Obituaries for Jan. 20, 2014

By Baker City Herald January 20, 2014 10:32 am

Larry Moura

Baker City, 1954-2014

Larry Moura, 59, of Baker City, died Jan. 13, 2014, at his home.  

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Baker City Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 2005 Valley Ave. 

Larry Neil Moura was born on March 21,1954, at Baker City to Neil Moura and Arlene Rose Engum Moura.  He was a 1972 Baker High School graduate and attended Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario.

Larry worked at Baker Valley Auto Parts for 22 years in counter sales. He recently started working at O’Reilly Auto Parts. He was very knowledgeable about vehicle parts and repair.

 He married Leslie Peck in November 1989 at Baker City. Larry was an excellent hunter and an avid fisherman. He enjoyed spending time in the mountains going for long drives and walking around in the woods.

He was a member of the Baker Elks, BPOE  No. 338, and the Baker City VFW Post, No. 3048. Larry spent many years with the Baker Elks Drum & Bugle Corps.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William “Bill” and Arlene Clegg; a brother, Tony Moura; and a daughter, Marie Rose Moura.

 Survivors include his wife, Leslie Moura, and step-daughter, Megan Cloyd, both of Baker City; a nephew, Jeff Moura of Ontario; four grandchildren; and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Larry Moura through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR   97814.

Nancy Taylor

Haines, 1938-2014

Nancy Ann Taylor, 75, of Haines, died Jan. 15, 2014, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City. 

Her private graveside service was at 1 p.m. Monday at the Haines Cemetery. Pastor Jack Hatfield of the Haines First Baptist Church officiated. There will be a celebration of her life at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Haines First Baptist Church.

Nancy was born on Dec. 29, 1938, at Portland to Emerson Teague and Merlyn Young Teague. Her school years were spent at Salem.  It was at Willamette University that she met Keith Taylor. They became engaged in 1957 and later married.

Upon graduating from Willamette University at Salem, she began her teaching career. She taught PE and Spanish for various school districts in Oregon and California. 

She loved teaching and was Teacher of the Year for the Palos Verdes School District in California. She is also listed in the Who’s Who of Women Teachers in the United States.

Nancy was very active in her church and had considered becoming a missionary but was led to teach junior high kids in Sunday school, camps and other activities. She also loved music and directed church choirs wherever she was. 

The choirs responded positively to the music she chose, which was to please and honor the Lord she served, her family said. She was affectionately named “The General.” She most recently became a member of the Haines First Baptist Church. 

 She loved the country lifestyle and was a master gardener. She believed in raising what she ate. She also raised various animals, including goats.

She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and students.

Survivors include her husband, Keith Taylor; and Nelda Marshall, a close friend.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emerson and Merlyn Teague; a sister, Janet Paulsen; and a brother, Richard Teague.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Gideons International through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel,  1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR  97814.

Theresa Kinney

Baker City, 1973-2014

Theresa Marie Kinney, 41, of Baker City, died Jan. 17, 2014, at her home with her family by her side. 

There will be a celebration of her life at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Harvest Christian Church, 3720 Birch St.  Pastor Brad Phillips will officiate. There will be a potluck afterward in the church fellowship hall. 

 Theresa was born on Dec. 8, 1973, at La Mirada Calif. She is the daughter of Rochelle and Ronald Stoaks of Baker City and Robert Flores Sr. of La Grande. 

Theresa graduated from Baker High School and married Richard Kinney. Rick and Theresa’s children are  Kayla Kinney, 21, Jay Kinney, 18, and Tanis Kinney, 16.

Theresa enjoyed crafts, camping, sewing, playing cards and spending time with her friends and family. She devoted much of her time and energy to her family and children.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Kinney of Baker City; three children, Kayla, Jay and Tanis of Baker City; five siblings; Candi Carmona of La Grande, Robert Flores Jr. of Union, Shannon Regan of Baker City and Shelley DeVore of Baker City; her mother, Rochelle Stoaks of Baker City; stepfather, Ronald Stoaks of Baker City; father, Robert Flores Sr. of La Grande; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Cora Elizabeth Casteel.

Memorial contributions may be made to help with funeral service expenses through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Raymond Seeley

Baker City, 1955-2013

Raymond Hal Seeley, 58, of Baker City, died Dec. 31, 2013, at his residence.

Private services have been held.

Raymond was born on July 9, 1955, at Springfield, Calif.,  to Annie Marie Rhines. Raymond worked various places as a mechanic working on vehicles. 

He also enjoyed fishing and working on landscaping and enjoyed mowing lawn at the Baker City Nazarene Church. Raymond had never married.

Survivors include his brother, Hermes Brown, and his wife, Dana, of Baker City; other brothers and sisters; and a daughter.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Annie; a sister, Lois; and a brother Delbert.

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


Claude Michel

Baker City, 1933-2013

Claude Watkins Michel, 80, of Baker City, died Dec. 30, 2013.

His memorial service and a celebration of Claude’s life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Blue Mountain Baptist Church, 2998 Eighth St. Friends are invited to join the family for a refreshment reception afterward at the church.

He was born on Feb. 19, 1933, at Middleton, Idaho, to R. Marion and Myrtle Michel. He grew up as the youngest of three children on his family’s farm. He was a 1951 graduate of Middleton High School. 

While in school, he met his lifelong sweetheart on a double date. Mom would say he chased her until she caught him, their children said.

After their wedding on June 3, 1951, they lived and farmed near Meridian, Idaho, for eight years. The family moved to Estacada and then to Prineville to continue farming.

After more than 16 years of farming, Claude made a career change and began driving truck. First it was local freight and then it became furniture nationwide, and then freight again nationwide as he drove for Willis Shaw Express for 14 years. Twelve of those years  were shared co-driving with his wife.

After “retirement” he found ways to drive more locally. He moved equipment for his son’s logging business for another 10 years, and until recently worked part time hauling hazmat cleanup diggings. His favorite things to do were driving and being productive, especially if it helped others.

In addition to caring for his family, he enjoyed serving in numerous capacities in all the churches the family attended over the years.

“What we appreciated most about Dad was his willingness to say, ‘Yes,’ to Jesus: ‘Yes, I need you. Yes, I care what you want for me. Yes, I care what you want of me. Yes, I will take Your word seriously,’ ” his children said.

As a result, he demonstrated what it meant “to love your wife and live with her in an understanding way,” they said.

He became an encouraging and instructive father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He lived his faith as a man of honor, integrity and consistency, regardless of his station in life.

A neighbor summed up his character in a recent card, which read, “You are a truly unconditional, non-judgmental and altruistic man of integrity with an incredibly kind heart.” 

That was Claude, and he is missed, his family said.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Velma; their five children and their spouses, Cindy  and Mike Whitmore, of La Grande, Bob and Sally Michel of Rowlett, Texas, Jim and Carla Michel of Baker City, Eric and Diny Michel of Elko, Nev., and Sharon  and Doug Hile, of Avondale, Ariz.; his brother and his wife, Richard and Helen Michel of Nampa, Idaho; sister, Maxine  and Ken Grafham, of Baker City; a niece, Carla Michel; nephews, Brad and Brian Hathaway; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Myrtle Michel; his nephew, Tom Michel; and his niece, Becky Hathaway.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice, (support for Cambodia orphanage), the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center, Wounded Warrior Project, or the Shriners Children’s Hospital, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.