Obituaries for February 20, 2013

By Observer Upload February 20, 2013 09:48 am
Eggleston Sr., Pickett, McDowell, Shodin, Taylor



Andrew Gordon Eggleston Sr.

Formerly of Cove



Andrew Gordon Eggleston Sr., 46, died Feb. 2 at OHSU in Portland. There will be a private family interment. Arrangements are under the care of Crown Memorial.

Andrew was born Dec. 12, 1966, in North Kingstown, R.I., the second son of Jayne (Fitz) and Allan Eggleston. He and his older brother, Allan Jr., were born with Bruton’s disease, a genetic disorder also known as X-Linked Agammaglobulinemia. This disease prohibits bone marrow from being able to produce any immunity. Andrew suffered from repeated infections and severe lung scarring that led up to dependence on ventilators and his eventual passing.

Andrew lived in Guam, Washington, Michigan, Rhode Island and Oregon. He attended school in Cove and then Mac-Hi in Milton-Freewater until moving to Hermiston, where he graduated in 1984 from Hermiston High School. He attended the University of Washington, where he took pre-engineering classes, and earned a degree in computer programming from what is now known as Eastern Oregon University.

Throughout his life, Andrew enjoyed participating in and watching sports. He was a Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos fan and was on the golf team in high school. He also enjoyed music, playing alto and baritone saxophone in jazz, symphonic and marching bands, acting and history, especially as a Civil War instructor in Cove.

Andrew belonged to the DeMolay in the Masons and was proud to consider himself a constitutional patriot. He was a political activist and wrote a Libertarian column with L. Neil Smith. His lifelong dreams included finding a cure for Bruton’s disease, and he participated in many clinical trials. His greatest gift was that of himself to science.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; brother, Allan Jr., who died in 1988 from complications of Bruton’s disease; and an infant daughter, Kayla Jory.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Allan and Mary Eggleston of Cove; his mother and stepfather, Jayne Fitz and Oman Wilcox of Wasilla, Alaska; sons, Thomas Griffin of Grants Pass, Andrew Jr. of Beaverton, Nathan Roecker of McMinnville and Kasiner Christian Eggleston-Slover; one grandson; and loved ones, David Williams of Pendleton, Barb Steed of Parker, Colo., and Teena Turner of Corbett.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Immune Deficiency Foundation ( Donations indicated on the web form as “unrestricted” will be allocated for research.



Robert Gene Pickett

Formerly of La Grande



Robert Gene Pickett died Feb. 16 at his home in Boise, Idaho.  

A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Summers Funeral Home, Boise Chapel, 1205 W. Bannock St., Boise. 

Robert was born Oct. 18, 1925, in Noblesville, Ind., to Claude Newton Pickett and Fannie May Gatts.

Robert later joined the Navy and served aboard the aircraft carrier Langley, as an electrician, in the South Pacific during World War II.  

After the war, he studied at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where he earned a certificate as an electro-technician. He married Eleanor Ann Genaux in 1947, and they moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where he went to work for Bell Telephone. 

They moved to La Grande in 1964, and Robert eventually went to work for the post office, from which he retired in 1987. 

In July 2008, Ann and Robert moved to Boise to live with their daughter, Kathleen. 

Robert is survived by his wife, Ann; four children, Charles, Angela, Claude and Kathleen; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 

Cards and letters can be sent to the family in care of the Summers Funeral Home, Boise Chapel, 1205 W. Bannock St., Boise, Idaho 83702.



Connie Lou Green McDowell

Formerly of La Grande



Connie Lou Green McDowell, 58, of Flagstaff, Ariz., and formerly of La Grande and Kennewick, Wash., died Feb. 13 in Flagstaff after a courageous battle with cancer. 

A funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande. Viewing will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Daniels~Knopp. Interment will follow at the Grandview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Red Cross or the Susan B. Komen Foundation.

Connie was born on Dec. 12, 1954, the daughter of Donald “Dude” and Mary (Albrethsen) Green in Jerome, Idaho. When she was 3 months old, they moved to Wisconsin, where her father was stationed for a year, and then returned to Carey, Idaho, where she helped care for animals on the farm. She went to Carey Elementary School and Carey High School, where she participated in drill team, pep club and band. She graduated as salutatorian of her Class of 1973. 

After graduating, she was accepted into the nursing program at Idaho State University. She graduated in 1977 as an R.N. From 1977 to 1979, she served a welfare service mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Calli, Columbia, South America. She taught English, basic hygiene and nutrition to the people of the area. 

After completing her mission, she moved to La Grande and worked for the Grande Ronde Hospital as a staff nurse. She met and later married Bill McDowell on Sept. 5, 1981. She loved raising and showing her springer spaniels. She continued in the nursing profession for
the next 10 years at the
La Grande Clinic. Connie cared for her two children while working as a staff nurse for the Grande Ronde Home Services. 

She enjoyed sewing and making quilts for the kids, spending time snow skiing, riding horses, pack trips and hiking. She enjoyed attending the sports activities and horse shows that the kids were involved with. 

From 2002 to 2004, she worked as a department manager for St. Elizabeth Health Services in Baker. 

In 2006, she and Bill divorced and she moved to Kennewick and worked as a staff R.N. for Hospice at Tri Cities Chaplaincy and later for Amedisys Home Health. 

On Feb. 9, 2012, her sister Debbie came to Kennewick and moved Connie to Flagstaff, where she cared for her during her illness. One of her greatest joys was doing everything with her granddaughter, Jessie. Connie always wanted to take Jessie to Disney World but didn’t have the chance.

Survivors include her daughter, Jennie McDowell of Cove; son, Seth McDowell of Kennewick; one granddaughter; parents, Dude and Mary Green of Carey, Idaho; siblings and their spouses, Sheila Hunter of St. George, Utah, Debbie Hurst and Tom Ramsey of Flagstaff, and Kyle and Tracy Green of Carey; and other relatives.



Dorothy (Tipp) Shodin

Formerly of Elgin



Dorothy (Tipp) Shodin, 81, died Feb. 14 in Portland. 

Dorothy was born Nov. 3, 1931, in Froid, Mont., to George and Christine Tipp. In 1948, she met John Shodin in her hometown of Froid and immediately fell in love and soon after married and started a family in West Linn.

They retired to and lived in Ocean Park, Wash., from 1991 to 2007. There, they enjoyed salmon fishing and razor clamming.  

Grandma Dorothy, as she was known to her family, loved to do it all from rod and reel to the frying pan. During those years, they had an amazing bond for enjoying the outdoors, traveling and family. They were married until John’s death in 2008 after 59 years of marriage. At the time of John’s death they were living in Elgin.

Last July, she relocated to the coast and lived near Waldport.

John and Dorothy were both valued employees of NW Production Parts. Dorothy was also a 25-year employee with the U.S. Postal Service.   

In her 81 years, there wasn’t a person who walked away without a memorable impression of the type of woman she was by her heartwarming smile, open arms and gracious personality, family members said. Dorothy was the matriarch of the family, ensuring that they kept close, celebrated big, gathered often and kept the family real, genuine and honest.

She crocheted a multitude of blankets for her family and to donate to charities and events. 

Her favorite pasttime, though, was watching and supporting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their sports and activities. She was also a devoted Portland Trail Blazers fan.

Surviving are three siblings, Ray Tipp, Virginia Hinton and George Tipp; three children, Virginia Rolison, Larry Shodin and Randy Shodin; eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. 

An open house celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. March 2 at 24180 NE Larkins Road, Newberg.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences to the family may be made a



Betty Jean Taylor




Betty Jean Taylor, 93, of Cove died Feb. 6 at the home of her son, Michael, where she had lived for the past 5-1/2 years. 

Betty was born on May 25, 1919, in Spokane, Wash., to Robert A. and Bertha Augusta (Hopper) Smith. Per her wishes, there will be no services.

Betty was one of three children and was the second child. She was very close to both of her siblings. Betty was raised in Spokane. She met her future husband, Harold Dennis “Denny” Taylor, in Spokane when he was stationed at Geiger Field in 1942. They were married on July 31, 1942, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. They decided to wait to have a family, so during their early years, they traveled and Betty was a singer in a jazz band. She truly enjoyed sharing her love of music with her friends and family. She had a beautiful voice.

In 1953, they adopted their first child, Dennis Michael, and followed with the adoption of a daughter, Roberta Mae, two years later. In the following years, Betty devoted herself to being a loving wife and mother as the family moved often. Her family was always her first priority. Dennis worked for International Harvester and was transferred every three years or so. She was a very caring individual and made many friends everywhere they lived.

They retired to Prescott, Ariz., in 1976. Her husband, Denny, died in March 1994 in Prescott. Betty moved with her son, Michael, and his family to Coos Bay in 1997. A year later they moved to Cove, where she lived until her death. She attended the Cove Methodist Church.

She is survived by her son, Michael, of Cove, her daughter, Roberta, of New Mexico, her brother, Robert “Buzz” and his wife, Catherine “Kitty” Smith, of Seattle, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Heart ‘n’ Home through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.