Former Baker City resident, 1933-2017
Elizabeth “Betty” Ramos, 83, of Gresham, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 15, 2017 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Springwater Church of the Nazarene in Gresham.
Betty was born on Sept. 27, 1933, at Fisher, Minnesota, to John Paul and Andrea Morales. Betty was raised ministering to people, which continued throughout her life.
She learned this from her father, a Baptist Pastor to the migrant farm workers. This led her family to move to California when she was a child.
She met and married the love of her life, Alfonso Ramos, in Reno, Nevada, at the age of 16. They were married for 67 years and two days. Together they raised four children: Christine, Ralph, Rosie and Rita at Susanville, California.
At the encouragement of her husband, she obtained her GED and studied to be a Licensed Vocational Nurse, a job that she loved and held for 22 years. She assisted at the births of several of her family members and friends, including her first grandchild.
Betty excelled in the gift of hospitality and was an amazing cook. Her home was always filled with family and friends. One of her sons-in-law insists that he married her daughter because of Betty’s cooking. Her kids used to say that she had a magic refrigerator because she could make a complete dinner for company out of what looked like, to them, a refrigerator with no food in it.
After retirement, Alfonso and Betty moved to Mexico for 20 years where they ministered together to the people around them. They opened their home to traveling missionaries. Betty always made them feel like it was their home away from home.
She had a strong faith and was a prayer warrior with a great capacity to love her family and her friends. At times she was known as “the preacher” because it was important to her that people know Jesus.
One of her best qualities was her sense of humor. She truly exhibited the gifts of the spirit in her daily life.
After retirement, Betty was able to follow her creative side. She made some exquisite bread dough dolls, intricate embroidery, knitting, beading projects, unique bonsai trees and she even taught one of her daughters how to make her own dress patterns.
After returning from 20 years in Mexico, Betty and Alfonso lived in Baker City for a year before settling at Gresham. After moving to Gresham, Betty worked at Gresham Manor Assisted Living Center attending to the personal needs of many of the older residents.
Although she was older than many of her clients she was very young at heart. She had more energy than many people younger than her. She continued doing this until she was 80 years old.
She loved helping anybody who needed her assistance and truly had a servant’s heart. She was an incredible, one-of-a-kind woman.
Survivors include her husband, Alfonso; daughter, Christine Nelson (Christopher) of Juneau, Alaska; son, Ralph Ramos (Vicki) of Calhoun, Georgia; daughter, Rosie Snider (Steve) of Baker City; daughter, Rita Tidyman (Steve) of Stevenson, Washington; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Paul and Andrea Morales; and all of her siblings: brothers, Louis, Alfred, and Johnnie; and sisters, Lupe, Sarah, Ruth, and Martha.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Baker City, 1941-2017
Mary Jane Brattain, 75, of Baker City, died Aug. 28, 2017, at Tallahassee, Florida, at the Big Bend Hospice House.
Her memorial service will be at noon, Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Officiants will be Pastor Jesse Whitford of the Baker City Christian Church, Pastor Mike Whitford of the Canyon Springs Christian Church in Middleton, Idaho, and Pastor Bob Whiteman of the Reedsport Christian Church in Reedsport.
Mary was born on Nov. 24, 1941, at Monticello, Florida, to Walter Ward and Ruby Howell Ward. She attended Jefferson High School. She married Thomas A. Brattain on June 30, 1983, at Paisley.
Mary’s occupation was being a rancher’s wife. She enjoyed quilting, crafting, gardening, canning and cooking.
She was a member of the Baker City Christian Church and a volunteer at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Mary did many great things in her life but the accomplishment she was most proud of was raising four beautiful girls and creating a strong family bond.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas A. Brattain of Baker City; her daughter, Vicky Schroeder and son-in-law Todd Schroeder of Tallahassee, Florida; her daughter, Cindy Whitford, and son-in-law, Mike Whitford, of Boise; her daughter, Ricky Whiteman, and son-in-law, Bob Whiteman of Reedsport her daughter, Wendy Marks, and son-in-law, Kurt Marks of Richland; her stepdaughter, Marcella Crawford of Klamath Falls; and her stepdaughter, DeeDee Jones, and stepson-in-law, Jerry Jones of Klamath Falls; and 26 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Ruby Ward.
To light a candle in memory of Mary or to leave a condolence for the family, go to www.grayswestco.com.
North Powder, 1922-2017
Elvin Llewellyn Simonis, 94, of North Powder, died Aug. 26, 2017, at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande.
His graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the North Powder Cemetery.
Elvin was born on Dec. 26, 1922, at Baker City, to Ernest and Olena Johnson Simonis. He was raised at North Powder and attended North Powder High School.
His significant other was Marian Frost. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II.
Survivors include his daughter, Cathy Swain (Harold Milner) of Baker City; stepdaughter, Patty Frost; seven grandchildren and 11great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Marian; and his parents, Ernest and Olena.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com