Obituaries for October 30, 2013

By Observer Upload October 30, 2013 10:10 am
Estes, Kearns, Davidson, Cummins, Markley Jr., Hardy



John Estes



John Estes, 67,  of Union died at his home on Saturday. Arrangements are under the direction of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home.



Bonnie Kearns

La Grande

Bonnie Kearns, 92, of La Grande, died Tuesday at a local care facility. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.



Rose Mary Davidson


Rose Mary Davidson, 100, Elgin, died Monday at Grande Ronde Hospital. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.



Garold Jay Cummins



Garold Jay Cummins, 58, died in Enterprise Oct. 22 after a bout with cancer.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Alpine House in Joseph.

Garold was born June 8, 1955, in Hawthorne, Nev., to Phyllis and Phillip Cummins. He was also raised by a stepmother, Glenda Cummins, and had a brother, Robert.

Garold went to high school and worked for Pepsi-Cola in Yakima, Wash. He then moved to Portland to be with his brother and later to Enterprise to be with his brother.

Family members said Garold had many friends and never an enemy, loving everybody he met. He was a person who loved life and nothing seemed to get him down. They said he will be missed but never forgotten. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alpine House. Bollman Funeral Home is handling arrangements.



Chester Rhoads Markley Jr.



Chester Rhoads Markley Jr., 73, of Lostine, died Oct. 5 after a battle with cancer. 

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Enterprise. A reception will follow. 

Bollman Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Chester “Chet” Markley Jr. was born on May 16, 1940, in Decatur, Ala., to Chester Rhoads Markley, Sr., and Jean Wylie Griffin Markley. His father, Chester, worked for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service while Chester Jr. was growing up. His father’s work of managing national wildlife refuges across the United States gave Chester exposure to caring for and loving the land, animals and learning about the natural rhythms of life. 

Chester’s mother, Jean, always called him “Sonny” because he was a son with a sunny disposition. He graduated from Churchill County High School in Fallon, Nev., in 1958, and served his country in the U.S. Navy, where he was deployed to the Philippines, assigned to weather charting and reporting for the pilots. 

He later graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor of science in 1966 with a double major in archeology and sociology. He married Louise Collins of Frenchtown, Mont., and they raised two children, Frank and Gretchen, primarily in McMinnville. He worked as branch manager of Adult and Family Services (Department of Human Services, State of Oregon) for more than 30 years and retired in 1997. 

Chester was a loving father who volunteered countless hours for his children’s activities: Boy Scouts of America, McMinnville Swim Club and many other organizations. He had a deep love of nature, enjoyed watching the weather systems flow across the Wallowa Mountains, took delight in watching the native kokanee salmon return to their spawning grounds, liked antiques, gardening, volunteering at the Tamkaliks Nez Perce Pow Wow, enjoyed photography, taking long walks with his Dalmation, “Freddy,” and had a loving devotion to God. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Jean Markley; his sister, Jennifer Markley; and his father in-law, Frank William Collins and mother in-law, Sarah “Anne” Collins. 

He is survived by his former wife, Louise Markley-Shourds and her husband, Roger Shourds, of Polson, Mont.; his son, Frank Markley, of Lake Oswego; his daughter, Gretchen Markley Mudroch and son in-law, Ladislav Markley Mudroch, of Tigard and the Czech Republic; two grandchildren; sister in-law, Frankie Collins-Lubin and brother in-law, Christopher Collins-Lubin, of Seattle; niece, Michele McKimmie of Concord, Calif.; and by many cousins.

In Chester’s memory, he would want us to enjoy and conserve nature, tend birdfeeders and serve the less fortunate in the community. In lieu of flowers at the service, monetary donations may be made to St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Enterprise, or to the Nature Conservancy.



Mervine E. Hardy



Mervine E. Hardy, 82, died at her home near Elgin Oct. 27.

A service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Harvester’s Church of the Nazarene in Elgin. Viewing time will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the church. 

Burial will be next to her husband at the Elgin Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center in La Grande.

Mervine was born the eighth and last child to Charles and Virginia (Carper) Wortman on Aug. 26, 1931, at Promise. She attended schools in Promise, Wallowa, Prairie City and then returned to Wallowa. At the age of 16, she was married to Clyde Leroy Hardy in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, on Sept. 29, 1946. They then settled on his ranch near Elgin and began their lives together, which extended to 38 years until his death on Jan. 4, 1984. 

Mervine attended the Christian and Nazarene churches in Elgin. She much enjoyed her Bible study groups. She served on the election boards. 

She played both the violin and the harmonica by ear, and enjoyed the Old Time Fiddlers group.

She also enjoyed flower gardening, canning and talking daily to her best friends.

Survivors include her children, Gene and Pam of Elgin, Rita and John Anderson of Pendleton, and Helen and Tom Tucker of La Grande; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Ersel Wortman of Wallowa and Wes Wortman of Riggins, Idaho, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by siblings, Raymond Wortman, Bernard Wortman, Bertha Smith, Fred and Stanley Wortman, her parents and her husband.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. The obituary and an online guest book are available at