Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 6, 2005

August 08, 2005 11:00 pm

Lila Mae Smith, 75, of Salem and formerly of La Grande died July 11 at her home after a long illness. According to her request, only a grave side service will be held. Burial will be at Siskiyou Memorial Gardens in Medford. Perl Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Smith was born Oct. 4, 1930, to Cecil and Irene Keagle in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School, and on Dec. 26, 1947, she married Walter "Chip" Smith in La Grande. They later moved to Medford, where she worked for a short time for the Bureau of Land Management and later for U.S. Bank. Her husband died in 1997, and in 2002 she moved to Salem to be closer to her family.

Survivors include a son, Benjamin Smith of Asotin, Wash.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; siblings, Duane Keagle and Judy Tallon, both of Salem and LeRoy Keagle of La Grande; and other relatives. A sister, Janet Lee Nasseth, died earlier.


Lorraine Twidwell, 77, of Island City died Aug. 2 at her home. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday Aug. 5 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday Aug. 6 at the Island City Cemetery with Pastor Vernon Slippy of the Grande Ronde Community Church officiating.

Mrs. Twidwell was born Aug. 14, 1927, to Neil Anthony and Nora Brown Novack in The Dalles. She graduated from The Dalles High School, and on Dec. 2, 1947, she married Marvin Twidwell in La Grande. She worked as a cook for the La Grande School District and retired as head cook. She was active in 4-H and a leader of the Clover Leaf Circle, and was a member of the Grande Ronde Community Church, the La Grande Mavericks Club and the Appaloosa Club. She enjoyed rooting for the Atlanta Braves, making bread, her bible study group, teaching her grandchildren as they started school and, most of all, spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband of Island City; daughters and their husbands, Karen Smith of La Grande and Kathie and Bob Grove of Island City; a daughter-in-law, Juli Twidwell, of The Dalles; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A son, Kenny Twidwell, a son-in-law, Jim Smith, and a sister, Emma Jean Novack, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Grande Ronde Community Church ARISE in care of Daniels Chapel.


Thomas Warner Cook, 86, of La Grande died August 1 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday Aug. 8 at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mr. Cook was born Sept. 4, 1918, to Alfred and Bessie Warner Cook in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. He graduated from La Grande High School where he played saxophone in the school band. He served in the Army as a cryptographer during World War II, and on June 24, 1951, married Maxine Richardson. In La Grande he worked for a short time for Zimmerman's before becoming the manager of Cablevision until his retirement. He was a past member of the Presbyterian Church, the Elks Lodge and the American Legion. He enjoyed yard sales, working in his basement workshop and spending time in Reno. He will be remember for his outspoken opinions.

Survivors include his friend and guardian, Norm Paullus of La Grande. His family all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the new library fund in care of Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh St.


Helen Florence Wilson, 88, of Vancouver, Wash., and formerly of Summerville died Aug. 1 at a Portland hospital. A celebration of life will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 13 at the Laurelwood Baptist Church in Vancouver, Wash. Vancouver Funeral Chapel if in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Wilson was born April 2, 1917, in Greeley, Colo. He attended school in Delta, Colo., and married Doyle "Doc" Wilson on May 31, 1936. They lived in Summerville from 1948 to 1962. She was a homemaker and an accomplished choir director and organist. She was a member of Laurelwood Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of Vancouver; children, Michael Wilson of Milwaukie, and Janice Lund of Salem; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and sisters, Mildred Peterson and Lorraine Valentine, both of Baker City, Bernadine Nichols of Sweet Home and Fern Beck of Portland.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the Brazil Missions Team, Sellwood Baptist Church, 1104 S.E. Spokane St., Portland 97202.


Mary Chrisman, 72, of Ridgeway, Texas and formerly of La Grande died Aug. 5 at a hospital in Paris, Texas. Burial will be at the Ridgeway Cemetery. Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Chrisman was born June 22, 1933, to Robert and Elizabeth Gibson Boynton in Horseshoe, N.C. She grew up in La Grande, and on Sept. 27, 1955, married Wallace N. Chrisman in Eugene. They moved to Ridgeway in 1966. She worked as a waitress and in security. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include children, Michael Chrisman of Como, Texas, Wallace Chrisman Jr. and Brenda Chrisman, both of Ridgeway, Debbie Pryor of Sulphur Springs, Texas, and Tamie Nepomuceno of Belton, Texas; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her husband, an infant son, Charles, and a brother, Henry Griffin, all died earlier.