Jeanie McClaughry

Baker City

Jeanie McClaughry, 61, of Baker City, died Dec. 19, 2017, at her home. Per her request, there will be no funeral service.

Jeanie was loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a sister of 10 siblings and was termed a “identical mirror twin” as well.

Jeanie lived a beautiful life. She enjoyed surfing in her younger days while living in Newport. Jeanie always made new friends as she was an outgoing people person. She especially loved living in Eastern Oregon and always enjoyed going to the lakes, ponds and reservoirs to go fishing. Christmas was one of her favorite holidays. She treasured decorating her Christmas tree, making it fancy and beautiful and spending time with her family. Halloween was another favorite holiday that she shared with her twin Joanie, as the two delighted in making their own costumes and entering costume contests every year.

Most of her working life, she worked as a bartender. One bar in particular where she worked was the Longbranch in La Grande.

Jeanie adored spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she loved them very much. They truly lit up her life and she was always talking about them.

Jeanie was loved by many family and friends and will be sorely missed. Her beautiful smile and laugh will forever be in our hearts.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Thomas McClaughry and Virginia Aue; her brother, David McClaughry; and her twin sister, Joanie McClaughry.

Jeanie is survived by her daughter, Brandi, and her husband, John Loebs-LaMiller of Union; her son, Jamie McClaughry of Baker City; grandchildren, Tyrone Jackson and his wife, Tiffany Knepper, of La Grande, and Haley Still of Union; great-grandchildren, Isaiah and Aaliyah Jackson; eight surviving siblings: Carol Sivley of Alabama, Kathleen McClaughry of Haines, Patricia Culver of Mount Vernon, Jeff McClaughry of North Powder, Cyndi McClaughry of North Powder, Julie Flood of Hood River, Jim Durham of Hood River, and Devaree Milhon of Queens Creek, Arizona; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Jeanie, the family suggests the Union/Baker Special Olympics through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at

Marguerite Pike

Union, 1939-2017

Marguerite Pike, 78, of Union, died Dec. 20, 2017, at her home with her sister by her side.

A memorial service will be Friday, Jan. 6 at 4 p.m. at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Cove.

Marguerite was born on March 22, 1939, at Manchester, New Hampshire, to Victor and Hope Pike. During her youth, she was educated in New York, Indiana and Wisconsin. She loved photography, especially when it came to taking pictures of wildlife. Marguerite also had an interest in the medical field which she pursued with great zest.

She attained her registered nursing degree in Hinsdale, Illinois, and received her masters degree in medical surgical nursing from the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

Marguerite went on to achieve a doctorate in medical science from Loma Linda University in California.

She then worked as a teacher in Maryland, Michigan, Illinois and Oregon.

In 1988 she went to Frontier School of Nursing in Hyden, Kentucky, for her family nurse practitioner degree. Working with people in the hills of Kentucky was considered a great highlight of her life.

As an educator she presented papers at nursing societies in both the USA and Australia.

In 1994, she founded the Family Heath Clinic in Union. She was dedicated, loyal, had a strong work ethic, and was truly compassionate.

She leaves behind a sister in Spokane, Washington, a sister in Gresham, a brother in Woodland, Washington, and her faithful companion dog Eli, who never left her side.

For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Marguerite, the family suggests Heart ’N Home Hospice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at

‘Mike’ Thomas

North Powder, 1944-2017

Michael David “Mike” Thomas, 73, of North Powder, died Dec. 27, 2017, at his home.

A celebration of his life will take place during the summer of 2018.

Mike was born on June 5, 1944, at La Grande to Mike and Anne (Svetich) Thomas. He resided in Hermiston, the Tri Cities, Washington, Olympia, Washington and North Powder. He graduated from La Grande High School and later attended Blue Mountain Community College. He married Cathleen “Kitsy” Bauge.

Mike was an electrician until his retirement. He raised three successful sons and enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, jeep racing, horse shoes, darts, softball, track and field and baseball. He was a Catholic altar boy, and a member of the Boy Scout Club.

Mike is survived by his wife, Kitsy of North Powder; his sons, Sean Thomas (Suzanne) of Benton City, Washington, Mark Thomas (Brittany) of Richland, Washington, and Tyler Thomas (Marlo) of Kennewick, Washington; his sister, Nita Thomas of La Grande; 16 grandchildren; 8 grandchildren and 11 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Anne; his father-in-law, Vernon Bauge; his mother-in-law, Cathleen Bauge; and his brother-in-law, Chris Bauge.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 7325 W. Deschutes Ave., Suite A, Kennewick, WA 99336. Online condolences may be made to the family at