Obituaries for December 17, 2012

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Cox, Power, Sieders



Rena Denny Cox




Rena Denny Cox of Union died Dec. 14 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande,. Those who wish may download the obituary and sign the on-line guest book at 

Rena lived a good life for 95 years, her family said. Rena grew up in Southern Oregon, born near Milo in her grandmother Furlong’s home on July 26, 1917. 

She liked to tell the story that she was delivered by a veterinarian. She was the daughter of John F. and Maryann Denny; a decedent of the same Denny family that settled Seattle and founded the University of Washington of which she was very proud. At the time of her death, Rena was the eldest member of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians and was extremely proud of her part in the re-recognition of this tribe in 1982.

As a descendent of Susan Nonta Thomason, Rena’s family is one of the seven original families making up the tribe. After the tribe’s re-recognition, Rena loved attending the annual pow wow at the South Umpqua Falls.

At a local dance, Rena met and eventually married Noy Cox in 1936 where Noy was a member of the CCC maintenance crew working in Southwestern Oregon. In 1948, Rena and Noy relocated to Union where they spent the remainder of their lives and were well known in the community. Some of the things Rena enjoyed doing were feeding family and friends, working at Hot Lake Sanitarium as a nurse’s aide and learning to bowl. In later years, reading and traveling took up a large part of her time.

Survivors include her sons Dorian and his wife, Georgia, of Union; Thomas and his wife, Peggy, of Roseburg, and John and his wife Judy of Richland, Wash.; and one daughter, Wanda, and her husband, Tork, of Baker City. Survivors also include 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Rena was preceded in death by her husband, Noy; their infant daughter, Donnas Mary and her brother, John Denny.

Memorials may be made in her name to the Bobcat Foundation P.O. Box 91 Union, OR 97883 or the Union Fire Department, Toys for Tots, P. O. Box 708, Union, OR 97883.





Margaret Power

La Grande


Margaret Power, 79, of La Grande died Saturday at Grande Ronde Hospital. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels~Knopp Funeral Cremation & Life Celebration Center.




Russell E. Sieders

La Grande


Russell E. Sieders, 88, of La Grande, died Sunday at the Grande Ronde Hospital.  A full obituary will be published at a later time.  Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.