Sharell Blomquist

Baker City, 1940-2019

Sharell Blomquist, 78, of Baker City, May 24, 2019, at Meadowbrook Place where she lived with her husband, Rod.

Instead of a formal funeral service, Sharell has requested a casual gathering of family and friends to remember the good times they all had together. This gathering is to celebrate Sharell and her marriage to Rod. They were nearly to their 60th anniversary. This celebration will be Saturday, June 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Martin residence, 20666 Highway 7. Please park along the highway and walk in the driveway which crosses the river to their yard. (The Martin residence is 10 miles from Baker City on Highway 7 just before reaching Bowen Valley Fire Station and across the highway.) Cake, coffee and punch will be served.

Sharell was born on Aug. 8, 1940, at Portland to Kenneth and Pearl Redding. She was raised on Cooper Mountain in Beaverton, where she attended Cooper Mountain Grade School. She graduated from Beaverton High School in 1958, followed by a year of college at Willamette State University.

Sharell and Rod met when she was in the first grade and he was in the third grade and began dating when she was a junior in high school. Sharell and Rod were married in Beaverton on July 19, 1959.

Soon after they were married, Sharell and Rod moved to Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, while Rod served in the Army. After Rod’s service in the Army they returned to Beaverton where their son, Tracey, was born. They bought a farm outside of Newberg where their second son, Darin, was born. They lived on the Newberg farm until 1998, when Rod retired. It was then that they purchased a ranch outside of Baker City.

Through her many years Sharell enjoyed working on the farm and ranch, horseback riding, ATV riding, bowling, tennis, snow skiing, and gardening. She belonged to a bowling league, a ski club, 4-H and was a 4-H leader. Sharell will be remembered for her bright red hair, quiet manner, hidden wit and friendly smile.

Sharell is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, Rod Blomquist; her sons, Tracey and Darin Blomquist; and 3 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Pearl Redding, and her sister, Charlene Jensen.

For those who would like to make a memorial donation in honor of Sharell the family requests a charity of o ne’s choice. Online condolences can be made at

Leah Lewis

Baker City, 1939-2019

Leah Maxine Lewis, 80, of Baker City, died peacefully on May 26, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her children.

A celebration of her life will take place later, with the time and place to be announced.

Leah was born on Feb. 2, 1939, at Union to Gerald and Fern (Baxter)Erwin. She graduated from Union High School in 1957.

Leah spent her early years keeping up with the kids and later worked at several small businesses in Baker.

Leah’s favorite things were family gatherings, supporting her children and grandchildren in whatever they were doing, fishing, gardening and occasionally contributing to the success of the local casinos.

Leah was a devoted mother, grandmother and friend. She was a very kind person and always chose to see the best in everyone and everything. It was the simple things that gave her the most pleasure. She had a witty sense of humor and could always find a reason to smile and have a good laugh.

Leah is survived by her brothers, Gary Erwin (Barbara) and Richard Erwin (Janice); her sister, Donna LaVerdure (Joe); her daughter, Melanie Zemmer (Kevin) of Vale; her sons, Mick Lewis (Cathy) of Tualatin and Randy Lewis (Becky) of Bend; her grandchildren, Tiffani, Jacob, Caleb and Gracie; her great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Henry; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial contributions can be made to Heart ’N Home Hospice, 3370 10th St., Baker City, OR 97814.