Obituaries for the week ending Sept. 24, 2005

September 22, 2005 11:00 pm

La Velle Mae Myers, 88, of La Grande died Sept. 19 at a local care center. A memorial service will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mrs. Myers was born on Oct. 25, 1916, to Ulyssis and Sarah Dunn Shipley in Nolan. Her father worked for the railroad and the family moved a lot. She attended schools in Minam and Stanfield, and lived in Stanfield, the Mount Emily Lumber Camp and La Grande. On April 22, 1939, she married Orvalle L. Myers. She enjoyed camping, cooking, country music, family, her roses and squirrels. She collected salt and pepper shakers and loved her dogs. She was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary and the Summerville Baptist Church.

Survivors include her children, Sharon Mortenson of Grants Pass, Lonnie Myers of Summerville and Joyce Leonard of La Grande; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Nina Blye of Kennewick, and other relatives. Her husband and nine siblings died earlier.


Wilfred Henry Paradies, 86, of La Grande died Sept. 18 at his home. There will be no service.

Mr. Paradies was born Oct. 20, 1918, to Charles and Minnie Krueger Paradies in Chicago, Ill. He lived in Chicago and Aurora, Ill, and moved to La Grande a year ago. He served in the Army during World War II and was a member of the Lutheran church.

Survivors include his wife Thais; children and their spouses, David Paradies of Los Osos, Calif., Timothy and Kathy Paradies of Astoria and Kristin Smith of La Grande; and three grandchildren.


Genevieve Choate Turner, 90, of Beaverton and formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 19 in Beaverton. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Burial will follow at the Summerville Cemetery.

Mrs. Turner was born Jan. 10, 1915, to Thelbert and Mattie Hallgarth Choate in Summerville. She worked in La Grande as a beautician and on Aug. 7, 1938, married Robert E. Turner. They moved around for a few years, following his work as a manager with Montgomery Ward. During World War II she returned to La Grande to be near her family, and after the war the couple established Genevieve's Children's Shop, which they ran for more than 35 years. They retired in 1982. After the death of her husband in 2002, she moved to Beaverton to live with her son.

She was a member of the American Legion Women's Auxiliary and the Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed traveling.

Survivors include her son, Robert Turner of Beaverton; two grandchildren; three great grandchildren and other relatives.


Peggy Marie Exon Allen, 66, of Enterprise died Sept. 19 after a short illness. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday Sept. 23 at the Hagerman Cemetery in Hagerman, Idaho. A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Enterprise Christian Church.

Mrs. Allen was born Nov. 5, 1938, to Bryan and Hilma Kelso in Camas Prairie, Idaho. She graduated from high school in Bliss, Idaho, and from Idaho State University with a degree in elementary education. On Feb. 4, 1958, she married Jack Exon. They lived in Fairfield, Idaho, where he worked for the Forest Service and she taught school. After his death she moved to Enterprise where she later married John Allen.

Survivors include her husband of Enterprise; children and their spouses, Diane Lynch of Twin Falls, Idaho, Dan and Tamie Exon of Kimberly, Idaho, and Don and Janet Exon of Enterprise; seven grandchildren; three sisters and a brother. Two sisters and two brothers died earlier.


Elwin Curtis Houle, 81, of Pendleton died Sept. 16. The funeral was today at Burns Mortuary in Pendleton. Burial will be at the Olney Cemetery.

Mr. Houle was born April 30, 1924, to Amos and Beatrice Houle in Bottineau, N.D. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1942 and served in the Army Air Forces as a pilot during World War II. On Oct. 16, 1949, he married Donna Lee Carver in La Grande.

He worked as an accountant and became a CPA while working for Yergen and Meyer in Portland. In 1958 he became branch manager in Pendleton and in 1965 he opened his own office. He retired in 1989.

He was involved in civic projects and community organizations. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating and being with his family.

Survivors include his wife of Pendleton; sons, Danny Houle of Longview, Wash., Jim Houle of Pendleton, Wes Houle and Jeff Houle, both of Portland, and Ken Houle of Hillsboro; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Glenn Houle of Los Angeles, Calif., and three sisters, Muriel Ward of La Grande, Elaine Sherwood of McMinnville and Cathleen Gardner of Lansing, Mich.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Anthony Hospital Hospice and oncology programs or the Pendleton Foundation Trust in care of Burns Mortuary, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton 97801.


Anna Lee Barnett, 81, of Walla Walla and formerly of Enterprise died Sept. 20 at her home. Herring Groseclose Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Barnett was born April 3, 1924, to Bert and Tula Dean Gibson Wingfield in Joseph. She attended high school and married William H. Barnett. They lived in Enterprise where she worked for the First Interstate bank of Oregon for 30 years. She retired in 1986. They traveled for several years before moving to Walla Walla.

She enjoyed gardening, sewing, hand work and being with her family.

Survivors include children, Gary Price of Milton-Freewater, and Bernie R. Stein of Chicago, Ill.; a step-daughter, Donna Riemer of Spokane; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and a brother, Raymond Wingfield of Eugene. Her husband, two sons, Linn Price and Jerry L. Stein, an infant sister and other siblings, W.C. Wingfield and Arlene Ingram.