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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week ending April 30,2005

Obituaries for the week ending April 30,2005

Alyce Louise Bostic, 99, of La Grande died April 23 at a local care center. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday April 30 at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Mrs. Bostic was born Feb. 17, 1906, to Andrew and Ellen Arthun Madison near Red Lodge, Mont. She attended the Pioneer School in Wyoming, graduated from high school in Belfry, Mont., attended the University of Wyoming.

On May 29, 1931, she married Lloyd Bostic in Billings, Mont. They settled in Rollins, Mont., and in 1956 moved to a small farm Lloyd and Alyce near Stanfield. They retired in 1972 and moved first to Kalispell, Mont., and then to La Grande in 1983. After her husband's death in 1988, she lived with her daughter for 10 years before moving to a care center.

She was a homemaker with a special love for children and animals. She enjoyed cooking, music, dancing, and in her younger years, riding horses and working with farm animals.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Harold and Charlotte Bostic of Kalispell, and Phyllis and Fred Arnst of La Grande; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and other relatives. Two brothers and a sister died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association, 3212 Highway 30, La Grande.

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Arthur Warren Homan, 73, of La Grande died April 21 at St. Mary's Hospital in Walla Walla. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday April 28 at the First Christian Church, 901 Penn Ave. Full military honors will follow.

Mr. Homan was born May 9, 1931, to Warren and Ethel Homan in Enterprise. He married Janet Moys of La Grande, and served in the Air Force and the Army National Guard, retiring as a staff sergeant. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, going to flea markets and being with his family.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children, Doug Homan and Steve Homan, both of La Grande, and Cindy Homan of Joseph; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Loveland Funeral Chaple, 1504 Fourth St.

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Clara Anabell Phippen, 94, of La Grande died April 22 at her daughter's home in Forest Grove. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday April 27 at Zion Lutheran Church, 902 Fourth St. A dinner at the church will follow a graveside service at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mrs. Phippen was born March 20, 1911, to Charles and Bertha Nixon Hensley in Delaware, Ohio. The family moved to Oregon, and she attended school in Union. She married Frank Milton Phippen on Sept. 7, 1938, in La Grande where they lived their entire married life. He died in 1978.

She worked at St. Joseph Hospital and at Grande Ronde Hospital. After her retirement in 1976 she was involved with the La Grande Senior Activities Group, which was instrumental in raising money for construction of the Union County Senior Center built in 1982. Once it was open she assisted in raising money for improvements and purchases.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, the Royal Neighbors, AARP, Nine Aces, the Hospital Retiree Luncheon Group, and a 60 year member of the Eagles. She enjoyed crocheting and sharing the things she made.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Shirley and Bruce Simmons of La Grande, Carol and Jim Hilsenkopf of Forest Grove and Phyllis and Joe Bechtel of Elgin; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorthy Gale, of Delaware, Ohio. A daughter, Cleta Clark, a grandson, Tony Simmons, three brothers, Roland Hensley, Ed Hensley and Lawrence Hensley, and a sister, Hazel Halsey, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Union County Senior Center or Zion Lutheran Church in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

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Walter W. Mendenhall, 83, of Elgin died April 21 at his home. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Friday April 29 at the Elgin Community Center.

Mr. Mendenhall was born March 13, 1922, to Walter W. and Laura Fisher Mendenhall in in Interior, S.D. His family moved to Hood River in 1935, and then to Spring Water where he graduated from Estacada High School. He attended welding school and worked at the shipyards in Portland, and served in the Navy during World War II.

In 1949, he married Verna Marshall, and in 1952 they moved to Eastern Oregon. Walt lived life to its fullest and had many stories to share. He ranched and farmed and was a respected forester and logger. He built many log homes in the area, and loved the outdoors, hiking, hunting, fishing and being with his horses and dogs.

Survivors include his wife of Elgin; children, Marvin Mendenhall, Cliff Mendenhall, Susan Mendenhall, Nancy Molitor and Terry Mendenhall.

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Cosetta M. Elliott, 84 of Seal Rock and formerly of Summerville, died April 24 at her home. At her request there will be no funeral. Viewing will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Friday at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., in Enterprise.

Mrs. Elliott was born Aug. 8, 1920, to Loren and Violet Scrivner in Meridian, Idaho. On Feb. 13, 1939, she married David O. Elliott. As a child, she liked going to the circus with her father. In her youth, she held various jobs in the Boise area, and later she was a cook at the Air Force base at Boise, and at a logging camp. During World War II she worked in the Portland shipyards as a welder.

Her husband died in 1977, one month after moving to Troy from Gresham. She lived in Troy until 1988 when she moved to Summerville. In 2001 she moved to Seal Rock.

She was a homemaker and loved flowers and gardening. She enjoyed geese, dancing, playing cribbage with her family and being with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, William Elliott of Seal Rock, Loren Elliott of Auburn, Wash., Lynn Elliott of Sisters, and Maryann Hickman of Oregon City; siblings, Ed Scrivner of Boise and Peggy Baker of Oregon City; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Three sisters, Lorna Clement of Seattle, Dee Burchett of Boise and LeAnn McCoy of Milwaukie, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Home Health & Hospice of Samaritan Pacific Health Services, P.O. Box 945, Newport

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Ruth Abbott Remsen, 83, of Richland, Wash., and formerly of La Grande died April 8. A graveside memorial will begin at 11 a.m. May 28 at the Island City Cemetery.

Mrs. Remsen was born Aug. 13, 1921, to Isaiah and Nannie May Wade Abbott in Malheur County. She was one of 11 children. On July 7, 1942, she married Mearl F. "Mick" Remsen. After the war, the family lived in Lakeview for 12 years, La Grande for 18 years and Richland, Ore., for 14 years. They also spent time in Arizona, Nevada and Idaho. After her husband's death in 1999, she moved to Boise and then to Richland, Wash., to be near her youngest daughter, Geri.

She was a long-time supporter of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America and other youth organizations that helped build character in young people.She had a zest for life and loved to garden, and enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and working with ceramics.

Survivors include her twin brother Ralph Abbott, of Richland, Ore.; three children, Micki Vandenburg of Kamiah, Idaho, George Remsen of Lansing, Kan., and Geri Robinson of Richland, Wash.; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband, three brothers, and six sisters all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

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Elmer Speer, 90, of La Grande died April 25 at his home. A celebration of life will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday April 30 at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., with pastors Loyd Hoke and Raymond Bates of the Sunrise Free Methodist Church officiating. A reception will follow at the Seventh-day Adventist School in La Grande.

Mr. Speer was born June 28, 1914, to William and Susan Upchurch Speer in Flippin, Ark. He attended school in Arkansas and Missouri. He was a member of the Sunrise Free Methodist Church, and enjoyed playing cards, dancing and going to church.

Survivors include his companion, Dottie Straight of La Grande; children, Wilma Smith of Clarendon, Ark., Elmer Mize of Batesburg, Ark., and Lois Kowalski of Wrangle, Alaska; a step-daughter, Charlyn Miller of Bothel, Wash.; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Two sons, Carl and Ellis Speer, three sisters, two brothers and a grandson all died earlier.

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Velma Belle Smith, 89, of La Grande died April 26 at a local care center. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday April 30 at the First Baptist Church in La Grande with Pastor Cyril Stephens officiating. Burial will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mrs. Smith was born March 3, 1916, to Pearl and Hezekiah Villines in Ponca, Ark. On October 14, 1944, she married Erasmus "Ross" Smith in Seminole, Okla. They moved to La Grande in 1945. She was a beautician and owned the Bob Shop, now Hair Boutique, for many years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, a ladies' prayer circle and a former member of the Knife and Fork Club. She loved her flowers and feeding animals.

Survivors include her sister, Willa Hickman of La Grande; a sister-in-law, Darlene Villines of La Grande and other relatives. Her husband and four brothers died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

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Hayden Kenneth Hough of Garfield, Wash., was still-born April 19. Burial was at the Moscow Cemetery in Moscow, Idaho.

Survivors include his parents, Heidi and Jason Hough of Garfield and formerly of Wallowa County; grandparents Ken and Beth Hough of Enterprise, and Bernie and Cathy Judge, of Pocatello, Idaho; great-grandparents Robert McMillan of Lakewood, Colo., and Louis and Esther Stalnaker, of Moscow, Idaho; and great-great-grandmother, Catherine Shubert, of Orofino, Idaho; uncles and aunts, Kendall and Jerry Hayes of Enterprise, Kirsten and Brian Pennell of Virginia Beach, Va., Brian and Sarah Judge of Pocatello, and Shawn Judge of Moscow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic School, 412 N. Monroe, Moscow, Idaho 83843.

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Frank David Anderson, 72, of La Grande died April 26 at his lhome. A celebration of life potluck will begin at 1 p.m. May 7at 1319 Empire Drive in La Grande.

Mr. Anderson was born in 1933 to James and Mildred Lee Anderson in Alabama. He grew up on the Oklahoma Indian Reservation and served in the Army in Korea from 1950 to 1953. On Sept. 10, 1955, he married Billie Stone. They settled in Milton-Freewater on a small farm from 1963 to 1975 when they moved to La Grande. He worked as a logger and welder. He loved the mountains and his family, and was supportive of the Native American tradition and culture.

Survivors include his wife; children and their spouses, Frankie and Sandi Anderson of La Grande, Anna Lee Anderson Curtis Perkins of Weston; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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Veda Mae Miller, 90, of La Grande, died April 27 at Grande Ronde Hospital. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 3 at Daniels Chapel with Pastor Tim Gray of the Seventh-day Adventist Church officiating. Burial will follow at the Cove Cemetery.

Mrs. Miller was born Aug. 7, 1914, to William and Florence Anderson Houx in Cove. She attended school there, and on Jan. 2, 1935, she married Richard N. Miller in Walla Walla. They farmed in Cove from 1935 until 1976 when they moved to La Grande. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Cherry Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star and the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, ceramics, needlework, many other hobbies, and being with her family.

Survivors include nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives. Her husband, two sisters, Vera Foster and LaVerne Burnett, and two brothers, Leonard and Howard Houx, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to GRH Home Care Services in care of Daniels Chapel.

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Dick Snider, 77, of Island City died April 25. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday April 30 at the First Christian Church, 901 Penn Ave.

Mr. Snider was born March 7, 1928, to Ray H. and Marion Faye Bellus Snider in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1946, attended the University of Idaho and graduated from Eastern Oregon College. He married Carol Miller and taught school in Pendleton and a small town near Springfield. The couple were later divorced. He was a member of the Oregon State Curriculum Committee and the Lane County Teachers' Association. He contracted polio in 1959, and on Oct. 2, 1966 he married Charlene Winn. He worked as a tutor and operated a small business for a while.

He loved the mountains and displayed great courage in overcoming endless obstacles.

Survivors include his wife of Island City; children, David Snider of Portland, Arden Snider of Cove, Susan Southwick of Forest Grove, and Peggy Owens of Oregon City; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Marion Smith of Olympia, Wash., and Phyllis Snider of Puyallup, Wash.

Memorials may be made to an autism charity or to an education fund for Robby Snider in care of Loveland Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

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