Obituaries for February 5, 2014

By Observer Upload February 05, 2014 10:47 am
Cornwell, Dobson, Hamblin, Wood, Holland, Schreeck, Beaudoin



Shirley Y. Cornwell

Formerly of La Grande


Shirley Y. Cornwell, 74, died Feb. 1.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, at Crossroads Community Church, 601 Jefferson Ave., La Grande. 

Shirley was born on Oct. 1, 1939, in Delta, Colo. She is survived by her children, Ron Cornwell, Yvonne Kurtz and Rick Cornwell; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Phyllis Henderson, Eloise Booher and Myrna Watson. 

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Sharon K. Dobson



Sharon K. Dobson, 74, Union, died Monday at home. 

A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.



Erma Pauline Hamblin

Formerly of La Grande


Erma Pauline Hamblin, 93, of Colville, Wash., and formerly of La Grande, died Jan. 30.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Danekas Funeral Chapel in Colville. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 12 at Hillcrest Cemetery in La Grande.



Melissa E. Wood

Formerly of Summerville


Mellissa E. Wood, 87, of Vancouver, Wash., and formerly of Summerville, died Friday at her residence.  

A full obituary will be published later. 

Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.



Pauline ‘Nannie’ Myrtle Bell Holland




Pauline “Nannie” Myrtle Bell Holland, 87, died Feb. 1 in her Union home. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends as well as her priest, Father Christopher. 

She was born to Irvin and Celia Bell in Iron Mountain, Mich., Jan. 30, 1927.

A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Union. There will be a recitation of the Rosary at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by a funeral mass at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 340 S.W. 10th, Union. A reception will follow at the church parish hall. A brief graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at Canyon City Cemetery, Canyon City.

Pauline traveled to Prairie City in 1949 to secure employment as a registered nurse at a local hospital. It was there she met and married a young rancher named Robert “Bob” Holland. They settled on the family ranch in Mount Vernon, where they raised their four daughters. Pauline and Bob were married for 51 years.

Pauline will be remembered for her love of family, her faith in God and for being the No. 1 Green Bay Packers fan. It can be said there was never a stranger in her home.

Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; her granddaughter, Shelly Upshaw, and her sister, Gerry Lindstrom. She is survived by her daughters, Cathy Holland (Bob), Barbara Oien (Terry), Patty Wilson, Beth Upshaw (Roger), as well as her sister, Judy Loudermilk, two nieces, three nephews, eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, with five more great-grandchildren on the way.

The family encourages people who can attend the service to wear the colors of the Green Bay Packers in honor of Pauline’s love of her favorite football team.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Union Food Bank or the Grant County Food Bank through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.



Audrae B. Schreeck

Baker City



Audrae B. Schreeck, a lifelong resident of Baker County, died at her daughter’s home in La Grande in the care of family in the early hours of Jan. 31. A funeral service for Audrae will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., in Baker City. She will be privately interred at Mount Hope Cemetery the following Monday. 

Audrae was born at home on the family farm outside of Haines on March 27, 1919. She attended elementary through high school at the Haines School and graduated at the top of her class. 

Her two older brothers, Walt and Ed, encouraged Audrae to continue her education after high school and helped pay for her to attend Eastern Oregon University (then known as Eastern Oregon Normal School), where she excelled academically, with a special love of English and biology. 

One time her father sent her, via the mail, numerous deceased animals, including birds and a skunk, for her to do taxidermy on for a biology class she was taking, earning special praise from her biology professor, Charles Quaintance. 

Later, she worked in Lime at the Lime Cement Plant, using her chemistry knowledge, testing concrete samples. As World War II waged on, she had the opportunity to continue her education at The Deaconess Hospital Nursing School in Spokane and taking classes at Gonzaga University.

At the end of World War II, Audrae’s one and only true love, Fred B. Schreeck, who served in combat in the Army in the European Theater, returned home to Baker and proposed to her. They were married on Nov. 7, 1945. Audrae and Fred raised their family in Baker. In 1967, the Schreeck family moved to Audrae’s parent’s farm near Rock Creek, where they began raising chickens, sheep and cattle along with a menagerie of cats, ducks, geese, pigs and a few horses, of which Audrae loved to ride, just as she had all of her childhood and adult life. 

Audrae was a naturalist and loved every living creature, with an affinity to nurturing the newborn. She was an active farmer and avid gardener, who one hour would be throwing hay bales off the back of a pickup truck to feed cattle and the next fixing the most delicious lemon cheesecake and homemade rolls. 

Her love of the outdoors was highlighted with family outings, which included fishing, hunting, camping, mushrooming and picking huckleberries. She also had a passion for poetry, especially poems about nature, and nurtured that love in her children and through them to her grandchildren. 

Audrae loved her family and demonstrated high moral values and integrity. She experienced great losses during her lifetime, but showcased strength of character in overcoming adversity. She was a woman of great intelligence and was an ardent debater. Late in life, Audrae expressed deep compassion for those in need and also came to believe more in the value of who she was than what she could do or what she owned. 

Audrae was preceded in death by her parents, Wyoma and Walter Coles; her husband, Fred, of 63 years; her son, Fred Jr., and her two brothers. She is survived by her daughters, Shelley (Guy) Hankins of Rochester, Wash., Sherry (Abel) Mendoza of
La Grande, and Sarah Susan Schreeck of Hermiston; her sister, Carmel Garrison of Portland, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Audrae was greatly blessed to not only see her grandchildren grow up, but to also know and love her great-grandchildren during her lifetime. She leaves behind six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made through Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. Suggested contributions are to Heart ‘n Home Hospice and Palliative Care of La Grande and/or Union County Walk for Warmth (Community Connection in La Grande). 



Elizabeth Anna Beaudoin




Betty Beaudoin, 88, of Enterprise died Jan. 17. 

The funeral service will be held at St. Katherine’s Parish in Enterprise at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 15 with Father Frances Obijekwu officiating.

There will be a luncheon and celebration of life at noon at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Enterprise. 

Betty was born in Philadelphia on May 3, 1925, and raised in Wilmington, Del. She worked for the Delaware State Tax Department and met Bill Beaudoin at a YMCA dance during World War II. She married Bill on June 3, 1950, at which time he brought her to her new home in Wallowa County.  

She worked for First National Bank as a teller for the first year. Then together they moved to the Beaudoin Ranch in 1951. She quickly adapted to country life. Betty became a homemaker and raised a family of four on the ranch. In 1974, they moved into their home on Alder Slope built by her husband, Bill. 

She worked for the U.S. Census Bureau, before selling Avon for more than 30 years until November 2013.  

Betty enjoyed the volunteer opportunities Wallowa County had to offer. She was involved with 4-H, VFW Auxiliary, Senior Meal Site and American Red Cross. Betty appreciated the people of the county and helped wherever she could. 

She savored the time spent surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. 

She enjoyed camping, mushrooming and huckleberry-picking. She was compassionate with animals and had a great friend in her dog, Jack. 

Betty is survived by her sister, Emma, and family; her children, Richard, Peter and his wife, Sandy, of Enterprise; Michele Rhodes of Aberdeen, Wash., and Renee Beaudoin of Enterprise; their loving families with 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. 

Betty was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 56 years, Bill Beaudoin.

The family would like to invite all who shared in her life to attend the service and luncheon.