Obituaries for December 4, 2013

By Observer Upload December 04, 2013 09:58 am
Anderson, Jones, Plueard, Brown, Cordero



Stephen A. Anderson

Formerly of Elgin

Stephen A. Anderson, 47, formerly of Elgin, died at his residence in La Grande, Tuesday. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of his care and arrangements.



John ‘Bud’ Jones


A viewing for family and friends of John “Bud” Jones will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel.



Marie Plueard



Marie Plueard died Nov. 14 at a local care facility in Elgin from complications of C.O.P.D.

Marie was born May 17, 1949, in McMinnville. She was raised in the Cottage Grove and Triangle Lake areas, and even as a child, she was a force to be reckoned with, family members said.

In 1980, she moved her family to the Wallowa Mountains up Big Canyon Road (Minam). She made a house into a home. No electricity. No phone. No problems.

In February 1996, she lost her dream home to a flood but gained her most precious gift, her granddaughter, Vanessa.

Marie was a beautiful soul, family members said, and there was never a better mother, sister, aunt or friend.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Rose; her father, Dean; sister, Joyce; brother, Jerry; and nephews, Tommie and Jimmy Dean.

She is survived by her granddaughter, daughter Sharee Henderson (Ed Durfee) of Elgin; son, Jon Plueard of St. John; sister, Winonia (Terry) Thompson of Elgin and Arlene Plueard of La Grande; brothers, Austin (Gerry) Plueard of Elgin and Tom (Norma) Barton of Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews throughout Oregon and Washington.

The family would like to thank Norm and Melissa Hayes for the care they gave in the end  and the women of Heart and Home Hospice, who they said took compassion to a whole new level.

Memorial contributions in Marie’s name may be made to Grey’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City OR 97814.


Charlotte Ann Brown

La Grande


Charlotte Ann Brown, 75, of La Grande, died after a long battle with cancer on Dec. 1 at her home. A celebration of life will be announced later.

Charlotte was born Sept. 22, 1938, in La Grande to Alden and Jane (McClellan) Long. She attended UCLA and Washington State University. She married James John “Jiggs” Brown on March 8, 1960. After his passing, she met John C. Williams, who became her partner in life for the past 20 years.

Charlotte was very close with her family and friends. She loved tending her home and garden and enjoyed music, plays and the arts.

Charlotte is survived by her partner, John; sons, Stephen Jiggs Brown and his wife, Darilyn, of La Grande, Van Golden Brown and his wife, Tina, of La Grande; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jiggs; and sons, Gregory and Jimmy.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to a local charitable organization in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508
Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850.

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Luis ‘Louie’ Mauro Cordero



Luis “Louie” Mauro Cordero, 71, of Union, died Nov. 26 at Grande Ronde Hospital. No services are planned at this time.

Louie was born Jan. 4, 1942, in El Paso, Texas, to Tomas and Josefa (Venegas) Cordero. Louie lived in El Paso, Los Angeles, Queen Creek, Ariz., and Union. He was married to Maria Elena Arroyo.

Louie was an exceptional artist and sculptor. He also loved to train horses.

Louie is survived by his wife, Maria; children, Josefa of Union, Sabra of Union, Clark of Union, Janey of Union, Tom of Mesa, Ariz., Mary of Phoenix, Ariz., Lynn of Los Angeles, Louie Jr. of Los Angeles, Norma of California and Mary of Casa Grande, Ariz.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Online condolences may be made to the family at