Obituaries for Oct. 28, 2013

By Baker City Herald October 28, 2013 10:55 am

Faye Phipps

Halfway, 1930-2013

Leta Faye Phipps, 83, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Care Center in Baker City. Graveside services will be held Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway, Ore. 

Friends are invited to join the family for a reception immediately following the service at the VFW Hall in Halfway.

Faye was born April 16, 1930, in DeQuincy, La. to Ira and Ina Mitchell. She was raised in DeQuincy along with two brothers, Glen and  Billy Mitchell and sister  Verta Mae Van Winkle. She married Robert R. (Bob) Phipps on Jan. 7, 1950. They had two children Linda Diane and Robert R. (Ricky) Jr.

She and her husband lived in Louisiana, Texas and finally settled in Bakersfield, Calif. where they raised their children.

Faye and Bob moved to Halfway in 1969 where they owned and operated a Mobil gas station for seven years before retiring. During that time Faye bought, what was then, the Halfway Variety store and operated it for a few years.

She always had time for people whether it was for old friends or new acquaintances. You could find her sitting on her front porch waving to all who drove or walked by. In the South, that was an invitation to come and sit awhile. She was a very proud Southern Lady. Without fail, Faye was up for a visit and regularly had a story to relate or a joke to tell, all the while laughing with her infectious laugh.   

Faye treasured the time she spent with her friends and family. She enjoyed making beautiful crafts as well as playing card games and bingo. The fact that she never drove a vehicle didn’t stop her for being on the go. She would tell you “I’m like an old dog, drive by and if the door’s open, I’ll jump in.” She took delight in traveling, going fishing, or simply going for a drive in the beautiful valley.

While in California she was a member of the Foresters, Eastern Star and the Druids where she was the Arch Druidess. She was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and a volunteer at Jacob’s Dream in Halfway.

Faye is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Bill Davis, Halfway; granddaughter and her husband, Cambria and Baki Ildiz along with great-grandchildren Asya and Blair, Palisades Park, N.J.; step-grandson, Jason Davis and step-great grandchildren Lexxi and Dylan, Payette, Idaho, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob and son Ricky, siblings and infant sister Mary.

The family asks that if you would like to make memorial contributions, to do so benefiting the Halfway Ambulance, VFW Ladies Auxiliary (Halfway), Jacob’s Dream or Heart n’ Home Hospice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, Ore.  97834.

Jonda Myers

Huntington, 1952-2013

Jonda Gay Myers, 60, of Huntington died Oct. 23, 2013, at her residence. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Community Hall in Unity, Ore. Pastor Phil Joseph of the Huntington Christian church will officiate. Interment will follow at the Unity Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Community Hall.

 Jonda was born Dec. 23, 1952, in Baker City to Chester D. and Dorothy M. (Mitchell) Koontz. She graduated from Burnt River High School in 1971, then went on to become a CNA in the late 70’s and worked in several nursing homes.

From 1999 though 2007, she worked as a Dorm Mom to Foreign Exchange students of Burnt River High School. Then from 2007 until 2010 she worked for Huntington High School.

 In 1973, she married Daniel Averett, a union ended in divorce. On July  16, 1984, she married Elbert “Butch” Myers.

Jonda loved singing and anything to do with music.  She was a worship leader at Huntington Christian Center and very involved there. She loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman. She also loved camping, playing the guitar, board games and especially spending time with her family.

 She was a very accomplished guitarist and song writer. She had trained and rode horses, and ran a variety of machinery on the family farm. In later years, even though she never had children of her own, she became “Mom” to so many foreign exchange students who loved her. She was an excellent cook and could throw together a meal in a matter of minutes. She loved her family, and was a very special aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was a compassionate caregiver to several people in time of need. She had such a huge heart that spilled over to everyone around her.

 Survivors include her husband Butch Myers of Huntington, step-daughters Tanna Korn and husband Mike of Springfield, Ore., and Brandy Myers of Rock Springs, Wyo., step-sons, Robert Myers and wife Melissa of Spokane, Wash. and Jason Myers and wife Charlene of Pueblo, Colo.;  seven sisters,  Davelle Baker and husband Dale of LaGrande, Gwynneth Anderson and husband Quinten of Unity, Kristi Ping and husband Denny of Bonney Lake, Wash., and Valerie Wilson and husband Rod of Unity; Richelle Brown and husband Loren of LaGrande, Kimala Hoskins and husband Tim of Hereford, and Shauna Andrews and husband Corey also of Hereford, and one brother, Chip Koontz and wife Cathleen of Hereford, 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many foreign exchange students form all over the world who still call her “Mom.”

 She was preceded in death by her parents, Chet and Myrnie Koontz.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Huntington Christian Center through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, Ore. 97814.

William Edwards

Halfway, 1968-2013

William Earl Edwards aka Belt Buckle Bill, 45, of Halfway, Ore., died Oct. 22, 2013, at St. Lukes Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.

A graveside memorial service at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. 

Friends are invited to join the family for a celebration of Bill’s life and potluck immediately following the service at the Pine Valley Grange.

The family wishes to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. For those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of Bill, the family suggests the Pine Valley Labor Day Fair & Rodeo through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, Ore. 97834.