Formerly of Baker City, 1928-2019
Dorthy Thora Miles Wooters, 91, a longtime Baker City resident, died on Sept. 29, 2019, at her more recent home in Portland.
A celebration of Dorthy’s life will take place Friday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. A reception will follow in the multipurpose room at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane.
Dorthy was born on Jan. 18, 1928, near Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, to Reese Hansen Miles and Thora Ettie Byington Miles, the third child in a family of six children. At eight years old, the family of eight moved into the Idaho wilderness into a “rustic” one-room cabin, where Dorthy and her five siblings sometimes attended school, sometimes not. When she was 12 they moved to Salmon, Idaho, where she graduated second in her class from high school in 1946. Any money from various jobs went to family survival.
Before graduation, Dorthy was smitten by Navy veteran Robert (Bob) Ralph Wooters and they were married Nov. 2, 1947. They settled in Cobalt, Idaho, a small frontier mining town. Their sons, Michael and Patrick, were born during their time in Cobalt.
While they enjoyed this outback life, times were changing, and raising a family here was not optimum. Baker, Oregon, was the chosen next move where they established Wooters’ Tire Service. Dorthy immersed herself in family, business, community, church, and her sons’ school activities. She became an avid student herself through extension courses and later commuted to Eastern Oregon College where she graduated summa cum laude with a teaching degree in 1972. Over 30 years, she enjoyed her career teaching elementary classes and later all ages through the ESD. She remained active in community affairs, especially helping with the skate park, the Baker Heritage Museum, and the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, among many others.
Dorthy and Bob enjoyed traveling both abroad and throughout the United States, usually towing their fifth-wheel trailer, touching all 50 states, some many times. For years they wintered in Arizona, where they appreciated desert life.
Dorthy is survived by her sons, Michael (Linda) and Patrick (Susan); her grandchildren, Brandon (Tara), Tyson (Brooke), Bryon (Agnieszka), and Jennifer (Bob); her great-grandchildren, Athena, Alexis, Timothy, Caroline and Kylea; her sister, Maydene Baxter, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dorthy was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; her parents; and four siblings.
Memorial contributions may be made to the City of Baker City Skate Park Fund or a charity of your choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. To light a candle in memory of Dorthy or to leave a condolence for her family, go to www.grayswestco.com.
Baker City, 1926-2019
Norma S. Giles, 93, of Baker City died Sept. 30, 2019, at Meadowbrook Place.
Her funeral will take place Monday, Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints chapel, 2625 Hughes Lane. Bishop Mike Smith will officiate. Visitation will be Monday from 10 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. in the LDS Relief Society room. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Norma was born on Aug. 11, 1926, at Baker City to Cleon and Florence Simmons. Norma graduated from Baker High School, class of 1944. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a journalism degree in 1949. While at BYU, she met Ralph Luke Giles of Heber City, Utah. They were married in the LDS Logan Utah Temple on June 9, 1949. They celebrated 60 years of marriage on June 9, 2009, just before Ralph passed away.
Ralph and Norma were blessed with three daughters, Lisa, Lori and Leslie.
Norma worked for Leo Adler and later Joe Meier.
Norma was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a gifted Sunday School teacher, played the piano for 15 years for the children’s group, wrote plays for the youth to perform, and participated in the Church’s genealogy extraction program. She loved the scriptures.
Norma was skilled in sewing, carpentry and canning, and she loved to read. She and Ralph enjoyed dancing at church dances. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.
Norma is survived by her three daughters, Lisa Beyer and her husband, Dennis, of Baker City, Lori Snyder and her husband, Greg, of Salem, Utah, and Leslie Smith and her husband, Larry, of North Salt Lake; 10 grandchildren, Sarah Bowden, Megan Niepraschk, Amelia Rose, Marisa Snyder, Douglas Beyer, Courtney Snyder, Hannah Beardsley, Tyler Smith, Brandon Smith and Matthew Smith; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces.
In addition to her husband, Ralph, Norma was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Marceen Andel and Carol Simmons.
The family requests that those who wish to remember Norma make gifts in her memory to the LDS Humanitarian Aid Fund; donate online at give.lds.org/humanitarian-aid. You may also send your donations made payable to the Humanitarian Aid Fund through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
To light a candle in memory of Norma or to leave a condolence for her family, go to www.colestributecenter.com.
Evan Simonski-Davis, 25, of Baker City, passed from this world on Sept. 25, 2019. His spirit will remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. Although his time here was surely too short, his love of life was big and his impact on others was greater than he could have known.
A celebration of his life will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St.
Evan had a passion for helping those in need, particularly at risk youth. He had a true heart for soothing those troubled by heaviness and painful circumstances. Evan spent summers at Camp Collins YMCA and he was deeply moved by his time working at Trillium, a program dedicated to helping children and their families with mental and behavioral wellness. His gentle kindness made him good at the task that was his calling and career choice. He was compassionate and his warm smile was infectious, as was his playful and joyful nature.
Evan was raised in Baker City. He loved the outdoors, camping, boating, swimming, hiking and fishing. He loved to play golf and he loved the game “Magic.” Evan was a loyal friend and he loved his family.
He is survived by his parents, Dave Davis and Michelle Simonski; and his brother Dru Simonski-Davis (Raven Davis).
Gone too soon, he will be missed dearly by friends and countless family members.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the YMCA through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
To light a candle in memory of Evan, or to leave a condolence for his family, go to www.grayswestco.com.