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La Grande, Oregon
Bernice Elizabeth Bumgardner, 82, of La Grande died Feb. 28, 2002.
There will be no public service. There will be a private memorial service.
Mrs. Bumgardner was born Dec. 10, 1919, to Clarence and Alma Dorsey Southard at Laurence, Colo. She attended schools in Colorado and moved to Oregon in 1938.
On Oct. 4, 1941, she married Arnold Waelty. After a divorce she married Albert Bumgardner. She was a homemaker and enjoyed birds, animals, all kinds of hobbies and crafts and taking rides in the hills.
Survivors include her husband of La Grande; children, Ken Waelty of Hermiston, Pat Gutierrez of Heppner, Judith Ely of Oregon City, Laura VanDusen of Elgin and Larry Waelty of La Grande; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Laura Hampton of Lamar, Ark., and Josephine Parrish of Hermiston; a brother, Clarence Southard of Elgin; and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by a son, David Waelty; three brothers, James, Frank and Wally Southard; and a sister, Isabelle Walton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grande Ronde Hospital transitional care unit through Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., in La Grande.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 1, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor