Helen Marie Bower, 86, of Hilgard died Nov. 19 at a local care center. A celebration of life will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Bower was born Oct. 8, 1919, to Paul and Elsie Rudger Marti in Joseph, and graduated from high school in Cambridge, Idaho. She married Buck Bower on July 16, 1938, in Weiser, Idaho, and moved to this area 33 years ago from the Huntington area.
She worked in the cafe at Blue Mountain Lanes for about 20 years. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and a past member of the Eagles, Eastern Star, VFW Auxiliary and the Lime Sewing Club. She enjoyed playing the piano and making dolls, including ceramic work, assembly, painting and making the clothes.
Survivors include children and their spouses, Joan and Tom Hosey of Hilgard, Jean Smith of La Grande, and Karlee and Ivan Langley of Lime; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, a son, Ronald LeRoy Bower, three brothers, Paul Jr. “Bud” Marti, Harry Marti and Eugene Marti, and a great-granddaughter, Shannyn Lee Miller, all died earlier.
The Observer, Obituaries for the week ending Nov. 26 – Published: November 28, 2005
Contributed By: Sue Wells