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Elaine Betty “Hap” Leigh, 84, of Baker City, who was nicknamed “Happy” by a close friend, died May 5, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Nursing Home.
There will be a Celebration of Life service at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Monte Loyd of Harvest Church will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the home of Bill and Cindy Leigh.
Elaine was born on April 27, 1921, at Wingville to Percy Huston Lewis and Thelma Alice Petersen-Lewis. She was born a twin with Adele Lewis-Williams. She lived most of her life in the Baker City area. She also spent a short time in Pendleton and the Portland area.
Elaine married Chester Ingram on July 5, 1938. They had three children, Lyle Chester Ingram, Judy Diane Ingram and Carl Lewis “Lewy” Ingram.
She married William Paul Leigh on June 7, 1947. They had two children, William Paul Leigh Jr. and Mary Alice Leigh.
Elaine worked as a waitress, a farm hand and a cook. She enjoyed going on picnics with friends and family, traveling to the mountains and the Snake River area, camping, fishing, cooking, knitting, crocheting and she had an enormous love for animals.
She was a loving person with a very kind heart. She will be missed by her friends and family. She had a sense of humor and livened things up wherever she was.
Survivors include two sisters, Zena Edwards and Faye Edge, both of Baker City; a son, Lyle Ingram of San Diego; daughter, Judy Ingram of Baker City; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Cindy Leigh of Baker City; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Lon Nalder of Oxbow; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William P. Leigh; a son, Carl Lewis Ingram; a sister, Adele Williams; and a granddaughter, Diana Francis-Hulick.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 13, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor