OBITUARIES FOR JULY 15 - 20, 2002

August 06, 2002 12:00 am

Willetta Senter

Formerly of La Grande

1922-2002

Willetta Vaughn Senter, 80, of Pendleton and formerly of La Grande and Baker City, died July 11 in Pendleton.

A graveside service will start at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Island City Cemetery with Harold McKay officiating. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Senter was born on Jan. 30, 1922, the daughter William Gibson and Louann (Foister) Wyatt in Boring, Ky. She was educated in Laurel County, Kentucky. During World War II she worked as a seamstress and as a tobacco sorter in the tobacco barns. In October 1946, she married Robert L. Vaughn Sr. in Kentucky. In 1960 they moved to the Burnt River Valley in Durkee. He died on Aug. 9, 1962.

On July 2, 1965, she married John T. Senter Jr. in Weiser, Idaho. They lived in La Grande until moving to Baker City in 1967. They returned to

La Grande in 1989. He died on Dec. 9, 1994. In 1995 she moved to Boardman, and in 1998 she moved to Pendleton.

Mrs. Senter was an extremely talented seamstress and did beautiful crocheting and hand quilting, family members said. She was a devoted wife and mother. Her family and friends were very important to her. She loved flowers, gardening, cooking and dogs.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Chuck and Joyce Ross of La Grande, Robert and Gayle Vaughn of Pendleton, Barbara and Dan Bell of

La Grande, Mary Anderson of Houston, and Helen and Wayne Montgomery of Lake of the Ozark, Mo.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Elizabeth Broughton of London, Ky., and Ed Wyatt of Homus, Fla., and other relatives.

A grandson, Robbie; sister, Bea Hooker; and brothers Virgil, Cecil, Jeff and Samuel Hooker died earlier.

Ruth Mary Pollock

1917-2002

Formerly of Elgin

Ruth Mary Cole Pollock, 84, formerly of Elgin, died July 10 in Las Cruces, N.M., from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

A funeral mass will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Cross Church in Las Cruces. Burial will be in the family plot in Winfield, Kan. Graham's Mortuary of Las Cruces is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Pollock was born Sept. 27, 1917, in Winfield to George Harvey and Mary Alberta Staggers Cole.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1942 from Kansas State University.

She married Morris John Pollock on May 6, 1944, in Kansas City, Kan. The couple lived in Coffeyville, Kan.; Coulee Dam and Walla Walla, Wash.; Houston; Alexandria, Va., and Champaign, Ill., before retiring to a home north of Elgin. They moved to Kerrville, Texas, in 1998, to be closer to family.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her sons, John of Houston, Stephen of Las Cruces, Thomas of Caldwell, Texas, and Robert of Cheyenne, Wyo.; a brother, Dr. Ward M. Cole of Wellington, Kan.; six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

A brother, Harold S. Cole, and a sister, Marjorie Brewer, died earlier.

Gladys N. Sanderson

1931-2002

Elgin

Gladys Nellie Sanderson, 70, died July 12 at her home in Elgin.

A celebration of life service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Sanderson was born Sept. 1, 1931, in La Grande to Claude Leroy and Emma J. Herrick Williams. She married Billy Sanderson on June 2, 1949, in Weiser, Idaho.

She was a member of the women's auxiliary of the American Legion. She enjoyed sewing and made more than 300 Teddy bears, as well as clothes. She also enjoyed playing pool, fishing and hunting.

Besides her husband of Elgin, she is survived by her sons, Leon of Dubois, Wyo., and Rocky of Milton-Freewater; a daughter, Kristi Perry of Elgin; a sister, Ruth Whaley of Empire; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

A brother, Manly, and four sisters, Jennie, Donna, Mable and Jewel died earlier.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland 97201.

Edgar Morris

Edgar A. Morris, 85, of La Grande died July 13 at a Nampa, Idaho, care center. Arrangements are under the direction of Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel of Nampa. A full obituary will be published later.

Cub Begley

Joseph

1911-2002

A long-time Wallowa County civic leader and county assessor for 28 years, Stanwood William "Cub" Begley died July 11 in Portland two days short of his 91st birthday. He suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

A funeral service was held Tuesday at the Joseph United Church, with burial at Prairie Creek Cemetery.

As mayor of Joseph in 1946, he was part of the organizing group that established the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo.

Mr. Begley was elected as county assessor seven times. At a dinner marking his retirement from that post in 1980, he was honored by Gov. Vic Atiyeh with a declaration stating that "Cub Begley's honesty, integrity and dedication over a 28-year career has provided a shining example of what is good about government in Oregon."

Mr. Begley served as clerk of the Joseph School Board for 29 years and coached the high school basketball team.

He was a founding member of the Enterprise Elks Lodge and rose to the position of Exalted Ruler. He was an officer in the Odd Fellows, the Shriners and the Masonic Lodge.

He managed Walter Brennan's movie theater and, with his wife, Geraldine, Brennan's Indian Lodge Motel.

Mr. Begley was born a miner's son in Baker City on July 13, 1911. He spent his early years with his father in the copper mines at Butte, Mont., and then in Bourne and Sumpter dredge mining for gold.

He attended Baker High School and was a standout in football and basketball. In his senior year, Baker went to the state tournament in basketball, where Mr. Begley was named to the all-star team and earned the tournament's Best Sportsman trophy.

While he was in high school, he worked for Safeway stores, then was sent to manage the new Safeway in Joseph. He later purchased the store and operated it for 10 years.

He and his wife moved to Beaverton in 1999 to be near family. They lived at Edgewood Arbor Assisted Living Center.

His wife of 68 years survives him, as does a son, Donald of Hillsboro, a daughter, Judy Lamy of Portland and five grandchildren.

Remembrances may be sent to Elks Children's Eye Clinic-Casey Eye Institute, 3375 S.W. Terwilleger Boulevard, Portland 97201; Shriner's Hospital for Children, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland 97201 or Joseph United Methodist Church.

Hazelle Hungerford

La Grande

1901-2002

Hazelle Genevieve Hungerford, 101, of La Grande died April 13 in Long Beach, Calif. A graveside service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Grandview Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Schlessman of the First Christian Church officiating. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Hungerford was born April 2, 1901, to Silas and Esther Harrington Cook in Delmar, Iowa. She spent her childhood on the family farm in Delmar and at the age of 12 moved to Big Stone City, S.D., to help on her grandfather's farm. On Nov. 19, 1919, she married George Hungerford there. The couple moved to La Grande in 1922.

She found great pleasure in camping, hiking and fishing. She ran a ceramics business from her home and produced hand-painted and hand-crafted items. She was known for her flower garden and enjoyed knitting, crocheting and watching Dodgers baseball games from the Brooklyn to the Los Angeles days.

Survivors include two grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and other relatives. Her husband, a daughter, Unavea, four sisters and two brothers all died earlier.

Patricia Ledbetter

Elgin

1931-2002

Patricia Lou Ledbetter, 70, of Elgin died July 13. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Idlewilde Cemetery in Hood River. A memorial service will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, later.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Ledbetter was born Sept. 25, 1931, to Vernon and Greta Heffelfinger Schaumberg in Newton, Iowa, where she spent her childhood. She graduated from high school in Hood River and married Sam Clayton Ledbetter there in 1950. In 1957 the couple moved to Anchorage, where she worked for 34 years for the National Bank of Alaska. She retired in 1993 as a senior vice president overseeing mortgage loans.

She was a member of the Mortgage Women's Association and International Altrusia. She enjoyed playing pinochle, canasta and cribbage at the senior center, and painting, bowling, reading, watching movies and spending time at her cabin. She moved to Elgin in June to be near her daughter.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Samuel Clayton Ledbetter of Anchorage, Sheree and Boyd Follett of Elgin and Melissa and Ren Parent of Gresham, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a sister, Marjorie Benson of Woodburn, a brother, Donald Schaumberg, and other relatives. Her husband died in 1968.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society in care of Loveland Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Sara Alexander

Sara Alexander, 87, of La Grande died Wednesday at a local care center. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Helen Miller

Helen Sue Miller, 71, of Elgin died Wednesday at her home. A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Monday at the Elgin Cemetery.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. A full obituary will be published later.

