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Obituaries for the day of July 22, 2011
LOCAL FUNERALS AND VISITATIONS
July 22 — Florence Thornton, funeral service, 2 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, La Grande
July 23 — Marian ‘Billy’ Brog, funeral service, 2 p.m., LDS Stake Center, Gekeler Lane
July 23 — Harlan Johnson, memorial service with military honors, 2 p.m., Union Cemetery
July 24 — Reta Cupper, celebration of life, 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church Friendship Center, La Grande
July 25 — James ‘Larry’ Shaver, celebration of life, 1 p.m., Joseph Methodist Church
July 28 — Eileen Sage, memorial service, 11 a.m., Union United Methodist Church
July 30 — Gerald Hinze, memorial service and dinner, 2 to 6 p.m., Tom McDowell Park, Elgin
Aug. 13 — Theodore Hooey, celebration of life, 3 p.m., American Legion Post 43, La Grande
She was born Nov. 29, 1922, in the Promise area to Truman and Berniece McCubbin Poulson. Her childhood was spent on Powwatka Ridge attending a one-room schoolhouse and enjoying ranch life with her siblings, Ina and William.
Helen attended Enterprise High School, graduating in 1940. In 1941, Helen married her high school sweetheart, Maurice S. Weaver, and they enjoyed 58 years together until his death in 1999. Maurice and Helen purchased Knapp Hardware in Enterprise from Morris Knapp in 1953, changing the name to Weaver Hardware. Helen took an active part in the business, helping with the bookkeeping and clerking, as well as being a wife, homemaker and mother to their five children.
She enjoyed her life as a member of the Enterprise community, belonging to many organizations through the years including the Enterprise Community Church, the local chapter of the PEO Sisterhood and the Order of Eastern Star where she held a state office in 1970.
When time allowed, Helen wrote poetry, played the piano and organ, bowled, worked crossword puzzles, read biographies and traveled.
Survivors include her son, Jerrold M. Weaver and his wife, Linda, of Enterprise; daughter, Joyce H. Keeley and her husband, Patrick, of Milwaukie; daughter, Kay L. Phillips and her husband, Marcus, of Hillsboro; son, Truman Lee Weaver and his wife, Deborah, of Portland; and son, Stanley A. Weaver, and his wife, Donna, of Spokane; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Ina Poulson Stockdale, and brother, William Poulson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wallowa Memorial Hospital Fund.
Florence was born Dec. 1, 1922, in Rimbey, Alberta, Canada. She was the second of 13 children born to Clarissa Ellen Lyons and Oscar Ambrose Wikoff. When she was still an infant, her family relocated to Midvale, Idaho, where she spent her youth. She graduated from high school in the Class of 1942. Encouraged by her father, she enrolled in and graduated from Good Samaritan School of Nursing at Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho, as a registered nurse. Her nursing career spanned 40-plus years, which included service in the field of obstetrics, surgery and pediatrics.
She met Fredrick Thornton in Weiser, Idaho, and they married June 21, 1947. The couple moved to Portland and during her nursing stint at Emanuel Hospital, their two children, Cheryl and Fred Jr., were born. They returned to Weiser in 1955 to be closer to their extended families.
The family moved to Burns in 1962 where she worked as a registered nurse at Harney County Hospital until her retirement. She held the position of assistant head nurse and was a member of the Oregon Nursing Association and the Harney County Nursing Association. As a career nurse, she was involved in all areas of patient care and was a mentor to new nursing staff.
In her spare time, Florence enjoyed her home, family, gardening, sewing, reading, cooking, letter-writing to family and friends and annual fall trips to the Oregon Coast. She was famous among those she knew for her chocolate cake and fried chicken and loved making pancakes for her grandchildren.
She mastered her cooking skills early in life as an older sister and while cooking for hay hands in Midvale, Idaho, during the summer months.
She was a life-long member of the Nazarene Church.
After her retirement from nursing, her personal goal of U.S. citizenship was realized as she took her oath in Portland and she was able to vote in her first election.
Florence was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 56 years, Fred Sr.; sisters, Rose Wikoff, Margaret Jacobsen and Ruth Hopper; brother, Wesley Wikoff; and daughter-in-law, Pamela Liebig-Thornton.
Survivors include her children, Cheryl Thornton (Jim Johnson) and Fred Thornton Jr.; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Nazarene Church, Children’s Ministries, 109 18th St., La Grande 97850.