Obituaries for Sept. 18, 2013

By Baker City Herald September 18, 2013 09:05 am

Daryl Gillum

Richland, 1937-2013

Daryl L. Gillum, 75, of Richland, died Sept. 8, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.

A family memorial was held on Sept. 15 in Portland.

Daryl was born on Dec. 23, 1937, at Valley Falls, Kan., to Delbert and Ruth Mullinax Gillum. He was raised at Forest Grove and was a 1956 Sandy High School graduate. He married Dixie Hunt right out of high school. They had three children and later divorced. 

He later met Jan Christoffer and they began enjoying life together. Daryl retired from Steel Mill in Troutdale and then he and Jan moved to Richland in 1995.

Daryl enjoyed fishing and gambling at the slots.

Survivors include his longtime companion, Janet Christoffer; his children, Dianna Britton of Sandy, Richard Gillum of Sandy and Doug Gillum of Portland; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; his sister, Hazel Hatherill; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Richard and Delbert; and his sisters, Mildred Vandehey, Ester Mayers and Cora Bailey.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagle Valley EMTs through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Betty Cook

Halfway, 1933-2013

Betty Cook, 80, of Halfway, died Sept. 14, 2013, at Portland.

There will be a potluck dinner in Betty’s honor and a celebration of her life at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Halfway Lions Hall.

Betty “Boop” Louise Cook was born on April 30, 1933, at Helena, Mont., to Walter and Josephine Anderson. She was raised at Portland and graduated from high school at Delake.

Betty married Kenneth Yeaman on Oct. 3, 1951, at Seattle. They had five children.

During Betty’s life she enjoyed bowling, dancing, playing pool and fishing. She lived at Salem, Bellevue, Wash., and Everett, Wash. She worked as a bartender and cook. She also owned and operated an adult foster home.

Dan and Betty moved to Halfway 10 years ago, making their first home on the ranch. Betty enjoyed the country and the people of Halfway. She loved the poker machines and wearing sparkly hats. She had a unique fun laugh and always had energy to dance or play with the many kids in town that lovingly called her “Grandma.”

Survivors include her daughters, Teresa Herger of Renton, Wash., Carole Gruber of Salem, and Dianna Erspalmer of Portland; her son, Larry V. Yeaman of Portland; her stepchildren, Lonny Gover of Alaska, Marty Gover of Bothell, Wash., and Ebony Klinger of Vancouver, Wash.; her brother, John, and his wife, Donna Carsner, of Albany; 18 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and special friend and companion of 31 years, Roger “Dan” Gover.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Elizabeth Yeaman; and her beloved brother, Walter F. Anderson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Halfway Lions Club Scholarship Fund through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Joyce Harris

Baker City, 1929-2013

Joyce Harris, 82, of Baker City, died Sept. 12, 2013, at a Baker City care center.

A private family service will be scheduled later.

Joyce was born on June 8, 1929, at Riverside, Calif., to Burney and Harriet McCracken Clark. She was one of 10 children. Joyce attended Riverside Elementary School and graduated from Poly High at Riverside in 1947.

Joyce married Donald E. Harris, her high school sweetheart since 1943, on Jan. 16, 1948. They had two sons.

Joyce’s husband shared that they were sweethearts before they were married, and celebrating their 65 years of marriage, she was still his sweetheart.

During her life she was employed doing office work, retail and as a real estate agent. She and Don lived at Riverside for 39 years. In 1968 they moved to Oregon.

Joyce loved to quilt, sew and garden. Of Joyce’s accomplishments in life, she especially wanted to be remembered as a wife, mother and a true friend who was always there for her family. Her fondest memories were of her marriage and the birth of her sons and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Don; her sons, David Harris and his wife, Joyce, of Milpitas, Calif., and Michael Harris and his wife, LeeAnn, of La Pine; three grandchildren, Jeff, Melanie and Alesha; five great-grandchildren, Duncan, Darren, Liam, Cole and Tyler; her brother, Bill Clark of La Pine; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, twins Harriet and Henrietta; and six brothers: Donald, Gene, Richard, Wayne, Raymond and Virgil Clark.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Dorothy Williams

Baker City, 1937-2013

Dorothy Williams, 76, of Baker City died Sept. 16, 2013, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living. 

Her visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor Lennie Spooner will officiate. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family afterward for a reception at the Fellowship Hall at the Nazarene Church.

 Dorothy Anne Williams was born on April 7, 1937, at Denver to William S. and Olive F. Blanchet Patterson. She grew up at Denver and moved to Oregon shortly after graduating from Colorado State College. She married Floyd Williams in Denver in 1961. Dorothy moved to Baker City in 1965.

 She worked her early years as a school teacher in South Dakota and then in Oregon. Later she worked for many years as a certified nurses assistant at St. Elizabeth Nursing Home.

 Her passions in life included faith, family, friends and music. She taught piano and violin lessons for 60 years, early on as a secondary occupation, then later as a full- time occupation. Dorothy was a longtime member of the Nazarene Church where she was known as a faithful prayer companion to many. Her door was always open to those who wished to pray with her. She also volunteered at the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center and was a musician at the Nazarene Church for many years. 

 Survivors include her sons, Jim Williams and his wife, Tammy, of Boise and Bill Williams and his wife, Heather, of Electric City, Wash.; her daughter, LaDonna Hankinson and her husband, Stan, of Hewitt, N.J.;  grandchildren, Kerry and Dillon Williams of Idaho, Amanda Brockman of Arizona, Esther Williams of Washington, Andrew, Abby and Libby Williams of Michigan and Jake, Ben, Zach and David Hankinson of New Jersey; and four great-grandchildren.

 Memorial contributions may be made to Compassion International or Northeast Oregon Compassion Center through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR  97814.