Baker City, Oregon
Lillian L. McCoy, 97, of Baker City, died Dec. 25, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
Her memorial service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Services will conclude in the chapel. Private vault interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Lillian Louise “Peggy” McCoy was born Lillian L. Ray on July 5, 1904, to Ellen and Charles Ray on the Oil Comet Lease land in Bakersfield, Calif. She received a rural education. She married Austin Brooks Gribble and had one daughter, Elva L. Gribble Guyer. Austin preceded her in death.
Lillian later married George Henry McCoy. They lived in Caliente, Calif., where they owned and operated a grocery store for many years. After World War II, they moved to Keating, where they owned and operated the Keating Grocery Store. George drove the Keating School Bus and Lillian successfully sold Avon and Sarah Coventry jewelry and became a postmistress.
Peggy and George raised their two sons, George Guy McCoy and Ray Larkin McCoy, at Keating. Peggy loved music. She played the piano for dances at the Keating Grange and Medical Springs Grange where she was also a member. All who knew her remember how much she loved growing flowers. She used her other creative talents with sewing, crocheting, and all kinds of crafts.
Peggy’s survivors include her daughter, Elva Guyer and her husband, Don, of Baker City; her son, Guy McCoy and his wife, Sue, of Sunnyside, Wash.; her grandchildren, Ellen Youngbluth of Prineville, Robert G. McCoy of Mitchell, S.D., Sandra McCoy of Boise, Robert R. McCoy of Altadena, Calif., Kathy Krob of Snowhill, Md., and Carol Porter of Baker City; and great-grandchildren Matthew and Melissa Brooks and Kelly and Jacob Porter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George McCoy, and her son, Ray McCoy.
Contributions in Peggy’s memory may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children at 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201 or to the United Methodist Church. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, December 28, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor