April 18, 2003 11:00 pm

Laurene Vance

Formerly of Wallowa and Enterprise


Laurene Winnifred Vance, 72, of Salem and formerly of Wallowa and Enterprise, died March 16 at her home. At her request there will be no service.

Mrs. Vance was born April 24, 1930, to Harry A. and Edna Weaver Kennison in Wallowa. After her father's death Trell Coleman became her step-father. She graduated from Wallowa High School in 1948 and married Ray T. Vance there. The couple lived in Enterprise where she worked at the First National Bank and for Ortman Insurance. The couple moved to Alaska and later divorced. After 33 years in Alaska she moved to Salem where she was a volunteer at the senior center and the gift shop at the hospital.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Kenton and Julie Vance of Keyport, Wash.; two granddaughters; a grandson; a sister, Shirley Sannar of Pendleton; a brother, Harry Kennison of Salem, and other relatives.

Sharon Lisk



Sharon Sue Lisk, 63, of Elgin died April 1 at OHSU in Portland. A memorial service will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Elgin Community Center. Shaw and Sons Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Lisk was born April 1, 1940, to Lawrence A. and Margaret Frederick Hull in Yakima, Wash. On Dec. 16, 1960, she married Cassius L. Lisk, who reached the rank of Commander in the Coast Guard before he retired. She and her sister ran the Crazy Horse Coffee Company in Elgin for 5 years.

She was past president of numerous Coast Guard wives' clubs, various Chambers of Commerce and Business Women's Clubs. She enjoyed traveling, collecting antiques, sewing, crafting, gardening, reading and researching genealogy. She was a loving and compassionate caretaker to many family members and friends.

Survivors include her husband of Elgin, siblings and their spouses, Marlene and Gary Laidler, and Arlen Jay Lisk, all of Yakima, Wash., Larry and Diana Hull of Puyallup, Wash., Penny and Charlie Abnet of Chehalis, Wash., Dr. Swede Sheriden and Pat Lisk of Hillsboro, stepchildren and their spouses, Kim and Rodney Altig of Husum, Wash. and Annette Trithall of Juneau, Alaska; several grandchildren and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Crohn's Disease Research or the Yakima County Humane Society in care of Shaw and Sons Funeral Directors.

Darrell Brown

Formerly of La Grande


Darrell D. Brown, 75, of Las Vegas and formerly of La Grande died March 31. A graveside services will begin at 1:30 p.m Wednesday at the Union Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Brown was born Feb. 2, 1928, to Harry and Della Cady Brown in Winner, S.D. He attended school in Rupert, Idaho, and worked on the McNary Dam and then spent many years as an auto-body repairman, ultimately owning his own shop in Pendleton. He married Sue Blankinship on March 14, 1981, in Reno. The couple moved to Astoria where they had Miles Grocery until they retired in 1992. He lived in Union and La Grande and moved to Las Vegas in February.

Survivors include his wife of Las Vegas; children and their spouses, Harry and Soledad Brown of Radium Springs, N.M., Ramona and Jeff Aamold of Scottsdale, Ariz.; step-children and their spouses, Michael and Joleen Moeller of La Grande, Frank Gardner of Burns and Teresa and David Schalk of Las Vegas; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mabel Laney of San Jose, Calif., Evelyn Churchill of The Dalles; a brother, Eddie Brown of The Dalles, and other relatives. A son died earlier.

Memorials may be made to The American Diabetes Foundation in care of Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh St.

Nancy Lee Francy



Nancy Lee "Dee" Francy, 75, died April 6 at her home in Union after a 10-month illness related to a brain tumor.

A memorial service for family members will take place later.

Mrs. Francy was born May 29, 1927, in Cleveland to Seymour Simon and Anne Mitchell Brennan. She graduated from high school in Cleveland and received a bachelor of arts from Ohio University. She took graduate-level classes at Boise State, Eastern Oregon University, Portland State University and Radcliffe College in Boston.

She married Guy Robert Francy on Sept. 5, 1949, in East Cleveland, Ohio. She lived in Toronto, Ohio; Michigan and Idaho before moving to Union County.

She taught nursery and elementary school in Michigan and Idaho. She taught in the Union School District for 23 years. When she retired in 1992, a tree was planted on the school grounds in her honor.

Mrs. Francy enjoyed sewing, gourmet cooking, quilting, gardening, home decorating, canning, cross-country skiing, hiking, word puzzles, reading and music. She was a Dixieland jazz enthusiast and attended jazz festivals throughout the Northwest. She volunteered at the Union Public Library and was a member of the Valley Girls Investment Club.

Besides her husband of Union, she is survived by two daughters, Gail Masters of Sedro Woolley, Wash., and Gwen Francy of Salem; three brothers, Tom Brennan of Montclair, N.J., Ron Brennan of East Haddam, Conn., and Jon Brennan of Southfield, Mich, and five grandchildren.

A brother, Seymour Jeffrey Brennan and a son, Benjamin Sean Francy, died earlier.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Carnegie Library repair fund.

Ingrie Leonard

Formerly of Elgin, Wallowa and Lostine


Ingrie C. Leonard, 88, of Pendleton and formerly of Elgin, Wallowa and Lostine died April 6 at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton.

A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Lostine Cemetery. Bishop Funeral Chapel, Pendleton, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Leonard was born Oct. 13, 1914, to Alma M. and Chelnecha Jolley Boswell in Minam. She married James Wesley Leonard on June 2, 1933. The couple lived at Wallowa and moved to Elgin in 1941. After her husband's death in 1981 she moved to Pendleton to be near family. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Order of Eastern Star. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening and music.

Survivors include a daughter, Joy Schindler of Fair Oaks, Calif., nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, a son, Gordon Leonard, a great-grandson, Jared Leonard, and four siblings all died earlier.

Merlin Smith

North Powder


Merlin W. Smith, 74, of North Powder died April 5 in Boise. A funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., and burial will be at the North Powder Cemetery. A reception will follow at the North Powder Grange. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. before the service.

Mr. Smith was born Jan. 21, 1929, to Elias S. and Unice Simonis Smith at Wolf Creek. He attended school in the North Powder area and served in the Navy during World War II. He married Phyllis B. Morris on Aug. 15, 1954, in Cove. He operated heavy equipment for the Union County Road Department until his retirement in 1990. He was a charter member of the North Powder Lions Club and enjoyed hunting, fishing, working in his shop and reading.

Survivors include his wife of North Powder, two sons and their wives, Sherwood and Kerri Smith of North Powder and Gareld and Stephanie Smith of La Grande; six grandchildren and two sisters, Verna Hill of La Grande and Jeannine Weaver of Estacada. A sister, Delpha Picker, and a brother, Robert Smith, died earlier.

Doris Allen

La Grande


Doris R. Allen, 85, La Grande died April 8 at a local care center. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Nazarene, 109 18th St., with the Rev. Brent Clapp and the Rev. Ted Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Mrs. Allen was born Jan. 6, 1918, to Jesse and Ruth Plass Spencer in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1936 and married Melvin H. Allen on April 15, 1940, in Weiser, Idaho. She became a licensed practical nurse in the early 1960s and worked as a scrub nurse in Portland and in La Grande until her retirement in 1980. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene and enjoyed camping, fishing, arts, crafts, knitting and crochet.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Dale and Joyce Allen, Judy Ricks and Ken Phipps, all of Sandy, and Barbara and Orien Weller of La Grande; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Her husband, a brother and a sister all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation in care of Loveland Chapel.

Elaine Browne

La Grande


Elaine Marie Moffett Browne, 78, of La Grande died April 5 at her home. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Monday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to noon before the service. Burial will be Wednesday in McHenry County Memorial Park in Woodstock, Ill.

Mrs. Brown was born March 13, 1925, to Joseph and Jesse Molski Moffett in Chicago. She served the Army WACS as a corporal during World War II and married Sherman J. Browne Jr. on March 16, 1946, in Chicago. She trained as a physical therapist and worked as a certified nursing assistant. She was known for her compassionate patient care. She lived in Illinois until 2000 when she moved to La Grande to be near family.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Sharon and Jack Wager of Waldport, Darlene and Dan Gile of Winter Park, Colo., Glenn and Jayne Browne, and Colleen Browne, all of La Grande; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters and a brother. Her husband, a brother and two sisters died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1311 N.W. 21st Ave., Portland 97209.

Megan Dunlap



Megan Rae Dunlap, 24, of Union died April 7 in an automobile accident.

A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2802 N. First St. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Dunlap was born Jan. 19, 1979, to Raymond and Lorrie Fouts in Vancouver, Wash. She married Patrick Dunlap and worked for The Observer as carrier coordinator. She was a loving wife and best friend to her husband and was a beautiful person who will be greatly missed, family members said.

Survivors include her husband of Union; her mother Lorrie Jones of Union; her father Raymond of Vancouver, Wash.; brothers, Jason Fouts of Union, Justin, Joseph and Jonathan Fouts, all of Vancouver; her grandfather, Allen Carter of Vancouver, grandparents, John and June Caputo of Lyle, Wash., and Ken and Louise Berg of Vancouver.

Alice McPharson


A memorial service for Alice McPharson, 86, of Union who died Oct. 15, 2002, will begin at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the fellowship hall at the Union United Methodist Church. A reception will follow.