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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR 9-17 TO 9/29, 2001

OBITUARIES FOR 9-17 TO 9/29, 2001

Edna M. Brown

Edna M. Brown, 82, of Island City died Saturday at a care center in La Grande. A celebration of life service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel.

A complete obituary will be published later.

Clarence Myers

Clarence Myers, 84, of Union died at his home Saturday. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Union Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

A complete obituary will be published later.

Esther Kellogg White

Cove

1911-2001

Esther Kellogg White, 90, of Cove died Friday morning at a care center in La Grande.

Interment will be at the Cove Cemetery.

Mrs. White worked as a licensed practical nurse at St. Josephs Hospital in

La Grande for 29 years.

She was born June 24, 1911, to Harold and Pearl Cheney Kellogg in Madison, S.D., where she was raised and educated.

She later lived in California before coming to Cove in 1938. She married Theodore White on Nov. 26, 1958, in Weiser, Idaho. He died Jan. 3, 1980.

Mrs. White was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

She loved flowers, especially roses and irises, and gardening. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting and baking, even in a wood cookstove. She received many blue ribbons for her fair entries. She decorated many wedding cakes.

Surviving her are her children, Craig Cox of Cove, Karen Andregg of Hope, Idaho, Merrill Cox of Elgin and Neil Cox of Pendleton; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ray Kellogg of California and Harold Kellogg of Pendleton; a niece, several nephews and other relatives.

Contributions may be made to the donors charity of choice or to the Seventh-day Adventist Church Memorial Fund in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

Jessie Petrich

La Grande

1916-2001

Jessie Bovitz Petrich, 84, died Sept. 8 at a local care center. At her request, there will be no formal service. An informal gathering took place at the home of Ruth Andrews, where Mrs. Petrich had lived for the last year.

Mrs. Petrich was born to Antonia Intehar and Joseph Bovitz in 1916. She attended school in Chisholm, Minn., and in February 1938 married Stanley Petrich. The family lived in Colorado, and Mrs. Petrich moved to La Grande in 2000. She enjoyed being a costume seamstress for pageants in the late 1950s.

Survivors include her daughters, Joni Mills and Sasha Gray, both of La Grande, and Mary Lou Vitols of Lakeview, Minn., eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Andrew Bovitz of Albany, N.Y., a sister, Olga Simonson of Chisholm; and other relatives.

Her husband and a brother, Edward Bovitz, died earlier.

Clarence Myers

Union

1917-2001

Clarence Myers, 84, of Union died Sept. 15 at his home. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Union Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Myers was born Aug. 30, 1917, to Charlie Richard and Ollie Jane Tarter Myers in Hermiston. He married Naomi May Nunn on March 3, 1941, in Lewiston, Idaho, and served in the Navy during World War II. He worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for a time and later as an inspector of ammunition until his retirement in 1977 when the couple moved to Union. During his career he worked in Japan, Germany and Vietnam. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, rock hunting, traveling, mission service to his church and family history.

Survivors include his wife of Union, children and their spouses, Charlie and Maxine Myers of Caldwell, Idaho, Clarence and Mary Myers of Union, Steven and Roxie Myers of Umatilla; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His brothers and sisters died earlier.

Edna M. Brown

Island City

1918-2001

Edna Myrtle Brown, 82, of Island City died Sept. 15 at a local care facility.

A celebration of life service will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Mark Schlessman of the First Christian Church officiating.

Mrs. Brown was born Oct. 9, 1918, in Scottsbluff, Neb., to Charles Milo and Olive Myrtle Stearns Bowman. She attended school in Nebraska and moved to Caldwell, Idaho, with her family in the 1950s.

She married Earnest Owen Brown on April 30, 1958, in Caldwell. They moved to North Powder in 1962 and lived there a short time before moving to Elgin. They moved to Island City in 1984.

Her life was her family, family members said. She enjoyed family gatherings and preparing fried chicken dinners. She also watching Wheel of Fortune on TV, enjoyed sewing, listening to classical music and working crossword puzzles.

She is survived by her children, Ida Alexander, Robert Freeman and Wendi Brown, all of La Grande, Sherl Bailey of Hemmett, Calif., Richard Christiansen of Elgin and Larry Christiansen of Beaverton; sisters, Ellen Myers of St. Paul, Minn., and Alma Cunningham of Hood River; 22 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; and several other relatives.

Her brothers, Oscar Bowman and Claude Bowman, died earlier.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern Oregon Dialysis, 710 Sunset Drive, or in care of Loveland Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Juanita Mae Silver

Wallowa

1913-2001

Juanita Mae Silver, 87, of Wallowa, died Sept. 17.

A funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wallowa Christian Church with Mel Byers officiating. Burial will follow at Bramlet Cemetery.

Mrs. Silver was born Oct. 7, 1913, to George and Elma Greenwood Werst in Wallowa. She married Ralph Silver on Sept. 12, 1936, at Wallowa. She belonged to the Christian Church and was a member of the Rebekah Lodge and the Odd Fellows. She taught sewing and embroidery for a 4-H club and enjoyed dancing, playing cards and visiting with friends and family.

Survivors include her husband and a daughter, Donna Mae Johnston, both of Wallowa; a son, Donald Silver of Spokane; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Norman Werst of Wallowa.

Memorials may be made to the Wallowa Christian Church in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St. in Enterprise.

Gladys Daggett

Formerly of Joseph

1910-2001

Gladys M. Daggett, 90, of Milton-Freewater and formerly of Joseph, died Sept. 15 at a care center. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Prairie Creek Cemetery in Joseph with the Rev. Duane Geyer of the First Christian Church in Milton-Freewater officiating.

Mrs. Daggett was born Nov. 20, 1910, to Arthur and Ora Emboree in Roseburg. She married Forrest Daggett there on April 1, 1930. She was a homemaker and artist. Some of her work was of Wallowa Lake, and the mountains and valley in the Joseph area, where she made her home for many years. In 1996 she moved to Milton-Freewater to be near her daughter. She enjoyed going south in the winter, attending football games, fishing, gardening, sewing, music, sports and family gatherings.

Survivors include her daughters, Phyllis Manes of Joseph and Janet and her husband Jim Runnels of Milton-Freewater, and daughter-in-law Marilyn Daggett of The Dalles; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Her husband, two sons, Elvin and Arlen Daggett, a son-in-law Lee Manes, a brother and a sister all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Research Alliance in care of Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater 97862.

Amanda Gurr

A memorial service for Amanda Carrie Gurr, 26, will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Bonney Watson Parker Chapel, 900 S.W. 146th St., Burien, Wash.

Gurr died in a homicide on July 11, 2001, in Seattle, according to the mortuary.

She loved music, reading, the beach, her many friends and most of all her 3-year-old son, Mark, family members said.

Survivors include her son, Mark Allen Rooks Jr. of Seattle; her mother and step-father, Christy and John Showalter of Ketchikan, Alaska; sisters, Jessica of Withrop Harbor, Ill, and Elizabeth of Ketchikan; brothers, Brandon and Cameron of Ketchikan; step-father Steven Gurr of Burien; grandmother, Gertrude Davis of La Grande and many aunts, uncles and cousins throughout the Northwest.

Calvin E. Vess

Calvin E. Vess, 76, of Island City, died Thursday at a local care home.

An obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Theodore Mathson

Theodore Mathson, 88, of

La Grande died Thursday in Springfield. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Vanetta McVay

Vanetta McVay, 68, of Elgin, died this morning at a care home in Elgin.

An obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Lillian Hadden

Lillian Hadden, 95, of La Grande died Saturday at a local care facility.

Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Catherine Jordan

Catherine Jordan, 87, of La Grande died Saturday at a local care facility.

Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Calvin E. Vess

Island City

1925-2001

Calvin E. Vess, 76, of Island City died Sept. 20 at a local care center.

A celebration of life service will take place at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel with burial following at the Island City Cemetery. Viewing will be at the chapel from 3 to 8 p.m. today.

Mr. Vess was born Feb. 7, 1925, to James Elmer and Pearl Lena Cox in Old Fort, N.C.He served during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. He married Lily Shenfield on Dec. 27, 1945, in Boise.

Mr. Vess was a conductor for the railroad, working for Union Pacific and Amtrak. He moved to the Grande Ronde Valley 71 years ago with his family from Colorado.

Mr. Vess loved to hunt and fish, race motorcycles with friends and family; work on the farm; travel by trains; and play the piano, coronet, accordion and trumpet. He also loved gardening, decorating the house with Christmas lights, and collecting cannons. Other hobbies included restoring old VW cars, boating and water skiing, and doing carpentry work.

He was a member of the Eagles and the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife of Island City; his son and his wife, Steven Calvin and Anne Vess of Lake Oswego; two daughters and their families, Patricia Maldonado of Vancouver, Wash., and Susan and Tom Holmes of La Grande; brothers, Jay Vess of La Grande and Bob Vess of Las Vegas; a sister, Clara Sailing of Spokane; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Four sisters and two brothers died earlier.

Naomi Terry

Naomi Terry, 73, died at her home in Elgin this morning.

A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handing arrangements.

Elva Young

Formerly of La Grande

1910-2001

Elva Boswell Young, 91, formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 18 in Renton, Wash.

She died at the home of her son David and daughter-in-law Alice.

A graveside service was conducted on Friday at Bramlet Cemetery in Wallowa. Bishop Michael Rose of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Enterprise officiated.

Mrs. Young was born June 3, 1910, in Minam to Hulda Elizabeth Clifford and Chester Abraham Boswell. She grew up in Minam.

She married John Douglas Meldrum in October of 1936. They had four children, Lora, John, Kay and David. The family lived in La Grande for much of the next 12 years. John Meldrum died of a heart attack in 1948.

In 1950 she married Emerson Al Young. They had a daughter, Pearl Young.

The family lived in many parts of Oregon as Mr. Young worked in the logging industry. After a logging accident, the family moved to Warrenton. Mr. Young died in November 1978 of a heart attack.

Mrs. Young lived in Warrenton until May 1997. She then moved to Renton to live with her son and daughter-in-law.

Survivors include brothers Earl and Abraham and children Lora Depoe, Kay Ritter, David Meldrum and Pearl Young Boyd, and

many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

A son John died in February 1994. Several brothers and sisters also died earlier.

Lillian L. Hadden

La Grande

1905-2001

Lillian L. Hadden, 95, of La Grande, died Sept. 22 at a local care center.

A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Island City Cemetery, with Sally Wiens officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Mrs. Hadden was born Dec. 25, 1905, in North Powder to Andrew and Breta Christina Person Dahlstrom. She graduated from North Powder High School. She married Jay Hadden on May 5, 1927, in North Powder.

During World War II she worked as a calligrapher for the Union Pacific Railroad. She also worked for Ann Johnsons, Genevieves, JP Stephens and Dr. Gregory and worked part time at the corner store on Fourth and C.

She was a lifetime member of the Eagles Auxiliary and a member of the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary and the Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed doing handcrafts and worked in the Arts and Crafts division of the Union County Fair for many years. She played piano for dances during World War II and for the senior center for many years.

She is survived by her children, Mildred Chenault of Union and Boyd and Kay Hadden of La Grande; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and other relatives.

A son, Dick Hadden; brothers, Axel, John and Paul Dahlstrom; sisters, Marie Johnson and Ruby Dahlstrom, a grandson, and a great-grandson died earlier.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary or the senior center, in care of Daniels Chapel.

Catherine Agnes Jordan

La Grande

1913-2001

Catherine Agnes Jordan, 87, of La Grande died Sept. 22 at a local care center.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley with Father Hank Albrecht officiating. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. Committal and interment will follow at Hillcrest East Cemetery.

Mrs. Jordan was born Nov. 16, 1913, to George and Aurelia Swigart Kaup in Chandler, Okla.

On June 2, 1933, she married Roy P. Jordan in Oklahoma. The couple moved to La Grande in 1939.

During World War II, Mrs. Jordan worked at the Mount Emily mill and later worked for many years at the Sacajawea Annex.

She was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, the AARP and the Eagles Auxiliary. She loved to play bingo, enjoyed handicrafts, made many quilt tops and loved to cook for her family. She was known for her homemade noodles and chocolate cake.

Survivors include Mrs. Jordans children, Patricia Peterson of

La Grande, Bobby Jordan of Spokane, Caroline and Bob Schie of Portland, and Brad and Rita Jordan of Gresham; six grandsons, four granddaughters; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Two brothers died earlier. Mr. Jordan died March 1, 1980.

Memorials may be made to the senior center in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

Theodore Mathson

La Grande

1912-2001

Theodore Ole Mathson, who worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for more than 40 years before retiring in 1975, died in Springfield Sept. 20. He was 88.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande. Wiley Nebeker will conduct the service, with burial to follow at Hillcrest East Cemetery.

Mr. Mathson was born Oct. 21, 1912, to Ole and Rosie Walmer Mathson in Perry.

He married Helen Rose Zabriskie in Stevens, Wash., on March 8, 1949.

He served in World War II as an Army searchlight technician stationed in Hawaii before going to work for the railroad.

He enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, working in his shop and woodcutting. He hosted the biannual Mathson Reunion, where hundreds of relatives came to enjoy his barbecued pork.

He is survived by his wife; eight children, Judy Murphy of Perry, Davie Mathson of Dillon, Mont., John Mathson of Eureka, Calif., Randy Mathson of Springfield, Delance Mathson of the Plains, Ohio, Sandra Mathson of

La Grande, Michael Mathson of Vancouver, Wash., and Helen Lara of Newberg; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

Two brothers and three sisters died earlier.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

William Watson Page

Formerly of La Grande, Cove

1914-2001

William Watson Page, who worked as an engineer for Union Pacific Railroad for 30 years, died at his home in Medford Sept. 24. He was 87.

No service was held.

Mr. Page was born in Bethany, N.Y., on July 20, 1914, and moved to Weiser, Idaho, when he was 16. He moved to La Grande in the 1940s and to Cove in 1966. He moved to Grants Pass in 1990 and to Medford a year ago.

He retired from the railroad in 1974. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching birds and gardening.

Mr. Page was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a 32nd-degree Scottish Rite, third-degree Mason and a member of the Shriners and Eagles.

He is survived by three sons, Tim of Billings, Mont., Jerry of Medford and Chris of La Grande; a daughter, Shelly Page of Portland; a sister, Sue Atwood of McCall, Idaho; three stepdaughters, Tammy Robinson of Cove, Laurie Fite of Union and Jodie Craig of La Grande; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; five step-grandchildren and two great-step-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Childrens Hospital in Portland.

Hilda J. Fanning

La Grande

1913-2001

Hilda J. Ticer Fanning, 87, of La Grande and formerly of Wallowa, died Sept. 26 at a local care center.

A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wallowa Christian Church in Wallowa. Interment will follow at the Wallowa Cemetery.

Mrs. Fanning was born Oct. 1, 1913, to William T. and Effie E. Ticer in Thurber, Texas.

On April 18, 1936, she married Floyd Fanning in Walla Walla. The couple lived in Athena and Kellogg, Idaho, before moving to Wallowa in 1945.

Mrs. Fanning worked at the Weston cannery, wrote news for The Observer, the Wallowa County Chieftain and the Walla Walla Bulletin. She was one of the first board members of Help Inc., advocating for the elderly in Wallowa County. She was also a homemaker.

She was a member of Pauline Rebekah Lodge No. 13 of Pendleton and the Wallowa Christian Church. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and other arts and crafts. She

also loved playing cards and games on her computer.

Survivors include her children, Geraldine Huffman of Couer d Alene, Idaho, Maxine and Dean Wyatt of La Grande, and Blaine Fanning of Cascade Locks; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Her husband, Floyd, a son, Henry Clay Fanning, a daughter, Paline Byerley, a sister, Sybil Stowe, and four brothers, Roy, Oscar, James and Cecil Ticer, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association in care of Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise.

Naomi Terry

La Grande

1927-2001

Naomi Jeanne Terry, 73, died Sept. 25 at her home in Elgin.

A private family service was held at her home. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Terry was born Nov. 6, 1927, to Richard Wyatt and Blanch Combs Lane in Baker City. She married Wallace Terry on Sept. 6, 1962, in Jerome, Idaho. Mrs. Terry was a member of the Pythian sisters of Elgin. She also belonged to art clubs in the Arizona cities of Chino, Prescott Valley and Phoenix.

One of her loves was oil painting. She won several awards for her paintings. Her other joys were sewing, cooking and spending time with her family.

Survivors include a son and his wife, Rick and Teresa Taylor of Polson, Mont.; a daughter and her husband, Frankie and Dale Thamert of Elgin; stepsons, Gerald and his wife Cookie Bacon of Asotin, Wash., Douglas and his wife Carol Terry of Enterprise, Glen and his wife Glenda Terry of Spokane and Stan and his wife Vickie Terry of La Grande; two sisters, Alma Comstock of Pendleton and Betty Trump of Elgin; and a brother, Maurice Lane of Portland; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Friea M. Lauman

Friea M. Lauman, 60, of Summerville died Friday at her home.

A funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in La Grande.

A complete obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

 
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