Obituaries for Oct. 30, 2013

By Baker City Herald October 30, 2013 09:19 am

Darlene Carpenter

Baker City, 1932-2013

Darlene Bernice Carpenter, 81, of Baker City died Oct. 24, 2013, at Angel Wings care center.

Her graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery with Pastor Brad Phillips of Harvest Church officiating. A potluck reception is planned after the service at the Missouri Flat Grange, 1050 Hughes Lane in Baker City. 

Darlene was born on May 16, 1932, at Halfway to Ralph and Martha Curry.

Most of her school years were while she lived in Baker City. After leaving school, she drove school bus for several years and did in-home care for several years. She met and married Robert Titus in 1949 and that marriage lasted until 1955. She then married Norman Carpenter in 1969 and they were married until his death in 1991. 

Darlene’s heart was happy when helping others and it was known that the door to her home was always open to family and friends, family members said. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Darlene always accepted the challenge of a game of cards.

Darlene was very proud when she received her diploma after many years through correspondence, and she completed a nursing course. She loved her children and showed a lot of pride in them as well.

Survivors include her son, Dan Titus and his wife, Carol, of Baker City; her daughter, Kathy Jeannotte and her husband, Tony, of Vancouver, Wash.; her brothers, Sam Curry of the Tri Cities, Wash., and Rodney Marshall of Omaha, Neb.; her sister, Carel Rogers of the Tri Cities; and many nieces and nephews. She was proud to say she had 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Martha Curry; her brothers, Vernon, Lee, Chuck, Darrel and Don; her sisters, Evie and Fern; her grandsons, Tim Porter and James Joseph Tabert; and her husbands, Robert Titus and Norman Carpenter.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West and Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Linda Shorts

Baker City, 1945-2013

Linda Christine Shorts, 68, of Baker City, died peacefully on Oct. 22, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise as a result of complications during her heart valve replacement surgery.

A private service took place Oct. 25.

Linda was born on July 21, 1945, at Pittsburgh, Pa., the only daughter of Carl and Betty Calhoun. She grew up in Pittsburgh and it was there she met and married her only husband, Edward S. Shorts. The newlyweds traveled and lived all over the United States, and eventually settled in Baker City where they raised their five children. Linda and Edward divorced after the children were grown, and Linda never remarried.

In addition to raising her own five children, Linda dedicated most of her life to helping people who were in need. She began doing foster care in her early 30s, caring for elderly disabled, as well as any child in need, whether they were handicapped, troubled or in an unfortunate circumstance. Her home was always open to a stranger in need.

During the last eight years of her life she dedicated her whole being to raising her beloved grandson as her own child. She loved all of her grandchildren dearly, but she and her grandson had a very special bond.

Survivors include her brother, Carl Calhoun; her son, Edwin Shorts; her daughters, Stephanie Morris, Melanie Bauer, Jessica Shorts and Alicia Shorts; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; an aunt; cousins; and many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Health Foundation at:

‘Mac’ Vance

Jerome, Idaho, 1931-2013

Howard “Mac” Vance, 82, of Jerome, Idaho, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at the home of his son, in Meridian, Idaho. 

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Haven Cove Ward, 1560 North Ten Mile Road, Meridian, Idaho. Bishop Ford Grigg will officiate. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Meridian, Idaho.  

Mac was born on Feb. 15, 1931, at Wichita, Kan., to Howard Verle Vance and Gretta Mae McCoy Vance. He was raised at Garden City, Kan., and was a 1949  Garden City High School graduate. He graduated from Garden City Junior College in 1951 and Utah State University in 1953. 

Mac met Jean Jackson while she was in Kansas visiting her sister. They were married June 8, 1952, at Belfry, Mont. Their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on July 17, 1955. 

Together Mac and Jean raised six children while living in several states as Mac worked for the USDA as a hydrologist and soil scientist.  He was an accomplished photographer and loved spending time outdoors, camping, and fishing — a quality he passed on to his children.

Survivors include his sweetheart of 61 years, Jean Vance of Jerome; their children, H. Clay (Cindy) Vance of Eugene, Doug (Carolyn) Vance, Shanna Clark and Kristine (Craig) Atkinson, all of Meridian, Rob Vance and Ed Vance of Jerome; 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; and many extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Vicki; and his son-in-law, Kent Clark.

Arrangements are under the care of Farnsworth Mortuary of Jerome.