Location: Unity Oregon

Rice, Lennie Juliet – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Formerly of Enterprise 1945-2000 Lennie Juliet Hearing Rice, 54, of Colville, Wash., and formerly of Enterprise, died April 20. A memorial service will be scheduled later at the Wallowa Cemetery. Mrs. Rice was born July 23, 1945, in Enterprise to Fred and Clara White Hearing. She was raised in Wallowa County and educated at home until the seventh grade. She graduated from Enterprise High School, attended beauty college and one year of veterinary school. She married Ron Rice on September 3, 1963, in Unity. She had a hair salon for some years in John Day. She enjoyed training horses, sewing, dancing, hunting and reading. Survivors include her daughters, Carolina Porter of La Grande and LaLoni Allred of Bend, Elizabeth Thorne of Kennewick, and eight grandchildren. A grandson died earlier. Memorial may be made to the family at 3012 Cove Ave., La Grande. The Observer, Tuesday, 25 July 2000, Page # 2. Contributed by: Robert...

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Keller, Robert George – Obituary

Robert George Keller, 71, of 2939 Redwood Ave. died Wednesday, April 4, 1984, at Josephine Memorial Hospital. Graveside services were held today at Hillcrest Memorial Park with the Rev. Walter Ferris of the First Baptist Church officiating. Slawson’s Chapel of the Valley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. He was born December 30, 1912 in Seattle. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked for the U. S. Forest Service in timber and resources management for 37 years before retiring in 1972. He began work in the Siskiyou National Forest office before being transferred to the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest office in Eastern Oregon where he worked for most of his career. He moved to Grants Pass from Unity in 1972. Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Elizabeth of Grants Pass; daughter Ann Keller, Grants Pass; and sister Frances Steedman of Renton, WA. Daily Courier, April 5, 1984 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Carroll, Joseph C. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Joe Carroll, 73, Services Today Joseph C. Carroll, 73, Unity, passed away Saturday, Feb. 11 at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital. Services for Mr. Carroll will be conducted today, Thursday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist church in Baker with Pastor Larry Goin and Pastor Jim Mitchell officiating. Vault interment will follow at the Haines Cemetery. Mr. Carroll was born November 2, 1910, to Arch T. and Henrietta Whinery Carroll at Braggs, Oklahoma. He came to Oregon in 1945 and was married to Marie Christensen at Winnemucca, Nevada, November 26, 1952. He worked for the U. S. Forest Service for 27 years in the Baker and Unity districts, during which time he was a fire control officer. He was very active in the Burnt River Community Church and on the Church Board. He was also active in community affairs and served on the Burnt River Community Hall Board, and active in school activities and athletics. He is survived by his wife Marie Carroll of Unity; sons, Thomas R Moore of Wilsonville and Larry H. Moore of Bend; three daughters, JoDell Mitchell of Mackay, Idaho, Rose Marie Young of Umatilla and Brenda Coulter of Burns; two brothers, Arthur Carroll of Eugene, and Henry Carroll of Colcord, Oklahoma; three sisters, Wilma Courtney of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Ruth Brooks of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, and Helen Clubb of...

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Mock, Herbert – Obituary

Two Die When Car Skids On Higway Ernest Pulliam was killed instantly and Herbert Mock fatally injured when Pullam’s car skidded in soft gravel near Unity, between Baker and Huntington Friday of last week. Mock died a few hours after the accident in a Baker hospital. Pullam was a resident of Boise, while Mock was known to have been a resident of Sardinia, Ohio. Two other men riding in the car escaped with minor injuries. North Powder News Saturday, February 27,...

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Pulliam, Ernest – Obituary

Two Die When Car Skids On Higway Ernest Pulliam was killed instantly and Herbert Mock fatally injured when Pullam’s car skidded in soft gravel near Unity, between Baker and Huntington Friday of last week. Mock died a few hours after the accident in a Baker hospital. Pullam was a resident of Boise, while Mock was known to have been a resident of Sardina, Ohio. Two other men riding in the car escaped with minor injuries. North Powder News Saturday, February 27,...

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York, Flora Etta Killian Mrs. – Obituary

Flora Etta York, 65, 2584 Cedar Street, died Friday afternoon in St. Elizabeth hospital. Mrs. York, the daughter of Daniel O. and Genora Killian was born in Scopes, Missouri, September 21, 1898. She was married to Herbert A. York at Clarkston, Missouri, April 17, 1915. The family lived in Missouri until 1946 when they moved to Vale. They then moved to Unity where she lived for three years and to Bates where Mr. York was employed by the government. They moved to Baker in the fall of 1962. Mrs. York was a member of the Baptist church. She is survived by six children, Mrs. Betty Pearson of Baker, Mrs. Helen Hart of St. Louis, Missouri, Lester York of Dupo, Indiana, Gilbert York of North Fork, Virginia, Mrs. Genora Austin of Flint, Michigan, and Mrs. Clara Lee Berry of Arnold, Missouri; by three brothers, Luther Killian of St. Louis, Missouri, Lebern Killian of Flint, Michigan, and Charles Killian of Marble Hill, Missouri; by two sisters, Mrs. Mattie Mosley of Salem, Missouri, and Mrs. Mae Duckett of St. Louis; by 22 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Services for Mrs. York will be announced later by West and company. Source: Baker Democrat Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 26, 1963, page 3 Contributed by: Sue...

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Burril, Glen “Stub” – Obituary

Glen “Stub” Burril, 77, of Baker City, a former Unity resident, died Oct. 21, 2005, at his home. His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. MDT Friday at the Wilder Cemetery in Wilder, Idaho. Pastor Roger Scovil of Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Visitations will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Stub Burril was born Oct. 22, 1927, at Pierce, Idaho, to Charles and Lulu Burril. He attended schools around the Wilder, Idaho, area. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1945, and served as a radio operator until 1947. Stub married Vera Obeta Huckabee on May 7, 1951, at Wilder, Idaho. He worked in the timber industry in various areas around Oregon. After moving to Unity in 1959, Stub was a logging truck driver, a profession he greatly enjoyed, until his retirement. In 1994, he moved to Baker City where he lived with his companion, LaVelle Givens, for 11 years. Stub had many friends through his association with the Baker Senior Center. For many years, he enjoyed playing music for dances at the center. Times with family and friends enjoying the outdoors, camping, playing music, throwing horseshoes, and just driving out in the forests were Stub’s greatest joys. Survivors include his companion, LaVelle Givens of Baker City; a brother Ralph “Lyle” Burril of Kuna, Idaho; a son,...

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Bradford, Steven Ray – Obituary

Steven Ray Bradford, 53, of Unity, died March 28, 2005. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Burnt River Community Church at Unity. Pastor Bill Cox of McEwen Bible Fellowship will officiate. The graveside service will be at Unity Cemetery. There will be a potluck dinner at a location to be announced later. He was born on March 15, 1952, at Ontario to Elbert and Donna Koontz Bradford. He lived at Unity all of his 53 years. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed hunting with his family and friends. In the last few years he was very supportive of the high school sports teams, foreign exchange students and the church youth. In his early years he worked at the Unity sawmill for Ellingson Lumber Co. He then worked for 10 years on the road crew. He began his own business “Bradford Excavating” and was self-employed until his death. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family. Survivors include his two children, Travis Bradford of John Day and Tracy Caylor and her husband, Tom, and four grandchildren, Caleb, Jordan, Hanna and Michael of Shoshone, Idaho; his sisters, Barbara Andrews and Karen Christensen; brothers, Rod Bradford, Brian Bradford and Rob Bradford; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Elbert Bradford; his mother, Donna Bradford; and one brother, Larry Boyer....

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Boyer, Joann V. Bond Mrs. – Obituary

Haines, Baker County, Oregon Joann Boyer, 96, died at her Rock Creek home on April 3, 2005. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Sally Wiens of the Haines United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will be at the Haines Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward for family and friends at the United Methodist Church in Haines. Visitations will be from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at Gray’s West & Co. Joann V. Bond Boyer was born on Aug. 29, 1908, to Charles Wesley and Martha Herndon Bond at Missouri Flat. The family arrived there by rail from Kentucky in March of that year. She grew up there and on a farm near Hot Lake, attending high school at La Grande. Joann had a 28-year teaching career, gaining credentials from Monmouth and Eastern Oregon normal schools, completing a bachelor of arts degree in English at the University of Oregon at Eugene in 1937, and earning a master’s degree in education from Eastern Oregon College in 1962. Over the years, she taught at Imbler, Vale, South Fork School near Unity, Haines, Muddy Creek, and, for the greatest number of years, in the English classrooms of Baker junior and senior high schools. With a flair for the dramatic, she worked to make her classes as lively as they...

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Giroux, David L. – Obituary

David L. Giroux, 47, died as a result of an ATV accident at Unity on March 29, 2005. At the family’s request, David was cremated. There will be a gathering of friends at Unity at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Water Hole in Unity. David was born at Skowhegan, Maine, on Dec. 14, 1957. He lived in many places during his life, but when he moved to Unity nearly 12 years ago, he decided he had found his “home.” He was an avid hunter and trapper all of his life. Those who knew him, will miss him greatly. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lorene Cates; stepfather, David Woods; and an uncle, Bill “Poopie” Bottoms. Survivors include his mother, Shirley Woods of Cornville, Maine; his father, John Giroux Sr. of Moscow, Maine; brother, John Giroux Jr. of Solon, Maine; and his second family, his aunt, Glennys Bottoms of Baker City; cousins, Sue Ann Bottoms and Gary Court of Corvallis, Bill Bottoms III of Baker City, Jodi Bottoms Nickerson of Baker City and her children, Lane Duncan, Greg Guardini, and Kaylin Nickerson of Troutdale, Josh and Tammy Summers of Donnelly, Idaho, Devon and Stacia Nickerson of Baker City, Mari Bottoms and Tony Martin of Baker City and their children, Kate Wisdom of Cove and Brad Bottoms of Baker City. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Chapter...

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Moore, Daniel C. – Obituary

Unity Sailor Wreck Victim Daniel C. Moore, 22, of Unity, was among four U.S. Navy servicemen killed in a car accident in Tokyo, Japan Sunday. Moore was born in Jackson Miss. His family moved to Baker when he was a few weeks old. The family moved to Unity when he was seven. He attended grade and high schools in Unity. For a time he worked in the lumber industry in the area. In August, 1965, he enlisted in the Navy for four years. At the time of his death, he was serving as a jet mechanic in Atsugi, Japan. Survivors include his father, Daniel R. Moore of Portland; mother, Mrs. Myrtle M. Carroll of Unity; two brothers, Thomas of Eugene and Larry of Portland; and three half sisters, Brenda Lee, JoDell and Rose Marie Carroll, all of Unity. Funeral arrangements are pending. The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, March or April, 1967 Contributed by: Belva...

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Smith, Dorothy Mrs. – Obituary

Dorothy Smith, 85, of Unity, died July 30, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. Her graveside funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Helix Cemetery. Jack Pittman of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Dorothy was born on Aug. 23, 1919, at Burns. She was the valedictorian of her high school class at Entiat, Wash. She attended Washington State College and later earned a degree in education from Western Oregon University at Monmouth. She taught elementary school for many years at Nyssa, The Dalles and the Reynolds School District in Portland. She married Arthur W. Smith in 1941. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur W. Smith; her brother, Carl Swain; and a granddaughter, Emily Smith. Survivors include two sons, Gary of Martinez, Calif., and Stephen of Wingville; a brother, Richard Swain of Santa Barbara, Calif.; a sister, Mary Rosengreen of Hillsboro; and three grandchildren, Amy Smith of Larkspur, Calif., Sarah Smith of Wingville and Allison Smith of Wingville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, August 5, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Fisher, Helen Lucille Gilkison Mrs. – Obituary

Helen Lucille Gilkison Fisher, 96, a longtime Haines resident, died Aug. 3, 2005, at her home. Her funeral was Saturday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. Pastor Sally Wiens of the Haines Methodist Church officiated. Vault interment was at the Haines Cemetery. She was born on May 18, 1909, at Baker City to Wilber and Maggie Holt Gilkison. She spent her early years near Unity, moving to Lone Pine just west of Baker City in 1924. (Transportation to school in those days was by horseback.) She was a graduate of Muddy Creek High School. She attended normal school at Monmouth for one year, then transferred to the normal school at La Grande, graduating with its first class in 1930. She taught school at Muddy Creek until her marriage to Orville Fisher on Nov. 29, 1933. She finished that school year and then left to begin her life as a rancher’s wife. they moved to the Fisher family farm in 1941 where she lived until her death. She was active in PTA and 4-H while her children were in school. She was an active member of the Haines United Methodist Church and active in the Rock Creek-Muddy Creek Mutual Improvement Club. In 1993, she was honored as the queen mother of the Fourth of July celebration at Haines. She loved spending hours in her garden, sharing its bounty with...

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Bradford, Darren Roland – Obituary

Darren Roland Bradford, 34, of Heppner, a former Unity resident, died Sept. 10, 2005, at Pilot Rock. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Burnt River High School in Unity. Interment will be at the Unity Cemetery. Visitations will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. Darren was born on Jan. 14, 1971, at Seattle, Wash., to Gail and Lea Clevenger Bradford. At the age of 6 weeks, he moved with his family to Baker City where he lived until he was 9 months old. From Baker City, the family moved to Unity where Darren grew up. He was a 1989 Burnt River High School graduate. He attended Blue Mountain Community College at Pendleton and moved to Pilot Rock in 1990. He worked for Louisiana-Pacific from 1990 to 1994. In 1994, Darren moved back to Unity, where he lived until 1998. He met his wife, Belinda Harrison, in 1998, and they were married on July 17, 1999. Darren later worked for Fleetwood Travel Trailers of Oregon for 2 years and then for Kinzua at Pilot Rock. In 2001, Darren and Belinda moved to Heppner where he joined the Heppner Volunteer Fire Department, a job that he was very proud of. He owned and operated Heppner Auto Service. Darren loved sturgeon fishing and any other kind of fishing. He...

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Singer, Madge Frances Brown Mrs.

Madge Frances Singer, 84, a former Baker County resident, died Feb. 15, 2005, at a College Place, Wash., nursing home. Her funeral was today at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home at Walla Walla. Pastor Robin Peterson of the Presbyterian Church officiated. Burial was at Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla. Mrs. Singer was born on March 5, 1920, at Unity to James and Isabel Brown. She was a Baker High School graduate. She married Carl H. Singer on Sept. 1, 1940, at Baker City. They traveled to Wallowa Lake for their honeymoon in a Model A Ford. Madge was employed by Woolworth’s Department Store in Baker City from 1938 to 1943. She then worked at the Baker Payless store from 1963 to 1965. She and her husband then moved to Burns and she stayed home to raise her family. When they moved to Walla Walla in 1968 she provided child care for 10 years. She worked for D & K Frozen Foods Inc., from 1980 until her retirement in 1984. She enjoyed walking, music, reading, camping and taking care of her roses. She had a great sense of humor and could always make people laugh by being silly or making a face. She loved animals, especially her dog, Cindy. She loved being with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and people in general. Madge was loved by all who knew her. Survivors...

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