Baker City, 2011-2018
Weston Daniel Gibbons, 7, a loving and joyful brother, son, cousin, nephew, grandson, and friend, died Dec. 21, 2018.
Wes was born on Jan. 12, 2011, to Jason and Angela Gibbons. Wes would have been 8 on his next birthday, and for such a young man, he has left quite the mark on those who were fortunate enough to know him. His joy and zest for life were indescribable. He was a kind-hearted soul who always had a smile on his face and a sparkle in his eyes. Wes loved to make others happy and always took the time to get to know others. He had an easygoing attitude in all he did. His token laugh will be remembered in the heart and minds for those who were touched by his charming humor.
Wes was so positive that those around him seemed to thrive off his energy and wonderful smile. He had a great love for music and could sing almost any song on the radio. He loved to play dump trucks, army men, Legos, and any other game he could dream up with his best friend and brother, Waylon. Wes was a very patient and kind brother to his little sister Lizzy and could easily be talked into playing any make-believe game with her. He would readily become a member of her audience anytime there was a “show” performance. Wes was a member of the “Three Amigos” — three cousins who were close in age who had revolving doors into his aunts’, uncles’, and grandparents’ homes. Wes wanted to be a cowboy when he grew up, and never missed an opportunity to go to “cowboy school” with his aunt and uncle in Durkee.
When not tagging along with dad or playing with his friends and cousins, he would take full advantage of cuddle time on the couch with mom. A morning kiss to Mom or a hug for Dad on school days was never missed.
Our family was blessed with nearly eight wonderful years of indefinable pleasure — Wes’ love and charm.
We can’t begin to describe how lucky we feel to have had Weston, a young man who had a keen sense of others’ feelings, and of who he was and always seemed to know just how to make others feel special.
Wes’ passion for life, and amazing smile will never be forgotten. He will be missed; more than can be put into words.
Weston was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Carl and Dixie Hansen, Richard and Elizabeth Henes, Robert and Barbara Gibbons, JC and Margaret Smith.
Weston Gibbons is survived by his parents, Angela and Jason Gibbons of Baker City, his grandparents, Jeff and Carol Henes of Baker City, and Cindy and Mark Gibbons of Redmond; his aunts and uncles, Tish and Travis Bloomer of Baker City, Katie and Kris Kaaen of Baker City, Dan and Eva Henes of Baker City, Robert and Kathy Gibbons of Redmond, Dan and Calee Gibbons of Redmond, and Dan and Erin Hansen of Baker City; his cousins, Gauge, Dash and Bruin Bloomer of Baker City, Sofie and Soren Kaaen of Baker City, and Austin and Cohen Gibbons of Redmond.
To light a candle for Weston or to leave a condolence for his family, go to www.grayswestco.com
Baker City, 1936-2018
Margaret Mae (Craig) Morris, 82, died peacefully at home with her family on Dec. 25, 2018.
A private family gathering will take place in the spring or summer of 2019.
Margaret was third generation born in Baker City, on Aug. 25, 1936, to John and Frances Craig. Margaret graduated Baker High School, and it was during this time that Margaret met Norman Morris and told her sister, “that’s who I’m going to marry.” True to her word, Margaret would marry Norman on Oct. 14, 1953.
She worked as a cook at several restaurants in Baker City, but found her career at St. Elizabeth Hospital, and worked as dietary aide, and cook for many, many years, retiring at the age of 62. After retirement, she was able to truly enjoy her hobbies, quilting, crocheting, camping, and fishing, along with gardening. Yes, she was a very busy lady. Each of the family members was given a handmade quilt, and something crocheted, for a birthday, wedding, Christmas, or simply because she loved you.
Margaret’s favorite color was blue, a favorite song was “In the Garden,” and her favorite season was spring. Margaret and Norman attended Elkhorn Baptist Church; however, during the last few years, due to health issues, Margaret was unable to attend.
Margaret had four children, Rick Morris and his wife, Leslie, of Moses Lake, Washington, John Morris and wife, Terri (wanting everyone to know that Margaret was the best mother-in-law ever) of the Tri-Cities, Washington, Norma Haye of Baker City, and Jim Morris of Baker City. She had five grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, who all called her “grandma chicken.” She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Margaret was the third child in a family of four, with one brother, James Francis Craig, and two sisters, Charlotte Ann (Craig) Morris, and Barbara Ellen (Craig) Humphries.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Morris; and her sister, Barbara Humphries.
Margaret will be remembered as a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt. We will miss you, and remember you, when the wind blows, and the seasons change, and the sun is warm upon our faces, her family said.
For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Margaret, the family suggests Creating Memories (outdoor activities and memories to be made for disabled children) or the charity of your choice 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
Formerly of Baker City
Galen Scrivner, 68, known by many as “Coach Scriv,” died Dec. 20, 2018.
His funeral service will take place Jan. 5 at noon at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Interment will follow the service at Mount Hope Cemetery. A reception will be held immediately following interment at the Baker County Senior Center, 2810 Cedar St.
There will also be a memorial service on Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. at McKenzie High School, 51187 Blue River Dr. Finn Rock, OR 97488.
Born and raised in Baker, Galen’s fondest memories were those from his childhood. Hunting, fishing, and anything with a ball (baseball, basketball, football, golf) were wonderful activities to be enjoyed often and with others. Accompanied by his father, uncles, cousins and many neighborhood friends, Galen was certainly not alone in his love for sports and outdoor activities. When pressed to choose his favorite sport, Galen was known to say, “whatever is in season, that’s my favorite.”
He studied wildlife biology and math at Oregon State University and obtained his degree from Eastern Oregon State College.
After earning his degree, Galen went on to teach high school math and to coach a lot of basketball in his 30-year career. Though Coach Scriv is remembered for having coached football, baseball, and even golf, he is most widely known for his years spent coaching basketball.
Galen spent the first four years of his career teaching and coaching in Huntington. In 1977 he accepted a position at McKenzie High School in Finn Rock, Oregon, and remained there for 27 years until retiring in 2004. What he thought would be a stepping stone to further his career proved to be the place where his heart would learn to love the small-town charm and comfort found in knowing students, staff, and local families very well.
Upon his formal retirement in 2004, Galen and his wife, Caren, with their four young children, moved from Oregon to Yuba City, California, where they became assistant pastors in a charismatic Christian church. In the years spent serving their local church and community, Coach Scriv was soon called upon to dust off his whistle and return to the basketball court. Galen coached basketball at New Life Christian School in the neighboring town of Olivehurst, California, until he and his family returned to the Willamette Valley in 2012.
Galen will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 32 years, Caren (Gough) Scrivner; his mother, Betty Greene; his sisters, Kyra (Doug) Scrivner Jones and Ina (Gary) Syphers; his six children, daughters Julie (Keith) Schneider and Amber (Jason) Dial, from his marriage to Donna Lynn Dyke, sons Cliff Scrivner and Caleb Scrivner, and daughters Corinna (Brett) Brown and Elizabeth Scrivner from his marriage to Caren Scrivner; two nieces, two nephews, and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Virgel Scrivner; and his and stepfather, Douglas Greene.
Should friends and family desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Cascade Health through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
To light a candle in memory of Galen or to leave a condolence for his family, go to www.grayswestco.com
Baker City, 1943-2018
Robert Lane Watson, 75, of Baker City, died Dec. 16, 2018, at his residence in Settler’s Park Assisted Living Community.
His memorial service will take place Jan. 5 at 11 a.m. at the Baker United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St. A reception will follow the service at the church. Private inurnment will take place in the Prairie City Cemetery at a later date.
Robert was born on Aug. 15, 1943, at Prairie City to Robert and Loretta (Bradford) Watson. Robert worked as a ranch/farm hand for the Henry Ricco Ranch, green chain/firefighter for Ellingson Lumber, track laborer, maintenance of way for the Union Pacific Railroad, RV mechanic for Fred’s Travelrama, a tanker laborer for the Gunderson Brothers at the Portland shipyards, and as a manufacturer for Joey Bed.
He is survived by his sister, Beverly McKinnis (Maurice) of Baker City; his nephews, Glenn McKinnis of Baker City and Ron McKinnis (Jennifer) of Hermiston; his nieces, Cheryl Clow (Mike) of Portland and Teresa Millwood (Jamie) of Baker City; his cousins, Roxie Lissman (Hank) of John Day, Loleta Grace (Dick) of Veneta, Oregon, Dan Hammond (Anna) of Prineville, Penny Estrada of Prairie City, Candy Makela of Phoenix, Arizona, and Patty Bradford of Baker City; his great-niece, Alex Murphy (Justin) and family of Hermiston; his great-nephew, Ryan McKinnis (Michelle) and family of Rosharon, Texas; special friends Bill Campbell and Jerry Don Campbell; his godson, David Lyles (Kelly) of Baker City.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions may direct them to Heart ’N Home Hospice or Best Friends of Baker through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
To light a candle for Robert or to leave a condolence for his family, go to www.colestributecenter.com