Location: Athena Oregon

Gerking, Samuel – Obituary

Samuel Gerking, covered wagon pioneer of 1862, died yesterday evening at 3:50 at the family residence, 1314 Washington Street at the age of 84 years after having lived in The Dalles for about 19 years. He came here from Umatilla County. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon from Crandall’s. Interment will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. No announcement was made today of the minister who will officiate or of pallbearers for the services. Samuel Gerking was born in Indiana, November 24, 1844. He crossed the plains in 1862 and settled in Umatilla County. He lived in and near Athena until 1910 when he moved to The Dalles and had made his home here ever since. He was married to Miss Martha A. Smith at Athena, July 22, 1886. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Martha A. Gerking, and five sons, Frank, Leonard, Ralph, Halbert, and William C., all of The Dalles; seven daughters, Mrs. Effie Toole of Merrill, Ore., Mrs. Mildred Patterson of Portland, Mrs. Lloyd Jennings of Seattle, Mrs. Della Perry of Hood River, Mrs. Alta Zobrist of Seattle and Mrs. Lynn Doyle and Mrs. Ethel Leabo of The Dalles. He also leaves 26 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; a brother, Martin and a sister, Mrs. Angie Junkins of Portland. The Dalles Weekly Chronicle, April 25, 1929 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Burnett, Ruth Loretta Scott Mrs. – Obituary

Long-time Hermiston resident, Ruth Loretta Scott-Burnett, died August 1, 1995, at Good Shepherd Community Hospital in Hermiston. She was 88 years of age. She was born on March 16, 1907 in Athena, the daughter of Arthur and Daisy Bryson-Scott. She graduated from the University of Washington and the taught kindergarden and high school in Stanfield and kindergarden in Seneca. On November 13, 1928, she married William Earl Burnett in La Grande. She was a member of the Stanfield Rebekah Lodge, Stanfield Study Club, Stanfield Grange Faith Presbyterian Church, Echo Womens Golf Club, Theta Rho Advisor and a master bridge player. She also played the piano for the Hope and Faith Presbyterian churches. She is survived by her husband, William Earl (Mick) Burnett of Hermiston; daughters, Lora Looman of Bend, Phyllis Whittington of Portland; and son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Kathy Burnett of Stanfield; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Kay Martinez. Memorial services were held Saturday, August 5, at the Faith Presbyterian Church in Hermiston. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, August, 1995 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

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Collins, Ruby Banister Payne Mrs. – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon Ruby P. Collins, 90, formerly of Joseph and Athena, died Monday, October 19, 1987 at Hillsboro. She was born April 10, 1897, at Athena, the daughter of Bern and Mary Pinkerton Banister. She was a member of Athena High School’s first graduating class. In 1916, she married Ross Payne. The couple farmed in the Adams area and had ranching interests at Joseph. Payne died in 1949, but she continued their farming and ranching until her retirement. During World War II she worked as a mechanic at the Pendleton Air Base and also received awards as an airplane spotter. In 1954, she married James Collins at Milton Freewater. The couple was noted in Milton Freewater for their support of the high school sports programs……(rest of article missing) Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, October 29, 1987 page 2 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

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Wart, William, Sr. – Obituary

Promise, Oregon William Wart Sr. William Jay Wart Sr., 75 of Rt. 1, Weston, died May 28, 1985, at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton. The graveside service was at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Enterprise Cemetery, Enterprise, Ore. The Rev. Edward Morrison officiated. Wart was born July 21, 1909, in Baker, Ore., to Louis and Florence Wilcox Wart. The family moved to Promise, Ore. in 1913. He attended Enterprise schools and then worked with his father and area farmers on Alder Slope, near Enterprise. On Dec. 20, 1935, he married Olive “Dollie” P. Heskett in Enterprise. He worked as a mechanic there. In 1945, the couple moved to The Dalles, living there until they returned to Enterprise in 1947. In 1963, the moved to Athena and Wart worked at the Athena Garage, retiring in 1975. He built a cabin on Weston Mountain where they retired. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Athena. Wart is survived by his wife, at home; one son, Bill Wart Jr. of Kennewick; two daughters, Lois Spano of Virginia and Grace Bonavita of Bridgeport, Conn.; one brother, Fritz Wart of San Diego; and three grandchildren. A sister preceded him in death. Valley Herald, Milton-Freewater, OR, Wednesday, 5 June 1985, Page 2. Contributed by Robert C....

