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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR APRIL 14 - 19, 2003



Shirley Graham

Formerly of Union


Shirley Ann Graham, 74, of Umatilla and formerly of Union died April 11 at a care center in Hermiston.

A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. today at the Union Cemetery. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Graham was born March 26, 1929, in Union. She attended high school in Portland and moved to Rainier. She attended Lower Columbia River Community College. She moved to Umatilla in 1977 where she worked at Lamb Weston in Hermiston until she retired in 1991. She was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church and enjoyed gardening, bird watching, genealogy, pinochle and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include children, Daniel Graham of Rainier, Katie Graham of Portland, Laura Gray of Umatilla and Josephine Powney of Hermiston; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sharon Scott of Elmira. Her mother, Alta Mae Gambill, and a son-in-law, Michael Gray, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1311 N.W. 21st Ave., Portland 97209.

Edwin ‘Glade' Janes

La Grande


Edwin "Glade" Janes, 76, of La Grande and formerly of Tillamook, died April 13 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Daniels Chapel of

the Valley, with Pastor Raymond Bates of the SonRise Free Methodist Church


A graveside service will take place at 2 p.m. Friday at Sunset Heights Memorial Gardens in Tillamook.

Mr. Janes was born on Oct. 16, 1926, to of Edwin "Ross" and Ruth Seslar Janes in North Platte, Neb. He was educated in Nebraska before the family moved to Deer Island near St. Helens. He earned a bachelor's degree from Seattle Pacific University before enlisting in the Army.

After his honorable medical discharge, he returned to Oregon where he broke horses and competed in rodeos. On Dec. 15, 1946, he married Arline Naomi Schild in Tillamook. They operated a dairy farm in Tillamook for 40 years. In 1986 they moved to La Grande and worked for his daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Ivan Bingenheimer. Mrs. Janes died on March 22, 1999.

Mr. Janes was a member of the SonRise Free Methodist Church. He enjoyed woodworking, made wooden pens and was an avid horseman.

Survivors include his son, Donald Janes of Salem, twin children, Ken Janes of Tigard and Kathy Bingenheimer of

La Grande, son, Adolph Janes of Vancouver, Wash.; brother, Gerald Janes of Oregon City; sister, Lorraine Olsen of Gig Harbor, Wash.; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grande Ronde Hospital Home Care services, PO Box 3290, La Grande 97850, or the SonRise Free Methodist Building Fund, in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

To view the unedited obituary, sign the guest book or leave a condolence visit this site: www.danielschapel.com.

Jean Hutchinson



Jean Leola Hutchinson, 87, of Union died April 12 at her home. A funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Union Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with Bishop Jerry Baxter officiating. Burial will follow at the Union Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Hutchinson was born Jan. 17, 1916, to Raymond and Frankie Combs Baum in La Grande. She graduated from Union High School in 1933, and on Feb. 12, 1935, she married Arthur "Lowell" Hutchinson in Arlington. The couple had a ranch in Union, and she cooked for hay crews before becoming the bookkeeper for the Baum Insurance Agency in La Grande, where she worked until her retirement in 1978.

She was a member of the Union Ward of the LDS church, the Union Caring Helpers, the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary and the Lucky 13 Bridge Group, and served as state president of the PTA. She played the piano, taught piano lessons and loved the theater and opera. She was an award-winning ballroom dancer and enjoyed watercolor, children, sewing and reading .

Survivors include children and their spouses, Judy and Dale Perkins of Union, Patsy and Gene Hand of Eugene, Barbara and Duane Tyler of Union and Diane and Doug Kinsley of Union; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Robert Baum of Salem; and other relatives. Her husband, two sisters and four brothers died earlier.

Memorials may be made to GRH Home Hospice, P.O. Box 3290 in La Grande or the Union Caring Helpers in care of the Union Branch of Community Bank.

Leila Lovely

Formerly of Union

and La Grande


Leila June Lovely, 84 of Hermiston and formerly of Union died April 15 at Good Shepherd Medical Center. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Lovely was born Oct. 18, 1918, to Clifford and Iva Hanna Long in Baker City. She graduated from Union High School and lived in La Grande and Hermiston. She married Paul Ivan Frazier, who died in 1977, and later married Frank Lovely, who died in 1987. She was a member of the Landmark Baptist Church and former members of the Eagles and spent her winters in Arizona. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, traveling, camping, fishing, embroidery and entertaining.

Survivors include a daughter, Louise Ables of Hermiston, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Besides her husbands, son Allan and brother Emil Mulvehill died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity.

Doris Stubblefield

Prineville and formerly

of La Grande


Doris Joyce Stubblefield, 74, of Prineville and formerly of La Grande died April 13 at Pioneer Memorial Hospital. A private graveside service will be held at Grandview Cemetery.

