Leslie Nichols

Former Baker City resident, 1937-2018

Leslie Clarence Nichols, 80, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 11, 2018, at Blythe, California.

A celebration of his life will be planned in the summer. The date will be announced.

Leslie was born on July 21, 1937, at Roseburg to Frank and Elva Nichols. He was the second of five children. The family later moved to Haines. Les was a 1956 Baker High School graduate.

He married Margaret Kelly on April 8, 1958. They had four children and celebrated 50 years of marriage.

Les enjoyed fishing, rifle and archery hunting, and camping in his RV.

After his retirement as a mechanic with the Union Pacific Railroad, Les and Margaret became “Snowbirds” and wintered at Bouse, Arizona, spending summers in Baker City.

After Margaret passed away, Les found Norma Jackson. They were married on June 20, 2009, and spent 8 happy years together. The couple moved to North Powder but still spent their winters in Arizona. Due to failing health, Leslie spent the last month in a nursing home at Blythe, California.

Survivors include his loving wife, Norma Nichols; brothers, Edward Nichols (Sherry) of Baker City, Frank E. Nichols (Dawn) of Port Orchard, Washington; daughters, Jodi Thomas (Jim) of Baker City; Kari Nichols (Jerry) of Sprague, Washington; son, Robert Nichols Sr. of Baker City; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a bother, Terry Nichols; sister, Rowena Wendt; first wife, Margaret Nichols; son, Leslie “Bud” Nichols; and grandson, Dustin Nichols.

Hazel Pearson

Former Baker County resident, 1934-2018

Hazel Pearson, 83, died Jan. 11, 2018, at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Washington.

Visitations will be Saturday, Jan. 20, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Her funeral will be Saturday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. at Gray’s West. Interment at the North Powder Cemetery will follow the service.

Hazel was born on Nov. 26, 1934, at Keating to Avon and Ethel Plummer Baird. She attended and graduated from Baker High School.

Hazel married Alvin D. Pearson (Mick) on Oct. 11, 1953, at Winnemucca, Nevada.

Her occupations included being a homemaker, fish hatchery worker and elder care. She worked for Oregon State and Evergreen Services and retired in 1998. She enjoyed bowling, camping, hunting, fishing and crocheting. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hood River, Grace Baptist Church in Kennewick, Washington, and the Women’s Bowling League.

Hazel is survived by her daughter, Brenda McClary of Pasco, Washington; her sister, Ruby Phillips of Pendleton; and her sister-in-law, Phyllis Fettig of North Powder.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Avon and Ethel Baird; her sisters, Stella York, Ellen Roop, Viola Lewis, Reba Hansen, Gladys Coon and Belva Rayle; and her brothers, Tom Baird, Avon Baird and David Baird.

Contributions in Hazel’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

To light a candle in memory of Hazel, or to leave a condolence for the family, go to www.grayswestco.com

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