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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of November 7, 2011


Obituaries for the day of November 7, 2011

Culver, Phillips, Stoll, Werst


Nov. 8 — Carol Phillips, memorial service, 2 p.m., Wallowa Christian Church


Vera Culver


Vera Culver, 83, of Elgin, died Nov. 6 in Elgin. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.


Carol Phillips



“Carol” Lee June (Grove) Phillips, 65, of Wallowa, died Nov. 3 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital after battling stage four breast cancer. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Wallowa Christian Church.

She was born Feb. 24, 1946, in Pendleton to Majorlee Doris Sawyer and Jamus Richard Grove.

Carol lived in numerous towns in Eastern Oregon and Southeast Washington for most of her childhood. Carol’s family left Oregon to pursue opportunities in Southern California, San Diego in 1952. After returning to Wallowa in 1999, Carol pursued her passions — knitting and beading — while working in various restaurants and stores in customer service-related positions, and ultimately providing care to Wallowa’s elderly. She had said she enjoyed the work.

Carol attended Wallowa Christian Church and had said she was grateful for the friendships she developed while learning God’s word and through fellowship with others. She was known for helping others and for her sharp wit.

 Carol is survived by her four children, Tommy Lee Beals, Anna Jannette Beals-Radar, Dwayne Glen Beals and Trent Alan Beals; as well as her sister, Judy Sawyer; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Mary E. Stoll

Formerly of La Grande


Mary Emiline (Kube) Stoll, 90, of Edmonds, Wash., and formerly of La Grande, died at her home Oct. 29. A memorial service was held Nov. 6 at the Edmonds Conference Center.

She was born Dec. 25, 1920, in La Grande.

Mary owned two beauty salons in the Edmonds area and one at Northgate Mall. She and her husband, Dick, built a building on the northeast corner of 236th and Edmonds Way and other buildings in the Edmonds area, including the home in which they lived the remainder of their years.

Those who knew Mary say she was a woman of deep personal faith, prayer and devotion. Bible-reading was one of her favorite habits. Family members say her happiest moments were at family gatherings where her children and grandchildren were all together.

She was a resident of Edmonds for 63 years.

She is survived by her children, Lee Stoll (Pam), Glen Stoll (Debbie) and Janet Spangler (John). They took care of her continuously in her home for the past five months.

She is also survived by her sister, Ruth (Kube) Linfoot of Jefferson; and brothers, Vern Kube (Edythe) of Pendleton and Jim Goben (Linda) of Hermiston; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Stoll; and sisters, Eva (Kube) Sinclair and Estella (Kube) Sinclair.


Jason B. Werst

Fomerly of Wallowa, La Grande


Jason Bernard Werst, 40, of Nampa, Idaho, and formerly of Wallowa and La Grande, died early Oct. 30 after a long battle with leukemia. Jason was at home with his wife, Jessica; mother, Etta; and other loved ones. Memorial services were held Nov. 6 at the Nampa Civic Center.

Jason was born April 1, 1971, in Klamath Falls.

He graduated from high school in Wallowa, enlisted and served in Desert Storm, and upon discharge from the Army, attended Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.

Jason was a stand-out in cross country and track events. He was inducted into EOU’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. Jason was an avid cyclist and a member of the Lost River Cycling club in Boise. He met Jessica Taylor in 2005 and they were married Nov. 11, 2006.

Jason is survived by his wife, Jessica; parents, Etta and Marty Weatherup and Mark and Connie Werst; grandparents, Norm and Amy Lou Werst; and other extended family members.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jason Werst Memorial fund at Wells Fargo. The account is in the name of his widow, Jessica Werst.


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