Obituaries for the week ending July 30, 2005

July 31, 2005 11:00 pm

Lucile Elston, 94, of Union died July 21 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mrs. Elston was born June 19, 1911, to Amos T.D. and Hazel Baldwin Stitzel in Caldwell, Idaho. She attended school in the Jordan Valley.

On July 3, 1929, she married Frank Lamkin who died in 1966. In December 1973 she married Harold Elston and he died in 1996.

She enjoyed travel, horseback trips into the high lakes, camping, family gatherings and the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show. She was a former member of the Mavericks and the Range Riders Horse Riding Club.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Betty and Roger Johnson of Wilbur, Wash., Barbara and Jim Allenbaugh of Union, and Jim Lamkin and Susan Smith of Clackamas; siblings, Mary Dodds, Edna Hewitt and Marion Stitzel, all of Union; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bobcat Foundation Scholarship Fund or any charity in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.


Violet Louise Parker Dodson, 101, of North Powder died July 21. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the North Powder Community Church with Pastor Robin Harris of the Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating. Graveside services will follow at the North Powder Cemetery.

Mrs. Dodson was born to Thomas Henry and Violet Parker on Jan. 30, 1904, on an Anthony Creek ranch that is now the ODFW elk-feeding station. She was born in the middle of a blizzard and weighed only 2 pounds. Her father was the first forest ranger in the North Powder District. After his death in 1916 the family moved to a farms closer to North Powder.

She graduated from Powder Valley School in 1921, and attended college in Monmoth and Corvallis before graduating Eastern Oregon Normal School.

She married Harold Dodson, and the couple farmed until she began teaching in Vale. They returned to North Powder every summer. She taught for 17 years in Vale and two years in Juntura. They retired to North Powder in 1971. She enjoyed camping, traveling, fishing spending time with family, picking huckleberries and playing pinochle, painting, writing poetry, sewing and gardening. She was involved in many community activities and was the bookkeeper for the senior meals.

Her knowledge of the history of the Powder Valley was captured in a local historical journal.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Don and Jessie Dodson, Joy and Howard Harrod of North Powder, and Dale and Shirley Dodson of Baker City; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to Community Bank for a North Powder Community Center fund.


Doris Marie Cutts, 76, of Island City died July 20 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. today at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Burial will follow at the Island City Cemetery.

Mrs. Cutts was born May 14, 1929, to Thomas J. and Hazel Royce Murphy in Chesterfield, N.H. On Jan. 9, 1959, she married Percy Cutts in Phoenix, Ariz. They moved to Portland where they ran Cutts Painting Service for 16 years.

She was a member of the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed yard sales, bingo, plants, gardening, crossword puzzles, her dogs and the outdoors.

Survivors include a nephew and his wife, Stanley and Lynda Cutts of Troy, N.H., and other relatives. Siblings, Donald Murphy, Clyde Murphy, Roland Murphy, Thelma Merrifield and Margaret Wickline all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.


Jody Ann Hallgarth, 53, of Elgin died July 20 at Grande Ronde Hospital following an extended illness. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. A graveside service will be private. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Hallgarth was born Nov. 21, 1951, to Nancy Hendricks in Portland. In May 1974 she married John Hallgarth and they made their home in Elgin.

She worked as a waitress and cashier. She enjoyed her family, crafts, gardening, pets and was liked by everyone for her soft and gentle disposition.

Survivors include her husband; children and their spouses, Larry Hallgarth of Kodiak, Alaska, and Karri and Monty McLaughlin of Bend; a stepdaughter and her husband, Voda and Steve Mathis of Orofino, Idaho; siblings, Nancy Jane Buchanan of La Grande and Bill Price of Cottage Grove; four-step grandchildren and other relatives. A brother died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 61 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10006, or on the Web at . Click on Honor a Loved One.


Harlena Alma Hook, 69, of Elgin, died Monday at her home. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the Elgin Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Hook was born Aug. 24, 1935, to Vaughn and Frieda Graham Boswell in Elgin. She attended schools in Elgin, and on Nov. 10, 1956, she married Kenneth Hook in Lewiston, Idaho. She was devoted to her family and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include her husband; children and their spouses, Don Wayne and Vickie Hook of Sheridan, Richard Lee and Kathy Hook of Elgin, and Linda and Don Conzelmann of Elgin; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, LaWana Schwebke of Alicel and Dorothy Hallgarth of Elgin; and other relatives. A grandson, Mike Crisp, died earlier


A graveside service and celebration of the life of Russell and Maxine Williams will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the North Powder Cemetery.

Russell Davis Williams, 91, of Sun City, Calif., and formerly of Muddy Creek, died Dec. 13, 2004. He was a descendant of two pioneer families of North Powder, his grandparents, Lemuel and Amanda Ellen Stewart Williams, and John Samuel and Susan Dealy Davis.

Mr. Williams was born Sept. 16, 1913, at Muddy Creek to Harry Chatterton and Ida Belle Davis Williams. He graduated from Muddy Creek High School.

Maxine Williams, 84, Sun City and formerly of North Powder, died Jan. 18. She was a descendant of two pioneer families in Union and Baker counties, Patrick and Mary McGrath and Alfred and Ida Sisley Gardner.

She was born April 18, 1920, in Union to Walter Vincent and Marquerite Leila Gardner McGrath and grew up in North Powder.


Robert David Noyes, 63, of Summerville, died Monday at his home following an extended illness.A graveside service will be held on Saturday at the Summerville Cemetery.

Mr. Noyes was born Feb. 6, 1942, to Claude M. and Leona Alderman Noyes in Walla Walla.

He attended school in Imbler and moved to Aberdeen where he worked with his brother as a typewriter mechanic. He later moved to Forks, Wash., and worked in logging camps.He moved back to Oregon in 1960 and worked for Boise Cascade for 43 years, the last 27 in the log yard.

On Oct. 2, 1962, he married Ardith Churchill in Elgin.In the 1970s he and his brother, Tom, purchased the family farm and ran it for several years. They also owned rental property in Elgin. For several years during the 1980s he and a friend, Larry Hallgarth, put on gun shows. In the late 1980s he and brother-in-law Cecil Churchill raised limousine bulls.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, guns, and gathering huckleberries, mushrooms and wood, yard sales, and traveling to Alaska to hunt and fish. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Survivors include his wife of Summerville; children and their spouses, Mindy Noyes of Elgin, Lona White of Alaska and Doug and Kathy Noyes of Elgin; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Patty Noyes of Ocean Park, Wash., and Mexico; and other relatives. His parents and three brothers died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners' Children's Hospital in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Clara Ellen Collingwood, 83, of La Grande, died Thursday at a local care center. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday July 31 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley with Pastor Charlie Jones of Victory Christian Center officiating. Private burial will be at Grandview Cemetery.

Mrs. Collingwood was born Oct. 11, 1921, to Scott and Bertha Wood in Prairie City. She graduated from Prairie City High School and in 1940 she married William Wallace Collingwood in Chehalis, Wash. They ranched on Star Lane and she worked for DMcD Corp. and Boise Cascade as a bookkeeper for many years. She raised Arabian horses that were shown by professionals. She was a member of a women's bowling league for many years and attended St. Peter's Episcopal Church. She was an excellent seamstress and a good cook.

Survivors include children, Tim Collingwood of La Grande, and Flora Gettenburg of Idaho; a brother, Leonard Wood of Prairie City; nine grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband, two brothers and a sister died earlier.