Gertrude Julia Clymer, 96, of Baker City, died May 26, 2008, at Meadowbrook Place.
Her graveside memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Gertrude was born in Baker City on April 13, 1912, to William Martin and Caroline Marie “Lena” Olbrich Webb. During her childhood years, she and her family grew a very large garden. They made their living by selling their vegetables and flowers door to door, using a wagon or sometimes a horse and wagon.
She and her siblings carried the joy of gardening on into their later years; her children refer to her as a “world champion hibiscus grower.”
Gertrude married George Willham Rohner on Sept. 17, 1939, at Baker City. George died in 1949.
She married Charles “Ed” Clymer on Aug. 27, 1950. He died in 1995.
Gertrude enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and especially dancing. She would often take the children with her to the Missouri Flat dance hall, and to the dance hall in Durkee.
Gertrude and her husband, Ed, traveled extensively during the 1980s, visiting many states along with Canada and Mexico in a truck and trailer. During this time they briefly lived in Arizona and Washington, but eventually returned to Baker City.
Survivors include her siblings, Hannah Renfro of The Dalles and Henry Webb of Boise; children, Marjorie Waide of Spokane, Wash., LaVerne Gregovich of South Fork, Pa., Ronald Clymer of Republic, Wash., and Deann Evans of Crystal Springs, Miss.; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, George Rohner and Ed Clymer; parents, William and Lena Webb; siblings, Elizabeth Flaxel, William Webb, Herman Webb, Bertha Veer and Joseph Webb.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 29, 2008
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor