Lucille Nevala, 76, a longtime Baker City resident, died March 9, 2008, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
Family and friends will gather in her honor at noon Thursday at The Sunridge. At her request, her body was cremated.
Mrs. Nevala was born on May 8, 1931, at Baker City where she was raised by her mother, Frances Calder Merritt, and her stepfather, Charles E. Coffelt.
She moved to Boise in 1947 where she met her future husband, William B. “Bill” Nevala, while working at Walgreens Drug Store. They were married on May 14, 1949. They returned to Baker City and Bill went to work logging.
They had two children: Steven Paul Nevala and Patricia Lynn Nevala Bahn.
Lucille enjoyed working in her home, gardening and especially taking care of her family and helping her friends.
The family would especially like to thank her friends for all of their love and support over the years and during her illness.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill; and her son, Steven.
Survivors include her daughter, Pat Bahn of Redmond; her grandchildren, Gabriel Nevala of Bozeman, Mont., Ryan Nevala of Boise and Kristen Sponar, of Gig Harbor, Wash.; and great-granddaughter, Savanah Nevala of Bozeman, Mont.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation, through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97184.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 12, 2008
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor