Cora J. Knight

La Grande

Cora J. Knight, 84, of La Grande, died July 25 at her residence. A private family memorial is planned. (The Observer previously announced a graveside service, but the family prefers to keep the service private.) An obituary is forthcoming. Arrangements are entrusted to Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory.

Angela (Simonson) Kirby

Formerly of La Grande

Angela “Angie” Kirby, 43, of Haines and formerly of La Grande, died Aug. 2 of cancer. A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Known as Angie, she was born Jan. 29, 1976, in Quincy, Illinois, to Leonard and Carolyn Simonson. She was a vivacious child who grew into a beautiful lady full of life. Angie was raised in La Grande. She also lived in Ewing, Missouri, and in Ontario and Baker City.

Angie attended OHSU through EOU and earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing. After graduation and passing her NCLEX, she worked on the medical surgical floor at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City. Angie loved being a registered nurse and taking care of people. She was affectionately referred to as “the short one with an attitude.”

Angie married John Kirby in April of 1996. They met while they were both employed at Marvin Wood Products in Baker City. They later divorced.

Angie enjoyed traveling, hiking, yard work, music and shopping. Her most memorable accomplishments included the births of her children and earning her bachelor’s degree.

Angie lost her battle with cancer, but she put up a hard courageous fight all the way to the end. She will be missed by her furry companions, Bear and Addison.

Surviving relatives include her daughters, Kayla and Kimberly Kirby; mother, Carolyn Crabb; sisters, Tammy Jardine and Vicki Simonson; and brother, Dean Simonson.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leonard Simonson Sr., and grandparents, Murial Hardisty, Claude Crabb, and Leonard and Geraldean Simonson.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hilary Bonn Benevolence Fund in care of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway 97834.

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