Myrna A. Stertz

La Grande

Myrna A. Stertz, 69, of La Grande, died July 13 at her residence.

An obituary is forthcoming.
Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

Amy J. Lively

Formerly of Union

Amy Jo Lively, 57, of Hood River and formerly of Union, died July 8 at Providence Portland Medical Center.

A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 3 at her sister Joni Capp’s home, 1658 Jeanette Road, Hood River.

A graveside service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center of Hood River. To leave a note of condolence for the family, go to

Sue E. (Hindman) Wirth

Formerly of La Grande


Sue Ellen Wirth, 77, of Durkee and formerly of La Grande, died July 4 at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa, Idaho. As she requested, there will not be a funeral. A casual gathering for family and friends will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 20 at the Durkee Community Hall.

Sue was born Jan. 19, 1942, in Baker, to Donald and Ida (Gerry) Hindman, the second of seven siblings. She grew up primarily in Durkee, attending the two-room Durkee School through the eighth grade.

Gifted in English and spelling, she became the county spelling bee champion in the fifth grade. In 1956, the family moved to the “big city” of La Grande, where she was felt fortunate to make four good friends with whom she graduated from La Grande High School in 1960.

Sue attended what is now Eastern Oregon University in La Grande and lived for a time in the southern San Francisco Bay area with different relatives, to whom she was always grateful for the opportunity.

In the late 1960s, she worked for Montgomery Ward and lived with her sister Judy in Portland, where she became reacquainted with Elwood Wirth of Lime.

Sue and Elwood married in 1969 in Boise, Idaho. The couple had two children: Monty (born 1970 in Heppner) and Christy (born 1974 in Salem). The family moved to Durkee in 1974, where the children were raised, and where Sue and Elwood remained.

Sue was a devoted wife, loving mother and joyful grandmother. She was always ready to provide her grandchildren with the appropriate amounts of candy, laughter and funny stories.

Visiting with her siblings, cousins and other relatives was about her favorite way to spend time. Sue also loved music, dancing and Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.

Sue was an outgoing, sociable person who enjoyed striking up conversations with total strangers. It was sometimes difficult to finish shopping at a grocery store, because she wanted to talk to so many other people in the aisles.

Sue loved meeting children of all ages, asking them their names and ages.

If anyone had a pet, she would ask what its name was.

Surviving relatives include her husband, Elwood; son and daughter-in-law, Monty and Beth; daughter, Christy; three grandchildren; brother, Jack Hindman of La Grande; and sisters, Patty Hindman of La Grande, Judy VanDyke of Dickinson, North Dakota, and Toni Alford of Vancouver, Washington.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Shirley Bloomer; and brother, Steve Hindman.