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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES: Wednesday, March 12


OBITUARIES: Wednesday, March 12

Graham, Harvey, Hayes, Matte, Hardman, Reed



Betty Courtright Graham

La Grande

Betty Courtright Graham, 85, of La Grande, died Monday at her residence. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.



John Henry Harvey


A celebration of life for John Henry Harvey will take place at 11 a.m. March 22 at the Wallowa Christian Church. A potluck reception will follow at the Wallowa Senior Center.



Mary Louise Hayes


Mary Louise Hayes, 92, of Joseph, died Monday at a Boise hospital. A full obituary will appear later.



Gina Rene Matte



Gina Rene Matte, 48, of Elgin, died at her residence March 3. A celebration of life will be held at the Elgin Stampede Hall at 4 p.m. Saturday. Dale Johnston will officiate the service.

Gina was born June 23, 1965, in Redding, Calif., to Robert Like and Laquita Campo. Gina attended and graduated from Kentwood High. After high school, Gina worked as a waitress prior
to being employed as a caregiver at New Day Enterprises.

Family was the most important aspect of her life. She loved spending time, having dinners and especially spending the holidays together with her loved ones.

Gina is survived by her sontha Matte, of Elgin; son, Joshua Matte, and his wife, Sarah Chavez, of Elgin; brothers, Roger Like of Kettle Falls, Wash., Audy Like of Washington and Blaine Like of Washington; sister, Tracy Like of Washington; her yet-to-be-born grandchild, Zoey Rene Matte; nine nieces and nephews; uncles, Neil Campo and Corgan Campo; and aunt, Christine Deal. 

She was preceded in death by her mother and father and her son, Spencer Matte.

In lieu of flowers, those attending Gina’s service can make a contribution payable to Community Bank in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses.

Online condolences to the family may be made at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com.



Kathryn Scott (Cattle) Hardman

Formerly of La Grande


Kathryn Scott Hardman, 95, formerly of La Grande, died March 1 at her home at Rock of Ages Valley View in McMinnville.

Kay was born in Portland April 24, 1918, to Olive Maye and A.T. Jack Cattle, grew
up in Lafayette and
McMinnville, graduated from Linfield College (Class of 1939) and was a lifelong teacher. 

She taught high school classes at Muddy Creek School near Haines and at North Powder and Imbler. She was an adept seamstress, making clothing and many quilts for family and friends. 

In her later years in La Grande, Kay had a sewing shop and taught machine embroidery.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Ernest D. Hardman (1918-1998), and is survived by two sons, Richard of Lincoln City and Ryland of Cove, five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

At her request, no services will be held. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in her name to the American Cancer Society or other charity of choice.




Brian Leon Reed

Formerly of Elgin


Brian Leon Reed, 65, of Athol, Idaho, died at his home Feb. 19.

Brian was born June 2, 1948, in La Grande, to Hanford Reed and Hazel Reed Wing. He was raised and educated in Elgin. 

Brian played basketball and football through high school and played in the East-West Shrine Game. He loved hunting and fishing. At age 6, he would don his coonskin cap and, armed with an air gun that shot ping-pong balls, he would trudge up to his aunt Mildred’s to check his trapline for mice. He loved to venture outside with his dog, Butch, or to mount the saddle that his mother put on the arm of the davenport and shoot his cap gun while watching TV shows like “The Lone Ranger.”

In high school, he was a member of the yearbook “Husky Tracks” and the newspaper “Husky Howls” as well as the National Honor Society. He graduated in 1966.

After earning a bachelor of science degree, he moved around and held several jobs before settling in Athol.

There, Brian built his business, the Spice Shop, one loyal customer at a time. He was a hard worker who took the time to help others.

Brian loved to play pool. His favorite place was the Linger Longer Lounge in Spirit Lake. 

He also loved riding motorcycles. One regular trip was to the Cruisers biker bar, where he would eat tacos until he was stuffed.

Brian was involved in Indian culture and respected their love for the land and respect for nature. He regularly attended pow-wows in Spokane, Wash., and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Although the Spice Shop was his first love, Griff, his hunting dog, was a close second. Their main focus was pheasants.

Brian was preceded in death by his father and is survived by his mother; brother, Hanford Reed; sister, Patricia Reed; stepsister and brother, Charlene Halfhide and Rod Wing; and his
longtime friend, Norma Evanson.

An informal gathering of friends took place March 9 at the Linger Longer Lounge.




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