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Obituaries for the week ending Nov. 26

Lucille LaMora Steen, 87, of La Grande and a longtime of Lostine, died Nov. 18 of pneumonia at Grande Ronde Hospital. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 26 at Kingdom Hall, 1511 26th St. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Steen was born June 27, 1918, to Adolph and Bessie Gifford Woodward in Kinghill, Idaho. On May 15, 1939, she married William Steen. They lived in Portland where he worked in the shipyards until 1944 when they moved to Lostine. They lived in a log cabin he built. Her home was her pride and joy, and gardening was her passion. She enjoyed sight-seeing, shopping, her faith in God and most of all being with her family.

Survivors include her children, Delores Linville in Lincoln, Calif., Katherine Burling and Barbara Brooks, both of La Grande, and Robert Steen of Woodland, Calif.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband, a brother and two sisters died earlier.

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Myrna Maxine German, 66, of Baker City died Friday at a care center in Baker City. Burial was at Mount Hope Cemetery there.

Mrs. German was born Jan. 14, 1939, to Max and Enid Ware Sipp in Baker City. On Dec. 29, 1955, she married Bud German in Weiser, Idaho. She attended a business school in Baker City and worked as a bookkeeper for Ellingston Lumber, the U.S. Forest Service and the state of Oregon offices before retiring. For many years she served as the secretary of the men's and women's bowling leagues. She was diagnosed in 1976 with multiple sclerosis.

She enjoyed the outdoors and was her husband's hunting and fishing partner. She enjoyed crocheting, flowers of all types and she her dachshunds.

Survivors include her husband of Baker City; her mother of La Grande; a brother, Clayton Sipp of Baker City; a sister-in-law, Wanda Jones of Haines; nephews, Craig Sipp of Union and Brian Sipp of Kennewick and other relatives. Her father and a brother-in-law, Roy Jones, died earlier.

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

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Helen Marie Bower, 86, of Hilgard died Nov. 19 at a local care center. A celebration of life will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Bower was born Oct. 8, 1919, to Paul and Elsie Rudger Marti in Joseph, and graduated from high school in Cambridge, Idaho. She married Buck Bower on July 16, 1938, in Weiser, Idaho, and moved to this area 33 years ago from the Huntington area.

She worked in the cafe at Blue Mountain Lanes for about 20 years. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and a past member of the Eagles, Eastern Star, VFW Auxiliary and the Lime Sewing Club. She enjoyed playing the piano and making dolls, including ceramic work, assembly, painting and making the clothes.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Joan and Tom Hosey of Hilgard, Jean Smith of La Grande, and Karlee and Ivan Langley of Lime; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, a son, Ronald LeRoy Bower, three brothers, Paul Jr. "Bud" Marti, Harry Marti and Eugene Marti, and a great-granddaughter, Shannyn Lee Miller, all died earlier.

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Gerald Spray, 88, of La Grande died Nov. 23 at a local care center. Viewing will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Monday at Daniels Chapel. Burial will follow at the Union Cemetery.

Mr. Spray was born Nov. 16, 1917, to Ralph L. and Mable G. Lucas Spray in La Grande. He graduated from Joseph High School and worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps, then worked for eight years for Union Pacific Railroad in Huntington. On July 10, 1956 he married June Williams in Boise.

The couple lived in La Grande where they ran the Willow Grocery Store for 13 years. He worked as a pipe fitter for Boise Cascade for 35 years, and retired in 1981.

He was a member of the Eagles and enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseback riding, watching sports on TV and spending time with his family.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Shirley Spray of La Grande; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Dick Satterlee of Yuma, Ariz.; nephews, Dennis Spray, Gene, Jim and Mike Lovely; and other relatives. His wife, a son, Gerald, and two brothers, Gordon L. and John C. Spray, all died earlier.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any charity in care of Daniels Chapel.

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Mable I. George, 93, of La Grande, died Nov. 24 at her home. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh St. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Daniels Chapel. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mrs. George was born Feb. 9, 1912, to Henry and Hattie Wade Nollsch in Havana, Kan. The family moved to Oregon in 1922 and lived in the Rock Creek and Muddy Creek areas of Baker County.

She married Paul E. George on Nov. 2, 1932, in La Grande. They lived in Union until 1942 when they moved to Huntington where he worked for the railroad. She was active with the PTA there and was president of the Rebekah Lodge. In 1946 they moved to La Grande.

She enjoyed camping, berry picking, mushroom gathering and being with her family and friends.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Audrey and Willis George of Umatilla, and Rod George of La Grande; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Her husband and siblings, Henry, Charlie and Guy Nollsch, and Oma George, Virgie Doty and Lila Bell, all died earlier.

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

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Edith Wilson Hopkins, 84, of Baker City and formerly of Imbler, died Nov. 22 at a care center. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Summerville Cemetery Chapel.

Ms. Hopkins was born July 15, 1921, to Benjamin Franklin and Mary Ann Green Hopkins in Duke, Okla. She finished her schooling in Ellsinore, Mo., and then attended Ontario Community College and earned her nursing degree. She worked for a time at St. Elizabeth Hospital and later was caretaker for her parents.

She had a strong sense of family ties, and family was the most important thing to her. She had a collection of angels and enjoyed crafts, gardening, reading and being with her two dogs, Angel and Fluffy.

Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothea and Hal Weinmann of Redmond, a brother and sister-in-law, Olin and Margaret Hopkins of Salem, Utah, and other relatives.

Several siblings, George Ovie Hopkins, Albert Hopkins, Montana Walking Bull, Dwight Hopkins, Marie Bogart, Baby Ruth Hopkins, Earl Hopkins and Frank Hopkins, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth Health Services in care of Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

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