Wesley Basey

Formerly of La Grande

1908-2002

Wesley Alton Basey, 94, of McMinnville and formerly of La Grande, died July 8 at a care center. A graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Buck Hollow Cemetery in Willamina.

Mr. Basey was born Feb. 4, 1908, to Irwin and Ethel Basey in Lone Pine. He worked on ranches in Central and Eastern Oregon and wrangled horses; drove a taxi in Portland; delivered fruit and vegetables across the Cascades between Bend and Eugene before trucks had rubber tires; trained as a boxer and participated in bouts as a welter-weight; raised potatoes in Crook County; worked the rodeo circuit as a pick-up man; and was a ranger for the Forest Service in the Ochoco National Forest.

He married Irene Mildred Carey, and the couple ranched in Crook and Harney counties and lived for a short time in La Grande before settling on Willamina Creek. He enjoyed playing cards, fishing, telling stories and singing. In his last week of life he said, "I have had a good life."

Survivors include children and their spouses, Glenda Basey of Hines, Mildred Dunn of Burns, Wanda and Otis Vaughan of Madras, Juanita and Norm Palmer of La Pine, Betty and Dave Driggers of Cove, Connie and Jim Guyer of Keizer, 28 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, a sister, Mary Telford-Pettyjohn of Boring and other

relatives.

His wife, a son, Weslie, and the rest of his brothers and sisters all died earlier.

Patricia Ledbetter

Formerly of Hood River

1931-2002

Patricia Lou Ledbetter, 70, of Anchorage, Alaska, and formerly of Hood River, died July 13 in Elgin. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Idlewilde Cemetery in Hood River. A memorial service will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, later.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Ledbetter was born Sept. 25, 1931, to Vernon and Greta Heffelfinger Schaumberg in Newton, Iowa, where she spent her childhood. She graduated from high school in Hood River and married Sam Clayton Ledbetter there in 1950. In 1957 the couple moved to Anchorage, where she worked for 34 years for the National Bank of Alaska. She retired in 1993 as a senior vice president overseeing mortgage loans.

She was a member of the Mortgage Women's Association and International Altrusia. She enjoyed playing pinochle, canasta and cribbage at the senior center, and painting, bowling, reading, watching movies and spending time at her cabin. She moved to Elgin in June to be near her daughter.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Samuel Clayton Ledbetter of Anchorage, Sheree and Boyd Follett of Elgin and Melissa and Rene Parent of Gresham, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a sister, Marjorie Benson of Woodburn, a brother, Donald Schaumberg, and other relatives. Her husband died in 1968.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society in care of Loveland Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., 97850.

Myrle Zollman

Joseph

1913-2002

Myrle D. Zollman, 88, of Joseph died July 15 at a care center. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St. in Enterprise. Vault interment will be at 2 p.m. at the Enterprise Cemetery.

Mr. Zollman was born Sept. 1, 1913, to Floyd and Ethel Eggleson Zollman in Jericho Springs, Mo. The family moved to Wallowa County in 1914, by train to La Grande and by wagon the rest of the way, homesteading on Burford Ridge, in Flora and on Alder Slope. He began working for his great-uncle Bert Eggleson at the age of 12 and trapped beavers and muskrats.

He served in the Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater. A staff sergeant, he was wounded on Okinawa and in the Philippines.

He married Lila Locke Cardwell on May 1, 1946, in Nevada. The couple moved in 1953 to the Bud Lewis ranch on the Lostine River. He retired in the 1980s and moved to Alpine House after his wife's death in 1996. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include a daughter, Myrla Clark of Lewiston, one grandchild, three great-grandchildren, two brothers, Orville Zollman of Medford and Kenneth Zollman of Peoria, Ariz., two sisters, Florence Montgomery of Sun City, Ariz., and Verla Jean Rametes of Gold Hill. His wife, three brothers and four sisters all died earlier.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to any charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home.

Joseph VanLith

Boise and Payette

Joseph A. VanLith, 80, of Boise and Payette, died July 17 after a ranching accident. The funeral Mass will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Meridian, Idaho. Burial will follow at Star Cemetery. Summers Funeral Homes Boise Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. VanLith bought and sold cattle in Northeast Oregon and attended cattle sales for many years.