Obituaries for March 5, 2014

By Baker City Herald March 05, 2014 09:38 am

Marlyn Riggs

Enterprise, 1948-2014

Marlyn Allen Riggs, 66, of Enterprise, a former longtime Baker County resident, died Feb. 17, 2014, at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Wash., from complications of influenza/pneumonia.

There was a celebration of his life Feb. 26, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Enterprise.

Marlyn was born on Jan. 25, 1948, at Richland, Ore., to Fred and Jennie Ashby Riggs. He had a twin sister, Merrilyn Seal, and a younger brother, Frank Riggs.

Marlyn was hired as a district field assistant in Baker County with the U.S. Department of Interior/U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, Animal Damage Control (ADC), on April 26, 1971. He transferred to Wallowa County in 1983.

He made his home at Enterprise and continued his 43-year career with ADC until his death. He will always be remembered as “the Wallowa County Trapper,” his family said.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, early morning coffee with “the coffee crowd,” and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his other, Jennie Jean Riggs.

Survivors include his father, Fred Leroy Riggs of Richland; twin sister and brother-in-law, Richard and Merrilyn Seal of Halfway; brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Roseanne Riggs of Richland; son and daughter-in-law, Coy and Jody Riggs of Enterprise; son, Wade Riggs, of Huntington; daughter and son-in-law, Angie and Wayne Marlin of Huntington; and grandchildren, Karlee and Hayley Riggs, Robert Blake and Makaela Wiley and Devin Merritt.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Wallowa County Fair, 668 N.W. First St., Enterprise, OR 97828.

Sarah Francis

La Grande, 1979-2014

Sarah Marie Francis, 35, of La Grande, died Feb. 25, 2014, at her home.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., in La Grande.

 Sarah was born on Feb. 7, 1979, to Rick Francis and Teresa Mitchell Francis. She grew up in Baker City and attended Brooklyn Elementary, Baker Middle School, and Baker High School.

Sarah lived in Portland from 1997 to 1998 after which she moved to La Grande. She lived in Union from 2005 to 2012 before making her home once again in La Grande.

Sarah worked at Subway and the Travelodge before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom.

Survivors include her mother and stepfather Teresa and David English of Island City; her children, Jaydia McQuin (13), Elijah Francis (9) and Dalaynia Francis (17 months); her brother, Caleb Francis of Taiwan; stepbrothers, Dave (Kellie) English of Middleton Idaho, Justin English of La Grande, Tony (Amy) English of Molalla, Kenny (Tesia) English of Island City, and Doug Skillings of Gillette, Wyo.; her grandmother, Della Clelland of Baker City; and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sterling Bank in care of Sarah Francis for her three children.

Online condolences to the family may be made at

Nancy de Rossett

Baker City, 1933-2014

Nancy Ann de Rossett, 80, of Baker City, died March 3, 2014, at her home after an extended illness. 

Burial will be scheduled later at Hopewell.

Nancy was born on Dec. 28, 1933, in Martinez, Calif., to Fred Lea and Jean Nash Lea. Nancy met and married Armand de Rosset and enjoyed being a homemaker. Nancy was an avid gardener, quilter and cook. 

She also rode endurance horses and she and her husband took in foster children. Nancy won awards for her hand quilting, bread baking and riding. 

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Armand de Rosset, and their three children, Cynthia Davis of Baker City, Fred de Rosset of Yamhill and Margaret Craig of Summerville; and two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia Henderson

Baker City, 1919-2014

Virginia Elmina Henderson, 94, of Baker City died March 2, 2014, at Elkhorn Adult Foster Home. 

Visitations will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in North Powder. Interment will be at the North Powder Cemetery with a reception afterward at the Wolf Creek Grange in North Powder.

Virginia was born on April 4, 1919, on a farm near North Powder to Joseph Aloysius and Mattie Smith Nice Henderson, a descendent of an early pioneer family. She attended school at Wolf Creek Elementary, going to North Powder for high school and later taking some work at Baker Business College.

She married Leonard Lewis Henderson on Feb. 17, 1936, at La Grande. They lived on a small place on Wolf Creek all of their married lives. It was a part of Virginia’s great-grandparents’ original homestead.

While their children were in school, Virginia was active in all school affairs in which she could help. She also served on the Union County Extension Committee and the Union County Democratic Central Committee.

She was a charter member of the Blue Mountain Chapter of the Oregon School Food Service. She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and had been a member of the Wolf Creek Grange since 1933. 

She was employed at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Baker City for seven years and had several other vocations afterward. From the hospital she went to the North Powder Schools where she was employed for 19 years as both second cook and head cook. She retired in 1984.

Later in life she moved to Baker City and resided at Grandview Manor for six years. She had lived at Elkhorn Adult Foster Home for the last five years.

Survivors include her sons, Rodney, and his wife, Gloria Henderson, of Kalispell, Mont., Theron, and his wife, Lois Henderson, of Billings, Mont.; and Roger Bruce Henderson of North Powder; a daughter, Junia, and her husband, Charles Burdon, of Yamhill; 12 grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and six stepgrandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; and one niece and two nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard, in 1997; her parents; two sons, Darnold Kent Henderson and Leonard Loren Henderson; a brother, Charles Nice; and sister, Elsie Taylor. 

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