Obituaries for the week ending March 19, 2005

March 20, 2005 11:00 pm

Clifford E. Burford, 79, of College Place, Wash., and formerly of Union died March 9 at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash. Burial was in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Burford was born in 1926 to Orphia and Ivy Ross Burford in Union. He graduated from Union High School and served in the Marine Corps during World War II. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Presidential Unit Citation with four battle stars. In 1949 he married Paula Errolo Lay. He worked as a civil engineer and for the U.S. Forest Service. After an early retirement he had a commercial cherry orchard in Milton-Freewater. Later the couple moved to a retirement center.

Survivors include his wife; children and their spouses, Blaine and Jackie Burford, Kim Burford, Zane Burford, Paul and Holly Burford, Erralee and Norm Cleveland and Paula and Bryan Mooso; 18 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and other relatives.


Larry McCarter, 53, of La Grande died March 14 after a long illness. A memorial gathering will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at his home. Everyone is welcome.

Mr. McCarter was born Feb. 14, 1952, an Aquarian in the Year of the Dragon. He served in the Coast Guard from 1972 to 1978, and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, and the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation Award. His illness resulted from his military service

Larry graduated in 1989 from Eastern Oregon State College where he founded the first Gay/Lesbian/Bi-sexual student group on campus. He was a gifted mechanic and worked for the Corps of Engineers at Monumental Dam. For the past eight years he and his partner owned and operated Finishing Touch, a janitorial service in La Grande. .

Larry enjoyed organic gardening, snow boarding, welding, riding his Harley, remodeling his home, spending time with his partner and family, and traveling. His travels took him to all but three states in the U.S. He especially loved to hear the ocean waves crashing on the shore.

Survivors include his husband of fifteen years, Bill Harmon, of La Grande; sons, Shaun McCarter of Seattle, Wash., and Silas McCarter of Bellingham, Wash.; and a brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Oscille McCarter of Monterey, Calif.

Memorials may be made to the Larry McCarter Memorial Scholarship Fund at EOU or to Trees East in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Patricia Ruth Turner, 75, of La Grande died March 14 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday March 19 at the Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Susan Barnes of the Baker Presbyterian Church officiating.

Mrs. Turner was born Feb. 8, 1930, to Clarence Camden and Mary Eunice Parks Burns in Baker city. She attended Telocasset School until 1943 when the family moved to La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1948 and attended Eastern Oregon Normal School. On March 26, 1949, she married John E. Turner in La Grande. In 1968 she began working at the La Grande Public Library where she became the Children's Librarian and was known as the story-telling lady. She taught Sunday school classes at the Presbyterian church and was a member of Beta Theta Sorority for more than 50 years, holding many offices and participating in many projects. She retired in 1992 and enjoyed quilting, traveling and camping.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande; children and their spouses, Tim and Linda Turner of Hermiston, and Tony and Joyce Turner of Milton-Freewater; a sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Frank Cooke of La Grande; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the construction fund of the La Grande Public Library in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.


Ivy Edvalson, 92, of Union died March 14 at her home. Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday March 18 at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., and one hour before the service at the church. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday March 19 at the Union Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints. Burial and dedication of the grave will be at the Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Edvalson was born Aug. 17, 1912, to John Pearson and Eleanor Larsen Worley in Mendon, Utah. She spent her early years in Arimo and Pocatello, Idaho, and attended one of the first early morning seminaries of the LDS Church. She graduated from the University of Idaho, Southern Branch, in 1934, and taught 12 pupils and five grades in a one-room schoolhouse in Lund, Idaho.

On June 11, 1936, she married Rulon Richard Edvalson in the Salt Lake City Temple. They made their home in Union. She was a member of the LDS Church and served in many capacities, as the teacher of an early morning seminary, at the Bellevue, Wash., temple and at the Boise temple. After the death of her husband she moved to the home of her daughter, Eileen. She enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren and having them visit with her, reading

Survivors include children and their spouses, Alice Edvalson of Salt Lake City, Utah, Eleanor and Kenneth Mowrey of Bothell, Wash, Eileen and Robert Bowles, Marvin and Nancy Edvalson, and Wayne and Ruth Edvalson, all of Union, and Nadine and Roger Adams of Ephrata, Wash.; 31 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and a brother, John Worley, of Salt Lake City. Six sisters and a brother died earlier.

Memorials may be made to a local library or museum, or to the Educate a Doctor fund for the education of a young man from Africa studying at Eastern Oregon University, in care of Izaak Edvalson, 1909 First St., La Grande, (541-663-1962, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or .)


