Beverly June Carman, 79, of Union, died April 12. A celebration of life begins at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Union United Methodist Church with a potluck gathering at the church to follow immediately after the services. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.
She was born Nov. 2, 1928, to Roy F. Gipson and Blanche E. Wilson in Union. Beverly was married 25 years to Homer Collins and they had two children: Blanche Ann (Collins) Leonard and Thomas Roy Collins. She was married to Paul Carman for 31 years until his death in 2005.
Beverly worked for G. I. Hess as a bookkeeper at the Union Lumber Mill. She was a homemaker for many years while raising the children and was a bookkeeper for K-Log Logging Inc. – a business she ran with her first husband, Homer Collins.
She worked for GTE for 15 years after the children were grown until her retirement in 1993. Beverly was a Cub Scout leader, room mother, 4-H knitting leader and a Brownie leader. She enjoyed crocheting, painting, sewing and squaredancing. Those who knew her say she immensely enjoyed her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by two children and their spouses, Blanche and her husband, Emery Leonard, of La Grande, Tom and his wife, Jeannie Collins, of Elgin; four stepchildren, Sandy and her husband, Ron Droke, of Union, Paul and his wife, Brenda Carman. of Union, Elvin and his wife, Carolyn Carman, of Montana, and Rod Carman of Portland; five grandchildren, 12 great-grandhildren; numerous step-grandchildren; siblings, Dick Gipson of Firth, Idaho; Roy and his wife, June Gipson, of Nampa, Idaho; and Janice and Gail Keffer of Joseph.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husbands.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bobcat Scholarship Foundation, the Union Cemetery drinking fountain or any other charity.
La Grande Observer, Obituaries for the week ending April 26, 2008