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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week ending September 8, 2007

Obituaries for the week ending September 8, 2007

Barbara Jean "Bobbie" James, 77, of Union, died Sept. 4 at her home. A graveside burial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Union Cemetery. A celebration of life service will follow at 1:30 p.m. in the tent at Buffalo Peak Golf Course.

Bobbie was born on May 13, 1930, to Horace W. and Lettie Ima (Woolf) Owen in Del Rio, Texas. On Aug. 2, 1946, she married the love of her life, J.B. "Red" James in Springdale, Ark. They moved to Eastern Oregon in 1954. They raised three children together, Roger, Cindie and Chuck.

Friends and family say Bobbie was a very active person who loved her family, her work and her town. She enjoyed playing cards, fishing and helping those around her. She served on the city council for several terms and served on many committees for the City of Union. Friends and family say she brought a focused mind to make the city she loved a better place for all.

Survivors include her daughter, Cindie and her husband, Bob Stacy, of Boise; son, Chuck James of Union and Boise; daughter-in-law, Carol James Mulvany and her husband, Bruce Mulvany, of Union; seven grandchildren; Bob Stacy's five children and their families; three great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Shriver of Union; brother, H.V. Owen of Lowell, Ark.; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her son, Roger, and her husband, Red.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Museum or the Bobcat Foundation in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

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James Everett Dalton, 81, of Umatilla and formerly La Grande and Baker City, died Aug. 28 at his home. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grandview Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

James was born on March 14, 1926, to Isaac Clayton and Stella Viola (March) Dalton in La Grande. After graduating from

La Grande High School he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was honorably discharged in May 1946.

James was employed as a heavy equipment operator at Ashgrove Cement in Lime while living in Baker City. After his retirement, he returned to La Grande for a few years before moving to Umatilla to be near family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.

Survivors include his children, Jack Dalton of Granger, Wash., Steven Dalton of La Grande, Thomas Dalton of Hermiston, Karen Halladay of Hermiston and Joe Dalton of La Grande; 12 grandchildren; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by daughter, Beverly Dalton; son, Don Everett Dalton in Vietnam; and his wife, Patricia.

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Ruby Lamara Aylward, 95, formerly of Joseph and Elgin, died in her sleep on Sept. 2 in Gresham.

She will be cremated and buried with her husband of 67 years, William Quintin Aylward, in the Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla during a private service. Affordable Funeral Alternatives in Gresham is in charge of arrangements.

Ruby was born April 19, 1912, in Pomeroy, Wash. She later married William Q. Aylward, a farmer. They moved to Joseph in 1947, and in 1952 moved to Elgin, where they farmed for more than 45 years. She lived at the Fairlawn Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Gresham for the past three years.

Those who knew her say her passion in life was her family and their well-being; she always put others first. She was a Methodist.

She is survived by her children, Michael Aylward of Soldotna, Alaska, Richard Aylward of Gresham, Martina Aylward of Redding, Calif., and Berna Dean Frederick of Palmer, Alaska.

 
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