Obituaries for Nov. 6, 2013

By Baker City Herald November 07, 2013 08:26 am

Marcelle O’Connell

Baker City, 1920-2013

Marcelle O’Connell, 93, of Baker City, died Nov. 1, 2013. 

There will be a private family service in the spring of 2014.

Marcelle was born on June 30, 1920, at Salt Lake City to Bebridge and Nora Oglevie Ferguson. She was the seventh of eight children. The family moved several times throughout her childhood, living in Utah, Wyoming, California, Colorado and Oregon. By the time she graduated from Tulelake High School, she had attended 13 different schools. She married John O’Connell on Oct. 13, 1940.

The couple raised their two children, Michael and Kathryn, on a ranch in the Burnt River area. They owned the ranch with Cornelius and Arr O’Connell, and the two families spent many happy years living and working side by side. The eight members of the two families remained close all of their lives.

In 1964, John and Marcelle moved to Baker City and eventually retired there. The couple enjoyed traveling in their motor home to Arizona, taking trips to Hawaii and spending time with their family. Arr and “Corney” bought the house next door and the two couples spent several years as next-door neighbors.

When the sisters became widowed, they moved together into a new home in the same area and lived there together for several years before moving together into an assisted living center.

Marcelle’s family remembers her kindness and generosity. She had a sharp wit and was always ready with a quick quip. She is also remembered for her musical ability, and even during advanced Parkinson’s disease, she continued to play the piano until about two months ago.

Marcelle handled her battle with Parkinson’s disease courageously, with determination, wisdom, acceptance, and a special kind of grace, family members said. 

“She set an example for all of us to follow when dealing with adversity,” they said.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Una, Gala and Arr; three brothers, Doy, LB, and Max; her daughter-in-law, Mary; and her husband, John. 

Survivors include her devoted sister, Wilrose; her son, Michael O’Connell, and his longtime partner, Barbara Lewis; her daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and Gary Guymon; her grandchildren, Matt Still and his wife, Jennifer, Marinda O’Connell Lariz and her husband, Joe Lariz, and Lacey O’Connell; and great-grandchildren Menzie and Walker Still and Kasen and Josslyn Lariz.

Shirley DeWitt

Yuma, Ariz., 1931-2013

Shirley Jean DeWitt, 81, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 2, 2013, at her home in Yuma, Ariz., surrounded by family.

 Shirley was born on Dec. 4, 1931, at Toledo, Ohio, to Alvin and Virginia Christ. She attended Whitney High School in Toledo.

She married Paul Frederick DeWitt on Nov. 29, 1952, and during the next 11 years they were blessed with five children.

Shirley enjoyed camping, sewing and travel in her leisure time. During her life she had various outside jobs, but the job she loved most was being wife and mother to her family.

Survivors include her husband, Paul; daughters, Paula Scott and Karla Lee; and sons, Patrick, Michael and Christopher Dewitt.

Christine Medlin

Baker City, 1931-2013

Christine Louise Medlin, 82, of Baker City, died Nov. 4, 2013, while staying at the Angel Wings Adult Foster Care Home in Baker City. 

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Pastor Jesse Whitford will officiate.

Christine was born on Aug. 29, 1931, at Greenville, Mo., to George Ward and Ruth Lee Glover Ward. She attended school in Missouri.

After graduating, she moved to Oregon in 1951 where she met Bert Medlin. They were married in 1961 at Baker City. 

Christine received her certified nurses aide training and worked for St. Elizabeth Nursing Home in Baker City until she retired in 1961.

She loved gardening, genealogy, collecting stamps and coins, and the outdoors. She loved to fish and camp. 

She was a devoted wife and mother, and a caring nurse. Her mother died at a young age and Christine was raised by her grandmother, Soleina Glover. When she moved to Baker City, she lived with her aunt, Irene Glover Medlin and that was when she began her nursing aide career.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Bert Medlin; her sons, Roger Medlin of Baker City and Steve Medlin and his wife,Virginia of Albany; grandson, Jeremy Medlin of Las Vegas, Nev.; and granddaughter, Stephannie Inslee of La Grande.

She was preceded in death by a cousin, Joan Curtis; and her brothers, Buddy Glover and Charles Glover.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.