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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for September 23, 2013


Obituaries for September 23, 2013

Wiggins, Tauvell, Emerson-Smith, Stevens

Jerry Wiggins

La Grande

Jerry Wiggins, 64, of La Grande, died at his home in La Grande Friday. Arrangements are under the direction of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home.

 Michael W. Tauvell


Michael W. Tauvell, 59, of Haines, died Sunday at a local care facility. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

 Roxana ‘Roxie’ May Emerson-Smith

La Grande


Roxana “Roxie” May Emerson-Smith, 71, of La Grande, died with her family by her side on Sept. 17 from inflammatory breast cancer. A graveside service will be held at a later date. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is handling the arrangements.

Roxie was born Dec. 23, 1941, in Torrance, Calif., to Virgil and Lucille (Craig) Steele. Her family moved to Oregon when she was young. She graduated from Sandy High School in 1959, and was married to Ken Emerson in 1959. The couple had three children. Roxie and her family moved to La Grande in 1969. In 1981, she moved to North Powder, where her husband managed the Elkhorn Wildlife Area. Roxie was divorced in 1985 and remarried to Morse Smith in 1995 and gained three stepchildren. 

She worked as a telephone operator and then as a secretary in an insurance office followed by an attorney’s office. Finally, she retired from the Center for Human Development. Roxie was an avid reader, and was interested in interior decorating and flower gardening.

Roxie is survived by her children: Doug Emerson and his wife, Kim, of La Grande; Michele Garrison and her husband, Terrel, of Kalama, Wash., and Lanae Chambers and her husband, Randy, of La Grande; sister, Wanda Molczan, and her husband, Ken; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Harvey, grandson James, husband Morse Smith and one stepson. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande OR 97850.

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


Edwin ‘Ed’ N. Stevens

Baker City


Edwin “Ed” N. Stevens, 89, who worked all over Union County in the cattle business, died on Sept. 11 at Settler’s Park Assisted Living in Baker City. 

Ed was born Jan. 28, 1924, in Holden, Utah, to Alma and Francis Nixon Stevens.

Edwin was the youngest of six children.  He spent his childhood in Holden, working on the family cattle ranch and farming. Many a day was spent during the summers haying with a team of horses or checking cattle in the mountains east of Holden. One of Ed’s favorite sayings was, “If you want to move fast with cattle, go slow.” He was known for always having a “good working cow horse” that he had trained. 

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on June 10, 1943, and served as a boatswain mate second class on a minesweeper near New Caledonia in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged in March of 1946, at which time he returned to Holden, where he started raising registered Quarter Horses.

On May, 15, 1947, he married Nina Labrum of Meadow, Utah.  

Ed moved to Moses Lake, Wash., in 1964 to work with his cousin, Dave Stevens, on his cattle and row crop operation.  

In 1970, Ed purchased a small ranch in Othello, Wash., where he raised commercial Hereford and Hereford/Simmental cross cattle.

In 1977, Ed sold his place in Othello and accepted a job as herdsman for Harrell Hereford Ranch in Baker City. Ed worked for the Harrell’s until his retirement approximately 15 years ago. He enjoyed attending the annual Harrell Bull/Horse Sale each year until it become too hard for him to get around. 

Ed was very proud of his grandsons and their work ethics. One of Ed’s favorite things was to attend his grandsons’ sports or rodeo events. He could always be heard cheering them on from the stands. 

Survivors include his wife, of 66 years, Nina L. Stevens of Baker City; daughter, Eris and husband, Ray Merritt, of Baker City; two grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

A private family service will be held later. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Catch-A-Dream Foundation or Hunt of A Lifetime through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834.


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