

“She is now resting peacefully in the arms of Jesus,” family members said.

There will be a celebration of Denice’s incredibly full life at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 14320 94th St. in Edmonton, Canada.

She was born on Sept. 28, 1955.

Denice’s primary passion in life was her family, followed closely by her church family and her God-given role as a talented, compassionate veterinarian. She had tirelessly and faithfully served the residents (and their critters) of Strathcona, Canada, and surrounding counties for more than 30 years, working 24/7 365 days a year.

In her spare time, Denice raised and showed dogs (greyhounds and Brittanys), was an accomplished horsewoman, scuba diver, artist, pianist, adventurer, marksman/hunter and missionary. She participated in and led Christian Veterinary Missions to Haiti, South Africa, Mexico and Honduras.

Survivors include her husband, Bob; children,  Kendra and Logan (Lindsey); parents, Chuck and Virgene Schlingman; siblings, Sherrie (Joe), Dyrk and Wyatt (Anne); nieces, Samantha and Stephanie; and nephews,  Wayne, Dan and Brian.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through Baker City Church of the Nazarene, P.O. Box 665, Baker City, OR  97814.

Vanessa Clemens

La Grande, 1937-2013

Vanessa Louise Clemens, 76, of La Grande, a former Baker City resident, died June 9, 2013, of congestive heart failure at her home with her family by her side.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on McAllister Road at Island City. Interment will be at the Summerville Cemetery. 

There will be a viewing for family and friends at the church from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service. 

Vanessa was born on July 31, 1937, at Newberg to Joseph Michael and Anne Francis Pondelicek Kotera.

She lived at Baker City,  and was a Baker High School graduate.

She married Elton Clarence Clemens, her beloved husband of 45 years, while in Baker City. She also had lived at La Grande, Summerville and Vancouver Wash.  She finally returned to La Grande in 1994 to be closer to family when her husband became ill.

Elton and Vanessa owned their own business, Eastern Oregon Supply, where Vanessa was also the bookkeeper. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and the Pink Ladies Hospital Auxiliary. She was an active member of the LDS Church and served as president of the Relief Society. 

She thoroughly enjoyed reading and playing pinochle. Vanessa was a talented oil painter. She loved to go hunting alongside her family. 

She was an expert at canning, baking and floral arranging and lovingly taught her children and grandchildren these skills. She was a master gardener and loved her flower beds, birds, and all nature. 

She was a loving caretaker.  Her greatest love of all was her family.

Survivors include three children and their spouses, Daniel and Stacy Clemens of Summerville, Joni and Jody Minica of La Grande and Julie and Ray Wegner of Alaska; one sister, Victoria Nelson of Walla Walla, Wash.; seven grandchildren, Shane and Jody Rollins, Shayla and Ben Thompson, Dusty and Tiffany Rollins, Evan and Diane Clemens, Kobi and Anthony Brock, Jess Abell and Jake Wegner; 11 great- grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elton; her mother and father, Joseph and Ann; one sister and two brothers.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences to the family may be made at