Obituaries for December 7, 2012

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Graham, Leggett, Noble, Thomas


Cheryl Anne Graham



Cheryl Anne Graham, 65, of Union, died Dec. 4. A celebration of life will begin at 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Church of Christ, 2107 Gekeler Lane, La Grande. A complete obituary will be published later.


Doris May Leggett




Doris May Leggett, 90, of Haines, died Dec. 5 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City. A funeral service will begin at
1 p.m. Monday at the Coles Tribute Center. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Baker City.

Doris was born June 13, 1922, in La Grande to Lester and Edith (Roberts) Bond. The family moved to Haines, where Cheryl attended Muddy Creek School from 1928 to 1940. She received her teacher training at Eastern Oregon College. On Dec. 22, 1945, Doris married Billy Robert Leggett in Baker City.

Doris was a teacher at the Haines School. She was a member of Muddy Creek-Rock Creek Mutual Improvement Club, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Baker City, the Baker County Cattlemen & Cattlewomen Association, leader of Camp Fire Girls, president of the Haines School PTA and secretary of the Upper Bulger Ditch Co. She was also a news reporter from the Haines area for The Record Courier for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Survivors include her sister-in-law, Catherine Ott; sons and daughters-in-law, Deryl and Carolyn Leggett and Billy L. and Bonnie Leggett; daughter, Janine Wilson; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Muddy Creek-Rock Creek Mutual Improvement Club, Eastern Oregon Museum in Haines or the Haines Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) in care of Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City 97814.



Carol June Noble

Formerly of Cove



Carol June Noble, formerly of Cove, died in Beaverton Dec. 5. A service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Daniels Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center in La Grande with interment to follow in Cove. 

Carol June was born in Wheaton, Mo., June 29, 1945, to Harold and Loretta Craft Noble. 

She was born with Down’s Syndrome, and her parents were advised to place her in a facility if they wanted more children. Luckily, they ignored that advice, and Carol June became “Sissy” to the five brothers and sisters who followed, and truly was the heart of their home.  

Sissy lived a full and productive life, always busy, independent, with an impish sense of humor. She loved country music, babies, her birthday (which came several times a year) and Christmas. She was a joy to buy for, family members said, as she was pleased with anything — a box of crayons, spools of thread, color books or CDs.

She loved to talk, sing and have her picture taken. Sissy was active and healthy into her mid 60s, and was content in her last days. She will be forever missed by all who knew her, the family said.

Carol June leaves an aunt, Colleen Craig, of Cassville, Mo.; brothers Cecil (Lilas) of Rye Valley, Patrick (Darra) of Aloha; sisters Linda Dow (Mike) of Hawthorne, Nev., Frances Jacklin (Rich) of Beaverton, Karen Collins of La Grande, and many nephews and nieces. 



Norma Thomas

Formerly of Medical Springs



Norma Thomas, 75, of Baker City, died Nov. 30 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel.

Norma was born Sept. 29, 1937, in Hollister, Calif., to James
and Violet (Chadwell) Kaufman.

On May 17, 1953, she married Ronald Thomas. They homesteaded in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1959. In 1974 they purchased a ranch near Medical Springs, where they raised cattle and later sheep. Norma worked for 38 years as a rancher in Medical Springs.

Norma was a founding member and affiliate of both the Pioneer Cemetery and the Medical Springs Rural Fire Department. Her hobbies included watercolor painting, ceramics and flower gardening. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a great-granddaughter, Sierra.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Jim and Jodi Thomas of Baker City, Pam and Bruce Walker of Emmett, Idaho, and Linda and Michael Mann of Portland, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Medical Springs Rural Fire Department in care of Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City 97814.