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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of June 4, 2010


Obituaries for the day of June 4, 2010

Russell, Stone, Whited-Gibbs, Browne, Griffith, Moser, Trump June 5 — Phyllis Whited-Gibbs, celebration of life, 4 p.m., Frontier, Haines

June 5 — Colleen Browne, service, 11 a.m., Loveland Funeral Chapel; burial, Summerville Cemetery

June 13 — Terry Griffith, service, 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, La Grande

Kimberly Ann Russell

La Grande

Kimberly Ann Russell, 54, of La Grande, died June 3 at her residence. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Nancy Ann Stone

La Grande

A memorial gathering for Nancy Ann Stone, who died May 21, will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church parish hall, 1410 L Ave. in La Grande. Use the K Street entrance. A handicapped-accessible entrance will be available.

In lieu of a worship service, refreshments will be served and small tokens in remembrance of Nancy will be available for friends and loved ones. For questions, call 541-786-8747.

Phyllis J. Whited-Gibbs


A celebration of life for Phyllis Jean Whited-Gibbs, who died May 26, will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Frontier in Haines.

Colleen F. Browne

La Grande


Colleen Frances Browne, 50, of La Grande, died May 29 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Summerville Cemetery.

Colleen was born Nov. 12, 1959, to Sherman James and Elaine Marie Browne in Woodstock, Ill. She lived most of her life in Northern Illinois caring for her many animals, including a goat named Joey.

She moved to Oregon in 2000 with her mother, caravaning in an RV and three large U-haul trucks driven by her siblings. She lived in La Grande with her mother until her mother died in 2003. Then she moved in with her brother, Glenn.

Colleen lived with the effects of a rare form of muscular dystrophy. Her family says her will to live was strong but her life was shortened by a flu she could not fight.

Colleen loved animals, especially cats and birds. She liked spending time with her parrot, Bassa.

Survivors include her siblings, Sharon Wager-Simmons and her husband, Wayne, of Portland, Darlene Gile and her husband, Dan, of Colorado, and Glenn Browne and his wife, Jayne, of La Grande; many nieces and nephews; three great-nephews; and two great-nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Terry D. Griffith

La Grande


Terry Diane Griffith, 67, of La Grande, died May 29 at her home surrounded by family and friends. A service will begin at 1 p.m. June 13 at the La Grande First Presbyterian Church. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Terry was born Dec. 13, 1942, in Lakeview to Duncan Campbell Lincecum and Helen Eudell DeYoung Lincecum. Throughout her high school years she worked as an assistant librarian at her local library. After graduating from Lakeview High School in 1961, Terry attended the University of Oregon, earning her bachelor of arts degree in art education in 1966. She took a teaching job in 1966 as art supervisor in Heppner, where she taught K-12 for the next three years.

On June 13, 1969, she married Duane Ira Griffith in Lakeview. “Griff” and his partner, Bob Bagett, started their own surveying company in John Day and Terry spent the next years raising her stepsons, Craig and Bruce. Terry also did a lot of substitute teaching during this time.

They moved to La Grande in January 1971, a move which pleased Terry, who had driven through the Grande Ronde Valley years before and had fallen in love with the area.

Griff taught her the skills of a draftsman and a cartographer and she drew maps for his company for many years. She also worked for Steve Anderson and later for Lynn Steiger as he drafted the local land use plans. One of her maps graces the placard at the top of the tram at Wallowa Lake.

Terry’s artistic skills were also utilized in creating Bagett-Griffith’s first business logo. She did freelancing on other local business logos and designs, and in 1978 she branched out on her own with her graphic design company, Lincecum Graphic Design. Some of her most memorable works include the 1985 La Grande Centennial logo of Cast Iron Mary, and the La Grande Main Street Association logo. But the pride of her artistic life was the oil portrait of her husband Griff she did in 1976.

Terry was enchanted by the story of Madame Dorion, the Indian wife of Pierre Dorion who came to this valley with the Wilson-Price-Hunt party seeking an overland route for John Jacob Aster.

Terry thoroughly researched this matriarch’s courageous story, and did live re-enactments of Madame Dorion for organizations and events throughout the years.

Terry was active in community programs and boards including Soroptimist International, which she joined in 1967, Union County Chamber of Commerce,

La Grande Downtown Association, American Association of University Women, American Business Women’s Association, Sigma Kappa at the University of Oregon, the Union County Art Guild and charter member of the La Grande Arts Commission. She was named Outstanding Young Woman of America in 1972 and honored as one of only two female artists in the nation recognized as outstanding scrimshaw artists.

Terry was preceded in death by her husband, Griff, on Jan. 1, 2002, after 33 1/2 years of marriage. She is survived by her step-sons, Craig and wife, Nancy, of Beavercreek, Bruce and Nancy of Brookings, and Randy and Marcy-Jo of Molalla; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; sister, Lorraine Laird of Plush; and many other relatives.

Memorial contributions may be made to La Grande Soroptimist Foundation, First Presbyterian Church or Friday Backpack Program.

Lewis Moser

Formerly of Haines


Lewis Moser, 79, formerly of Haines, died Feb. 23 at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, Wash. Memorial services were held March 6 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Anacortes, Wash. Pastor Stephanie Hankey officiated. A celebration of life will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles Club in Baker City.

Lewis was born June 18, 1930, to Gladys and Al Moser near Haines. He married Pat Brookhart Feb. 15, 1952.

He was a 50-year member of the I.B.E.W. He was a lineman for California Pacific Utilities.

He enjoyed annual fishing trips to Alaska and hunting and fishing in Eastern Oregon. He was known for his dry wit and commitment to family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Moser; two children, Debra Moser of Dunedin, New Zealand, and Douglas Moser of Anacortes, Wash.; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; and one brother, Frank of Caldwell, Idaho.

Richard ‘Dick’ Trump

Formerly of Wallowa County, Union County


Richard H. “Dick” Trump, 78, a resident of Pendleton, died May 31 at his home. At his request, no services will be held. Sign the online guestbook at www.burnsmortuary.com.

Richard was born Feb. 15, 1932, in Wallowa. He was the son of William and Eva (Hayes) Trump. He attended schools in Union. He and his family later came to the Pendleton area.

Dick worked in construction in La Grande for several years.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Anthony Hospice, and may be sent in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton 97801.

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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