August 05, 2004 11:00 pm

Robert E. Martin

Formerly of La Grande


Robert E. Martin, 61, of Salem and formerly of La Grande, died Friday from complications related to diabetes.

Mr. Martin was born to Alton and Mae Harris Martin on July 22, 1942, in Boise, where he grew up with his brother, Ernie Martin, and sister, Joy Young.

He enlisted in the Army at age 18. After the service, he returned to Boise where he met his his wife, Peggy. In 1973 the couple moved to La Grande, where they lived until 1990.

Mr. Martin worked for Union Pacific Railroad as a brakeman/ conductor.

He loved Eastern Oregon and being outdoors, and especially enjoyed camping and fishing with his family. He was a devoted husband and father, and was known for a wonderful sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy, of Salem; daughter and son-in-law Kaycee and Michael Poissant; son Chris Martin and his fiance Tia Duke; and two grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 to 10 a.m. Friday at the Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service in Salem, followed by a service at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Linda Taylor



Linda Sue Miller Taylor, 63, of Wallowa and formerly of Elgin and Union County, died July 11 at her home. Burial at Highland Cemetery in Elgin will be private. A memorial service and celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Elgin Christian Church with Pastor Terry Tollefson officiating.

Mrs. Taylor was born Feb. 3, 1941, to Donald D. and Harriet S. Bryan Miller in Tulare, Calif. She graduated from high school there in 1958 and married Davis Taylor on June 10, 1961, in Tulare. She studied home economics and traveled to primitive places to teach families how to make a home and raise children with very little means.

The family lived in various places before moving to Union County in 1983. She was an EMT and enjoyed taking care of people, gardening, crafts, baking and quilting. She was a member of the Blue Mountain Quilters and will be remembered as a wonderful mom, grandma and friend.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years and her father, both of Wallowa; children and their spouses, Bonnie and Terry Tollefson of Wallowa and Kimberly and Barry Summers of Elgin; three brothers and their wives, Don and Evelyn Miller of Aloha, James and Jamie Miller of San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Arthur and Roma Jean Miller of Bakersfield, Calif.; and other relatives. Her mother died earlier.

Berneta Moats

Formerly of La Grande


Berneta Sunshine Moats, 92, of The Dalles and formerly of La Grande died June 22 at a care center. Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Moats was born Nov. 10, 1911, to Winfred Morris and Elva Edith Wythers Pierson in Appleton, Wash. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1930, and married George Albert Moats on April 30, 1934, in

La Grande. She worked as a secretary and bookkeeper and lived in La Grande for 69 years. She moved to The Dalles seven years ago.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Good Sam Club, and enjoyed gardening, fishing, knitting, playing with her dogs, playing card games, motor home travel and visiting with her friends and family.

Survivors include siblings and their spouses, Lenn and Eleanor Pierson, Jim and Doreen Pierson of The Dalles, Mary Jane Pierson-Millard; and other relatives. Her husband died in 2001; a son, Bruce Scott Moats, died in 1982; and a brother, Ray Lowell Pierson, died in the service during World War II.

Memorials may be made to the Methodist Church, 1612 Fourth St., to Hospice of the Gorge, 751 Myrtle St., The Dalles 97058, or any other charity.

Josie Aldrich


Josie Aldrich, 88, of Union, died Thursday at Grande Ronde Hospital.Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Keith L. Weaver


Keith L. Weaver, 71, of Wallowa died Thursday at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. Services will be announced later. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Louise Peterman



Louise May Peterman, 90, of Cove died July 14 at her home. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Calvary Baptist Church in Cove with Pastor David Allen officiating. Burial will follow at the Cove Cemetery.

Mrs. Peterman was born July 7, 1914, to George and Clara Witt Anderson in Cove. She married Eugene Robinson on Jan. 24, 1933. The couple lived in Portland during World War II and returned to Cove, where they ran the corner store until his death in 1955. She married Lester Peterman on July 1, 1960. He died in 1977. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church where she played music. She enjoyed quilting, yard work, trips to the mountains to cut wood, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Rick and Kim Robinson of Cove, Stan and Bobbye Robinson of Troutdale, Richard and Judy Robinson of Oahu, Hawaii, and a step-daughter Judy Potts; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and other relatives. A brother, Eugene Anderson, died earlier.

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

Donna Tally

Formerly of La Grande


Donna Marie Tally, 68, of Myrtle Point and formerly of La Grande died July 14.

A funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Myrtle Point Baptist Church. A graveside service and vault burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the North Powder Cemetery.

Mrs. Tally was born July 27, 1936, to Clifford and Goldie Perkins Weaver in

La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School and on Feb. 4, 1956, she

married Kerwyn Tally in La Grande.

The family moved to Myrtle Point from Baker City in 1972. She worked for Roseburg Lumber in Coquille until her retirement in 2002. She was a member of the Coquille Valley Women's Bowling Association and enjoyed gardening, following the Portland Trail Blazers and being with her family.

Survivors include her husband of Myrtle Point; children and their spouses, Robert and Irene Tally of Pendleton, Linda and Randy Cotton of Coos Bay, and John and Cathy Tally of Fairchild Air Force Base; two sisters, Gloria Borchers of The Dalles and Iola Abbott of Caldwell, Idaho; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Enid Weaver and Wanda Hawkins, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Amling Schroeder Funeral Service, 404 Seventh St., Myrtle Point 97458.