Ethel Anderson Stewart, 89, of La Grande died April 9, 2001, at the Grande Ronde Hospital.
At her request there will be no public funeral service. Graveside committal and interment will be at 2 p.m. April 13, 2001, at the Island City Cemetery. Visitations will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Mrs.Stewart was born on Jan. 20, 1912, at North Powder to James A. and Cecil Ruby Myres Jones. She was a life member of Hope Chapter, No. 13, Order of Eastern Star; the Nydia Temple, No. 4, Daughters of the Nile Club; the Eagles Auxiliary, No. 259; the Rebekah Lodge; and the Lady Elks. She also was a member of the First Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Stewart was a charter member of the Oregon Trail Riders in Baker City, which was the first riding club organized in Oregon. The 36 original members made appearances and rode in rodeos and fairs in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, including at the Pendleton Round-up.
Mrs. Stewart enjoyed fishing and hunting and was a professional fishing flytier and worked at the Mid-West Tackle Shop. After leaving the tackle shop, she went into business for herself tying flies and shipping them to various outlets in the Northwest.
She married Thomas G. Stewart on April 3, 1978.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas G. Stewart of La Grande; stepdaughter, Bonnie Stewart of Seattle, Wash.; grandson, Tommy Stewart of Seattle; and other relatives and many close friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Mable Ann, Doris Fugel and Dorothy Person; a brother, David “Bud” Jones; and her former husband, Myron Anderson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children through the Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, Ore. 97850.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 13, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor