Christine Marie Hovde

March 19, 2019

Christine Marie Hovde, formerly of her adopted hometown of La Grande, Oregon, died on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at her new home in the Tri Cities, WA., with her husband at her side. Gone too soon, from Lewy Body Dementia, at the age of 66.

As the saying goes; Heaven gained another Angel. However, this is no regular Angel. This is a Norwegian Warrior Princess Angel. She has long flowing auburn brown hair, bright eyes and a beautiful smile with matching dimples. Her love and joy for life are overflowing.

Chris brought happiness everywhere she went. She was a caring person and a hard worker. Her family was her world. She was married to her “My Mikey” for nearly 46 years. She had three children, and her biggest goal in life was to be a Grandma. She did that wonderfully, nine times over.

Words can’t express the pain we are feeling over losing her. If only we just had 5 more minutes. Until the day we can see you again: Thank You for being “My Chrissy”. Thank You for being our Mom. Thank you for being our Grandmother.

Chris was born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, near the Twin Cities, in 1952. She and Mike were married in 1973 at the church where they met—1st Baptist Church, downtown Minneapolis. Chris worked for Hennepin County in the 1970’s for several years, at the downtown Minneapolis twin connected towers of the new Hennepin County Government Center. She and Mike followed the Oregon Trail and moved west to Oregon in 1978. Chris and her family lived in Eugene twice, Ontario once, and then settled in La Grande for the past 38 years.

In La Grande, Chris was employed by the La Grande School District, at the District Office, for 31 years prior to her retiring in 2017. Chris was involved with the P.T.A. for many years, serving on the P.T.A. Board, and holding, at one time or another, all Board positions. She was an avid Bunco player, and very much enjoyed her Bunco group. Chris loved going out to sea with Mike, on five cruises, and she loved the ocean. Chris also loved going to Disney World in Florida, having visited there three times. Growing up watching the “Wonderful World of Disney”, and the “Mickey Mouse Club”, Chris loved all things Disney. She enjoyed M & M collectibles, along with lighthouses, and waterfalls. Chris also liked going on interstate motorcycle trips with Mike on their Honda Gold Wing, and she very much enjoyed attending Blue Knights events, and connecting with her Blue Knights friends—a second family, actually. She also enjoyed helping at Trunk or Treat, handing out candy to kids from the trunk of a La Grande P.D. patrol car—another second family, actually. Chris’ hobbies included crocheting, making quilts, playing solitaire, reading on her Kindle, and spending time with the grandkids. One of her favorite things to do was for her and Mike to go for a drive around La Grande and Island City every evening, as they had done for decades.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 46 years, Mike; daughter Maria Townsend and her husband Andy of Burbank, WA., and their four children: Andrew, Tierra, Tayah, and Trista; daughter Lisa Ricker and her husband Jake of Burbank, WA., and their three children: Ashley, Emma, and Kimber; and son Steve Hovde and his wife Faith of Pasco, WA., and their two children: Tyler, and Jaxon.

Chris and Mike moved to the Tri Cities in the summer of 2018, in order to be closer to the 15 family members who had moved to the Tri Cities from La Grande over the years.

The Family of Christine Marie Hovde invites ALL Family and Friends to attend the Celebration of Life for our Lil’ Norwegian Warrior Princess. The Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 18th, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Willow Elementary School Gymnasium, located at 1305 N. Willow Street, in La Grande, Oregon. This is a come as you are, casual, drop-in Celebration of Chris’ life. If on-duty, please feel free to wear your Department uniform to the Celebration.

At a later date, Chris’ final resting place will be at Grandview Cemetery.

If you knew Chris well, or even not so well, please come to Willow for her Celebration of Life. Willow is where she began, and, coming full circle, completed, her 31 year career with the La Grande School District. Chris touched all who knew her. SHE was truly a special person, had a quiet super strength, cared for others greatly, and is greatly missed.

Donations can be made in her honor to Shop With a Cop c/o La Grande Police, 1109 K Ave., La Grande, OR 97850.

Frances ‘Fran’ M. (Chavis) Votaw

La Grande


Frances “Fran” Mae Votaw, 90, of La Grande, died April 21 in Boise, Idaho. At her request, there will not be a service.

Known as Fran, she was born Aug. 8, 1928, in Lake City, Florida, to Joseph and Nancy (McCullough) Chavis. She attended John Dela Howe School in South Carolina. Fran married Don Rogers, and the marriage ended in divorce. She later married Curtis Votaw.

Fran was the owner of Fran’s Corner Antique Store in La Grande. She enjoyed antiques, sewing, dancing and traveling.

Surviving relatives include her children and their spouses, David and Naomi Rogers of La Grande and Shelby and Dan Nulf of Junction City; stepson, Pat Votaw; and seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Votaw; ex-husband, Don Rogers; and nine brothers and sisters.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Iva M. Collins


Iva M. Collins, 87, of Cove, died April 28 in Spokane, Washington. A viewing will be held from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. May 10 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Union, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 2 p.m. An obituary is forthcoming. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Ted D. Atkinson

La Grande

Ted D. Atkinson, 71, of La Grande, died May 1 at his residence. An obituary is forthcoming. Loveland Funeral Chapel will be handling the arrangements.

Amanda J. (Musick) Schuldt



Amanda Jane Schuldt, 40, of Cove, died April 24. At her request, there will not be a service.

Amanda, nicknamed “A.J.,” was born Nov. 13, 1978, in La Grande, to Richard and Kathy (Bates) Musick. She was raised in Cove and graduated from Cove High School. She married Levi Schuldt.

Amanda loved children, sewing and horses. She was a member of the Cowboy Church.

Surviving relatives include her husband, Levi Schuldt of North Powder; daughter, Nevaeh Schuldt of North Powder; parents, Richard and Kathy Musick of Cove; brother, Robert “Allen” Musick of Cove; grandmother, Wilmerth Bates; aunt and uncle, Carla and Gene; and great-aunt, Imie Bristow.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Robert Musick; grandfather, Floyd Bates; grandmother, Marjorie Musick; and brother, Caleb Musick.

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