Obituaries for November 6, 2013

By Observer Upload November 06, 2013 08:58 am
Bird, Gore, Robinson, Carlton, Palmer, Brandt



Henry J. Bird



Services for Henry J. Bird, 81, of Joseph, who died Monday, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Enterprise Christian Church in Enterprise. A full obituary will follow later.



Jeanette Gore

La Grande


Jeanette Gore, 73, of La Grande died Nov. 4 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.



Tamara ‘Tami’ Robinson

Formerly of La Grande


Tamara “Tami” Robinson, 65, of Athena died Tuesday in Pendleton. She was born Feb. 4, 1948, in La Grande. Arrangements are with Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop. Online condolences may be shared with the family at



Derrick Dean Carlton

La Grande



Derrick Dean Carlton, 28, of La Grande died Oct. 19 as a result of complications in a long-term injury/illness. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Island City City Hall.

Derrick was born in La Grande Sept. 6, 1985, to Lenard and Mary (Minchew) Carlton. He attended Willow Elementary and La Grande Middle School and was working to get his GED diploma. Derrick enjoyed camping, swimming and liked cars of all kinds, new and old.

Derrick was in a serious car accident in March 2003 at the age of 17, and never gained full consciousness. He received treatment in Boise, Idaho, and was transferred to a care facility in Hillsboro.

Survivors include his father, Lenard Carlton; his mother, Mary Carlton and partner, Brad Stewart; sister, Jennifer Rose Carlton; sister, Tiffany Marie (Carlton) and husband, Maury Crites, all of La Grande. Derrick is also survived by grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hillsboro Rehab and Specialty Care; 650 S.E. Oak St., Hillsboro, OR 97123.



Shirley M. Palmer




Shirley M. Palmer, 89, of Enterprise, died on Oct. 28 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital.  

Honoring her wishes, there will be no funeral service.

Shirley Marie Moffit was born to George O. and Margaret MacDonald Moffit on July 22, 1924, in Wallowa County.

She attended schools in Union and Wallowa counties, graduating from the Enterprise High School in 1942.

Shortly after her graduation from high school, she commenced working in the office of the Wallowa County District Attorney, and most of her 40 years of employment was as a legal secretary. 

At the time of her retirement in 1988, she was an administrative secretary for the Wallowa County Court.

On March 4, 1945, at La Grande, she married Jack C. Christy. After his death in 1965, she married Robert K Palmer in Reno, Nevada; he died in 1977.

Survivors include her son, Michael Christy of Sherwood, one granddaughter, and two great-grandsons.

Shirley was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.

Interment of the cremains will be at Enterprise Cemetery.



Hannelore Maria Brandt




Hannelore Maria Brandt, 74, died in Joseph Nov. 3.

A celebration of life will take place next summer in Joseph.

Hannelore was born April 11, 1939, in Aussig, Germany, to Alfred Draessler and Antonie Maria Felgenhauer. 

The family was forced to leave German Czechoslovokia under Russian occupation in 1946 and lived in Buerstadt, Germany, until 1979, when she moved to Ludwigsburg, Germany, where she lived nearly the rest of her life.

Hannelore attended the basic German school system and then completed three years at the Technical University in Dasmstadt, where she received a degree in chemistry.

She married Juergen Brandt in 1960, and they were married 53 years.

She worked for five years in three laboratories, the last of which was for the company Nestle.

Hannalore loved to read, especially books about health. She also enjoyed knitting, baking and natural healing and played tennis as a young woman.

Survivors include her husband in Ludwigsburg and a son, Peter (Jodie) Brandt in Joseph. She was also survived by nieces and nephews in Germany and the Czech Republic.

Dying earlier were her mother and father.

Memorial donations may be made to the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph.