Jeri L. (Dersch) Gilliland

La Grande


Jeri Lynn Gilliland, 62, of La Grande, died March 12 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A memorial service will be held in Enterprise in June.

Jeri was born June 16, 1956, in Terre Haute, Indiana, to Gareld and Mary Ellen (Schwab)
Dersch. She resided in Terre Haute and in Hermiston, Portland, Enterprise and La Grande. Jeri graduated from Terre Haute North Vigo High School. She served in the U.S. Air Force as a military police officer. Jeri married Jon Gilliland and they were married for 32 years.

Jeri was employed at Pendleton Woolen Mills, Terry Trailers and Department of Human Services, where she counseled disabled couples. She enjoyed photography and horseback riding. Jeri’s greatest achievement was finding her husband, Jon, and having two children after breaking her neck and becoming paralyzed and doctors telling her she would never have children.

Survivors include her husband, Jon; children and their partners, Erik and Taylor
Gilliland of Athena, Kirstin
Gilliland and Ian Buzbee of La Grande, and Jillian Tye of La Grande; sisters, Beth DeFrance and husband, John, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Sue Weger of Terre Haute; brothers, Gary Dersch and Jack Dersch, of Terre Haute; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gareld and Mary Ellen; sisters, Bonnie England and Kay Jones; and brother, Wayne Compton.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Bernice A. Page

La Grande

Bernice A. Page, 102, of La Grande, died March 18 at Grande Ronde Hospital. An obituary is forthcoming. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is handling the arrangements.