Baker City, 1921-2019
Joyce Bernard Sumner Pryse, 97, died March 4, 2019, while in the care of Settler’s Park Assisted Living in Baker City.
There will be a celebration of her life from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at ROOM 1868, 152 N.W. Fourth St., in Prineville.
Joyce Clementine Bernard was born on Nov. 18, 1921, at Newberg to Andrew L. and Emily Bernard. She joined siblings Art, Helen and Lawrence, and was later joined by brothers Andrew Jr., Robert and Gene.
She grew up on the family ranch in Suplee, Oregon, that had been homesteaded by her grandfather, Charles Bernard. She loved her life on the ranch, and like many in her time, she rode horseback to attend the one-room schoolhouse each day through the eighth grade and spent her high school years at Prineville.
She married Carl F. Sumner of Madras on March 31, 1944. Son Richard entered their lives later that same year with son Marvin joining the family in 1946. They resided in Crook County where Carl and a partner owned and operated a gas station on Third Street across from the county courthouse.
Later, Carl farmed on McKay Creek Road where he and nephew Andy built a potato digging machine. This venture was followed by the building and operating of a sawmill north of the summit of Suplee Butte.
Life settled more with the family move to John Day where Carl delivered products for Ed Gunther Shell Oil. In 1954, the family moved to Mount Vernon where Carl and Joyce purchased and operated a grocery they named Carl’s Market.
The family was well-suited for its time in Mount Vernon and all members gained an everlasting affection for the community and their many friends.
Carl’s untimely accidental death in spring 1956 led to the sale of the store and a return to John Day.
Being a single mom, Joyce employed many of her skills learned on the family ranch to make ends meet. Venison was a family staple included with canned fruits and vegetables stored under the beds, in closets and in the rented grocery store freezer lockers.
On many early mornings, Joyce and sons were picking berries at Thomas’ Farm a couple of miles east of Mount Vernon or fruit at Thomas’ Orchards in Kimberly. For some time, Joyce provided day care and ironing for a nearby family.
She started working out of the home as a motel maid, moving on to a short term in banking as a bookkeeper before working at numerous retail businesses on Main Street in John Day: Quisenberry’s, Knox’s, Mabel Millen’s Dress Shop, and Len’s Drugs. She so enjoyed providing customer service, meeting and knowing customers and coworkers. She maintained some social ties and friendships through her active membership and leadership in the Degree of Honor.
As life moved on, John S. Pryse, a carpenter by craft from Prairie City entered and became a part of her life. She and John married in 1963.
Joyce and John had many similar interests, and particularly, both enjoyed the out of doors, be it hiking, hunting, fishing, huckleberry picking or just being out. In time they moved to a home of John’s in Prairie City while retaining Joyce’s John Day residence as a rental for many years.
After both Joyce and John retired from the working world, they continued to live in Prairie City until opting to move to Baker City in 1996 to be nearer family and more specialized health care. Joyce continued her involvement in regularly scheduled Red Cross Bloodmobile visits, being, again, a volunteer in the canteen area. In addition, Joyce began regular attendance at the Community Connection senior center.
She soon was volunteering there greeting and collecting lunch money from attendees, setting tables for lunches and picking up afterward, assisting with facility setup when hosting other outside organization events — just being busy. She was very proud to have been named Volunteer of the Year of this organization for 2012.
Joyce was known for a few special traits, interests and behaviors. She kept a broken-handled narrow spade shovel in her car trunk, and when traveling back and forth to the family ranch she might have occasion to see a rattlesnake, she would slam on the brakes and attempt to skid over it.
Regardless of that success, she would get out of the car, take the shovel from the trunk, go to the snake, and in proper words, separate the snake’s head from its body. Finally, she would cut off the rattles, put the shovel back in the trunk and be on her way. She enjoyed hunting and was a crack shot. As a fisherperson, she taught her sons in Beaver Creek across the pasture below the family ranch house.
Also and as a point of pride, she was a great supporter of the American Red Cross and ran the Bloodmobile canteen for years in John Day before moving to Baker City. As a blood donor, she gave in excess of 20 gallons.
In her later years, Grandpa John not being a willing traveler, Joyce and her dear friend Rosie took cruises and bus tours together. Alaska, Hawaii, Canada and Nashville were some of their destinations.
Joyce is survived by her son, Marvin (Vicki) Sumner of Prineville; daughter-in-law, Kaew Sumner of Bend; stepgranddaughter, Maam of Bend; and stepgrandson, Tant, in Sydney, Australia; daughter-in-law, Sandy Pryse of Baker City; stepson, Dean Pryse of Parkdale, and his two daughters; Sumner grandsons, Terry (Kathy) of Vancouver, Washington, Trent, and his significant other, Marcie of Middleton, Idaho, Nathan (Melissa) of Denver, and Ty of Prineville; Pryse grandchildren, Cammy (Fred Jr.) Warner of Baker City, Kevin (Donna) of Burns, Mary (Jim) Gerson of San Clemente, California, and Jennifer (Kevin) Riley of Milton-Freewater; stepgranddaughter, Sylena (Ryan) Pontious of Spanaway, Washington; and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Carl; infant son, Johnnie Bernard Pryse; stepgrandson, Tony DeHart, in 1983; second husband, John, in March 1999; stepson, Lynn Pryse, in October 2015; son, Richard, in July 2016; her parents; and all siblings.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her name to the American Red Cross or the local senior center through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Formerly of Baker City, 1916-2019
Georgie Lenora Edge, 102, a former longtime Baker City resident, died on March 7, 2019, at her home in Chico, California, with her family by her side.
A memorial service is planned for the first part of August in Baker City.
Georgie was born on July 10, 1916, at Touchet, Washington, to Henry H. Hanson and Lucinda Hall Hanson. She was the youngest of 12 children — nine boys and three girls. As a girl, she played basketball for Touchet High, played the saxophone, and attended many baseball games to watch her nine brothers play on their own traveling baseball team. She graduated from Touchet High School, and a year later, met her future husband, Marvin Edge of Clarkston, Washington, on a blind date. They were married on Dec. 1, 1935, at Walla Walla, Washington.
Georgie and Marvin lived most of their married life in Baker City, where they raised two daughters and Marvin was in the automobile business. Georgie was very active in the community during those years. She was a Girl Scout leader, a member of Eastern Star and P.E.O. Sisterhood and a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church.
In 2011, Georgie moved with her daughter, Jacquie, and son-in-law, Don, to Chico to be near her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was able to enjoy activities with her family, and remained an avid card player until well into her 100th year, never turning down an invitation to play bridge!
Georgie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was the pillar of the family, and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her daughter, Jacquie Howlett and her husband, Don, of Chico; five grandchildren and their spouses, Russ Biswell and Tonja Chi of Campbell, California, Steve and Cyndy Howlett of Cameron Park, California, Gretchen DeAndre and Dennis DeAndre of Palo Alto, California, John Howlett and Michelle Zevely of Chico, and Richard Biswell of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; nine great-grandchildren: Greta and Livia Biswell, Matthew and Sarah Howlett, Kate, Will and Lily DeAndre, and MacKenzie Zevely-Howlett and Jack Howlett.
She was preceded in death by her parents; 11 siblings; her husband of 63 years, Marvin; and her daughter, Marsha Biswell.