Grace Bartlett, a local writer and historian, died at the Grande Ronde
Hospital in La Grande, Oregon on Tuesday, February 9, 1999. At her request
there will be no service.
She is survived by her daughter Ann Hayes and her son Tom Butterfield,
both of Joseph; grandchildren Dan and Mark Butterfield, James and Blane
Hayes, all of Joseph, and Mary Kay Pace of McDermitt, Nevada, and Lori
Hayes-Kotter of North Powder; 15 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild;
and a stepson H. E. (Bud) Bartlett of Wellton, Arizona.
She was born May 27, 1911 at Coronado, Calif., the daughter of Robert
W. Sawyer and Mary Bigelow Young. They moved to Bend, Oregon, when Grace
was a baby.
Grace and Alfred Butterfield were married in 1932 in Bend and moved
to Wallowa County.
In 1936, when Grace wanted to find out something of the past of this
part of this country which was all new to her, she wrote to the Oregon
State Library. They advised her to "go see Mr. J. H. Horner." Articles
that she wrote with Mr. Horner appeared in the Oregon Historical Quarterly
for several years. In 1949 they published a small book called "Wallowa
The Land of Winding Waters." Mr. Horner died in 1953. Later Grace published
a revised and enlarged edition including something about Mr. Horner. The
last printing of this book was in 1994.
She continued to do research and wrote articles that were published
in the Walla Walla Union Bulletin, Idaho Yesterdays, Sunset magazine and
others. Her article about Wallowa Lake appeared in the Wallowa County Chieftain
in a series and then was published in another small book.
In 1976 Grace published "The Wallowa Country 1867-1877." She had thoroughly
researched, month by month and year by year, those 10 years in Wallowa
County history. A second printing was done by Ye Galleon Press in 1984.
Pika Press in Enterprise published a collection of her articles in
a book called "From the Wallowas" in 1992. A second printing was completed
in December of 1998.
People came by to visit or telephoned her to learn about the history
of the county. She wrote letters to the editor or called people on the
telephone when she felt something needed to be corrected.
The Eagle Cap Ski Club was organized in 1938 and Grace was a charter
member. In the not too distant past she skied at Ferguson Ridge with her
friend Cressie Green.
Grace and Harry Bartlett were married in 1955. They bred and raced
Thoroughbred horses in Oregon, California, and Arizona. Harry died in 1973.
In 1974 she was asked by Dorothy Wergen and the Wallowa County Court
to help put the Wallowa County Museum together. The museum was dedicated
in October of 1976 and opened for the summer season in May 1977. Grace
served as volunteer curator until 1995.
Grace was a grand marshal for the 1983 Hells Canyon Mule Days parade
and in 1994 was asked to be an honored elder in the Nez Perce portion of
the Chief Joseph Days parade.
Those who wish may make memorials to the Wallowa County Museum, P.O.
Box 432, Joseph, OR 97846.
Lloyd Leland Fisher, 72, died Feb. 8, 1999, at his home in Hillsboro
following a lengthy illness.
Born Nov. 3, 1926, in Enterprise, he was one of five children born
to James Edward and Vera Kyle (Draper) Fisher.
Lloyd was raised and schooled in Enterprise. He left school before
the end of his senior year to join the Navy during WWII. Following his
discharge, he returned to Enterprise and finished high school.
He served in the Air Force reserve, only to be called once again to
active duty during the Korean War.
In 1956 he moved to La Grande and in 1957 to the Beaverton/Hillsboro
area. He worked for GTE for 36 years, retiring in 1989. He was an engineer
in their communications division.
Lloyd and Naomi were married Jan. 5, 1994, in Hillsboro.
At the time of his death, he and his wife were attending Alliance Bible
Church. A former Mason at the Joseph Lodge, he also had been an active
member of the Tualatin Valley Gem and Agate Club. In addition to lapidary
and rock hunting, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Suzanne Turner.
