Obituaries for October 22, 2012

By Observer Upload October 22, 2012 01:09 pm
Tye, Williamson, Schwarz, Davis



LaRilla ‘Jane’ Tye




LaRilla Jane (Seehafer) Tye, 78, of Enterprise, died Oct. 20 surrounded by her family. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise. Interment will be at the Alder Slope Cemetery.

Known as Jane, she was born Nov. 3, 1933, to William and Pansy (Gwynne) Seehafer in Helix. She grew up in Helix and Ione on a wheat ranch with her parents and five sisters. As a teenager, she drove wheat truck for her father on the ranch.

Jane was baptized into the Christian faith as a young girl and lived those beliefs her entire life. She participated in 4-H and had a horse she loved named Copper. As a young woman, she was a princess on the Morrow County Rodeo Court.

On Sept. 7, 1951, Jane married Ronald Tye. They started their family in 1952 and moved to the Wallowa Valley. They lived in Wallowa County for 59 years and recently celebrated their 61st anniversary. Jane had previous ties to Wallowa County: her grandfather,  Q. E. Gwynne, helped start up a local lumber mill in the Wallowa Valley more than 100 years ago.

Jane was a wife, mother, grandmother, homemaker and caregiver. She and Ron had nine children and raised a granddaughter, Becky Forrest, of Cantwell, Alaska. She also took care of more than 20 foster children.

A 4-H leader in leather tooling, Jane made many of her own purses. She enjoyed gardening, beekeeping, beading, crafting, sewing, drawing and photography. It has been said that she made the best cinnamon rolls in the world. She was an avid supporter of her children’s 4-H, school and church activities.

Jane was generous with her time and often put other’s needs above her own. Her legacy will be the attitude of giving that she instilled in her family.

She was preceded in death by her daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Michael Wright of Haines; her parents, William and Pansy Seehafer; and sisters, Eulenna Vaughn, Gladys Holderman and Margaret Smith.

Survivors include her husband, Ronald; children and their spouses, Randall Tye of East Bethel, Minn., Rose and Baron Preston of Lewiston, Idaho, Ronda English of Hermiston, Roberta and Jeff Sorn of Salem, Rene and Ron Layton of Joseph, John and Terri Tye of Enterprise, Joseph Tye of Enterprise and Loretta Tye of Lewiston, Idaho; sisters, Billie Ballweg of Fort Worth, Texas, and Mildred Taveras of Boise, Idaho; and 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Connections, STF Transportation, 702 NW First St., Enterprise 97828.





William Williamson



William “Bill” Williamson, 80, of Cove, died Oct. 21 at his home. 

Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.



Littia May Schwarz

La Grande


Littia May Schwarz, 16, of La Grande, died Oct. 17. 

A rosary service followed by a gathering at Loveland Funeral Chapel will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26. 

A mass of Christian burial will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Union. On April 27, 2013, a celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. at Arts East in La Grande. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel.




Fern Davis



Fern Davis, 87, of Elgin, died Oct. 19 at a local care facility. A complete obituary will be published at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory.


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