Obituaries for the day of March 7, 2012

By Observer Upload March 07, 2012 12:49 pm
Hudson, Thompson



March 11 — Forrest Gray, celebration of life, 3 p.m., Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center

March 17 — Jim Hudson, celebration of life, 11 a.m., Powder Valley Elementary multipurpose room, North Powder



James ‘Jim’ Hudson

La Grande


Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life for James “Jim” Oliver Hudson at 11 a.m. March 17 at the Powder Valley Elementary multipurpose room.

Jim died Feb. 16. He was 69. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center was in charge of the arrangements.



Jane M. Thompson

Formerly of Elgin



Jane May “Grandma Jane” Thompson, 88, of Longview, Wash., and formerly of Elgin, died March 2 at Longview Hospice Care Center of natural causes. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Elgin Cemetery.

She was born in Canby on July 3, 1923, to Alberta Martha Wilson Parish and Ralph Parish. Jane grew up in Portland.

She married Ralph Thompson on Aug. 16, 1938, in Walla Walla, Wash., and spent the next 42 years in Elgin. She was married to Ralph for 43 years until his death. Jane never remarried.

Jane was a licensed practical nurse, a farmer, a bartender and the secretary and treasurer of the Democratic Party of Grant County and more. She worked with the Grant County Food Bank for many years. 

Her family says she was a caretaker, devoting her life to looking out for the well-being of her family. Her family says she was simple and practical, poetic and creative, adventurous and steady. She loved spending time on the Oregon coast as well as telling stories. She loved a good debate and cooking dinner.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Alberta Burke on April 26, 1997; and her husband, Ralph Thompson on July 5, 1981. Jane is survived by her children, Steve Thompson of Elgin, Charlotte Dougharity of Mt. Vernon, Harold Thompson of Aumsville, Ralph Thompson of Hermiston, Neil Thompson of Pendleton and Alberta Phillips of Longview, Wash. Jane is survived by 28 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.


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