Virginia Melgarejo

Baker City, 1956-2019

Virginia Melgarejo, 63, of Baker City, died May 29, 2019, at her home with her family at her side.

There will be a celebration of her life at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at her daughter Julie Gonzalez’s home at 1012 Rose St. in Baker City. There will be a barbecue, music and dancing. Virginia requested that her life to be celebrated and not mourned.

Virginia was born on April 5, 1956, in Portland, to Jim and Shirley Angus. She was raised on 10 acres in the country near Boring.

Virginia chose a career in law enforcement and became a police officer for Multnomah County. She liked being a cop, but in 1997 she decided she wanted a change and purchased Charlie’s Ice Cream Parlor in Baker City; this was a job she truly enjoyed.

Her proudest moments were each time one of her children, grandkids and great-grandkids were born.

Virginia enjoyed reading, watching her favorite cooking shows and baking, barbecuing, spending time at the ocean, camping, fishing, hunting, riding her ATV and shopping online. She adored roses, summertime and was a loyal fan of the Pittsburg Steelers.

Most of all she loved spending time with her family and loved ones and especially spoiling her grandkids. She was quick-witted and had a wicked funny sense of humor. She could make you smile or laugh, or be a shoulder to cry on when you needed one.

Virginia was a giving and generous person and will be remembered for being an amazing mother, grandmother and best friend.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Shirley Angus; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Survivors include her sons, David Burleson and Dustin Melgarejo; daughters, Julie Gonzalez and Dawn Light; grandchildren, Damian, Airyona and Adrian Gonzalez, Daphene and Deanna Johnson, and Autum and David Burleson Jr.; great-grandkids, Natalie Johnson-Priest and Kobey Daily Johnson; brother, Larry Angus; and sister, Charline Light.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Creating Memories (a program that sponsors those children with limited ability a chance to fish, hunt, or participate in other activities) through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97814. Online condolences can be shared at www.tamispinevalley

Karen Homan

Baker City, 1965-2019

Karen Lynne Homan, 54, of Union, died June 4, 2019, at her home.

At her request, there will be no service.

Karen was born on March 3, 1965, at Baker City, to Richard and Fern (Searles) Homan. She resided at Baker City and Union.

Karen loved cross-stitch, reading, collecting Barbie dolls, watching “The Real Housewives,” “Big Brother” and cooking shows. She was a published writer and poet.

Survivors include her mother, Fern Homan of Baker City; brothers, John B. Hunter of Oregon, Larry E. Hunter (Mary) of Idaho, Allen D. Hunter (Mary) of Oregon; sisters, Julie A. Homan, of Oregon and Linda D. Weldon (Steve) of Washington; brothers; numerous nieces and nephews; and numerous aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard; stepfather, Jack Hunter; and brother, Jimmy F. Hunter.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made via Facebook Pay/Messenger John Hunter.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.lovelandfuneralcha