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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR JANUARY 20 - 25, 2003



Billy Hindman



Billy Hindman, 79, of Elgin died Jan. 20 at the home of his daughter in Touchet, Wash. A memorial service at the Elgin Stampede Grounds and a graveside service at the Hindman Cemetery in Elgin took place this morning with Randy Severe of Pendleton officiating. Herring Groseclose Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hindman was born Jan. 6, 1924, to Luther and Irma Hotchkiss Hindman in Elgin. He graduated from Elgin High School and married Reta June Follett there on Jan. 19, 1949.

He was a rancher, a member of the Oregon Cattleman's Association, which named him Man of the Year. He was named the Oregon Farmer of the Year and was a charter member of the Elgin Stampede, and a lifetime member of the Pendleton Round-up Hall of Fame Association.

Survivors include his wife of Elgin, a daughter and son-in-law, Shirley Hindman and Hugh Preston of Touchet; sons and their spouses, Scotty Hindman of Elgin, and Cody and Shara Hindman of Lewistown, Mont.; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild; a sister, Marjorie Liesegang of Hermiston, and other relatives. A sister, Vivian McIntire, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Round Up Hall of Fame building fund in care of Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla, Wash.

Beatrice Lane

La Grande


Beatrice Mathilda Lane, 91, of La Grande died Jan. 21 at a local care center. A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church. A private burial will be at Grandview Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Lane was born July 22, 1911, to Oscar Edgar and Dorothy Jane Sprowls Olsen on their family farm three miles north of Davenport, Wash. She graduated from Davenport High School in l929, and on July 4, 1931, she married Howard Lane in her parents' garden. She had encountered her future husband for the first time when she was enroute to school, driving her horse and wagon into a ditch to avoid his motorized roadster. The couple worked in the summers at an apple orchard, where they earned one cent a box during the Depression. After wheat farming and raising chickens, selling eggs, milk and garden produce for many years, they retired in 1959. In 1969 they moved to La Grande to be near family.

She was an officer in the Rebekkah Lodge and Mondovi Grange and was a Worthy Matron in the Order of Eastern Star. She was also a member PEO and the First Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school. She also worked as a nurse's aid in the Davenport hospital.

Mrs. Lane celebrated her 80th birthday with a Victorian garden party in period costume. She traveled to Mexico, Nova Scotia, Norway and when she was 83 to the Czech Republic to visit the homes of her paternal grandparents. She enjoyed square dancing, handiwork, flower gardening, fishing, travel and entertaining.

Survivors include a daughter, Audrey Carey of La Grande, three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a brother, Harold Olsen of Seattle. Her husband and son-in-law both died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Chapter DK P.E.O. memorial scholarship fund in care of Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley also posts unedited obituaries on its Web site, www.danielschapel.com.

Harriett Blaylock

Formerly of La Grande

and Elgin


Harriett Jean Blaylock, 76, of Walla Walla and formerly of La Grande and Elgin died Jan. 15 at St. Mary Medical Center, Walla Walla. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Athena Baptist Church. John Nichols will officiate. Burial will follow at the Athena Cemetery.

Mrs. Blaylock was born Jan. 15, 1927, to Harry R. and Hilda E. Thompson Thomas in Lind, Wash. She attended schools in Elgin and graduated from Athena High School. On May 20, 1945, she married Ray Blaylock in Athena. In 1962 the family moved to La Grande, where she worked at U.S. Bank. They later moved to Elgin and then Umatilla. After her retirement in 1982 they moved to Walla Walla. She was a member of the Baptist Church and had been a member of the Business Women's Sorority.

Survivors include her husband of Walla Walla, children and their spouses, Ellen Jean and Randy Blackman of La Grande, and Thomas R. and Marolyn Blaylock of Beaverton; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild; a sister, June A. Schmidtgall of Athena, and other relatives. A twin brother, Harry T. Jr., a second brother, Stan Thomas, a half-sister, Hazel Freeman, and two great-grandchildren all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Athena Baptist Church in care of Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla 99362-2070.


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