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Denton, Barbara Wright Mrs. – Obituary

Barbara Denton, 89, of Pendleton and formerly of the Marble Creek area near Baker City, died May 15, 2003. Graveside funeral services were held Tuesday at Skyview Memorial Park. Alice was born to Stanley Carter and Onlie Foster Wright on Feb. 5, 1914, at Clovis, N.M. She was the oldest of four children. She grew up in various locations in Iowa and Missouri. She graduated from high school in Lamoni, Iowa and also briefly attended Graceland College in Lamoni. In 1932, the family moved to Oregon and settled in Medical Springs, later moving to the Marble Creek area. She married Wilmot R. Hunt of Joseph in March 1936 and they divorced in 1958. Barbara married Robert Andrew Denton April 24, 1958 at Austin, Nev. He preceded her in death June 4, 1991. Her interests were crossword puzzles, geology, railroading and she was active in the Pendleton Soroptimist Club. Survivors include her sons, Garry W. Hunt of Pendleton and Richard W. Hunt of Klamath Falls; step-children, Vernon Fisher of Nampa, Idaho, Dallas V. Denton of The Dalles, Nadine Johnson of Iowa Falls, Iowa, Shelley Abel of La Grande and Todd Denton of Stanfield; grandchildren, Brookes Hunt-Gilman, Kerri Holley, Megan Hunt, Tracy Hunt, Dathy Hunt, and one great-grandchild. Bishop Funeral Chapel in Pendleton handled the arrangements. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 23, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

Craven, Isaac H. – Obituary

Medical Springs, Baker County, Oregon Isaac Henry Craven, 81, of 915 Valley, died April 16 at St. Elizabeth hospital. Mr. Craven was born at Medical Springs, Feb. 13, 1873. He attended school in Medical Springs then moved to Baker at the age of 21. He was an engineer and carpenter, working in the sawmills around Baker. Mrs. Craven preceded him in death on Feb. 5, 1952. Mr. Craven was a member of the Christian church. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Norma Bennett and Mrs. Lora Yusko of Baker; Mrs. Lena Bechbiel of Portland and Mrs. Sadie Silvers of Sunnyvale, CA.; one son, Loren Craven of Boise; three brothers, Stewart Dolby, Medical Springs, Frank Dolby, Olympia, WA., and Lemuel Dolby of San Francisco, CA., 22 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday with the Rev. Joe Jewett officiating. Interment was in Mt. Hope. The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, August 22, 1954 page 10 Contributed by: Belva...

Miller, Jeremiah John – Obituary

Medical Springs, Oregon Jeremiah John Miller, 81, a longtime Medical Springs resident, died Dec. 5, 2001, at his home. There will be a memorial service later. Jeremiah was born at Baxter Springs, Kan., where he grew up on his grandmother’s farm. He graduated from Joplin High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, which took him to Randolph Field at San Antonio, Texas. There he met and fell in love with Adeline Kosharek. They were married on July 1, 1940, and spent 27 years in the U.S. Air Force where his career was in aircraft maintenance and engineering. He was proud to have served his country through three wars: World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. He was stationed throughout the United States, from Orlando, Fla., to Portland, Ore. He also served in the Philippine Islands, Korea and Japan. He retired to Portland after he helped closed the air base there in 1967. He then attended Oregon State University at Corvallis and graduated with a bachelors degree in Trade and Industrial Education. He majored in fluid power. He taught at Benson High School in Portland and built a retirement home at Springdale. He continued to be involved in aircraft maintenance for the rest of his life. He was very proud to have received the prestigious Charles Taylor Master Mechanic award on July 5, 1995, from the Federal Aviation Administration. The award is given for 50 years of dedicated service in aviation maintenance. In 1981, Jeremiah and Adeline moved to Medical Spring where he ranched and built a second home. Jeremiah loved being outdoors and appreciated nature....

Wirth, Ethel M. Mills Mrs. – Obituary

Ethel M. Wirth, 89, a longtime Eagle Valley and Baker City resident, died Aug. 27, 2001, at the Aspen Assisted Living Center in Hines. Her memorial service will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will conduct the memorial service, and Associate Pastor Bob Whiteman will conduct the graveside services at Mount Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Wirth was born April 3, 1912, at Halfway to John W. and Jessie Shook Mills. She was raised on a farm on Pine Creek, above Jimtown. She graduated from Pine Valley High School. She married Bert D. Wirth at Keating on April 6, 1935. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1985. Mr. Wirth died Jan. 1, 1995. They would have celebrated 65 years of marriage in April of that year. Mrs. Wirth was raised on a farm. She and her husband lived on a homestead in the Medical Springs area when they were first married, later moving to a ranch in the same area. With the exception of a year living at Carson, before they bought their farm on Eagle Creek above New Bridge, she spent most of her life on a farm. She liked seeing things grow, bountiful vegetables, beautiful flowers, and fruit. It was hard work, living on a farm, but Mrs. Wirth was never afraid of hard work. During her kids growing-up years, Mrs. Wirth was matron of the New Bridge Junior Grange, in order to give her children that opportunity. She was a member of the New Bridge Grange for years, until...

Whitley, Brett Allen – Obituary

Medical Springs, Oregon Brett Allen Whitley, 24, of Medical Springs, died Sept. 2, 2001, at his home. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Vault interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. Mr. Whitley was born in January of 1977 at Merced, Calif. He was a 1995 Baker High School graduate. He enjoyed the outdoors and graduated from Treasure Valley Community College at Ontario with a degree in forestry. He enjoyed hunting, camping, snowboarding and four-wheeling. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Chuck Drummond and Davis Whitley. Survivors include his parents, Phil and Judy Whitley; his brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and April Whitley; grandmothers, Dorothy Drummond and Nola Whitley; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern Oregon Chapter of the American Red Cross through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 14, 2001 Transcribed by: Belva...

Burford, Paula Errolo Mrs. – Obituary

Paula Errolo Burford, 80, of College Place, Wash., a former Medical Springs resident, died Sept. 17, 2006, at her daughter’s home. Her funeral was at 1 p.m. today at the chapel of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater. A concluding service and interment was at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Errolo was born on March 25, 1926, at Medical Springs. She was the youngest of 10 children born to Joseph Coleman and Katie Rosilla Deuel Lay. She was raised on a ranch near Union and attended Union schools. After graduation from high school, she attended Brigham Young University at Provo, Utah, where she studied art. Later she moved to Los Angeles and worked for Western Union. On Sept. 16, 1949, she married a hometown Oregon boy, Clifford Edwin Burford, in Los Angeles. The newlyweds returned to Oregon and eventually had six children. They lived at Milton-Freewater for several years. She was a full-time mom, who taught, loved and encouraged her children. She loved music and the arts and provided lots of hands-on creative experiences for her children. Errolo enjoyed oil painting, cake decorating, creative writing, sewing and all kinds of crafts. She was a fun-loving, enthusiastic person with a great sense of humor. She valued friendship and had many friends throughout the country. After the Burfords retired, they moved to Walla Walla, Wash., in 1990. Errolo was an avid genealogist who generously taught and assisted others with their family research. She was very active in her church, blessing many lives with her compassionate service. Her great example of faith, compassion and love will forever be remembered by her family and all...

Heffelfinger, Carol S. – Obituary

Carol S. Heffelfinger, 61, Medical Springs, Ore., died March 3, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center in Baker City, Ore. Arrangements are under the direction of Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, March, 2007 Transcribed by: Belva...

