Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 27, 2005

August 25, 2005 11:00 pm

Margaret McCrae, 83, of Walla Walla and formerly of Wallowa, died Aug. 18 at her home. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday Aug. 26 at the Wallowa Cemetery with Pastor Steve McCracken of the Tigard First Baptist Church officiating. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. McCrae was born May 8, 1922 to Fritz and Nina Weinhard in Wallowa. She graduated from Wallowa High School in 1942 and earned an associate degree in bookkeeping in Portland. On Nov. 10, 1943, she married James U. McCrae in Wallowa. They had a farm and ranch, and moved to Walla Walla in 1975. Her husband died in 1979.

She worked as a secretary and bookkeeper and enjoyed gardening. She was a member of the Walla Walla Iris Society, where she served in a number of offices, and was known for growing gladiolus, iris and peonies, sometimes growing up to 1,500 of each. She often shared fruit and vegetables from her garden. She enjoyed horses, and had been known as a young woman to ride from Wallowa to Dayton, Wash., to visit her grandparents.

Survivors include children, Linda Bauck of Wallowa, Kathleen McCrae of Walla Walla, Rod McCrae of Sand Point, Idaho, and Scott McCrae of Tigard; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Walla Walla Community Hospice, 1067 E. Isaacs, Walla Walla 99362 or the Wallowa Public Library, Wallowa 97885.


Harold Eugene Taylor, 92, of Enterprise died Aug. 18. A celebration of life will begin at 4 p.m. Monday Aug. 29 at Community Connection in Enterprise.

Mr. Taylor was born Feb. 26, 1913, to Charles and Lillie Gray Taylor in Pomeroy, Wash. On May 5, 1934, he married Lois Geneva Long. For several years he ran a dairy, farmed with his father-in-law, drove a school bus and worked for the post office. In the 1970s he worked as a butcher for Stilson's Meat in Pomeroy and in Lewiston, Idaho. He ran the meat counter at Pat and Carol's Food City in Pomeroy until his retirement. In 1994 the couple moved to Enterprise. He enjoyed camping and fishing in the Blue Mountains.

Survivors include daughters and their husbands, Shirley and Don Kuhlman of Chattaroy, Wash., and Carol Wernecke of Pomeroy; five grandchildren; two sisters, Esther Shreffler of Lewiston, and Genevieve Henderson of Fountain Hills, Aria., and other relatives. His wife, two brothers, Delbert Taylor an Merle Taylor, and a sister, Winnifred Russell, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Community Connection in Enterprise, 702 N.W. First St.


June Maria Dalton, 56, of Elgin, died Aug. 22 after a long illness. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Elgin Nazarene Church. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Dalton was born Feb. 9, 1949, to Grant and Eliza Beth Tingey Grover in Ogden, Utah. She attended school in Roy, Utah, and married Ron Dalton. She lived most of her adult life in Oregon, and enjoyed painting, crochet, cross stitch, riding four-wheelers, working in her flower and rose beds and learning about Indian culture.

Survivors include her husband of Elgin; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Misty Bennett of Heppner, and a daughter, Tonya Wallace; four grandchildren; a step-father, John R. Terry of Roy, Utah; a sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Gary Moore of Malad, Idaho; a brother, David Grover of Fairview, Utah; and other relatives. A sister, Carolyn, died earlier.


Regarda Veronica "Rikki" Flowers, 88, of La Grande died August 24 at her home. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Monday Aug. 29 at St. Peter's Church in The Dalles.

Mrs. Flowers was born Oct. 13, 1916, to Theodore and Barbara Volk in Balfour, N. D. She married Arnold Flowers, and lived in The Dalles for many years before moving to La Grande in 1995. She enjoyed reading, cooking and baking for her family and friends.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Charlotte Line Roger of Irrigon, Connie and Dennis Driessen of Klamath Falls, Jeanette and Tony Wilson of La Grande, Della and Bob McWilliams of Calhan, Colo., and Donald and Linda Flowers of Dallesport, Wash.; a sister, Katherine Grinsteiner of Wallace, Mich.; 15 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

Her husband and many brothers and sisters died earlier.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.