Maude Pearl Coombes, 97, of Haines, died Dec. 8, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
Disposition was by cremation at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Crematory. Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Baker City Christian Church, 2998 Eighth St. Pastor Roger Scovil of the church will officiate.
Mrs. Coombes was born on April 1, 1904, at Pine Hill, Ky., to John Clark and Liza Edwards Johnson. She was the last of 12 children.
She moved from Kentucky to St. Maries, Idaho, and then to the Republic, Wash., area where she met Oscar Cullen Coombes. They were married on May 12, 1922.
They lived in various places in Washington until the fall of 1928 when they came to Sparta. They lived in various places in Eastern Oregon until 1940 when they established their home on Salmon Creek near Baker City.
They left the area during the war years and went to Stanfield to help in the war effort. They kept their home on Salmon Creek as their permanent residence. She and Oscar were married just short of 66 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Clark and Liza Edwards Johnson; her husband, Oscar; brothers, Alonzo, Freeman and Gay Johnson; sisters, Ida, Georgia, Laura and Dora; daughter, Erma Gray; a granddaughter, Jean Haluber; and a great-grandson, Virgil Knight.
Survivors include Donald Coombes of Haines, Benjamin and Doris Coombes of Stanfield, Jasper and Lois Coombes of Richland, George and Perry Coombes of Silegmon, Mo., Edward and Elise Coombes of Winchester, Idaho, and Jabudah and Alan Grossmiller of Baker City; 30 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren and 30 great-great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Gertrude Spencer of Troy, Idaho, Dorothy Stuart of Omak, Wash., and Vertha Berry of Woodland, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 11, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor