La Grande, Oregon
Esther Juanita Tauscher, 89, of La Grande, died May 27 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Esther was born July 15, 1917, the daughter of O. Dee and Ozie (Joplan) Collie in Wardville, Okla.

She lived in La Grande from 1945 until 1962 when she moved to Portland where she worked as a meat wrapper for Safeway and later for Albertsons. She retired after 35 years. She returned to La Grande five years ago.

She loved dancing, reading and sewing. She enjoyed spending time and doing things for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her sons, Jimmy Stone and Dean Stone, both of La Grande; sisters, Ann McGuire of California and June Wada of Portland; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her son, Bobby Stone; sisters, Louise Kirkpatrick, Grace Anderson, Lois Barrows and Iva Slate; brothers, Jack Collie and Pete Collie and great-grandchild, Zacary Leavitt.

Memorials may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., LaGrande 97850.

La Grande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending June 16, 2007 Published: June 16, 2007
Transcribed by Dixie Ricker