Baker City, 1929-2018
Sue (Taylor) Baisley, 88, of Baker City, died Oct. 17, 2018, at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City with her family at her side.
A graveside service will be Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception to be held immediately following the service at the Baker City Nazarene Church, 1250 Hughes Lane.
Sue was born on Oct. 26, 1929, at Talihina, Oklahoma. She was born to Roy and Mollie Taylor as Ida Sue, but she always preferred being called Sue.
She moved to Portland when she was quite young. Sue had fond memories of her school days there. She spent a lot of time roller skating at the Oaks Park. In fact, she became quite an accomplished figure/freestyle roller-skater.
When Sue was in high school, her family moved to Baker, where her father, a carpenter, began his own housebuilding business. During her teenage years, Sue worked at the well-known Tops Cafe.
Eventually, Sue met a man who would become her best friend and lifelong partner. She married Vern Baisley on Dec. 4, 1954, at Baker. Their journey together began in the small towns of North Powder and later Unity. Vern’s job with the lumber mill brought them back to Baker. After much hard work and planning they were able to eventually build their dream home on 160 acres outside of Baker City during the mid 1960s. This home on Alder Creek Road was built by Sue’s father, Roy Taylor. Here they raised five children, cattle, sheep, horses and numerous crops.
Music and laughter often filled the rooms of the home Vern and Sue built together. The kids were entertained by watching their parents dance around the kitchen together to the sounds of their favorite old country tunes. Sue loved games, and not just card games — she wasn’t afraid to hit a ball or shoot hoops with the “kids.”
Sue’s hobbies included sewing, crosswords and gardening. She loved to cook for family gatherings. Whether it was a 4 a.m. breakfast for a hunting party, a Thanksgiving feast, or feeding the hay crews, Sue never seemed to waver in her determination to make sure everyone was well fed.
Her caring heart went well beyond just feeding friends and family. She was a devoted grandmother who loved nothing more than to cuddle her grandchildren or sing them a catchy little tune they still recall. Over the years she spent hours helping Vern on the ranch and nursing lambs and calves back to health. Sue was also very involved in the Baker County 4-H program. She was not just a supportive 4-H parent, but she was a club leader and Fair clerk for many years.
After losing her soulmate, Sue moved back to town where she became a member of the Nazarene Church and volunteered at their Compassion Center. She spent her remaining years in Baker City often visited by her loving family and friends.
Sue is survived by her daughters, Diana Evans York (Paul) of La Grande, Gladys Lethlean (Kim) of Baker City, and Sami Walton (Dennis) of Payette, Idaho; his son, Mike Baisley of Bend; 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Vern Baisley; infant twin daughters; her daughter, Marlinda Baisley; her son-in-law, Chris Ellis; her grandson, Bill Lethlean; her infant great-grandson, Paxton York; and her sister, Maudie Dawley.
For those who would like to make a memorial donation in honor of Sue, the family sug gests the Baker County 4-H Association Scholarship Fund through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com
Baker City, 1922-2018
Ruby Alice Root Bowman, 96, of Baker City, died peacefully on Oct. 18, 2018, at Meadowbrook Place.
A graveside memorial service is planned for Thursday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. at Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. The family invites friends to a potluck gathering following the service, at the Richland Christian Church. (Meat will be provided; sides, salads and desserts are appreciated.)
Ruby was born on July 20, 1922, at Elk City, Oklahoma, to John and Ada (Byerly) Root.
Ruby moved with her parents and siblings from Oklahoma to the “far out West” in December of 1928. The family traveled by train, and Ruby relayed memories of the first stop in California, where the conductor bellowed “BARSTOW!” She remembered that she and her sister Mildred were wearing matching little sailor dresses at the time.
Ruby received Jesus as her savior when she was a teenager and was welcomed by baptism into the fellowship of the Dunkard Brethren Church. In everyday life, she passed on the lasting treasures found in God’s Holy Word, the Bible. In 1939, Ruby met Charles Bowman, the love of her life, and they were united in marriage on July 27, 1940, at Modesto, California. Together they built a small home on the property where Charles had been born and raised.
God gave them three sons: Edison, Eugene and Charles Vernon. For many years, this young family worshiped in the loving fellowship of the Old German Baptist Brethren Church in Modesto. Ruby’s love for her family, her friends and her Lord was a joy that we all got to share in. Ruby’s commitment to others poured out in a selfless extension of genuine love. She was cheerful, with much laughter and many kind words of truth and encouragement. “Faith,” she would say, “is what I can’t see but what I believe.”
