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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of November 30, 2011


Obituaries for the day of November 30, 2011

Moore, Taylor, Woosley



Dec. 1 — Ruby Woosley, funeral service, 3 p.m., Damascus Road Community Church, La Grande

Dec. 31 — Lenore Bigler, celebration of life, 1 to 4 p.m., North Powder Grange hall


Priscilla Moore

La Grande


Priscilla Hatch Moore, 90, of La Grande, died Nov. 22 at a local care center. There will be no local services. A graveside service in Turner, Maine, will be planned for a later date. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Priscilla was born Feb. 7, 1921, in Philadelphia to Emery N.B. Hatch and Anna Jewett Ricker Hatch. She has lived in many places throughout her life, including Melrose, Mass., Isleboro, Maine, Havertown and King of Prussia, Pa., and Tacoma and Federal Way, Wash.

On Sept. 25, 1941, Priscilla married Robert Hugh Moore. He died Nov. 11, 2005, the year they celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.

Priscilla spent her life as a wife, mother and homemaker. She traveled extensively after retirement. She enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Tacoma Golf and Country Club for 40 years.

Surviving are her three children and their spouses, Fred and Pamela Moore of La Grande, Peter and Jo Moore of Bellevue, Wash., and Andrea and Peter Cacka of Terre Hill, Pa.; her sister, Marion Bowman of Topsham, Maine; cousins; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Priscilla was preceded in death by her parents; and her two sisters, Gwen Pulliam and Barbara Hatch.


Berenice May Taylor



Berenice May Taylor, 94, of Cove, died Nov. 23 at her home. At the request of the family, there will be no services. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

She was born Aug. 2, 1917, in Denver to Lansing E. and Lila May Girard Rowland. She attended North High School in Denver. After graduation, she enrolled and graduated from Colorado Women’s College. Bea was married three times, to Clifford Smith, Marshall James Born and William Taylor.

Bea was the school cook at the Cove School District. She was a member of the Eastern Star and was Worthy Matron of the Cove Cherry Chapter. She was a mother adviser of Rainbow for Girls and was a member of the Cove Social Club. She enjoyed singing, sewing, playing the violin, teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir.

Bea is survived by her children and their spouses, Stephen and Gloria Smith of Enterprise, Alice Joyce Gipson of Ontario, Melody and Robert Evans of Scottsdale, Ariz., Grant and Patty Born of Cove, Orville and Margaret Rowland of Arvada, Colo., Fred Rowland of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Girard Rowland of Englewood, Colo., and Henry and Maxine Rowland of Holly Springs, N.C.; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews.

Preceding Bea in death were her parents; husband, Marshall James Born; husband, William Taylor; daughter, Marilee Born; and son, Lansing Roland.


Ruby A. Woosley

La Grande


Ruby Alice Woosley, 95, of La Grande, died Nov. 28 at a local care center in La Grande.

Her funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Damascus Road Ministries Church, 905 C Ave. in La Grande. Services will also be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Gardner Funeral Home, 1270 N. Main St. in White Salmon, Wash.

Burial will be at Klickitat County District No. 1 Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruby was born Sept. 8, 1916, in Pomeroy, Wash. Her parents were Armen Albert Tupper and Sadie Ray (Atchison) Tupper. Ruby and her family moved to Portland when she was 7 years old. She attended Jefferson High School.

On March 18, 1939, she married James E. Woosley in Vancouver, Wash. They were together for 48 years before James died Oct. 31, 1987.

Ruby was a cook on the lighthouse tender, The Rhododendron, out of Portland in 1935. She received an advanced Red Cross Lifesaving card in 1937 and taught first aid for many years. In addition to her duties of wife, mother and homemaker, Ruby was a Girl Scout leader and 4-H leader. She volunteered at the Santa Mall in La Grande for several years. Ruby was a member of the Presbyterian Church for 58 years, and joined the Rebekah Lodge in 1943.

Ruby is survived by her two sons and their spouses, Allen and Janice Woosley of Portland and Armen and Lori Woosley of La Grande; four grandsons; one granddaughter; three great-grandsons; sister-in-law, Bertha Woosley; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, James; and son, Ray D. Woosley, who died in May 2008.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Samaritans Purse Ministries in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850.


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