Obituaries for July 26, 2013

By Baker City Herald July 26, 2013 10:50 am

‘Russ’ Murphey

Baker City

Russell Warren “Russ” Murphey, 74, of Baker City, died July 22, 2013, at his home after a long battle with lymphoma. His family was at his side.

His funeral was at 3 p.m. Monday, June 29, at the Baker Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Pastor Jesse Whitford officiated. The committal service was at Rock Creek Cemetery. There was a celebration of life dinner afterward at the church.

Russ was born in California and was educated there. He worked for more than 25 years for the California Fish and Game and retired in 1990 after 22 years as a game warden. 

After his retirement he moved to Show Low, Ariz., where his wife, Marge, pursued a counseling career. They moved to Baker City in 2006 from Arizona. 

Russ loved the Lord and was an active member of the Baker Christian Church. He led several Bible studies and also led many hymn sings for the community. His beautiful bass voice will be missed.

Russ tried many part-time positions but principally loved to hunt and fish. He was a very friendly, wonderful man who will be sorely missed by family and friends. The fish of Baker County will now be safer.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Marge; their three daughters, Cyndi Huff (Dave) of Petersburg, Ky., Shelly Scott (Ray) of Baker City, and Jan Sorenson (Tony) of Cody, Wyo.; five granddaughters and three great-granddaughters; his sister, Jean Nagle (Hank) of Wilseyville, Calif., and his half-sister, Shirley Cook of Woodland, Calif.

He requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to his wife’s nonprofit Christian counseling business, Angel Rose Counseling through Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. He prayed daily for her ministry and was a great encouragement.

Louise Todd

Baker City, 1930-2013

Louise F. Todd, 82, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 23, 2013, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living Center.

 The rosary will be said at 10 a.m. Monday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Her graveside memorial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Father Julian Cassar of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate.

 Mrs. Todd was born on Aug. 12, 1930, at Rising City, Neb., to John Albert and Anna Willemsen Frericks. She was a 1947 graduate of St. Francis Academy and married Aubrey “Bud” Todd on Feb. 11, 1950, at Baker City.

 Mrs. Todd worked as a personnel manager for the BLM for 30 years, retiring in 1987. Her hobbies were volunteering with many organizations.

 She was a member and active with St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, Soroptomist Club and the Elks Lodge.

Survivors include her son, Marc Todd of Baker City; sister Connie Fisher of Echo; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and 12 great-grandchildren.

 She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bud; and a son, Gary.

 Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.