Obituaries for Dec. 30, 2013

By Baker City Herald January 10, 2014 06:44 am

Earline Morris

Baker City, 1926-2013

Martha Earline Bowman Morris, 87, of Baker City, died Dec. 11, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Care Center in Baker City.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

Earline was born on Nov. 24, 1926, in Pratt City, Kan., to Earl and Tillie Bowman. When she was 13, she moved from Kansas to Oregon with her parents. She attended Baker High School and graduated in 1945.

Earline married Ernest H. Morris on Nov. 21, 1946.  She enjoyed staying home and taking care of her family. She loved gardening and was so proud of having a big yard where she could grow her roses and other kinds of flowers. When you entered her home, you would always find fresh flowers and house plants. Earline seemed to always attract stray cats and would become their friend and care for them.

She is survived by her nephew, Dell Francis, and her niece, Wilma Bishop, both of Baker City.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Ernest H. Morris; her mother, Tillie Bowman; and her father, Earl Bowman.

Memorial contributions may be made to Best Friends of Baker through Gray’s West and Company, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.  

Dorothy Tilgner

Richland, 1926-2013

Dorothy Bates Tilgner, 87, of Richland, died Dec. 18, 2013.

Services will be this spring in Vale. Date and time will be announced.

Dorothy was born on March 8, 1926, in Nebraska, the 12th of 13 children. The family moved to Vale, and lived in the stone house for several years.

Dorothy helped cook and clean for her large family, and was always known for her excellent cooking skills.  Dorothy worked for many years at Becker’s Market, which later became G&B Market. She enjoyed friendships with many co-workers during her years of employment. She enjoyed camping and fishing with her family.

Following the death of her first husband, Mel Bates, in 1972, Dorothy married Tharrell Tilgner in 1975 and eventually settled in Richland where she lived for the past twenty five years.  Dorothy and Tharrell enjoyed traveling to Quartzsite, Ariz., each winter.  Dorothy loved being an Arizona “snowbird” because it allowed her to escape the cold winters of Richland.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Tharrell Tilgner; her children, Terry Kurata and Michael Bates; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Mel Bates; her daughter Cindy Pennington; and her grandson, Jason Keller.

For those who wish to make a donation in memory of Dorothy, the family suggests the Eagle Valley Ambulance or the Eagle Valley EMT Training Fund through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.