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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR MAY 12 - 17, 2003


OBITUARIES FOR MAY 12 - 17, 2003

Elmer ‘Jud' Morris

Union County


Elmer Judson "Jud" Morris, 86, a lifetime resident of Union County, died May 9 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

There will be no public service. A family interment will be held at the Summerville Cemetery.

Mr. Morris was born on Sept. 3, 1916, to Story and Agnes (Meroney) Morris at the family home on Lower Cove Road, where he spent his entire life. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1938.

He worked as an engineer for the railroad and farmed the family farm.

He married Irma Jones Aycock in May 1969; she died on Feb. 12, 1990.

Mr. Morris enjoyed wood cutting and spending time in the mountains.

Survivors include his children, Gregory Morris of Eugene and Dee Robert Morris of Union; stepchildren, Jerry Aycock of La Grande and Pam Aycock of Washington, D.C.; three grandchildren; three sisters, Lovene Case of Cove, Della Ehremburg of New Jersey and Phyllis Smith of North Powder; brother, Manford Morris of Cove; and other relatives.

Brothers Mason and Raymond Morris died earlier.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Susie Gorham



Susie Cecilia Gorham, 85, of Wallowa died May 11 at Spokane. A funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the Wallowa Christian Church. Burial will follow at the Wallowa Cemetery.

Mrs. Gorham was born May 27, 1917, to Edward Alvin and Hattie Myers Davis in North Powder. She married Clifford Owen Gorham on June 30, 1935, in North Powder. The family moved to Wallowa in 1942. She served in the Air Force Ground Observation Corp during World War II and was the first county manager for the Senior Nutrition Program, a position she held for 17 years. After she retired she continued as a volunteer with senior services and the food bank. She was a 50-year member of the Rebekah Lodge of Wallowa.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Larry Gorham, Kenneth Gorham, Kay and Craig Braseth; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brothers, Clayton and Kenneth Davis; and sisters, Joyce Tippett and Jackie April. Her husband died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Wallowa Senior Center in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise 97828.

Helen Berg

La Grande


Helen R. Berg, 80, of La Grande died May 10 in Roseburg at the home of her daughter. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Island City Cemetery with Pastor Wilfred Nitz officiating. The cemetery must be approached from the Cove Avenue end of McAlister Road.

Mrs. Berg was born April 6, 1923, to Frank and Esther Hagberg Lindstrom in Fairfield, Minn. She attended school in Tacoma, Wash., and worked as a welder in a shipyard during World War II. She married Robert Parks and after a divorce she married Cecil A. Berg on June 11, 1945, at Spanaway Lake, Wash. The couple moved to La Grande where she worked at the Sacajawea Hotel and the Elks Lodge. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the VFW Auxiliary. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed reading, crochet, camping, being at the family's cabin at Starkey and spending time with her family.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Linda and Monte King of Roseburg, Jakki and Paul Boehne of Cove and Tod Berg of Boise; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband, a daughter and her siblings all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Mercy Hospice, the Blue Mountain Humane Association or the American Cancer Society in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Romay Ater

La Grande


Romay E. Ater, 91, of La Grande died May 10 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 7 p.m. May 23 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. A Memorial Mass will begin at 11 a.m. May 24 at the church with Father Hank Albrecht officiating. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Ater was born on May 18, 1911, to John and Sophie Tesner Leppek in Bay City, Mich. She married Phillip Ater, and the couple lived in San Gabriel, Calif., for 60 years before moving to La Grande in 1995 to be near family.

Mrs. Ater worked as a bookkeeper for the Uniroyal Tire Company for many years. She enjoyed sewing and quilting. She volunteered for the hospital auxiliary and for the Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, PEO Chapter DK and the Quilt Questers.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Deanna Ater of La Grande; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; a brother, Harry Leppek of San Marino, Calif.; and other relatives. Her husband and two brothers, Ed and Adolph, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1650 Northwest Naito Parkway No. 190, Portland 97209, or the Oregon Cancer Society, 0330 SW Curry, Portland 97201.

Ralph and Kathleen Kirkland

Formerly of Haines


Kathleen Stella Kirkland, 86, of Mesa, Ariz., died May 3. Her husband, Ralph Victor Kirkland, also 86, of Mesa and formerly of Haines died May 13. A service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Haines United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Haines Cemetery. Gray's West and Company is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Kirkland was born Feb. 10, 1917, in Deerfield, Ill. Mr. Kirkland was born March 3, 1917, in Haines. He served in the Navy during World War II.

The couple, who were married for 36 years, lived on the McKenzie River outside Springfield before retiring first to Newport and then to Mesa.

Survivors include his children, Kay Carolyn Kirkland and Linda Grace Johnson; her children, Andrew Kapfenberg and Linda Townsley; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Lyle Williams

Formerly of Wallowa


Lyle Glen Williams, 69, of Boardman and formerly of Wallowa, died May 12 at his home. A private family service will be held later. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Williams was born May 25, 1933, to Thomas and Eliza Zumwalt Williams at Promise. He attended schools at Wallowa and worked on the construction of the McNary Dam in Umatilla. He also worked in the logging industry and drove a log truck for many years. He retired in 1995 and lived in Hermiston and Boardman. He enjoyed traveling, fishing and hunting.

Survivors include children, Ronald Williams of Hermiston, Gary Williams of Umatilla and Glenda Winston of Boardman; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and brothers, Merle Williams of Hermiston, Fred Williams of Wallowa, Gail Williams of Union and Leonard Williams of Grass Valley, Calif. Two sisters and three brothers died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Burns Mortuary, P.O. Box 289 Hermiston 97838.

Bertha Howdyshell

Formerly of La Grande


Bertha L. Howdyshell, 81, of Pendleton and formerly of La Grande died May 12 at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton. A funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Bishop Funeral Chapel in Pendleton. Burial will follow at Skyview Memorial Park.

Mrs. Howdyshell was born in Grand Forks, N.D., on Nov. 25, 1921, to Orda C. and Grace Marie Craig Welsh. She graduated from high school in Salem and served in the Navy. She married William E. Johnson and after a divorce she married Robert Rennells in Salem. The couple lived for a time in La Grande. Her third husband is Faye C. Howdyshell.

She enjoyed hunting, fishing, motor biking, hiking the Oregon Trail and quilting. She was involved in founding the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City. She was a member of the Oregon California Trail Association. She worked for the Oregon Highway Department.

Survivors include her husband of Pendleton; daughters, Pamela Shaw and Mikala Jane Rennells; five grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Jeffrey P. Brainerd


Jeffrey P. Brainerd, 11, died Thursday at his home in Cove after an extended illness.

An obituary will be published and services will be announced later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Jeffrey Brainerd



Jeffrey P. Brainerd, 11, of Cove died May 15 at his home after a long illness. The funeral will begin at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Faith Center, 10300 South D Street in Island City with Pastor Dave Eddy officiating.

Burial will follow at the Cove Cemetery. A reception and potluck supper will follow at the Cove Sportsmen's Club. Viewing will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Jeffrey was born May 4, 1992, in La Grande to Paul D. and Jean A. Arthur Brainerd. He attended school for four years at Central Elementary in La Grande and one year in Cove. He enjoyed swimming, movies, riding the school bus, traveling, eating noodles and ice cream, hunting, fishing, camping, riding four-wheelers and listening to music.

Survivors include his parents and their spouses, Paul and Mari Brainerd of Cove and Jean and Ray Sutton of La Grande; brothers, Justin Brainerd and Kegan Gilstrap, both of Cove; grandparents, William Brainerd of Memphis, Tenn., Bill and Wendy Williamson, Gene and Peggy Sutton and Lela Nash, all of Cove, and Al and Minnie Tucker of Imbler; great-grandmothers, Myrtle Miller of Elgin and Ann Orcutt of Cove; and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in care of Loveland Chapel.

Kayla Lynn Irving

College Place, Wash.


Kayla Lynn Irving, 5, of College Place, Wash., died May 14 at her home of natural causes. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Walla Walla. A graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 19 at Grandview Cemetery in La Grande. Viewing will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday at Mountain View Funeral Chapel in Walla Walla. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Kayla was born April 21, 1998, to Trevor and Traci Irving in Arcadia, Calif. The family moved to College Place in August 1998. When she was 6 months old she was diagnosed with a fatal genetic disorder known as Krabbe's Disease, or globoid-cell leukodystrophy.

She was a special little girl whose nickname was "Sugars." She touched the lives of all she came in contact with. She enjoyed kisses, cuddling, spending time in warm water, being massaged and listening to music and stories. Her dog Maggie was a special joy for her.

Survivors include her parents of College Place; grandparents, Russell and Juanita Irving; great-grandparents, Walter and Mary Melashenko; aunts and uncles, Lynette and Nathan Cootz, Madalyn and Edward Allen, Diane and Christopher Bade, Debi and Roger Akers, Shelly and William Leary; Judy and Ed Zine and Steve and Diane Simmons; and other relatives. Grandparents William E. and Clarene E. Simmons and two cousins died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Walla Walla Community Hospice or Hunter's Hope Foundation in care of Daniels Chapel, 1502 7th St.

Gladys Kinsley



Gladys C. Kinsley, 80, of Joseph died May 16 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Monday at the Enterprise Community Church. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Kinsley was born Oct. 26, 1922, in Seattle. She attended the University of Washington and married Henry W. Kinsley on March 16, 1942. In 1954 the couple moved to Enterprise, where she worked at the First National Bank and for 23 years at the Department of Human Services. After her retirement she worked for seven years with WC Caregivers' Agency.

She was a member of VFW, the Lions, the Wallowa Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and PEO, and was involved in the women's ministry of the Community Church where she also served as treasurer, the Tree of Giving, the Elks Christmas Basket, the Cancer Society, the Secret Santa Project and as a meal server. She was named by the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce the Unsung Hero of 2003.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Ron and Barbara Kinsley of Warrenton, Bill and Lynda Olson of Enterprise, Richard and Janice Goodrick of La Grande and Henry and Judy Kinsley of Joseph; 10 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Milton Ullman of Ocean Shores, Wash.

Memorials may be made to Wallowa Memorial Hospital, the American Cancer Society or the Community Church in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.

Emily Wilder

Formerly of La Grande

and Baker City


Emily Ellen Wilder, 70, of Pendleton and formerly of La Grande and Baker City died May 13 at her home. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church, 1702 Sixth St. Burial will follow at the Island City Cemetery. Viewing will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Mrs. Wilder was born June 20, 1932, to John and Suzy Ellen Tate Osbon in Hayti, Mo. She attended school in Eugene and in October 1948 she married George Wilder in Eugene. The couple lived in Perry, Baker City and La Grande before moving to Pendleton. Her family was extremely important to her and she loved spending time with them. She enjoyed tole painting, reading, bonsai and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband of Pendleton; children and their spouses, Cristy and Terry Gaertner of La Grande and Dane and Kristin Wilder of Bend; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Mildred Voorhees of La Grande and other relatives.


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