OBITUARIES: Monday, March 17

By Observer Upload March 17, 2014 10:35 am
Campo, Hayes, Hender



Neil D. Campo

La Grande

Neil D. Campo, 81, of La Grande, died Saturday at Grande Ronde Hospital. A full obituary will published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.



Mary Louise Hayes



Longtime Joseph resident Mary Louise Hayes died peacefully on March 10 with loving family by her side.  

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Katherine’s Church in Enterprise, followed by a gathering for light lunch in the church hall. 

Mary was born in Cheyenne Agency, S.D., on July 5, 1921, the sixth of 12 children born to Roy and Lena Hall. There were three girls in the family, and nine brothers who were all U.S. military veterans.

The family moved to Oregon and Idaho in the mid-1930s during the Great Depression, and ultimately in 1938 settled in Joseph, where Mary attended Joseph High School and graduated with the Class of 1939.  

Following graduation, she married the love of her life, Kirk Hayes, and they promptly settled at the Hayes family home in Joseph, which had been homesteaded by Kirk’s grandparents in the 1870s. It was on this Century Farm they blissfully resided until Kirk’s passing in 2005, and where Mary remained until her death.

Mary worked at Boise Cascade for many years as the office manager at the Joseph office, as well as working side by side with Kirk on their farm. She was an active member of St. Katherine’s Catholic Church in Enterprise, a member of PEO Chapter R, active with the Wallowa County Museum and served for more than 20 years as a volunteer archivist for the Wallowa Valley Arts Council. 

Kirk and Mary were the proud grand marshals of Chief Joseph Days in 1998. 

Mary loved knitting, cooking, sewing, canning, gardening, skiing, ice skating, fishing, bridge club, fashion, picnics at the pond, riding their horse “Peanuts” and laughter with her many friends and family. She had a sense of style that could be unrivaled in any large city, and she loved to travel. However, she never wanted to be away for more than a week from her beautiful home and farm and the Wallowa Mountains. 

Mary is survived by her sister, Helen Pearson of Caldwell, Idaho; three brothers, Bill Hall of San Diego,  and James and Joe Hall of Issaquah, Wash.; five sisters-in-law, numerous nieces and nephews who were precious to her. 

She also cherished her countless, very dear lifelong friends. Her endless humor and gentle spirit, along with her selfless and giving nature, endowed everyone who knew her with a lifetime of precious and endearing memories. Mary’s laughter will be with those who knew her forever.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to Wallowa County Museum or PEO Chapter R.



Thelma Marion Victor Hender

Formerly of Enterprise


Thelma Marion Victor Hender, 92, of Waitsburg, Wash., and formerly of Enterprise, died March 11 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise. Interment will follow at the Enterprise Cemetery. Bollman Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Thelma was born April 23, 1922, in Wallowa, where she attended school until her family moved to Enterprise in 1934.

During World War II, her family moved to Hermiston, where she worked in a drug store. There, she met and married Virgil Anderson.

After living in Twentynine Palms, Calif.,  they moved to Waitsburg, Wash., where Virgil worked for the city police until his death.

Later, she met and married Al Hender, who also preceded her in death.

Thelma loved to dance, sew and tend her flower garden. She also attended to her family and their needs.

She is survived by her brother, Mel Victor of Enterprise, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Lula Victor; and three brothers, Curly, Emerson and Kermit Victor.