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Ernestine Elizabeth Engstrom, 82, died Oct. 8, 2002, at Richland.
Her graveside memorial service was Friday at Pine Haven Cemetery at Halfway. The Rev. Bill Shields of Pine Valley Presbyterian Church officiated.
Ernestine Elizabeth was born at Carson to Ernest and Neva Bowerman Carnahan on December 19, 1919. For most all of her life, she was raised by her Great-Great Grandma Carnahan at Halfway.
After high school graduation, she married Pete Basche. They had two children: Betty and Pete Jr. They made their home at Robinette until the back-up water of Brownlee Dam covered that area.
Ernestine moved to Kennewick, Wash., in 1959. She attended cosmetology school and became a licensed beautician. After her graduation, she served as an instructor at the Beauty College.
After her marriage to Pete, she married Victor Engstrom in 1977. After Vic’s retirement from the California State Highway Department, they made their home at Halfway, until his death in 1996.
She enjoyed making friends, writing cards and letters to family and friends, sewing, canning, and cooking.
Survivors include her daughter, Betty Whitnah, and her husband, Warren, of Richland; her son, Pete Basche, and his wife, Kathy, of Kennewick, Wash.; a stepdaughter, Victoria Gregory, of Woodland, Calif.; a sister, Claire Colliton, and her husband, John, of Yakima, Wash.; brothers, Keith Carnahan of Lake Isabella, Calif., and Nolen Carnahan and his wife, Barbara, of Baker City; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Carnahan and Neva Charters; her husband, Victor; a brother, Kenneth Carnahan; a sister, Mary Loueva Carder; and a stepson, Victor Engstrom Jr.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine-Eagle Clinic through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 25, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor