Obituaries for the day of February 23, 2012

By Observer Upload February 23, 2012 01:46 pm
Tyler, Hyde


Feb. 23 — Stellina Tyler, funeral service, 2 p.m., Loveland Funeral Chapel

Feb. 25 — Jennie Lou Hardy, memorial service, 1 p.m., Elgin Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Feb. 25 — Betty Hocker, funeral service, 1 p.m., Wallowa Christian Church; burial, Wallowa Cemetery


Stellina D. Tyler

La Grande



Stellina D. Tyler, 91, of La Grande, died Feb. 20 at her home. The funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery.

Stellina was born May 7, 1920, in Union to Daniel and Mary (Schwebke) Hall. She grew up in Union and attended Union High School where she was active in volleyball and basketball. 

After graduating in 1938, she attended the Business School of Eastern Oregon College in La Grande. On Sept. 29, 1942, she married Kenneth J. Tyler. They adopted their son, Kenneth J. “Skip” Tyler, when he was 3 years old. 

Stellina was employed as a secretary for San Francisco State University. Upon retirement, she received certificates of appreciation for 43 years of dedicated service.

Stellina enjoyed painting and cooking. She was a volunteer at a hospital in San Francisco as well as volunteering for the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Union and the Presbyterian churches in San Francisco and La Grande.

Surviving are one granddaughter; three great-grandchildren; and many cousins. Stellina was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Mary; her husband, Kenneth James Tyler; and her son, Kenneth James “Skip” Tyler.


Valerie Hyde

Formerly of Wallowa County, Union County



Valerie Hyde, 59, of Portland and formerly of Joseph, La Grande and Enterprise, died Jan. 28 at OHSU after a long illness. Graveside services will be at Willamette National Cemetery later this spring.

She was born Sept. 17, 1952, to Robert E. and Irene O. (Smart) Hyde in Portland. Her childhood homes included Joseph, La Grande, Enterprise and Portland. The family settled in Portland when Valerie was about 12 years old. 

Valerie worked for JK Gill & Co. and later worked for her father at Hy-Save, Inc., until she became disabled in 1989.

Valerie’s passions included her son, Damon; Asian cooking; her pets; her many plants; puzzles; and sci-fi movies. 

Valerie is survived by her son, Damon Cervantes of Portland; her husband, Gunther Thimm of Sheridan; her mother, Irene McKenzie of La Grande; sister, Nanette Fordice of La Grande; half-sister, Frances Ofstedahl of Portland; two grandsons; one niece and one nephew; two great-nephews and one great-niece. She was preceded in death by Damon’s father, Richard Cervantes; her father, Robert Hyde; and step-father, Norman McKenzie.

The family wishes that memorial contributions be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation at

Davies Cremation & Burial Services in Vancouver, Wash., was in charge of the arrangements. 


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