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Bruce, Braddie May – Obituary

Braddie May Bruce, 79, of Island City, died Jan. 11 at a local care center. A service will be held later in Canyon City. Braddie was born Jan. 26, 1928, to Clyde Willis and Grace Irene (Herburger) Laughlin in Prairie City. She was raised in Dayville and graduated from high school there. On Jan. 12, 1947, she married Ralph Bruce in Canyon City. She worked as a school secretary in Canyon City, Ukiah and John Day. For several years they lived in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she worked for the Episcopal bishop and for a co-op drug company. In her younger years she was a Rainbow girl and then a member of Eastern Star, of which she was a past worthy matron. She was an active member of the Canyon City Episcopal Church and a 4-H leader in the 1960s. In more recent years, Ralph and Braddie spent their winters in Arizona and visited family in San Diego. She loved to dance, square dance, sing in church and go on picnics. She enjoyed people, cooking and playing cards. Survivors include her husband, Ralph of Island City; children, Sandra Rysdam of Elgin, Craig Bruce of Bend and Sheila Bruce of Bend; brother, Willis Laughlin of San Diego; two grandchildren in La Grande and Elgin; two step-grandchildren in Portland and Bend; two great-grandchildren; and other relatives. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande. La Grande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending January 19, 2008 – Published Jan. 15,...

Partridge, Donald Doyle – Obituary

Donald Doyle Partridge, 70, of Elgin and formerly of Hermiston and Fairbanks, died March 12 at a local care center. A memorial service will be held May 10 at 11 a.m. at the Cove Cemetery. Arrangements are with Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center. Mr. Partridge was born on Oct. 25, 1937, the son of Edward and Wilma (Clark) Partridge in Cortez, Colo. He served with the Oregon National Guard for a few years. He married Carolyn Hartley on Aug. 16, 1971 in Reno. They lived in La Grande for a year in 1975 and then Eugene before living for 17 years in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he owned and operated a tow truck service. When they left Fairbanks they lived in Hermiston before moving to Elgin a year ago. Mr. Partridge was a member of the Episcopal Church and the Moose Lodge. He loved to fish and bowl and thoroughly enjoyed long, long drives, especially if he could stop and watch and count the deer and elk along the way. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Partridge of Elgin; children, Don Partridge of Waterloo, Ind., Darren Partridge of St. Louis, Cindy Delozier of Ada, Okla., and Steve Mathainey of Fairbanks; three grandchildren; father-in-law, Alford Hartley of Summerville, sisters-in-law, Eva Fay Winterton of Republic, Wash., and Aloha June Travis of Meridian, Idaho; siblings, Howard, Harold, Janice, Ed and Stanley; special friends, Walt and Elaine Welding of Sitka, Alaska, and Lora Davis of Pasco. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Don, Ken, Emma Lou and Gene. Memorials may be made to the Don Partridge Memorial Fund in care of...

Vincent , James Douglas – Obituary

Ukiah, Oregon James “Doug” Douglas Vincent, 73, of Ukiah, died April 7 in Gresham. At his request no services will be held. Burial was at the Ukiah Cemetery. Gresham Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Doug was born Oct. 17, 1934, to Cecil and Ruth (Dawson) Vincent in St. Louis. When Doug was 6, the family moved from Missouri to Tillamook where Doug was raised and educated. At 16, he purchased a log truck and moved to Eastern Oregon where he met and married the love of his life, Patsy Sheff, on Aug. 14, 1955. The couple had five children. Doug logged in Union, Wallowa and Umatilla counties. In 1964, they moved to Alaska where Doug owned and operated Specialized Truck Parts & Service. In 1984 Doug and Patsy moved back to Ukiah, where they opened and operated Dan’s Ukiah Service, a hunters’ travel stop. Doug bred and raised Healer dogs and rabbits. He loved the Ukiah valley and enjoyed caring for the local bird population and engaging in political discussions. Doug is survived by his wife of 52 years in Ukiah; three daughters, Dellena Levan of Wasilla, Alaska, Vonnie Ceja and Terrie Lockwood of Gresham; son, Daniel Vincent of Ukiah; sister, Rosemary Vincent of Boliver, Mo.; brother, John Vincent of Gresham; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Doug was preceded in death by his son, Douglas Allen Vincent in 1973; brother, Timothy Carl Vincent in 2002; and his parents. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Quick Response Team, P.O. Box 57, Ukiah 97880. La Grande Observer, Obituaries for the week ending April 12,...

Thilenius, Carol – Obituary

Carol Thilenius, 73, of Juneau, Alaska, and formerly of La Grande, died May 6 in her sleep at home. No formal services are planned. Family may be contacted at dmthilenius@aol.com. Carol was born in 1935 in La Grande. She was a graduate of La Grande High School. According to her family, she was a teacher, professional handweaver and marine biologist of considerable skill. She taught handweaving at the University of Alaska Southeast for many years but more recently had become interested in geology, micro fossils and botany. She traveled extensively in Africa, South and Central America and Australia, collecting plants along the way. She was a Juneau resident for 31 years. She is survived by her husband, John Thilenius; sons, James and David Thilenius; daughter-in-law, Sherry Thilenius; and two granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her brother, Lyle Ager. Memorial contributions may be made to any charity. La Grande Observer – June 2,...

Fifer, Deborah Lee – Obituary

Union, Oregon Deborah Lee (Brooks) Fifer, 57, of Fairbanks, Alaska, and formerly of Union and La Grande, died June 3. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. June 21 at the Eagle Valley Cemetery. A full obituary will be available later. Friends are invited to join the family following the service at the Eagle Valley Grange. Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home in Halfway is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – June 6, 2008 ________________________________________ Deborah Lee (Brooks) Fifer, 57, of Fairbanks, Alaska, and formerly of Union and La Grande, died June 3 at her home with her beloved companion, James Helgeson, at her side at her home in Fairbanks. A graveside memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Eagle Valley Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception following the service at the Eagle Valley Grange. Debbie was born Feb. 18, 1951, to Dwight and Lorraine Brooks in Baker City. She attended grade school in Union and graduated in 1969 from La Grande High School. Debbie then graduated from Western Business University in Portland where she met and married Gary Fifer of Portland. Gary and Debbie had two daughters, Gina and Rhonda. In 1984, Debbie and her daughters moved to Fairbanks where Debbie was employed by Hub Foods, owned by Gavora Inc. She and her longtime companion, Jim Helgeson, enjoyed traveling in their motor home to Homer for clam-digging and to Quartz Lake for fishing. She also enjoyed working in her garden and spending time with her grandchildren. Debbie knitted baby blankets for each grandchild. Debbie was an avid bowler and...

Beardsley, Larry Eldridge – Obituary

Union County, Oregon Obituary Larry Eldridge “Ty” Beardsley, 70, formerly of the Grande Ronde Valley, died Aug. 15 in Polson, Mont. Memorial services begins at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home. Friends may go to www.buffalohillfh.com to post condolences to the family. Ty was born Sept. 17, 1937, to Eldridge and Amy Lou (Holman) Beardsley in Walla Walla. He grew up in Eastern Oregon and married Viola Mae Vanderpool in Lewiston, in 1958. Ty was a farmer and rancher in the Grande Ronde Valley. He moved from the area in 1977 and went to Alaska to work as a heavy equipment operating supervisor in the North Slope oil fields. He enjoyed fishing, motorcycling, traveling, raising and working with horses and spending time in the back country with his mules, horses and close friends. Ty is survived by daughters, Debbie Seifert, Karrie Beardsley and Lori Nelson; son, Scott Beardsley; brother, Skip Beardsley; sister, Jerri Lee Beggs; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The Observer – August 23,...

Maples, Marlon Howard – Obituary

Union, Oregon Marlon Howard Maples, 50, formerly of La Grande and Union, died July 27 in Valdez, Alaska. Private family services were held July 31 at the Cremation Society of Alaska. Jim Lamson officiated. Memorial services will begin at 3 p.m. Sept. 7 at Valdez Glacier Campground. Phil Merioles will officiate. Marlon’s cremated remains will be scattered in Valdez. An online guestbook and tribute can be viewed at www.alaskacremation.com. The Hasara family at the Cremation Society of Alaska was in charge of arrangements. Marlon was born Oct. 19, 1958, in Jackson County, Mo. He served in the U.S. Army for 2 1/2 years. Marlon attended college and graduated with an associates of arts and associates of criminal justice. Marlon lived in La Grande and Union for most of his life. He went to school at Union High School. Marlon made his home in Alaska since August 2001. From 2001 to 2002, he lived and worked in Honnah for the U.S. Forest Service. From 2002 until 2006, he lived in Valdez working for the Solomon Gulch Hatchery. And from 2006 until 2008, he was employed as a paraprofessional with the Dillingham City School District. Since 2008, he has lived in Anchorage. Marlon was a member of the Foursquare Gospel and Moravian Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing and reading. Daughter Montana said her dad “was a good dad and a real cowboy at heart.” Family and friends knew him for his strength, hard work, courage and patriotism. As a prior law officer, Marlon was known for his deep-felt conviction to serve and protect, extending to his home,...

Tsimshian Tribe

Tsimshian Indians, Tsimshian  People, Tsimshian First Nation (‘people of Skeena river’). The most important of the three main divisions of the Chimmesyan linguistic family, and that which gives it its name. In the strictest sense it designates the following closely related tribes or divisions living between Nass and Skeena rivers, north British Columbia: Kilutsai, Kinagingeeg, Kinuhtoiah, Kishpachlaots, Kitlani, Kitsalthlal, Kitunto, Kitwilgioks, Kitwilksheba, and Kitzeesh. To these are sometimes added the Kitzilas and Kitzimgaylum, who live farther up Skeena river, near the canyon, but speak the same dialect. The appellation has also been extended to cover all other tribes speaking this dialect, viz, the Kitkahta, Kitkatla, and Kittizoo, who live on the islands southward. The divisional names given are also names of the ancient towns. To these may be added the following modern towns: New Kitzilas, Metlakatla (New and Old). Port Essington, and Port Simpson. Population in 1908 (including 465 enumerated in Duncan’s colony, Alaska, in 1900,) 1,140. The name for this division has been so often extended to include other branches of it that some of the synonyms may have a similar...

Mary I. Todd Hopkins of Oregon

HOPKINS, Mary I. Todd9, (Morris8, Allen7, David6, Abraham5, Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) was born in Quasqueton, Buchanan County, Iowa, in 1856, married about 1877, M. M. Hopkins, who was a physician. Before her marriage she taught school for a few years. After their marriage they moved to the state of Washington and afterwards to Alaska. She died in Oregon in 1905. Children: I. Zilpah, m. Elbert Blackmar and they reside in Cal. II. Jessie, m.(???)Hunt, and they reside in...

Mary Grace Todd Spiers of Wakeman OH

SPIERS, Mary Grace Todd9, (Seth H.8, Isaac7, Moses6, Hezekiah5, Caleb4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Dec. 23, 1876, in Wakeman, O., married Sept. 26, 1906, Edward Bruce Spiers, who was born Nov. 4, 1871, died Oct. 18, 1914. She attended Oberlin College. After her marriage they went to live in Valdez, Alaska. She is now (1916) living with her mother in Wakeman, O. Children: I. Wallace Bruce, b. Oct. 31, 1908. II. Katherine Elizabeth, b. April 18, 1912, d. July 8,...
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