Location: Gresham Oregon

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...

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Hartley, Jane R. – Obituary

Mrs. Jane R. Hartley Dies At Home Here Mrs. Jane R. Hartley died at her home in Gresham on Monday morning at 4 o’clock, after an illness lasting several months. Her age was 74 years, 3 months and 27 days. Mrs. Hartley was born in Yorkville, Illinois, September 20, 1841. Her maiden name was Jane R. Alford. She married to W. T. Hartley 56 years ago in Morris, Illinois, from where they went to Kansas, later coming to Oregon, settling in this state in 1880. They have been residents of Gresham for several years, having come here from eastern Oregon. Besides her husband she left eight living children, as follows: Mrs. S. S. Thompson, Gresham; Mrs. R. A. Stockdale and Mrs. Ben Pilcher, Walla Walla; Grace Wilson, Dayton, Washington; Nettie Mattison, Shabona, Illinois; Alfred and Roy Hartley, Wallowa, Oregon; C. B. Hartley, Elgin Oregon. One, Cora, died in infancy. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 11 o’clock from the Gresham M. E. church, Dr. Alfred Thompson officiating. Burial will be made in Mt. Scott cemetery. Gresham Outlook Gresham, Multnomah County, Oregon, Tuesday, January 18, 1916 Last Earthly Rites For Mrs. Hartley     The funeral of Mrs. Jane R. Hartley, whose death was announced on Tuesday in the Outlook, took place on Wednesday from the Gresham, M. E. church. Dr. Alfred Thompson officiated. The pall bearers were George Sleret, Peter...

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Smith, Carol May – Obituary

La Grande, Orregon Carol May Smith, 76, of Gresham died July 5. A graveside service will be conducted at Island City Cemetery in Island City at 2:30 p.m. July 27. Mrs. Smith was born July 23, 1929, in La Grande to Clayton and Edith English Hargett. Her grandparents were homesteaders in Oregon. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1947 and then from Eastern Oregon College in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Mrs. Smith was an elementary teacher in Prineville and then decided to go back to school at the University of Oregon where she obtained a master’s of education in 1953. For several more years she taught high school in Harrisburg, Joseph and Wallowa. On June 9, 1956, she married Roland E. “Smitty” Smith on her parents’ ranch near La Grande. She returned to the University of Oregon in the 1960s and received a master’s of science with a librarianship major in 1967. In 1968 the Smiths moved to Lubbock, Texas, where she worked for 18 years at Texas Tech University as a reference librarian. After retiring, they moved to Gresham in 1986. Mrs. Smith was a well-organized woman and in earlier years liked to sew and knit. She and Smitty enjoyed their bridge clubs, where Carol was one of the top players. She loved to work on jigsaw puzzles, to garden, read, take...

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Headley, Lyle Walter – Obituary

Lyle Walter Headley, 80, of La Grande, died Oct. 3 at his home. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the La Grande Church of the Nazarene. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements. Lyle was born on July 7, 1927, to Clarence and Margaret (Paulison) Headley in Omaha, Neb. During World War II he served with the Merchant Marines. On Jan. 8, 1950, he married Lillian Ruth McIntyre in Ralston, Neb. They lived in Nebraska for a time before moving to California where he was a self-employed heavy equipment operator. In 1969 they moved to the Gresham area. They later returned to California before residing in Chiloquin. His wife preceded him in death on June 28, 1998. In 2002 he moved to La Grande, which quickly became a favorite place of his. Lyle was a member of the Lions Club and the American Legion. He was a former member of the Elks Lodge. He was a handyman that could fix about anything. He enjoyed woodworking, mechanics and remodeling. He also enjoyed car racing and vintage automobiles. Those who knew him say he was best known for his quirky sense of humor that will be missed by many. Survivors include his children, Ruth Russell of Sweet Home, Sharon and Steve Helfrich of Boring and Mary and Pat Hoffman of La Grande; several grandchildren;...

