Elizabeth Bonnie “Betty” Cordell, 83, a former Baker City resident, died June 6, 2002, at the Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital at Elko, Nev., after a long illness.
Her memorial graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate.
She was born on Dec. 12, 1921, at Isley, Wyo. She was the third child of Charles and Bonnie Harnish. She was raised at Horse Creek, Wyo., and spent most of her adult life in Baker City. She had lived at Elko, Nev., just a short time before her death.
She was a housewife who enjoyed crocheting, fishing, singing, participating in the Kitchen Band, bowling, keeping bowling scores and playing the piano for family and friends.
She married Robert C. Johnston in 1938 and they had four children together. After her husband’s death, she married Sammy Cordell in 1974.
She also was preceded in death by her second husband; her parents; three brothers, Chuck, Ivan and Jake; a sister, Ruby Harnish; a son, Robert C. Johnston; and a daughter, Ruby Roy.
Survivors include her four brothers, Ben and Rick Harnish of Wheatland, Wyo, Jim Harnish of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Ray Harnish of Littleton, Colo.; her son, Guy Johnston of Elko, Nev.; her daughter, Betty Lou English of Fairview; three stepchildren, Brian Cordell, Mary Lynn Rucker and Debbie Deenin; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and many loving friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 18, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor