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Allen, Ella L. – Obituary

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, 1991, at 2 p.m. at Bollman Funeral Home for Ella L. Allen. Burial will follow in the Lostine Cemetery. Miss Allen died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 1991, at a Gresham nursing center from causes related to age. She was 93. She was born near Lostine, on Jan. 30, 1898, the youngest child of Wallowa County pioneer parents, William H, and Annie B. Allen. She was a graduate of Lostine High School and Oregon State University (then Oregon Agriculture College) in 1921. She taught home economics in Joseph, Wallowa and Elgin and in Tenino, and Redmond, Ore., and White Salmon and Camas Washington high schools. During World War II she took a leave of absence from teaching to work with the YWCA as director of United Service Organizations in Wilmington, California and Tacoma, Wash. She was a life-long member of the Christian Church. Her greatest interests and pleasures came from her family, her career and her church. She is survived by five nephews and seven nieces, numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews and friends. Miss Allen was the great-aunt of Joe Spence, Willis Bailey and Lois Blankinship, all of Enterprise. She was preceded in death by her parents, seven brothers and three sisters. The family suggests remembrances may be contributions to a charity of one’s choice. Wallowa County Chieftain Transcribed by Dixie...

Barlow, Leonard Jay – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Retired Lumberman, Passes Leonard Jay Barlow of Elgin, age 61, and a retired lumberman died at a local hospital Aug. 28. Funeral services where held Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. at the Christian Church in Elgin with Rev. Ed Liggett officiating. Interment was at the Island City Cemetery. Crippen and Daniels Chapel had charge of arrangements. Mr. Barlow was born in Tacoma, Wn., on Oct . 24, 1904 and had been a resident of Elgin for 30 years. He was a member of the Lumber and Sawmill Workers Union No. 2780, and the Baptist Church. Survivors include three sons: Cecil O. Of Elgin, William of Klamath Falls and Frederick J. of Visalia Calif.; two daughters, Mary Twitchdell, La Grande and Edna May Miller of Fairbanks, Alaska; two brothers, Carl of Los Angeles, Calif., and (info missing) The Recorder September 1, 1966 Contributed by: Larry...

Bay, Stella Mae (Arnoldus) – Obituary

Stella Mae Bay, 84, a long time La Grande resident, died Aug. 24 in Tacoma Wash. Mrs. Bay was born March 24, 1902, in Summerville to Christian and Christina (Justinson) Arnoldus. She was a member of La Grande’s First Christian Church and the VFW Women’s Auxiliary. Survivors include her sons, Dean of Graham, Wash., and Howard of Hillsboro; sisters, Anne Leach of Live Oak, Calif., and Ellen Sanderson of La Grande; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Her husband Ira died earlier. A private family service was held at her granddaughter Kathy Rich’s home in Graham, Wash. A memorial service will be held at First Christian Church, La Grande, at 11 a.m. Friday. Inurnment will be at the Summerville Cemetery. The Observer, Wednesday, 3 September 1986, Page 3. Contributed by: Robert C....

Coggan, Emma L. Mrs. – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Died at Tacoma A telegram received on last Tuesday from Tacoma announced the death of Miss Emma L. Coggan, a young lady well known to many in this county. The news of her demise was sorrowfully received by many friends here in Union. Eastern Oregon Republican, Thursday October 24,...

Geer, Fred H. – Obituary

Funeral services for Fred H. Geer, 51, ex-Portland resident, who died in Tacoma Thursday, will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock at the Lincoln Memorial cemetery. Services were held at Tacoma yesterday. Mr. Geer was a son of ex-Governor T. T. Geer. He was born at Cove, Or. He lived here many years. For the last 16 years he was connected with the American Express company. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Martha Geer, and a sister, Mrs. Theodore Little of San Francisco. The Sunday Oregonian June 26, 1927 Page...

Ragsdale, A. B. Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs.. Anna H. Ragsdale Passes In Tacoma, Wash. Word that Mrs.. Anna Hadley Ragsdale, a daughter of one of the early pioneer families of this community, is dead in Tacoma, Wash., where she was making her home with a son has been received here. The body is to be shipped to La Grande for burial beside the decedent’s father and mother and her son, Leo Hearing, of an earlier marriage. Other details were not included in the message received by friends here. La Grande Evening Observer, Thursday, 28 January 1926, Page 1. Funeral services for the late Mrs. Anna B. Ragsdale who was born near Summerville nearly 60 years ago and lived in the Grande Ronde valley until a few years ago before her death at Tacoma, Wash., Wednesday, will be conducted at the Snodgrass and Zimmerman chapel at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon. The body arrived in La Grande this morning accompanied here by the decedent’s husband, Walter Ragsdale, and two sons, Harold Hearing and Lewis Bay. A sister, Effie Liak, of Auburn Wash., is the only other near relative who survives. La Grande Evening Observer, Friday, 29 January, 1926, Pages 1 & 5. Contributed by: Robert C....

See, James B. – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon James B. See Pioneer of This County Dead James B. See who was born on June 25, 1869 near Island City, died this week in Tacoma. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Summerville Chapel under the auspices of the Moose Lodge. He is survived by his father, Benjamin See who resides in La Grande. Four brothers; Jefferson, Frank, George and Albert, and a sister, Anna Arthur living at Stanfield. The See families were early settlers of this valley and for many years made their home on the Summerville District. Source: The La Grande District News Friday March 7, 1930 Page 1 Source: David Ronald...

Biamont, Robert Thomas – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Robert Thomas Biamont, 54, of Portland and formerly of La Grande died Aug. 11. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday Aug. 18 at Grace Christian Fellowship, 7325 N. Bank Road in Portland. Mr. Biamont was born Dec. 17, 1951, in Tacoma, Wash. He lived in La Grande from 1974 to 1987, and married Carolyn June Livingston in 1991. He worked for Pizza Hut and Vinnie’s and lived in Portland most of his life. Survivors include his wife; his mother, Barbara Biamont; children, James P. Sarkis, Tracie Thompson and Kellie Hornych; a brother, Kenneth Biamont, four sisters, Nikki Mershon, Mary Long, Corinne Biamont and Eleanor Renoe; and 15 grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Greyhound Pets of America in care of Hillside Chapel, 1306 Seventh St., Oregon City 97045. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 19, 2006, Published: August 17,...

Rogers, Norma Ellen – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Norma Ellen (Erickson) Rogers, 85, died March 25 at her home in Elgin. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Elgin Church of the Nazarene, 11th and Birch. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Mrs. Rogers was born Jan. 17, 1922, to Lawrence and Emma I. (Bickford) Hawes in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School and in 1941 married Manuel Erickson in Idaho. The marriage ended in divorce, and in 1947 she married Ernest Rogers in La Grande. He preceded her in death in 1992. Mrs. Rogers worked first as a waitress and later as a certified nurses aide in a nursing home in Tacoma, Wash. She returned to Union County in 1981. She was past president of the Eagles Auxiliary. She was an avid yard saler and enjoyed working in her flower garden, dancing and going to senior meals on the bus. In her later years she enjoyed sitting outside and watching the wildlife and animals. Survivors include her sons, Fred Erickson of Elgin, Shannon Rogers of La Grande and Chuck Rogers of La Grande; siblings, Phyllis Hayter of Canby, Ruby Hohn of Arizona, Doris Goodin of Myrtle Creek, Kenneth Hawes of Portland and Ronald Hawes of Seattle; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Rogers, and a son, Gary Erickson. Memorials may be made to the Elgin Nazarene Church youth group in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending...

Saunders Phyllis Jane – Obituary

Cove, Oregon Phyllis Jane Saunders, 80, of Cove, died Aug. 12 at her home of natural causes. A funeral service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande. Phyllis was born Sept. 9, 1926, to Clyde and Virgie (Bell) Robinson in Tacoma, Wash., one of eight children. She was raised and educated all over the Northwest. Her father worked for Pacific Fruit and traveled throughout the Northwest, so she attended several schools. She eloped with Grant Saunders on Oct. 23, 1944, to Weiser, Idaho. After Grant returned from the Air Force and got his teaching degree at EOU, the couple moved to Salem for five years, then back to Cove in 1956. Phyllis and Grant owned their own real estate firm, and Phyllis was voted retailer of the year. Phyllis’ family says she was an accomplished piano player, an outstanding hostess and excellent cook, always making sure her kids had their favorite meals on their birthdays. She and her husband enjoyed rodeos, and made 10 trips to the national finals in Las Vegas. She was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, the La Grande Country Club, Rotary and Union County Ambassadors. Her family says she was a loving and generous person. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Jack C. and Cathie Saunders of Weiser, Grant Timothy and Debbie Saunders of Middleton, Idaho, Shelley J. and Randy Simmons of La Grande; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grande Ronde Home Health Hospice, P.O. Box 3290, La Grande 97850. La Grande Observer, Obituaries For The Week...
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