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Aylward, Ruby Lamara – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Ruby Lamara Aylward, 95, formerly of Joseph and Elgin, died in her sleep on Sept. 2 in Gresham. She will be cremated and buried with her husband of 67 years, William Quintin Aylward, in the Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla during a private service. Affordable Funeral Alternatives in Gresham is in charge of arrangements. Ruby was born April 19, 1912, in Pomeroy, Wash. She later married William Q. Aylward, a farmer. They moved to Joseph in 1947, and in 1952 moved to Elgin, where they farmed for more than 45 years. She lived at the Fairlawn Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Gresham for the past three years. Those who knew her say her passion in life was her family and their well-being; she always put others first. She was a Methodist. She is survived by her children, Michael Aylward of Soldotna, Alaska, Richard Aylward of Gresham, Martina Aylward of Redding, Calif., and Berna Dean Frederick of Palmer, Alaska. La Grande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending September 8, 2007 Published: September 8,...

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Steffensen, JoAnn Daniels – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon JoAnn “Jody” Daniels Steffensen, 70, formerly of La Grande, died Dec. 18 at Regency Gresham in Gresham after a two-year fight with brain tumors and C.O.P.D. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel in La Grande. JoAnn, or Jody as most people knew her, was born April 8, 1937, to Charles and Elfie Daniels in Driggs, Idaho. She was the youngest of 20 children. While still a young girl, her family moved to Baker City. At about 13, she moved to Spalding, Neb., where she went to high school and participated as a cheerleader for the basketball team. After high school, Jody traveled to many parts of the U.S., including Alaska, Oregon, Arizona and Wyoming, and to British Columbia, Canada. She completed courses for both Max Factor and Revlon Cosmetics in 1957. Later in life, Jody returned to school and graduated in the top percentage of her class from the La Grande College of Business before going on to Eastern Oregon State College. Jody held many jobs in many professions before finding her calling as a caregiver. She was employed with New Day Enterprises for many years in La Grande where she was a care provider and group home manager. Those who knew her say her specialty was creating a loving home for those who were in her care. In...

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Quint, Merle Frances – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Merle Frances Quint, 93, formerly of Union County, died Nov. 17 in Gresham. A private graveside service and burial is planned to take place at the Island City Cemetery. Merle was born Oct. 24, 1914, to Ella Dell Walker and Kenny Worth Smith in Perry. She had six brothers and went to school in Perry, Pondosa and Baker. She graduated from high school in 1932 and graduated from Eastern Oregon College with a teaching degree. Her first teaching job was at Starkey where she had seven students – two girls and five boys. She spent her second year teaching at Mount Emily Lumber Camp. Her wages were $125 a month, her housing was provided and she bought three meals a day at 25 cents each. This class had 30 students, including seven first-graders. She taught there for two years before she was hired to teach in Hilgard for $150 a month. She was there for two years. In August 1939, Merle married Edgar LeRoy Quint in Weiser, Idaho. They lived in Stanfield, The Dalles and Union for most of their lives. For four years the couple moved to Mangla, Pakistan, where Merle taught elementary school. Those who knew Merle say she was a well-respected teacher who loved her career. She taught for 35 years. Merle’s husband died in 1980, and she eventually moved to Eagle Creek....

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Harvey, Edna Irene – Obituary

Edna Irene Harvey, 99, of La Grande, died March 19 at home. A service will begin at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Eternal Hill Cemetery in Oceanside, Calif. Family and friends may sign the guest book online at www.danielsknopp.com . Edna was born Oct. 18, 1908, to Allan and Daisy (Cox) Reeves in Springhill, La. She married Leonard Burr “Buck” Harvey, and they lived in Gresham, Pendleton and Texas. In 1969, they moved to Oceanside. She was active in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Oceanside and with ladies’ organizations. The couple loved working in their yard and always kept it beautiful. Her husband preceded her in death on March 13, 1999. Three years ago, Edna moved to La Grande. Survivors include her daughter, Carol “Joyce” O’Connor of Carlsbad, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Myrna Stertz of La Grande; four grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her sons, Doyle Harvey and Dennis Harvey Sr.; and granddaughter, Judy Aldrich. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 29, 2008 – Published March 26, 2008 Submitted by Dixie...

