Obituaries for the day of May 23, 2012

By Observer Upload May 23, 2012 02:32 pm
Hanson, Laird, Coles, Dunning




May 25 — Kenneth Aldrich, memorial service, 2 p.m., Union United Methodist Church;
potluck to follow, EOLS clubhouse; burial, Union Cemetery

June 30 — Rod and Jeanne Gilstrap, celebration of life ceremony, 1 to 4 p.m.; family presentation, 2 p.m., 69789 Antles Lane, Cove



Juanita Hanson




Juanita Hanson, 83, of Elgin, died May 16 at a care center in Elgin.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wallowa Cemetery. Viewing will be run from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.

She was born April 17, 1929, the daughter of William and Eva (Scribner) Norton in Nampa, Idaho. 

She married Donald A. Hanson on Aug. 16, 1946, in Canyon City. They lived in Maxville and later moved to Wallowa. They moved to La Grande in 1951 and later to Imbler and Summerville. He preceded her in death on Oct. 30, 1992. She moved to Elgin in 2007.

Juanita worked as an OB nurse for many years, first at St. Joseph’s Hospital. When it closed, she went to work for Grande Ronde Hospital until retiring in the late 1980s. She then became a

She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Enterprise and the La Grande Eagles. She enjoyed flower gardening and crocheting.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Fran and Bruce Ellis of La Grande, Donna and Larry Hays of Elgin and Chris and Wanda Hanson of Enterprise; sister, Agnes Roberts of Enterprise; brother, Clarence Norton of Lostine; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren with one on the way; and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Eva Norton; sisters, Dorothy Britton, Marge Fincher and Mary Horton; brother, Dick Norton; and daughter, Sharon Purcell.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Auxiliary of Enterprise and the online guestbook can be signed at



Nancy J. Laird and Judith Anne Coles

Island City


Graveside services for Nancy J. Laird and Judith Anne Coles will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Island City Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is assisting with the arrangements.

Nancy Laird, 74, of Poulsbo, Wash., and formerly of La Grande, died July 28.

Judith Anne Coles, 73, formerly of La Grande, died Nov. 15. 



Jack Dunning

La Grande


Jack Dunning, 68, of La Grande, died May 20 in Richland, Wash. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center is in charge of the arrangements.



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