Location: Spokane County WA

Roper, Virginia Shaffer – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Virginia Shaffer Roper, 81, of Denver and formerly of La Grande died July 27 in Denver. A memorial service will be Aug. 10 at Horan and McConaty Chapel in Colorado. Virginia was born April 1926 to Pearl and Leo Westenskow in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School and became a legal secretary, working for lawyers in La Grande, Portland, Spokane and Denver. She lived in six cities since her husband was transferred often by United Airlines, and she made friends easily. She liked flowers, gardening, playing bridge, painting, her pets, world news and travel. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Warren Roper; her son, Dr. Alan Roper and grandson, Cody Roper. La Grande Observer, Obituaries For The Week Ending August 4, 2007 – Published August 4, 2007 Submitted by: Dixie...

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McGrath, Vivian Clare – Obituary

North Powder, Oregon North Powder native Vivian Clare McGrath Davis, 100, of Spokane and formerly of North Powder and Union, died Jan. 2 at her home in Spokane. A graveside funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the North Powder Cemetery. Thornhill Valley Funeral home in Spokane is handling arrangements. Vivian was born Sept. 28, 1907, to Walter Vincent and Leila Marquerite Gardner McGrath in North Powder. She lived there for 72 years. Being a natural musician, she played drums and piano in the family quartet at dances in Union and Baker counties. Prior to the 1940s, the group consisted of her brother Kenneth on saxophone, her mother on piano and her father on trombone. During the 1920s, Vivian would play piano for silent films in North Powder and Haines, making $1.50 a week, 75 cents in each town. When she could no longer read the music, Vivian could play more than 100 songs from memory. She played a few days a week before the evening meal at Rose Point Assisted Living Facility. While staying with her maternal grandparents at the Columbia Mine near Sumpter, Vivian became very ill with appendicitis and was rushed to Baker’s St. Elizabeth Hospital. Since her appendix had ruptured, the doctors did not have high hopes for her survival but performed the operation anyway, which saved her life. When Vivian was 13,...

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Hardesty, Noah – Obituary

Noah M. Hardesty, 84, of 2509 ½ S. 13th St., died Wednesday [March 28, 1968] in a local hospital. He was born in Spokane and had lived in Tacoma seven years. He was a retired plumber. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Joe Lyons of Tacoma; and several nieces and nephews. Services were held Thursday under the direction of Cassedy and Allen Mortuary. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Spalding, Minnie Elizabeth Bonner – Obituary

Longtime Helena resident Minnie E. (Peg) Spalding of 912 Park Lane, died early today [March 30, 1981] at St. Peter’s Community Hospital. She was 74. She came to Helena in 1925. Mrs. Spalding had worked for the Internal Revenue Service and the State Department of Income Tax. She retired in 1962. She was born on December 28, 1906 in Alhambra to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Bonner. She attended schools in Townsend and graduated from high school at Spokane, Wash. She married Charles A. Spalding on July 3, 1926 in Boulder. Mrs. Spalding was a member of the Josephine Hepner Chapter No. 89, O.E.S. Survivors include her husband, Charles; a daughter Sharleen Spalding Foley of Clancy; a sister, Ada Bailey of Helena; a grandson, Charles Emmett Seabrook of Helena; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are pending at Retz Funeral Home. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Gerard, Ida May (Hall) – Obituary

Mrs. Ida M. Gerard, 91, a former Ellensburg resident, died Wednesday at the Central Memorial Hospital in Toppenish. She had been in the hospital one day, having been in the Parkside Sanitarium in Toppenish since March 21. She was born July 26, 1866, in Covington, Kentucky. She was married to Joseph N. Gerard in Mt. Vernon, Ill. in 1884. He preceded her in death in February, 1938 in Los Angeles. Mrs. Gerard came to Ellensburg from Mt. Vernon in 1888, moved to Spokane in 1901, to Wapato in 1916, to Detroit, Mich. in 1923, to Seattle in 1925, returned to Ellensburg in 1941 and lived in Ellensburg and Wapato from 1941 to 1947 after which she made her home in Wapato. While in Ellensburg she was active in Presbyterian Women’s organizations. She was a former member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Survivors include one son, Kenneth W. Gerard of Wapato, and one brother, C. Fred HALL, Grants Pass., Ore. Funeral services will be held in the Evenson Chapel Saturday May 17 at 1 p.m. Dr. L.M. Arksey will officiate. Burial will follow in the IOOF Cemetery. Ellensburg Daily Record, May 15 1958 Contributed by: Sasha...

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Hayes, Robert Lewis – Obituary

The body of Robert Lewis Hayes, 36, who was electrocuted north of Spokane Monday morning [November 30, 1964], will be returned here by the Evenson Funeral Home for services and burial. His home was at Kittitas. Arrangements are pending the arrival [IOOF Cemetery]. Mr. Hayes was born May 30, 1928 in Ellensburg, attended Kittitas High School and served with the US Navy during the Korean War. He married Mollie Mullen on Sept. 21, 1957 in Kittitas and they had made their home there since that time. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Electrical Workers Union NO. 77 at Richland. He had been working for the Power City Construction and Equipment Co. in Spokane the past five years on various jobs and had been in Spokane the last week. Survivors are his wife and three daughters, Marsha, 6, and twins Patty and Pammy, 5, at the family home; his mother, Mrs. Leza Hayes of Ellensburg; and three sisters, Mrs. Victor Wiltgen, Ellensburg, Mrs. Walt Miller, Reno, Nev., and Mrs. Fred Roletto, Ronald. Newspaper Notice: Robert L. Hayes, a construction worker from Ellensburg, apparently electrocuted Monday morning as he worked atop a 130 foot Bonneville Power Administration tower north of here, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office reported. Hayes, in his early 30’s, was an employee of Power City Construction and Equipment, Inc., a firm which recently won...

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Bates, George Edward – Obituary

George Edward Bates, brother-in-law to Mrs. Leta Bates, Ellensburg, died July 4 [1969] in Coeur d’Alene, Ida. A resident of Spokane for the last 40 years, he is also survived by his wife, Mabel Bates; 3 sisters, Mrs. Joy Gage, Mrs. Murrel Baird both of Yakima; and Mrs. Ruth Cole, Long Beach, Calif. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Huss, William Sylvester – Obituary

Graveside funeral services for William Sylvester Huss, 84, Ellensburg pioneer who died at Medical Lake, Monday [January 10, 1949], will be held at the IOOF Cemetery here Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock with Rev. R. W. May officiating. The family requests that no flowers be sent. Born in Laclede, Mo., June 3, 1864. Huss came across the plains by ox cart with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Huss in 1865. They settled in Grant County, Oregon and moved to the Kittitas Valley in June 1885. He had resided here since that time. He was employed for 25 years as buildings and grounds superintendent and heating plant engineer at the Central Washington College before his retirement because of ill health in 1927. He was married here to Annette Thompson on June 1, 1899. She died in 1923. He was married in 1925 to Mrs. Rachael Allen, who survives him. Also surviving are a son, Paul Huss of Seattle; two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Ballard and Mrs. Marjorie Jones, both of Ellensburg; a sister, Mrs. Nainy [Naomi] Roach of Chehalis; five brothers, James Huss of Chehalis; Oscar Huss of Twisp; Frank and Bird Huss of Ellensburg, and Roy Huss of Parker; two grandchildren, Robert Ballard and Mrs. Barbara Marr of Ellensburg, and numerous nieces and nephews. Daily Record, January 12, 1949 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Nellie Gertrude Todd Brooks of Spokane WA

BROOKS, Nellie Gertrude Todd9, (Henry H.8, Jared7, Chauncey6, Jonah5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Feb. 20, 1882, in Chippewa Falls, Wis., married Sept. 5, 1906, Lee Halbert, son of George I. and Anna N. (Halbert) Brooks, who was born Jan. 2, 1879, in Bloomer, Wis. In 1920 they were living in Spokane, Wash., where he is the manager of the Spokane Trunk and Grip Company, manufacturers of trunks and grips. They also conduct a store in Spokane for the sale of their products. Child: I. George Irving, b. July 11,...

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Edwards, Ora Dell Ricketts – Obituary

Clark Co., WA Ora Dell, age 90, December 10, 1980, Vancouver, Wash. Born February 7, 1890, Cheney, Wash., lived at 3605 Y St., Vancouver and had been a Clark County resident 50 years. She was a homemaker. Sons, Leonard Edwards, Battle Ground, Wash., and Kenneth Edwards, Vancouver. Daughters, Ruth McAlpine, Yuma, Ariz., and Frieda Jones and Merle Andrews, both of Portland, Ore. Brother, Marvin Ricketts, Portland. Sister, May Beer and Elizabeth Taylor, both of Portland. Fourteen grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She was a life member of Pioneer Daughters of Washington. Her grandfather, E. P. Ricketts was the first settler in the Manor area, arriving there in 1861. Funeral services Saturday, December 13, 2:00 p.m., at Evergreen Staples Funeral Chapel, 4700 St. Johns Road, with Rev. Arthur Andrews of Holy Cross Episcopal Church of Gresham, Ore., officiating. Interment at Wilson Bridge Cemetery, Vancouver. Evergreen Staples Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements. The Columbian, December 12, 1980 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Marvin, Rebecca Louise “Becky” Ladwig Mrs. – Obituary

Rebecca Louise “Becky” Ladwig Marvin, 56, of Apple Valley, Calif., a former Baker City resident, died of cancer on Aug. 6, 2005, at her daughter’s home in Victorville, Calif. Her funeral will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Dudley Apple Valley Mortuary in Apple Valley, Calif. Pastor Steve Arsenault will officiate. Private inurnment will be at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Apple Valley. She was born at Spokane, Wash., lived at Baker City for a time and had spent the past 26 years at Apple Valley where she worked as a medical records statistics clerk at the Victor Valley Community Hospital. Survivors include her daughters, Athena Calvin and her husband, Tom, of Victorville, and Aletha McGuire and her husband, Michael, of Apple Valley; her grandchildren, James and Katelyn Peck of Victorville and Jacob McGuire of Apple Valley; her sisters, Diane Tobiason and her husband, Larry, of Sun City, Ariz., and Terry Oliver of Baker City; and her aunt, Leila Thompson of Baker City. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Victor Valley, 16147 Kamana Road, Apple Valley, Calif. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, August 12, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Hill, Floyd L. – Obituary

Floyd Hill Passes Wednesday Evening Well Known Baker Business Man Dies Suddenly Floyd L. Hill, 43, manager of the Commercial Creamery company in Baker, died Wednesday evening at 6 o’clock at the St. Elizabeth hospital, where he underwent a major operation January 2. A blood clot on the heart is said to have been the immediate cause of death. Mr. Hill was born in Weyauwega, Wisconsin, January 22, 1884. He went to Spokane, Washington from Wisconsin and in 1918 he moved to Haines, Oregon, where he was employed by the Commercial Creamery company. When the company plant was established in Baker about five years ago, Mr. Hill was placed in charge of it. He was a graduate of the Wisconsin Dairy college. The deceased is survived by his widow, Eleanor; two daughters, Ruth and Dorothy; two sons, John and Floyd L., Jr.; his mother Mrs. Mayford McKinley Hill of Weyauwega, Wisconsin; three sisters, Mrs. Helen Anthony, Miss Blanche Hill and Miss Stella Hill, all of Wisconsin; and one brother, Guy Hill of California. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, January 14,...

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Gothenquist, Edith Alberta – Obituary

Edith Alberta Gothenquist, 90, of Baker City, died Feb. 23, 2008, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center surrounded by her loving family. There will be no funeral. Edith was born on Oct. 14, 1917, at Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, to Alfred and Jenni Gothenquist. Her family moved to Berkeley, Calif., when she was young. They finally moved to Spokane, Wash., where she graduated from high school. She worked for the bank now known as Wells Fargo, retiring after more than 20 years. Edith had a great love of nature, especially dogs, cats and bird watching. She also loved arranging flowers from her garden. Edith found pleasure in all things beautiful, according to family members. “Edith was cherished and loved by her family and thought of more like a Mom and a Grandma,” her family said. “Her love and talents will be missed.” She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Jenni Gothenquist; a brother, Rudolph Gothenquist; and a sister and brother-in-law, Marguerite and Wesley Olsen. Survivors include her niece, Edie McKim of Baker City; a great-nephew, Eric McKim, and his wife, Tena, and children, Alex, Elizabeth and Karli, all of Baker City; great-nephew, Mark McKim, and his wife, Tammy, and children, Quinn and Natalie, all of Lyons; and a great-niece, Jennifer Still, and her husband, Matt, and children, Menzie and Walker, all of Corvallis. Memorial contributions may...

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O’Connell, Mary Bond Mrs. – Obituary

Mary Bond O’Connell, 46, a former Baker County resident, died April 5, 1991, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Washington. A memorial service was scheduled at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Baker City First Christian Church, 2998 Eighth St. Private interment was at the Haines Cemetery. A memorial service also was conducted Monday in Spokane. Mrs. O’Connell had undergone a bone marrow transplant at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle slightly more than a year ago. She died from complications of the dancer she battled for more than two years. Mrs. O’Connell was born December 11, 1944, in La Grande to Lois and Champ Bond of Haines. She was a 1963 Baker High School graduate and a 1968 graduate of Oregon State University at Corvallis. She taught high school in Los Angeles for one year and then became a flight attendant and supervisor for United Air Lines. She was based in Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles and Denver and recently celebrated her 29th anniversary with United. She was a member of the Valley Fourth Memorial Church in Spokane and a member of the Chester PTA. She also was very active with Girl Scouts. She enjoyed hunting, skiing, gardening, and loved her family. She married Mike O’Connell in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in 1980. They had two daughters, Marinda and Lacey, all surviving at their home in Spokane. Survivors also...

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Han, Loretta Dee Wirth Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Loretta Dee Han, 74, of Baker City died June 28, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. At her request there will be no service. Following her wishes, Loretta’s family will return urns containing her remains and those of her husband, Ron, to their home at Lincoln City. Loretta Dee Wirth was born July 17, 1930, at Elk, Wash., to Earl Fredrick and Alice Hazel Loynes Wirth. Loretta met Ronald Lee Han in Lincoln City. The couple were married on Jan. 31, 1977. Together for many years they ran Captain John’s Restaurant at Lincoln City. Later relocating to Baker City, they purchased the Main Event and ran the tavern/restaurant together until Ron’s death in 2001. She was very social and well-liked by all who met her. She made many good friends at her Baker City business. Loretta really enjoyed spending her vacations in Las Vegas. Survivors include her sisters, Barbara Sneed of Baker City and Luanne Grinstad of Goshen, Ind.; a niece, Celestial Grinstad; and two nephews, Derrik Santy and Richard Sneed. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ron, and parents Earl and Alice Wirth. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, July 1, 2005 Transcribed by:...

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