Union, Oregon

Alice Marie Ensminger Mac-Pherson, 82, of Union died Oct. 15, 2002, at a La Grande care facility after a brief illness.

There will be a memorial service in the spring and burial will be in the Union Cemetery at Union. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel 1508 Fourth St., La Grande.

Alice was born Feb. 7, 1920, to Herschell R. and Harriett M. Ford Ensminger at Baker City. The family lived at Granite for several years before moving to Pondosa where she attended public school. She was a 1938 graduate of Union High School.

In 1939 she married Donald Franklin MacPherson. The couple lived at Palouse, Wash., Gig Harbor, Wash., and Waitsburg, Wash., before returning to Union in 1944. While living in Union she and her husband owned and operated The Union Republic newspaper for many years.

Survivors include her daughter, Marcia DePatie, and her husband, David Hudson DePatie, of Sisters; son, Scott MacPherson, and his wife, Jan, of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Robert Ensminger of Klamath Falls; half sister, Sally Gerbing Hardin of Klamath Falls; half brother, Dustin Gerbing of California; grandchildren, Matthew MacPherson and Lisa MacPherson, both of Las Vegas, Nev., Troy MacPherson of Yorba Linda, Calif., and Seth MacPherson of Las Vegas, Nev.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, who died on Dec. 29, 1994.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Humane Society through the Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850, as she cared for many stray animals during her lifetime.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 8, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor