Obituaries for Sept. 27, 2013

By Baker City Herald September 27, 2013 11:16 am

The Rev. Lynda Ann Clark

Formerly Baker City, 1951-2013

Lynda Ann Clark, 61, of Salem, a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 14, 2013.

A celebration of her life took place on the fall equinox, Sept. 22, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Salem.

Lynda was born on Dec. 24, 1951, at Baker City to Donald R. and Anjeletta Clark, and she lived there into early adulthood. In 1986, Lynda graduated from Eastern Oregon State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She moved to Salem where she went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law in 1989. 

After graduation, Lynda worked in several positions that allowed her to bring greater justice and equality to deserving populations. She was an adjunct professor at Willamette Law School and an attorney for Willamette Legal Clinics. She also worked as a deputy district attorney for Marion County, Ore.

Later, she taught life skills and workplace basics to disadvantaged members of the Salem community through her work with the New Workforce Program at Chemeketa Community College. Lynda continued her work with “at-risk” populations both as director of the Salem Outreach Shelter and as the director of Legal Aid Service of Oregon, where pro bono legal services are provided to those who cannot other wise access them.

Lynda enjoyed acting from a very young age and was involved in numerous acting troupes, including the Pentacle Theatre in Salem. She also loved reading, traveling, gardening, and spending time with her family, especially her three grandchildren, who brought her endless amounts of joy as well as the perfect excuse to exercise her formidable skills as a seamstress and knitter.

A devoted and active member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, she became involved with the Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network serving as the organization’s founding president, compassionately engaging in soul work by helping homeless families locate housing.

Through her work with the UCC and the Interfaith Hospitality Network, Lynda discovered a calling to the ministry. She completed classes at the Northwest House of Theological Studies in Salem in 2006 and went on to attend the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif. 

In 2008 she graduated with a masters of divinity and was ordained as a minister in the United Church of Christ on Feb. 1, 2009. She was called to the Faith United Church of Christ in Indianapolis as its pastor shortly thereafter. 

Her feminist and inclusive approaches offered new insights and dynamic liturgy. 

Lynda is survived by her mother, Ann Clark of Baker City; her brother, Wayne Clark and his wife, Laurie; three children: Jeremy Golar and his wife, Arisha, and Ruth and Lucien Golar; and three grandchildren: Bailey, Riley, and Elsie Golar.

She was preceded in death by her father, Don.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Willamette Valley Hospice, the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Salem or The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Arrangements were by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

Joan Franklin

Baker City, 1938-2013

Joan Carole Franklin, 75, of Baker City, died Sept. 16, 2013.

At her request, there will be no service.

Joan was an adoring mother and grandmother, loving daughter, fun sister, devoted wife, caring aunt and best friend, family members said. She was born on March 24, 1938, at Somerville, Mass.,where she lived until she was 15.

Due to her father’s health, the Buckland family moved to the dry climate of Scottsdale, Ariz., where Joan graduated from Camelback High School in 1957.

Joan loved to have fun and she attended many parties and gatherings with family and friends. She especially loved to visit Baker City where her children and grandchildren live. Joan officially made Baker City her home three years ago. She will be deeply missed by her family ad friends, who will cherish many fond memories.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Kent Franklin; her parents, Paul and Lois Buckland; and a brother, Thomas.

Survivors include her son, Michael Franklin, and his wife, Rebecca, of Baker City, and his daughter, Alannah Biles, her husband, David, and their two sons, Brayden “Bentley” and Cayden of Louisiana; her daughter, Jeanenne Bowers, and her husband, David, and their daughters, Alysia and Erika, of Baker City; her siblings, Pauline Longo, George Buckland and Christine Wages of Arizona and their spouses and their children and many nieces, nephews and cousins.