March 07, 2004 11:00 pm

Mildred Roe

Formerly of La Grande


Mildred Anna Roe, 90, of Baker City and formerly of La Grande, died Feb. 10. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday 17 at Hillcrest Cemetery with Pastor Voeks of Zion Luther Church officiating.

Mrs. Roe was born June 3, 1913, to Levi and Anna Jensen Dodge in Reeder, N.D. She graduated from La Grande High School and married Clarence Leroy "Kelly" Roe on Oct. 4, 1932, in the Dakotas. She worked as a nurse's aide until retiring in 1978. The couple lived in Hornbrook, Calif., for a time.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and was involved in many service organizations. She enjoyed travel, cooking, growing flowers, crochet and sewing. She left many beautiful memories to her family with her talents and her beautiful garden.

Survivors include four sons and their wives, Donald and Delores Roe of Prospect, Dewayne and Carol Roe of John Day, Joe Roe of La Pine, and Kelly Ray Roe of Rohnert Park, Calif.; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and other relatives. Her husband, a daughter, Phylis, two brothers, Motier and Al Dodge, and two sisters, Elsa Hammond Boyer and Loraine Witheral, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Joyce Wilkins

La Grande


Joyce Ruth Wilkins, 71, of La Grande died Feb. 13 after a long illness. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday Feb. 19 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Friday Feb. 20 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church with Father Hank Albrecht officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest East Cemetery.

Mrs. Wilkins was born Nov. 15, 1932, to Edwin P. and Ruth M. Tucker Armstrong in Salem. She graduated from Salem High School in 1950 and from the University of Oregon in 1954. On Nov. 27 of that year she married Robert W. Wilkins. The couple moved to La Grande in 1955. She worked for the Oregon Department of Revenue, the Oregon Department of Transportation and for Marsh & McLennan Insurance Brokers in San Francisco, Calif. She was a partner, along with her husband, in the Wilkins Insurance Agency in La Grande and the Farris Insurance Agency in Enterprise. She was the vice chairman and current owner of the Abstract and Title Company in La Grande.

She was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church Altar Society and the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary. She was past president of Central Elementary School PTA and the CO Chapter of PEO. She served for years as a Girl Scout leader and a Boy Scout den mother, and worked with the March of Dimes. She kept active membership in the University of Oregon Alumni Association and was a Ducks fan. She enjoyed cooking, dancing, travel, reading and playing golf and bridge.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande; children and their spouses, Mike and Debbie Wilkins of Lake Oswego, Tom Wilkins of Portland, Rich and Jill Wilkins of Lake Oswego, Steven and Jodi Wilkins of Beaverton, and Theresa and Chuck Parker of Hillsboro; and seven grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kidney Association of Oregon in care of Daniels Chapel.

Elmon John Haefer

La Grande


Elmon J. Haefer, 74, of La Grande died Feb. 12 at his home from what is thought to be heart complications.

A potluck celebration of life will begin Saturday at noon at the Cove Sportsmen's Club. The Rev. Mark Schlessman of the First Christian Church of La Grande will officiate. The services will also honor the memory of Elmon's wife, Margaret, who died in 1998.

Following the services, there will be a potluck luncheon. Please bring a dish and join with family and friends for a time of fellowship.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Haefer was born on Oct. 6, 1929, in Cove to John and Sandra Johnson Haefer. He went to school in Cove and played baseball, football and basketball.

He joined the Navy in October 1950 to serve in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in August 1954.

Mr. Haefer married Margaret Y. Rundall on July 3, 1955, in Cove.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, motorcycling, snowmobiling and watching the Portland Trail Blazers. Mr. Haefer also enjoyed trapshooting and was a member of the Cove Sportsman Club.

He is survived by his two children and their spouses, Kathleen Knight of La Grande and Michael Elmon (Laura) of La Grande, and five grandchildren. One sister, Irene Wilcox, died earlier.

Sharon Nelson

Formerly of La Grande


Sharon Roberta Larsen Nelson, 64, died at her home in Lindon, Utah, Feb. 15.

Funeral services will be held at the Lindon Central Stake Chapel, 600 North and Center Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Viewing will take place one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at the Lindon City Cemetery.

Sharon was born to Glen Jensen and Roberta Fjeldsted Larsen, on Aug. 9, 1939, in Ely, Nev. She grew up in La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School. She attended a year at Eastern Oregon University, and graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She was an honor student in both high school and college.

She married Ralph Glen Nelson, Dec. 16, 1961, in the Manti LDS Temple.

Even though she had multiple sclerosis for 46 years, she served her community, was active in the LDS church and raised a family of four children. Her physical activities were severely limited by the MS, but she inspired those she came in contact with by her courage and pleasant attitude, family members said.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph, of Lindon; her four children and their spouses, Derek (Heidi) of Gig Harbor, Wash., Kathleen (Delbert) Hutchison of Walla Walla, Phyllis (Orman) Anderson of Irving, Texas, and Barbara (Eric) Spencer of Santaquin, Utah; brothers Dale of Las Vegas, Evan of Portland and Roger of South Jordan, Utah. Sixteen grandchildren, aunts, uncles and cousins also survive her.

Her parents and brother Darvell died earlier.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the LDS Genealogical Society or the LDS Humanitarian Services.

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Billie Carlyle

Formerly of La Grande


Billie Charles Carlyle, 50, of Vancouver, Wash., and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 13 after a long illness. The funeral will begin at noon Friday at the LDS Church West Stake Center in Vancouver.

Mr. Carlyle was born Dec. 26, 1953, in La Grande. He was an automotive machinist and held the Bonneville land speed record for A-gas competition coup. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Thunder Mountain Shifters Club. He was a coach for the Special Olympics and enjoyed model cars and Hot Wheels.

Survivors include his wife, Sandie, of Vancouver; children and their spouses, Melodie and James Russell II, Melinda Carlyle, and Billie Carlyle Jr., all of Vancouver; one grandchild; two sisters, Jacqueline Preston of Union and Jennifer Jones of Soldotna, Alaska; two brothers, Randolph Carlyle and Robert Williams, both of Alaska.

Memorials may be made to the Special Olympics.

Rand Graham

Formerly of La Grande


Rand Leal Graham, 49, of Portland died Feb. 15 of natural causes. A remembrance gathering will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., with Chaplain Sally Wiens officiating.

Mr. Graham was born Aug. 15, 1954, to Leal and Bonnie Graham in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1972 and attended Oregon State University. He worked on his parents' Christmas tree farm in the Grande Ronde Valley and held jobs in Alaska, Seattle and the Portland area.

He enjoyed reading and traveling, especially to Alaska. He had a particular fascination with science and science fiction.

Survivors include his parents and three sisters, Nancy Jensen of Yakima, Mauri Seehawer of Pendleton and Suzy Cole of Baker City.

Memorials can be made to the Shriners Hospital in care of Daniels Chapel.

Patricia Palmer



Patricia Arlene Palmer, 69, of Ukiah died Feb. 14 at Grande Ronde Hospital. At her request there will be no public service.

Mrs. Palmer was born Feb. 11, 1935, to Ralph Edward and Virginia Arlene Wolfe Fowler in Portland. She graduated from Kelso High School in 1953 after participating in Sophomore Specialty, the junior-senior play, office 2 and 3, operation production, The Lassies, Highland Echo, bagpipe staff and roller-skate dancing. She returned for every class reunion and kept in touch with many classmates. She was a member of the Kelso Elks Emblem Club and Eagles Auxiliary.

She worked as a secretary for many years, her last position being with J&J Concrete Construction, and retired in 1997 when she moved to Ukiah to be near family.

She enjoyed crafts, the outdoors, the beach and especially her children and grandchildren. She was a kind-hearted woman with a heart of gold, family members said.

Survivors include her children, Denise Croteau and Teresa Lynch, both of Ukiah, Dennis Eddy of Kelso, Wash., Deanna Manning of Grand Forks, N.D., and Karleen Aichele of Tigard; a stepson, Brian Palmer of Oregon City; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oregon Lung Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Monsignor Bernard Keating

Formerly of La Grande


Bernard A. Keating, 84, of Bend and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 16.

The funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Redmond followed by a graveside service at Deschutes Memorial Gardens in

Bend, which is in charge of arrangements.

Monsignor Keating was born May 3, 1920, in Dublin, Ireland, to Ambrose and Agnes Troy Keating.

He became a priest in 1947 and emigrated to California that year.

He moved to Hermiston in 1954, then returned to California in 1957 to teach English and algebra in Pasadena, Calif. He moved back to Oregon in 1959, becoming the chaplain at St. Charles Hospital in Bend.

He later served in La Grande and Lakeview.

In 1976, he was assigned to St. Thomas Church in Redmond, where he served until his retirement in 1990. He was named a monsignor in 1986. He was a fourth degree Knight of Columbus and enjoyed playing golf and feeding the birds.

Survivors include his brother, Ambrose, of Dublin; and two sisters, Bridget Nolan of Dublin, and Christina Mackle of San Francisco. Two sisters died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the St. Thomas Catholic Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 247, Redmond 97756.

