Obituaries for Dec. 20, 2013

By Baker City Herald December 20, 2013 09:45 am

Irene Lyons

Baker City, 1929-2013

Irene Lyons 84, of Baker City, died Dec. 14, 2013, in the Southwest Idaho Advanced Care Hospital.

Graveside services were today at 1 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery with Pastor Tim Fisher of the Elkhorn Baptist Church officiating.

Mrs. Lyons was born on Feb. 6, 1929, at Utleyville, Colo., and was the daughter of Horace K. and Elva Mae (Phillips) Smith. The Smith family moved to Weston, Ore., where she received her education. She married John Lyons on Oct. 18, 1947, at  Pasco, Wash.

Mrs. Lyons worked as a bookkeeper for their logging business for 30 years. She also was a cook and housekeeper for the Sisters at St. Francis for four years, cooked six years for Elkhorn Village and worked at H&R Block assisting families with taxes.

In raising her family, spending time with her spouse and grandchildren and extended family and 63 years of marriage, she perfected cooking and baking along with successfully helping others complete income taxes, managing finances with the business with perfection.

Her hobbies were crocheting, arranging flowers, baking, cooking, gardening, restoring furniture, sewing and encouraging others.  She attended the Brethren Church and was a member of Methodist Church. She also did volunteer work for the Weston non-profit community organization.

 She is survived by her children: daughters, Linda Good of Salem; Carlotta F. Piete of Baker City, son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Shelly Lyons of Baker City; her sister-in-law, Juanita McCullough of Weston; 10 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; and also numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Lyons; her sisters, Laura and Ida Faye; her brothers, Harold “Kirby” and Charlie; her grandson, Brian Good; and her son-in-law, Michael Piete.

 Those wishing to make memorial contributions in her memory may direct them to the American Cancer Society, this maybe done through the Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Baker city, OR  97814. 

Pearl Bush

Baker City, 1915-2013

Pearl Josephine Bush, 97, of Baker City died Nov. 20, 2013.

A memorial service will be scheduled later in Arizona.

 Pearl was born on Dec. 29, 1915, at Boxes Cove, Ala., to McKinley and Josephine Selby. Her mother died shortly after Pearl was born. 

In 1919 at the age of four, she moved from Alabama to Casa Grande, Ariz., with her father and grandparents. Her sister, Gladis, stayed behind in Alabama, and eventually married Ira Travis and had two children, Harry and Carolyn.

Pearl graduated from Mesa High School at Mesa, Arizona. At the age of 19 she met Joseph R. Bush and married him. She was a faithful wife to her husband as she traveled and, at times, worked with him from California to Arizona, Oregon and Nevada.

She gave birth to their first son, Joe R. Bush, on Feb. 12, 1936. On Aug. 3, 1950, she gave birth to Jerry W. Bush at San Diego.

Before Pearl and Joe retired, they managed mini-storage units. She was always full of energy, family members said. She knew no strangers and loved to talk and laugh. 

Her husband, Joseph, died on June 25, 2002.

Pearl is survived by those who loved her and were loved by her, family members said.

They include her sons and their spouses, Joe R. Bush and his wife, Nancy, and Jerry W. Bush and his wife, Sandee; grandchildren, Joe Jr., Jeffrey, Jeremy, Aaron and Kristina; great-grandchildren, Mandy, Reese, Kori, Jeffrey II, Marilena Pearl, Aimee, David and Danielle; great-great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Keegon, Kallie, Julie, Jason, Shelby, Jade, Tristine, Kession, Sage, Willow, Raylin, Cali, Jace and Haley; her sister, Gladis Travis; nephew and niece, Harry and Carolyn, and their children Teresa, Stephanie and Jesse.

She also is survived by Geneva Leona Bush, her favorite granddaughter. 

“She was always available to her grandmother whenever the need arose to go to the doctor, grocery store, church or needed to visit,” Joe Bush said. “The list goes on an on. Thank you, Geneva, for the love and kindness you extended to your grandmother over the years.”

Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Church through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.