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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week ending Feb. 11, 2006


Obituaries for the week ending Feb. 11, 2006

Billie L. Warner, 74, of Oceanside, Calif., and formerly of Enterprise died Jan. 31 at her home. Oceanside Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Warner was born April 10, 1931, in Enterprise. She was a teacher in the special education department in Oceanside for 25 years. She enjoyed high school sports, swimming and motorcycle riding.

Survivors include her husband, Clyde W. Warner of Oceanside; a daughter and son-in-law, Nici and Neil Boyle of San Diego, Calif.; and one grandchild. A daughter, Tonia, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Oceanside High School Athletic Booster Club, 1 Pirates Cove, Oceanside, Calif. 92054.


Genevieve Isis Carter, 93, of La Grande died Feb. 6 at a local care center. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church. Burial at the Summerville Cemetery will be private.

Mrs. Carter was born Dec. 25, 1912, to William and Isis Adler at the home of her maternal grandparents, James and Martha Jane Moss.

She played the piano and accompanied choirs, glee clubs, orchestra and operettas, and graduated from La Grande High School in 1931.

In 1933 she earned a teaching degree from Eastern Oregon Normal School and taught at Pumpkin Ridge School, Iowa School and Central Elementary School, where she taught for 35 years. She retired in 1975.

On Aug. 18, 1935, she married Harvey W. Carter who was also a teacher.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church and played the organ there and for the Presbyterian Church. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Union County Retired Educators, Wesleyan Circle, Chapter CO of PEO, TOPS and the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary. She assisted with reading programs in local schools and enjoyed crochet.

Survivors include daughters Barbara Nash, Darla Sunderman and Lanetta Paul; two grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church Music Fund or any charity in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Clarence Hoard Jr., 81, of Lostine died Feb. 3 at the Adventist Medical Center in Portland. Burial will be today Feb. 8 at the Lostine Cemetery.

Mr. Hoard was born Nov. 15, 1924, to Clarence and Ruba Mae Brown Hoard in Portland. He served in the Marines during World War II and married Loretta A. McDonald Sept. 31, 1968 at Sandy. He worked as a truck driver for 25 years, as caretaker of the Lostine Cemetery for 13 years and most recently as a handyman. He made handcrafted airplanes.

Survivors include his wife of Lostine; children, Wayne Hoard of Junction City, David Hoard of Brush Prairie, Wash., Jane Conway of Newberg, Donna Haggstrom of Sandy and Carl Hoard of Portland; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Home Health Hospice in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.


Viola Luther, 87, Eagle, Idaho, and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 3. A memorial will be held at her favorite camping spot in Oregon this summer. Anyone wishing to be a part of this celebration is welcome to contact her daughter, Reola Mitchell, 118 E 35th St., Boise 83714 or her granddaughter Wendi Palumbo at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Alden Waggner Funeral Home in Boise is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Luther was born August 31, 1918, to Homer and Marie Kennell in Beaver Okla. She lived in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Indiana, and worked in an airplane factory during World War II. Later she was a waitress and enjoyed people-watching. In 1949 she married Henry Luther in Cottage Grove. They owned a restaurant for a short time before moving to LaGrande. In 1988 the couple moved to Eagle to be near their youngest daughter, but she always felt she had left her heart in LaGrande.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Jack and Ruth Rose of Payette, Idaho, Gladys Porter of Hood River, Randy and Betty Luther of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Reola and Bruce Mitchell of Boise; 12 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to The First Christian Church in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Letha Shumway, 91, of Baker City and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 1 at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. Burial was at Mount Hope Cemetery with Pastor Ed Niswender of Calvary Baptist Church officiating.

Mrs. Shumway was born June 10, 1914, to Jess P. and Susie Mae Laxson at La Grande. She lived in Cambridge, Idaho, and Weiser, Idaho, and at Mount Vernon. She graduated from Baker High School in 1932, and on Jan. 20, 1935, she married Charles H. Shumway in Baker City.

She worked for Montgomery Ward in the 1950s in the shipping and receiving department. The family had a ranch and dairy from 1951 until 1969 in the Old Auburn area, and in 1969 moved to a dairy farm in the Baker Valley on Highway 86. After the death of her husband in 1974, she continued to run the dairy with her son, Charles until 1980.

In 1982 she opened a rock and gem shop in her home on Elm Street in Baker City, and then spent several years as a volunteer at the Oregon Trail Regional Museum. She was a 4-H leader for many years with a geology and minerals club.

She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, and started singing in the choir sometime in the early 1940s. Letha was the AWANA leader for several years.

She was the last person to have lived in the Burnt River Valley before the Unity Dam was built.

Survivors include 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Her husband and her sons, Vereen E., and Thomas P., all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church of Baker City or to Pathway Hospice of Ontario in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City.


Guelda Mastrude, 69, of La Grande died Feb. 3 at Grande Ronde Hospital. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Mrs. Mastrude was born March 18, 1936, to Henry Charles and Phoebe Grace Kenner Lampman in Lingo, Wyo. The family moved to La Grande and in 1956 she married Spencer Mastrude in Douglas, Wyo. He worked in heavy construction and the couple lived in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Washington and Oregon. For a time she worked in Seattle as a property manager before her retirement in July of 2005.

She was a member of numerous children's charities and the Tuesday Girls Club. She enjoyed canning, helping others and being with her family.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande; children, Billie Mae Carpenter of Magalia, Calif., and Alvin Mastrude of La Grande; step-children, Peggy Johnson of La Grande and Joe Mastrude of Lake Stevens, Wash.; 16 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Lou Gawith of Everett, Wash., Alice Davis, Edith Clabough, and Dorothy Hickman, all of Torrington, Wyo., Henrietta Muller of Kirby, Wyo. and other relatives. A son, Michael Mastrude, and a brother, Charles Lampman, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley. An online guest book is available.


Joseph Franklin Batty Sr., 71, of Granite and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 6 at his cabin. A celebration of life will begin at 2 pm. Saturday, Feb. 11 at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. A second celebration will begin at 1 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Vernonia High School gymnasium.

Mr. Batty was born Sept. 20, 1934, to Lewis and Edith Jackson Batty at Eightmile. He served in the Army and Army National Guard, and retired in 1992 as a command sergeant major. In 1962 he earned a degree in education from Eastern Oregon College, and taught elementary and middle school in Ukiah, Long Creek and Veronica school districts, as classroom teacher, head teacher and principal. He also coached basketball and was active in the Vernonia Education Association, serving several terms on the negotiations committee.

He served on the Vernonia City Council, including time as acting mayor, and was a member of the Vernonia Rural Fire Board and the American Legion. He helped in the recovery of the Mist-Birkenfeld Fire District during the 1996 floods. He was the administrator for flood relief, coordinating efforts between local government, the military and federal agencies. He was best known in his retirement as the person responsible for the restoration of the Fremont Power Plant near Granite. He coordinated National Guard, Forest Service, and Oregon Historical Society resources to complete the project.

He enjoyed substitute teaching at all levels, hunting, clearing land, building, plowing snow, hosting family and friends, snowmobiles and four wheelers and being with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Joe and Shelley Batty of Cove; Kay and Allen Gidley of Harrisburg, and Jessie and Dean Johnston of Birkenfeld; and seven grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to a scholarship fund at the Vernonia Fire Department, 555 E. Bridge St., Vernonia.


Margaret Jones, 71, of La Grande died Feb. 8 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland. At her request there will be no funeral.

Mrs. Jones was born May 6, 1934, to W.C. "Jiggs" and Reba Gray Laird. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1952, and lived overseas for many years. She returned to the United States in 1972.

She served in the Coast Guard in Seattle until she retired in 1996 and returned to La Grande. She enjoyed playing golf, bridge and bingo, and being with her family and friends.

Survivors include children, Lisa Watne of Pacific City, Mitchell Schneiter of West Linn and Heidi Silsby of Taipei, Taiwan; nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and a sister-in-law, Nancy Laird, of Pullman, Wash. A bother, Norman P. Laird, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Madeline Hedden Golf Scholarship or the Blue Mountain Humane Association.


Elizabeth Eleanor "Lib" Thompson, 92, of La Grande died Jan, 26 at a local care center. Burial was at the Willamette National Cemetery. A memorial services will begin at 10:45 a.m. Monday at Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Thompson was born May 6, 1913, to James Henry and Edna Herren Frazier in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

She graduated from high school in the Olympia, Wash., area in 1929. She served in the Army during World War II and on Feb. 3, 1940, she married Jerald Thompson in Cowlitz County, Wash. On Aug. 16, 1946 she graduated from Central Washington College of Education, and taught at schools in Oregon and Washington.

She enjoyed teaching and traveling. In her retirement years, she spent much of her time caring for her husband. After his death she began to attend the Summerville Baptist Church.

Three sisters, Helen, Marjorie and Isabel, all died earlier.

Contributions to the family to assist with funeral expenses may be made to Loveland Funeral Chapel.


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