June 25, 2002 11:00 pm

Idell Brown

La Grande

A graveside service and celebration of life for Idell Brown, 98, of La Grande will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton.

Bishop Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will be published later.

Idell Brown

La Grande


Idell M. Brown, 98, of La Grande died May 31. Burial and services will begin at 1 p.m. today at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton.

Mrs. Brown was born Dec. 31, 1903, to Robert and Hanna Buffington Fletcher in Pendleton. She married Cecil S. Brown on Oct. 10, 1926, in Pendleton.

She had a child-care business in her home for several years and enjoyed gardening and sharing her flowers. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene and enjoyed socials and potlucks, and spent most of her life in Pendleton.

Survivors include children, Delores Severe Fielding of Summerville, Nita Amick of Anchorage, Alaska, Sylvia Muns of Orofino, Idaho, Gilbert Brown of Battle Mountain, Nev., and Glen Brown of Bly, 23 grandchildren and other relatives.

Her husband died in 1971.

Memorials may be made to the Pendleton Foundation trust fund in care of Bishop Chapel, 131 S.E. Byers Ave., Pendleton 97801.

Dona Cunningham

Formerly of Union, Cove and La Grande


Dona Beryl Cunningham, 80, of Yakima, Wash., died May 31. The funeral is today in Yakima, and burial will be in Terrace Heights Memorial Park.

Mrs. Cunningham was born April 7, 1922, in Union to George and Hazel Lindsay. She was raised in Cove and married Vernal Cunningham on Nov. 16, 1938, in La Grande. The couple owned The Corner Lunch Cafe in La Grande and in 1964 moved to Yakima, where she was employed as a cook in various restaurants.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed fall trips, family picnics, cooking, crafts, crocheting, yard sales, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Velma and Dick Leitch, Sonny and Jeanie Cunningham, Dennis and Jean Cunningham, Dale and Jan Cunningham, Danny and Jeanette Cunningham, Cindy Vanderbloom, Dallas and Theresa Cunningham, Duane and Donna Cunningham and Sheila and Les Turnley, all of Yakima, Marvin and Marjorie Cunningham of La Grande, and Darin Cunningham of Everett, Wash.; her sister, Alcie Steinborn of Zillah, Wash.; 35 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Her husband, three sisters, Pearl, Georgia and Cleah, and a grandson all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the LDS Church Mission Fund or the American Diabetes Association.

Clara Jones



Clara Rebecca Jones, 86, of Enterprise died June 2 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Glen Oaks Memorial Park in Chico, Calif.

Mrs. Jones was born Sept. 4, 1915, to Edward and Edna Patschke Bills in Marion, Iowa. She married Donald R. Jones on Dec. 28, 1934. The couple lived and farmed in Alburnett, Iowa, before moving to Chico in 1953.

She drove a school bus for the Chico Unified School District for many years and was a member of the Chico Community Hospital Auxiliary and the Exchange Club.

In 2000 she moved to Enterprise to be near her son and his family.

Survivors include her sons, Edward and Philip, seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Her husband and daughter, Lois Marie, a brother, Merle, and a sister, Naomi, all died earlier.

Mark Marks



Mark Benjamin Marks, 85, of Enterprise died June 3 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Enterprise Community Church. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Marks was born Sept. 30, 1916, to Clement and Ethel Thompson Marks in Freezeout Canyon on the Imnaha, where his grandparents, Benjamin and Elizabeth Marks, had homesteaded in 1889. He attended school at Joseph and Imnaha and worked on ranches in the Imnaha and Snake River country.

He married Adelyne M. Sanders on Nov. 24, 1939, in Enterprise.

He served in the Army during World War II and served as chief of the Enterprise Police Department from 1953 to 1955, when he was appointed sheriff of Wallowa County to fill out the term of Clarence Booth. He continued as sheriff until he retired in 1971.

For many years he drove the Chico mail run.

Mr. Marks spent his days off working with horses, including at the sales yard on auction days. He was grand marshal for Chief Joseph Days and helped to form the Wallowa County Wranglers, a precision drill team that performed at local rodeos. He was a longtime member of the Alpine Meadows Golf Club and spent winters in Arizona to play year round. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the American Legion and the Oregon Sheriffs' Association.

Survivors include his wife of Enterprise; a son, Dan Marks of Reno; a daughter and son-in-law, Elle Mae and Mike Hays of Grant's Pass; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a sister, Mabel Wisener of Grangeville, Idaho. A son, Sam Marks, died in 1966.

Memorials may be made to the Wallowa Valley Health Care Foundation in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise, 97828.

Jeanette Holmes

La Grande


A celebration of life for Jeanette Holmes, 93, of La Grande will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, 1612 Fourth St., with Pastor Kemit Knight officiating.

Mrs. Holmes died May 18 and was buried at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Ray Stevens


Ray Allen Stevens, 92, of Imbler died Friday at a local care center. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements. An obituary will be published later.

Bruce Bartz

Formerly of La Grande


Bruce Elmer Bartz, 90, of Eugene and formerly of La Grande, died May 25. At his request there will be no public service. A private burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Bartz was born Feb. 26, 1912, to William Elmer and Violet Morris Bartz in Boise. The grandson of Union County pioneers William Frank and Margaret Bartz, he worked for Weyerhaeuser until his retirement.

Survivors include his daughters, Anne Kristopt and Bette Hill, and other relatives.