Formerly of North Powder, 1950-2018
Lora Ann Murdoch, 67, a former North Powder resident, died April 21, 2018, in Boise, after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her husband and close family.
Graveside services for Lora will be May 19 at 11 a.m. at the Haines Cemetery.
Lora was born on June 4, 1950, at Baker City to John and Barbara Murdoch. The youngest of three, she joined her brother, Dennis, and her sister, Donna.
Lora grew up in North Powder and attended school there until her graduation in 1968. After high school, Lora attended Blue Mountain Community College and received certification as a dental technician; however, she discovered that the field of dentistry was not for her and instead she moved to Boise and began working as an optician, a career she loved and worked in until her retirement in 2017.
Lora met and fell in love with Doug Fialkowski; the two had 26 years of grand adventures attending car shows and swap meets and decided to marry June 26, 2016, in a small private ceremony at Haines.
Lora was full of life and laughter and enjoyed wine, classic cars, antiques, dogs, and her friends and family. She will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her, her family said.
Lora is survived by her husband, Doug, and their corgi, Kate; her sister, Donna Dias and her husband, Ernie; her stepchildren, Jeff and Renee Fialkowski and their children, Ben and Micah Fialkowski, and Andy and Deanna Fialkowski; a nephew, Scott Murdoch; nieces, Lorrie Murdoch and Tonya Dias; four great-nephews; a great-niece; and many very special friends.
Lora was preceded in death by her parents, John and Barbara Murdoch; and her brother, Dennis.
Michael David (Mike) Marlow, 54, of Richland, died April 21, 2018, at his home.
The week before his death he was able to spend quality time with his family sharing laughter and tears before losing his battle with cancer.
A celebration of Mike’s life, and a potluck, will take place Saturday, May 12, at 4 p.m. at the Eagle Valley Grange (old Richland School on Moody Road).
Mike was born on Jan. 24, 1964, at Portland to Glenn Monroe Durkee and Sherry Sue Schroeder. Mike was a hard-working man who valued his family. He met his first wife, Lori Jean Schulz, in middle school in 1977. They were married for 27 years, from 1985 to 2012. While living in Washougal, Washington, they had three children: Amanda Jo, Michael Patrick, and Alicia Suzanne.
He worked in the maintenance department of Smurfet Newsprint Corporation of Oregon City, and quickly worked his way up to maintenance manager of their three plants. In 1991 he opened his first business, Family RV. In 1996 the family moved to Halfway, where Mike worked for Richland Feed & Seed, and later learned to cut meat from Jerry and George Bryan at Old Pine Market. Mike built a butcher shop in 2001 and opened Pine Creek Custom Cutting, which he owned and operated for 14 years.
In November of 2017, he married his loving partner of five years, Cindy O’Leary Marlow.
Mike’s family and friends will remember him for his witty sense of humor and contagious grin, his willingness to put others before himself, his ability to fix or build just about anything, his honesty, loyalty and humility. We will especially miss hearing his low, powerful voice singing cheerfully throughout the house and whistling while he worked, his family said.
Mike was an excellent butcher/meat cutter but hated killing. He loved animals and they loved him. While living in Richland with his wife, Cindy, he learned to ride his horse, Copper. He was a quick learner, had a good seat, and at 6-foot-4 he was strikingly handsome sitting astride his thoroughbred horse. He had a rooster he called “Hank” who would eat out of his hand and follow him anywhere. Mike had a favorite Hereford heifer he named Rosy and even when he was very ill his goal would be to go outside and brush Rosy, the horses, and feed Hank.
Mike enjoyed riding motorcycles with Mike Jr., camping, fishing, target shooting with all his kids, riding four-wheelers, gardening, and he adored his grandchildren’s visits. Mike was often heard to say that his children and family were his life. Mike was known for his exceptional work ethic, speaking his mind, and loving deeply.
In 2013 Mike was contacted by a younger brother whom he had not known had been adopted at birth. He connected with his newly found brother, Ben Keith, and wife, Karen. Mike was very happy to have gotten to know his brother Ben and both regretted not having had more time to spend getting to know each other’s families.
Near the end of his life, Mike left a word of advice for his loved ones: “Work hard to keep happiness alive and be good to each other. Make time for the things you love, push through the difficulty. You are stronger than you know.”
Mike is survived by his wife, Cindy O’Leary Marlow of Richland; his daughter, Amanda Jo Garcia and her husband, Enrique Garcia, of Scappoose; his son, Michael Patrick Marlow and his wife, Elicia Marlow, of Halfway; his daughter, Alicia Suzanne Martin and her husband, Nick Martin, of Grants Pass; his stepdaughters, Samantha Marks and Phoenix Thomas, and stepson, Cody Millhouse; his grandchildren, Emma Jean Molina and Nicholas Anthony Garcia, Peyton Lilly Marks, Austin Quinn Marks, Mia Millhouse, and Abby Millhouse; his brothers, Ben Keith and Richard Scheck; and his stepsister, Kandace Sheridan.
Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents, Richard H. Schroeder (1976) and Susan E. White (2013); his parents, Glenn Monroe Durkee (1995), Sherry Sue Sheridan (2016), and step-father Steven F. Sheridan (2015); his uncle, Richard (Tom) Schroder (2009); his aunt, Melody Ann Schroeder (1994); and his sister, Susan K. Marlow (2016).
To honor Mike, a Mike Marlow Memorial Scholarship is being set up for those who do not intend to go to a four-year college but would like to learn a trade instead. Donations can be made to this fund. Send checks to Cindy Marlow made out to Mike Marlow Memorial Scholarship at 43523 Old Foothill Rd., Richland, OR 97870.
Patricia Collier, 86, of North Powder, died May 1, 2018, at La Grande Post Acute Rehab.
Her graveside service will be Friday, May 11, at 11 a.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City.
She was born in Portland but moved to Eastern Oregon at the age of 5. Pat married the love of her life, Bob, and raised two sons in Baker. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother and will be missed greatly, her family said.
The family suggests memorial contributions to The Wounded Warrior Project, as two of her brothers served during World War II, 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