Obituaries for Nov. 4, 2013

By Baker City Herald November 04, 2013 10:33 am

Shirley Coyle

Halfway, 1927-2013

Shirley Coyle, 86, a longtime Halfway resident, died Oct. 28, 2013, at her granddaughter’s home in Baker City. Her hand was held until the end.  

There will be a celebration of the lives of Shirley and her husband, Harry, (who died in July) at 1 p.m. Saturday outside at Harry and Shirley’s home in Halfway.

Shirley Honeycutt Wright Coyle was born on July 20, 1927, at Spokane, Wash., to Washington Denver Honeycutt and Gwendolyn Akin Honeycutt. She was the youngest of four daughters.

She married Dallas Wright on Jan. 16, 1946, at Halfway. They bought a small farm below the hills of Bear Wallow and raised two children there. She stood by Dallas’ side until he died in September 1972. Shirley stayed on the farm for the next 42 years. 

She eventually downsized the farm to 2 acres and moved to a smaller house on the property, but to her it was heaven. She had all kinds of flowers, irises of every color, trees, and rose bushes planted on just about every inch of her property. She loved springtime when everything was in bloom and wanted everyone to see it. 

Although she had access to a riding lawn mower, she would use the push mower up and down the hill.

Shirley got her first driver’s license when she was 45 and drove back and forth to Baker and Ontario to get a nursing degree — and all the while keeping the farm going. She worked the farm until July of this year. 

She married Harry Coyle in October 1978 and they were inseparable for the next 35 years until his death in July 2013.

One of Shirley’s favorite memories to share was the time she moved to Halfway with her parents and sisters and she and her mother rode horses from Washington. Shirley said it was a long journey and the food was short so they would eat an occasional squirrel just to keep going. 

The first winter in Halfway was spent in tents. She said that it was a very cold winter. But she treasured that trip always. 

She also talked about her childhood when her family lived at Everett, Wash., and the four girls would pick fruit to sell to keep the family going. 

She said times were hard but they always survived. She loved all animals, gardening, raising sheep, cows and chickens, and she loved working with firewood every year when it was time to get the winter’s supply.

“Mom-Grandma you will be missed until we see you again,” her family said.

Survivors include her children, John Wright of Halfway and Lynda Masterson and son-in-law, Fred Masterson, of Baker City; grandchildren, John Wright of Halfway, Day Bruhn of Baker City,  and Marty Masterson and granddaughter-in-law, Lindsey Masterson, of Bend; one great-granddaughter, Sasha, and six great-grandsons, Corey, Trevor, Gabriel, Travis, Riley, and Juke; one great-great grandson on the way; and several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews; and two estranged grandsons, James Austin and Jerry Wright.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Washington Denver and Gwendolyn Honeycutt; two husbands, Dallas Wright and Harry Coyle; sisters, Thelma Kempe, Bessie Kempe and Lois Bowerman; and one grandson, Dallas “Charlie” Hoffecker.

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

William ‘Bill’ Edwards

Halfway, 1968-2013

William Earl Edwards, also known as “Belt Buckle Bill,” 45, of Halfway, died Oct. 22, 2013, at St. Luke’s Regional Hospital in Boise. 

His graveside memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway.

After the service, friends are invited to join the family for a celebration of his life and a potluck dinner at the Pine Valley Grange in Halfway.

Bill was born on May 6, 1968, at Baker City to Neal and Wyona Edwards of Halfway. He was raised on a small farm and graduated from Pine-Eagle High School in 1987.

Bill went to work on the Oakes ranch at Ironside, and later to logging at Yakima, Wash., for Wyss and Sons and then back to the Oakes ranch. Bill worked at a placer mine on Pine Creek for the Bonanza Mining Co. and when that job played out he went to work for Kenworthy Logging and Huston Logging. 

When he came back to the area he went to work as a Baker County corrections officer. For the last few years he worked at fiber optics for several companies all over the West. He came home to work for Gordon Summers Ranches in the summer of 2009.

Bill will be remembered for his lawn mowing jobs, hauling his mower on a trailer behind his dad’s 8N Ford tractor, and showing his Guernsey milk cows and his sheep at the Baker Junior Livestock show, Baker County Fair and the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show. For years he helped to put on the Fourth of July fireworks display. 

Following in his dad’s footsteps, he helped in the arena at the Hells Canyon Junior Rodeo and Baker County Fair and Rodeo. He was always willing to give a helping hand to anyone who needed it. Bill never knew a stranger. He loved to dance — country- western swing and two-step. He had a fun laugh and always a good story, like the one that landed him in National Geographic magazine years ago.

Survivors include his daughter, Bailey Rae Edwards of Ontario; his mother, Wyona Edwards; sisters, Colleen Gilmore and her husband, Terry, of Halfway, Luetta Holtz and her friend, Brian Lubberke, of Baker City and Raedawn Edwards of Portland; Bailey’s brother, James Dederer of Redding, Calif.; nieces, Nichole Duncan, Kortney Duncan, Danielle Villani and Lorena Hellberg, and their families; and numerous cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Valley Labor Day Fair and Rodeo through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Marlene McCullough

Baker City, 1937-2013

Marlene Kay Galyen McCullough, 76, of Baker City and a longtime Haines-area resident and teacher, died October 31, 2013. 

The funeral for Marlene McCullough will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Haines Baptist Church. Vault Interment will be at the Haines Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception after the interment at the Haines Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Marlene was a very special mother, grandmother, sister, friend and teacher, family members said.

She was born on March 8, 1937, at Tilden, Neb., to Elmer and Bernice Galyen. Before she turned 1, the family moved to Ontario where they farmed on the Oregon Slope. 

Marlene was the oldest of five kids. She had many happy years growing up on the farm, working and playing with her brothers and sister. Marlene went to grade school at Pioneer School and was an Ontario High School graduate. She went on to college at Eastern Oregon, where she graduated with her teaching degree.

Marlene started teaching school when she was 21. In the 36 years she taught full time, she touched 750 children with her gifts of love and teaching, and many more in the following years as a substitute.

Marlene married Lloyd McCullough in 1963 and was blessed in 1967 when they adopted their daughter, Laura. Marlene was a great mom who loved and adored her little girl. 

She was fun, but also taught Laura many lessons in life. Marlene was also a devoted grandma both to her grandkids, Nathaniel, Samuel and Ariel, as well as to her adopted grandkids, Beth and Casey. If she could, she would be at any and all events her grandkids were involved in. They knew they were loved.

Marlene and husband, Lloyd, also shared their love for kids and their great parenting skills by opening their home to help many foster kids have a safe and loving environment.

Marlene was a special lady with a love for her Lord, family, friends, music, and life.

“She will be greatly missed, but treasured in our hearts!” family members said.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd McCullough; and her parents, Elmer and Bernice Maine Galyen.

Survivors include her daughter, Laura Pointer, and her husband, Gary, of Haines; grandchildren, Nathaniel Pointer of Cambridge, Mass., Samuel and Ariel Pointer of Haines, Beth Clark and her husband, Ryan, of Redmond,Wash., and Casey Frantum of Portland; her brothers, Jim Galyen, and his wife, Peggy, of Baker City, Gary Galyen and his wife, Ruth, of Madras, and Ken Galyen and his wife, Alene, of Meridian, Idaho; sister, Shari Cornell, and her husband, Steve, of Payette, Idaho; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

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