Mrs. Stubblefield was born Nov. 21, 1928, to Earl Harrison and Ida Sielaff Carpenter. She attended Indian Creek School in the Elgin area and graduated from La Grande High School. On Aug. 9, 1946, she married Otis Omar Stubblefield in Nampa, Idaho. The couple lived in Tillamook and worked on a dairy and some mill towns in Oregon before settling in Prineville in 1976. She worked for J.C. Penney in Prineville and Bend in the catalog store and credit department before retiring in 1991. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and her family was her highest priority. She enjoyed reading, crochet, singing, poetry, telling stories and dancing.

Survivors include her husband of Prineville; children and their spouses, Rose and John Nelson, and Doris and Lee Bristow, all of Prineville, and Daniel and Debra Stubblefield of Fossil; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; a brother, Erwin Carpenter of Grangeville, Idaho; a sister, Carol McCrae of Wallowa and other relatives. A brother, Earl Carpenter, and a sister, Marie Carpenter, both died earlier.

‘Bill' Ward

Formerly of La Grande


William T. "Bill" Ward, 60, of Cornelius and formerly of La Grande died April 14 at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland. A memorial service was held in Hillsboro. Fir Lawn Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Ward was born Aug. 7, 1942, to Guy M. and Lyla Montgomery Ward in Dayton, Wash. He graduated from high school in Hood River and attended Blue Mountain Community College and Portland Community College.

On Dec. 28, 1964, he married Denice Packard in Hermiston. The couple lived in Baker City and in La Grande, where he worked for Terry Industries. In 1978 they moved to Boardman, where he worked for PGE as a mechanic, then Hillsboro and in 1999 to Cornelius.

In La Grande he was a member of the Jaycees and served as vice president and Spokesman of the Year. He coached Little League and especially enjoyed working with disabled children. He was a member of the Hat Rock Hounds, and as a CB radio operator, he was known as Super Duck and his wife was known as Mama Duck.

He enjoyed camping, fishing, photography, golf, watching sports on TV, rafting, raft building and races, reading Tom Clancy books and being with his family.

Survivors include his wife of Cornelius, children and their spouses, Teresa and Warren Klinkenberg of Hillsboro, Jennifer Ward and Scott Ward, both of Cornelius; and eight grandchildren. An infant brother and two sisters, Guyla Herrick and Ida Mae Hardman, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation or the Kidney Foundation in care of Fir Lawn Mortuary, 1070 W. Main, Hillsboro 97123.

Lee Carroll Johnson

La Grande


Lee Carroll Johnson, 90, a lifetime resident of La Grande, died April 13 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Burial will follow at the Grandview Cemetery.

Mr. Johnson was born Nov. 8, 1912, to O.O. and Stena Nelson Johnson in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School, Eastern Oregon Uni-versity and the University of Washington and later earned his doctorate from the University of Iowa. He was professor of history at Eastern Oregon University for 40 years, retiring in 1976.

During World War II he served as a captain with the Army. He was stationed in

New York and worked in Military Railway Transportation

Mr. Johnson was married to Clarice Taylor, and they had two children. She died in the early 1970s. In October 1974 he married Betty Schott in Condon.

He was a member of the First Christian Church and the La Grande Elks Lodge. He enjoyed stamp collecting and gardening. He loved to write and was an expert on the local rail system. He had a lifelong affection for animals.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Johnson of La Grande; daughter-in-law, Susan Johnson of Calgary, Canada; stepchildren, Patricia Ann Dronen of Lacey, Wash., Maureen Scott of Seattle and Deblynne Whittlesey of Stanwood, Wash.; four grandchildren and other relatives.

His daughter, Christine Lee Johnson and his son, Dr. Taylor "Abe" Johnson, died earlier, as well as brother, Alfred Johnson, and sister, Annetta Adskin.

Richard Hughes

Formerly of La Grande


Richard I.C. Hughes, 84, formerly of La Grande, died March 14 at his home in Cottonwood, Ariz.

Mr. Hughes owned Hughes Upholstery Center in La Grande, where he was a member of the Elks Lodge. He moved to Arizona in 1976.

Survivors include his wife Dixie of Cottonwood, daughters and sons-in-law, Denice

and Bill Lewis of Canyon City, Wendy and Mike Conner of Sandpoint, Idaho, and Amber and Kelley Marcum of Snowflake, Ariz.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Evelyn Parsons

Formerly of La Grande, Elgin and Imbler

Evelyn M. Parsons, 87, a former resident of La Grande, Elgin and Imbler, died Wednesday at Life Care Center of Treasure Valley in Meridian, Idaho.

A service in Prairie City will be announced later.

For information call daughter Judy Griffin at 253-848-3363.

Rodney Miller


Rodney Miller, 89, of Union died Thursday at Grande Ronde Hospital.

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

Mary Ann Hamilton

La Grande

Mary Ann Hamilton, 85, of La Grande died Thursday at a local care center.

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


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