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Clark, Rena – Obituary

Paradise, Oregon Rena E. Clark, a former resident of Athena, died Sept. 23, 2007, at the St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton. She was 90. Mrs. Clark was born April 27, 1917, in Paradise to James and Anne Beeman Winters. She was one of 15 children. She attended schools in Paradise and later graduated from White Salmon High School in White Salmon, Wash. She married Charlie R. Tinsley on Feb. 22, 1934, in Enterprise, where he farmed and worked in the sawmills. The couple later moved to Adams in 1957. He died in 1962. Mrs. Clark moved to Athena and later married Everett Clark on July 17, 1967, in Lewiston, Idaho. He preceded her in death in 1983. She enjoyed working on crossword puzzles and doing handiwork. Mrs. Clark is survived by three sons, Lawrence Tinsley of Marysville, Wash., Charles Tinsley of Pasco, Wash., and Delbert Tinsley of California; two daughters, Karen Bryson of Pendleton and Sue Widner of Pilot Rock; three sisters, Bertha Prince of Union, Alta Anderson of Estacada and Wilma Tippett of Lostine and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands; two sons, James and Michael Tinsley; four brothers, Vancil Buck Winters, Virgil Winters, Percy Winters and Willard Bill Winters; and seven sisters, Armentia Winters, Violet Sasser, Pearl Sasser, Goldie Collinsworth, Sylvia Stubbs, Bessie Fleser and Leatha Royes. Funeral services were...

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Lockett, James H. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon James (Jim) H. Lockett, 78, of McMinnville and formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 26 at the Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville. There will be an 11 a.m. memorial service today at the First Baptist Church in McMinnville with Pastor Kent Harrop officiating. A private family burial will be at the Enterprise Cemetery. Mr. Lockett was born in La Grande June 16, 1928, to Arden Carmen and Gwendolyn Bell Lockett. He spent the first six years of his life in Kamela. He finished grade school in La Grande, attended high school in Athena and graduated from Eastern Oregon College in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He went on to complete a master’s degree at OSU. While at EOC, he met Reita Murrey, and on Aug. 5, 1950, they married in Enterprise. They made their home in McMinnville, where he was an elementary school principal for 31 years and taught for five years. He was a trustee on the OEA Board during his teaching career and retired in 1986. He published two books, one in 1995 and one in 2005, both collections of his columns on the history of Yamhill County. He was active in Kiwanis and volunteered at the Evergreen Aviation Museum and for the Red Cross. His hobbies included researching his family genealogy, studying Oregon geology, flying, making stained glass, gardening, painting,...

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Snodgrass, Janice A. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon 1942-2007 Janice Ann Snodgrass, 64, of La Grande and formerly of Union, died March 8 at the Oregon Health and Science University hospital in Portland. A graveside service is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday at the Island City Cemetery. A celebration of life dinner will follow at the La Grande First Christian Church, 901 Penn Ave. Viewing will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande. Janice was born May 30, 1942, to Richard and Ruth (Gruis) Young in La Grande. She was raised in La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School. On March 19, 1961, she married Russell Snodgrass in La Grande. They lived in Athena from 1969 to 1977. Janice greatly enjoyed her grandchildren, family and friends. Her hobbies were scrapbooking and card stamping. She was a member of the La Grande First Christian Church and Island City TOPS. Survivors include her husband, Russell of La Grande; children, Robyn Moore of Union and Heidi Talbert of Pilot Rock; twin sister, Joyce Foster of Portland; eight grandchildren; and other relatives. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel 1508 Fourth Street, La Grande 97850. The Observer publishes free obituaries as a community service. Obituaries are edited to fit news guidelines. Photos are encouraged. Paid space is available...

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Wagoner, Terry L. – Obituary

Terry L. Wagoner, 53, of Athena and formerly of La Grande, died Feb. 23 at his home. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Christian Church in Pendleton with Pastor Mark Mullins officiating. An additional celebration of life will be planned at a later date in La Grande. Terry was born Oct. 24, 1954, to Paul D. and Barbara L. Newcomb Wagoner in La Grande. He attended area schools and graduated from Imbler High School in 1972. On Aug. 11, 1973, he married Tina Pugh in La Grande. Later that year, he began working for the Union Pacific Railroad. He eventually became a conductor and retired in 2005 due to a disability. Terry enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing and picking mushrooms in his “secret patch.” Those who knew him say he loved his family, especially his five grandchildren. Terry is survived by his wife, Tina Wagoner; two daughters, Melissa Wagoner of Stanfield and Kami Combe of Heppner; parents, Paul and Barbara Wagoner of Summerville; grandmother, Essie Wagoner of Summerville; three brothers, Orrin Wagoner of Elgin, Mike Wagoner of Summerville and twin brother, Larry Wagoner of Spokane; sister, Darlene Arritola of La Grande; five grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to any charity in care of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater 97862. La Grande Observer...

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Schwenn, Daphne Molstrom – Obituary

The funeral for Daphne Mabel (Molstrom) Schwenn will begin 2 p.m. Friday at Folsom-Bishop Funeral Chapel in Pendleton, with vault interment at Olney Cemetery. Mrs. Schwenn, 82, formerly of Pendleton and Athena, died Monday, Dec. 15, 1986, at the Federal Way Convalescent Center in Federal Way, Wash. She was a resident of Greenlake, Wash. Born in Pendleton, May 27, 1904, she was the daughter of Elsie Lee (Bowman) and Abe Molstrom. She was graduated from Pendleton High School in 1921 and from Willamette University in 1925; then took post-graduate work at both the University of California and Oregon State University. She taught school in Huntington, Adrian and Athens before moving in 1941 to Seattle, where she worked in the accounting department of Boeing Aircraft. In 1954 she married Earl Schwenn at Seattle. She retired in the 1960s and was divorced. She then worked as supervisor for Martha Washington School for Girls, retiring there in 1970. Mrs. Schwenn was active in the Rebekah Lodge of Greenlake, Wash., and the United Methodist Church there. Survivors include brother Frank Molstrom of Pendleton. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Molstrom, John Adolph – Obituary

John A. Molstrom, 93, Adams pioneer rancher, died Monday [August 7, 1967] at Pendleton Community Hospital. Mr. Molstrom was born June 6, 1873 in Calumet, Mich. He was son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Molstrom, among the earliest of Umatilla County pioneers. He came west at the age of three. The family first came to San Francisco, then moved to Centerville, Wash., and then to Athena. He was married to Hilda Planting in 1905, and they farmed in the Adams area for almost 60 years. They retired in 1955 and moved to Pendleton. Mrs. Molstrom died Aug. 2, 1964. He was a life-long member of the Apostolic Lutheran Church. He is survived by three daughters; Florence Lorenzen, Vernita Reeder, both of Pendleton, and Esther Hansen, Canyon City; brother, Henry; two sisters, Mrs. [Maria] David Nelson, and Mrs. [Mamie] Alfred Somppi, Pendleton; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Folsoms’ Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. [Interment at Olney Cemetery] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Hunot, Lulu E. Campbell – Obituary

Graveside service for Lulu E. Hunot, 89, of Pendleton, will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Olney Cemetery. Mrs. Hunot was bon Dec. 26, 1905, in Athena, the daughter of William A. and Susan Ogle Campbell. She died Thursday, Dec. 29, 1994, at Elzora Manor in Milton-Freewater. She grew up and spent most of her life in or near Pendleton. She attended St. Joseph’s Academy in Pendleton and married Fred P. Hunot in Pendleton on July 3, 1921. He died in 1943. Mrs. Hunot was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Eagles, 28 Ladies Auxiliary, Pauline, Rebekah Lodge, 13 Order of Odd Fellows, Woodman of the World, Camp 41, Elks, Supreme Emblem Club 509, St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary, and the Pioneer Ladies Club. Survivors include her sons Frederick E. Hunot of Ojai, Calif., and Arthur W. Hunot of Yakima; brother Bob Campbell of Helix; eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Norma Kononen, brother William Campbell and sister Myrtle. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Kononen, Norma Catherine Hunt – Obituary

Norma C. Kononen, 67, of Helix, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1992, at Amber Valley Care Center in Pendleton. A graveside funeral service will be held at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Friends may call at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday. Mrs. Kononen was born May 19, 1925 at Athena to Frederick P. and Lulu Campbell Hunot. On Aug. 24, 1945, she married George L. Kononen at Walla Walla [married in Pendleton]. She had been a resident of Helix since 1945 and was deputy clerk for the Helix School District for 41 years. She was active in Helix Ladies Aid and the Helix Missionary and was active in the County School business Officials Association. Her husband died in 1989. Survivors include her mother, Lulu Hunot of Pendleton; daughters, Joyce Robertson of Boise, Idaho, and Kathy Comstock and Sally Blanc, both of Pendleton; brothers, Fred Hunot of Ojai, Calif. , and Art Hunot of Yakima and five grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Helix Student Loan Fund, directly or through Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 480, Pendleton, Ore. 97801. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Tucker, Cecile A. Bannister Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Cecile A. Tucker, 101, of Baker City, died March 28, 2004, at Ashley Manor in Ontario. There will be a family graveside service at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Prairie Creek Cemetery near Joseph with vault interment afterward. Mrs. Tucker was born on Oct. 6, 1902, at Athena to Samuel Stokes and Etta Elizabeth Read Bannister. She was raised at Weston and Enterprise, receiving much of her education at Enterprise. She married Grant Monroe Tucker at Enterprise on Oct. 18, 1920. They lived at Union. After Mr. Tucker’s death she moved to Baker City to be with her family. Mrs. Tucker was a member of the Union Women’s Club and Eastern Star. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Nadine and Norman Baxter of Baker City; grandsons, Greg Baxter and Dean Baxter, both of Baker City, and Grant Baxter of Fruitland, Idaho; granddaughter, Maxine Christofferson, of Lehi, Utah; 24 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a daughter. Coles Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 2, 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Gould, Doris Jo “Darcie” Williams Mrs. – Obituary

Doris Jo “Darcie” Gould, 57, of Athena, a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 10, 2002, at her home. Her memorial service was at 2 p.m. today at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home at Milton-Freewater. The Rec. Jeff Beazley of the Bethel Baptist Church at Milton-Freewater officiated. Mrs. Gould was born on Dec. 6, 1944, at Glover, Okla., to Elmer S. and Lucille F. Powell Williams. She grew up and attended schools at Glover. At the age of 17, she moved to Texas. She married Jay E. Gould on Dec 31, 1963, at Hugo, Okla. The couple lived in Texas for 15 years before moving back to Oklahoma where they lived until 1992. They next moved to Baker City and then to Athena in 1998. Mrs. Gould loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and painting. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. Mrs. Gould expressed her love for the outdoors by painting. Her paintings had won her numerous awards and she donated many of them to communities, businesses and clinics in towns from Oklahoma to Oregon. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Jay E. Gould of Athena; a daughter, Voncille Sanderst of Baker City; a son, Herschel Gould of Irrigon; three sisters, Shirley Jackson of Baker City, Wilma Jackson of Wright, Okla., and Orgaree Jackson of Glover, Okla.; two brothers, Jimmy Williams of...

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