Location: Burley Idaho

Metcalf, Geraldine N. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Geraldine N. Metcalf, 85, of La Grande died July 31 at a local care center. A private service will be held. Mrs. Metcalf was born Aug. 19, 1920, to Lewis and Lucille Strange Ansell in Burley, Idaho. She married Robert Metcalf on Dec. 24, 1937, in La Grande, and worked at US Bank for 20 years. She enjoyed tole painting and traveling. Survivors include children and their spouses, Paul and Bert Metcalf of Summerville, and Keith and Kathy Metcalf of Umatilla; a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Thelma ansell of La Grande; five grandchildren; and other relatives. Her husband; two brothers, Gerald and Phillip; four sisters, Lula Harlow, Phillis Cochran, Florence Payne and Harriet Nygord; and a grandson, Kevin Metcalf; all died earlier. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital in Portland in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 5, 2006, Published: August 7,...

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Ellis, Jessica Ann – Obituary

Cpl. Jessica Ann Ellis, 24, was killed in action in Iraq on May 11. Her funeral Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker City. Bishop Thomas J. Connolly of the cathedral will celebrate the Mass. Full military honors will follow. Inurnment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. Jessica Ellis was born June 26, 1983, in Burley, Idaho. Jessica graduated from Lakeview High School in 2002. She was active in cross country, track and field and the swim team. She attended Central Oregon Community College for two years and worked for three summers as a Forest Service firefighter on the Fremont-Winema National Forest before joining the Army in 2004. A combat medic in the U.S. Army, Jessica served in the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) on her second tour of duty. During her military career, she earned the following awards and decorations: Bronze Star Medal, Posthumous; Purple Heart, Posthumous; Army Commendation Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Meritorious Unit Citation; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Combat Medical Badge; Combat Action Badge, Posthumous; and Weapons Qualifications, M4, expert. Jessica is remembered as an extraordinarily positive person, selfless and caring of everyone. She is survived by her parents, Steve and Linda;...

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Sorensen, William – Obituary

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. at The Langrell Mortuary Chapel for William Albert Sorensen, 81. He died Feb. 28, at his home. Sorensen, a native of Burley, Ida., was a retired farmer. He was a member of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is survived by his widow, Hazel, one step-daughter, Florence Ramey of Durkee; and one step-son, Chester Peterson of Wisconsin. Bishop George W. Gwilliam will officiate at the services with interment to follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. The Baker Veteran’s Service Organization will conduct graveside honors. Baker Democrat Herald – – March 4,...

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Berto, Genevieve A. Metzker Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Genevieve A. (Metzker) Berto was born Sept. 29, 1917, in Baker, (now Baker City) and entered into eternal rest on Nov. 21, 2004, in Boise, Idaho. Genevieve was born to Jeff Metzker and Lora Mae McClurg Metzker. There were seven children in the Metzker family, four boys and three girls. All graduated from school, some from college. Genevieve graduated from Baker High School in 1935. Genevieve met and married Earl Cock in 1940 and had two children, Larry and Lynda, and resided in Union and Baker. In 1944 Genevieve and Earl were divorced. Genevieve then went to work as a waitress at the Royal Café and Scots Café in Baker. In 1946 she married Robert Berto in Pasco, Wash. They had two boys, Ron and Roy Berto. They moved to Burley, Idaho, in 1949 where Genevieve worked at Ore-Ida Processing Plant. The family then moved to Boise, Idaho, in 1962. In 1965 Genevieve and Robert were divorced. Genevieve lived and worked in Boise since that time. Genevieve was employed at the Royal Restaurant as a cook for 14 years and then as the head cook at Hewlett Packard. She suffered a broken hip in 1980 ending her working years. Genevieve’s love for her family was very deep and she showed it in more ways than the family could count. She was known for her crocheting —...

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Nalley, Francis Ilene Fleck Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Francis Ilene Nalley, 80, died March 26, 2004, at the home of her son in Baker City. At her request, there will be no formal service. Family members will have their own time of remembrance and sharing of fond memories. Francis was born on Nov. 28, 1923, to Otto August and Cora Bell Lee Fleck at Burley, Idaho. She was raised in a large family being the 13th in a family of of 13 children. She graduated from Burley High School. After graduation, she met Robert Nolan Nalley. They were married on Nov. 17, 1947, at Emmett, Idaho. They had four children: Don, Bert, Chuck and Judy. She enjoyed her role as a wife and mother. She took time to knit, crochet and read. One very fond memory is that of her making the famous Idaho Spuds, bite size, with the kids. She also enjoyed baking with her grandchildren. Dominick in particular, learned the art in making a pumpkin pie. Her most favorite times of the year were making the holiday meals. Francis was a quiet person and truly kept to herself. For most of her life she lived in various towns in Idaho. She worked for a time at the Veterans Hospital in Boise as an auxiliary member. In July of last year she moved in with her son, Chuck, and daughter-in-law, Lori. A favorite...

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Harris, Leonard H. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Leonard H. Harris, 80, a longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 14, 2004, with his family by his side. His funeral will be at 10 a.m., Saturday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Leonard’s son in law, Rod Wright of Baker City will officiate. Visitations will be until 8 o’clock tonight at Gray’s West & Co. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Leonard was born on May 2, 1923, at Wynne, Ark., to Steve and Floie Harris. He married Mildred V. France on May 24, 1941. He joined the U.S. Army in 1943, serving our country during World War II. He received the Bronze Star, fighting under General Patton. Leonard and Mildred moved to the Northwest in 1951 and raised their family in Baker City. They later moved to Burley, Idaho, where Leonard retired in April 1984, after 28 years of service with Chevron Pipeline Co. After traveling several years, they returned to Baker City in 1989. “Our beloved father was devoted to his family,” his children said. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Survivors include his three children, Carol and Rod Wright of Baker City, Craig Harris of Nampa, Idaho, and Patricia and Jimmie Muckleroy of League City, Texas; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving wife,...

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Harris, Mildred Virginia France Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Mildred Virginia Harris, 80, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 5, 2002, at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Ed Niswender of Calvary Baptist Church will officiate. Visitations will be from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. Mildred was born on Sept. 10, 1921, at Wynne, Ark., to Walter and Emma France. She married Leonard H. Harris on May 24, 1941. They moved to the Northwest and raised their family in Baker City. They later moved and retired at Burley, Idaho, in April 1984. She was a devoted wife and mother and active in her church for many years. She faithfully served her Lord by teaching Sunday school and participating in other forms of ministry. After retirement, they traveled extensively throughout the states, returning to Baker City in 1989. “Our beloved wife and mother was much loved and will be greatly missed,” her family said. “Her sweet spirit will live on in our hearts forever.” Survivors include her loving husband and three children: Carol and Rod Wright of Baker City, Craig Harris of Pendleton and Patricia and Jimmie Muckleroy of Baytown, Texas; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death...

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Firkins, Marion Eunice Birdwell Mrs. – Obituary

Marion Eunice Firkins, 67, of Burley, Idaho, and a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 26, 2001, at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise. Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 8 at the Burley Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which she was a member. Mrs. Firkins was born in July 1934 to Allen Preston and Mary Lois Teague Birdwell at Childress, Texas. Her father worked as a stillman for Emeral Oil and Gas Co. making gasoline at the refinery at Wickett, Texas, for many years. He transferred to Artesia, N.M., to the New Mex refinery as stillman in 1948. He died in October 1950. Mrs. Firkins was the middle child of a family of five children. She attended school at Wickett-Monahans, Texas, and Artesia, N.M. She was divorced from her first husband in 1963. She worked at cafes and truck stops as a cook and waitress. She met and married Richard Firkins and they teamed up as long-haul truck drivers for many years until her health began to fail. Mr. Firkins gave up truck driving to take care of his wife. She made beautiful crafts and oil paintings and she loved to fish. Survivors include her husband, Richard Firkins of Burley; her mother, Mary Lois Erwin of Baker City; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Hicks of Graham, Texas; a brother, Jerry D. Birdwell of Fort...

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