OBITUARIES FOR APRIL 1 - 6, 2002

May 10, 2002 12:00 am

George Driskell

La Grande

George Driskell, 87, of La Grande died Sunday at his home. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia Butler

La Grande

1918-2002

Virginia Louise Butler, 83, of La Grande and formerly of Grants Pass, died March 29 at a care center in La Grande.

A service will start at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hull and Hull Funeral Home in Grants Pass. Committal and burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery.

Mrs. Butler was born on Nov. 11, 1918, the daughter of Oscar Erich and Carrie "Louise'' McOmber Semler in Dorchester, Neb. She received her teaching degree from the University of Nebraska and taught high school biology.

She later attended business college and worked for the University of Nebraska library. On Aug. 5, 1950, she married Robert Ernest Butler in Claremore, Okla. In 1962 they moved to Grants Pass, where they raised their family. He died on Feb. 4, 1984. In February of 2000 she moved to La Grande to be near her family. Mrs. Butler enjoyed her grandchildren, cats, reading, gardening, rides in the country and crocheting.

Survivors include her daughter, Valerie Butler of Anchorage, Alaska; son and daughter-in-law, Robert Erich and Sharon Butler of La Grande; three grandchildren; sisters, Gladys Massie of Culver City, Calif., and Harriet Cruse of Porterville, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.

An infant sister, Elizabeth, one brother, Erich Semler, and one niece, Ann Louise Copeland, died earlier.

Contributions may be made to the Humane Society, the Diabetes Association or the Oregon Cancer Society in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.,

La Grande 97850.

Elizabeth Houser

Formerly of La Grande

1927-2002

Elizabeth Houser, 74, of Wasilla, Alaska, and formerly of La Grande, died March 28 at Mary Conrad Center in Anchorage, Alaska.

A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. Father Hank Albrecht will officiate. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 tonight.

Mrs. Houser was born to Elbert Herman and Prudence Conrad Olsen on May 7, 1927, in Caldwell, Idaho.

She married Donald Leon Houser in September 1948 in Weiser, Idaho.

The couple were married for 40 years. Her husband died Nov. 7, 1989.

Mrs. Houser was a lifetime international member of Beta Sigma Phi. She was a longtime business leader, and worked as a barber.

Mrs. Houser lived in Anchorage for 12 years.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Tena Houser and Richard Weber of Las Vegas, and Rena and Ben Harrell of Wasilla; a foster son, Rick Willard; two sisters, Ann Shaw of Hermiston and Millie Cress of Coos Bay; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

George Driskell

La Grande

1915-2002

George William Driskell, 86, of La Grande died March 31 at his home. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., with the Rev. Janet Farrell of the United Methodist Church officiating. Fraternal services will be under the auspices of the La Grande Lodge No. 41 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. Burial will follow at the Grandview Cemetery.

Mr. Driskell was born Aug. 25, 1915, to George and Anna Elizabeth Benton Driskell in The Dalles. He attended schools in La Grande and went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad. He retired as a conductor in 1976.

On Aug. 1, 1940, he married Thelma "Doris" Duncan in Weiser, Idaho. He was a member and past master of the La Grande Masonic Lodge, past patron of the Hope Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, past grand high priest of the Royal Arch Masons, and a member of the Knights Templar, the Al Kader Shrine and the Good Sams Club.

He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, camping, reading, playing chess and his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande, sons, James Driskell of La Grande and Kenneth Driskell of Clayville, N.Y., 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, sisters, Mary Conner of La Grande and Lucille Berry of Forest Grove, and other relatives.

A stepson, Jerry Driskell, brothers, Arthur "Ted" Driskell and Harold Tingay, and a sister, Opal Graham, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital in care of Daniels Chapel.

Martha Hill

La Grande

1919-2002

Martha Hill, 82, of La Grande died March 30 at her home. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley with Pastor Frank Wiens officiating. Burial will follow at the Summerville Cemetery. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Mrs. Hill was born Oct. 13, 1919, to Peter and Hilma Mork Simonson in Kingsville, Texas. She graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma, Wash., and earned teaching credentials from Pacific Lutheran College in 1941. She taught first through fourth grades at Lacamas, Wash., before World War II when she went to work as a riveter for Boeing Aircraft building B-17 bombers.

On May 8, 1942, she married Sgt. Frederick Huffman Hill of Elgin, who she met while he was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash. The couple settled in San Leandro, Calif., and after retirement moved to La Grande in 1988. She was active in her church, teaching Sunday school and working with youth for over 40 years. She was an avid photographer and won many awards. Her camera was her constant companion on travels throughout the United States and other countries.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande, children and their spouses, Ed and Peggy Hill of Groton-Longpoint, Conn., Wayne and Cynthia Hill of Cambridge, England, Lynn and Sharon Hill of Phoenix, Ore., Stan and Nancy Hill of Denver, Jean and Steven McGrogan of Pleasanton, Calif., and Vivian and Jerry Matthews of Union, seven grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, a brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Carolyn Simonson, and a sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Jim Hendrickson, both of Tacoma, Wash., and other relatives. An infant daughter, Sara Marie, died earlier.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to GRH Home Care Services or the Martha E. Hill Literacy Fund in care of Daniels Chapel.

Robert Turner

La Grande

1911-2002

Robert Elliot Turner, 90, of La Grande, died March 30 at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Fraternal services will be under the auspices of the La Grande Lodge No. 41 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. Burial will follow at the Summerville Cemetery.

Mr. Turner was born Dec. 18, 1911, to Elwood and Adele Guy Turner in Cherokee, Iowa. He attended Iowa State University and married Genevieve Choate on Aug. 7, 1938, in La Grande. He served in the Army during World War II and worked for Montgomery Ward for 13 years. The couple opened Genevieve's Children's Store, which they ran for 37 years. He was a founding member and the first president of the Retail Merchants Association, a member of the Elks Lodge where he served as treasurer for many years, the La Grande Masonic Lodge, the Al Kader Shrine and the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande, a son, Robert C. Turner, three grandchildren and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital in care of Daniels Chapel.

Dee Dexter

La Grande

1915-2002

Orva Doloris "Dee" Dexter, 86, of La Grande, died March 27 at a local care center. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the LDS Stake Center on Gekeler Lane. Burial will follow at Hillcrest East Cemetery. Viewing will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Friday in the Sunday school room at the stake center. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Dexter was born Nov. 10, 1915, to George and Adah Laura Lawrence Powell in Stayton. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1934 and attended Eastern Oregon Normal School in 1934 and 1935.

On June 1, 1935, she married Vallas Delbert Dexter in La Grande. She was a member of the Young Women's Education Auxiliary, the Knife and Fork Club, and while her children were small, the PTA. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, music and being with her family and many friends.

Survivors include her children, Gary Dexter of Portland, Judy Ott of Clark's Fork, Idaho, and Janice Muilenburg of La Grande, 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband, an infant son, Ronald, a sister, Mildred Smith Comer, and a brother, Barney Powell, all died earlier.

Raymond Baldwin

Formerly of La Grande

1931-2002

Raymond Merton Baldwin, 70, of Beaverton and formerly of La Grande, died March 25. A graveside service took place April 1 at Pleasant View Cemetery in Sherwood.

Mr. Baldwin was born July 21, 1931, in Milton. The family moved to La Grande shortly after and he graduated from La Grande High School in 1949.

He served in the Army during the Korean War.

He worked as a customer service representative for General Motors for 23 years and married Karen Snyder on May 11, 1963. He was a member of the American Legion in Tigard.

Survivors include his wife of Beaverton, children Terri Greene of Sherwood, Barry Baldwin of Mesa, Ariz., John Teuscher of Portland, and Lynn Teuscher of Mount Shasta, Calif., 13 grandchildren, three sisters, Shirley Reed of Scappoose, Joan Hoskin of La Grande and Debbie Phifer of Astoria, stepsister Shirley Walker of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to any charity.

