Location: Yamhill County OR

Farnsworth, Ellen Idolette Gates – Obituary

McMinnvile–July 5 (Special)–Mrs. Ellen Idolette Farnsworth, 78, died June 28 [1945] in McMinnville. Services were held at Macy’s Chapel Tuesday and interment was at Multnomah Cemetery in Portland. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Mrs. Farnsworth was born in Portland, May 6, 1867. She is survived by two brothers, Alonzo B. Gates and Frank H. Gates of Portland. The Oregonian, July 6, 1945 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Purinton, Louise – Obituary

Louise Alice Purinton of Newberg died December 20, 2001, at the age of 87. Louise was born the daughter of William Edward and Mary Elizabeth (Stills) Cooper in Troy on February 19, 1914. Louise came from a family of six girls and three boys, growing up and attending school in the Wallowa County area. In 1930 Louise was married to Dwight Warren Purinton and they made their home in Troy and Lostine, where she worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse, Dwight preceded her in death on March 27, 1975. For a short time she lived on the Oregon Coast and then in 1986 she moved to Newberg to be near her niece, Rose, and nephews, Glen and Bill Cooper. She was a member of the Assembly Of God Church in Newberg and a faithful attendee. She enjoyed writing poetry and wrote many poems. Louise enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews as much as they enjoyed spending time with her. Surviving are one brother Richard Cooper of Castle Rock, Washington. Many nephews and nieces; and those who have come to know and appreciate her where she has lived and worked Three brothers and five sisters preceded her in death. Services were held Wednesday, December 26, in Newberg. A concluding service will be held Friday, December 28, 2001, at 2 p.m. at the Lostine Cemetery in Lostine. Wallowa County...

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Hammack, James Lafayette – Obituary

Laid To Rest James Lafayette Hammack was born Oct. 18, 1860 in Wayne County, Iowa, and passed away at Lostine June 13, 1948. He crossed the plains with his parents in 1865, first to Yamhill County, and later to Summerville in Union County, where he lived until he was a young man. He then moved to Wallowa County where he had since made his home except from 1915 until 1928 when he lived in Hermiston, Oregon. He was united in marriage to Sarah A. Allen April 11, 1886. She passed away October 2, 1903. He was married on November 16, 1913, to Jessie May Robinson, who survives. He is also survived by an adopted daughter, Mrs. Laura Bales of Ellensburg, Wash.; five sisters, Mrs. Josie King of Ashland, Mrs. Emma Gastin of Wallowa, Mrs. Effie Cook, Mrs. Carrie Caudle and Mrs. Hattie Leonard all of Lostine; two stepsons, Dwight Purinton of Troy and Dan Robinson of Coulee City, Wash., and two step-daughters, Mrs. Gertie Thompson and Mrs. Bessie Wilson of Lostine, and many other relatives and friends. He united in 1930 with the Assembly of God church which he served faithfully. Funeral services were held in the Christian church Tuesday with Dick Johnston, pastor of the Wallowa Assembly of God church, in charge. Mr. and Mrs. M. Crow, Kate Page, Ella McArtor and Melvin Crow sang “When I’ve Gone...

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Cooper, Edith L. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Services for Edith L. Cooper, 82, of Newberg, were held Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. at Macy and Son Funeral Chapel in McMinnville. Interment will follow at the Enterprise Cemetery. She died Nov. 6, 1993, at the Chehalem Care Center in Newburg. She was born June 17, 1911, in Lostine, the daughter of Martin Luther and Hattie Jane (Biggs) Greenough. On July 8, 1929, she married William H. Cooper in Enterprise. Mrs. Cooper was raised and school in Lostine. She helped raise her brother and sisters and then lived on her uncle’s farm and helped him farm. In 1961 she moved to Newberg and in the late 70s she moved back to Lostine until 1984 when she moved back to Newberg. She loved to play cards. Survivors include five sons, William Jr., Ramon, Darrell, Gary and Steven Cooper, all from Newberg; three daughters, Carol Jane Prine, White Salmon, Wash., Lois A., Trent, Puyallup, Wash., and Susan Perez, McMinnville; one sister, Louise Gettling, Klamath Falls; 27 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son; Wesley Cooper, two brothers, one sister and three grandchildren. Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday November 11, 1993 Page...

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Hammack, Marion D. – Obituary

Marion D. Hammack Is Called To His Rest Marion D. Hammack died at the Enterprise hospital Wednesday, February 28, 1940. He had not been strong for several years and had been helpless since he was struck by an automobile May 6, 1938. Funeral services were held in the Christian church at Lostine, Friday, and were attended by many friends and relatives, including all county officials in tribute and Commissioner F. W. Hammack, brother to the deceased. A quartet composed of Mrs. M. Crow, Mrs. Charles Page, Charles Bridwell and Melvin Crow sang three hymns, accompanied by Miss Martha Crow. Marion Hammack was born in Yamhill County and came to Union county with his parents as a child, and lived there until 1888 when he came to Wallowa County, making him one of earliest residents of the valley. He made his home at or near Lostine the remainder of his life. He was a member of the Christian church from his early manhood and was affiliated with the I. O. O. F., and Knights of Pythias lodges. Mr. Hammack never married. He was survived by three brothers. James Lafayette of Enterprise, Bert of Medford, and F. W. Hammack of Lostine; also by five sisters, Mrs. Josie King of Ashland, Mrs. Emma Gastin of Wallowa and Mrs. Effie Cook Mrs. Bert Caudle and Mrs. F. B Leonard of Lostine, and by...

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Simmons, James Daniel – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon James Daniel Simmons, the small son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Simmons, passed away Monday, October 9, 1922, at Enterprise. The cause of his death was a broken appendix. He was three years, two months and twenty days old. Internment was in the Prairie Creek cemetery near Joseph, Tuesday, at 2:30 p.m., Rev. C.O. Heath offering a short burial service at the grave. Source: Enterprise Record chieftain, October 12, 1922 Contributed by: Sue...

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Conaway, James B. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Wallowa County native James B.” J.B.” Conaway, 74, died Monday, April 10, 1989, in McMinnville. He was born Oct. 10, 1914, in Enterprise, the son of A. Barry and Edna (Browning) Conaway. He was raised and educated in Enterprise. On Aug. 28, 1938, he married Violet Varney in Joseph. Conaway was a grade school principal in La Grande before moving to McMinnville in the early 1950s, where he was principal at the junior and senior high schools. He also taught at Linfield College. He moved to Anchorage Burrough, Alaska, in 1969, and served as director of elementary education. In 1972, he moved to Vancouver, Wash., and was principal for the Vancouver School District until retiring and returning to McMinnville in 1981. Conaway was a member of McMinnville United Methodist Church, the Kiwanis Club, and a World War II Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife, Violet; son, Michael of Klamath Falls; daughters, Molly Emerson, Portland, and Katherine Conaway and Leslie Conaway, both of McMinnville. Services were held Friday, April 14. at the McMinnville United Methodist Church. Internment followed in the McMinnville Masonic Cemetery Memorials may be made to the church, in care of Macy and Son Mortuary, 135 N. Evans, McMinnville, OR. 97128 Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Thurs., April 27, 1989 Contributed by: Sue...

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Conaway, Violet – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Violet Effie Conaway, 88, of McMinnville, died April 15, 2004, at home. She was born Oct. 3, 1915, in Flora to Roy and Bessie Varney. Mrs. Conaway spent most of her growing up years on Upper Prairie Creek and graduated from Joseph High School. After marrying James B. Conaway in 1938, the couple moved to La Grande a few years later where she worked as a high school secretary, followed by a move to McMinnville in 1950. After a short time in Alaska, the couple lived in Vancouver, Wash., before returning to McMinnville in 1980 with two young granddaughters, Katherine and Leslie. Survivors include a son, Michael Conaway of Willamina; a daughter, Molly Pullen of The Dalles; brothers Otis Varney of Enterprise, and Roy Varney of Dayton, Wash.; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Conaway, in 1989; and a brother, Vester Varney. Graveside services were held April 22, 2004, at the McMinnville Masonic Cemetery with Rev. Steve Ross of McMinnville United Church officiating. Macy and Son Funeral Directors of McMinnville were in charge of the arrangements. Wallowa County Chieftain – Thursday, April 29, 2004 ______________________________ Violet Conaway Formerly of La Grande and Joseph 1915-2004 Violet Effie Varney Conaway, 88, of McMinnville and formerly of La Grande and Joseph died April 15 at her home. Burial...

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Golden, Charles – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Sudden Death Of Citizen From La Grande, Oregon Charles Golden, a farmer of La Grande, aged 55 years, who was attending the Grand Lodge of Oddfellows in this city, died suddenly early Wednesday morning at the home of J. W. Looney, on North G street, of neuralgia of the heart. Mr. Golden was taken ill at the meeting held in Burns’ hall and was conveyed to the Looney residence in an auto. He was put to bed and was able to sleep for about 10 minutes, when there was a recurrence of severe pain, and he died at 1:20 a.m. He had been subject to slight attacks of neuralgia. A Hillsboro physician and Dr. Williams of this city attended him. Mr. Golden was also a delegate to the convention. A brother of the deceased arrived from Portland Wednesday noon and a daughter, Zoa, was dispatched for at Corvallis, where she is attending O. A. C. The start homeward to La Grande was made on Thursday, where the funeral and burial will be held. McMinnville Telephone Register Friday, May 22, 1914 Front...

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Hammack, James Lafayette – Obituary

Lostine, Union County, Oregon James Hammack Laid To Rest James Lafayette Hammack was born Oct. 18, 1860 in Wayne County, Iowa, and passed away at Lostine June 13, 1948. He crossed the plains with his parents in 1865, first to Yamhill County, and later to Summerville in Union County, where he lived until he was a young man. He then moved to Wallowa County where he had since made his home except from 1915 until 1928 when he lived in Hermiston, Oregon. He was united in marriage to Sarah A. Allen April 11, 1886. She passed away October 2, 1903. He was married on November 16, 1913, to Jessie May Robinson, who survives. He is also survived by an adopted daughter, Mrs. Laura Bales of Ellensburg, Wash.; five sisters, Mrs. Josie King of Ashland, Mrs. Emma Gastin of Wallowa, Mrs. Effie Cook, Mrs. Carrie Caudle and Mrs. Hattie Leonard all of Lostine; two stepsons, Dwight Purinton of Troy and Dan Robinson of Coulee City, Wash., and two step-daughters, Mrs. Gertie Thompson and Mrs. Bessie Wilson of Lostine, and many other relatives and friends. He united in 1930 with the Assembly of God church which he served faithfully. Funeral services were held in the Christian church Tuesday with Dick Johnston, pastor of the Wallowa Assembly of God church, in charge. Mr. and Mrs. M. Crow, Kate Page, Ella McArtor and...

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Hammack, Marion – Obituary

Lostine, Marion Hammack Is Called To His Rest Marion Hammack died at the Enterprise hospital Wednesday, February 28, 1940. He had not been strong for several years and had been helpless since he was struck by an automobile May 6, 1938. Funeral services were held in the Christian church at Lostine, Friday, and were attended by many friends and relatives, including all county officials in tribute and Commissioner F. W. (Floyd Waitman) Hammack, brother to the deceased. A quartet composed of Mrs. M. Crow, Mrs. Charles Page, Charles Bridwell and Melvin Crow, sang three hymns, accompanied by Miss Martha Crow. Daniel Marion Hammack was born in Yamhill county and came to Union county with his parents as a child, and lived there until 1888 when he came to Wallowa county, making him one of earliest residents of the valley. He made his home at or near Lostine the remainder of his life. He was a member of the Christian church from his early manhood and was affiliated with the I. O. O. F., and Knights of Pythias lodges. Mr. Hammack never married. He was survived by three brothers. James Lafayette of Enterprise, Bert of Medford, and F. W. (Floyd Waitman) Hammack of Lostine; also by five sisters, Mrs. Josie (Nancy Josephine) King of Ashland, Mrs. Emma (Emily) Gastin of Wallowa and Mrs. Effie Cook. Mrs. Bert Caudle (Beula) and...

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Lambert, Arthur E. – Obituary

A. E. Lambert Passes Life Arthur E. Lambert, 52, cost accountant for the Portland bureau of water works, died Sunday at the United States veterans hospital in Portland. His parents were pioneers of Yamhill county, his mother having crossed the plains in 1852. Mr. Lambert was born near Dayton, February 13, 1876. He was educated at Corvallis and at the University of Oregon. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American war he enlisted in the Second Oregon regiment and was in numerous engagements in the Philippine islands, serving throughout the war as corporal of company A. For a number of years Mr. Lambert lived in Pendleton, where he was assistant cashier of the Pendleton Savings bank. He moved to North Powder to become cashier of the North Powder State bank. In 1903 he married Mae Smyth of Dayton, and is survived by his wife, a son Eldon, a daughter, La Valle, his mother, Mary E. Lambert, a brother, C.Q. Lambert, a sister, Mrs. J.O. Palmer, all of Portland, and a brother, Chester Lambert, of Umatilla. Mr. Lambert was prominent in civic affairs and last year he was senior vice-commander of the Scout Young camp, Spanish War Veterans. Funeral services were held at the Edward Holman & Sons parlors at 2:30 P.M. and Spanish War Veterans were in charge. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, July 11,...

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Ward, John – Obituary

Graveside funeral services for John Ward, 67, formerly of La Grande, who died Friday at a Newberg hospital, will be held Monday at 12:30 p.m. at Grandview Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel, 1502 Seventh Street. A complete obituary will follow. La Grande Observer July 4,...

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Belden, Helena Jane – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Helena Belden Dies at Age of 78 Helena Jane Belden, 78, for many years a resident of Union county, died Sunday, in her home, 2403 North Depot street, after a short illness. She was born October 12, 1886, in LaFayette, Yamhill County. Survivors include one son, Charles Fredrick Belden of La Grande, one foster daughter, Mrs. Helen Sandoz of Portland and other relatives. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday in the Snodgrass funeral Home with Rev. Floyd White officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic cemetery beside her husband who died five months ago. La Grande Evening Observer, Union County, Oregon, December 26, 1944 Page 5 Contributor: Sue...

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Pratt, Zona Marie Taylor Mrs. – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Zona Marie Pratt, 64, of Dayton Ore., and a former North Powder resident, died Monday, June 13, 2005, at Willamette Valley Medical Center. Memorial Service will be held today, June 16, 1 p.m. at Church on the Hill, McMinnville, Ore., with Pastor Lon Eckdahl officiating. A private family burial will take place. A potluck reception will follow the service at the Palmer Creek Lodge, 606 4th Street in Dayton. Zona was born Jan. 1, 1941, at Klamath Falls to William Thomas and Mary Lucille Cutshall Taylor. She was the second daughter in a family of eight children. She came from a large family that was proud of their Native American Heritage and was a member of the Madesi Band of the Pit River Tribe. She was raised in North Powder, where she met and married Larry Pratt in 1957 in Haines. They were later divorced. In 1975, she moved to Dayton. She attended the Church on the Hill in McMinnville. The family said, “The joy she found in life was her children and grandchildren, and she came from a very strong and close-knit supportive family.” She loved music and played the piano and accordion by ear. Survivors include her sons, Ken “Scott” Pratt of McMinnville, Jim Pratt of Melba, Idaho, Curtis Pratt of Dayton, Ray Pratt of McMinnville, and Shawn Pratt of Dayton; daughter,...

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