Ruby thoroughly enjoyed spending countless hours at her sewing machine. She loved harvest season as well; if her husband could grow it, Ruby could can it. And of c ourse, she was a “regular” in the babysitting department. Ruby was attentive to the needs of ranch livestock and pets, especially the dogs: Noni, Pippin, Rusty, Pepper, Caesar, Cece, Brutus, Sheba, Buster...(too many to count!)
Sixty-five years of Ruby’s life were spent on what the family fondly thinks of as “the home place” located on Blue Gum Avenue, in the Wood Colony area of Modesto. When in 2005 the need for full-time assistance came ’round, Ruby and Charles moved with children to Wickenburg, Arizona, and later Ruby came to be with family in Richland.
Ruby is survived by a sister, Mildred Miller (Hubert) of Modesto; her brother, Ben Root (Mary Jane) of Mesa, Washington; her sons, Edison Bowman (Nancy) of Richland, and Charles Vernon Bowman (Judy) of Mission Viejo, California; 8 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Charles; their son, Eugene; her granddaughter, Celia Bowman; her great-granddaughter, Abbigail Bowman; her parents, John and Ada Root; her stepmother, Louise Root; her sisters, Lola Ruschhaupt, Mina Andrews, Elizabeth Gish, Adaline Holsinger and Betty Knaus; and her brothers, Allen Root, Eldon Root and Emmert Root.
The Bowman family extends its warmest thanks for the kind and loving words and prayers of their wonderful friends. Memorial donations in Ruby’s name may be made to Richland Christian Church or the Eagle Valley Rural Fire Department through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com
Baker City, 1958-2018
Daniel Keith “Boone” McLean, 59, died Oct. 20, 2018.
A celebration of his life will take place Friday, Oct. 26 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Quail Ridge Golf Course, 2801 Indiana Ave. in Baker City.
Boone was born on Dec. 22, 1958. He attended Pine-Eagle High School and graduated in 1977. In the early 1980s he enjoyed wrangling wild horses for the BLM in Harney County with his cousin, Mike McLean. He also attended Boise State University, training to become a respiratory therapist. Boone went on to work as a respiratory therapist at the Holy Rosary Hospital in Ontario for many years.
Boone also graduated from lineman school in Idaho. He was currently working as a truck driver for Black Distributing.
Boone loved the outdoors and enjoyed many hobbies such as elk and chukar hunting, bass and steelhead fishing, golfing in the Twilight League (Miners Jubilee), mushrooming, huckleberry picking with his family, camping and just being with family. He was also part of the Baker City Elks.
Boone is survived by his mother and her husband, Wilma and Butch Sadlowsky of Richland; his father and his wife, Keith and Linda McLean of Burns; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Diana McLean of Goodyear, Arizona, and Steve and Cindy McLean of Baker City; his sisters, Carol and her husband, Patrick Wheeler of Burns, and Rhonda Sadlowsky of Baker City; his stepson, Justen Crittenden McLean; his stepdaughter, Tara Sowden; his nieces, Mandy Clark, Peggy McLean and Hilary Frates McLean; his nephews, Brandon McLean and Greg McLean.
Boone was preceded in death by his grandparents, Floyd and Mildred Johnson and Warren and Avis McLean.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Abby Graven Fund on GoFundMe or through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Mark Conro, 59, of Haines, died Oct. 22, 2018, near Haines.
A memorial service will be Friday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Directly following the memorial service a reception will be held in the church Fellowship Hall.
Mark Conro was born on July 29, 1959, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Baker City. Mark attended Baker High School and then moved to Jordan Valley to work at the Delamar silver mine. He lived in Jordan Valley from the early 1980s to the late 1990s.
He moved back to Baker to care for his grandmother, Zoe Frazier. Mark had a variety of jobs before finding his happy place as an equipment operator for Baker Sanitary.
His hobbies consisted of dirt bike riding, hunting, fishing, shooting guns, and having late night fires with family and friends.
During Mark’s life, he accomplished too many things to list, but his most important accomplishment was the love he had for his family.
Mark was a one-of-a-kind man and his legacy will live on in those that he leaves behind.
Mark is survived by his parents, Jim and Carol Conro; his wife, Shelly Conro; his children, Brenna Montgomery (Jason), Keegan Conro, Jake Johnston, Chad, Chase and Colton Ficek, and Brianna and Skylar Blankenship. He is also survived by a couple handfuls of grandchildren.
Should friends and family desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Haines Rodeo through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
To light a candle in memory of Mark or to leave a condolence for his family, go to www.grayswestco.com.