Obituaries for July 12, 2013

By Baker City Herald July 12, 2013 09:05 am

‘Mickey’ Hood

Medical Springs, 1914-2013

Mildred Thompson “Mickey” Hood, 99, of Medical Springs, died July 7, 2013, at her residence.

A graveside service was at noon today at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Jesse Whitford of the Baker City Christian Church officiated. 

Mickey was born on May 16, 1914, at New London, Conn. At the age of 3 she was adopted by the Thompson family and was raised in Juliet, Ill. She received her education in a private girl’s school in Pasadena. 

On Dec. 23, 1971, Mickey married Edwin Hood. They lived at Port Angeles, Wash., on a fishing boat called “The Defense” for several years, later moving to Orcas Island, Wash. In 1990 they sold their boat, “The Horizon,” and moved to their home at Medical Springs.

 Mickey liked birding, flower gardening and was quite a boat handler. She helped her husband for many years in their commercial salmon fishing business.

Survivors include her husband, Edwin; her daughter, Cheryl Doide; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Brian Henry.

Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel handled the funeral arrangements.

Letha Hoopes

Baker City, 1921-2013

Letha Evelyn Lovejoy Hoopes, 91, of Baker City, a retired employee of the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, genealogist and gifted artist, died July 9, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City after a long illness.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. 

Letha was born on July 30, 1921, at Baker County to Addison Victor Nathaniel Lovejoy and Myrtle Rebecca Rizor Lovejoy. She was raised in Baker City and spent her summers at Gleason Mine in Dixie and during the later years of her youth at the Orion Mine near Unity. She started school at South Baker Elementary in 1926 and was a 1939 Baker High School graduate. She later attended business school.

Letha briefly worked for the draft board in 1940. She married John Garretson Hoopes at Payette, Idaho, on Feb. 21, 1942. Letha was a beloved mother of four sons and one daughter, whom she lovingly raised and cared for in their Baker City home. 

When the last of the boys began school in 1966, Letha worked for the U.S. Forest Service. The next year, she began employment at the Soil Conservation Service until her retirement. 

Letha was well-known for her talents as a gifted artist, including painting, embroidery, needlework, quilting, crochet and knitting. She loved to spend time in her vegetable and flower gardens. 

Letha was a member of the LDS Church where she held many callings, taught genealogy classes, performed German name extraction and served as a Temple worker in the Boise Temple.

 Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Fuller (Heber) of Highland, Utah; her sons, Dale Hoopes (Joyce) and Kenneth Hoopes, all of Baker City, and Rex Hoopes (Debbie) of Boise; her sisters, Elinor Turnidge (Sheldon) of Payson, Utah, and Eva Kellogg (Barry) of Walla Walla, Wash.; her brother, Walter Lovejoy (Margret) of Wasilla, Alaska; grandchildren, John Hoopes (Lauri) of Baker City, Ronda Lawson of San Antonio, Texas, RaNay Winter (Ryan) of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Ryan Fuller (Amber) of Lehi, Utah, Steve Fuller (Sariah) of Lehi, Utah, Russell Fuller (Laura) of Cedar Hills, Utah, Carissa Hatch (Bryan) of Midvale, Utah, Whitney Mortensen (Ben) of Logan, Utah, Taryn Hoopes, Tanner Hoopes and Alex Hoopes all of Boise; great-grandchildren, Alicia Spalding (Ben) of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Kristen Hoopes, currently serving an LDS mission in Brazil, Riley Winter and Chandler Winter of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Gideon Fuller, Garrett Fuller, Alaina Fuller, Liberty Fuller, Kallia Fuller, Charity Fuller, Tylee Fuller, Ethan Fuller, Spencer Fuller, Paisley Fuller, and Parker Fuller all of Lehi, Utah, Tarak Fuller, Samara Fuller and Ashton Fuller all of Cedar Hills, Utah, Grayson Hatch of Midvale, Utah, Levi Mortensen of Logan, Utah, Justin Staley (Tara) of San Antonio, Kevin Staley (Marissa) of Kennedale, Texas, and Jessica Young (Josh) of Warrenton, Mich., Joelle (Evan) Crowther of Spanish Fork, Utah, Kenneth (Abby) Cockram of Baker City, and Jamie Cockram of Walla Walla, Wash.; and great-great-grandchildren, Cora Spalding, Gavin Staley, Zoe Staley, Dalilah Staley, Ian Staley, Kaylee Young, Chloe Young, Preston Young, Dusting Young, Kayson and Mayci Crowther and Ty Wilkinson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Garrettson Hoopes; her parents; a son, Victor Garry Hoopes (Wanda); and a brother, Victor Lovejoy (Norma).

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

Leo Payne

Baker City, 1941-2013

Leo John Payne, 71 of Baker City, died June 26, 2013, at Granite.

Private interment will be at a national cemetery. 

Leo was born on Sept. 8, 1941, at Portland to Frank and Rilla Porter Payne. He graduated with the class of 1959 from Grant High School in Portland. In 1960, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served honorably until his discharge in 1963. He was assigned to the 95th Fighter Interceptor Squadron.

After his military service, he attended and graduated from the University of Portland where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. In 1981 he married Susan at Winnemucca, Nev. During his working career he was an accountant for Baker Redi-Mix, and also for the Port of Hood River. He then co-owned and operated “Charlie’s Tavern” in Umatilla with Susan until he retired in 2005.

His hobbies included fishing, camping, traveling, golfing, riding motorcycles, and reading fiction.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Payne of Baker City; his brothers, Andy, Steve and Larry; his sister, Dorothy; his son, Michael Payne; stepson, Justin Handy of Baker City; his best friend and nephew, Frank Denton of Long Creek; his grandchildren include Mason, Logan and Jera Handy, all of Baker City.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel.