OBITUARIES FOR DECEMBER 8-13, 2003
Formerly of Enterprise
Judith Parr, 58, of Milton-Freewater and formerly of Enterprise, died Dec. 5 at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla. A funeral will begin at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church in Milton-Freewater. A graveside service at the Enterprise Cemetery will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Mrs. Parr was born on Feb. 10, 1945, to Alvin and Margaret Musty Davis in Enterprise. The family moved to Athena before settling in Milton-Freewater where she graduated from high school in 1963.
On Jan. 27, 1964, she married Glenn "Lee" Parr in Lewiston, Idaho. She worked for area restaurants and in 1981 became a cook for the school district. She enjoyed collecting giraffes, knitting for her friends, shopping, her flowers and playing bunco.
Survivors include her husband of Milton-Freewater, a son and daughter-in-law, Rob and Wenda Parr of Waitsburg, Wash.; her mother, Margaret Davis-Hook of Milton-Freewater, and two grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Walla Walla Hospice in care of Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater 97862.
Judy Katherine Thomas, 57, of La Grande died Dec. 5 at her home after a short illness. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Thurs-day in the gym at Union High School. Burial will follow at the Island City Cemetery with a reception at The Place, also in Island City.
Ms. Tho-mas was born Feb. 5, 1946, to Jack Bitting and Katherine Fergus Thomas in Wichita, Kan. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1964 and earned a degree in recreation from Oregon State University. She worked at Maplelane School for Girls in Centralia, Wash., before earning a degree in education at OSU. She began teaching third grade in 1971 at Union's Hutchinson Grade School and remained there until her retirement in 2001.
In 1989 she was the first recipient of the American Electronics Association Mathematics Elementary Teacher of The Year award. She and her students raised money for books for Toys For Tots, Shelter From the Storm and Head Start, and she started the swimming program for Union third graders. She was a member of the La Grande Country Club and became an avid golfer. She enjoyed sewing and crafts, and sold her creations at craft sales. She visited the Caribbean, Kosovo and many places in Europe but her favorite place was Washington D.C.
Survivors include her brother Thomas Morgan Thomas II and his wife Pam of Portland and two cousins, Nancy Land and Patty Monroe of Tulsa, Okla. Her step-father, Gerald Willis Moss and her mother, Katherine Thomas Moss, both died earlier.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Union Bobcat Fund or Saint Mary Cancer Center of Walla Walla or the Cystic Fibrosis Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.
Berneice Barklow McBath, 91, of Wallowa died Dec. 6 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Wallowa Christian Church with burial to follow at the Wallowa Cemetery. Mrs. McBath was born Aug. 5, 1912, to Bill and Tishey Roberts Barklow on her grandparents' ranch at Lone Pine. She attended school there and graduated from Wallowa High School in 1930. In 1931 she married Tom McBath in Baker City. She was a member and at one time the president of the Quilters Guild, and presented to Gov. Mark Hatfield a handmade quilt. She enjoyed painting, sewing, being a homemaker and serving the Lord.
Survivors include children and their spouses, Deloris and Al Thomas of La Grande, Beth and Doug Paytin of Halfway and Patricia Smith of Wallowa; siblings and their spouses, Kenneth and Irene Barklow of Wallowa and Esther and Jess Tuell of Enterprise; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband, a son, Thomas, a brother, William, a sister, Katherine, and a grandson, Travis Prince, all died earlier.
Memorials may be made to Deavers Eye Clinic or a favorite charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.
John Steven Bynum, 45, of La Grande, died Nov. 26 at Grande Ronde Hospital of natural causes.
No services are planned. A memorial will be held in the spring.
Mr. Bynum was born on July 22, 1958, the son of Jasper and Norma Renwick Bynum.
He was a very loving and giving person, family members said. His compassion and
kindness will always be remembered.
He enjoyed working outdoors and gardening, yard work and cooking.
His parents, Jasper and Norma Bynum, and a sister, Judy Dinsmore, died earlier.
He is survived by his companion, Pamela Counsell, of
La Grande; brother, Mike Bynum, and sisters, Patricia Rae and Margie Carroll, all from California; and numerous nephews, nieces and great-nephews and nieces.
Memorial contributions may be made to the John Bynum Memorial Fund in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Thelma Cunningham Coffin, 72, of Orange, Calif., died Nov. 24, and Albert "Bud" Coffin, 80, of Orange, died Nov. 26, both from cancer.
Funeral arrangements for the couple are being made by Fairhaven Memorial Park and Mortuary in Santa Ana, Calif.
Mrs. Coffin was born Nov. 23, 1931, in Iowa.
She later lived in lower Perry and attended schools in La Grande.
Mr. Coffin was born Aug. 26, 1923, to Edgar and Zada Coffin at the family farm on Pumpkin Ridge, Summerville.
He attended school in Summerville. Mr. Coffin was a veteran of World War II, serving for the Army in the South Pacific.
Thelma and Albert were married in 1948.
Survivors include a son, Charles Coffin; daughter, Linda Hokanson; Thelma's mother, Mildred Cunningham of La Grande, and sister, Harriet Girrard; Albert's sister, Margie Round; their seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.
William George Livingston
William "Bill" Livingston, 74, of La Grande, died Dec. 5 at a local care center.
The funeral service took place at 10 this morning at the Island City Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dedication of the grave and burial followed at Island City Cemetery. Arrangements are with Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Mr. Livingston was born on June 28, 1929, the son of Leah and George Livingston, in La Grande. He attended his first three years of schooling at Riveria School and then later at the Mount Glen School and La Grande Junior High School. He graduated from La Grande High School with the Class of 1948.
He played varsity football all through high school.
After graduating he logged in the redwoods of Northern California for one year. He worked most of his life in the logging and sawmill industries until his retirement in 1991. He started at Boise Cascade sawmill in La Grande pulling green chain, and ran the stacker of green lumber there until he retired after 40 years.
Mr. Livingston joined the 186th Oregon National Guard and was active for 13 years in the local unit. His first marriage was to Lois Guina. They had two daughters, Leah and Cheryl Livingston.
He later married Elaine Whitley on Oct. 29, 1965, in La Grande. Elaine had two sons, Lon and Ray Whitley.
Mr. Livingston was a member of the La Grande Fourth Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he held positions including counselor in the ward Sunday school and later counselor in the stake Sunday school presidency. He was also secretary of the Elders' Quorum and member of the High Priests.
He enjoyed outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, motorcycle riding, camping and snowmobiling.
In addition to his wife, Elaine, he is survived by his sister, Harriet Miller of Ardmore, Okla.; four children; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and other relatives. His parents and a sister, Dorothy Becker, died earlier.
Anna Rosella Simmons, 91, of Imnaha died Dec. 6 at an Enterprise care center.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bollman Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Prairie Creek Cemetery.
She was born at New Meadows, Idaho, March 21, 1912, to Roy and Maude Moyer Briggs.
She married Homa Sandlin July 7, 1932. Homa Sandlin died in 1974. In 1976, she married Clyde Simmons. Mr Simmons died in 2001.
She is survived by two sons and their wives, Duane and Ida Sandlin and James and Pat Sandlin, all of Enterprise; a brother, Bud Briggs; step-daughter, Rhonda Winters; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
She loved cooking, gardening, flowers, and her church.
Memorials may be made to the charity of choice in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise 97828.
Formerly of Elgin
Edward A. Gekeler, 61, of Luis Lopez, N.M., and formerly of Elgin died at his home of natural causes. A full obituary will be published later.
Formerly of La Grande
Delmer Fred Howell, 74, of Gridley, Calif., and formerly of La Grande died Dec. 8 at his home. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the LDS Stake Center in Gridley.
Mr. Howell was born Jan. 9, 1929, to Merritt Nicolas
and Verda Rose Allen Howell in La Grande. He attended Eastern Oregon College of Education before serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Australia. He later served as branch president, bishop and high counselor in the church.
He earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Brigham Young University and taught education at Chico State College from 1953 to 1970, and at Eastern Oregon College from 1970 to 1973. Before his retirement in 1988 he was superintendent of schools and principal at various places in northern California.
He married Marilyn Ferrin on June 27, 1952, in the temple at Salt Lake City. He loved his students and was loved for his intellect and keen sense of humor. He enjoyed painting landscapes, especially of snowcapped mountains.
Survivors include his wife and his mother, both of Gridley; children, Mark Howell of Hat Creek, Calif., Layne Howell of Nevada City, Calif., Martin Howell and Lynn Howell, both of Fresno, Calif., and Marcia Freer of Berwick, Maine; 16 grandchildren and a sister, Lila McDaniel of Klamath Falls.
His father and a sister, Helen, both died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Family History Center of the LDS Church, the Humanitarian Aid Program or the Perpetual Education Fund in care of Sorensen's Mortuary, 587 Country Drive, Chico, Calif. 95928.
Glenn W. Slabaugh, 94, of La Grande died Thursday at his home. Funeral services are pending and will be announced later by Loveland Funeral Chapel.
Lila Leora Keller, 94, of La Grande died Dec. 10 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Dedication of the grave and burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery.
Mrs. Keller was born June 30, 1909, to Isaac and Eliza Bishop Preston in Midvale, Idaho. On March 7, 1926, she married Carl John Keller in Nampa, Idaho, and the couple made their home in La Grande. They enjoyed camping and picnicking together. He died in 1981.
She was a member of the Second Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed genealogical research, crafts, crocheting, fancy work and playing cards.
Survivors include her children, Marietta Dodds of La Grande and Jack Keller of Tacoma, Wash.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to the Family History Center in care of Daniels Chapel.
Formerly of Cove
Penny Lynn Trotter, 57, of Sonora, Calif., and formerly of Cove died Dec. 11 at Sonora Community Hospital after a long illness. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Sonora.
Mrs. Trotter was born June 27, 1946, to Walter Donald and Edna Gordon in Hayward, Calif. She grew up in the Castro Valley and graduated from Hayward High School in 1964. She married Bob Trotter and the couple lived in California until 1999 when they moved to Cove. They returned to Sonora six months ago. She managed the Pine Mountain Lake Country Club in Groveland, Calif., in the 1970s and 1980s, and later worked as a bookkeeper for her husband's business, Trotter Welding. She enjoyed music and dancing, especially tap, toe and ballet, racing sprint cars, collecting clowns and playing Mrs. Claus to her husband's Santa. She enjoyed birds and wildlife, but her family was her first priority.
Survivors include her husband of Cove; children, Stacy Barnett of Jamestown, Calif., and Kim Ledwick of Twain Harte, Calif.; two stepchildren, Robert and Chris Trotter, both of Sonora; seven grandchildren; her mother of Hayward; and two sisters, Doreen Aguilar of Oakland, Calif., and Patricia Horen of Brentwood, Calif. Her father died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 73, Jamestown, Calif. 95327.
Formerly of La Grande
Catherine Marie Taylor, 87, of Athena and formerly of La Grande and Union died Dec. 11 at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the Athena Baptist Church with Pastor John Nichols officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Grandview Cemetery.
Mrs. Taylor was born Sept. 7, 1916, in Ironside to Gordon R. and Gertrude Toombs Dickson. She was raised on her father's ranch and attended grades one through 10 at the one-room schoolhouse in Ironside.
She graduated from Ontario High School in 1934, and on Oct. 4 the same year she married Kennett Preston Taylor in Vale. The couple lived in Halfway, Richland, Union and La Grande where she worked at the Sacajawea Hotel as a cook.
She worked there during the filming of "Pillars of the Sky" and had opportunities to prepare special dishes for the stars staying at the motel.
After her husband's death she moved to Athena in 1992.
In La Grande she was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Order of Eastern Star and several bridge clubs. She was known for her culinary skills and for needlework, crocheting and crafts.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Elvin and Waunita Taylor of Athena; a daughter-in-law, Marlene Taylor of Astoria; five sisters, Dorothy McNulty of Ontario, Ella Mae Armstrong of Boise, Helen Reed of Nampa, Idaho, Hazel Williams of Bend and Norma Jean Smurthwaite of Tigard; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and other relatives. A son, Gordon Taylor, her brothers Paul and John Dickson, a sister Darlene, and a great-granddaughter, Alesha Griggs, all died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Athena Baptist Church Memorial Fund through Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater 97862.