John Huggins

Formerly of Cove

1917-2002

John Douglas Huggins, 84, of Pullman, Wash., and formerly of Cove died March 27 at his home. A celebration of life is planned for this summer.

Mr. Huggins was born Oct. 24, 1917, to Benjamin Franklin and Gertrude Armstrong Huggins in Yakima, Wash. He worked in the family business, Huggins Creamery in Lewiston, as an ice cream maker, dairy farm manager and regional distributor. Following a short stint as a miner in Alaska helping to build the Whittier-to-Portage tunnel, he served as a field tank mechanic in the Army during World War II, surviving the Battle of the Bulge and the D Day invasion and earning a Purple Heart.

He worked for Potlatch Forest Inc. in Lewiston as a powerhouse mechanic, electrician and researcher. In 1963 he moved to Longview, Wash., to work for Weyerhaeuser, traveling all over the country diagnosing paper manufacturing problems, arbitrating between divisions, and assisting new processing plants. As a research manager, he developed coatings and adapted equipment.

In 1977 he moved to Cove, and in retirement he devoted his time to remodeling the family's century-old home.

In 1999 he and his wife moved to Pullman to live with his daughter.

He enjoyed eating chocolate ice cream, a good piece of pie and a cup of tea. He loved birdwatching and to give the ladies a hearty squeeze, just to hear their

protestations.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years Betty, and daughter Patricia, both of Pullman; a son, Richard of Boulder, Colo.; sisters, Barbara Bankey of Spokane, and Maude Long of Moscow, Idaho; and other relatives. Two brothers, James and Benjamin, and three sisters, Gladys West, Mary Grant and Margaret Hopkins, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Grande Ronde Bird Club, P.O. Box 29, La Grande.

Edith Snider

Formerly of La Grande

1910-2002

Edith A. Snider, 91, of Weston and formerly of La Grande died April 1 at a care center. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the Weston Cemetery with Pastor Bill Dobos of the Weston Community Church of the Brethren officiating. Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Snider was born June 27, 1910, to Elmer and Lulu Fradenberg Randall in Jackson, Miss. She attended grade school in La Grande and moved to Milton-Freewater, where she was raised by Roy and Sylvia March. On Oct. 17, 1928, she married Leonard E. Snider in Walla Walla. The couple lived in Dayton, Wash., before moving to Weston. They owned the Weston Meat Market and Elliott Hardware Story, and had a cattle ranch on Powatka Ridge in Wallowa County for many years. She enjoyed crafts and entered items in the potato shows in Weston each fall.

Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Anna Mae Janson of Spokane, three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Her husband died in 1973. Also dying earlier were her son Leonard Snider Jr. and brothers Howard, Robert and Louis Randall.

Memorials may be made to the Umatilla County Historical Society in care of Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater.

Etta True

Formerly of La Grande

and Baker City

1914-2002

Etta Severns True, 87, of Hermiston and formerly of La Grande and Baker City died April 1. A graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery with Pastor Susan Barnes of the Presbyterian church officiating. Viewing will be until 7 tonight at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. in Baker City.

Mrs. True was born July 20, 1914, to James Monroe and Myrtle Olive Jones Severns in Dillon, Mont. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1933. She attended Draper's School of Commerce and married Glen True on Aug. 16, 1941, in La Grande. She worked for the Mount Emily Lumber Co. and then the Baker Production Credit Association in Ontario. The couple had a home in Ontario and a ranch near Baker City. She enjoyed the outdoors, horses and being on the ranch.

Survivors include her brothers, Dean Severns of Seattle, Jay Severns of Hermiston and Don Severns of Albany, and a sister, M. Iris Bates of La Grande, and other relatives. Her husband died in 1995.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Coles Funeral Home.

Jean Elverson

La Grande

Jean L. Elverson, 82, of La Grande died March 31 in Bremerton, Wash., at the home of her daughter, Gayla.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.