Obituaries for March 20, 2013

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Irene Langford


A celebration of life service for Irene Langford will be held at the Union United Methodist Church beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday.



Carol N. Long

Formerly of La Grande


Carol N. Long, formerly of La Grande, died March 13 in McMinnville after an extended illness.

She was born on Oct. 20, 1935. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Jerri Long of Post Falls, Idaho; son, Randy Long of McMinnville; daughter, Kris Long-Dameron of McMinnville; 23 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Debbie; her parents; two sisters; and two brothers.




Kenneth F. Adams

Formerly of Elgin


Kenneth Fisher Adams, 93, of Kendrick, Idaho, and formerly of Elgin, died Feb. 26 at the Idaho State Veteran’s Home in Lewiston.

Cremation has already taken place. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. April 27 at the LDS Church in Elgin with reception to follow at the community center.

He was born March 9, 1919, to John William Adams and Emily Jane Law Adams in Elgin. He attended school in Elgin and graduated from Elgin High School.

Ken served as a Navy radioman 3/C (T) for 20 months in the Asiatic Pacific on the USS Adair.

Ken and Betty Witty were married May 3, 1947, in Elgin. He had various lumber and carpentry jobs in Elgin. Then, with help from family and friends in 1953, they built his gas station and later the City Center Motel. 

In his spare time, he sold Arctic Cat snowmobiles and parts. He loved to hit the trails with family and friends and enjoy a cold winter’s day. 

His easygoing attitude and smile made it a pleasure to be one of his customers or friends. Ken and Betty ran these businesses for 25 years. After a few years at Terry’s Trailers, he retired. 

During retirement, you would find him in his woodshop making things like toll boards, Christmas and home décor, bird houses and rocking horses. If you needed it, he could build it. 

When not busy in his shop, he and Betty would hit the road with their motorhome and boat and travel all over the Northwest, searching for the best fishing and “biggest” huckleberries they could find. 

Ken spent his last years at the veteran’s home in Lewiston. The family said they would like to express their gratitude and thanks for the great care and comfort the veteran’s home staff gave Ken during his time there.

Family members said Ken was a great husband, father and friend and that his love for family and great smile will be missed.

Ken was a member of the LDS Church.

He is survived by is wife, Betty; daughter, Kenna Jean Jordan and husband Mike of Lewiston; daughter, Melynda E. Bean and husband Dennis of Prineville; son, Larry Adams of Culdesac, Idaho; son-in-law, Scott Burgess of Spokane; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Karlyn Sue Burgess; brothers, George, Dick, Earnest and Arthur Adams; and sisters, Laura Roulet, Lucy Shears, Mildred Lind and Ruth Puckett. 



Phyllis Anson

Formerly of Elgin


Phyllis A. “Fig” Anson, 77, of Forest Grove and formerly of Elgin, died March 16 in Portland.

A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fuiten, Rose & hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove.

Phyllis was born on Jan. 27, 1935, in Elgin to Fred and Evangeline (Phillips) Buschke. She was raised in Elgin and graduated from Elgin High School and Eastern Oregon University. She taught elementary school at Joseph Gale and Dilley elementary schools in Forest Grove.

She married Don Anson on April 30, 1954, in Elgin.

Fig loved traveling and with her husband had been on 25 cruises. 

She loved to sew and quilt and made more than 1,500 children’s quilts for Bethany Center. 

She was in several card clubs, with Bridge being her favorite.

Survivors include her husband; children, Dale Anson, Kay Clayton and Kelly Anson; and sister, Patricia Williford; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Her parents preceded her in death. 


James Harris

Formerly of La Grande, Union


James (Jim) Dow Harris, 80, of Kamiah, Idaho, and formerly of La Grande, died March 8 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho.

Jim was born June 14, 1932, the youngest of two sons, at La Grande to Lewis Dow and Lila May (McPherson) Harris. He lived and worked in Union, where he met his bride, Mary Ellen Fallow. She preceded him in death in 1995.

After serving in the U.S. Navy on board the USS Bon Homme Richard, Jim worked for the Railway Express agency until he took a job with Boise Cascade in their particleboard plant at Island City.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; his infant daughter, Teri Ann; and a son, Rick Dow Harris.

He is survived by a son, Wes Harris of Northport, Wash.; a daughter, Cheri Lynn; several grandchildren and his companion of the past few years, Maryalice Lovejoy.

As per his request, his remains were cremated and will be intered at Union Cemetery in Union. Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia, Idaho, assisted the family with arrangements. 



Edith Flower

Formerly of North Powder


Edith (Turner) Gorham Flower, 87, died at her home in Irrigon surrounded by her family on March 18.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the North Powder Cemetery with a potluck to follow.

She was born Sept. 23, 1925, at Medical Springs to Oliver and Nina (Haynes) Turner. She and her twin sister, Alice, each fit in the palm of their father’s hand when born at the home of a relative on the way to the hospital. 

She attended and graduated from Union High School, training her senior year at NYA School in Pendleton to work at the Umatilla Army Depot during the war. A year later, she married her returning soldier, Gordon Gorham, and moved to the family farm in North Powder, where five children were born. They were divorced 25 years later, and Edith returned to school at Baker Business College, earning a degree in business while working at the Democrat Herald. 

She then moved to Halfway and worked as a secretary at Pine Valley High School in 1967. Edith returned to work a year later at the Umatilla Army Depot. 

During her career, she also worked for the Army Corps of Engineers in Pomeroy, Wash., and Cascade Locks, as well as the City of Stanfield and the City of North Powder until her retirement in North Powder. 

She married Charles Flower in Stanfield in 1970. Charles died in 2001, and Edith relocated to Irrigon to live near her daughter.

Edith was devoted to her family, enjoyed flowers, gardening, camping, fishing and hunting. She had a great sense of humor and shared her home and love with many children throughout her life. It was well known that if you visited Edith, you were always strongly encouraged to enjoy a meal, which she would prepare at a moment’s notice. 

She was a lifelong member of the Wolf Creek Grange in North Powder, had been a Boy Scout and 4-H leader, taught Sunday School at the North Powder Methodist Church, often served as classroom mother for her children, and supported and enjoyed her sons’ and grandchildren’s many athletic events throughout their school years. She rarely missed an event no matter how far she needed to travel to attend.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husbands; brothers, Clyde and Alford (Bud) Marsh; twin sister, Alice Eft; sister, Rosemary Krause; infant daughter, Jacqueline; sons, Donald and Gordy Gorham; and grandson, Gordy Gorham Jr.

She is survived by her son, Robert (Suzanne) Gorham of Forest Grove; daughter, Kathy (Elias) Mendoza of Irrigon; brothers, Forrest (Nellie) Turner of Union and Jim (Joyce) Turner of Elgin and brother-in-law, George Eft of Hermiston; sister-in-laws, Linda (Don) Silva and Marsha (Gordy) Bruner; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Vange John Memorial Hospice, 645 W. Orchard Ave. Suite 300, Hermiston, OR 97838; to Stokes Landing Senior Center, 195 N.W. Opal Place, Irrigon, OR 97844; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Attn: Memorial/Honor Program FH, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.

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