Rachel Sarah Tuning, 93, of Baker City, died Nov. 14, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Roger Scovil of Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Rachel was born on May 26, 1912, at Richland to Clarence and Lyda Bogart. She was a 1931 Richland High School graduate and went on to nurses training in Baker City. She worked as a nurse at St. Elizabeth Hospital and later at Cedar Manor Nursing Home. In 1935, she married
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Viola Margaret “Vi” Devine McNulty, 96, died Aug. 8, 2005, at the Siuslaw Care Center in Florence. A private family graveside service was held in honor of Viola on Aug. 18 at Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. A rosary and Mass for the repose of the soul of Viola were offered at the St. Therese Catholic Church in Halfway. Vi Devine was born on Nov. 13, 1908, in Oklahoma to Herbert and Ida Cecilia Stroud Devine. At birth Vi weighed less than three pounds. Stories passed down from family indicate that her tiny head would fit in a teacup and
Patye Jo Hillmon Paul, 77, a former Richland resident, died Aug. 23, 2005, at the Kirkland Hospice Center in Kirkland, Wash. For nearly four years Patye had been fighting courageously and was very much determined to beat her advanced inflammatory breast cancer. She was very alert and involved with her caregivers and family to her death. She always held out hope from the day she was diagnosed, and continued to enjoy each day as much as possible. Visitations will be Friday from noon to 7 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Recitation of the Rosary
Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Lois Mae Bateman, 80, of Junction City, a former longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 13, 2005, at her home. At her request, there will be no funeral. Lois was born on July 1, 1924, at Monument. She moved to Richland when she was a small girl and had moved to Junction City from Baker City about 25 years ago. She enjoyed fishing, the outdoors and any kind of puzzles. She was a loving mother and sister. Survivors include her four children and seven grandchildren, Garry Molyneaux of Junction City and his children, Garry Jr.
Bertha Mae “Peggy” Melchior, 71 of Halfway, died July 25, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center surrounded by her family. A celebration of Peggy’s life will be scheduled later. Peggy was born and raised at San Diego. In 1950, while working at Rohr making airplane parts, Peggy met and later married Donald Johnson. They had one daughter, Sherry. That marriage ended in divorce. A few years later, she married James Robert Melchior. They had three children, Jim, Dorothy and Gary. When Jim’s tour of duty in the Navy was up, they returned to his home state of Colorado. After
Richland, Baker County, Oregon Phyllis Ann Jones, 80, of Baker City, died Aug. 1, 2005, at her home. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Baker Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St. A graveside service will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Pastor Gordon Bond of the Richland Christian Church will officiate. Visitations will be until 7 o’clock tonight at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Phyllis was born on Dec. 7, 1924, at Richland to Christia Miller and Eagle Bennehoff. She was a 1942 graduate of Eagle Valley High School at Richland
Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Joseph Henry “Joe” Bernard, 87, a longtime resident of Baker City, died Sept. 5, 2005 at St. Elizabeth Care Center. An open house and celebration of life will be held at the Baker Elks Lodge on Friday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m. Joe Bernard was born May 27, 1918, in Richland to August (Gus) Adolph Bernard and Mary Edna Buckley. He lived on his father’s homestead on Deer Gulch on Lookout Mountain near Richland until he was 5 years old. He attended school until the sixth grade in Tooele, Utah, before moving to Baker in
Richland, Baker County, Oregon Geraldine “Gerry” Graven, 85, a longtime Richland resident, died April 26, 2005, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Father Rob Irwin of St. Francis Catholic Church will officiate. Vault interment will be at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. There will be a reception afterward at the Eagle Valley Grange in Richland. Gerry was born on May 30, 1919, at Pendleton. She married Herbert Betsinger in 1938. She married Walter Graven on Jan. 22, 1944.
Lurley A. Sutton, 78, of Gresham, a former Baker County resident, died March 2, 2005, at Fairlawn Good Samaritan Care Center in Gresham after a long illness. There will be a celebration of her life at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Buckhorn Restaurant Banquet Room in Vernonia. Lurley Alveda Sass Sutton was born on Nov. 22, 1926, at Richland to Claus and Alveda Morrison Sass. She was raised and educated at Richland. After her high school graduation, Lurley moved to Portland. She worked for the Army Corps of Engineers where Lurley met her future sister-in-law, Madge Heman, who introduced her
Sparta, Oregon Delbert Ray Smith, 56, a lifetime Sparta resident, died at his home Dec. 6, 2004. There will be a celebration of his life at 1 p.m. Friday at the Richland Christian Church. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Richland Christian Church. Delbert was born on April 5, 1948, at Baker City to Earl Albert Sr. and Elta Louise Burchell Smith. He was actually in Baker City just long enough to be born, then immediately taken home to Sparta. He was raised at what is termed the “rock house.” Delbert went to