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Former Baker City resident, 1936-2017
Deni Smithpeter Smith, 81, a former Baker City resident, died May 14, Mother’s Day 2017, surrounded by those who loved her most at West Hills, California, from complications of cancer and pneumonia.
“Someone said that the gates to heaven open on Mother’s Day only to those mothers who are very special people,” her family said.
There will be a celebration of her life at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, 2020 Auburn Ave. in Baker City.
She was born on Jan. 11, 1936, at Baker City. She was a 1954 Baker High School graduate.
While a Bakerite at heart, Deni lived most of her life at Canoga Park/West Hills, California. Though in recent years, she was able to spend several months a year as a resident of Sumpter Valley.
She had a varied career, working as a job counselor, credit manager, Olympic security guard supervisor and political fundraiser.
Deni was a tenacious junker and had a beautiful and extensive antique glass collection. She was an avid reader and at any given time could be solving crime in two or three mystery novels at once.
She loved to laugh and those who knew her well would describe her as generous and loyal. She especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was even helping to plan yet another Class of ’54 reunion before her passing.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Donn Smithpeter.
Survivors include her loving and dedicated husband, Byron Smith; daughters, Jan Klarquist and Cindy Warnock; four grandsons and four great-grandsons.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Deni’s name to the American Cancer Society.
Sandra Elaine Price, 71, of Rieth, died on Aug. 22, 2017, surrounded by her loving family and friends.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, Sept. 2, at 1 p.m. at the Helix Community Church in Helix, with Pastor Mark Woolbright officiating. A reception will follow at the Christman home in Helix.
On April 10, 1946, Lewis and Gloria Blackburn Dearborn proudly welcomed their firstborn, a daughter, Sandra Elaine, into their lives in Seattle. Sandy graduated high school in Pendleton in 1964. After graduating from high school, she attended Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, earning her licensed practical nurse (LPN) degree in 1966. For 23 years Sandy worked for Prestige Care at its many facilities throughout Pendleton before retiring in 2011.
Sandy married Jack Barbour on March 23, 1968, and together they had two children: Dawniel and Angela. They later divorced and in 1974, Sandy met and married Harold Price, who had three children of his own: Mark, Carrie and Matthew. They were married on April 2, 1974, and were together for 40 years before his passing in 2014.
When Sandy had free time she loved to work in her garden, go fishing and camping, work on craft projects, sew, crochet, cook for her family and can foods. Sandy was not only a caretaker by trade, but by nature. She took excellent care of geriatric patients for the majority of her career while also caring for her two daughters, three stepchildren, seven grandchildren and her husband. Additionally, she lovingly baby-sat other people’s children and grandchildren through the years.
Sandy was always caring and giving to her family and everyone around her. She will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege to know her.
Survivors include her father and stepmother, Lewis and Mary Dearborn of Pilot Rock; her daughters, Dawniel Barbour of Florence, and Angela Christman and son-in-law, Gary, of Helix; her brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Tana Dearborn of Helena, Montana; her sister and brother in-law, Becky and Dane Holmes of Adams; three stepchildren, Mark Price (Reta Price) of Portland, Carrie Howell (Roger Howell) of Tumalo, and Matthew Price (Cheryl Price) of Ithica, New York; seven grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Sandy was preceded in death by her mother, Gloria Dearborn; and her beloved aunts and uncles, Wallace and Lanny Blackburn and Mary and June Blackburn.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Cancer Center through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
To light a candle in honor of Sandy, or to leave a condolence for the family, go to www.grayswestco.com