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Bower, Helen Marie – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Helen Marie Bower, 86, of Hilgard died Nov. 19 at a local care center. A celebration of life will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Bower was born Oct. 8, 1919, to Paul and Elsie Rudger Marti in Joseph, and graduated from high school in Cambridge, Idaho. She married Buck Bower on July 16, 1938, in Weiser, Idaho, and moved to this area 33 years ago from the Huntington area. She worked in the cafe at Blue Mountain Lanes for about 20 years. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and a past member of the Eagles, Eastern Star, VFW Auxiliary and the Lime Sewing Club. She enjoyed playing the piano and making dolls, including ceramic work, assembly, painting and making the clothes. Survivors include children and their spouses, Joan and Tom Hosey of Hilgard, Jean Smith of La Grande, and Karlee and Ivan Langley of Lime; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, a son, Ronald LeRoy Bower, three brothers, Paul Jr. “Bud” Marti, Harry Marti and Eugene Marti, and a great-granddaughter, Shannyn Lee Miller, all died earlier. The Observer, Obituaries for the week ending Nov. 26 – Published: November 28, 2005 Contributed By: Sue...

Scoubes, Ronald Dave – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Ronald Dave Scoubes, 91, of Elgin, died June 2 at his home. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m., Wednesday June 7 at the Elgin Christian Church. Burial was at the Island City Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Scoubes was born July 18, 1914, to David and Della Weston Scoubes in Cambridge, Idaho. He graduated from Elgin High School in 1933 and married Jessie Genevieve Jones in La Grande in 1936. He worked in the lumber industry and was shipping foreman at the Boise Cascade mill in La Grande. In 1966, he became Elgin city recorder, retiring after 13 1/2 years in that position. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, square dancing, gardening and being with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Coffee at Pop’s house for the past several years involved at three or four generations around his kitchen table. He will be remembered as a gentle, caring man who loved the country life and treasured his family Survivors include children and their spouses, Dee Ann and Larkin Conatser of Columbia, Md., and Ronald “Bud” and Janet Scoubes of Elgin; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His wife and two brothers, Harold Scoubes of Klamath Falls and Ralph Scoubes of Redding, Calif., all died earlier. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending June 10, 2006, Published June 8,...

Lilly, Doris May – Obituary

Summerville, Oregon Doris May Lilly, 89, died April 2 at her home in Summerville. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 11206 McAlister, in Island City. Dedication of the grave and burial will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Viewing will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley and from 9 to 10 a.m. before the service Friday at the Island City LDS Church. Mrs. Lilly was born March 22, 1918, to Charles Oliver and Adelia E. (Rogers) Sanderson in Cambridge, Idaho. As a child her family lived in various places around the Northwest. On Sept. 17, 1935, she married Albert W. Lilly in La Grande. When she was first married, she cooked for the Roy Shaffer Dude Ranch out of Lostine and filled in as a cook at Hot Lake. In 1965 the Lillys moved to Forest Grove and then returned to La Grande in 1971. She moved to Summerville four years ago. Mrs. Lilly was very active in the LDS Church and held many positions throughout the years, including Relief Society President and Compassionate Services Officer. She was also a member of the Women’s Benefit Association. She enjoyed crafting, sewing, quilting, gardening and canning. Her specialty was making candy at Christmastine. She also enjoyed time spent outdoors, including hunting and fishing. At the age of 70 she began painting and several of her paintings were displayed at the Elks Hospital in Boise as well as in the church. A loving, kind woman with a great sense of humor, she loved...

Hayes, Connie Rae DuPree Mrs. – Obituary

Connie Rae Hayes, 46, of Durkee, May 26, 2005, at her home. Her graveside service will be at 9 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. MDT) Wednesday at the Cambridge Cemetery in Cambridge, Idaho. There will be a celebration of life service at 2 p.m. PDT at the Durkee Grange Hall in Durkee. Connie was born on Aug. 5, 1958, at Council, Idaho, to Don Howard and Lois Lawson DuPree. She was educated at Council, New Meadows and Kooskie, Idaho. When she was 9, the family moved to Seattle, Wash., and then to Vancouver, Wash., where Connie remained for several years. Connie had worked as a waitress, worked in nursing homes and was a bingo caller at the Moose Lodge, which she really enjoyed. At the age of 20, Connie had twin girls, Amie and Kassie. Four years later, she had a son Adam. She moved to Virginia Beach for a short time, returning to Cambridge, Idaho, to be near her family. Connie met her husband, Gary, on a blind date, having dinner at the Yacht Club in McCall, Idaho. They immediately clicked and were married on May 22, 1997 at Baker City. After their marriage, they traveled following Gary’s work in construction. They returned to Durkee in September 1998 where Connie worked at the Wagon Wheel cafe and as a postal clerk in Durkee. Connie loved to play bingo and would look up a bingo place wherever they were. She liked to cook and thoroughly enjoyed a great bargain at garage sales. She could out-fish her husband, winning quarters for the “first, most and biggest fish” from many family members....

Abrams, Hazel Branch Vogel Mrs. – Obituary

Hazel Branch Vogel Abrams, 85, beloved mom and grandma, died Dec. 21, 2004, in the comfort of her home and wrapped in the love of her family. Her funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Cambridge, Idaho. Burial will follow at Cambridge Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Thomason Funeral Home in Weiser, Idaho. Hazel was born July 28, 1919, at Sublimity, Ore., the fifth of six children of Burton S. and Etta Mae Potter Branch. She was raised on their homestead in the Crane Creek area east of Midvale, Idaho, and she had wonderful childhood memories of riding horses, helping her dad with the farming, learning to cook on a wood stove, attending one-room schools, and being surrounded by a large extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins. After finishing eighth grade, Hazel rode her horse into Midvale where she boarded with families so she could attend high school. She was the first in her family to receive a high school education, graduating from Midvale High School in 1936. Soon after that a handsome dark-haired stranger named Bert Vogel swept her off her feet. The two of them were married Aug. 25, 1937, and their love and friendship endured for better or worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health for 38 years until Bert’s untimely death in 1975 at age 64. Most of their 38 years together was spent on their farm five miles southeast of Cambridge, where they worked side by side farming and ranching, milking cows, and raising a family. Hazel always raised a huge garden...

Smith, Albert – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Albert Smith, 85, of Baker City, died Feb. 13, 2004, at the Boise Veterans Hospital. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Mr. Lynn Shumway will officiate. Military rites will be accorded by the Oregon Army National Guard. Private interment will be at the Summerville Cemetery in Summerville. Albert was born at Cambridge, Idaho, in 1918 and worked on the farm until he finished school. He then worked for a neighbor tending cattle at New Meadows, Idaho, for three years. In the spring of 1942, he joined the U.S. Army Air Force and was stationed at Sheppard Field, Wichita Falls, Texas. It was there that he married his wife, Lorene. The family spent years at Hereford, where he worked for 33 years logging. He trapped in the winter months and always enjoyed hunting and fishing. In 1989, he was widowed, so he moved to Baker City. It was there that he met and married Marjorie Thomason in 1996. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie, and her family, and his two children, Donna and Bill Hern of Port Orchard, Wash.; his son, Marion, and his wife, Dale, of La Grande; four grandchildren, Julie, Brian, Debbie, and Tammy; and numerous great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothea Cook of Wenatchee, Wash., and Donna Baer of Fruitland, Idaho. Memorial contributions may be made to the Seventh-day Adventist Church through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 20, 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...

Howland, Lawson A. – Obituary

Lawson A. Howland, 86, died Jan. 25, 2003, at the Weiser Rehabilitation and Care Center. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Cambridge, Idaho. Burial will be at Salubria Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Summers Funeral Homes, Boise Chapel. Lawson was born and raised in Cambridge, Idaho. He attended grade school and high school in Cambridge and graduated in 1934. He lived with his parents on the family farm along Pine Creek about four miles northwest of the city. He was very active in sports throughout his childhood, competing in basketball, football, and boxing. The majority of his time during his school years was spent helping with the family farm operation. His father raised purebred Suffolk sheep and Lawson was very involved in all aspects of the business. Throughout his high school years he spent a good deal of time herding the bands of sheep in the mountains and foothills north of town. He was an accomplished sheep shearer and trimmer. Working on the shearing crews took him to the Salmon River and Snake River country, and to Montana as well as the local area in Washington County. A few days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Lawson enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After his initial training, he was sent to Scott Field, Ill., where he graduated from the Field Radio Communications School in June of 1942. He was then transferred to Smyrna, Tenn., where he graduated from the Air Traffic Control Academy. He was transferred to Selman Field at Monroe, La., on Sept. 14, 1942,...

