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Ivolene Dunn Bates, 78, of Baker City died April 28, 2006, at her home.
Her graveside service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St. Pastor Jack Bynum will officiate.
Ivolene was born on May 12, 1927, at King County, Wash., to William and Lucy Combs. She moved to Baker City at a very young age. Ivolene was a 1945 Baker High graduate. She then met and married Charles E. “Deke” Dunn in November of the same year.
She was a housewife and mother in her early years, then went to work for Fabian and Dan Mack’s Jewelry Stores for a number of years. She enjoyed working with and for the public. Ivolene had a great sense of humor and was fun to be around.
She enjoyed being outdoors, and going fishing whenever she could. Later in her years, she met Henry Bates. They were married in April of 2000.
She will be missed deeply by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister; five brothers; and her first husband.
Survivors include her brother, Pete Combs of Eureka, Calif.; her daughter, Claudette, and her husband, Larry Van Dusen of Parker, Ariz., Tom and his wife, Mary Dunn, of Baker City; three stepchildren, Alicia of Redmond, Wayne of Roseburg, and Joy of Boise; and her husband, Henry Bates of Baker City; grandchildren, JoDee Endicott and her fiance, Homer Relaford, of Baker City, Janee Endicott of Kent, Wash., Jill Reed Gomez and her husband, Jose, of Kent, Wash., Keith Dunn and his wife, Jill, of Baker City, and Curtis Dunn of Baker City; five great-grandchildren; and a number of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 12, 2006
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor