Location: Woodburn Oregon

Gray, Nellie Frances – Obituary

Nellie Frances Gray, 91, formerly of Union County, died Tuesday, May 25, 1993, of natural causes in Spanaway, Wash. A funeral service will be held Wednesday at Unger Funeral Chapel in Silverton. Interment will follow in Belle Passi Mausoleum in Woodburn. Mrs. Gray was born Sept. 25, 1901, in Lenox County, Iowa, to George Washington and Alice Mae Wiley Lemon. The family moved to Lynden, Wash., when she was very young. Her father died there when she was six, and her mother moved the family to Union, where she received her education. She married Ernest Merrell Gray on May 28, 1921, at the home of Dillie and the late Eugene Millering of La Grande. She was appointed post-mistress of Alicel in November 1933 and resigned in August 1939. She and her husband farmed for many years in Lower Cove, and owned and operated laundries in Salem and Vancouver, Wash. In 1956 they moved to Santa Clara, Calif., where she worked at Santa Clara University until she retired in 1968. In 1971 they returned to Woodburn, where they lived until her husband’s death on Dec. 31, 1987. Survivors include her daughters Muriel Ellis of Boise and Darlene O’Mohundro of Silverton; sister Flossie Green of Bend; grandsons T. J. Calvin of Priest River, Idaho and Nathan Calvin of Boise, Idaho; granddaughters Frances King of Silverton, Erna Jacobsen of Roy, Wash., and...

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Gray, Ernest Merrill – Obituary

Former Union County resident, Ernest M. Gray, 84, of Woodburn, died Thursday at a hospital in Oregon City. Mr. Gray was born March 18, 1903, in Lower Cove to George M. and Mary (Miller) Gray. He married Nellie Lemon on May 28, 1921, in La Grande. Survivors include his wife; daughters, Mrs. Everett (Muriel) Ellis, Boise, Idaho, and Mrs. Ed (Darlene) O’Mahundro [sic – O’Mohundro], Silverton; sisters, Mrs. Eudelle Olson and Mrs. Othella Purvine, both of Milwaukie; five grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; aunt Mrs. Eugene (Dillie) Millering, La Grande, three nieces and a nephew. Mr. Gray had 37 first cousins, of whom 21 are still living. Several still live in Union County. A brother, Hughes Gray, died earlier. The funeral will be held Monday at the Unger Funeral Chapel in Silverton. Contributions in Mr. Gray’s memory can be made to the People’s Church, 4500 Lancaster Dr., N.E. Salem 97301. The Observer La Grande, Oregon Saturday, January 2, 1988 Page...

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Gray, Mary Alma – Obituary

Mary Alma (Miller) Gray of Woodburn, a former resident of the Lower Cove area, died in Woodburn Jan. 4 following an extended illness. She was 89. Funeral services will be held at Dempsey’s Funeral Chapel in La Grande at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, the Rev. Cyril A. Stevens officiating. Burial will follow at the Summerville Cemetery. Mrs. Gray was born in Union County Feb. 3, 1884, the daughter of George and Matilda (Conley) Miller. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons, Ernest of Woodburn, and Hugh of Vancouver, Wash.; two daughters, Mrs. E. C. Purvine of Salem and Mrs. Eudella Olson of Portland; a sister, Mrs. Georganna Chadwick of Cove; a brother, John Miller of La Grande; six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and 14 great-great grandchildren. The Observer La Grande,...

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Harsin, Susan Jane – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Susan Jane Harsin, 67, of La Grande, died June 30 in Woodburn. A memorial mass will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. Mrs. Harsin was born Aug. 22, 1938, to Jim and Elizabeth Nolten Gooding in Salem. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Salem, and moved to La Grande. She married Darwin Harsin on July 24, 1961. She was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church and the St. Jude Altar Society, the UPRR Junior Old Timers and Old Timers, the Eagles Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was an ombudsman for the local nursing homes for a number of years and an honorary member of FFA. She loved to read. Her family and church were her main activities. She suffered from phantom pain for the last 25 years of her life but was always a champion for the underdog. She helped many people over the years. Survivors include her husband of La Grande; a son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Carrie Harsin, all of La Grande; a brother and two sisters; and other relatives. One sister died earlier. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Hospital for the Neonatal ICU and the flight crew in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The Observer Online, Obituaries for...

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Bruch, Georgeanna Marie – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Georgeanna Marie Bruch, 89, of Hillsboro and formerly of La Grande died Aug. 4. A memorial service was held today in Hillsboro. Burial at Fir Lawn Cemetery in Hillsboro will be private. Fir Lawn Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Bruch was born Nov. 19, 1916, to George E. and Marie Keller Lockwood in Riverside. She attended school in La Grande and graduated from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Spokane in 1940. On Jan. 24, 1943, she married Robert H. Bruch. The lived in Yreka, Calif., and Hillsboro before moving to Woodburn, and more recently to a care center in Hillsboro. She worked as a nurse at hospitals in Spokane, Grand Coulee, Wash., Yreka and Hillsboro. She retired as assistant supervisor of surgery. She later worked for Dr. Imbrie at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Portland. She was a member of a Methodist women’s group and DAR. She volunteered with Cub Scouts, Blue Birds and Camp Fire, and was known as an accomplished seamstress. She enjoyed traveling, quilting, knitting, genealogy and being with her family and friends. Survivors include her husband of Hillsboro; children and their spouses, Leland and Ginny Bruch of Seattle, and Claudia and Bill Stockton of Hillsboro; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Harold Lockwood of Virginia; and other relatives. A brother, Robert Lockwood, died earlier. Memorials may be made to...

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Stitt, Donald Virgil – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Donald Virgil Stitt, 92, of Woodburn and formerly of La Grande, died June 18 at the Cascade Park Retirement Home in Woodburn. Funeral services were held June 27. Donald was born June 9, 1915, the third of six children, to Charles and Annie Stitt in La Grande. He grew up in La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School where he was an outstanding athlete in basketball, football and track. In 1937, he moved to Portland with his family. He played professional basketball for the Signal Oil Co. and attended Oregon State University in 1939 and 1940 where he was a star guard on the basketball team. He served in the Army and was stationed in England during World War II. While in England, he was a member of the basketball team that won the United Kingdom Basketball Championships. After the war, he played professional basketball in the Northwest Professional Basketball League for the Salem Trailblazers and the Portland Indians. At 40, Donald began playing tennis. During his tennis career, he won many Northwest titles and was a top-ranked player for many years. He was also an accomplished bowler and won many team bowling titles. In his 70s and 80s, he competed in the Masters Track and Field Championships, winning many titles. In one competition, he barely missed the world record in the high jump...

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Calavan, James Madison – Obituary

James M. Calavan, a resident of this section for about eight years; died at the Willamette Sanitarium, Salem, Saturday evening, August 20th [1921]. He was aged 71 years, the husband of Mrs. Maggie Calavan and father of J. M. Calavan, Downs, Washington; J. L. Calavan of Silverton; R. E. Calavan of Oaksdale, Washington; Mrs. C. S. Page [Ivy] of Salem and Mrs. C. E. Eckhart [Elizabeth] of Wilson, Wash. Mr. and Mrs. Calavan resided on a farm east of Woodburn until about three years ago, when they moved to one northwest of this city, where they made their home until his last illness. He was well known and liked in this city, and among his neighbors he was held in the highest esteem and called “Uncle Jim.” Funeral services took place Monday, at 2 p.m., from Rigdon’s Undertaking Parlors, Salem, Rev. Milliken officiating. Concluding services were held at the IOOF Cemetery in that city. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Lee, William Jonathan – Obituary

Funeral services were held June 9 at Zacher Mortuary for William (Bill) J. Lee, 74, retired Lone Pine rancher, who died in the night June 4 [1970] at home. Officiating at the 2 p.m. rites was Rev. George Chase and music was by Bill and Judy Simmons. Mr. Lee was born Feb. 20, 1896, at Woodburn. He was a World War I veteran and had lived in the Lone Pine area for 34 years. Survivors include his widow, Juanita, Lone Pine; six sons, Bill Jr., Richland, Wn.; Kenneth, Klamath Falls; Charles and Lawren, St. Marie, Idaho; Paul, U.S. Navy, stationed at Whidbey Island, Wn., and Dale Perkins, Reno, Nev.; four daughters, Mrs. Betty Nyberg, Salem; Mrs. Doris Case, Independence; Mrs. Effie Gregorson, Portland, and Mrs. Letha Mickel, Madrid Spain; one brother, Charles Lee, Chico, Cal., and 21 grandchildren. Casket bearers were Harold Buckner, Bud Adams, Waneard Buckner, Bill Williams, Donald Buckner and Dave Silvers. Interment was in the Pioneer Cemetery, Terrebonne. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Perkins, Martha Ellen Long Mrs. – Obituary

Former Resident Passes March 30 The passing of Ellen Long Perkins on March 30, 1987, at Woodburn, Oregon was announced here this week. She was the wife of Hardin K. Perkins. Mrs. Perkins was born in Haines in 1895, the daughter of Charles and Ida Long. She resided with her husband in the Baker Valley during the 1950’s. She has been an active teacher of Junior High Students in many areas of Oregon and Washington. She was a member of Eastern Star, National Teachers Association, and Delta Kappa Gamma honorary. She is survived by her husband of Woodburn; sister Kitty Bircket, Grant Pass and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Perkins will be interred in the family plot in the Haines Cemetery. The Record Courier April 6, 1978 page 6A Contributed by: Belva Ticknor The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, February 12, 1970 page 4 Contributed by: Belva...

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Morin, Norman E. – Obituary

Norman E. Morin, 82, of Woodburn, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 16, 2005, at Woodburn. His memorial service will be Feb. 5 at Cornwell Funeral Home in Woodburn. Mr. Morin was born on May 20, 1923, to George D. and Dottie Roseberry Morin. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps when he was a kid and then worked at Irby’s Dairy. He joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. He operated a second-hand store in Salem for a while and then spent the rest of his life at the Woodburn Auction. He will be missed by a lot of people. Survivors include his wife, Beverly, and her daughter and family; his faithful and loving brother, Lewis Morin, and his wife, Elnore, and their sons, Steve and Stan, and their families, all of Woodburn; sons, Eddie, Kenny and Ron; a sister, Mary Edith Plummer, and her husband, Don, of Richland; a sister, Donna Rae, and stepsister, Clarice Jones of Albany; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother; and his brothers, Harold E. Morin and Roy E. Morin. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 21, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Marshall, Donald Leslie “Don” – Obituary

Halfway, Oregon Donald Leslie “Don” Marshall, 78, of Halfway, died Sept. 30, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. There was a celebration of his life today at the Pine Baptist Church in Halfway. Don was born on Sept. 10, 1926, at Drake, N.D., to Laurence Franklin Marshall and Melissa Louise McCarty. He was their only surviving child. Don’s father hopped a train from North Dakota to Oregon in September 1931. Don and his mom used the same hobo method of transportation to reach Oregon in October of 1931. They settled at Corbett. In the early 1940s, the family moved to Woodburn where Don attended school. He played basketball and baseball and remained a sports enthusiast until his death. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served in the Pacific on the USS Saratoga. Don met Jo-Ann Gregory at Woodburn and they were married in 1950. They had three children: Gary, Mike and Vicki. Don and Jo-Ann divorced in 1986. Don had his own dump truck business for a time and also worked on building the Detroit Dam in 1949 and 1950. He then worked for several trucking companies including Exley Trucking, Zellerbach Paper Co. and Georgia Pacific until his retirement in 1988. Don was also part owner of 4M Cattle Co. with his wife, son and daughter-in-law. He obtained his private pilot’s license at age 53. He loved...

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Churchill, Marjorie Bethene Dye Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Marjorie Bethene Dye Churchill, 90, a longtime Baker City resident, died March 18, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Interment will be April 9 in Grants Pass. Marjorie was born on Feb. 18, 1914, in Arcadia, Neb., to Arthur Simeon and Millicent Pearl Vincent Dye. She married Raymond Leonard Churchill on Oct. 16, 1932. They had five children. During her life she enjoyed running a dairy with her husband in Woodburn. They loved working together and being together. During her life she was also a bookkeeper. Her greatest love was that of her children and grandchildren. The grandchildren best remember her teaching them to write their names, how to stir pancake batter and to color inside the lines. She loved to crochet and enjoyed rock hounding with her youngest son. Survivors include her daughters and their husbands, Bethene and Donald Alderson of Bozeman, Mont., and Alice and Raymond Dooley of Gresham, and Judith Churchill of Baker City; sons and their wives, Russell and Young Churchill of Castlerock, Wash., and Orville and Ardell Churchill of Baker City; 16 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, and by two brothers and one sister. For those who wish to make a donation in memory of Marjorie you may do so to a special fund for the hearing impaired in Baker County...

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Edwards, Ivan Russell – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Ivan Russell Edwards, 83, of Woodburn, Oregon, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 25, 2003. At his request, there was no funeral. Mr. Edwards was born on Feb. 4, 1919, at Baker City. He worked as a boilermaker, retiring in 1981. He was a member of the American Legion, No. 122, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Baker City. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the National Guard. He served during World War II at Papua, New Guinea. He lived at Aurora before moving to Woodburn in 2001. His interests included hunting and fishing. He married Elsie Schlunegger on Oct. 28, 1956, at Reno, Nev. Survivors include his wife; daughters, Shellie Spangenberg of Aurora and Sally Vaughan of Woodburn; a son, Charles Edwards of Hubbard; a sister, June Rode of Baker City; three grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren. Arrangements were by the Simon-Woodburn Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice, 2700 Market St., N.E., Salem. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 14, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

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French-Laird, Hester M. Holden Mrs. – Obituary

Hester M. French-Laird, 87, of Oregon City, a former Baker City resident, died March 5, 2006. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Luke’s Catholic Church at Woodburn. Interment will be at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Portland. Visitations will be until 5 o’clock tonight at Cornwell Colonial Chapel in Woodburn. Hester was born on Jan. 22, 1919, at Baker City to Ward and Gwendolyn Holden. She was raised at Baker City and married John “Jack” French in 1938. He died in 1979. In 1995, she married Richard Laird. She lived at Woodburn from 1981 to 2004 when she moved to Oregon City. She was a member of the Catholic Church, the Altar Society and St. Monica’s Circle. She enjoyed dancing, especially square dancing, traveling and spending time with her family. She was a homemaker and spent a lot of her time volunteering at the church. Survivors include her husband, Richard Laird; daughter, Mary Barrett of Oregon City; sons, John French and his partner, Jim Haskins, of Los Angeles, Andy French and his wife, Jackie, of Bend, and Tim French and his wife, Debbi, of Salem; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 10, 2006 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Warnock, Alice Anatoinette Brown Mrs. – Obituary

Alice Antoinette Warnock, 94, died Aug. 16, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Hospital after a brief illness. Private burial was at the Sumpter Cemetery. There will be a memorial celebration of her life at 3 p.m. Sunday at the McEwen Community Church in Sumpter Valley. Pastor Bill Cox will officiate. There will be a beef barbecue at the church for family and friends after the service. Alice was born June 17, 1908, to Herbert and Theresa Nystrom Brown at Portland. She was raised on farms at Woodburn and Mohawk, and graduated from Eugene High School in 1924 at the age of 16. After earning a teacher’s certificate from Oregon Normal School at Monmouth, she taught in a two-room school at Donna, a small community northeast of Springfield. Two of her pupils aroused her interest in their uncle, who could stand on his head horseback. This introduction led to her marriage to Dan Warnock on June 30, 1929, which lasted 73 years. Working together in the Willamette Valley through the Depression and World War II, Dan and Alice were able to start a cattle ranch in Sumpter Valley in 1946 where they lived for 56 years. After raising two sons, Dan and Ed, Alice continued her education and graduated from Eastern Oregon University at age 77. She continued classes in writing and had many short stories and poems published in the...

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