Obituaries for November 29, 2013

By Observer Upload November 29, 2013 08:47 am
Eden, Patterson, Blakeney



Marie Alice Eden




Marie Alice Eden, 98, of Joseph, died Nov. 23 at Alpine House.

She was born Sept. 19, 1915, in Winnett, Mont., the daughter of Daniel Raymond and Ora Bell “Dixon” Dreisbach. The family homesteaded in Fergus County, which later became Petroleum County. She graduated from Winnett High School and, on June 12, 1933, married Emmett Eugene Eden at Roundup, Mont.

During World War II, she worked at a radio repair shop in Spokane for two years.

Marie joined the Methodist Church in 1924 and the First Baptist Church in Enterprise in 1961. She taught ladies adult Bible study for 20 years.

She did volunteer work with the hospital auxiliary gift shop.

Survivors include a nephew, Lee Dreisbach, and his wife, Kathy; a niece, Mary Alice Baker; and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Mabel Lewis, and brother, Raymond Dreisbach.

She is buried next to her husband at Joseph Cemetery.

The family may be planning a service for next year.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church or a charity of choice.

Bollman Funeral Home handled the arrangements. 



Edwin Eugene Patterson

Formerly of La Grande, Enterprise



E.E. “Ed” Patterson, 79, died Nov. 25 with family by his side in Woodburn. 

Public viewing will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at the Simon-Cornwell Colonial Chapel in Woodburn. A private funeral will be held at Belle Passi Cemetery. The family wishes to invite Ed’s friends to celebrate his life at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Tukwila Recreation Center, OGA Golf Course in Woodburn.

He was born Nov. 11, 1934, in Ansley, Neb., to Eugene and Evalyn Patterson.

His parents moved the family to Burbank, Calif., after the Depression. That is where he was raised until his junior year of high school, when his parents bought an electrical store in Enterprise.

Upon graduation from Enterprise High School, he joined the Army in 1953. While stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., he met his wife, Dawn, and later they had their first child, Kristie. In 1958, he was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant first class and then returned to Enterprise to work with his father as an electrician, adding two more children, Linda and Jeff.

He decided to move to La Grande to start his own business, J & E Electric, with Junior Owings in 1963. At the same time, he became involved in the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was elected as chapter president in 1965, and over the next four years served as state vice-president, national director and state president for the Jaycees. 

In later years, Ed credited his years with the Jaycees for cementing his belief in the importance of community involvement, for his ability to speak in public and for preparing him for the campaign trail. He was hired by Grande Ronde Hospital in 1973 as business manager.

He embraced the Jaycee Creed and believed in leadership through participation in community affairs. He loved the state of Oregon and believed that he could help make it a better, financially strong state. 

In 1971, Ed ran for and was elected to the state House of Representatives from the old 58th District representing Union, Wallowa and parts of Umatilla counties for the first of three terms. 

He served on too many advisory boards and commissions to name, but a few that he was proud of were Republican Whip in the state House of Representatives, member of the Oregon Hospital Association board of directors, founding board member and past president of the Oregon Rural Health Association and president of the Capital Club. He was appointed by Gov. Tom McCall to the Commission on Youth and by Gov. Vic Atiyeh to the Public Health Advisory Board.

In 1979, he married Carol Snook. He spent 12 years in hospital administration, eight as a rural hospital CEO. 

In 1988, they moved to the Portland area, when Ed was hired as the chief legislative lobbyist for the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. He also served as the executive director of the Oregon Rural Health Association. 

In 2001, Ed retired after almost 17 years as the vice president of government relations for the Oregon Hospital Association. 

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Carol Patterson; his children, Kristie Patterson, Linda Patterson and Jeff Patterson; two stepchildren, Carmen Mulrooney and Mike Snook and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Gary and Jim.

Memorial gifts may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or at www.wounded


Adria Mae Blakeney

Formerly of La Grande



Adria Mae Blakeney, 88, died Nov. 24, 2013, at Regency at The Park, 420 S.E. Myra Road, College Place, Wash.

She was born March 16, 1925, in Hot Springs, S.D., to Clarence and Darrell Adria Canfield Huxford. Adria was a woman of fortitude, pragmatism and a keen sense of justice. In addition to raising a large family, she supported the values of a Christian education for her children and sacrificed to that end. She had an affinity for and worked with the elderly in various capacities, as well as youth at the Juvenile Justice Center in La Grande. Her last job as a bank courier gave her the opportunity to drive and enjoy the changing scenery of the Eastern Oregon she loved. In 2011, she left her home in La Grande and lived in the Walla Walla, Wash., area until her death.

Adria is survived by her seven children: Dr. Barton (Janet) Moore of College Place; LaVonne (Dr. Doug) Wood of Oak Harbor, Wash.; Lynda DuChene of Tigard; Larry (Cindy) Moore of Milton-Freewater; Pat Rima (George Marlton) of Walla Walla; Kay (Rick) Cooksley of Canyonville; and Brittany Hughes of La Grande; sister, Olive Anne Strailman of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; brother, Herbie Huxford of Bremerton, Wash.; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, Walla Walla. Family and friends may write memories and sign an online guestbook at