Obituaries for the day of May 8, 2012

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May 10 — Duane Hulse, graveside service, 11 a.m., Bramlet Cemetery, Wallowa; reception to follow, Wallowa Senior Center

May 11 — Maxine Chandler, memorial service, 2 p.m., Union Baptist Church; graveside service to follow, Island City Cemetery

May 11 — Barbara Miller, graveside service, 2 p.m., Hillcrest Cemetery

May 12 — Barbara Bare, celebration of life, 6 p.m., Island City City Hall; potluck follows


Barbara Bare




Barbara Bare, 62, of Union, died March 24 in Boise. A celebration of life service will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at Island City City Hall. A potluck will follow.

She was born March 5, 1950, in Inglewood, Calif. Barbara grew up in Los Angeles and worked at Hughes Aircraft until moving to Union in 1992.

She loved being in the great outdoors, and those who knew her say she was an accomplished markswoman. She enjoyed spending time with family and numerous friends.

She is survived by her brother, Jim Randall; sister-in-law, Judy Randall; three nieces and three nephews-in-law; and eight great-nieces and great-nephews.




Maxine Chandler

La Grande



Maxine Chandler, 78, of La Grande, died May 3 of natural causes with family present. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Union Baptist Church with Reverend Dave Selinsky officiating. A graveside service at Island City Cemetery will follow.

Maxine was born on Aug. 21, 1933, in Grossman. She loved to tell how she was born in a log cabin without the aid of a doctor. Her father was Luther Franklin Trump and her mother was Mary Barton Trump.

She attended grade school and high school in Wallowa and Elgin. In 1972, she finished her high school education and received her GED.

On Sept. 25, 1949, she married Clarence DeMarr Chandler. Together they raised five children. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2009.

Maxine was accomplished at many things, most of which she taught herself to do. Among her hobbies and skills were oil painting, sewing, piano playing and cake decorating.

She was a Sunday school teacher in earlier years and often participated in Good News Clubs. It was her desire that everyone would share her faith in God. She often said that God was her best friend.

She was a member of the Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers Association. She attended the Union Baptist Church. She was a beloved “Hen” to her fellow “Hens” who dined with her regularly.

She lived in La Grande with her dog, Buster. 

Maxine is survived by a daughter-in-law, Deborah Chandler; son, Randy Chandler and his wife, Joni; daughter, Linda Hansen and her husband, Bill; daughter, Merri Lee Williams and her husband, Jason; and a son, Jim Chandler and his wife, Kim; sister, Gladys McCoy; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Charlie Trump; sister, Ruby Woodcock; son, Frank Chandler; and her husband, Clarence.

Donations may be made to Heidi Ho Preschool and Kindergarten. It was her desire that children go to school and learn about Jesus every day.



Murray K. Council

La Grande



Murray Kay Council, 70, of La Grande, died May 2 at Grande Ronde Hospital of cancer. At Murray’s request, there will be a celebration of life at a later date in July. 

Murray was born July 6, 1941, in Portales, N.M., to Claud and Rosa (Jordan) Council. He married Cecilia Lovely in November 1965. Soon after, he went to work for Union Pacific Railroad.

He was an active member of UP Jr. Old Timers and UP Old Timers for several years. He was also active in AARP. He was an avid mushroomer, fisherman and “huckleberrier.” He loved to go camping and dabble in gold mining.

He is survived by his friend and companion, Cecilia Lovely; sons, David W. Council of La Grande and Coy T. Council of Pendleton.



Scott Ferguson

Baker City


Scott Ferguson, 51, died May 6 at home surrounded by family and friends in Baker City. A celebration of Scott’s life will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene in Baker City. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck reception immediately following the service at the Nazarene Church.

Scott worked with the Baker County sheriff’s department as a deputy and as a 9-1-1 dispatcher for many years.

Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


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