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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of November 1, 2011


Obituaries for the day of November 1, 2011

Crampton, Downing, Follett, Hancock, Hulse, Presley, Harkey, Morman



Nov. 2 — John Ridder, memorial service, 10:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, La Grande

Nov. 5 — Rebecca Draper, memorial service, 1 p.m., Christian Life Center, 1391 Alder St., Elgin

Nov. 5 — Marilyn Cox, celebration of life, 2 p.m., North Powder elementary multi-purpose room; reception to follow, North Powder grange


Irene Crampton

La Grande

Irene Crampton, 85, of La Grande, died Oct. 28 at a local care center. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.


Ross C. Downing


Ross C. Downing, 89, of Enterprise, died Oct. 30. An obituary will be available later. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


George O. Follett

Formerly of Elgin

George O. Follett, 82, formerly of Elgin, died Oct. 29 at a care center in Walla Walla. A graveside service will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Elgin. Viewing will run from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande. A full obituary will be available later.


Peggy Hancock


Peggy Hancock, 50, of Elgin, died Oct. 30 at a hospital in Boise. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.


Gifford Hulse


Gifford Hulse, 89, of Elgin, died Oct. 31 at his home. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.


Donovan D. Presley

La Grande

Donovan D. Presley, 78, of La Grande, died Oct. 31 in a Boise hospital. A full obituary will be available later.  Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.



June Lee Harkey

Formerly of Elgin


June Lee Harkey, 79, formerly of Elgin, died Oct. 15. A memorial service was held Oct. 20 at the Prineville Community Church. Pastor Chris Cookston officiated. Whispering Pines Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.

June was born July 3, 1932, in Vancouver, Wash., to Edward Lee and Jessie Roslynn Rose.

June married Ralph Simonson in 1949. June and Ralph lived in Smith River, Calif., Gladstone, Eagle Creek and Elgin.

On Oct. 11, 1980, June married Joe Harkey. June and Joe lived in Prineville until her death.

June enjoyed gardening, sewing, spending time with her family, going to church and reading her Bible.

June is survived by her husband, Joe Harkey of Prineville; son, Terry Simonson of Kennewick; daughters, Judy Morton and Melody Huitt of Union; stepchildren, Lynn Harkey of Knoxville, Tenn., Elisa Harkey of Prineville and Lonnie Harkey of Wilsonville; brother, Clyde Rose of Gladstone; sister, Virginia Hoover of Liberal, Mo.; 24 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

June was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Richard and Gene Rose.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Crook County Christian School, 839 S. Main St., Prineville, OR 97754, 541-416-0114.



Mary Hope Morman

Formerly of La Grande


Mary Hope Morman, 91, formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 22 in Salem. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grande Ronde Community Church on North Fir Street in La Grande, with burial to follow at the Island City Cemetery. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of the arrangements.

Hope was born on Nov. 15, 1919, in Spence, Colo., to Emerson Hamlin and Dora (Awmiller) Hamlin. Hope grew up on her parents’ prairie farm. She graduated from Woodrow High School, attended Colorado State College in Greeley and taught in one-room schoolhouses near Last Chance, Colo. She later worked at the Washington County Courthouse as secretary to the county superintendent.

On Nov. 17, 1945, she married Harold Morman. Harold and Hope had a daughter, Susan Eileen, born May 20, 1947. She died as an infant. Their oldest son, Gayle Wayne, was born in Brush, Colo., in 1952. Harold and Hope farmed in Colorado before moving to La Grande in 1955. David Allen, their second son, was born in La Grande in 1956. Hope was a homemaker.

Hope was a member of the Methodist Church in Last Chance, and later the Hendrix Methodist Church and the Evangelical Methodist Church in La Grande. After a long and full retirement of travel and volunteer work, Harold and Hope moved to Salem in 2001. Harold died in Salem on Oct. 22, 2007. Hope and Harold were married for 62 years.

Hope was a Sunday school teacher, church pianist and a lover of Gospel hymns. She had a faith in Christ and the Bible that she said sustained her and ennobled her.

Hope is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Gayle and his wife, Marcia (Hager) Morman, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and David and his wife, Cindy (Struck) Morman, of Salem; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; cousins; and nieces and nephews.


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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