Obituaries for Sept. 11, 2013

By Baker City Herald September 11, 2013 09:50 am

Alice Langer

Baker City, 1930-2013

Alice Marie (Sagers) Langer, 83, of Milton-Freewater, a former longtime Halfway resident, died Sept. 4, 2013. 

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Halfway. A dinner will be served afterward at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall. Everyone is welcome.

A second memorial service is scheduled at the Milton-Freewater LDS church at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

Alice was born on Aug. 24, 1930, at Delta, Utah, to Marie Caroline Sagers and Leslie Love Sagers. They moved to Vale for one year, then to Burley, Idaho, for 11 years, while her dad ran a golf course. She then moved to Halfway at the age of 13.

Alice married Elmer Langer on July 19, 1950, at Council, Idaho. She lived in Halfway for 59 years. Those years were the happiest of all, family members said.

She made great memories that stayed in her heart and on her mind her whole life. The last 11 years of her life she lived at Milton -Freewater, with her daughter, Sammy Roberson.

She attended Pine Eagle High School and worked as a telephone operator and at a restaurant for a short time. She loved to volunteer for different neighborhood events throughout the years. 

She was a homemaker for five children, often taking in extra kids and adopting them as her own. She had a very special place in her heart for children.

She was very talented at sewing and all sorts of crafts. She would make wedding dresses, western clothes and baby clothes. Alice was a very good ceramic painter. She loved to make different pieces for her friends and family. 

Cards and bingo were favorite activities as well. 

She had a gigantic love for gardening! All the different varieties fascinated her, always arranging and adding new ones. 

You could always bring a smile to her face by surprising her with flowers, family members said. Irises were her absolute favorite. Many friends and neighbors would come over to get iris bouquets from her.

The past 11 years Alice loved attending her great- grandkids’ sporting and dance events. Occasionally she would help the referee with calls. 

She couldn’t wait to hear all about the adventures her grandkids were going on, and to get updates on all those great-grandchildren.  

The family expressed its appreciation to the Walla Walla Hospice crew, especially Chris, and to the Providence St. Mary and Adventist Health home nurses. They also extended special thanks to Dr. Robert Carmody and Mary, and all of their Milton-Freewater LDS friends.

Survivors include her daughters, Sammy Roberson of Milton-Freewater and Bonnie Quimby, of Helena, Mont.; sisters, Donna Harrell, of Caldwell, Idaho, and Bonnie Zanelli, of Halfway; grandchildren, Jack Langer, of Helena, Mont., Elmer Quimby, of Absarokee, Mont., Stewart Quimby, of Helena, Mont., and Tia Brunot, of Milton-Freewater; seven great-grandchildren, Wyatt Langer, Hannah Brunot, Tobby Brunot, Tucker Brunot, Tristan Quimby, Evalyn Quimby and Hunter Quimby.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Langer; three sons, Mike Langer, Mickey Langer and Jack Langer; her dad, Leslie Sagers; her mom, Marie Sagers; and brothers, Rusty Sagers, Swede Sagers and Gene Sagers

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Leezetta Martin

Baker City, 1920-2013

Leezetta Martin, 93, a longtime Baker City resident died Aug. 31, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center–Baker City.

Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor David Deputy of Calvary Baptist Church will officiate.

Mrs. Martin was born on June 15, 1920, at Hartville, Mo., to Orville W. & Amanda Oliver Pridgen. She married Robert Ray Martin on Feb. 27, 1937, at Gooding, Idaho.

She was a housewife, mother and co-owner and operator of Creamline Dairy with her husband, Robert. Mrs. Martin was also a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Baker City.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Judy Martin of Hillsboro, Keith and Janet Martin of Baker City and Rod and Brenda Martin of Baker City; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Cal Cantrall, La Grande; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two nieces, Beverly Stevenson of Baker City and Jeanette Maupin of Boulevard, Calif.; and a nephew, Patrick Pridgen of La Grande.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; three children, Kenneth, Karen and Timothy; her parents; seven brothers and sisters; and several nieces and nephews. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Baker City, OR 97814.

Florence Blevins

Etowah, Tenn., 1926-2013

Florence M. Blevins, 87, of Etowah, Tenn., a former Baker City resident, died July 28, 2013, at McMinn Memorial Nursing Home.

Florence was born at Burell, Neb., to Edgar and Cora Phelps. She grew up at Burwell where she loved to roller skate. She played the clarinet in the marching band during high school.

She met Chet Easter after she graduated and they were married. In 1945, they moved to Oregon. They had two children. Chet died in 1956.

Two years later, Florence met Orie Gill. They were married in 1960. They had one child and were divorced in 1969. 

She then met Charlie Blevins. They were married in 1974 and had one child.

Florence worked at most of the restaurants in Baker City. After her retirement, she and her husband moved to Tennessee.

She loved crafts, fishing and hunting.

She was preceded in death by her father, Edgard Phelps; her mother, Cora Phelps; and brothers, Richard, Les and Charlie.

Survivors include her husband, Charlie Wayne Blevins of Etowah, Tenn.; her children, Charla Roderick and Stephen King of Tellico Plains, Tenn., Arlene and Bill Saul of Baker City, Bob and Brinda Easter of Dacono, Colo., and Connie and Elden Sydney of Nebraska; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and two brothers, Howard Phelps of Omaha, Neb., and Jimmy and his wife, Darlene, of Lincoln, Neb.

No formal visitation will be scheduled.

Joanne Taylor-Holcomb

Pendleton, 1946-2013

Joanne Lee Taylor-Holcomb, 66, a former longtime Baker County resident, died Sept. 6, 2013, at Pendleton.

She was born on Dec. 14, 1946, at Baker City. She spent most of her youth in both Baker and Pendleton. As a young girl, Joanne enjoyed choir and played the violin in the Pendleton High School Orchestra. She was an excellent swimmer, and competed on the school’s swim team as well. 

She married David E. Holcomb of Baker City on Aug. 8, 1964. Joanne and David moved to Richland in 1977 to raise their four children. 

Joanne was always very fond of animals and had a strong desire to work with them. She and her family owned and operated a dairy in Eagle Valley. 

She also had a love for gardening and all types of plants.

In later years, Joanne moved back to Baker City. Here, she worked as a nanny for the Blankenship family, whom she adored.

In the last four or five years, Joanne struggled with dementia, and her family moved her to Pendleton where she resided at Ashley Manor Care Center. Joanne became very close to the staff and residents. The friendships she made at Ashley Manor were very special to her.

Survivors include two sons, Richard Holcomb (spouse Sterrin) of Pendleton, and David Holcomb (spouse Pamela) of Ennis, Texas; and daughter Robin Holcomb-Branch (spouse Kip) of Vancouver, Wash.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Clarabelle Brookshire; her father, Richard W. Taylor; and her daughter, Jodi Kay Holcomb.

Donations or flowers in Joanne’s memory may be made to the Ashley Manor Care Center at 1514 S.W. Athens Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801.