Obituaries for November 19, 2012

By Observer Upload November 19, 2012 01:54 pm
Bultman, Dibbles, Watne



Margaret Esther Bultman

La Grande



Margaret Esther Bultman, 91, of La Grande, died Sunday, Nov. 11. Her memorial service was held at Loveland Funeral Chapel on Friday,. Interment will be in the family plot at the Grace Hill Cemetery in Hawarden, Iowa.

 Margaret was born Nov. 12, 1920, to George and Hazel (Heneman) Bultman in Hawarden. She graduated from Hawarden High School in 1938.

In 1943, Margaret moved with her parents to Oregon where she worked in the shipyards. Later, she moved back to Hawarden and began raising sheep on the family farm. Margaret was named one of ten Master Lamb Producers by the Iowa State Sheep Association in 1962.

In 1970 after selling the farm, Margaret moved to Sioux City, Iowa, where she worked as a veterinary assistant for many years until her retirement.

Margaret moved to La Grande in 1990 where she resided until her death.

Margaret loved photography and combined that passion with her love of the outdoors and travel. She was an avid bird watcher and enjoyed spending time at Ladd Marsh.

She was an active member of the First Christian Church. Margaret is survived by many relatives.

Online condolences to the family may be made at Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.





Ruth Myra Dibbles

Baker City



Ruth Myra Dibbles, 85, of Baker City died Nov. 15 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center Baker City, with family surrounding her.

Her graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland.  Ruth’s visitation will be Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City. 

Ruth was born July 15, 1927, in North Powder to Dwight and Dorothea (Barkhurst) Riggs. Ruth had been a lifelong member of the Baker City Christian Church. She attended school in Baker and graduated from Baker High School in 1945. She married Charles “Chuck” Dibbles on Sept. 12, 1949, on her parent’s 25th wedding anniversary and they lived in Spokane, Wash., for over 25 years.

Upon retirement, she and Chuck moved to Richland to enjoy their time fishing, snowmobiling and getting used to small town life. Chuck died in 1993 and Ruth continued to live in Richland until 2009 at which time, due to her health, she was forced to move to Baker City to be closer to family and her physician, Dr. Jon Schott.

Survivors include her brother, Dwight Riggs of Baker City, her sister and her husband, Jewel and Bill Pilcher of Baker City. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and sisters-in-law.

Memorial contributions in Ruth’s memory may be directed to the Christian Church Memorial Fund or to a charity of one’s choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City 97814. 




Sharon Kay Watne

La Grande



Sharon Kay Watne, 67, of La Grande, died Nov. 15 just weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. 

A funeral will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. at Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande. 

Viewing will be held on Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Daniels~Knopp. Those who wish may make contributions in her memory to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network ( To sign the on-line guest book visit

Sharon was born on April 28, 1945, the daughter of Edward and Erma (Quillen) Taylor in Pueblo, Colo. The family moved to Oregon when she was a child. 

On July 3, 1961 she married Howard Watne in Weiser, Idaho. After Howard’s honorable discharge from the Army they lived in Spokane for a year and California for a year before settling in La Grande.

Sharon was a day care provider for 15 years before going to work for the La Grande School District, first in the laundry department and then as a custodian for the middle school. 

She was a member of the Crossroads Community Church (formerly Pioneer Park Church of God). She enjoyed camping, making cakes for weddings and other occasions, traveling and spending time with family.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Pam and Tom Maliwauki of Pendleton, Seglinda and Joseph Martinez of La Grande and Quentin and Brandi Watne of Cottage Grove; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters and their spouses, Phyllis and Mason Henderson of Montana, Eloise and Jack Booher of California, Shirley Cornwell of Washington state and Myrna and Larry Watson of Oregon; and other relatives. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard; infant sister, Donna Taylor; son, Eric Watne and sister and brother-in-law, Lorene and Glenn Greenough. 


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