Survivors include his wife, Naomi Fisher, of Hillsboro; daughters,
Renee Fisher-Schaeffer of Seattle, Wash. and Nancy Price of Aloha; daughters
and sons-in-law Denita and Joe Ware of Stayton and LaRee and Jerry DeBusk
of Redmond; sons Dan Leis of Cloverdale, Todd Holt and Tom Spicer of Hillsboro,
David Fisher and wife Gay of Vancouver, Wash., Douglas Fisher and wife
Sandi of Hillsboro, and Michael Holt and wife Judy of Keizer.
Other survivors include nephews, Jim Fisher of Asotin, Wash., Allyn
and Diane Fisher of Enterprise and Bill and Michelle Fisher of Hermiston;
niece Vera and Manford Isley, Enterprise; son-in-law Bob Turner of Beaverton;
22 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Private services were held Feb. 8, 1999, with Pastor Bud Makus officiating.
A Celebration of Life for Gladys Esther Wood will be held Saturday,
Feb. 20, 1999, at 11 a.m., at the Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise, with
Pastor Jim Sackett officiating.
Gladys died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1999 at Newark, Calif. She was born on
Dec. 19, 1910, in Lost Prairie to Lorenzo and Hattie Belle (Messenger)
Bacon. Gladys married Arthur Preston Wood on May 4, 1933 in La Grande.
Arthur preceded her in death on April 29, 1975.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Amy and Mae;
brothers, Ben, Tom, Spencer and Louis.
She leaves behind her daughter Kay Beeson of Newark, Calif., and other
Private vault interment will be in the Enterprise Cemetery. A full
obituary will be in a later paper. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of
Franciel Kimble, 92, of Salem, died Dec. 22, 1998. She was born in
Lewiston, Idaho, the daughter of Everett and Emma Cummings. Her mother
died when she was just a child..
She graduated from Enterprise High School in 1926. Franciel and husband
Clarence Kimble moved from Enterprise to Bend in 1928. They moved to Salem
in 1942 and she lived in Oregon most of her life. She worked as a clerk
with the State of Oregon Highway Department.
Franciel was a member of the First Methodist Church and Rebekah Lodge
No. 1. She enjoyed music, gardening, oil painting and tinting photography.
Her husband, Clarence, preceded her in death in 1986. Survivors include
her daughter, Doris Tilltson of Mount Vernon, Wash.; son, Lawrence of Fort
Worth, Texas; and two grandchildren.
Services were at Barrick Funeral Home. Entombment was in Mount Crest
A Celebration of Life for James Ivan Pullen was held April 12, 1999,
at the Wallowa Christian Church, with Pastors Gary Johnson and Mel Byers
Jim died Thursday, April 8, 1999, at the home of his grandson, Randy
and Julie Gorbett, in Pilot Rock. He was born on Dec. 5, 1907, at Jim Town,
which was east of Lostine, to Dick and Pearl (Roberts) Pullen. He attended
the Lone Pine School which was east of Wallowa, until the eighth grade.
Jim worked in the sawmills in La Grande, Wallowa and Elgin most of
his adult life.
He married Reta Wilson on June 7, 1936, in La Grande, and they were
married over 44 years. Reta passed away on July 15, 1980.
His hobbies were hunting, fishing, camping, and he loved the outdoors.
He was a dedicated, kind, loving and positive person to his family and
friends. He was also a very dedicated member of Wallowa Christian Church,
and was an Elder and Deacon for the church for many years.
Jim is survived by his sons; Stanley Wilson and his wife Bonnie, of
Emmett, Idaho, and Richard Pullen and his wife Bobbie, of Weston; grandchildren,
Gary, Steve and David Wilson, Linda Sue Muzzy, Sharon Stone, Carol Mansfield,
Kathy Morehead, Mary Oliver, Gayla Corbin, Wes and Randy Gorbett, June
Morehouse, Mike, Randy and Coran Morser; 34 great-grandchildren, and seven
He was preceded in death by his wife, Reta; parents, Dick and Pearl
Pullen; a daughter, Bonnie Gorbett; a granddaughter Terry; and his two
brothers, Charlie and Bill Pullen.
The family desires memorials be made to the Wallowa Christian Church
in care of the Bollman Funeral Home, 315 West Main, Enterprise, OR 97828.
A Celebration of Life was held for Carol L. Barton April 9, 1999 ,at
Wallowa Christian Church, with burial in the Wallowa Cemetery. Carol died
April 3, 1999 at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, Wash.
She was born on Sept. 16, 1934, in Wallowa to Samuel Benton and Malvina
Mae (Lorrie) Armon. Carol's fondest memories were when she was a small
child and lived north of Wallowa on Powers Meadows with her family. She
lived in Wallowa, Joseph and Lostine and attended school in each town.
She worked in the potatoes for Hatches in 1975 and 1976, then worked for
Rogge Mills for almost fifteen years.
Carol was happiest when she was in the out of doors, especially in
the woods camping, hunting, fishing, picking huckleberries and mushrooms.
She also loved working in her yard and flowers, and watching the birds
at the feeders. One of her greatest joys was watching her children and
grandchildren's sporting events. She spent many hours sitting at her kitchen
table playing games with her children, grandchildren and friends. Carol
also spent many hours reading. She loved her Church and doing things for
others. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend.
Carol married Norman Barton on Sept. 18, 1953, in the Wallowa Christian
Church parsonage. Carol is survived by her husband Norman; children, Norma
Touve, Nona Lathrop and Randall and Gale Barton, all of Wallowa; sister,
Carmen Prince of Enterprise; and nine grandchildren. She was preceded in
death by her parents; her brothers, Francis and Wayne Armon, and sister,
The family desires memorials be made to the American Heart Association
on care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 West Main, Enterprise, OR 97828.
Audra L. Ahrens, 82, a resident of Park Plaza Retirement Residence,
1400 Dalles Military Road, died Sept. 15, 1999, at St. Mary Medical Center.
The funeral was held Saturday at Shaeffer-Jensen Funeral Chapel, New
Plymouth, Idaho, with burial in Parkview Cemetery.
Mrs. Ahrens was born Feb. 18, 1917, on Smith Mountain, near Wallowa,
to George W. and Lillie Riggle Wise. She attended Smith Mountain Elementary
and Wallowa High School and earned a lifetime teacher's certificate from
Eastern Oregon College.
On Dec. 24, 1938, she married Marvin L Ahrens in Payette, Idaho. They
moved to Emmett, Idaho and then to New Plymouth in 1952 where they raised
their family on a registered Brown Swiss dairy farm.
After moving into town, she worked for the Shaeffer-Jensen Funeral
Chapel until retiring at 80. Mr Ahrens preceded her in death.
She sold her home there in 1998 nd moved to Walla Walla to be near
her daughter, Judy Thompson.
Survivors include daughter, Judy; three sons Rick of Monroe, Ron of
Wasilla, Alaska and Roc of Haines, Alaska; 10 grandchildren. Her great-granddaughter
Ashlyn preceded her in death.
LeRoy C. Isley passed away Oct. 3, 1999, in Walla Walla, Wash. He was
born Nov. 20, 1916 in Joseph, the son of LeRoy G. and Ethel V. (Scott)
He lived in Joseph until 1947.
Ivan was preceded in death by sister, Lela Colpitts; two brothers,
Willis Isley, and Wilber Isley.
He is survived by wife Peggie Ann of Walla Walla; daughter Darlene
Griffin of Pasco, Wash.; kfour sons, Wayne of Post Falls, Idaho, Ivan of
Spokane, Wash., Rockey Joe of Lacey, Wash., and Russell of Walla Walla,
Services are to be held at Herring Funeral Home in Walla Walla, Wash.
On Thursday, Oct. 7, at 11:00 a.m.
Funeral services for Roger Decker, of Wallowa, will be held Friday
Oct. 8, 11:30 a.m., at the Enterprise First Baptist Church, with burial
to follow at the Wallowa Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of
choice in care of the Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main, Enterprise, Oregon
Robert Morrill Butler, age 77, passed away Nov. 7, 1999, at his new
Wallowa home. He was born to Cleo Myrtle Morrill and Alva Butler Feb. 25,
1922, in Gallatin, Mo.
