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OBITUARIES FOR AUGUST 1 - 9, 2003
Darrell E. Bewley
Formerly of Imbler, Union and Summerville
Darrell E. Bewley, 65, of Keizer and formerly of Imbler, Union and Summerville died July 28 at a care center after a 3 1/2 year struggle with strokes. At his request there will be no service. Keizer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Bewley was born March 6, 1938, to George and Hazel Marie Howe Bewley in Merrimac, Okla. He attended school in Union and Summerville and graduated from Imbler High School in 1956, from Willamette University and from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in 1970.
He married Anita Davies and worked as a lawyer for the state Accident Insurance Fund and the Oregon Department of Justice in Salem specializing in workers compensation. He closed his private practice in 1995 and retired recently after a stroke.
He was a member of a pigeon-racing club and the American Radio Relay League, and participated in the Oregon emergency communications unit. He raised wire-haired fox terriers for show, tried his hand at raising and shearing sheep at his farm in Carlton, and learned to plow with Percheron horses. During his illness he made many friends at Garten Day Break adult day-care program, and at Marian Estates in Sublimity.
Survivors include his wife and daughters, Katie and Holly Bewley, all of Keizer; stepsons, Bill Watkins and Michael Watkins Bewley; three sisters, Ethel Ilene Odell of Keizer, Georgia Carolyn Mortier of Beaverton, and Joyce Elaine Bewley of Owatonna, Minn., and other relatives. A sister, Sibyl Ruth Reinders, died earlier.
Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the American Stroke Association, 1330 12th St. S.E., Salem 97302 or the Alzheimer's Association Mid-Willamette Chapter, 525 Glen Creek Road N.W., Salem 97304.
Velva Jean Myers, 74, of La Grande died July 30 at Grande Ronde Retirement Residence. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Island City Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Myers was born Aug. 11, 1928, to Harry and Irma Tameris Riding in La Grande. She attended Riveria Elementary School and graduated from La Grande High School in 1946. Earlier in life, she worked at the local Sprouse Reitz store.
On Sept. 27, 1959, she married Charles August Myers Jr. The couple lived on Spruce Street until his death in 1994. She was a homemaker and served as a Girl Scouts leader from 1973 to 1976. She enjoyed gardening, camping and vacationing at the Oregon coast.
Later in life, she took a job as a laundry clerk at the Stardust Motel where she took her position seriously and enjoyed both the job and the people she worked with. She was said to have an active imagination. Children were often treated to hot chocolate and cinnamon toast.
Survivors include children and their spouses, Christy Barber of La Grande, Sheryl and Mike Sandlin of White Salmon, Wash., Tom Myers of Nampa, Idaho; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; a sister, Joan Rose of Island City; and an uncle, Dave Rose of La Grande. A daughter, Teresa Kay, died earlier.
Lauretta Clark, 63, of La Grande died Thursday at Grande Ronde Hospital. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Geraldine Smith, 75, of La Grande died Friday at her home. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Howard Scott, 87, of La Grande died Friday at his home. A graveside service will begin at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Elgin Cemetery. A full obituary will be published later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Lauretta J. Clark, 63, of La Grande died July 31. At her request there will be no public services. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Clark ran an adult foster home in La Grande for five years. She will be remembered for the love she showed to everyone.
Survivors include her husband, Art Clark; children, Brenda Cockle, Laura Dalshtrom and Byron Moore; three step-sons and several grandchildren.
Formerly of Union County
Maurice Walter Beck, 89, of Hermiston and formerly of Union County, died Aug. 1 at Good Shepherd Medical Center. A recitation of the rosary will begin at 7 tonight at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday Aug. 5 at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Hillcrest East Cemetery in La Grande at 2:30 p.m.
Mr. Beck was born Aug. 1, 1914, to Walter A. and Agnes Robbins Beck in Oregon City. He was raised in Molalla and on June 9, 1937, he married Agnes Doherty in La Grande. He farmed and raised cattle in the area of Elgin and Imbler. His favorite thing to do was feed cattle. He enjoyed rodeos and once raised bucking stock. He was a member of the Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife of Hermiston; children, David Beck of Boise, and Maureen Coon of Nampa, Idaho; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Arlyn Beck of Baker City. A son, James Beck, a grandson, James Coon, and two brothers, Howard and Ralph Beck, all died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the building fund of Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church building fund in Hermiston in care of Burns Mortuary, P.O. Box 289 Hermiston, OR 97838.
Howard Nelson Scott, 87, of La Grande and formerly of Elgin and North Powder died Aug. 1 at his home. A graveside service will begin at 2:30 p.m. today at the Elgin Cemetery with Forrest Turner of North Powder and Clark Gray of Union officiating.
Mr. Scott was born Feb. 26, 1916, to Overton and Lula Hackett Scott on Cricket Flat, north of Elgin. He attended Fair View Grade School and graduated from Wallowa High School. He attended a trade school in Oakland, Calif., and became a professional welder. He enjoyed hunting and traveling around the Northwest.
In 1939 he married Leona Gray in Oakridge. He worked in the shipyards in California and served in the Navy during World War II. He farmed at Cricket Flat and worked at times for Boise Cascade and Terry Trailers.
Survivors include his wife of La Grande; sisters, Sara Mae Horn of Hermiston and Hilda Chamberlain of Wenatchee, Wash.; a sister-in-law, Jackie Scott; and other relatives. A sister, Hazel Jones, and a brother, Warren Scott, died earlier.
Memorials may be made to Grande Ronde Hospital Home Health or Hospice.
Formerly of La Grande
Coreen Marie "Corky" Stewart, 74, of Coquille and formerly of La Grande died July 31 at her home. There will be no public service.
Mrs. Stewart was born June 5, 1929, to Frederick and Sylvia Lucky Jones in Ransom, Kan. She grew up in Kansas and in the area of Eugene and Springfield. She married Bud Ryan. The couple were later divorced. She lived in La Grande, Dexter and in Lowell. She worked as a bartender and was known for the Western shirts she sewed. She played the accordion and piano and enjoyed dancing, sewing, gardening, bowling, playing pool and being with her family and friends. She was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary, the VFW, American Legion and the Moose Lodge.
Survivors include children, Ann Ryan of Coquille and Ken Ryan of Pleasant Hill; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Zora Gates of Cortez, Colo.; and a brother, Elvin Jones of Napa, Calif. A daughter, Linda Ryan-Henderson, and a brother, Kenneth Jones, died earlier.
Memorials may be made to South Coast Hospice, 1620 Thompson Road, Coos Bay, OR 97420 or to the American Cancer Society in care of Myrtle Grove Funeral Service, P.O. Box 37, Coquille 97423
Enterprise and Joseph
Emma Emily Neil, 95, of Enterprise and formerly of Joseph died July 30 at a local care center. A private family service will be held at a later date. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Neil was born Jan. 27, 1908, to Albin and Louise Rudger in Joseph. She attended Liberty School, Joseph High School and a business college in Baker City. On April 3, 1934, she married Dawson Neil in Joseph. The couple farmed and ranched in the Three Lake area before buying a ranch on Lower Prairie Creek.
After her husband's death she moved to Joseph, where she managed the Indian Lodge Motel until she retired. She volunteered during elections as a ballot counter and in 1994 moved to the Pleasant View Retirement Home in Enterprise. She enjoyed visiting, reading, working word puzzles and helping with the laundry. She moved to the Wallowa County Nursing Home five days before her death.
Survivors include children and their spouses, Dawson and Nancy Neil of Enterprise, Malcom and Kathy Neil of Milton-Freewater and Norman and Julie Neil of Hermiston; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and other relatives. Three sisters and a brother died earlier.
Memorials may be made to any charity.
Kathleen Andrews, 54, died today at her home in La Grande.
Funeral services are pending and will be announced later by Loveland Funeral Chapel.
Kathleen Fredrickson Andrews, 54, of La Grande died Aug. 6 at her home of cancer. Viewing will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., and at 10 a.m. before the service. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the LDS Stake Center, 1802 Gekeler Lane. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery.
Mrs. Andrews was born June 24, 1949, to Robert and Joan Wigand Fredrickson in Pocatello, Idaho.
She graduated from La Grande High School in 1968 and attended Eastern Oregon University.She graduated from Brigham Young University and married Robert Rex Andrews. The couple were later divorced.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many areas, but the Young Women's and Visiting Teachers groups were of primary
Survivors include children, Jared, Stephen and Devin Andrews, all of Bremerton, Wash., and Loren Andrews of La Grande; her parents of La Grande; three sisters, Jody Bullough of Cottage Grove, Minn., Shara Weatherspoon of Salem and Deanne Feik of Oak Grove, Ky., and other relatives. Two brothers, Robert Fredrickson, and her twin, Mark Fredrickson, both died earlier.
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Grande Ronde Home Health and Hospice or the LDS Family History Center in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel.
Formerly of La Grande
Debra Louise Cotton, 51, of Portland and formerly of La Grande died July 18 at Good Samaritan Hospital of natural causes. Burial was in Willamette National Cemetery.
Mrs. Cotton was born June 2, 1952, to Robert and Viola Campbell West in La Grande. She moved to Portland in 1972 and to Scappose in 1976. She attended school in Coos Bay and married William Cotton in 1976. She was a victim advocate for Columbia County.
Survivors include her husband and sons, Kyle and Wes Cotton, all of Scappoose; her parents of Coos Bay; sisters, Doreen Dolan and Lori Berg, and a brother, Brett West, all of Coos Bay.
Geraldine Smith, 75, of La Grande died Aug. 1 at her home. A private family service will be held. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Smith was born Sept. 11, 1927, to Charles E. and Sarah Ann Brumbauch Lewis in Lewiston, Mo. She graduated from high school there, and in 1946 she married Russell Smith. The couple moved to La Grande where they raised their family. She was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses and enjoyed gardening, canning and working in her yard.
Survivors include a son, Bob Smith of La Grande; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Etta and Mildred, and a brother, Henry Lewis, all of Lewistown, and other relatives. Her husband died three years ago, and a son, Jim Smith, also died earlier.
Mary Jane Ward
Mary Jane Ward, 85, of La Grande died Aug. 2 at a local care center. A private family service will be held. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Ward was born Feb. 26, 1918, to James Levi and Daisy B. Bishop Mullen in Westfall. In 1936 she gradated from Ontario High School, and on July 24, 1948, she married Frank Eldon Ward in Payette, Idaho. The couple later moved to Baker City where they ran Scotty's Tavern. She moved to La Grande in 1979.
She enjoyed drawing, painting and watching animals and birds. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed taking care of her family and grandchildren.
Survivors include a son and his wife, Ben and Cindy Ward of La Grande; a stepson and his wife, Herbert and Janet Ward of Othello, Wash.; two grandchildren; a sister, Lee Meyers of California; a sister-in-law, Naomi Westfall of Burns, and other relatives. Her husband and a son, Frank Ward, died earlier.
Memorials may be made to GRH Hospice, P.O. Box 3290.
Myrna K. Edvalson, 62, of La Grande, died Wednesday at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla following a short illness.
A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at the Cove Cemetery. Viewing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. A full obituary will be published later.
Raymond Wortman, 81, of Elgin, died Thursday at Grande Ronde Hospital. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Opal F. Bolen, 96, of La Grande died Aug. 7 at her home. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Hillcrest Cemetery with her son, V. Leon Bolen, officiating.
Mrs. Bolen was born Feb. 12, 1907, to Leonard and Alice Rakestraw Clark in Bryant, Ill. She married Virgil A. Bolen on Feb. 28, 1925, in Canton, Ill.
In 1946 the family moved to La Grande where she worked at the Montgomery Ward Department Store until she retired in 1972. She had been active in both the Union and Cove United Methodist churches and was church organist for the Cove church until 2001. She enjoyed gardening, needlepoint, sewing and spending time with her family.
Survivors include children and their spouses, V. Leon and Diane Bolen of The Dalles, Lee Bolen of La Grande, Gene and Staryl Bolen of Salem and Laura Bolen of Beaverton; 17 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Her husband, a son, a daughter and two grandchildren all died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Cove United Methodist Church in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.
Formerly of La Grande
Ellis H. Watkins, 90, of Brookings and formerly of La Grande, died July 31 at a care center. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday at his home.
Mr. Watkins was born Sept. 24, 1912, to Charles and Olive Hardy Watkins in
He graduated from La Grande High School and Eastern Oregon Normal School, and in 1939 from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in English literature. He served in the Army National Guard and in the Army during World War II, commissioned as a second lieutenant from Officer Candidate School in Australia in June 1943. He was subsequently wounded in New Guinea in April 1944 and was awarded a Purple Heart. He married Doris McAlister on June 17, 1944, in Palo Alto, Calif. He worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad as a locomotive machinist and for the U.S. Postal Service in Eugene.
After his retirement in 1972 the couple moved to Brookings. He served on the Brookings Parks and Recreation Commission. He was a stone-mason, remodeled several homes, and was an accomplished wood carver. He was a member of a guild gallery, the Masonic Lodge, the York Rite, Friends of the Library, the Chetco Community Public Library and the Pelican Bay Art Association. He enjoyed poker, pinochle, English poetry, reading Shakespeare and playing word games.
Survivors include his wife of Brookings; three sons, Stuart Watkins of Brookings, Austin Watkins of Springfield and Michael Watkins of Honolulu, Hawaii; a sister, Lena Gale of Bradenton, Fla., and other relatives.
A brother, Bill Watkins, and a sister, Erma Moore, died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Chetco Community Library Endowment Fund, 405 Alder St., Brookings 97415.
Myrna K. Edvalson, 62, of La Grande died Aug. 6 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Walla Walla following a short illness. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Cove Cemetery with a wake afterwards for family and friends at the home of Ginger Key, 65333 Booth Lane in Cove.
Mrs. Edvalson was born April 10, 1941, to Fred E. and Della Wiemer Rees in La Grande. After her parents divorced, Carl "Bud" Overman became her stepfather and an important part of her life. She attended La Grande schools and in 1958 she married Terry Edvalson. The family lived on the island of Guam, in Coos Bay and on the islands of Yap, Ponpei and Saipan. They returned to La Grande in 1977. The couple were later divorced. She was a volunteer at the Union County Historical Museum and was active in the community.
Survivors include children and their spouses, Barry and Denise Edvalson of Payette, Idaho, Thor and Nichole Edvalson of Baker City and Kelly and Dawn Edvalson of La Grande; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three sisters, Jane Wiest of Portland, Linda Ann Carroll of Gresham and Mary Patterson of Camino, Calif.; and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association or Shelter from the Storm in care of Daniels Chapel.