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Obituaries for Sept. 13, 2017

Immoos, Stoner


Agatha Immoos

Richland, 1918-2017

Agatha Sofie Immoos, 98, of Richland, died Aug. 28, 2017, at Baker City.

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Richland. Interment will be at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck reception (side dishes and desserts) at the Eagle Valley Grange.

Agatha, “Aggie” to most, was born on Nov. 27, 1918, to Sverin and Anna Betschart in Baar, Switzerland.

In 1931 at the age of 13 she, her mother and two older sisters, Annie and Hedy, made the

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Agatha Immoos

Richland, 1918-2017

Agatha Sofie Immoos, 98, of Richland, died Aug. 28, 2017, at Baker City.

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Richland. Interment will be at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck reception (side dishes and desserts) at the Eagle Valley Grange.

Agatha, “Aggie” to most, was born on Nov. 27, 1918, to Sverin and Anna Betschart in Baar, Switzerland.

In 1931 at the age of 13 she, her mother and two older sisters, Annie and Hedy, made the journey from Switzerland to the New York Harbor. From there they traveled to Galt, California, to join her father who had come the year before and found work on a dairy.

At the age of 15, Aggie found work as a nanny for Anthony and Gladys Kennedy, caring for their two sons and daughter. Aggie was always proud of the fact that she helped in raising the boy who would become U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

On March 6, 1937, Aggie married Lawrence Immoos. While in California they welcomed three sons, Robert, William, and Lawrence.

While their children were young they moved the family to Oregon, purchasing a ranch at Vale. They spent 10 years there, eventually moving to Bates where they built the Austin House.

They sold the business in 1963 and moved briefly to Joseph and then returned to Bates. In 1970, Lawrence and Aggie retired and made their home at Richland, spending most of their final years there.

Lawrence passed away in 1982 and Aggie stayed there until last October when she moved to Meadowbrook Place Assisted Living, in Baker City.

Aggie enjoyed traveling, returning several times to her home country of Switzerland. She saw other parts of Europe, Mexico, and much of the United States.

She spent many summers camping and fishing with her family and was an accomplished knitter. Aggie took pride in her appearance, never leaving the house without looking her best. She had a surprising sense of humor that will be missed by her friends and family.

Aggie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence; sisters, Annie and Hedy; son, William; and grandson, Patrick Immoos.

Survivors include her sons, Robert and Lawrence; daughter-in-law, Charlene Immoos; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren;and special friend, Walt Saunders.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Eagle Valley Ambulance through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com

Billie Jean Stoner

Former Baker City resident, 1932 - 2017

Billie Jean Stoner, 85, of Sunsites, Arizona, a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 9, 2017, at her home.

Her memorial service was at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 13, at The Church at Sunsites.

She was born on May 7, 1932, at home in Baker to Anne Cethel and Lesley Alton Schuck. She joined her older brothers, Don and Richard, and her sister, Elaine. When she was 2 she got to help welcome her little sister, Patricia. All greeted her in heaven, family members said.

Billie graduated from high school in 1951 and had already started her first career as an automobile bookkeeper at age 15.

While working at Leoper Chevrolet, she met and married this handsome man who came to check on the flooring — our dad, her children said.

In 1956, she became a mom when she had Mary Jane. In 1959 Jeannette Marie was welcomed into the family. And in 1969 they named their youngest daughter after her mom, Billie Kay. Her daughters knew their middle names well as Billie would use them and raise one eyebrow when they were in trouble.

The family of five lived on Cedar Street in Baker, two blocks from Billie’s parents. Many family gatherings happened in this house where our mother spent hours pinning sequin beads on Christmas balls, making the most beautiful Christmas trees each year, her children said. And each year they were different.

In 1971 the family moved to Hood River where their mom started her second career as the bookkeeper for a sheltered workshop whose employees were mentally disabled. She was able to develop an accounting system where each person was paid by the job, by the hour, and met all the government requirements. Everyone was in awe of the system.

Mom continued to work there until 1981 when Dad’s job took them all over the country. They moved several times as Dad’s job required and they were able to visit many parts of the United States. They moved to Fresno and Santa Clara California, Phoenix, Arizona, Boston and then to Lake Forest, California. Only one family member made it to all of their homes.

When Dad retired they moved to Sunsites and built a home on Dale Lane. She became a volunteer at the local library and part of the Shadow Mountain Golf Course and Visitor Center.

Our mother had many names: Her best friend, Marge Toney, called her Billie and they kept in contact for the rest of her life; family members called her Billie Jean, Bea and Auntie Bea. In the ’80s mom welcomed three sons-in-law, Dan Nichols, (Mary), Chris Hayward, (Jeannette) and Jim Fortner, Kay.

Then in 1980 she got a new cherished name, Grammy, when her grandson, Justin, was born. We believe this was the name that she cherished the most. In 1984 Grammy welcomed another grandson, Matthew; and in 1986, granddaughter, Megan and granddaughter, Amber. In 1989 her youngest granddaughter, LesleAnn, named after Billie’s parents, was born. Her youngest grandson, Kyle, arrived in 1990.

Her grandchildren spent countless summers with their Grammy and their Papa in Arizona and have many stories of Grammy’s antics to share.

In 2011 Grammy was promoted to Great-Grammy when Brayden James was born. She welcomed two more grandsons, Thiago Cruz in 2012, and Kaleb Philip in 2015. In 2016, her first great-granddaughter, Antoinette Jeannette, and then in 2017 Calla Jean. Grammy was so proud of all of her great-grandchildren.

On Sept. 9, 2017, after 62 years of marriage, Billie moved to heaven, her family said. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Billie continued to be a joy and made her family laugh.

“Our hearts are filled with countless memories we will hold onto forever,” they said.

Memorial contributions may be made in Billie’s name to the Charles Wm. Leighton Jr. Hospice, P.O. Box 115, Willcox, AZ 85644 or online at www.willcoxhospice.com You may express condolences at www.westlawnchapelmortuary.com

Westlawn Chapel, Mortuary and Crematory of Willcox, Arizona, is in charge of arrangements.