Obituaries for March 1, 2013

By Observer Upload March 01, 2013 09:04 am
Adams, Townsend, Votaw, Meyers, Cathcart



Kenneth F. Adams

Formerly of Elgin


Kenneth F. Adams, 93, of Kendrick, Idaho, and formerly of Elgin, died Tuesday at the Idaho State Veterans Nursing Home in Lewiston.  Arrangements are under the direction of Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston.


Cheryl Louise Townsend

Formerly of Cove



Cheryl Louise Townsend, 50, of Kennewick, Wash., died Feb. 24 at her home with her family holding her hands. 

A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mueller’s Tri-Cities Funeral Home, 1401 S. Union, Kennewick.

Cheryl was born Nov. 1, 1961, in Portland to Ed and Colleen Crawford. She attended grade school at Pleasant Valley in Gresham. In 1976, her family moved to Cove, where they farmed and her dad worked construction. Cheryl attended high school at Cove and loved being involved in the dance team. 

March 17 of her senior year she had her first kiss from the man she would spend the rest of her life with — Mark Townsend, a Cove graduate from the prior year. They were married August 1982 in La Grande, and lived in the Portland area until 1986. Then they moved to Richland, Wash., when Mark started working for Battelle. Cheryl worked at Welch’s in Kennewick for 17 years until its closing and then worked at IsoRay Medical in Richland until her death. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Ed, and her sister, Melanie. She is survived by her mother, Colleen; sister, Carolyn, and her husband, Doug Lowery, of Scappoose; brother, Paul Landis of Portland; brother, Scott Sweet and his wife, Tammy, of Pendleton; husband, Mark; son, Michael and his wife, Sara; daughter, Megan; and four grandchildren with one more on the way. 

The family invites people to sign the online tribute wall at


Curtis Clifford Votaw

La Grande



Curtis Clifford Votaw, 87, of La Grande, died Feb. 24 at a local care facility. Services will be scheduled at a later date. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Curtis was born Sept. 24, 1925, in Tacoma, Wash. His parents were Clifford and Agatha (Reid) Votaw. He grew up in Tacoma, where he graduated from Stadium High School. He attended Forest Grove College, where he received his degree in optometry. He enjoyed a successful career as an optometrist. 

Curtis was married to Mary Alice Durbin, who died earlier. He later married Frances M. Chavis Votaw.

Curtis enjoyed hunting, fishing and going to yard sales to look for antiques. He liked football. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Eagles. Curtis served his country in the United States Coast Guard as a radarman during World War II.

Surviving are his wife, Frances, of La Grande, and three children, Mike, Terri Lou and Patrick, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jayne Ryan.

Online condolences to the family may be made at


Susan Elizabeth Meyers

La Grande



Susan Elizabeth Meyers, 62, died unexpectedly Feb. 23.

A simple memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at 1501 Sixth St. in La Grande, the corner of Sixth and O. Those attending are asked to use the back basement entrance. 

Susan was born in Portland April 18, 1950, the daughter of Avril and Jane Meyers. She grew up in Beaverton and graduated from Portland State University and Oregon Health and Science University.

She was deeply loved by so many, family members said. 

Those who knew her will remember a truly remarkable woman. She was a compassionate and talented physician, an avid horsewoman and a spectacular gardener who could spin dirt into golden blooms.  

Most of all, she was a fierce and devoted mother. She is survived by her children, Kara Sitz-Narciso, Rebecca Watson and Scott Meyers, as well as her four grandchildren whom she adored.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.


Mary Cathcart

La Grande



Mary Cathcart, 88, died at a local care center Feb. 28.

Mary Almeda Collins was born Oct. 25, 1924, on Powwatka Ridge in Wallowa County to Jesse Elbert and Mattie Rae Prince Collins. She was the fifth child and only girl. Her mother died when Mary was only 4 months old. She was raised by family members on Powwatka, mainly by her aunt and uncle, Will and Ona (Prince) Collins.

Mary attended a one-room schoolhouse on Powwatka through the eighth grade. She worked side by side with her father and brothers on their 620-acre ranch, clearing brush and trees to make a home. She was very proud of the fact that she helped her dad build the barn that is still standing today on Powwatka Ridge.

Mary married Robert Henry Carper (a Promise native) on Jan. 1, 1945, in Wallowa. To this union two children were born. On Dec. 5, 1950, she married Alvin Samuel McDonald (also a Promise native) in Lewiston, Idaho. They lived in Wallowa, Elgin, La Grande and then Walla Walla, where Alvin died June 3, 1975.

Mary met Lewis Francis Cathcart and was married in Winnemucca, Nev., on July 29, 1991. They moved to Lakeview, where they lived until his death on March 12, 1996.

Mary lived in Wallowa and La Grande for many years. She loved to fish, hunt, pick mushrooms, huckleberries and picnic and go out to Powwatka and pick wildflowers and clean the family cemetery. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge in Wallowa and the Old Time Fiddlers in Lakeview. She accompanied the Lakeview Fiddlers when they traveled with her singing. She crocheted beautifully and won many ribbons at state fairs. 

Mary’s health began to decline in 2004, and she relied on her niece, Susan Wells, to be her guardian. In August 2009, Susan had her moved to La Grande to Vista Specialty Care. She was loved and cared for deeply by the staff at Vista. She had a special place in each of their hearts and will be missed.

Mary was preceded in death by her brothers, Willard (Bud) Collins, Leonard (Pud) Collins, Roy E. Collins and Allen Collins. She is survived by two children and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mary requested she be buried next to her parents, Jesse and Mattie, and brother, “Pud,” on Powwatka, the place she held dearly in her heart. She was a very special aunt to her niece, Susan, and other family members and was loved so much and will be missed, especially her big smile.

A memorial is being planned for a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Loveland Funeral Chapel.