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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week ending March 22, 2008


Obituaries for the week ending March 22, 2008

Church, Dickson, Young, McCoy, Beck, Benedict



Audrey Irene Church, 88, of Elgin, died March 14 at Grande Ronde Hospital. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Elgin Baptist Church, 800 N. 13th Ave., with burial to follow at the Elgin Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is handling the arrangements.

Audrey was born March 31, 1919, in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, to Sam and Margaret (Bratin) Smith. She married Fred Church on June 28, 1941, in Nampa, Idaho. They moved to Mount  Harris in 1946, then to Union in 1956 and to Elgin in 1964.

She was an active member of the Elgin Baptist Church, and dearly loved her church and her family.

 She is survived by her children, Tom Church and his wife Betty Jean of Elgin, and Robin Church of La Grande; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, son David, grandson Tommy, sister Lucille Little and David Smith and Woody Smith.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to one’s favorite charity

Mary Ellen Dickson, 73, of La Grande, died March 7 following an extended illness.

Mary was born May 13,1934, in Atlanta, Kan., to Charles and Alma Cunningham.

The family moved to Weiser, Idaho, where she attended school.

She married Frank Dickson of Homedale, Idaho, on Aug. 3, 1952. Mary and Frank moved to Umatilla, where Frank was employed at the Army Ordnance Depot. Following this, the family moved to Kinzua in Wheeler County, then to La Grande, where Frank worked for Boise Cascade and Mary for Sprouse-Reitz for many years.

Mary was devoted to her family and enjoyed activities that included her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank and her parents.

Mary is survived by her son, Randy Dickson, and his wife Ann, of Meacham; daughter, Jean Atkinson, and her husband, Laine, of Ione, Calif.; daughter Debbie McCall of La Grande; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Kay Parton of Hood River and Mrs. Linda Carey of Lovelock, Nev., and a brother, Gerry Cunningham of Boise.

By Mary’s request, there will be no services.

Kenneth Gordon Young, 74, of Cove died March 13 at Grande Ronde Hospital of heart failure. Gravesite services will begin at 1 p.m. May 24 at the Cove Cemetery. Friends and relatives may sign the guest registry at www.danielsknopp.com.

Kenneth was born May 24, 1933, to Fred and Laura Ackerman Young in Baker City. He lived in Sumpter during his childhood and completed his junior high and high school education in Baker City. He completed a bachelor of science degree at Eastern Oregon University and a master of arts degree at Colorado State University.

He served in the Navy from 1953 to 1957, primarily in the Pacific. He later taught English for the University of Maryland Overseas Program traveling throughout Europe and Asia. He then taught literature and creative writing and served as chair of the English and Foreign Language Department at Portland Community College. He retired to Cove in 2001.

Those who knew him say Gordon was keenly interested in classical music and enjoyed playing the piano during his young adulthood. He was an extensive reader who took great pleasure in becoming well informed in local, national and international affairs.

He enjoyed sailing his boat with friends and his dogs, Hanzi and Tigger, on the Columbia River. He was also interested in geology.

He particularly enjoyed being with his family members and took pride in helping publish his father’s book, “Home in the Blues.”

He is survived by his sister, Louise Young Van Schoonhoven and her husband John of Cove; sister-in-law, Marion Young of Idyllwild, Calif., brother-in-law, Charles Gildersleeve of Spokane; five nieces; a nephew; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Paul Young; and sister, Kay Gildersleeve.

Donations may be made in honor of his niece to the Susan Michelle Van Schoonhoven Scholarship Fund for the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) Program at The School for International Training. Checks can be made to “CONTACT Program” and mailed to SIT, P.O. Box 676, 1 Kipling Road, Brattleboro, Vt. 05301. For more information about the program, call 1-800-257-7751 or visit www.worldlearning.org.

Elmer “Ellis” McCoy, 85, formerly of La Grande, died of natural causes March 1 in Klamath Falls. A memorial is planned for summer 2008 in La Grande.

Elmer, also known as Ellis, was born in February 1923 in La Grande, the youngest son of Delmer and Mintie (Neal) McCoy. His parents operated a dairy on Mt. Glen Road. Ellis attended the Mt. Glen School and graduated from La Grande High School. He took over the family dairy and ran it for many years.

Ellis married Rose Marie Buckley on Aug. 10, 1944. He enjoyed running the dairy, farming and operating an electrical/plumbing shop in town. He was a member and past president of the La Grande Lions Club. Rose and Ellis traveled the U.S. for many years, then moved to Klamath Falls in 2001 to be near family.

Ellis is survived by his wife of 64 years, Rose McCoy; children and their significant others, Eloise McCoy and John McKim of Eugene, Christy Stanfield and Gregg Dutton of Grand Junction, Colo., Rande McCoy and Valerie Thomas of Klamath Falls, and Deena and Dan Rutledge of Klamath Falls; and one granddaughter of Keizer.

Joyce Kennedy Beck, 63, of Kennewick and formerly of Elgin, died March 17 in Yuma, Ariz., in an ATV accident. A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Building 4 of the Benton-Franklin County Fairgrounds just off East 10th Avenue in Kennewick.

Joyce was born June 1, 1944, to William and Mildred Kennedy in Portland. She grew up in Elgin and graduated from Elgin High School in 1962. She was married in January 1964 to Bill J. Beck of Hermiston. The couple moved to the Tri-Cities in 1969 where she worked for Ice Harbor Dam and the Social Security Administration as an administrative specialist. Her husband of 40 years, Bill, died in 2004.

Those who knew her say Joyce enjoyed life and participated in the Benton/Franklin County Fair Board Association, Red Hat Society and Cosmos Singles Group. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Joyce is survived by her sons, Kent and Steve of Kennewick; two grandchildren of Kennewick; aunt, Mina Burnett of Springfield; sister, Barbara Prince of Kamiah, Idaho; brothers, Dick Kennedy of Pendleton and David Kennedy and Rex Kennedy, both of Elgin; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Wicktorya Louise Benedict, 90, of Union, died March 21 at a local care facility. There will be no public services, but those who wish may contribute to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Everyone is invited to sign the on-line guestbook at www.danielsknopp.com.

Mrs. Benedict was born Jan. 1, 1918, the daughter of Henry and Sophie Patrick in St. Louis. She married Benjamin S. Benedict, a Navy retiree, on June 8, 1948, in Honolulu. They owned a ranch in Canada until moving to Cove in 1980. In 1992 they moved to Union.

She loved her family, crocheting and cooking.

Survivors include her husband, Benjamin S. Benedict Sr. of Union; her sons, Benjamin S. Benedict Jr. of Ogden, Utah, Henry Benedict of Cove and Ralph Benedict of Union; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brothers, Gene Patrick and Eddy Patrick, both of St. Louis.


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