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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of August 24, 2011


Obituaries for the day of August 24, 2011

Botham, Scott, Searles, Russell


Aug. 26 — Patricia Burgett, viewing, 4 to 6 p.m., Loveland Funeral Chapel

Aug. 27 — Patricia Burgett, funeral service, 2 p.m., Loveland Funeral Chapel

Aug. 27 — Belva Gunnels, graveside service, 10 a.m., Grandview Cemetery

Sept. 6 — Jack Scott, memorial service, 11:30 a.m., Elgin Community Center


Gene R. Botham



Gene Roy Botham, 82, of Cove, died Aug. 18 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. At the request of the family, there will be no public services. Burial was at Union Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Gene was born in Setters, Idaho, on Nov. 24, 1928. His parents were Ellis Botham and Ruby Tempest Botham.

He attended school in Worley, Idaho, before he entered his life-long career in logging and ranching. Gene married Pat Crosland. They had been married for 48 years.

Surviving are his wife, Pat; his daughter, Katherine Braunstein of Boise; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Gene was preceded in death by two sisters, Gen Gibson and Lola Jean Asher, and his brother, Neal Botham.


Jack E. Scott



Jack Edward Scott, 81, of Elgin, died Aug. 22 in Elgin. His memorial service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 6 at Elgin Community Center. Burial will be at Cricket Flats Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jack was born Dec. 16, 1929, to Joseph Bell and Ella Mary (Hobbs) Scott in Elgin. He was raised in Elgin and attended school there. He joined the U.S. Navy and served his country in the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Elgin and was employed at the saw mill. He worked all over the country in different saw mills as a sawyer.

He was married to Betty Deloris Mace. She died May 5, 1981, in Elgin. Jack and Janet Kennedy spent 13 years together until her death.

Jack enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and being with his large family. He loved to play his guitar and sing old Western songs as well as making up his own.

His nickname was Brigham. Since he loved to go catfishing, everyone called him “Catfish Brigham.”

Jack is survived by his siblings, Cleo Austin of Sequim, Wash., Verna Miller of Metolius, Lawrence “Charlie” Scott of Elgin, Florence Shaffer of Elgin, Ione Hinze of Elgin, Beverly Jacobs of Lake Havasu, Ariz., Albert Scott of Wallowa, Alberta Eckstein of Elgin and John Scott of Aloha.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Ella; and his siblings, Thomas Lee Scott, Ruth Marie Scott, Ronald William Scott, Wesley Stein “Pete” Scott and Richard Ernest “Dick” Scott.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Marjorie J. Searles

Formerly of Summerville


Marjorie Jean Searles, 89, formerly of the Grande Ronde Valley, died Aug. 18 in Hermiston. A private family burial was held at the Summerville Cemetery.

Those who knew Marjorie are invited to sign the condolence book at burnsmortuaryhermiston.com.

She was born March 20, 1922, in Hastings, Neb., to Dudley and Hester Anderson Shaffer.

Marjorie was raised in Colorado and Oklahoma before moving to the Grande Ronde Valley at the age of 14.

She married Neil F. Searles on Oct. 23, 1940, in Weiser, Idaho. They lived throughout the Northwest until moving to Pendleton in 1961. Neil preceded her in death in 1966, and Marjorie moved to Imbler and then to Hermiston in 1975 where she has lived since.

She sold Avon for many years. Marjorie enjoyed dancing, cooking, playing pinochle and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her sons, Ronald Searles of La Grande and Gary Searles of Stanfield; daughters, Marla Ray and Stacey Wells, both of Hermiston; sister, LaVerne Issac of Missouri; four grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, Neil Searles; her parents; nine siblings; a daughter, Sue Makin; a grandson, Coby Makin; and a granddaughter, Debbie Albers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vange John Memorial Hospice, 1050 W. Elm St., Suite 220, Hermiston 97838.

Elaine ‘Jean’ Russell

Wallowa County


Elaine “Jean” Russell, 93, of Wallowa County, died Aug. 17 at the Wallowa Valley Care Center. A family graveside service is planned at the Cove Cemetery. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center in La Grande is in charge of arrangements.

She was born March 5, 1918, to Harlan and Esther Trueblood Koger on the family homestead at Lower Cove. There she grew up with her older brother, Lavon, and younger sister, Betty.

She attended school in Cove, graduating in the Class of 1936. On July 19 of the same year, she married her high school sweetheart, Eldred Hallmark. He preceded her in death on Jan. 15, 1973.

Jean centered her life around her home and her family. She enjoyed being a homemaker, gardener and mother to her two children, Elton and Lois.

Later in life she married Everett Russell on Aug. 29, 1980. They enjoyed fishing, camping and traveling. He preceded her in death on March 3, 1995.

One of her most memorable trips was an Alaskan cruise that she went on with her son, Elton. She had five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren she loved to spend time with. She surrounded herself with their pictures and treasured their phone calls and gifts.

Jean spent her last years at Wallowa Valley Care Center where she made many friends and was cared for by the staff.

She is survived by her son, Elton Hallmark and his wife, Joanne, of Eugene; daughter, Lois Huntington and her husband, Ken, of Enterprise; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings.

The Observer publishes free obituaries as a community service. Obituaries are edited to fit news guidelines. Photos are encouraged. Paid space is available for families who would like to include more information. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center posts unedited obituaries at www.danielsknopp.com, and Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory posts obituaries at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com.



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