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Williamson, Buena – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Buena Williamson Buena Jean Williamson died September 4, 2005, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. She was 71 years old. Mrs. Williamson was born Feb. 20, 1934 in Bend, Oregon to Arthur and Grace Barton. She graduated from Joseph High School in Joseph in 1952. She married Wayne Williamson on June 21, 1952. For many years she worked as a sales clerk and later a bank teller. In the 1990’s she worked at the Wallowa County Museum, where she specialized in antique clothing. Mrs. Williamson loved spending time camping and being in the outdoors. She was preceded in death by her husband and sister, and is survived by her children Mona Kay and Bill Williams of Joseph, Karen and Lee Zollman of Walla Walla, WA, her sister Aleene Alford, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Charlene and Dallas Williamson, grandchildren Clint Williams, Jared Williams, Lynn Zollman, Allison Hind, Nicholas Zollman, and her great-grandchild Alexis Williams. A memorial service was held Sept. 10, at Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise. Donations can be made in Mrs. Williams memory at the American Red Cross for victims of hurricane Katrina Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, September 15, 2005 Contributed by Dixie...

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Beaudoin, William Peter – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon William Peter Beaudoin Jr. died Sept. 8, 2005, at VA Cancer Center in Seattle, Washington. He was 79 years old. Beaudoin was born August 27, 1926 in Enterprise to William Peter Sr. and Alma Hattie Beaudoin. He graduated from Enterprise High School in 1944. Following school he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp and fought in World War II. He married Elizabeth Anna Burns on June 3, 1950. For 30 years he worked in construction and tended to the Beaudoin Ranch. During his retired life he became active in the VFW becomming the District Commander and All-American Department Commander for the state of Oregon. Beaudoin is survived by his wife, Betty Beaudoin of Enterprise, sons Pete Beaudoin of Enterprise, Richard Beaudoin of Portland, daughters Michelle Rhodes of Aberdeen, Wash., Renee Evarts of Enterprise and his two brothers Pierre and Paul Beaudoin. Memorial services were held Sept. 13 at the Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise. A Requiem mass was held on Sept. 14 at St. Katherine Catholic Church, which was followed by military internment at Enterprise Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Ladies Aux. Post or St. Katherine Catholic Church. Wallowa County Chieftain, Obituaries, Thursday, September 15, 2005 William Peter Beaudoin Jr., 79, of Enterprise died Sept. 8 at the VA Cancer Center in Seattle. A recitation of the Rosary will begin at 7 p.m....

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Seymour, Violet Isabel Johnson – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Violet Isabel Johnson Seymour died May 29, 2007 in Enterprise. She was 76. Mrs. Seymour was born Sept. 5, 1930, to Elmer and Evelyn Johnson in Saskatchewan, Canada. She married Gail Seymour on Jan 1. 1950. She was a professional bowler with a league for seven years. She worked for Boeing Company in the 1970’s, in real estate and with the Boeing Employees Credit Union. She retired from the BECU in 1983. She was a member of the Alpine Golf Course, was active in the Women’s Golf Club Leadership and a member of Civil Air Patrol, attaining the rank of Lt. Col. in Seattle, Wash. He loved fishing, camping, golfing and watching kid’s sports, including football, basketball, and soccer. She was a member of the Enterprise Christian Church. She is survived by her son Jim Seymour; daughters Laura and Randy Lanfell of Hayden Lake, Idaho, Betty and Sonny Settergren of Enterprise and Sherry and Bill Campbell of Valleyford, Wash.; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorial services will be held at the Enterprise Christian Church on June 8 at 4:30 p.m. Fellowship and food will follow the service. Wallowa County Chieftain, June 7, 2007 Contributed by Dixie...

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Carper, Joseph K. – Obituary

Services Held For Joe Carper Funeral Services were held at Centralia, Washington, Saturday, March 13, for Joseph K. Carper, former resident of Promise for many years. Mr. Carper passed away at the Swedish hospital in Seattle March 10, where he had been confined for a month. Mr. Carper was born in Raleigh County, West Virginia, on September 21, 1865, the son of George Washington and Delilah Carper. His father was a minister and came west in the 90’s moving into the La Grande and John Day country. Joe Carper was married when he was 17 years old and came west sometime in the late 1890’s with his family. They lived for a couple of years in the Grande Ronde valley before moving to a homestead in Promise, where they homesteaded 160 acres of grazing land. Mr. Carper went into the business of raising fruit and peddled his products through out the county. He raised fine fruit and was commonly called Huckleberry Joe. He was fond of hunting, usually kept a pack of hounds, and was employed as the first government hunter in the county about 30 years. Mr. Carper was the father of 17 children by his first wife. In 1920 he married Myrtle Voetburg and one child, Eugene, was born to this union. In 1925 Mr. and Mrs. Carper moved to Grants Pass where they lived a few...

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Cornwell, Elizabeth Ann – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Cornwell, a longtime resident of Wallowa County, died at the age of 89 on Oct. 24, 2005, at the Life Care Center in McMinnville. Cornwell was a poet with four books to her credit and also wrote a bi-weekly column for the Chieftain for over a decade. She was born on March 24, 1916, in Portland, the daughter of Ned and Irene Butler Hynson. She grew up in the Parkrose area of Portland and graduated from Grant High School. After high school she went on to attend the University of Oregon. While working on the assembly of airplanes at the Boeing plant in Seattle, Wash., she met Kenneth Cornwell, and they were married on Dec. 31, 1943, in Seattle. In 1949 the couple moved to Upper Prairie Creek near Joseph, where they farmed for many years. Her special interests were writing poetry and short stories, and her work was published in the Oregonian, Reader’s Digest, Ideal Magazine, Christian Science Monitor and other publications. She published her first book of poetry, “Rainbow and Rye,” in 1974; her other books included “Build Me a Bridge” (1984), “Moment Out of Time (1984); and “Sprinkle with Stars” (1996). “Animals and nature are my biggest inspiration … people come in a poor second,” she said during a Chieftain interview when her last book was published. At that time she...

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Conner, Joyce Lee – Obituary

Wallowa, Oregon Joyce Lee Conner died Aug. 29, 2006. She was 71. Mrs. Conner was born April 4, 1935, in Wallowa. She graduated from Wallowa High School in 1953. She did all of the artwork for her high school yearbook, was a song leader, a member of the student council, and was the basketball homecoming queen. She enjoyed hours of horse back riding with friends. After graduating from high school, she earned her certificate to become a dental assistant in Walla Walla, Wash. On Nov. 24, 1955 she married Sid Conner, her brother’s classmate from Wallowa High School. They were married for 49 years until his death in May 2005. The couple moved to Seattle. Mrs. Conner worked as a dental assistant, while her husband attended pharmacy school. In 1968, they moved to Waitsburg, Wash. after purchasing the drug store and pharmacy. She worked as a sales associate for many years until she retired in 1995. Mrs. Conner was active in many organizations in Waitsburg, Wash. She was a Blue Bird leader, a Camp Fire Girl leader, a Sunday school teacher, and a Jr. High Church Group leader. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. She was also involved with Friends of the Library, as well as the P.E.O. organization. After their retirement in 1995, Mrs. Conner and her husband bought a house in north Richland in order...

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Ackley, Charles – Obituary

Charles (Chuck) Ackley, Enterprise, died at his home on Williamson Road on Feb. 7. 1991. He was born on Sept. 25, 1923 in California. He was a graduate of Whitman College and worked in Seattle, Portland , the bay area, and in Walla Walla and the Tri-Cities as a bookseller, technical writer and editor, and as an administrator. He first came to Wallowa County to teach and then to direct the Chief Joseph Summer Seminar. Over the past several years, Chuck has been active in community arts events and especially in local theater. He is survived by two sons, Todd of Portland and Cameron of Langley, Wash. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. at the OK Theater. Wallowa County Chieftain Transcribed by Dixie...

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Penner, Carl B. – Obituary

Carl B. Penner, 94, of 360 S. First Ave. died Friday [July 15, 1983] at the Odd Fellows Home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Groseclose Garden Chapel. Rev. Chuck Hindman of the Pioneer United Methodist Church will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Pioneer United Methodist Church or Walla Walla Historical Society, of which Penner was a member. Penner was born Jan. 4, 1889 in Seattle to Henry and Emma Hagen Penner. He moved to eastern Washington from Seattle with his parents when he was 7 years old, before Washington was a state. He married Edith Lee on Feb. 4, 1914 in Walla Walla. She died last year. Penner farmed in Clyde, Ritzville, Starbuck, Dayton and Waitsburg until he retired in 1948. In addition to the Pioneer United Methodist Church and the Historical Society, he belonged to many clubs and service groups. He was a leader in developing the Fort Walla Walla Museum complex to preserve early-day agricultural machinery. Penner is survived by two daughters, Marjorie Saranto of Walla Walla and Leora Bates of Arlington, Wash.; one son, Jack Penner of Dayton; 2 sisters, Alice Ashley of Renton and Anna Leid of Kennewick; 11 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Walla Walla Union Bulletin, July 17, 1983 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Horton, Margaret Miss – Obituary

Miss Margaret Horton, sister of Mrs. C. Hancock, editor of the Haines Record and former member of the North Powder school faculty, died in a Seattle hospital Wednesday. Death was due to a complication following an attack of measles. Funeral services will be held in Seattle tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon. The mother, Mrs. Anna Horton, and Mrs. Hancock are the only immediate surviving relatives. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, May 12,...

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Low, Archie E. – Obituary

Archie E. Low, well-known young man of Union, who served some time with the A. E. F. in France, died at his home in Union Saturday night, after a long illness. Mr. Low was gassed while overseas, and never regained his health. He came home to Union last summer, but upon the advice of physicians went to Seattle and entered the government hospital there. His condition did not improve however, and he was brought home by his father last week. Deceased was a member of Union Post No. 50, American Legion, and the funeral took place in Union, with interment in the Union Cemetery, Monday afternoon of this week. Archie Edward Low was born in Pendleton, Oregon, October 17, 1892 and died in Union February 7, 1920. He was married in 1919 to Marie A. Simpson. He was two years and six months in the United States army. Eighteen months of which was spent overseas. She was in five of the most severe engagements, was severely gassed in one which was the immediate cause of his death. He is survived by his widow, his parents Mr. And Mrs. William Low, six sisters and two brothers. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Cook of the M. E. Church were held Monday at 32 p.m. from Cock Brothers undertaking parlors. From the text, Greater love hath no man than this, that he...

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McLaughlin, Hiram – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon A Very Sudden Death The death of Hiram McLaughlin, a jewler, occurred very suddenly at his place of business in Hays Variety store, Saturday evening says the La Grande Gazette. He had started to walk to the rear of the building and advancing a few steps, sank witha groan into a chair. Parties who were present ran to his assistance, but he failed to rally, and in a few minutes life, was extinct. The cause of death is supposed to have been the rupture of a blood vessel, or some similiar difficulty. Eastern Oregon Republican, Thursday December 24, 1891 Mac McLaughlin, a jeweler, who located in La Grande about 2 weeks ago was seized with hemorrhage of the lungs Saturday and died immediately. He was formerly of Seattle. He leaves a widow. Eastern Oregon Republican, Thursday December 17,...

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Bay, Bernice – Obituary

Bernice Wilson Bay, 87, of Huntington, New York and formerly of La Grande, died Friday, March 19, at Huntington Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. Payne Family Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Bay was born on October 5, 1911 to William and Myra (Hatfield) Wilson in La Grande. She lived in La Grande and Enterprise for many years after her marriage to Lawrence Bay in 1935. During World War II, she and her husband lived in Seattle, but they later returned to Oregon to rear their children. They moved to California in 1961. After her husband died in 1964, she lived in California for many years, working as a medical secretary and transcriptionist. She is survived by two sons, David of Chestertown, Maryland, and Steven of Northport, New York; sister Edna Mae Wilson Keffer of La Grande; three grandchildren and one great-grandson. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the American Heart Association in care of the Payne Family Mortuary, 1508 Fourth Street, La Grande 97850. The Observer, Wednesday, 24 March 1999, Page # 3. Contributed by: Robert...

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Morris, Mary Jean Metcalf Mrs. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Mary Jean Morris, 78, of La Grande died Feb. 19, 2004, at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. A service in celebration of her life was at 11 a.m. today at Mount Hope Cemetery. She was born on May 7, 1925, at La Grande to Easton and Maurine Thompson Metcalf. She spent her early childhood in La Grande. The family moved to Telocaset and later to Durkee following her father’s career with the railroad. She was a Baker High School graduate. After graduation, she went to work for Woolworth’s in Baker City. She married Robert “Chuck” Morris on Nov. 9, 1945, at Baker City. They moved to Seattle when Chuck joined the service. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and they returned to Baker City. They moved to La Grande in 1950. In 1965, they purchased property at Wallowa Lake and started to build their dream cabin. Mary Jean and her husband were proud to say that they did all the construction, except the electrical work. Once completed they spent all their free time enjoying a job well done with family and friends. Mary Jean enjoyed cooking, bowling, playing bridge, walking, gardening, golfing, reading, knitting, waterskiing, and most of all spending time with family at the lake. Survivors include her husband, Robert “Chuck” Morris of La Grande; her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Jim Rygg of...

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Brandon, Robert Leslie – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Robert Leslie Brandon, 65, of La Grande and Battlement Mesa, Colo., professor emeritus at Eastern Oregon University, died unexpectedly June 12. There will be no public service. Mr. Brandon was born in 1940 in Seattle. He graduated from the University of Washington in civil engineering in 1962, and served in the Navy. In September 1967, he married Cheri Roberts. He earned a master’s degree in mathematics from California State University at Northridge in 1969, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Colorado State University in 1972. He taught at the University of Maine-Presque Isle and at Eastern Oregon University, where he was awarded the 2000 Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, represented EOU on the Oregon Inter-Institutional Faculty Senate and served as Chairman of the Athletic Committee. He retired in 2002. He was a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, the American Mathematical Association and the Mathematical Association of America. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed backpacking, hiking, bicycling, skiing, canoeing and golf. He and his daughter completed Cycle Oregon eight times. He ran several northwest races as well as the Boston Marathon. He climbed Mount Rainier and canoed down the Moisie River in Labrador. Survivors include his wife of La Grande and Battlement Mesa; a son, Christopher Brandon of Costa Mesa, Calif; a daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Casey Parliament of Vail, Colo.; two grandchildren...

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Lyon, Everett M. – Obituary

Everett M. Lyon Everett M Lyon, 83, died April 9 surrounded by family. Funeral services will be held Tuesday in Mount Vernon, Mo. A private service for burial will be at the Grandview Cemetery in La Grande. Mr. Lyon was born May 20, 1923, in Wallace, Idaho, one of 13 children. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Leavenworth, Wash., where he lived until he graduated from high school and married the love of his life, Esther Bates, whom he met at a roller rink. They spent the early years of their marriage in Leavenworth, where Everett was employed at the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery, and where he single-handedly built their first home. They then relocated to the Seattle area, where he worked as a riveter at Boeing Aircraft for three years. He spent the next 35 years of his work career in Pilot Rock, where he supported his family by working at the sawmill. Survivors include his wife, Esther, of Mount Vernon, Mo.; one sister, Delores, of Dale; five children, Wayne Lyon of Warwick, N.Y., Sharon Campbell of Mount Vernon, Mo., David Lyon and Robert Lyon, both of La Grande, and Daniel Lyon of Salem; 19 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending April 21, 2007 Published: April 21,...

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