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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week ending May 20, 2006


Obituaries for the week ending May 20, 2006

Margaret Lucille Eckstein, 90, of La Grande and formerly of Elgin, died May 9 at a local care center. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Margaret Lucille Eckstein was born Jan. 29, 1916, to Carl and Katherine Darr Cowan in Summerville. She attended Dry Creek School, and on Nov. 24, 1933, she married Jack Eckstein. He worked in construction and the lumber industry while she worked for the post office and as a waitress. They lived in Elgin until 1962 when they moved to Steamboat Springs, Colo. In 1976 they lived in Milton-Freewater for a time before returning to Elgin and finally settling in La Grande. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, the Rebekahs, the Pythian Sisters and the Royal Neighbors. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and driving.

Survivors include daughters and their husbands, Phyllis Eckstein of La Grande and Joyce and Andy Moore of Albuquerque, N.M.; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild and other relatives. Her husband and a brother, Raymond Cowan, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Amanda C. "Lucille" Brown, 90, of Tillamook and formerly of Union died May 5. A private family service will be held at a later date. Waud's Funeral Home in Tillamook is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Brown was born Nov. 7, 1915, in Casa, Ark., to George and Mary Lue Shelton Sutton. She attended school in Arkansas, and on Dec. 24, 1936, she married Cecil F. Brown in Rockwell, Texas.

The couple lived in Oklahoma, Texas and Oregon, where they lived in Estacada and Union. When they retired they moved to Tillamook in 1995 to be near family.

Survivors include a sister, Martha Jane Barber, and other relatives. Her husband died earlier.


Robert Cowden, 74, of Joseph died May 10 in Davis, Calif., at the home of his son. A celebrations of his life will be held in Davis and again in the summer at Wallowa Lake.

Mr. Cowden was born Oct. 8, 1931, to Earl and Margaret Cowden in Oakland, Calif. He spent vacations with his grandparents on their coffee plantation in Managua, Nicaragua. He graduated from high school in Lafayette, Calif., in 1950, and served in the Navy during the Korean War. He married Diane Kessler and graduated from the University of Californa at Davis.

He worked for the university Department of Agricultural Engineering and retired after 30 years. He got a pilot's licence and joined the Cal Aggie Flying Farmers, serving as president in 1960-61.

During his career with the university, he was involved in large-scale Forest Service programs in Montana and New Mexico, orchard spray projects, mosquito abatement, spraying with pheromones, air pollution and various pesticide application studies in California.

He was a supporter of youth competitive swimming, and was one of the first members of the Davis Aquatic Masters.

In 1986 and he and his wife moved to Wallowa Lake. He served on the Wallowa Lake County Water and Sewer District and joined the Chief Joseph Flyers for whom he was maintenance officer. He enjoyed fishing, mushrooming, hunting and trapshooting. He was a member of the Wallowa Rod and Gun Club and was named to the Oregon ATA All-Star Team and the Oregon ATA teams in 2004 and 2005.

Survivors include his wife of Joseph; children and their spouses, Steve and Ann Cowden of Petaluma, Calif., Dave Cowden of Corte Madera, Calif., and Ron and Sherri Cowden of Davis; four grandchildren; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bill and Lyn Kessler of Enterprise and other relatives. A brother, Don Cowden, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Ethel May Wiandt, 95 of Cove and formerly of La Grande died May 12, at the home of her daughter. The funeral will be on Saturday, May 20 in Phoenix, Ariz. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Wiandt was born Feb. 25, 1911, to Archie and Cornie Gearhart Bailey in Corry, Pa. She was raised by her grandparents, Clara and James. On Sept. 7, 1935, she married the Rev. Charles Harvey Wiandt in Cambridge Springs, Pa. They served small churches across the country where she played the piano. They settled in Arizona and later moved to La Grande. She enjoyed leading Bible studies, playing the piano and the accordion, animals and socializing with family and friends.

Survivors include her daughters, Phoebe Severson Simmons of Cove, Lily Messenger of Richland, Wash., and Lois Severson of Glendale, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband and a daughter, Verna Wiandt, died earlier.


Essie Belle Chrusoskie, 81, of La Grande died May 16 at her home. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, May 19 at the Island City Cemetery.

Mrs. Chrusoskie was born August 31, 1924, to James Hammond and Beaulah Lee Clark Smart in Berrian County, Ga. She came to Oregon in 1945 and on Oct. 10, 1945, she married Warren Wayne Sirrine. After a divorce she married Gerald S. Chrusoskie on May 9, 1966.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 28 years and was also a member of the Rebecahs. She enjoyed crochet, cats, gardening and fishing.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande; children, Michael Warren Sirrine and Matthew Wilford Sirrine, both of La Grande; stepchildren, Ken Chrusoskie of La Grande, Philip Chrusoskie of Imbler, Cathy Moore of Irrigon, Teresa Smith of Union and Charles Chrusoskie of Portland; siblings, Samuel Smart of Sebring, Fla., Willie Smart Lear of Haysville, N.C., and Irene Smart McKinzie of La Grande; step-grandchildren and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Oregon Cancer Society in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Ann Leona Dalton, 95, of La Grande and formerly of Elgin, died Tuesday at her home. At her request, no public services will be held. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Dalton was born Sept. 10, 1910, to William Lee and Flora Scheek Hobbs in North Powder. She graduated from North Powder High School in 1928.

She worked on a ranch as a cook and married Wylie Dalton. They moved to Portland where they both worked in the shipyards during World War II. He later worked in construction and they traveled the country before settling in Aberdeen, where she continued to live for close to 50 years.

In 2004, she moved to Elgin to be closer to family, and in 2005 she moved to La Grande. She loved to cook and enjoyed crafts, sewing her own clothing and spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives. Her husband and siblings, Aubrey, Archie, Ottis and Lloyd Hobbs, Ella Scott and Fern Fisher, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


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