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OBITUARIES FOR APRIL 5 - 10, 2004
Formerly of Union
Anna Wight, 94, of Brigham City, Utah, and formerly of Union died April 2. A reception for family and friends will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Gillies-Petersen Funeral Chapel in Brigham City. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Brigham City Cemetery.
Mrs. Wight was born Feb. 9, 1910, to Peter P. and Kristine Mortensen Hendrickson in Brigham City. She graduated from Box Elder High School and Seminary, and on Feb. 20, 1932, married Lowen H. Wight. The marriage was sealed in the Logan Temple in 1933.
The couple settled in Union, and their first two children were born at Hot Lake. The family farmed in Washington for 20 years and lived in California before returning to Union in about 1971. In 1988 they moved to Brigham City.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The couple fulfilled a mission in New Zealand, and she held many leadership and teaching positions in the Primary and Relief Society. She enjoyed genealogy, sewing, quilting, crochet and gardening.
Survivors include children and their spouses, Mark and Carol Wight of Provo, Utah, Richard and Judy Wight of Sandy, Utah, Dwayne and Debbie Wight of Corinne, Utah; 13 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Hadley of Ogden, Utah.
Condolences can be e-mailed to www.gilliespetersen.com.
Bernice V. Munhall
Bernice V. Munhall, 87, of Baker City, died Friday at the St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.
Recitation of The Rosary will begin at 7 tonight at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. in Baker City. Graveside services for Mrs. Munhall will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Summerville Cemetery. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin, St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, will officiate.
Mrs. Munhall was born May 14, 1916 at Summerville, the daughter of Victor and Martha Fries Johnston. She received her education in Imbler, graduating in 1934.
After graduation she attended business college in Spokane. She worked for various doctors in La Grande and married Robert Munhall April 13,
1949, in La Grande. In 1950, they moved to Baker City, where Robert worked for York Electric.
Later, the couple purchased York Electric. She also was a homemaker and loving wife and mother. After their retirement they spent most of their time at their cabin on Wallowa Lake. She loved the wildflowers and watching the wild birds. She loved to cook, especially large meals for family gatherings.
Mrs. Munhall had a love for music and people. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Grange since 1926, St. Francis de Sales Cathedral and the St. Francis Altar Society.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law; Alan and Jeanne Munhall, Lakeview; daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Wayne Bloom, Baker City; brothers and sisters-in-law, Leighton and Marie Johnston, Hood River, and Dean and Judy Johnston, Union; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Owen Munhall and his wife Kathleen, of Spokane; and several nieces and nephews. Her husband and a niece and nephew died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the St. Francis de Sales Choir Loft repair project, St. Francis de Sales Food Bank, or Pathway Hospice through the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City 97814.
Formerly of Cove
A graveside service for Lorna Stahl, 75, of Pendleton and formerly of Cove will begin at 1 p.m. April 22 at the Cove Cemetery.
Arnold Duane Morgan, 75, of La Grande died April 1 at John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., after a short illness. Viewing will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Mueller's Greenlee Funeral Home, 1608 W. Court Street, Pasco, Wash. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Mueller's Greenlee Funeral Home. Burial will follow at City View Cemetery in Pasco.
Mr. Morgan was born Jan. 22, 1929, to Arnold E. and Annie M. Morgan in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. He graduated from high school in Colfax, Wash., in 1947, and on June 5, 1954, he married Christina Beeson in La Grande. The couple lived in Burbank Heights, Wash., where he was employed as a maintenance supervisor at Boise Cascade for 27 years. He retired in 1985.
He enjoyed travel and spent many winters in Arizona. He was a past president of the Burbank Lions Club, a member of the Eagles and American Legion in Pasco and served on the Burbank PTA. He enjoyed fishing, spending time with his family, and helping others. He was always available to help others in need.
Survivors include his wife, of La Grande; children and their spouses, Roc and Kathy Morgan of Kennewick, Rod and Susan Morgan of Pasco, Richard and Sharon Houston of Tucson, Ariz., Linda and Nick Rigutto of Portland; numerous grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and Dean Culbertson, and Barbara and Robert McAvoy, all of Walla Walla, JoAnne and Daimond Fleming of LaCrosse, Wash., and Joyce and Jim Langdon of Kennewick; and a brother and sister-in-law, Randall and Carroll Morgan of Medford. A daughter, Peggy Jo, died earlier.
Josie Eveline Witherspoon, 94, of La Grande and formerly of Elgin, died April 5 at her home. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the Elgin Cemetery with Pastor John McElravy officiating.
Mrs. Witherspoon was born June 9, 1909, to William and Lizzie Jane Chase Robbs in Summerville and spent her entire life in the Grande Ronde Valley. She attended grade school in Summerville and graduated from high school in Imbler. In May of 1935 she married Raymond Waelty in Walla Walla. He died in 1983. On July 18, 1987, she married Perry Witherspoon.
She was a member of the Elgin Christian Church, the Cricket Flat Grange, the Elgin Farm Bureau and the American Legion. She enjoyed her family, her home, farming, picking huckleberries and gathering mushrooms. She did many handicrafts and was an excellent quilter.
Survivors include her daughters, Myrna Davis of Gresham and Joyce Lindsay of Belfair, Wash.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband and eight siblings died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Elgin Christian Church in care of Daniels Chapel.
Marguerite L. Rysdam, 87, of Elgin died April 4 at her home. Viewing will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Elgin Christian Church, 1335 Div-ision St., with Pastor Bill Miller officiating. A private burial will be in the Elgin Cemetery.
Mrs. Rysdam was born Feb. 7, 1917, to Thomas and Mary Bonds Jenkins in Bull Creek, Calif. She married Arie R. Rysdam on Sept. 6, 1940, in Merced Falls, Calif. She moved to Elgin in 1965. The marriage ended in 1993.
She enjoyed hunting, square-dancing, fishing, baseball, basketball and baking. She loved children, and enjoyed helping other families in need. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge in Coulterville, Calif. and Corning, Calif.
Survivors include children and their spouses, Mary Louise Rysdam of La Grande, Arie Lee and Susan Rysdam of Clatskanie and Janice and Larry Hallgarth of Elgin; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her parents, four brothers and a sister died earlier.
Memorials may be made to Grande Ronde Hospital Home Health and Hospice or to Community Connections in care of the Loveland Chapel.
Esther A. Horner, 99, of Enterprise died Wednesday. The funeral will begin at 4 p.m. Monday at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., in Enterprise. A full obituary will be published later.
Baker City and formerly of La Grande
Alladyne L. Derrick, 78, of Baker City and formerly of La Grande died April 7 at her home. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery with the Rev. Connie Boone and Mike Durgan of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church officiating. A reception will follow at the church.
Mrs. Derrick was born March 8, 1926, to Bill and Wilma Neider Metcalf in La Grande. She graduated from Baker High School and on March 10, 1946, she married Robert V. Derrick in Baker City.
Survivors include her husband of Baker City; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Debra Derrick of Winter Park, Fla.; four grandchildren and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners' Children's Hospital in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City 97814.
Deborah Diltz Duquette, 49, of La Grande died April 5 at her home after a long illness. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Mrs. Duquette was born Dec. 24, 1954, to Calvin Oliver and Barbara Lee Ware Diltz in Washington, D.C. She completed high school in Germany, and attended Western Maryland College. She graduated from the University of Colorado and earned a master's degree as a teacher of the hearing-impaired from Western Oregon State College. She worked with multiple-handicapped children for the Union-Baker Education Service District. She married David Arnold Duquette and the couple were later divorced.
She was an excellent cook and had a talent for cross-stitching. She enjoyed traveling. She will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor, warmth, independence and her hearty laugh.
Survivors include her companion Dale Decker of La Grande; her children, Jessica Duquette of Columbia, Md., Jedediah Duquette of Frostburg, Md., and Acacia Duquette of La Grande; brothers and sisters, Kenneth Diltz of Mechanicsburg, Penn., Kevin Diltz of Bloomsburg, Penn., Sandra Diltz of West Palm, Fla., Katherine Adams of Sykesville, Md. and Andrew Diltz of Laurel, Md.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Shelter from the Storm in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.
Dan Baker, 56, of Summerville died Friday at his home.
Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the
First Christian Church in La Grande, Burial will follow in the Summerville Cemetery. Visitation has been set from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande.