Obituaries for the week ending Dec. 24, 2005

December 22, 2005 11:00 pm

Earl Boswell, 87, of Shelton, Wash., and formerly of Elgin died Dec. 2. Burial was at Shelton Memorial Park.

Mr. Boswell was born Dec. 1, 1918, to Abraham Chester and Hulda Clifford Boswell in Elgin. He served in the Navy during World War II and ran his own radio station, playing music on his guitar. He worked as a mechanic at Hofert's Tree farm and enjoyed panning for gold, hunting, fly fishing and being with his family. On Feb. 14, 1980, he married Gloria Stowe in Shelton. He was a member of the LDS Church, and was known as a kind-hearted man who always treated his kids as someone special.

Survivors include his wife of Shelton; children and their spouses, April and Lee Dean of Lakewood, Wash., Patty and Skip Hockman, Carla and Ron Inman, Jim and Cindy Showers, and Vernon Shaffer, all of Shelton; a sister-in-law, Lula Boswell of Shelton; nine grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and other relatives.


Emma Lou Shaffer, 2, of Elgin died Dec. 18 after a long illness. The funeral will begin at noon Dec. 23 at the Elgin Christian Church. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements

Emma was born Jan. 9, 2003 to Justin and Kim Shaffer in Walla Walla. Her charming smile, contagious laugh and sparkling blue eyes touched the lives of many people.

Survivors include her parents and a brother, Calvin; grandparents, Jack and Georgia Shaffer, and Boyd and Sheree Follett; great-grandparents, George and Gerry Follett and Norma Follett all of Elgin; uncles and aunts, Derek and Selina Shaffer, Shellea and Kelly Montgomery, Lyle and Heidi Follett, Bret and Shannon Follett; and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation, P.O. Box 49, Fort Atkinson, Wis. 53538-0049.


Eva F. Evans, 83, formerly of La Grande died Dec. 17 at a care center in Davenport, Iowa. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mrs. Evans was born March 7, 1922, to Noah M. and Myrtie Stroud Feik in La Grande. She served in the Navy during World War II, and married Marion Edward Evans on Feb. 14, 1956, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple.

She worked as the secretary to the dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Utah, and as the personal secretary to Elder John A. Widtsoe and Elder A. Theodore Tuttle, General Authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She a member of the LDS Church and served in the Los Angeles Temple for many years. She was an avid reader.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Gwenith VaRee and Dan Wall of Walla Walla, Marion Edward Jr. and Mary Lou Evans of St. George, Utah, Michael John and Marcia Evans of Bakersfield, Calif., Shane Kent and Susan Evans of Andalusia, Ala., and Brent Lee and Caroline Evans of Bettendorf, Iowa; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Leola Mae and George Blake of Murray, Utah, and other relatives. Her husband, a sister and four brothers all died earlier.

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Marcia Lareen Craig, 69, formerly of North Powder, died Dec. 12 in Boise after a long illness. At her request there will be funeral. A memorial and celebration of life is planned for March 18 at the Baker City Presbyterian Church with a reception to follow.

Mrs. Craig was born March 20, 1936, to Gifford Henry and Elfleda Midde Maxwell Parker in Baker City. She grew up on a ranch in North Powder and graduated from Powder Valley High School in 1954 where she was a cheerleader and played drums in the school band. On Aug. 1 of that year she married Alfred L. "Larry" Craig. Most of their married life was spent in Alaska where she was the finance director for the city of Kodiak, and later for the city of Palmer. She also served on the Kodiak City Council.

She enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling and working cross-stitch pieces for her friends and family.

Survivors include her husband of North Powder; a son, Stuart Craig of Wasilla, Alaska; a sister, Duveen Schubert of Pendleton; one grandchild; three brothers-in-law and other relatives.

Condolences can be sent to P.O. Box 203 North Powder 97867. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to any hospice in care of Gray's West and Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City 97814.


Leroy "Mac" W. McCormack, 79, of Elgin died Dec. 10 at his home. A celebration of life is planned for his birthday. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. McCormack was born June 17, 1926, to Roy and Mildred Wilkenson McCormack in Elk City, Okla. He attended school in Los Angeles, Calif.

He was a deputy sheriff of the Yuba County for several years. He was a past member of the Elks and the teamsters' union. He enjoyed watching animals, fishing, camping and playing pinochle.

Survived by his wife Virginia of Elgin; children, Larry and Lori McCormack of Colorado Springs, Colo., Michael and Barbara McCormack of Spokane, and Janet and Chuck Strawbridge of Sacramento, Calif.; a sister, June Hart of Three Rivers, Calif., and 9 grandchildren. A brother, J.R. Briscoe, died earlier.


Lisa Diane Lentfer, 43, of Homedale, Idaho, and formerly of La Grande, died Dec. 22 at a Caldwell, Idaho, hospital.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Homedale. Interment will follow at the Marsing-Homedale Cemetery in Marsing.

Lisa was born Sept. 19, 1962.

She is survived by her husband, Denny, and their daughters Courtney and Tanis of Homedale; her parents, Charles and Marilyn Gerlach; three brothers and their spouses, Terry and Sherry Gerlach, Craig and Marilyn Gerlach and Mike Gerlach, all of La Grande; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, a niece and a sister-in-law.


Vivian Pearl Reeves, 87, of Boise and formerly of La Grande, died Dec, 21. A memorial service is being planned in Boise after the holidays. Mrs. Reeves will be buried in La Grande.

Mrs. Reeves was born Oct. 5, 1918, in Greybull, Wyo., to James Frank and Mary Pearl Gould. She married Clifford Elton Reeves on Sept. 27, 1937, in Basin, Wyo. The couple had three children, Jean Marie Stevens, Elton (Curly) Frank Reeves, and Kenneth Gould Reeves.

Mrs. Reeves' passion was her husband and children, all of whom she loved dearly and made the focus of her life. She also loved flowers and cooking delicious meals with beautiful table settings. Family get-togethers were her greatest joy. Mrs. Reeves' life exemplified dedication to family and church.

In 1967 Elton and Vivian moved to La Grande. On Feb. 29, 1968, they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This membership gave their life new meaning and some of their very happiest years. Mrs. Reeves sent birthday cards to her entire ward for nine years.

She is survived by her children, six grandchldren and four great-grandchildren. Her husband died earlier.