Eueva Marlene Croucher, 67, of McMinnville and formerly of Elgin died March 14 at her home. The funeral and burial will be in McMinnville on Saturday March 19. A memorial service will be held April 2 in Elgin at the Nazarene Church. The time will be announced later. Macy and Son Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Croucher was born Feb. 11, 1938, to Raymond and Marjorie Kinraid Jarvis. She graduated from Sutherlin High School as class salutatorian, and in 1956 married Norm Croucher in Sutherlin. She was a homemaker and volunteered with 4-H in sewing, cooking and leather craft, and was active in FCE. She was a member of Braids and Braves square dance club, the McMinnville chapter of the Red Hat Society and the Nazarene Church in Elgin where the family lived for 32 years. She was always willing to lend a hand during weddings, funerals, vacation Bible school or tending the grounds of the church. The couple moved to McMinnville seven years ago. She enjoyed oil painting, quilting, crochet, Brazilian embroidery, gardening and sewing.

Survivors include her husband of McMinnville; children, Herman Croucher Jr. of Elgin, alan Croucher of Harrisburg, and Euvira Beaty of Oregon City; five grandchildren; her mother, Marjorie Ball of Sutherlin; three brothers, Curtis Jarvis of Tacoma, Wash., Rico Jarvis of Salem and Lucky Jarvis of Temple Terrace, Fla., and two sisters, Eulla Davis of Sutherlin and Bonita Nelson of Union. Two brothers, Raymond and Lundy Jarvis, and a sister, Eustacia Johnson, all died earlier.


Dorothy May Price Boardrow, 88, of Beaverton and formerly of Pondosa died March 14. At her request, there will be no funeral. Crown Memorial Cremation and Burial was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Boardrow was born Dorothy May Daniel on May 28, 1916, in Monroe, Mich. The family lived in Colorado, Portland, and Wolf Creek. At the age of 18, she delivered mail and supplies by muleback from Wolf Creek to a mining camp in the mountains.

In 1934 she married Robert Price, and in 1940 moved to Pondosa where they lived until the town was dismantled in 1958. In the winters of the 1940s and 50s, the logging train would sometimes be buried in snowdrifts between Pondosa and Telocaset. She delivered coffee and sandwiches to the crew while they dug out the train, usually at night. During World War II, she volunteered as an airplane spotter, and was very proud of the wings she earned for her efforts. After a divorce in the early 1960s she married Ralph Boardrow.

She taught sewing and cooking in 4-H, served as a Girl Scout leader, and was skilled in upholstery, carpentry, wallpapering, painting and repairing small appliances. She enjoyed growing flowers and was known for her wonderful sweetpeas. She leaves behind stories that in our times seem larger than life, and memories of her practical wit and philosophy.

Survivors include daughters, Sara Price and Bobbi Kremer, both of Elgin, and Susan MacLeod of Beaverton; six grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and other relatives.


Etta Olena Richardson, 86 of La Grande and formerly of Cove, died March 17 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Monday March 21 at the Cove Cemetery with pastor David Allen of the Cove Calvary Baptist Church officiating.

Mrs. Richardson was born April 19, 1918, to Fred and Bessie Horton Bristow in Cove. She attended school in Cove and remained there for most of her life. In May of 1934 she married Arlie "Shorty" Richardson. He died in 1993. She was a member of the Cove Baptist Church and the Cove TOPS. She enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing and spending time with her family.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Raymond Richardson, and Gay and Joe Scott, all of Island City; Dottie and Bob Reed of Bonneyville, Alberta, Canada; and Doreen and Melvin Depuy of Trails; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Welmerth Bates of Cove; a brother, Dean Bristow of Sacramento, Calif., and other relatives.Four brothers, Elbert, Edward, Wayne and Oral Bristow, and a sister, Zina Waite, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Joanna Harris, 63, of Pendleton died at Kennewick General Hospital in Kennewick, Wash., March 17.

Graveside services will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Monday at the Elgin Cemetery.

Joanna was born on October 3, 1941 in Yakima, Wash., to Charlie and Unice Hendren Bright. She was raised and educated in Elgin. She enjoyed gardening, leather work, painting, rock hounding, making dolls, and Native American artwork.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Jeff Southwick of Reedsport; her son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Teri Harris of Pilot Rock; her son, Robert Harris of Gresham; brother, Emmett, Poteete of Milton-Freewater; sister, Phyllis Thom of Kennewick; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.