Chary Mires

Baker City, 1939-2019

Chary Weber Mires, 79, of Baker City, died the evening of April 2, 2019, at Juniper Meadows Foster Care in Baker City.

A celebration of Chary’s life will take place on Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m. at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception immediately following the service at the church.

Chary was born on Oct. 19, 1939, at Houston, Texas. She was raised in Keating, attending grade school at Keating Grade School. She graduated from Baker High School in 1957 and went on to attend and graduate from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Chary was formerly married to Michael E. Lawler and had three children — Dennis, Brad and Amy. Chary then married Donn Mires who had three children of his own — Lori, Sheila and Amber. Chary and Donn were high school sweethearts and after previous marriages, combined their families in 1972. Chary and Donn were married 47 years.

Chary worked as a speech and debate teacher in Ontario in her professional career as well as a substitute teacher and tutor. Aside from her professional career, she volunteered numerous hours in several different organizations: budget board for Treasure Valley Community College, vestry board for the Episcopal Church, chairman of the 8C school board in Ontario, and curator of both the Baker Heritage Museum (formerly Oregon Trail Regional Museum) and Leo Adler House Museum. Chary was passionate about volunteering and community, especially as it related to the history of Baker County.

She enjoyed fly-fishing, snowmobiling, hunting morels, playing piano, singing cabin songs, studying history, particularly of Eastern Oregon, and spending time with her family and close friends at her family cabin in the Wallowa Mountains on East Eagle Creek. The beautiful mountain flowers were a favorite: spring buttercups and Indian paintbrush.

Chary loved Oregon Duck football, Lady Duck basketball and the Trail Blazers. A favorite poem of Chary’s is called, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost. She often recited this poem in the winter woods while snowmobiling. She was honored by the Baker Chamber as Woman of the Year in Baker County in 2002.

She would most like to be remembered for her love of her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and entire family as well as close friends, particularly of the Wallowa Mountains. Chary also loved history and managing her forest for more than 50 years.

Chary is survived by her husband, Donn; her daughters, Amy Charlton and her husband, Curt, of Vancouver, Washington, Amber Schmitt and her husband, Doug, of Round Rock, Texas, Sheila Henderson and her husband, Clay, of Hillsboro, and Lori Comer and her husband, Brian, of Chewelah, Washington; her sons, Dennis Lawler and his wife, Karen, of Eagle Creek, Oregon, and Brad Lawler of Ontario; 24 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; her stepmother, E’Jay Weber; her brother, James Staggs Weber; her sister, Linda Weber Triplett; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents on her mother’s side, Bernice and Ira Staggs; her grandparents on her father’s side, Afy and Albert Weber; and her parents, Florence and James Weber.

For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Chary, the family suggests either the Baker Heritage Museum or the Leo Adler House Museum through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at

David King

Baker City, 1929-2019

David Ernest King, 89, of Baker City, died April 6, 2019, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise.

His memorial service will take place on Saturday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church, Third and Broadway streets, in Baker City. There will be lunch at the church following the service.

David was born on Dec. 22, 1929, at Baker to William King and Beatrice VanCleave. He attended Big Flat Grade School and Aumsville High School. On June 1, 1951, David married Shirley Dimmick at Baker City. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, John Day Volunteer Ambulance and John Day Police Reserve. David enjoyed cutting wood, hunting, camping, fishing and tinkering in the garage.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley King of Baker City; his daughters, Karen Carriere of Baker City and Linda (Don) Wright of Madras; his son, Gary King of Baker City; his grandsons, Bradford (Molly) of Hawaii and Daniel (Rebecca) of Culver; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and four sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice or to The Gideons through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

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