Arlene Anderson

Formerly of La Grande


Arlene M. Anderson, 83, of the Portland area and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 15.

Miss Anderson was born Feb. 10, 1921, in Harlan, Kan. She graduated from Eastern Oregon State College and from the University of Oregon. She taught at Imbler, Cove, Pendleton and Riverside before moving to the David Douglas School District, where she worked for 23 years in special education as a teacher and director.

Survivors include a sister, Fleta McCoy of La Grande, and other relatives. Memorials may be made to Hopewell House in care of Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham 97030.

Sara Horton

La Grande


Sara Lee Horton, 67, of La Grande died Feb. 14 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Walla Walla from complications related to cancer. The funeral will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Miss Horton was born Aug. 9, 1936, in Portland. She graduating from Molalla High School in 1953, and from Willamette University cum laude with a degree in French literature. She taught high school in Chalon, France, in Myrtle Point and in Portland. In 1970 she earned a master's degree in library science from the University of Oregon and moved to La Grande, where she was an elementary school teacher and librarian at Greenwood, Willow and Island City schools until her retirement in 1983.

She worked as a volunteer in public health at The Center for Human Development and also served at senior meals. She was a member of the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary, the First Christian Church, Delta Kappa Gamma and the Oregon Retired Teachers Association. She also attended the First Presbyterian Church. She was a well-read, caring person who often considered the needs of others above her own.

Survivors include her brother, James Horton of Redding Calif., and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Church in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Richard Schlicht

Formerly of La Grande


Richard R. Schlicht, 66, of Cottage Grove and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 16 at the home of his daughter in Cove. The funeral 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.

Mr. Schlicht was born Nov. 3, 1937, to Henry A. and Anna M. Oehman Schlicht in Jersey City, N.J. He graduated from high school in Ridgefield Park, N.J. He worked as a mechanic and machinist for Westinghouse and later for Sears in Fort Myers, Fla. He retired in 1990. He moved to La Grande to be near family, and worked as an auto mechanic.

He was a member of the National Guard Reserve and the Jehovah's Witnesses. He enjoyed fishing, camping and spending time with his family

Survivors include children and their spouses, Jeanine and John Keffer, and Chris and Jim White, all of Cove, Henry Schlicht of Fort Myers, Fla., and Jennifer Hendry of Canton, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; a brother and his wife, Douglas and Beryl Schlicht of Mission Viejo, Calif.; and a sister, Corinne Egerton of Greensboro, N.C.

Albert Smith

Baker City


Albert Marion Smith, 85, of Baker City died Feb. 13 at the Veterans Hospital in Boise. The funeral and celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Monday at Cole's Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City. Burial will be at Summerville Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie, of Baker City; children, Donna May Hern of Port Orchard, Wash., and Marion F. Smith of La Grande; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Donna Marie Baer and Dorothy Cook, and other


Allen Carter



Allen H. Carter, 79, of Union, died Feb. 11 at the home of his daughter.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Carter was born Dec. 18, 1924, to George and Lucy Read Virostko in Rosedale, Ind. He moved to Vancouver, Wash., in 1941 and served in the Navy during World War II.

In 1951 he married June Elmer. He worked for Russell Towboat and Moorage, and for Tidewater Barge Lines on the Columbia River.

In 1981 he married Margaret Susi. She died in April 2003, and he moved to Union in August of that year.

He enjoyed the outdoors, rock hunting, crafts, glass work and spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Survivors include children, Lorrie Jones of Union, Leatha Carter of Lyle, Wash., and Paul Carter of Newport, Wash.; six grandchildren; eight-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ardyth Wuori and Cheryl Hamrick; three brothers, Donald and John Virostko and James Carter, and other relatives.

Mary Jean Morris

La Grande


Mary Jean Morris, 78, of La Grande died Feb. 19 at Grande Ronde Hospital. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City.

Mrs. Morris was born May 7, 1925, to Easton and Maurine Thompson Metcalf in La Grande. The family moved to Telocaset and later to Durkee. She graduated from Baker High School and worked for Woolworth's. She married Robert "Chuck" Morris on Nov. 9, 1945, in Baker City. The couple moved to Seattle while he was in the service.

After World War II they returned to Baker City and in 1950 moved to La Grande. In 1965 they started to build a dream cabin at Wallowa Lake. They were proud to say they did all the construction for the cabin except the electrical work.

She enjoyed cooking, bowling, playing bridge, walking, gardening, golfing, reading, knitting, waterskiing, and most of all spending time with family at the lake.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande; a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Jim Rygg of La Grande; a sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Gayle Christensen of Baker City; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and other relatives.

A sister, Phyllis Chase, died earlier.