Allen, Norman “Norm” – Obituary

Norman “Norm” Allen, 86, of Baker City died Feb. 19, 2006, at Settler’s Park. At his request, there will be no service. In the spring his family will gather privately to celebrate his life and to scatter his ashes with his beloved wife’s. Norm was born on Jan. 26, 1920, at Smyrna Mills, Maine, to Thomas and Delia Allen. He was the 13th of 13 children. He attended school at Smyrna Mills and after graduating from high school enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed in Idaho and Washington. While in Idaho he met his life’s partner, Yvonne Love. They were married at Boise on June 21, 1942. After World War II and completion of his enlistment, he and Yvonne lived for a short time at Cambridge, Idaho, where he partnered with Yvonne’s brother, Archie Love, and started the Cambridge Telephone Co. They later moved to Smyrna Mills, but both missed the West terribly and moved back, settling at Boise. Norm went to work for Garrett Freightlines where he was employed for 22 years. Norm loved the mountains. He and Yvonne owned a cabin at Atlanta, Idaho, at the foot of the Sawtooth Mountains where, over the years, they spent many weekends and vacations. He loved hiking up to the high mountain streams and fishing with his family. In the fall of 1968 they sold their home at Boise and bought the Log Cabin Cafe at Sumpter. They found their heart’s “home” at Sumpter. They ran the Log Cabin Cafe for several years before retiring. At that time they pursued their hobby of placer mining, having several...

Mason, Michael V. “Mickey” – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Michael V. “Mickey” Mason, 81, of Baker City, a former North Powder-area rancher, died May 13, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Visitations will be Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. His vigil service will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at the cathedral. Bishop Emeritus Thomas J. Connolly, pastor and friend of the Masons for more than 30 years, will preside at the service, with concelebration by Pastor Robert C. Irwin of the Baker City Cathedral and other priests of the Baker Diocese. Honor Guard will be by the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree. Private family vault interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City. Mr. Mason was born on Nov. 12, 1920, at Cambridge, Idaho, the youngest of eight children. His parents, John and Anna Phillips Mason, had emigrated from County Down, Ireland, in 1905. He began his long working life at age 12 to help support his family, and left formal schooling at age 14 to work as a farm hand in the Cambridge Valley. He became a skilled heavy equipment operator at a very early age, and later formed Hopkins & Mason Logging Contractors with his brother-in-law, Orin Hopkins. The company contracted for many years with Burnt River Lumber Co. and Ellingson Lumber Co. of Baker City, Oregon. Hopkins & Mason later purchased the Farewell Bend Ranch near Huntington, and continued logging and ranching operations for several years in Baker and Malheur...

Wilson, Charles Earl “Chuck” – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Charles Earl “Chuck” Wilson, 61, of Baker City, died June 1, 2002, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise. His graveside funeral will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Leonard Hill of the Halfway Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will officiate. There will be a potluck afterward at the Halfway Lions Park. Chuck was born on Nov. 19, 1940, to Frank and Martha Connor Wilson at Cambridge, Idaho. Chuck worked as a long-haul truck driver for part of his life and as contract mail carrier in the Baker City and Halfway areas until his retirement in 1990. At that time, he began spending his winters in Arizona and his summers in Baker City. Chuck loved fishing and camping and had a huge love for cars and for working on them. Survivors include his son, Charles Wilson Jr. of Pasco, Wash.; his sisters, Fern Schell of Gresham and Darlene Carpenter of Baker City; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was living with his nephew, Daniel Wilson and his family in Ontario, at the time of his death. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Martha Wilson of Halfway; his brothers, Darrell and Donald Wilson and Vernon and Lee Curry; and his sister, Evelyn Lyman. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 7, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...
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