Obituaries for January 2, 2013

By Observer Upload January 02, 2013 10:07 am
Jones, Shepherd, Peck, Skeen, Stauffer, Churchill, Craig



Maretta Jones



Graveside services for Maretta Jones, Union, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Union Cemetery in Union.



Jamie Ann Shepherd

La Grande


Jamie Ann Shepherd, 27, of La Grande, died on Monday in La Grande. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.



Ronald Peck

La Grande


Ronald Martin Peck, 72, La Grande, died at his residence Monday. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.



Flora Marie Skeen

La Grande



Flora “Duffer”Marie Skeen, 89, of La Grande, died Dec. 26 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Faith Assembly Church, 1800 N Road 72, Pasco, Wash. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory of La Grande.

Known as “Duffer,” Flora was born June 12, 1923, in Health, Ark., to Sibby Barker and John Mounce. On Oct. 26, 1940, she married Tom Woodrow Taylor. On Aug. 20, 1960, she married Lloyd Walter Skeen, who preceded her in death about 20 years ago.

Flora lived in several places throughout her life, including Fayetteville, Ark.; Payette, Idaho; New Meadows, Idaho; Kamiah, Idaho; Pasco; and La Grande.

Flora was a skilled bowler and earned many trophies. She enjoyed baking homemade breads, making jams and jellies, sewing things for the grandkids and making quilts. Flora also enjoyed camping and hunting and especially loved sitting around the campfire. She loved to travel, and her travels took her on an Alaskan cruise and to Israel, Hawaii and Belize.

Flora was a member of Rebekah Lodge in New Meadows, Idaho, and the Faith Assembly Church in Pasco.

Survivors include her children, Rosa Rupp of Pasco, Gerald Taylor of Clarkston, Wash., Joyce Higgins of La Grande, Theta Ellsworth of Richland, Wash., and Sharon DeFord of Burbank, Wash.; 10 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.



Verna Stauffer

La Grande



Verna Stauffer, 98, of La Grande, died Dec. 29 at her home. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a condolence, visit Memorial contributions may be
made to the Oregon Heart Association.

Verna was born on Nov. 18, 1914, the daughter of Starley B. and Laura Ella (Lentz) Lee in Red Rock, Texas. She later came to La Grande and worked as the manager of Western Union Office, then purchased Char-bon-do Ice Cream Shop, which was located across the street from the old post office.  

When the store was sold, she became the program clerk for the USDA, which was housed in the post office, until her retirement. 

On May 26, 1967, she married Henry Alvin Stauffer in La Grande. Verna was an active member of the First Christian Church. She was also a member of the OES Hope Chapter No. 13, Eagles Auxiliary No. 259, Nydia Temple Daughters of the Nile, Jewel Rebecca Lodge in Summerville, Beta Sigma Phi in La Grande, NARFE Local Chapter 1860 and was a Pink Lady with the GranAuxiliary. She was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow through the local Rotary Club. 

She was known for her homemade peanut brittle. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, crafts, reading and bingo.

Survivors include her children, Perry D. Bauer of Houston, Texas, Doris I. Rahn of Fresno, Calif., and Bonnie L. Coffman of La Grande; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sister, Sue McBride of Springfield; stepsister, Jean Benson of Palm Desert, Calif.; and other relatives. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; brother, Harvey B. Lee; stepbrother, Col. Roland K. McCoskrie; son, Charles D. Bauer; stepdaughter, Virginia Camp; and grandson, Raymond C. Rahn.



M. JoAnne Churchill




M. JoAnne Thomas Churchill, 65, of Elgin died on Dec. 29 at her home. A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. A graveside service will follow at the Cove Cemetery, with dinner following at the Elgin Community Center. 

JoAnne was born on March 9, 1947, in La Grande to Marva Rae Fite and Marrion Thomas. She attended the J.F. Hutchison grade school and graduated from Union High School.

In 1965, she married John Tucker. They later divorced, and in 1976 she married Harley Churchill. 

In her younger years she worked at Terry Trailers, and later she began working in the business field where she managed apartments in Elgin. JoAnne enjoyed doing a variety of crafts and playing Bunco with her “Bunco Babes.” But what she loved most of all was spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her spouse, Harley Churchill of Elgin; a sister, Marlene Greer of Prairie City; a brother, Mike Thomas of Estacada; five children and their spouses, Susan and Matt Brown of Tracy, Calif., John Wilson of Elgin, Angie Noble and her fiancé, Chad Hallgarth, of Elgin, Chrissy Churchill of Elgin and Jasmine Churchill of Elgin; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren with a third on the way. She was preceded in death by her mother and father.  

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association. 



Terrence Paul Craig

North Powder



Terrence Paul “Terry” Craig of North Powder died Dec. 26 in Boise, Idaho. A memorial celebration will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City.

Terry was born in Baker City Jan. 29, 1946, to Charles A. “Jack” and Dorothy E. Craig of North Powder. Terry attended North Powder High School, graduating in 1964 and shortly thereafter moved to Kodiak, Alaska. In September 1966, Terry was hired at Kodiak Electric Association, where he enjoyed an exemplary, 31-year career until his retirement in October 1997. After retiring, he relocated back to Eastern Oregon, settling in La Grande for approximately seven years, then finally moving back to his hometown of North Powder.

Terry was a long-time active member of the Kodiak Elks Lodge, where he had been a Past Exalted Ruler and a trustee on the Board of Trustees. He loved to hunt and fish and fly remote-control helicopters.

He is survived by two daughters, Stephanie F. Kinsey (James) of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and Tera L. Gilley (Christopher) of Farmersville, Texas, and his son, Michael S. Hillman of Kodiak; brothers, Alfred L. “Larry” Craig of North Powder, and Stephen J. Craig (Nancy) of Pendleton; and nephew Stuart P. Craig (Marie) of Palmer, Alaska; five grandchildren and a great-nephew.

Terry is preceded in death by his parents Charles A. “Jack” Craig and Dorothy E. Haley and sister-in-law, Marcia L. Craig.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Elks National Foundation at or through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. 


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