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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK ENDING DEC. 30, 2006


Cassie Dawn Miller, 25, of North Powder died at her home Dec. 19. Visitation was Dec. 23 at Gray's West & Company Pioneer Chapel, in Baker City, followed by cremation. In a private memorial at a later date her ashes will be scattered at the Keating Bluff.

Cassie Dawn was born July 4, 1981, in Baker City to Marjorie Ann (Phillips) and Kenneth Loren Miller.

Cassie is survived by her parents Marjorie Miller of North Powder and Kenneth Miller and his wife, Carolyn, of Midvale, Idaho; siblings, Mike Flynn, Jodi Morris, Shelly Carter, Bryce Miller and Teri Miller; boyfriend Ernie Grende; grandmother Dorothy Phillips of North Powder; aunts, Gloria Bailey, Shirley Rogers and Patty Phillips; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather Francis Phillips, grandparents Leo and Betty Miller and uncle, Gordy Miller.

Memorials can be made to the North Powder Quick Response Team in care of Gray's West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City 97814.


John Leo Williamson, 37, of La Grande, died Dec. 26 at Grande Ronde Hospital after a long battle with bone cancer.

Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery.

Mr. Williamson was born in Baker City Jan. 21, 1969, to John H. Williamson of Baker City and Alice (Stroud) Williamson of La Grande. He attended school in both La Grande and Baker City.

He married Martha Eoff of Elgin. They have two sons, Donald, 13, and Lucas, 10. The couple later divorced.

Mr. Williamson had worked most recently for the Oregon Department of Transportation with the surveying crew. He also worked as a wildland firefighter, sawmill worker and often mechanic for those who needed him. He enjoyed fatherhood and often spoke of it as the most rewarding job of his life. He stayed strong for a very long time for his boys. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

He was always happy to teach his sons, niece and nephews the amazing wonders of fishing and hunting. Mr. Williamson was also the best handyman anyone could find. He could fix anything mechanical, electrical or otherwise, even after he lost his right arm to cancer. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion of Baker City.

Survivors include two sons Donald of La Grande and Lucas of Otis; his parents, John H. Williamson of Baker City and Alice (Stroud) Williamson of

La Grande; three sisters, Sue Carner of Lincoln City, Christine Carlson of La Grande, Beth Schmidt and husband John of Monmouth, and a brother James H. Devine of Sandpoint, Idaho. He is also survived by a niece, three nephews, four aunts and five uncles.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents and aunt, Mary DeVose.


Edith Rose Ireland, 92, of Mitchell died Dec. 20 at her home. Memorial services will be July 21 in Hood River.

Mrs. Ireland was born in Hood River July 21, 1914, to James Ray and Emma May (Barton) Hathhorn. She grew up and was educated there.

She married Willis "Mike" Ireland in Hood River June 19, 1931. She and her family lived throughout the Northwest, wherever there was a dam to be built.

They moved to Elgin in 1999, then to Mitchell in November.

Mrs. Ireland enjoyed quilting, sewing, knitting, making and stuffing animal toys and dolls, and various other crafts. She also enjoyed trips to Reno.

She was a past member of IOOF, senior center, TOPS and the Rebeccah lodge, all in Oroville, Calif.

Survivors include her son, Willis "Bill" and his wife, Karen Ireland of Colorado Springs, Colo.; her daughters and their spouses, Phyllis and Marvin Halstead of Mitchell, Patricia and Glenn Horn of Elgin, and Charleene and Edward Harmon of Prineville; 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Dying earlier were her husband, in 1997, five brothers and one sister.


Dell Harlen Long, 81, of Texas and formerly of Union and Wallowa counties, died Dec. 16 in Hermleigh, Texas. Graveside memorial services will take place March 30 at the Island City Cemetery.

A full obituary will be published later.

Mr. Long was born June 5, 1925, to Harlen and Lela Mae (Blanchard) Long.

He was a longtime resident of Union and Wallowa counties.


Raymond Elmer Jordan, 86, Elgin, died Dec. 26 at a

La Grande care center. At his request, no services will be conducted.

Mr. Jordan was born May 18, 1920, to Mark and Ethel (Masters) Jordan to Taylor, N.Y.

He worked as a custodian/dispatcher in industrial buildings. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Mr. Jordan moved to Union County in March from New York. He enjoyed horses and listening to his scanner.

Survivors include his daughters, Sharon Partlow of Elgin and Patricia Thompson of Courtland, N.Y., and a son, Raymond Jordan Genesee of Pennsylvania. His wife died earlier.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.


A celebration of life for Ronald K. Thompson, 46, of Enterprise will begin at 4 p.m. Jan. 6 at Cloverleaf Hall in Enterprise.

Friends are asked to bring their favorite potluck dish and a story about Ron to share. A no-host bar and live music will follow.

Memorial contributions to aid with Ron's medical expenses can be made at FirstBank or Community Bank.

Ron died Dec. 17 after a long battle with cancer. A full obituary was printed earlier.

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