Obituaries for August 7, 2013

By Observer Upload August 07, 2013 09:48 am
Williamson, Collins, Pope, Tippett



Robert Keith Williamson

Formerly of Union and La Grande

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Jewell Collins

La Grande

A service for Jewell Collins will begin at 3 p.m. Friday at the Grandview Cemetery.  Collins died on May 20 at a local care center at the age of 85. A complete obituary was published earlier and is still available at



Diane Pope

Formerly of La Grande


Diane Pope, 83, of Boise, Idaho, died peacefully of natural causes on Aug. 3, surrounded by her family.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Cloverdale Memorial Park at 1200 N. Cloverdale Road in Boise, followed by a memorial at Cloverdale Funeral Home.

Diane was born July 14, 1930, in Burley, Idaho, raised by her mother, Merle, and adopted father, Claude Bailey, along with her siblings, Beth, Vayle and Chere. Her family moved from Idaho to La Grande around 1940.  Diane graduated from La Grande High School in 1948 and later attended Eastern Oregon College and graduated from Links School of Business. She married Delmer Conrad in 1952 and gave birth to their son, Jeff, in April 1953. 

Following their divorce in 1960, Diane moved to Boise and began a long career at Starline Equipment Co. She married Tom Pope in 1965. Diane enjoyed classic movies, bowling and spending time at the mountain cabin she and Tom owned near Crouch, Idaho. She was a generous, loving person who would do anything for anyone, her family said, and she will be much missed by her family and many friends.

Diane was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Merle Bailey of Boise; her sister, Beth McGivern of Bellevue, Wash.; and her brother, Vayle Bailey, and his wife, Evelyn, of Vancouver, Wash.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Tom Pope, of Boise; her son, Jeff Conrad and daughter-in-law, Robin, of Middleton, Idaho; two granddaughters; her sister, Chere Mink of La Grande; her stepsister, Heidi Bailey, of Boise; her stepdaughter, Tanya Pierce of Meridian, Idaho; three stepgrandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

Her family would like to give its heartfelt thanks to the staff and volunteers of Heart ‘N Home hospice care, who were of great comfort to Diane in her last days.



Betty Charlot Tippett



Betty Charlot Tippett, 85, died July 29 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Wash., of natural causes.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Enterprise. Bollman Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

She was born Oct. 23, 1927, in Wallowa to Kearns Robert Heasty and Olive Mae Honeyman Heasty. 

She lived all her life in Wallowa County, except for two years when she was in first and second grade in Prineville. 

She grew up in the house on the Forest Service compound on Depot Street in Enterprise. She went to Enterprise Grade School and graduated from Enterprise High School in 1945.

Betty went one year at Eastern Oregon Normal School. Her dream was to be a teacher. She worked at the Bob Inn and for Dr. Whitaker as a receptionist in his dentist’s office.

Betty met and married Don (Biden) Tippett June 12, 1948. They moved and made their home in Hells Canyon. She grew to love life on the ranch they called Jim Creek. She was a town girl who knew nothing about horses, but soon had to learn to ride since there was no road into the ranch and horseback was the only way to get there — or walking.

Her job was leading a string of four pack mules, which always got away from her at a certain point on the trail.

She learned fast to be strong to weather the hard life of the canyons. 

Her happiest years were the 45 years she spent living and raising her family in the canyons.

She taught her daughter the first two years of school with a correspondence course.

In 1957, they bought the house they still lived in, in Enterprise, and she lived in town during the school year while her husband stayed on the ranch with the cattle.

Her summers were spent at various cow camps in the Chesnimnus and Zumwalt. Jack Tippett said she was one of the best cow camp cooks ever.

Betty was a charter member of the Wallowa County Cowbells. She was a Cub Scout den mother for several years. She loved fishing, sewing, knitting, crocheting, gardening and doing things for her many friends. Her first love and priority was always her family.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, and by her brother, Mitch Heasty.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years; daughter, Donna (Wayne) Bronson; son Tracy (Kim) Tippett; three grandsons; three great-grandchildren; sister, Claudine Willis of Portland; sister-in-law, Dora Heasty of La Grande; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wallowa Memorial Hospital and Wallowa County EMTs.