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OBITUARIES FOR JANUARY 6 - 11, 2003

Terrell Alexander

La Grande

1933-2003

Terrell F. "T.F." Alexander, 69, a long-time resident of La Grande and former employee of Union Pacific Railroad, died Jan. 4 in a Boise hospital.

Mr. Alexander worked for the railroad for 47 years, first as a member of the Gang Crew, then as a conductor in train service and then as a teacher for the company training center. He retired in 1998.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Island City. Burial will be at 1 p.m. MST Friday in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Weiser, Idaho. Viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande.

Mr. Alexander was born June 9, 1933, in Lebanon, Neb., to Lawrence F. and Lucy Daffer Alexander. When he was young, the family moved to the Weiser area. He graduated from Weiser High School.

He served in the 503rd Army Airborne Division, earning the National Defense Service Medal.

Mr. Alexander married Ida Bowman on July 26, 1956, at Nampa, Idaho, and they later moved to La Grande.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, reading and collecting tractors, working in his yard and shop and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Mr. Alexander is survived by his wife; five children, Jackie Edinger of Salem, Jacqueline Alexander of Boise, Anthony "Tony" Alexander of La Grande, Terralyn McKee of The Pas, Manitoba, Canada, and Lawrence F. "Fred" Alexander of

La Grande; three sisters, Gwen Maxwell of Rathdrum, Idaho, Marge Hagler of Jerome, Idaho, and Charlotte Evanhus of Rock Island, Wash.; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Two brothers and a sister died earlier.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army in La Grande or to the charity of one's choice.

Myrtle Johnson

Formerly of Union

1906-2003

Myrtle M. Johnson, 96, of Gentry, Ark., and formerly of Union died Jan. 1 at Northwest Medical Center in Arkansas. A graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the Cove Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Johnson was born Nov. 4, 1906, to Bob and Elizabeth Lewis George. On May 24, 1925, she married Meek Henry Johnson in Arkansas. In 1953 the couple moved to Union, where Mr. Johnson worked for several local dairies. He died in 1985.

She was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Floyd Johnson of Pea Ridge, Ark., DeeWayne "Sonny" and Mary Jane Johnson of Cove, Geneveve and Loyd Johnston, and Unalea and Charles Colville, all of Springdale, Ark., and Geneva and Larry Burford of Union; a brother, Damon George of Springdale; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

A daughter, Bernice Johnston, two brothers and three sisters died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh St.,

La Grande 97850.

Mary Molitor

Formerly of La Grande

Mary Irene Molitor, 67, of Yuma, Ariz., and formerly of La Grande died Jan. 2 at her home. A memorial service will be held in the spring. A full obituary will follow. Sunset Vista Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Marjorie Boyd DeBoie

Formerly of La Grande

1921-2003

Marjorie Boyd DeBoie, 81, of Woodburn and formerly of La Grande died Jan. 8 at her home. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 1 p.m. Monday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church with Father Hank Albrecht officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest East Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. DeBoie was born April 25, 1921, to Bert and Adelia Boie Rogers in La Grande. She graduated from Eastern Oregon College and Oregon State College, and on Dec. 17, 1941, she married Paul W. Boyd in Corvallis. After his death she married E. Erle DeBoie, who died in 1989.

She worked as a secretary and clerk for the Union Pacific Railroad, in property management and in food marketing. She served on the board of the Union County Education Service District and was a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority, P.T.A., Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, the Tri-Mountain Good Sam Club, the Portland Single Sams, the Wallowa Lake Homeowners Association, the Elks and the Eagles. She volunteered at Lake Oswego High School and was a tutor in sewing for La Grande Adult Education. She enjoyed travel, sports, cooking, sewing, swimming, knitting and crocheting.

Survivors include her sons, Paul "Bill" Boyd of Salem and Robert "Brian" Boyd of Joseph, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, stepchildren Mel DeBoie of Salt Lake City and Annette Holmes of Oregon City, and other relatives. A brother, John, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Providence Hospital in care of Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

Berna Jones

Formerly of Elgin

1914-2003

Berna M. Jones, 88, of Spokane and formerly of Elgin died Jan. 10. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Riplinger Funeral Home, 4305 N. Division in Spokane, with Pastor Bill Siewert officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Elgin Cemetery.

Mrs. Jones was born March 10, 1914, to Richard C. and Eula M. Davis in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, and grew up in Eastern Oregon. Her grandfather was Fred Wagner, a Wallowa County lawman. She graduated from Elgin High School, and on Oct. 28, 1934, she married Glen W. Jones. The couple moved to Spokane in 1956.

She was a member of Garland Alliance Church, a life member of the Order of Eastern Star, and the Daughters of the Nile, and a charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include a daughter, Jackie Ploium of Vancouver, Wash., sons, Glen Jones of La Grande, David Jones and Richard Jones, both of Spokane, and Brian Jones of Nampa, Idaho., and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her husband, a grandson, David Jones and a brother, Fred Davis, all died earlier.

Delephine Gifford

Formerly of La Grande

1910-2003

Delephine Inez Decker Glenning Gifford of Taylors, S.C., and formerly of La Grande died Jan. 5. Burial will be at the Friendship-Finley Methodist Church Cemetery in Bridgeton, N.J. Mrs. Gifford was born Sept. 16, 1910, to Hiram Webb and Edna Joscelyn Decker in Wayne County, Pa. She moved with her family to Maryland and New Jersey and graduated from East Stroudsburg, Pa., State Teacher's College. In May 1934 she married Winfield F. Glenning. She taught school in Seabrook, N.J., and Kauai, Hawaii, and received an M.A. in rural education at the University of Alaska, where she had a one-year fellowship. She retired in 1972.

Her husband died in 1963. In 1970 she married Paul Gifford in Millville, N.J., and the couple lived for a time in La Grande, where she was active in the Evangelical Methodist Church, the Union County Historical Society and the Area Agency on Aging. After her second husband's death, she moved to South Carolina.

Survivors include children, Winifred Glenning and Daniel Glenning, both of of Cedarville, N.J., George Glenning of Fairton, N.J., Ned Glenning of Warrenton, Va., and David Glenning of Taylors, eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, a sister, Pearl Miller of Visalia, Calif, and a brother, Ned Decker of Hawaii.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the Hampton Park Baptist Church, 875 State Park Road, Greenville, S.C.

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