Obituaries for April 7, 2014

Written by Baker City Herald April 07, 2014 09:12 am

Jeanne Tharp

Formerly Halfway, 1920-2014

Jeanne Cathrine Tharp, 93, a former Halfway resident, died March 26, 2014, at Copper Summit Assisted Living Center in Pocatello, Idaho, with her family by her side.

The rosary will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at St. Therese Catholic Church in Halfway, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward, at the Pine Valley Grange Hall.

Jeanne was born on Dec. 20, 1920, at Butte, Mont., to Patrick Joseph Shannon and Helen Francis Steward Shannon. She was raised in Butte in a strong Irish Catholic culture.

Jeanne received her education in a parochial setting and graduated from Butte Central Catholic High School-Girls Central. She attended Butte Business College and Kinman Business University in Spokane, Wash.

While at Kinman, she was president of the Student Catholic Organization. After her graduation she worked for a time in the Montana Legislature. Jeanne worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 39 years and in 1982 retired as the chief clerk to the terminal superintendent in Pocatello.

In 1951, Jeanne married Stanley Orlif Tharp and they made their home at Pocatello. Over the years they were blessed with four children: Shannon, Sharon, Karen and Stan. Their marriage ended after many years.

Jeanne moved to Halfway in 1991 where she lived until 2013. After leaving Halfway, Jeanne enjoyed living with her children until moving into Copper Summit Assisted Living. 

She enjoyed everything about life, including playing the piano and bridge, attending Carson Club, Bible study and the Ladies Luncheon every Thursday and volunteering at the Halfway Museum and Jacob’s Dream. 

She especially enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jeanne was a devout Catholic and continually reminded her family of the importance of attending church and living their faith. 

She was always up for an adventure. Her adventures included a trip to Rome, her first Alaskan cruise at age 88, and a road trip just last year to Hood River.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Betty Girardi; and her twin brothers, Pat and John Shannon.

Survivors include her children, Shannon Tharp of Nampa, Idaho, Sharon Stutzman of Halfway, Karen Tharp of Pocatello, and Stan Tharp of Boise; five grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Halfway-Oxbow Ambulance or St. Therese Catholic Church through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

‘Jim’ Sells

Portland, 1948-2014

James Lowell “Jim” Sells, 66, died March 31, 2014, at Portland after an extensive illness. 

He was born on Feb. 20, 1948. 

The early life of his late wife, Susan, growing up on the Fred V. and Shirley Spence farms near Rock Creek was noted in an earlier obituary article after her death on January 31, 2014 at Phoenix. 

There will be a memorial service for both Susan and Jim  at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Haines United Methodist Church. Family and friends will honor the couple with loving memories and a joyous “celebration of life” event.

 Jim spent many of his early years as a long-haul truck driver and met Susan at a North Powder restaurant that she was managing in the mid-80s. They married and for several years, enjoyed traveling for his work from Coast to Coast.

Later, with their young son, Joe, they had many wonderful adventures taking in the sights across America as a family while Jim continued his trucking career. 

When Joe grew to school age, Jim and Susan relocated to Portland where Jim pursued a career in construction as a crane operator.

Jim was a lover of the outdoors and the family spent their free time on many a camping and fishing excursion. 

For the past eight years, Jim and Susan have been traveling to Arizona during the winters. They enjoyed the warmer Arizona, where they also carried on a number of commercial projects. 

Jim (“Jimmy” to many) was known to the community of Quartzite as The Bike Guy ... and he could build/fix anything, but he specialized in bicycle sales/repair and also customized them with small gas motors. 

Jim had become quite an innovator with his custom-made bicycles and people in the area looked forward to seeing his next project on display as he worked out in his open air shop. 

The vendor space that he and Susan (she made custom jewelry & crafts) occupied was a social hub at Quartzite and they will both be missed by the many friends and clients that loved them and enjoyed their company and appreciated their artistic endeavors. 

 Survivors include his son, James Joseph Sells; a grandson, Jaylen James Sells; brothers, Richard Sells of Portland and Dean Sells of San Francisco; and numerous nieces and nephews.