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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of September 8, 2011

Obituaries for the day of September 8, 2011

Stewart, Hurst Jr., Nobles, Russell, Stewart,

LOCAL FUNERALS AND VISITATIONS

Sept. 10 — Bette Mae ‘Scotty’ Stewart, Mass of Christian burial, 1 p.m., Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church

Sept. 17 — Flora Russell, graveside service, 2 p.m., Union Cemetery

Sept. 24 — Hobert Nelson, service, 11 a.m., First Baptist Church, 1701 Sixth St., La Grande

Oct. 1 — Gladys Nobles, celebration of life, 3 p.m., Enterprise Elks Lodge; dinner to follow

 



Ronald Stewart

Formerly of La Grande


Ronald Stewart, 72, of Hermiston and formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 4 at a local care center. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements.



George F. Hurst Jr.

Enterprise

1922-2011


George Fort Hurst Jr., 88, of Enterprise, died Aug. 31 in La Grande. Burial will be in Corinth, Ga. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born Sept. 7, 1922.

George was the grandson of Portland pioneers W.T. and Mary Jacobsen.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Cole of Tucson, Ariz; two nephews; and a niece.



Gladys Nobles

Formerly of Wallowa County

1931-2011


Gladys Nobles, 79, formerly of Wallowa County, died Sept. 1 at an assisted living center in Pendleton. A celebration of life will begin at 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at Enterprise Elks Lodge. Dinner will follow immediately. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gladys was born Sept. 13, 1931, to Jesse C. Crader and Inez E. Morgan Crader on Upper Imnaha. She graduated from Joseph High School in 1950.

She married James “Jim” B. Nobles June 25, 1955, in Lewiston, Idaho. They were married for 43 years. Jim and Gladys had four children: J.D., Debbie, Tammy and Eddie.

The couple ranched and farmed the Century Nobles Farm homestead during those 43 years. Gladys lived on the ranch until she broke both hips in April 2008.

Gladys was involved in WC Cowbelles and 4-H and FFA programs. She was a chaperone for a lot of children’s functions. Gladys was also Redneck Round Queen in 2002.

Gladys is survived by her son, J.D. and his wife, Deena, of La Grande and his children; daughter, Debbie Gilbert and her husband, Tim, of Joseph, and their children; daughter, Tammy Sundin of Pendleton and her children; five great-grandsons; three great-granddaughters; and her sister, Nadine Henry and her husband, Don, of La Grande.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; parents, Jesse and Inez; step-dad, Wick; sister, Norma; and son, Eddie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Enterprise football program, the Wallowa County Humane Society or 4-H and FFA programs.



Flora F. Russell

Union

1935-2011


Flora Fay Russell, 76, of Union, died Sept. 4 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Sept. 17 at Union Cemetery. Pastor Dave Selinsky will officiate.

Flora was born April 3, 1935, to Daniel Washington Stone and Claudia Ella Parsons Stone in Montgomery, Ala. She had four brothers and two sisters.

Flora married James D. Russell and they were married for 47 1/2 years. She lived in Union the last 15 years.

For several years, she served as a nurse’s aide.

She is survived by her husband, James D. Russell; three sons, Jerry McCarty and his wife, Wanda, of Union, James D. Russell II and his wife, Mandy, of Union, and Christian Dan Russell and his fiance, Jenn Musick, of Union; and two daughters, Jeannie Marie French of Redmond and Bobbie D. McCormick of Coos Bay.



Bette Mae ‘Scotty’ Stewart

La Grande

1920-2011

Bette Mae “Scotty” Stewart, 90, of La Grande, died Sept. 6 at her residence. A Mass of Christian burial will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. Burial will be in Hillcrest East Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Bette Mae Allen was born Oct. 28, 1920, to William Lester Allen and Hazel Gwendolyn (Howard) in Buhl, Idaho. She was born in Idaho, but raised in La Grande and Salem. Those who knew Bette say she always sought passion and truth from her life. Her family instilled strong Catholic values in her and always remained very involved in their local church.

As an adult, Bette pursued that which she had natural talent for — photography. With two young children, and the recent death of her husband and life-love, Dick Scott, she made a difficult decision to leave her son and daughter in the care of others so that she could take up good work elsewhere and on the road.

Reunited with her children, Bette continued her pursuit of true happiness and fulfillment, which took her and her family across the country and back. She eventually landed in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where her photography work came to life. She earned her nickname “One Shot Scotty” here, from her daredevil camerawork. In Myrtle Beach, she enlisted the help of a local pilot to fly her above the resorts and the beaches, where she would tell him to “Cut the engine!” She would then climb out onto the wing of the free-flying plane, and snap her shot on the landscape below. Bette met Don Stewart in South Carolina. They later married.

She and her family moved to Memphis where she designed album covers for Phillips Records. Following this, she moved to Las Vegas in 1967 where she lived until February of 2006, about the time her husband died. At this time, she said she realized there was a call from God to move home to La Grande.

Once in La Grande, and living independently, she dedicated herself to ensuring the opening of the Marian Academy at the Catholic church. Along with that project, she dedicated much of her remaining years and energy to the church.

On Sept. 6, Bette Mae died while peacefully resting in her home bed. She was cradled by the sounds of her beloved Frank Sinatra singing “Bye Bye Baby,” and in the arms of her nephew and caregiver, Beau Breedlove. Her final hours were just as she had wanted, with her best friend, resilient companion and longtime loving caregiver, Jessica Dockweiler, faithfully at her side.

Bette is survived by her son, Ronald Victor Lundy of Pensacola, Fla.; daughter, Rhonda Lynn Scott of Las Vegas; and siblings, Margaret, Richard and Gilbert of Salem.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in honor of Bette to the Marian Academy at the Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande.

Bette kept a love poem written for her by a boy in high school. In part, it read, “Plucked from an abyss of solitude, I have reached the sterling glory, the supreme achievement.”

 
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