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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week ending Nov. 5, 2005


Obituaries for the week ending Nov. 5, 2005

Karla Holdun, 45, of Salem and formerly of La Grande died Oct. 27 of natural causes. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday Nov. 5 at Cascade High School in Turner. Burial will be at the Lee Mission Cemetery in Salem.

Mrs. Holdun was born June 19, 1960, to Pat and Duane Gemaehlich in Portland. She attended La Grande High School and graduated from the University of Oregon. She taught at Terrebonne and Aumsville elementary schools, before earning a master's degree in counseling from Lewis and Clark Collge.

She was active in the fight against breast cancer and organized the Celebrate the Moment Team to raise funds for the annual Susan B. Koman Race for the Cure. She enjoyed jazzercise, walking with friends, trips to the beach, her work and being with her family.

Survivors include her husband and children Jim Holdun, Britta and Andrew, all of Salem; her parents; sisters, Lori, Lisa and Debbie and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Susan G. Koman Foundation or to a memorial fund at Aumsville Elementary School in care of Barrick Funeral Home, 205 Church St., S.E., Salem 97301.


Kathleen Rae Watters, 67, of La Grande died Oct. 29 at Grande Ronde Hospital of natural causes. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. today at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Mrs. Watters was born April 17, 1938, to Howard and Marla Holmes in Yakima, Wash. In 1979 she married Verle Watters. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, camping, hunting with her husband, collecting antiques, watching QVC and spending time with her animals.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande; children and their spouses, Randy and Shelly Johnson of Whidbey Island, Wash., Sandy Vires of Lynwood, Wash., Lori Elliott of Battle Ground, Wash., and Lisa Berry of La Grande; her twin brother, Howard Holmes of California and sisters, Bette Hoskins of La Grande and Claudia Gill of Pasco.


Karen Rilla Houston, 45, of La Grande died Oct. 28 at her home of natural causes. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A potluck reception will follow at the American Legion Hall, 301 Fir St.

Mrs. Houston was born Aug. 21, 1960, to Melvin and Elva Brokenshire Seidel in Elverson, Penn. Her father was a miner and she attended numerous schools. In 1990 she moved to Halfway and later moved to La Grande. On August 28, 1993, she married Donald Houston in La Grande. She worked at Tropidara, Denny's, the Twin Firs Retirement Residence, Evergreen Vista, the Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center, Wildflower Lodge and New Day Enterprises. She enjoyed caring for her fruit trees, playing pool and being with her family.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande; children Samantha Houston and Benjamin Houston, both of La Grande; siblings, Melvin Seidel Jr. and Arthur Seidel, both of Glen Rock, Wyo., Suzie Seidel of Pennsylvania and Alice Wade of Scottsville, Ky.; one grandchild and other relatives. Her parents and a sister died earlier.

Memorials may be made for cancer research or to the Oregon Trail Diabetes Association in care of Daniels Chapel.


Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Cornwell, 89, of McMinnville and formerly of Joseph died Oct. 24 at a care center. A memorials service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 5 at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St. in Enterprise.

Mrs. Cornwell was born March 24, 1916, to Ned and Irene Butler Hynson in Portland. She attended the University of Oregon and on Dec. 31, 1943, married Kenneth Cornwell in Seattle. In 1949 they moved to Upper Prairie Creek in Joseph where they farmed for many years. She moved to McMinnville several years ago.

She wrote poetry and short stories, many of which were published in The Oregonian, Reader's Digest, Ideal magazine and her four books of poetry. She enjoyed her farm, walking in the woods and caring for the farm animals.

survivors include a daughter, Dawn Goss of Bloomington, Ind.; two daughters-in-law, Kathy Collins of Brush Prairie, Wash., and Karen Gabbert of McMinnville; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her husband died earlier.


Klyde Irving McGee, 71, of Cove died Oct. 30 at a local care center. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday Nov. 3 at the Cove United Methodist Church. A potluck luncheon and reception will follow. Burial was at the Cove Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. McGee was born Sept. 10, 1934, to Fletcher and Vinnie McGee in Salem. He attended school in La Grande and Cove, and did farm work at home and on neighboring farms. He had polio as a young man and its effects followed him throughout his life. He moved to the care center in January 2004. He enjoyed working with wood.

Survivors include a sister and her husband, Nellie and Robert Manselle of Urbana, Ill., and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to Hinckley's Cove Cottage Adult Care Home, 1602 Conklin Lane, Cove 97824.


May A. Kalmbach, 77, of Caldwell, Idaho, and formerly of the Grande Ronde Valley, died Oct. 28 in a automobile crash along Interstate 84.

Funeral services will begain at 1 p.m. Friday at the Karcher Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho. Viewing will be from noon until 8 p.m. MST today at Flahift Funderal Chapel in Caldwell. Internment will follow the service at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Caldwell.

Mrs. Kalmbach was born June 30, 1928, to Homer and Jesse Kight Cosner if Lyle, Wash., the 15th o 16 children.

The family came to the Grande Ronde Valley in 1936, where Mrs. Kalmbach atteded the Ladd Canyon Grade School and Union High School. She graduated from Irrigon High School.

She returned to La Grande and worked with her sisten, Hulda Cosner, at the Blue Mountain Creamery.

On Nov. 30, 1947, she married Bob Kalmbach, her sister's brother-in-law, in Forest Grove. The couple lived in the La Grande area for about nine years before moving to Idaho.

The Kalmbachs lived and farmed in Notus. Mrs. Kalmbach liked to bowl, enjoying the sport for more than 40 years. She also loved to fish and bake breads, cakes and doughnuts which she entered in the Western Idaho Fair.

For 10 years, she and her husband spend summers as campground hosts at Sage Hen Reservoir. She enjoyed walking the campground and meeting people and children.

She is survived by her husband and three sons, Bob, Gary and Kevin, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Betty, died 10 years ago.

Memorials may be made to the Missionary Fund, in care of Karcher Church of the Nazarene, 2515 W. Karcher Road, Nampa, Idaho 83651.


Robert W. LacQuaye, 74, of McMinnville and formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 24 at Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville of natural causes.

Mr. LacQuaye was born Oct. 22, 1931, to Robert and Faye LacQuaye in Trego, Wis. "Yakima Bob,'' as his friends knew him, led a life of service to his community and his country.

In 1949 he graduated from high school in Spooner, Wis., and served in the Army National Guard and Army Air Forces for 12 years, including the Korean War, as a heavy tank operator, working on fighter jets and as an aerial photographer.

From 1961 to 1966 he worked as a surveyor for the Washington Department of Transportation. From 1966 to 1971 he was chief of police in Naches, Wash., and from 1971 to 1979 he served in the Yakima Sheriff's Department, primarily as a narcotics detective. He was recognized as a top-notch detective. After his retirement he lived in La Grande from 1988 to 1998.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, teaching his children his interests and watching them compete in sports.

Survivors include his wife Judy; children Steven, Evonne and Michael of Washington, and Kamie, Scott and Chris of Oregon; his sister Trudy and brother Scott of Wisconsin; and seven grandchildren. Two brothers, James and Kelly, and his first wife, Rosella, all died earlier. Macy and Son Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.


Camille Y. Barron, 80, of La Grande died at her home on Nov. 3. A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Skyline Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Portland. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements in La Grande.

Mrs. Barron was born May 31, 1925, to Tom and Carlotta Bonney Maddron in Redmond.

On June 2, 1942, she married the love of her life, William Scott Barron, and they remained married for 53 years until Scott died. Most of their life was spent in Portland.

In November 1969, Camille and her daughter, Yvonne, co-founded the Bridal Bouquet, a flower shop specializing in wedding flowers. They ran the shop together for six years before Yvonne moved to la Grande.

Mrs. Barron and her husband co-owned Barron's Hand Truck Brake Co.. Mr. Barron had invented the first hand brake for a hand truck. While he fabricated and assembled the trucks, she worked as the office manager and continued to work in the flower business for an additional six years.

Mrs. Barron loved reading westerns, science fiction books and romance novels. She also loved hunting, camping, cooking and music. Her family remembers her making a "heck of a banana boat when camping." She is remembered as a strong influence in her family's life, with a spirit that touched all who surrounded her.

Mrs. Barron is survived by her children, Yvonne M. Whitney of La Grande and William S. Barron II of Anchorage, Alaska; and six grandchildren.


Marge Raff, 88, of La Grande died Nov. 2 at the Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Committal and burial will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mrs. Raff was born on March 14, 1917, the daughter of Cecil and Edna (Granger) Angeroth in Idaho. She graduated from high school in Idaho and on March 4, 1937, she married Glen Raff in Minidoka, Idaho.

They moved to La Grande from Nampa, Idaho in June of 1942.

She attended St. Peter's Episcopal Church. She was an avid gardener and raised hundred of violets and had a special love of irises. Her life revolved around her family, and she enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Richard "Dick" Raff of Auburn, Washington and Elizabeth "Betty" Turley of La Grande; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Virginia Holmes of Grangeville, Idaho; and other relatives

She was preceded in death by a son, Gary Raff, in 1970 and her husband, Glen Raff, in 1996.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Don Alvin Elliott, 65, of Elgin, died Saturday in Seattle. A funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Committal and burial will follow at the Elgin Cemetery.

Mr. Elliott was born April 2, 1940, the son of Earl and Hazel (Rambo) Elliott in The Dalles. The family moved to Elgin from Redmond when he was in the third grade. He graduated from Elgin High School.

From May of 1963 until April of 1965 he served with the Army.

After his honorable discharge he returned to farm and log in Union County, Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington.

Mr. Elliott was known as a collector of many things, especially tools. He loved to help people and often shared his tools, advice and expertise with others that needed it.

Small children loved him, and he had a love of them and of animals, especially cats. He was known to feed the many cats that came around his home. He had a keen mind, sharp wit and dry sense of humor. He was a local history buff and loved visiting with people.

Survivors include his sisters, Neva Stevenson and Carol Hall, both of Tulare, Calif.; one nephew; two nieces; his pet black cat and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.


Nellie Stickney, 92, of La Grande died Nov. 3. A graveside service will be held at the Ravenna Cemetery at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 in Ravenna, Neb.

Mrs. Stickney was born Jan. 25, 1913, to Stanley and Catherine Placek Zoucha at Loup City, Neb. In 1925 the family moved to Ravenna.

On Oct. 27, 1928, she married Sherman Stickney in Julesburg, Colo. They lived in Big Springs, Neb., Spokane, Priest River, Idaho, and Ravenna. In 1936 they bought a farm on the Loup River near Poole, Neb. They lived there until their retirement in 1973 when they began spending winter in Coolidge, Ariz.

On July 18, 1960, her daughter and son-in-law, Ruby Jeanne and Bill Pokorney and their two sons were killed in an auto accident. Nellie and Sherman then raised the surviving two boys. She moved to La Grande in May of 1999 to be near family.

She was a member of the Methodist Church and the Order of Eastern Star, and enjoyed bowling and square dancing. She was known as a hard-working farm wife and all-around good neighbor.

Survivors include two grandsons and a granddaughter-in-law, David and Kathy Pokorney of Pagosa Springs, Colo., and Daniel Pokorney of La Grande; seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Stella Forney of Arvada, Colo., and Sylvia Scott of Hillsboro; brother, Carl Zoucha of Grand Island, Neb., and other relatives.

Her husband, her daughter and son-in-law, and two grandsons, Thomas and William Pokorney, Jr.; a granddaughter-in-law, Linda Pokorney, eight brothers and a sister all died earlier.

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


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