Obituaries for July 25, 2012

By Observer Upload July 25, 2012 12:39 pm

Sally L. Powers

Formerly of La Grande


Sally L. Powers, nee Sarah Luella Patten, 88, of Santa Barbara, Calif., formerly of La Grande, died on Thursday July 19, 2012 in Santa Barbara. Graveside services will be at the Hillcrest Cemetery on Thursday, July 26, at 10 a.m. For more information, please visit

Norma Storms



Norma F. Storms, 87, of Imbler, died on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at her home.  A full obituary will be published at a later time.  Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

Shirley Louise Durfee

Formerly of Elgin


Shirley L. Durfee, formerly of Elgin, Oregon died on July 23, 2012 in Pendleton, at the age of 80 years. Arrangements are pending with the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, Oregon 97862.

Margaret Hopkins

Formerly of Imbler



Margaret Ann Hopkins, age 81, died July 22, in Orem, Utah.  Margaret, known as Maggie, was born in La Grande to Christopher and Iris Hunt on March 30, 1931. She married Olin Moore Hopkins on June 5, 1949 in Baker City. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake City Temple, and their children sealed to them.

Hopkins was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and did all that was ever asked of her and more. She was always a devoted wife and mother, constantly worrying about others more than herself.

Hopkins was raised on a farm in Imbler, Oregon.  She grew up on a ranch that had no electricity or telephone. Much of the farming was done by horse or by an old steel wheeled John Deere tractor. Hopkins worked hard on the ranch as a young girl at her dad’s side, and walked home from school 3 miles away.

She will be greatly missed. Hopkins was preceded in death by her husband Olin, her mother and father, and her sisters Norma Feik and Elva Quibbeman. She is survived by a brother, Fred (Patsy) Hunt, her children Renee (Mez), Stewart, of Payson, Utah; Olin Val (Karen) Hopkins, of La Grande; and Mark (Michelle) Hopkins, of Minersville, Utah; 12 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews who she treated as her own children, and many dear friends whom she loved to associate with.

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 11 a.m. in the Payson South Stake Center, 711 South 600 East, Payson, Utah.  A viewing will be held 9:45- 10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Salem City Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 

Eunice Gilmore

La Grande



Eunice Zella Gilmore, 79, of La Grande, died at the Grande Ronde Hospital on Sunday, July 22, 2012. Graveside services will be held at Union Cemetery on Saturday, July 28 at 10:00 a.m., followed by a reception for family and friends at the Gilmore home on 62864 Fruitdale Lane.

Eunice was born on April 22, 1933 in Pickens, Okla., to her parents, Joseph Newton and Stella Ophelia (Steele) Lawrence. Besides Pickens, she also lived in Lakeview, Prineville, Pagosa Springs, Colo., Medford, as well as La Grande. Eunice was married twice, to K. Paul Jacobs and Jim Gilmore.

Eunice’s lifelong occupation was caring for her home and her family. She was well known for her gardens and making pickles. She enjoyed picking mushrooms, fishing, and bowling. Her favorite activity was spending time with her grandchildren. She especially liked to go camping and accompany her husband Jim into the woods with the logging crew. She was a member of the Birthday Club.

Eunice is survived by her husband, James; four children and their spouses, Roland Dale (Charlene) Jacobs of Medford; Sharon Kay (Ronald) Hamilton of Sandy; Rhonda Erlene (Don) Padgett of Star, Idaho; Dan (Barbara) Gilmore of La Grande; her brother Erle (Faith) Lawrence of Medford; brother in law Tom (Toya) Gilmore of La Grande; niece Terersa (Steve) Gustafson of La Grande; niece Kathleen Christensen of Summerville; nephew John (Tove) Gilmore of Redmond, Oregon; 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents and daughter Carol Louise Jacobs.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society at or sent to Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 4th Street, La Grande OR 97850. Online condolences to the family may be made at 

Clark Eugene Jones

formerly of La Grande


Clark Eugene Jones, 78, died at his home near Coos Bay on Dec. 25, 2011. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial for Jones at Riverside Park Pavilion, July 28 at 4 p.m. A potluck and family reunion will follow at 5 p.m.

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