Obituaries November 8, 2013

By Observer Upload November 08, 2013 09:29 am
Baker, Davidson, Givens, Bird

 Elouise Baker



Elouise Baker, 96, of Cove, died at home with her family by her side on Nov. 1. A graveside service will be held at Cove Cemetery at 10 a.m. Saturday. A public viewing will be held at Loveland Funeral Chapel from 3 p.m. to
7 p.m. tonight. 

 Elouise was born July 9, 1917, in Newberg to Warren and Violet (Yarnell) Cobb. She attended school in Union. She met Claude Edward Baker, and they were married Oct. 8, 1938. They made their home in Cove.

 Elouise enjoyed cooking, traveling and raising her family. She was a dedicated homemaker and a loving mother, family members said. She was a member of the Cove Methodist Church.

Elouise is survived by two children, Robert “Bob” and his wife, Sadie, of Lafayette, and Gale and his wife, Geri, of Spokane, Wash.; sisters, Doris Miller of Klamath Falls and Marjorie Leddy of Imbler; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Baker, and her parents, Warren and Violet Cobb.

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Rose Mary (Moseley) Davidson



Rose Mary (Moseley) Davidson, 100, died Oct. 28 at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. At her request, there will be no services. Her ashes will be interned at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland beside her husband.

Rose Mary was born Oct. 2, 1913, in Memphis, Texas, as her parents, David and Margaret (Swanner) Moseley, were traveling from Oklahoma to Texas in a covered wagon. They settled in
Roswell, N.M., where Rose Mary graduated from high school.  Her mother died when she was age 3, leaving her and three brothers for their father to care for. To be able to make a living for his children, their early years were spent in an orphanage. Rose Mary later helped her father in his hamburger stand. Her best friend at that time eventually became the first wife of a man now known as Roy Rogers. During the summers, Rose Mary often traveled with her brothers and father in his covered wagon to adjoining states of Nevada and Arizona, sleeping “out on the prairie.”

Rose Mary was babysitting for another best friend’s children, Elizabeth Davidson, whose brother, David D. Davidson came home on a three-day pass while in the Army. She pinch-hitted for a date that weekend, whereupon he proposed and she said yes. Together, they were stationed at various Army bases and Air Force bases. Two daughters were born in El Paso, Texas, and three sons were born in Florida. She followed him to Japan with her children in 1948, then to Texas in the 1950s, when he requested to be stationed in Portland, prior to his retirement after 21 years of service. They were married 62 years before he died while living in Baker City.

Following her husband’s retirement, they purchased a small farm near Oregon City, living there more than 45 years. Rose Mary became active in Rural Homemakers Extension Club and joined the Damascus School in Damascus, where she taught and shared her skills of quilting. She learned the basics of quilting from her father.  She went on to specialize in all phases of quilting. Her many quilts were exhibited in county fairs, state fairs and OMSI in Portland, where she always took first place ribbons. Two quilts were exhibited at the historical Woodlawn Plantation in Virginia and judged by the Smithsonian Institute, taking first on both. Other quilts were exhibited in Baker City at the Miners Jubilee quilt shows, taking first and second place ribbons. 

Rose Mary’s other primary interest was in searching genealogy of her family’s original beginnings. She delighted in finding many ancestors prominent in history. 

She also learned she had enough Choctaw Indian to own Indian property in Oklahoma, which she and her brothers shared. 

Other interests included sewing, gardening and cooking. Her hamburgers were always in demand by her children and any who had the opportunity to have tasted one, along with her Mexican dinners. 

Her soups were a specialty by cleaning out the refrigerator and throwing in all but the kitchen sink.

Rose Mary was admired and respected by whomever she met and highly regarded and loved by her children, family members said. Her last five years were spent living with her daughter and husband in Elgin, where her sons also lived. 

Up to the last days of her life, she continued her quilting, cooking occasional meals for the family, independently taking care of herself, cleaning her space, doing her laundry and hanging it out to dry. 

She was also keeping her own checking accounts and writing numerous letters of nine to 10 pages to answer any letter she received. Her letters were known as mini-books. On Oct. 2 she enjoyed tremendously a beautiful birthday party and open house in honor of her 100th year.

Survivors include her daughter, Patty McClure and husband, Jerry, of Elgin, James (Jim) Davidson and wife, Mary, of Elgin and J. Michael Davidson of Elgin; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Margaret Moseley; her husband, David Davidson; a son, William (Bill) Davidson and an unnamed child.

Online condolences to the family may be made at


Jamin Givens

Formerly of La Grande


Jamin Givens died Oct. 27 in Mariposa, Calif.

She was born in La Grande on Nov. 18, 1983, and lived here for a large part of her life. 

She will be remembered for her constant smile and laughter, family members said. 

Survivors include three daughters, Loreli, Evangaline and Paris; a brother, Kenny and Libby Walker, a sister, Tahani Givens and Earl; her mother, Marvina Hoots, and dad, Shane Givens, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Iris Penton.

Services were held Nov. 2 at the New Life Center in Boot Jack, Calif. A followup memorial will be held at a later date.


Henry (Hank) John Bird

Prairie Creek


On the morning of Nov. 4, Wallowa County lost another old cowboy.

Henry (Hank) John Bird, 81, died at his home on Prairie Creek.

Hank was born May 3, 1932, on Marr Flat to Henry and Estella Bird.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Estella Bird, and sister, Dot Lathrop.

Hank is survived by sisters, Nellie Lathrop and Suzanne Dryden; nephews, nieces and numerous cousins.