Baker City, 1928-2018
Lorraine E. Alexander Valentine, 89, of Baker City, died April 30, 2018, at her home.
There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Pastor Jesse Whitford will officiate. After the memorial service, a procession will lead family and friends to Mount Hope Cemetery for the interment. Everyone will be invited back to the Baker City Christian Church for a reception in the Fellowship Hall.
Lorraine was born on May 25, 1928, at Delta, Colorado, to Ross and Edna Alexander. She was the eighth of 11 children. She graduated from Delta High School in 1946 and soon after moved to Baker to support her parents who had just lost their son, her brother, Glenn.
She began working at Montgomery Ward and became busy in the Church of God. She played piano and taught Sunday school, which she continued to do for approximately 60 years.
In the fall of 1946, she met Darel Valentine. On New Year’s Eve, Darel gave her an engagement ring and they were married on Feb. 2, 1947.
Their family began with the birth of Steve on Jan. 19, 1948. Eleven months later, Linda arrived on Dec. 21, 1948. The family grew again on July 17, 1950, when Bruce was born, followed by Craig.
Darel and Lorraine purchased a home on Highway 7 and lived there for 18 years. This home welcomed many cousins and friends who were always given loving attention, support, and a home-cooked meal. They often shared their home taking in nieces and nephews, their kids’ friends from school, as well as foster children.
Lorraine was very faithful to the Lord and raised her kids in church and Sunday school. She and her “Alexander Sisters” sang at many occasions throughout her life.
In time, the kids left home one by one; their boys entered the military and Linda left for college. These were difficult years with worry for the boys serving in the military and the loneliness of an empty house.
As the kids returned and settled into their lives, they married and started families. Darel and Lorraine sold the farm and moved to town as the grandchildren were born. Lorraine became a grandma to 10 grandchildren and was extraordinarily generous with her time, love, and attention.
Lorraine worked several places through the years, but primarily at Sears and at the Baker County Library, where she retired in 1988 after 21 years. Upon retiring, she and Darel traveled for a couple of years before returning to Baker to be close to family.
She was involved in starting the Christian Women’s Club, the Community Concert program, and was a founding member of the Baker Community Choir. She served her church as treasurer and later as a trustee.
She hosted home fellowships and mailed “Home Touch” to shut-ins. She loved walking and books were always her companions. Music was very important as she sang with her sisters, children, and grandchildren. She endured the loss of brothers and sisters and out of that came “Sisters Week,” special time set aside with her remaining three sisters.
Darel and Lorraine were married for 63 years before she lost him in August of 2009. Another difficult loss was her son, Bruce, in 2014.
Through these losses, she came to believe that love was the most important value. She said, “The love of God is the most wonderful thing you can experience. Love expressed in any way forms us, motivates us, applauds us.” She was very proud of her large family and the love that is shared by all.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ross and Edna Alexander; her brothers, Dale, Glenn, Ray and Wayne; and her sisters, Donis, Lela, and Helen.
Survivors include her sisters Mildred Peterson (Hugh) of Baker City, Bernadine Nichols (Tom) of Springfield and Fern Beck of Portland; her children, Steve (Genia) of Richland, Linda (Steve Tipton) and Craig of Baker City, and daughter-in-law, Sheila of Haines; 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Lorraine to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Boys Town through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
To light a candle in memory of Lorraine or to leave a condolence for her family, go to www.grayswestco.com
Baker City, 1928-2018
Freida Rae Buxton, 76, of Baker City, died April 19, 2018, at her home surrounded by her family.
A private family gathering will be scheduled in the fall.
Freida was born on March 11, 1942, at Prairie City to Homer LeRoy and Shirley (Risley) Cole. She was one of three children from this marriage. Her much loved bonus father, Carroll Locy, was a log truck driver. Due to his career, she attended schools in several communities as the family moved frequently to new logging towns.
Freida married Phillip Leroy Barrett on March 31, 1960. They had four children together: Debra, Anita, Roy and Machelle. The couple later divorced. Freida married Danny Ray Buxton on Oct. 17, 1981, at Baker. His two sons, Ronald and Curtis Buxton, added to their extended and blended family that they loved very much.
Freida was an enthusiastic member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3456 Auxiliary since 1979 and served in many positions at the local and state levels, including State Madam President in 2003-2004. Her project that year was to raise awareness about domestic violence. Freida traveled the state and raised over $45,000 in cash and in-kind donations that year to support programs for victims and survivors of domestic violence. She sold her specially designed purple shirts with an angel embroidered on the shoulder. Angels and dragonflies were very special to her and she sold pins of each to help raise funds. She continued to gather and donate personal care items, household items and clothing for the local shelter until her passing.
Freida was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed cooking, mushroom, huckleberry and wild blackberry picking, camping, hunting, steelhead fishing, reading, sewing and yarn crafts. She was generous with her hugs, stories and knowledge of many things with her family and friends who she enjoyed spending time with. Everyone could and did learn something from her. Freida loved country music and watching westerns, old and new. She is well-known for her delicious home-cooked meals. One son-in-law is known for inviting himself to dinner and he still talks about her wild blackberry cobbler from a trip through northern Idaho. She said “living in Baker City was like living in God’s country.”
Freida is survived by her fur babies, Sheba and Missy; her daughters, Debra (Larry) Smith of La Grande, Anita (Andy) Schindler of Goshen, Virginia, and Machelle (Rich) Fowler of Findlay, Ohio; her sons, Roy Barrett of South Weber, Utah, Curtis (Shari) Buxton and Ronald (Pam) of Baker City; her brother-in-law Robert (Sherri) Buxton; her sisters-in-law, Colleen Quinton, Rhonda (Joe) Stubbs of Baker City; her Aunt, Beverly Cada of Deer Park, Oregon; 18 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Danny Ray Buxton; her parents, Homer Cole and Shirley Sherich, and bonus father, Carroll Locy; her sister, Karen Lucille Locy Ladman; her brother, Thomas LeRoy Locy; and her fur baby, Tina.
For those who would like to make a memorial donation in honor of Freida, the family suggests contributions be made to the Eagles Art Ehrmann Cancer Fund, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P. O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at www. tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com