Baker City, 1945-2018
Edith F. “Edie” Heinke-George-Richerson, 73, of Baker City, died Oct. 28, 2018, at her home with her family by her side.
Her memorial service will be Saturday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastors Troy Teeter and Lennie Spooner will officiate. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.
Edie was born on May 9, 1945, at Everett, Washington, to Fred L. and Frances E. Heinke. She was the youngest of their three children.
Edie grew up in the Everett area and attended Everett public schools. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Everett, and later Christian Faith Center in Mill Creek, Washington. She graduated from Cascade High School in 1963 and was married to Sidney A. George of Seattle that same year. They were married for 14 years. During their marriage, they had two children, Gene C. George and Jonathan T. George.
Years later she married Lee C. Richerson Sr. of Santa Monica, California. They were married 25 years until Lee died in 2008.
Edie was employed for 30 years driving a school bus for Edmonds School District in Edmonds, Washington, and a transit bus for Community Transit in Everett. During that time she was the recording secretary for ATU (Amalgamated Transit Union) Local 1576 and served on its executive board. She also worked as an administrative assistant for Community Transit in a job-sharing program with the company.
She retired in 2009 and started a new life in Baker City in 2012 when her sister Phyllis’ husband, Delbert Gossett, died.
While living in Baker City, she joined the Church of the Nazarene and appreciated the welcoming spirit of the people at the church and loved the small-town atmosphere of Baker City. She volunteered as secretary on the church board and several ministry teams. She also volunteered with St. Alphonsus Hospital Auxiliary, working in the gift shop where she donated many handmade items. Edie made over two dozen quilts for friends and family and treasured the women of the church’s Thursday Quilting Group.
She also joined the Citizens on Patrol (COP) program of the Baker City Police Department. Edie volunteered as administrative help in the front office while encouraging her colleagues and helping on special projects around town.
Edith is survived by her two sons, Gene (Sue) George of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Jonathan T. George of Seattle; two grandchildren, Chelsea George and Austin (Kailie) George, both of Raleigh; her brother, Robert (Adele) Heinke of Marysville, Washington; her sister, Phyllis Gossett of Baker City; her niece, Renee Green of Baker City; and three nephews, Steve (Deb )Heinke of Snoqualmie, Washington, David (Laura) Heinke of Lake Stevens, Washington, and John (Kim) Heinke of Bellingham, Washington.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center or Heart ’N Home Hospice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. Edie’s family appreciates the terrific care Heart ’N Home gave to Edie.
To light a candle in memory of Edie, or to leave a condolence for the family, go to www.grayswestco.com