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O’Mohundro, Leslie Ann – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Leslie Ann O’Mohundro, 58, of Gresham and formerly of La Grande, died April 7. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Omega Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements. Leslie was born June 23, 1949, in Pendleton. She moved to Portland 20 years ago, but was raised in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School and attended Eastern Oregon University. She worked as a salesperson at Linen N’ Things and Meier and Frank. Survivors include her father, Lewis R. O’Mohundro; mother, Dorothy O’Mohundro; brothers, Lee Roy O’Mohundro and Richard L. O’Mohundro; and sister, Sue O’Mohundro-Bailey. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society. La Grande Observer, Obituaries for the week ending April 12,...

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Vincent , James Douglas – Obituary

Ukiah, Oregon James “Doug” Douglas Vincent, 73, of Ukiah, died April 7 in Gresham. At his request no services will be held. Burial was at the Ukiah Cemetery. Gresham Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Doug was born Oct. 17, 1934, to Cecil and Ruth (Dawson) Vincent in St. Louis. When Doug was 6, the family moved from Missouri to Tillamook where Doug was raised and educated. At 16, he purchased a log truck and moved to Eastern Oregon where he met and married the love of his life, Patsy Sheff, on Aug. 14, 1955. The couple had five children. Doug logged in Union, Wallowa and Umatilla counties. In 1964, they moved to Alaska where Doug owned and operated Specialized Truck Parts & Service. In 1984 Doug and Patsy moved back to Ukiah, where they opened and operated Dan’s Ukiah Service, a hunters’ travel stop. Doug bred and raised Healer dogs and rabbits. He loved the Ukiah valley and enjoyed caring for the local bird population and engaging in political discussions. Doug is survived by his wife of 52 years in Ukiah; three daughters, Dellena Levan of Wasilla, Alaska, Vonnie Ceja and Terrie Lockwood of Gresham; son, Daniel Vincent of Ukiah; sister, Rosemary Vincent of Boliver, Mo.; brother, John Vincent of Gresham; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Doug was preceded in death by his son, Douglas Allen Vincent...

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Molstrom, Wilma Ferisk – Obituary

Wilma F. Molstrom of Adams died Wednesday evening [September 8, 1971] at Pendleton Community Hospital. She was 52. She was born near Gresham Nov. 15, 1908. She was married to Frank Molstrom Feb. 15, 1946, at Vancouver, Wash. They had lived on a farm near Adams since their marriage. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Garden Club, Pendleton Grain Growers Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary and Community Hospital Auxiliary, all of Pendleton. Survivors are the widower and two nephews, Eugene Riggs and Charles Riggs, both of Portland. Funeral will be Saturday. [Interment at Olney Cemetery] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Farnsworth, Hazel Myrtle Mason – Obituary

Hazel M. Farnsworth, 77, resident of 620 SE 2nd Ave., Canby, was dead on arrival at Willamette Falls Hospital, Monday night [March 29]. She was born to Charles and Lina Mason of Appalachian, New York, March 5, 1889 and came to Oregon when she was a young girl. She lived between Portland and Gresham prior to coming to the Canby area in 1930. She was married to Jesse Farnsworth at Portland, August 21, 1920 and he survives. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Canby, charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Canby, member of World War I Veterans Auxiliary barracks 205, Molalla. She was a charter member and organized the gold star mothers here at Canby and was a past department president of the gold star mothers, State of Oregon. Surviving besides her husband Jesse are two sons, Ray Farnsworth of Canby, Bert Farnsworth of Jennings Lodge; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. One son, Loren passed away in World War II. Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Canby Chapel of Everhart & Kent with the Rev. George Boner officiating. Interment will be at Zion Memorial Park, Canby. The Canby Herald, March 31, 1976 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Hobbs, Julia B. Dahl Mrs. – Obituary

Julia B. Hobbs, 82, a resident of Gresham, OR., and former resident of Baker City died Saturday, March 16 at Kaiser Hosp. in Portland, Oregon. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm Monday March 25 at the Haines Cemetery, pastor Dennis Schmidt of the First Lutheran Church of Baker City will officiate. Friends may call for visitation on Sunday, March 24 from 1:00 until 4:00 pm at Grays West and Co. Pioneer Chapel. Julia was the daughter of Henry and Nina Jackson Dahl. She received her education and graduated from Muddy Creek High School near Haines in 1926. After graduation she attended E. OR. College. She returned to Baker City working as a manager for Rosanna Dress Shop, also working for Newberger and Heilner and C.C. Anderson Co. in Retail Sales. Mrs. Hobbs, after her college taught back in the Muddy Creek School at the elementary grade level. While resident of the home community she was for some time the correspondent for the Record-Courier. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law; H. Raymond and Martha Hobbs of Gladstone, OR.; granddaughter; Cherylyn M. Wilson of Gresham; Great grandchildren; Jason M. and Kimberly D. Wilson of Gresham. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and a granddaughter. Those wishing to make memorial contributions in the memory of Mrs. Hobbs, may direct them to the American Cancer Soc.,...

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Gargan, Vivian W. Dening Mrs. – Obituary

Vivian W. Gargan, 85, a former longtime Baker City resident, died May 15, 2005, at her home in Caldwell, Idaho. Her funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Rev. Lewis Hank Albrecht of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Vivian was born Oct. 24, 1919, at Portland to Alfred and Hilja Johanna Taskinen Dening. Vivian was raised in Gresham and graduated from Gresham High School. She married James F. Gargan on Oct. 22, 1949, in Baker City. The couple raised five sons. Vivian was a member of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker City, and a longtime member of the St. Francis Altar Society. She lived a very private life, and loved the outdoors and farm living. She enjoyed painting, and on Friday afternoons shopping and having coffee and dessert with her sister, Juanita, and friends. Vivian is survived by her sons: Bruce and his wife, Shelley, of Caldwell; Greg and his wife, Lacy, of Seattle; Michael and his wife, Natania, of Okinawa, Japan; Thomas of Boise; and Richard of Baker City; her sister, Juanita Wright of Baker City; and nine grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon in care of Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box...

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Sutton, Lurley A. Sass Mrs. – Obituary

Lurley A. Sutton, 78, of Gresham, a former Baker County resident, died March 2, 2005, at Fairlawn Good Samaritan Care Center in Gresham after a long illness. There will be a celebration of her life at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Buckhorn Restaurant Banquet Room in Vernonia. Lurley Alveda Sass Sutton was born on Nov. 22, 1926, at Richland to Claus and Alveda Morrison Sass. She was raised and educated at Richland. After her high school graduation, Lurley moved to Portland. She worked for the Army Corps of Engineers where Lurley met her future sister-in-law, Madge Heman, who introduced her to Clyde. She married Clyde Sutton on June 30, 1946, at Richland. After their marriage they made their home at Vernonia. Clyde and Lurley celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary just two days before his death in 2001. Among her interests, Lurley enjoyed doing for her family and friends. She was an excellent cook — just ask anyone who had one of her infamous cotton-filled biscuits. She also enjoyed sewing and crocheting. Lurley loved to socialize. She also was preceded in death by her parents, Claus and Alveda Sass. Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Jerry Bruce of Gresham and Sherry and Jerry Hays of La Grande; two grandchildren, Sandy Meshke, and her husband, Steve, of Warrenton and Jason Hays and his wife, Rheadean, of La Grande; and...

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