Fleetwood, Johannah Morrissey Mrs. – Obituary

Johannah Morrissey Fleetwood went to her eternal rest on May 10, 2008 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. She was born on June 26, 1916, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Baker City. She was the daughter of James and Kate Morrissey originally from County Wexford Ireland. In 1940, she married C.A. “Rastus” Fleetwood. Upon his enlistment in the Navy Seabees in 1942, she became a war bride until the conclusion of World War II in 1945. She was raised on the family ranch in the Medical Springs/ Keating area. After the completion of the 8th grade at Medical Springs School, she enrolled in St. Francis Academy, and graduated from there in 1934. After attending Baker Business College she secured a job as bookkeeper with the Baker News Agency owned by Leo Adler. She retired from there in 1980 after over 40 years of service. More than anything she loved her Lord, her Church and her family. Accordingly, she was a lifelong member of St. Francis de Sales Parish where she spent countless hours serving coffee and donuts, organizing funeral dinners, and participating in a myriad of other parish activities. She reluctantly retired as Altar Society Secretary at age 87 after she suffered her first heart attack. Johannah was quite an accomplished artist, and many of her paintings grace the homes of family and friends. Over the years we have fondly referred to her as the “professional volunteer.” She gave hours of service to many civic organizations including the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, the Baker County Historical Museum, the Senior Center, the Community Concert Association, and Crossroads Art...

Weeks, Peggie Gaddy Mrs. – Obituary

Peggie “Marie” Weeks, 83, of Medical Springs, died May 15, 2009, at her home, with her daughter, Beverly, at her side. Her memorial service was May 20 at Harvest Church. Pastor Monte Loyd officiated. Marie, an accomplished pianist, played and taped her favorite music 22 years ago and the tape was played at her funeral. She was born in Seattle, Wash., to Lester and Aleta Dye Gaddy. When she was 2, her mother, unable to care for her four children, left them at a Seattle orphanage. She and her sister, Dottie, were adopted by their aunt, Inez Burghardt of Boring, who was a schoolteacher. They traveled with their adoptive mother as she taught at rural county schools and were educated in those schools. She married John Weeks on Feb. 22, 1946, at Boring where they made their home until his retirement in 1989 when they moved to Medical Springs. John died in 2006. Marie was wonderful homemaker and a gardener, but playing the piano was her favorite occupation. She performed at United Service Organization (USO) shows when she was young. She could play a wild boogie-woogie, but loved playing hymns for the glory of the Lord. Her children all have fond memories of falling asleep to the sound of her piano playing. Marie also loved her animals. She bred and raised Australian cattle dogs and quarter horses. She was the perfect horse show mom, and support for her daughter, Bev, through years of showing horses. She couldn’t wait to see the new foals each spring and hated to see them go. Survivors include her daughters, Pam Benjamin of Gresham,...

Wirth, Lewis Howard – Obituary

Lewis Howard Wirth, 81, a former Baker City resident, died July 29, 2009, at Orem, Utah. His funeral was Monday at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home in North Orem, Utah. Interment was at the Orem City Cemetery. Lewis was born on July 10, 1928, to Joseph and Inez Wirth at Burns Lake, British Columbia, where he lived until the age of 8. His family then moved to Medical Springs where they farmed and ranched. He graduated from Baker High School, where he met and married Arlene Johnson. They were married on April 9, 1950, at Baker City. Together they raised their family of four children. Lewis continued to farm and ranch and also became employed at Powder River Livestock Equipment Co. In 1961 he moved his family to Orem, Utah, where he helped establish a manufacturing facility for Powder River, at Provo, Utah. He worked for Powder River for 25 years. He later was employed by Brown Strauss Steel at Lindon, Utah, where he finished his working years. Lewis was a big fan of Utah Jazz basketball and Brigham Young University football. He enjoyed many hours watching basketball and football. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of Christ Evangelical Church. He leaves a living legacy in Utah County. His name will be carried on for many generations to come. Survivors include his wife, Arlene; his children and their spouses, Julie and Jerry Sorensen of Orem, Utah, Scott Wirth of Baker City, Blaine and Laura Wirth of Orem, Utah, and Jeff and Jolene Wirth of Pleasant Grove, Utah; his grandchildren, Ryan,...
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