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Obituaries for the day of August 18, 2011
O'Brien, Reese, Clum
Juanita J. Clum
Formerly of Elgin
Juanita was 88 and a former long-time resident of Elgin. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.
Formerly of La Grande
She was born March 13, 1924, in La Grande to Sabin and Etta Alexander. She lived most of her life in Oregon.
In the early 1940s, she had her own gospel singing radio show. She married Raymond Ridgeway in 1943 and had a son, Robert, and a daughter, Mary Jo. Eleven years later, she married Patrick J. O’Brien and had a son, Kevin, who preceded her in death at the age of 25.
Josephine loved doing crossword puzzles, reading, singing, traveling and watching football. She was a member of the Sweet Adelines singing group.
She is survived by her son, Robert Ridgeway of Lafayette; daughter, Mary Jo Milroy of Salem; sister, Rosemary Gilson of Vancouver, Wash.; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Henderson House in Josephine’s name in care of Macy and Son Funeral Directors.
She was born June 29, 1944, in Baker City to Eli Hue E. and Delphia Ophelia (Harkness) White.
She graduated from Baker High School in 1963 and married Floyd W. Reese on April 6, 1968.
She worked in child care and as a housekeeper and was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, admiring her yard of flowers and fishing and camping in the outdoors.
Retha really loved cooking and dancing to country music and always enjoyed talking about the happenings of the past and present. She was an avid member of the Baker City Christian Church.
Retha is survived by a son, Jeffery Reese and his wife, Shannon, of Baker City; a daughter, Jodi DeCristo of Peoria, Ariz.; grandson and a granddaughter; siblings, Daisy Ashford and her husband, Herman, of Albany, Katherine Shurtleff of Oregon City, Ruben White and his wife, Janiece, of Prairie City, Ben White and his wife, Judy, of Spokane, Wash., Beulah Roberts of Baker City and Teddy White of Baker City.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Wayne White; two sisters, Dorothy Petty and Rosie Miller; and a son-in-law, Chris DeCristo.