July 06, 2004 11:00 pm

Marjorie Botts



Marjorie Jean Botts, 78, of Imnaha died June 4 at her home. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Prairie Creek Cemetery in Joseph.

Mrs. Botts was born Oct. 7, 1925, to Frances and Mabel Sheill Lenington in Harlowton, Mont. The family moved to Wallowa County when she was 9 years old. On Feb. 19, 1945, she married Brady Lee Botts. She worked at the Enterprise School as a cook for 14 years. She enjoyed being a homemaker, camping at Blackhorse Campground, gardening, canning, fishing, hunting, cutting wood and gathering mushrooms.

Survivors include her companion, James Kirkpatrick; children and their spouses, Dennis and Julie Botts, Verna and Jerry Holman, and Donna and Larry Bacon; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Her husband and two brothers, Jack and Jim Lenington, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Wallowa County Hospice in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.

Kenneth Mitchell

Formerly of La Grande


Kenneth George Mitchell, 58, of Sandy and formerly of

La Grande died in a car accident June 3. Sandy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

A celebration of life service took place today at Barton Park.

Mr. Mitchell was born Jan. 18, 1946, to Vere and Grayce Lundbom Mitchell in Portland. He earned an associate degree in machine shop technology at Mount Hood Community College and served in the Army National Guard.

In the 1980s he lived in La Grande, where he worked for Union County Corrections before moving back to Portland.

He married Linda Cienega on Aug. 5, 1989, and worked for Reynolds Metals and as a deliveryman. He was a member of the Northwest Low Riders for many years and enjoyed fishing, hunting, classic cars, NASCAR racing and the Portland Trail Blazers.

Survivors include his wife of Vancouver, Wash.; a son, Kenneth G. Mitchell Jr. of Walla Walla; stepdaughters, Lisa Cienega of Portland and Vikky Cienega of Tampa, Fla.; an adopted grandson; a sister, Billie Newberry of Crooked River; brothers, Warren Mitchell of Estacada and Gary Mitchell of Kansas City, Mo., and other relatives.

Patricia Zollman



Patricia Nan Zollman, 77, of Enterprise died June 1 at her home. A memorial service took place today at the Cloverleaf Hall, followed by a dinner at the VFW Hall. Burial was at the Enterprise Cemetery. Bollman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Zollman was born Sept. 11, 1926, to William A. and Jean Patten Warnock in Joseph. She graduated from Joseph High School and attended Kinman Business University in Spokane. On Sept. 29, 1946, she married Mervin Zollman in Joseph. The couple ran Eagle Cap Laundry for eight years and she worked as a secretary for Boise Cascade and for 31 years in the Enterprise School District. She enjoyed all school activities and sports and was a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Soroptimists, the VFW Auxiliary and was an honorary member of FFA.

Survivors include her husband of Enterprise, children and their spouses, Debra and Rick Kay of Albuquerque, N.M., and William and Jody Zollman of Delta Junction, Alaska; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and other relatives. A brother, William Warnock, died earlier.

Richard Strand

La Grande

Richard R. "Bud" Strand, 62, of La Grande, died Sunday in a Boise care center.

Funeral services are pending, and a full obituary will follow. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements

Marvin Beeson

Formerly of La Grande and Island City


Marvin Howard Beeson, 66, of Milwaukie and formerly of

La Grande and Island City died June 3 at his home. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at New Hope Community Church in Portland. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Island City Cemetery.

Mr. Beeson was born Aug. 30, 1937, in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1955 and attended Eastern Oregon College. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a master's degree in geology in 1962, and from the University of California, San Diego with a doctorate in geology and geochemistry in 1969. He taught at Reed College and at Portland State University until his retirement in 1998.

In 1965 he married Glenda Lewis. After a divorce he married Georgette Bleth in 1985.

Survivors include a daughter, Julie Ann Cedillos and a granddaughter, both of New York, N.Y.; sisters, Velva Fulton of

La Grande, Christina Morgan of Pasco, Wash., and Junella Johnson of Missoula, Mont.; brothers, Melvin Beeson of Newark, Calif., and Thomas Beeson of La Grande; and other relatives. His wife and a brother, John Beeson, both died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp in care of Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes, 11667 S.E. Stevens Road, Portland 97266.

Kenneth Johnson

Formerly of Union


Kenneth D. Johnson, 58, of Wasilla, Alaska, and formerly of Union died May 31. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Valley Funeral Home in Wasilla was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Johnson was born April 30, 1946, in La Grande. He grew up in Union and attended Union High School.

Survivors include his wife, Connie; a son, Harold, a daughter, Jeanie; his mother, Freda Vaughn of Union; three grandchildren and other relatives.

