Obituaries for June 26, 2013

By Baker City Herald June 26, 2013 08:18 am

Maxine Miller

Richland and Baker City, 1924-2013

Dorothy Maxine Miller, 88, of Richland and Baker City, died June 20, 2013, with her son and daughter-in-law at her side.

Her memorial service and a celebration of Maxine’s life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Richland Christian Church. Gordon Bond will officiate. Friends and family are invited to a reception afterward at the church.

Maxine was born on Dec. 20, 1924, at Coos Bay. She was the first child of Earl Eugene Jones and Gladys Sanger Jones. Her father and mother were always known as “Buck” and “Honey.” Maxine was joined by a sister, Francis. The two girls were best friends. Growing up, the girls spent summers on a farm.

Maxine always liked to sew and made all of her doll’s clothes on a miniature Singer sewing machine that she treasured her entire life. World War II was going on when she was a young woman and she wanted to join the military. They would not accept her because she was too short.

In 1945, she met a sailor named Wayne Dale Miller (known as “Lucky”) and after a very short courtship, they were married on Nov. 3, 1945, at Astoria. They were married for nearly 58 years.  Lucky died in April 2003.

Maxine and Lucky lived in the Coos Bay area for several years, and then moved to Myrtle Point. In 1983, they moved to Richland. Maxine moved to Baker City in 2010. She lived at Settler’s Park Assisted Living Facility for the last year. She was very happy there and made many new friends.

During her married years, she and Lucky enjoyed square dancing and Maxine made their matching outfits. They were very involved with horses and rodeos. Maxine liked to oil paint, do ceramics, and tole painting. She cut her own wood for her tole-painting projects. She really loved the mountains, wildlife (especially birds) and going for rides.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lucky; a daughter, Pam Brunke; and a granddaughter, Missy Reasoner. 

Survivors include her sister, Fran, and her husband, Ken, and their three children; her son, Dennis Miller, and his wife, Linda; grandchildren, KyeLeigh and Cory Reasoner, Gail Hanna and her three children, Dwayne Miller and his wife and three children, Scott Miller and his wife and three children, and Matthew Miller, Chuck Riggs, Stephanie Hensley and Russell Smith; and three great-great-grandchildren. She left many other people who loved her and considered her a friend, including the new friends she made at Settler’s Park in the last year. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagle Valley Ambulance EMT Fund through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834.

‘Sue’ Shelton

Baker City, 1940-2013

Glenda Sue Shelton, 73, of Baker City died May 21, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise.

Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery. 

Glenda “Sue” was born on March 12, 1940, at Ontario to Gilbert and Jessie Hightower Luster. She married Charles S. Shelton on Dec. 1, 1957, at Baker City. They had three sons Steven, Allen and Chris. 

Sue enjoyed being with family and especially enjoyed the hunting and fishing adventures. For a time in the 1980s, Sue owned and operated a boat rental business at Phillips Lake, near Sumpter.

Sue loved bowling and had some 300 scores. She also enjoyed playing cards and dominos. And Sue was a “fantastic” cook, family members said. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, in 2000; parents, Gilbert and Jessie Luster; a brother, Wes Luster; and niece, Janet Bannon.

Survivors include her children, Steven C. Shelton and his wife, Tammy, of Montrose, Colo., Allen Shelton and Chris Shelton of Baker City; sisters, Philena Thompson of Boise, Rosalie Summers of Springfield and Bonnie O’Hara of Boise; a brother, Jim Luster of Spokane, Wash.; several grandchildren, including Steven’s son, Dr. Randal C. Shelton D.O. and his wife, Elizabeth Shelton, with great- grandson, Sawyer Christopher Shelton, of Morganton, N.C., and grandson, John Tyler Shelton of Grand Junction, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to help purchase a cemetery marker for her through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.

Robert Love

Baker City, 1929-2013

Robert Love, 84, of Baker City, died June 19, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Care Center. 

 At his request, his body was cremated and there will be a private family gathering.

 Mr. Love was born on Feb. 22, 1929, at Portstewart, Ireland, to Robert and Marion Rankin Love.

 He lived in Northern Ireland until he was 19 and immigrated to Canada for two years. He was sponsored by his aunt in New Jersey. He then made his way to Seattle, Wash., and later moved to Oregon. He was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army in 1951. He completed two years of active duty  and then served five years as an Army Reservist. The time spent in the U.S. Army was required for his U.S. citizenship, which he achieved in January 1957.

He worked in the mill in Toledo prior to his military service and returned to the lumber industry following afterward.  He married Vera Ward of Toledo on June 2, 1960. They raised three children for six years at Port Orford.

Then Robert moved the family to Baker County. Robert and Vera brought two more children into the family while living just outside of Baker City.

 Robert worked with Ellingson Lumber Co., the Baker County Road Department and the Baker School District. Robert enjoyed gardening, fishing, farming and landscaping.

 Survivors include his wife, Vera Love of Baker City; Brian and Laura Love of Baker City, Dan and Kim Love of Nine Falls, Wash., Michiel and Diane Love of Valdez, Alaska, James Love of Spokane, Wash., and Sara and David Blair of Baker City; 16 grandchildren; eight great- grandchildren; and several close friends and extended family.

 Coles Tribute Center was in charge of arrangements.

LaVelle Long

Baker City, 1922-2013

Agnes LaVelle Long, 90, died June 22, 2013.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

 The rosary will be said at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Cathedral, First and Church streets, followed by the service at 11 a.m.

 LaVelle was born on Aug. 17, 1922, to Charles and Edna Love Colton. She was the only one of eight children to be born at home on the family sheep ranch near  Baker City. 

She had many wonderful memories and stories to tell of her childhood growing up on the ranch, from riding horses with her sisters anytime of the year to attending the country grade school where her oldest sister, Helen, was her teacher. She loved her life on the ranch and the little country school.

 LaVelle attended St. Francis Academy for her upper education years and learned secretarial skills at Baker Business College. She worked during the war for a few years in Portland as a secretary and really enjoyed her time in the big city.

 After returning to Baker, she met Lewis LeRoy Long.  They were married on June 5, 1945. They raised six children and one grandchild together.  LaVelle was always active with St. Francis Cathedral where she sang in the church choir for many years. She was part of the Altar Society and was involved with many church functions. 

“Always a wonderful cook and devoted mother, Mom worked hard and was the rock of the family,” family members said.

“We will carry with us, always, our memories of her unconditional love, loyalty and devotion to her loved ones. May her beautiful spirit be with us forever.”

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Edna Colton; her husband, Lewis Long; brothers Charles and Walter “Bud” Colton; sisters, Helen Pearson, Viola Gaddis, Hildreth Lindley and Shirley May Colton (infant).

Survivors include her sister, Patricia Culley; her children, JoAnne Ceja and Alberto, Roger Long and Sherry, Gary Long and Melody, Greg Long and Mary Rose Bluebird, Mary Dunn and Steve and Trish Luginbill and Jim; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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

Kent Clark

Neskowin, 1958-2013

Kent Eugene Clark, 54, a former Baker City resident, died June 23, 2013, of a heart attack at his home in Neskowin. 

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St.

Kent received his Eagle Scout badge at the age of 12. He was a 1977 Baker High School graduate. He married his high school sweetheart, Shanna Vance, on Sept. 22, 1978. 

They had five children together. Kent started his work career early on with Albertsons grocery store and worked for the company for 30 years. He enjoyed his career and co-workers at Albertsons very much. 

He spent the next years doing things he loved, from working on a horse ranch in Montana, to gardening and watching his horses on his grandparents homestead at Paul, Idaho.

Kent and Shanna moved to the Oregon Coast in 2013. Kent enjoyed walking the coast line with his dogs, Jake and Bell. His last days were spent with his grandchildren at the coast.

Kent enjoyed athletics, hunting and camping with his friends and family. He taught his family the value of hard work and respect for others. He is remembered for his kindness and generosity to others.  

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Shanna; their five children, Scott, Jason, Angie, Hilary, and Kayla; grandchildren, Shelby, Patriot, Asher, Levi, Rori, Tyler, Nauva, Kennedi, Dillon, Brooke and Lindsey (and he was looking forward to his 12th grandchild, due in September); his parents, Marjorie and Lawerence Clark of Baker City; and three siblings, Shawna, Mike and Charlie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shiners Hospitals for Children: shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.