November 20, 2002 11:00 pm

Edith Bailey

La Grande


Edith Mary Bailey, 88, of La Grande died Oct. 28 at Grande Ronde Retirement Residence. At her request there will be no public service. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Bailey was born Jan. 31, 1914, to William and Evelyn Cockran Cox in Eagle Rock, Calif. She married Frank Earl Bailey on April 10, 1931, in Los Angeles, Calif. The couple moved to La Grande in 2000 to be near family. She enjoyed crafts and visiting with friends.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande, a son and daughter-in-law, Frank W. and Beverly Bailey of Union, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and a sister, Betty "Liz" Walton of Corona, Calif.

Doris Van Blokland

La Grande


Doris Lillian Van Blokland, 91, of La Grande died Nov. 1 at her home. A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A private burial will be held later.

Mrs. Van Blokland was born July 29, 1911, to Elmer and Myrtle May Williams Cade in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School and on Sept. 17, 1933, she married Lester Van Blokland in La Grande. She worked as office manager for Dr. Treve Lumsden until her retirement in the late 1970s.

The couple were charter members of the Farm Bureau and she was a member of the La Grande Country Club, where she played golf and bridge. She traveled extensively and had walked the Great Wall of China.

Survivors include two grandsons, five great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; three sisters, Justine Parks of Union, Mildred Liebman of Vancouver, Wash., and Ellagene Metzker of Oregon City; a brother, Elmer Cade of Florida, and other relatives. Her husband and a daughter, Beverly Brannen, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the EOU Foundation for the McKenzie Scholarship in care of Daniels Chapel.

William A. Bales


William A. Bales, 85, a retired mechanic who worked at the Wallowa County Landfill as manager until retiring when he was 81 years old, died Nov. 1 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bollman Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Prairie Creek Cemetery near Joseph.

Mr. Bales was born on Alder Slope near Enterprise on Aug. 12, 1917, to Fredrick and Gertrude Mallotte Bales.

He married Loretta Youch. She died earlier.

He is survived by four daughters, Billie Charlene Bunnell of Reno, Nev., Carol Ann Davis of Boise, Sherrol Swart of Enterprise and Wenona Chambers of Pendleton; three sons, David of Springfield, John of Hermiston and Jayson of

La Grande; three sisters, Wenona LaChance, Jeraldine Towle and Nadine Bemrose; five stepchildren; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise is in charge of the arrangements.

Duane W. Houston

Formerly of La Grande


Duane Willard Houston, 69, of Pendleton and formerly of La Grande, died Nov. 1 at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston.

A memorial mass will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Andrews Mission Church in Pendleton. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Nov. 21, 1932, in La Grande to Willard and Mable Reed Houston.

Mr. Houston entered the Army in 1951, starting in the infantry and working his way through the ranks to counterintelligence. He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars before retiring in June 1973. He earned several medals, including the Meritorious Service Medal.

After retiring from the Army, Mr. Houston spent several years in Alaska working as an electrician. He enjoyed hunting and camping.

He is survived by twin daughters, Virginia "Ginger" Patrick and Valerie Williams; a son, Rick Houston; his former wife, De Houston; his companion, Suzanne Bridges, and three grandchildren.

A sister, Virginia Mae Houston; an adopted brother, Daniel Houston; and a granddaughter died earlier.

Walter Abel



Walter Cameron Abel, 49, of Union died Nov. 5 at a care center after a long battle with cancer. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Calvary Baptist Church in Cove. A private burial will take place later.

Mr. Abel was born Nov. 23, 1952, to James John and Bonnie Jean Doyle Abel in Aberdeen, Wash. He served in both the Army and the Navy during the Vietnam era and started Operation Warm Hands that provides firewood for the elderly. He enjoyed fishing and being in the mountains.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl of Union; sons, Brandon Abel and Aaron Abel, both of Roseburg; son and his spouse, Cameron and Cherish Abel of Nebraska; daughter, Belinda of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one granddaughter; a sister, Sharon of Pendleton; three brothers, Larry, Rick and Jim; and other relatives.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to Calvary Baptist Church in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Lonnie Hughes

La Grande


Lonnie Nathaniel Hughes, 83, of La Grande died Oct. 30 at his home. A private service will be held at a later date. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hughes was born Nov. 17, 1918, to Chalmer and Ruby Syble Boles Hughes in Powell, Mo. He was raised by his grandparents, John and Sara Boles until the age of 7. He moved to Salem at the age of 17 and served in the Army during World War II. He said of the invasion of Normandy that he had never swam so hard in his life as he did that day.

He married Iris Gertrude Page in Winnemucca, Nev., in 1965 and worked for the state of Oregon as an electrician until he retired to take care of his wife. She died in 2001.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Lynn and Lonnie Patrick Hughes of Seattle; one grandchild; a brother and his wife, Ray and Pat Mooney of Atlanta; and other relatives. A stepdaughter, Dorothy Applegate, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army Food Bank in care of Loveland Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Veldonna Mortensen

Formerly of La Grande, Cove and Union


Veldonna May Wardell Mortensen, 71, of Bountiful, Utah, and formerly of La Grande, Cove and Union died Nov. 3 after a long battle with cancer. Burial was in the Bountiful City Cemetery.

Mrs. Mor-tensen was born Feb. 14, 1931, to Bertrand and Inez Murphy Wardell in La Grande. She grew up in Cove and Union, and on June 12, 1952, she married Larry M. Griggs in the LDS temple in Salt Lake City. After a divorce she married Floyd S. Ball in 1975, and after a second divorce she married Lars S. Mortensen in 1994. He died in 1998.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a temple worker at the Salt Lake temple. She enjoyed sewing, animals and birds, music, genealogy and homemaking.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Daniel and Kris Griggs of Provo, Utah, and Julie and Mike Feigleson of Bountiful; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, 15 stepchildren, and numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

Winifred English

Winifred English, 74, of Wallowa died Sunday in Boise. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the IOOF Hall in Wallowa.

A full obituary will be published later.

Winifred English

Formerly of Wallowa


Winifred Mary English, 74, of Boise and formerly of Wallowa died Nov. 3. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. today at the Odd Fellows Hall in Wallowa.

Mrs. English was born March 19, 1928, to Ben and Cora Skillings at Wallowa.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Tom and Carol Wilson of Fairbanks, Alaska, Morris and Janice Kepler of Eagle, Idaho, Jess and Loraine Savage, Jay and Corine Haga, Sandra English and Debra English, all of Wallowa, David English of Union, Pete Haney of Union, Dale and Robin Johnson of La Grande and Roy and Kim Varner of Kettle Falls, Wash., 39 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and eight brothers and sisters, Mina Shuman of Cottage Grove, Vern, Neal, John, Ken and Darrell Skillings and Carolyn Pheaster, all of Wallowa, and Myrna Sabey of Willimina.

A brother, Ray Skillings, and a grandson, Brandon Varner, died earlier.