Zona Ruhl

Former Richland resident, 1929-2017

Zona Marie Holman Ruhl, 88, died Nov. 12, 2017.

Her graveside service was at 10 a.m. Nov. 27 at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. The rosary will be said at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, and a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Lake Oswego.

She was born at Richland to Royce and Georgia Saunders Holman. She was an active member of Queen of Peace and Our Lady of the Lake Parishes. She loved family, friends and singing.

The family expressed “a special thanks to the staff at the Springs of Carmen Oaks for their care and devotion.”

She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip; and son, Thomas.

Survivors include her son, Steve and Beth; daughter, Mary; grandchildren, Brian, Mark (Kelly), Amanda and Chris (Jenee); great-grandchildren, Ella, Jack, Macy, Emme and Maddox.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Jack Marshall

Former Baker City resident, 1961-2017

Jack Clay Marshall, 55, of Hermiston, died Nov. 20, 2017, due to his struggle with health issues.

He will be loved and missed by all his family and friends. Please join them to celebrate his life with military honors on Monday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Pastor Jesse Whitford will officiate.

Jack was born on Dec. 7, 1961, at Burns to William “Bill” Z. Marshall and Neva K. (Kinnaman) Marshall. His family lived there for a few years then made the move to Baker, where he went to school. Jack graduated from Baker High School and joined the Army in 1985 and was sent to Spain. He attended some trade schools for mechanic work and eventually ended up at Hermiston. In his father’s later years he moved to Hermiston where Jack helped take care of him. Together they cut and polished rocks and collected old rifles. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his brother and weekly pie night with his brother, Pat.

Jack is survived by his sisters, Christine, and her husband, Rod Hammond of Oklahoma, and Wanda and Mike Patterson of Oregon; his brothers, Pat Marshall of Oregon, Terry and his wife, Jannette Brace, of Washington, James Durfee and Lisa Mathews of Oregon and Frank and Lia Durfee of Missouri; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Neva Durfee, and his father, Bill Marshall.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com

Alexa Brown

Former Baker City resident, 1999-2017

Alexa Lois Brown, 18, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 27, 2017, at Boise.

Her funeral will be Monday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. at Rosenau Funeral Home, 2826 Addison Ave E. in Twin Falls, Idaho. A visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the services.

Alexis was born Jan. 2, 1999, at La Grande to Aaron and Kathy Brown of Baker City. Alexa and her family lived in Baker City until 2002 when they moved themselves and their family to Twin Falls. Alexa attended several schools in the Twin Falls school district without much success until she started Magic Valley High School where she excelled. With the support of the fantastic staff, Alexa’s beauty and talents began to soar. Alexa loved cooking and being a part of the culinary arts program as well as the drama department, which became her true passion. Alexa graduated from Magic Valley High school in May 2017. She took a short break to road trip to the Oregon Coast before utilizing her scholarships at CSI in the drama program.

Alexa was very passionate about theater and was actively involved in the theater community. Nothing would light up her face more than when she would talk about her upcoming play. She always had a positive outlook on life and was willing to do anything someone asked of her. Alexa loved life, family, her cat, Chibs, and spending time with friends.

On Nov. 27 this world lost this beautiful soul to a tragic car accident and yet her kindness knows no bounds as she will continue to give to others through organ donation and her legacy will continue to help others as she always intended to do, family members said.

Alexa is survived by her parents, Aaron and Kathy Brown; her brother, Cody Brown; paternal grandparents, Bill and Judy Brown; grandmother, Nancy Geddes; aunt, Tammy Geddes; and several uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made at any First Federal Bank location.

Susan Horn

Mount Vernon, 1960-2017

Susan M. Horn, 57, of Mount Vernon, died Nov. 28, 2017, at her home after a courageous battle with glioblastoma. Sue beat many odds and outlived her prognosis for years beyond expectation. She was a true fighter and loved life ... and it loved her right back.

At Sue’s request, a lively and joyful celebration of life will be held to honor her memory on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Community Hall. A potluck and time of fellowship will immediately follow.

Sue was born on Nov. 1, 1960, at John Day to George and Bonnie Harper. She joined older siblings Mary, Lola, Lala, Loren (Toink) and John. Together they grew up along Harper Creek and spent many years without electricity or running water (except for a pitcher pump). The kids spent their youth playing outside, reading, playing cards and games like rummy and spin the bottle, shooting squirrels, and learning many songs through “Name That Tune” with dad on the banjo. One time Sue even got her hair parted with a rogue arrow shot by her brother John!

After graduating high school in 1978, Sue did some traveling (Alaska, Germany) and eventually ended up at Elgin in 1983 where she worked at the lumber mill. Steve Horn was working there, too, and it was only a matter of time before the two were smitten.

Sue invited Steve to her house one time and she had renovated a lot of it on her own. Steve was hugely impressed by this and remembers the smell of cinnamon cans sitting on her oil stove. Sue was an incredibly hard worker and was even offered a foreman job at the mill after only a short time. True to her integrity, she turned the job down because she felt she wasn’t as qualified as other, longer tenured employees.

Steve and Sue were married in 1984, and Steve will tell you this was the best decision he ever made. They raised a wonderful mix of kids — Stephanie, Tara, Heath, Sterling and Laramie. They lived at Elgin, Summerville and Netarts before settling for good in Mount Vernon.

Sue held many jobs throughout her life, from firefighting and engineering to office management and even owning a store in Mount Vernon. She embraced a variety of titles but would say the true champion of her accomplishments in the working world was obtaining the official title of roadmaster of Grant County. Sue’s ability to motivate others and lead by example inspired everyone around her to strive for better, whether it be in their personal or professional lives. Her work ethic and overall good-natured, butt-kicking attitude made her a respected and treasured teammate in every organization she was part of. Sue’s devotion to Mount Vernon is easily remembered and marked by her time spent on city council and as mayor, and by her selfless service and dedication to the beautification of and improvements to the community.

Aside from family, Steve and Sue’s houses on Cottonwood Street were her pride and joy. She was the absolute best at making any place feel like home. She loved all things antique and vintage farmhouse like old wash basins, cast iron, repurposing, quilting and sewing, and canning. She was a talented cook, cake baker, artist, builder, designer and decorator, and never feared trying new things or taking on big challenges. Sue spent hundreds of loving hours tending to her vegetable and flower gardens and was a certified Master Gardener and Food Preserver.

Spending time camping with friends and family on Tex Creek or Murderers Creek topped the list of her favorite things, right up there with sitting on the porch with a cold drink, watching the world go by or visiting with company.

Sue kept life organized for so many in the Horn/Harper/Thissell/Weaver family. She was the glue that held everything together and her spirit and affection for togetherness will be deeply missed. Her door was always open and she was genuinely the most giving person — giving of her time, thoughts, hugs, smiles, and conversation. She was the first to volunteer wherever she was needed, was full of joy and was quite the comedian — she was never afraid to make a fool of herself and was one heck of a covered wagon racer! Sue especially loved to dance: “Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here, we should dance,” she said.

Sue is survived by her husband of 33 years, Steve; children, Stephanie (Ty), Tara (Jeff), Heath, Sterling (Emily), and Laramie; sisters Mary (Dennis) and Lala (Artie); brothers Toink (Jaunita) and John (Doris); grandchildren Carsen, Camryn, Cooper, Trevyn, Kaden, and Kallin; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Lola.

Contributions in Sue’s memory may be made to the Mount Vernon Community Hall for improvements to or maintenance of the facility, in care of Tami’s Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at www.tamispinevalleyfuneral