Betty Freeman

Formerly of Baker City, 1945-2018

Betty Freeman, 72, a former Baker City resident, died peacefully at her home in Lafayette, Oregon, on July 11, 2018, after a battle with liver cancer.

A celebration of Betty’s life will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. at the Payette United Methodist Church, 502 N. 11th St., with a lunch to follow.

Betty was born on Aug. 11, 1945, at Payette, Idaho, to Carl and Elsie Swigart. She met her husband, David, of 52 years, while growing up in Payette. They began dating when they worked together at the Charm Theatre — she sold tickets and worked the snack bar, David ran the projectors. They moved to Caldwell, Idaho, and lived there until David decided to go to school at the University of Idaho.

Betty worked at US National Bank while Dave attended college. They had their first daughter, Jodie, in 1969. They had their second daughter, Amy, in 1972. After Dave graduated with an accounting degree in 1973 the family moved to Baker City. They lived there for 18 years. While in Baker City, Betty worked for PCA and then at US Bank. In 1989, Betty and Dave bought an accounting firm in John Day, where Betty worked as the office manager.

They lived in John Day for 25 years. Betty’s first granddaughter arrived in 1997 with the second coming in 2000. Once Betty and Dave retired in 2015, they moved to Lafayette, Oregon, to be closer to Jodie, Amy and their granddaughters.

Betty was active in Girl Scouts for many years, starting by volunteering for Jodie’s and Amy’s troops. She continued working with many different troops in Baker City and John Day as well as volunteering for other jobs in the service unit and across the Girl Scout Council. Betty gave a lot of time, energy and love to the Girls Scouts to benefit the girls of Baker and Grant counties.

She made lifelong friends during her time in Scouting and had many adventures during her time in Scouts. Once in Lafayette, Betty enjoyed going to activities her granddaughters participated in. She also enjoyed camping, fishing with David, crafting, and needlework.

Loved ones surviving her include her husband, David; her daughters, Jodie Kester and Amy Freeman; her granddaughters, Paige and Abbey Kester; her sisters, Carol Wilson and Wanda Newton; and her beloved Norwegian elkhound, Elka. She’s also fortunate to have a large family of cousins, brother and sister in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Elsie Swigart.

Memorial donations can be made to Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Campership Fund in honor of Betty Freeman. Girls Scouts of Silver Sage, 8948 W. Barnes St., Boise, ID 83709.

Anita Carper

Halfway and Richland, 1937-2018

Anita Sue Doty Carper, 81, died July 23, 2018, at Payette, Idaho, with her family at her side.

A traditional funeral service to celebrate her life will take place on Saturday, July 28 at 11 a.m. at the Richland Christian Church in Richland. Interment will be at Eagle Valley Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck reception to be held immediately following the interment at the Richland Christian Church.

Anita was born on Jan. 19, 1937, in Carter Nine, Oklahoma.

She married at age 17 to Darrell Carper in La Grande, on Sept. 23, 1954. They were married 49 years, until his passing on Jan. 8, 2004.

Anita lived in Oregon the majority of her life.

She and Darrell had five children: Gene, Debbie, Susan, Shelly and Melody. They raised their family in Halfway and would say that it was “a great place to raise a family.”

Anita enjoyed the outdoor life with her family and many friends. She had several hobbies including gardening, canning and crocheting. She was on a bowling league for many years and was a big part of the VFW ladies auxiliary. Anita did clerical work at Idaho Power and the Baker County Justice Court, along with several other jobs.

Anita is survived by her children: Gene and his wife, Cindy, Debbie Saunders and her husband, Dwight, Susan Clason and her husband, David, Shelly Smith and her husband, Jerry, and Melody Weir and her husband, Mark; her grandchildren: Elisha Suldan, Sierra and Sydney Saunders, Raleigh Coffman, Renae Hansen, Randi Smith, Derek Harlan and Adrian Roach, and Colton, Branden and Dalton Weir; 25 great-grandchildren; her sister, Lori Jibreen of Colorado Springs, Colorado; her aunt, Vernice Warneke of Portland; and many nieces and nephews. She loved having her family home for the holidays.

Anita was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell; her grandchildren, Jennifer and Kayla Carper; her parents, Robert Doty and Opal Dix; and her siblings, Norma Doty, Robert Doty, Joseph Austin and Theresa Long.

We love and will miss you, mom, forever and one more day, her family said. The family would like to thank Encompass Home Health Hospice of Fruitland, Idaho, for making her transition smooth and peaceful.

For those who would like to make a memorial donation in honor of Anita, the family suggests dementia/Alzheimer’s research or the charity of your choice thorough Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at