Howard Weatherspoon

Formerly of La Grande


Howard H. Weatherspoon, 83, of Lacey, Wash., and formerly of La Grande died May 4. Mills and Mills Funeral Home in Tumwater, Wash. was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Weather-spoon was born April 5, 1921, in

La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1938 and worked for Western Union as a clerk operator before serving in the Navy during World War II as an aviation radio-man. He graduated from Oregon State University, graduating with a with a bachelor's degree in food technology and worked for the U. S. Department of Agriculture for 30 years, then for the American Frozen Food Institute for 14 years

In 1977 he married Alladeen Ayars Hone, a 1938 classmate from LHS. The couple lived in Olympia, Wash., and recently moved to Lacey.

Survivors include his wife, of Lacey; daughters, Gayle Jordon of Portland, Leslie Kasterko of Phoenix, Ariz. and Andrea Brown of Palm Springs, Calif.; stepdaughters, Sandra Alexander of Redmond, Wash., Vicki Hone-Smith of Seattle and Joy Simie of Federal Way, Wash.; five grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.

Judith Layng

La Grande


Judith N. Layng, 67, of La Grande died June 7 at Grande Ronde Hospital of natural causes. A celebration of life will begin at

1 p.m. Saturday at the home of Ted and Debbie Blaylock, 10302 S. Grandview, Island City. A private family burial will be in the Island City Cemetery.

Mrs. Layng was born Oct. 27, 1936, to Harold and Ruth Philips Bacon in Portland. The family lived in Sheridan and Sisters. She attended high school in Redmond, and married Charles Blaylock on Dec. 5, 1954. After a divorce she married Melvin Layng on Nov. 5, 1966, in Winnemucca, Nev. The couple moved to

La Grande in 1967 where she worked as head cook at Hot Lake and at the truck stop, and as an accountant for businesses around town.

She enjoyed flowers, puzzles, sewing, oil painting, fishing, hunting for arrowheads, picking berries and mushrooms, and the outdoors. She will be remembered as adventurous. She was a member of the home Extension group, a 4-H leader, and a past member of the Eagles lodge.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Ted and Debbie Blaylock of

La Grande, Loralee and Greg Brugato of Boise, and Rick and Cheryl Blaylock of Palmer, Alaska; stepchildren and their spouses, Suzette and Buck Schaffer of

La Grande, Bruce and Sherrie Layng of Tonasket, Wash., and Kevin and Sarah Layng of Bremerton, Wash.; a twin sister, and her husband, Janet and Robert Staley of La Grande, 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and other relatives. An infant son, Rodney, a brother and a sister all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Larry Cox

Formerly of Union


Layton "Larry" Alfred Cox, 88, of Dallas and formerly of Union died June 6. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery in Sacramento, Calif.

Mr. Cox was born June 18, 1915, to Jesse and Blanche Knox Cox in Centerton, Ark. He was raised in Union and served in the Marine Corps and later in the Army during World War II. On May 26, 1942, he married Blanche Robinson at Fort Ord, Calif. He worked as chief maintenance engineer for Continental Baking Company, retiring at the age of 70. He moved to Dallas in 1994. He enjoyed his family and the books of Louis L'Amour.

Survivors include his sisters, Norma Wilkinson and Ladena Asper of La Grande; a sister-in-law, Rena Cox of Union and other relatives. His wife and daughter, Pamela, both died earlier.

Contributions should be made to the Dallas Animal Shelter in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel.

Bud Strand

La Grande


Richard R. "Bud" Strand, 62, of La Grande died June 6 in a Boise care facility. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. A private family burial will follow in the Cove Cemetery.

Mr. Strand was born Dec. 30, 1941, to Thorsen R. and Alice F. Jones Strand in La Grande. He attended schools in La Grande, and served in the military. He earned degrees in chemistry and physics from Eastern Oregon University.

Survivors include his twin sister, Rosalie Ruff of Kennewick, Wash., a brother, Sheldon Strand of La Grande, an aunt, Evelyn Hagey and other relatives.

Willis Collins

Formerly of La Grande


Willis R. Collins, 69, of Wildomar, Calif., and formerly of La Grande died June 3 of natural causes in Sun City, Calif. Miller Jones Cremation was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Collins was born July 22, 1934, to Theodore and Louise Collins in Richland, Wash. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1952 and worked as a cross-country truck driver. He married Jacquelyn Hatfield on Sept. 2, 1952.

Survivors include children, Michael, Mitchell, Marc, Marshall and Michelle Collins, and Melanee Forney; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. His wife died earlier.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the Leukemia Foundation.

Ellis Scott

La Grande

Ellis Scott, 90, died Thursday at his home in La Grande.

Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Marguerette Miller

La Grande


Marguerette (Tippett) Miller, 89, of La Grande died June 9 at a local care center. A private family service will be held at a later date. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Miller was born April 27, 1915, to Thomas S. "Jack" and Mary Etta "Mae" Applington Tippett in Wallowa County. She attended schools in Wallowa and attended high school in Walla Walla. She later attended college in Walla Walla and married Gene Miller. They later divorced. She worked for the federal government and also the state Department of Motor Vehicles in La Grande and Enterprise. After her retirement she spent winters in Arizona and summers in La Grande.

Survivors include eight nieces and nephews.