Bob and his wife Jeanie, resided for the past 17 years in Imnaha River
Woods. He enjoyed fishing on the Snake River and his hobby of casting pewter
chess sets. He was well known up and down the Imnaha River for lending
a helping hand, and he will be missed by all.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanie Phoebe Butler: two children, Eddie
Butler and Linda Simson: grandchildren, Robert Butler, Virginia Butler,
Sue Butler, Elizabeth Simson, Deborah Simson, and Patricia Simson; his
sister, Mildred Olin, and her three children, Joanne, Bobby and Conrad.
A Celebration of Life service was held Nov. 9, 1999 at Wallowa Assembly
of God Church with Pastor John Jefferies officiating.
Those wish may make contributions, in memory of Robert Butler, to the
Cancer Research fund in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 7th
Street, La Grande OR 97850.
Frank R. Snyder, 77, died Nov. 7, 1999, at his home in Asotin, Wash.
He was born Nov. 25, 1921, to Jeff T. and Ruby (Graham) Snyder in Anatone,
He married Margelene L. Earl on May 7, 1944, at Lewiston, Idaho.
Frank was born near Cottonwood Creek on the Grande Ronde river in Washington.
He attended school near where he was born up until the eighth grade and
received his eighth grade diploma. He then attended school in Asotin, Wash.,
and worked for Farrish Garage, and played his guitar around to town. He
also worked for Delbert Delore tending sheep.
Frank moved to Joseph and worked for Harley Tucker as a ranch hand
and helped bring in wild horses for the first Chief Joseph Days rodeo at
Wallowa Lake. He attended trade school in Pendleton for two years and worked
for a short time for Carl Sangster in Anatone, Wash., where he did farming
and cowboying. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 and guarded prisoners in
Utah. He guarded the first jet propelled fighter plane from Utah to California
on the railroad. He was discharged in 1946.
In 1946, they moved to Kooskia, Idaho, where they farmed until 1948,
and then moved to Paradise, where he ranched for one year. In 1949, they
moved to the Lewiston orchards and he worked for the Camas Prairie Railroad
until 1954. He began his career as a building contractor in 1954.
In later years, his son Frank A. (Pewee) Snyder joined him and Frank
continued working until 1998, when ill health forced him to retire. In
1963 they moved to Kettle Falls, Wash., where Marge and Frank helped operate
a restaurant. Frank still continued building, and in 1971, they moved to
Asotin, Wash., where they have lived since.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing music on his guitar. He loved
to be around people and he never knew a stranger.
Survivors include his wife, Margelene L. Snyder, of Asotin, Wash.;
daughter, LaVaughn E. Keenan of Kettle Falls, Wash.; sons, Frank A. Snyder
of Clarkston, Wash. and Earl J. Snyder of Colville, Wash.; brothers, Tom
Snyder of Wallowa, and William Snyder of Corvallis; nine grandchildren,
and nine great-grandchildren.
A sister, Lillian Beach, preceded him in death.
Visitation were scheduled from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday,
at Malcom's Brower-Wann Memorial Chapel, with services, also at the Chapel,
on Friday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m., and burial to follow at Vineland Cemetery
in Clarkston, Wash., with Pastor Dick Riffle of Orchards Community Church
Memorials may be made to Asotin Museum, 215 Filmore, Asotin, Wash.
99402 or Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, PO Box 7742, Spokane
Julie Gudrum Olsen Clark, 67, of Wallowa, died Feb. 22, 2000, in Enterprise.
Mrs. Clark was born March 19, 1932, in Astoria to Hans and Inger Olsen.
Julie grew up in the Astoria area attending school in Warrenton receiving
a perfect attendance certificate from Warrenton High School in 1950.
In June of 1950 she met and married Bill Clark. They lived in Warrenton
until 1969 they moved to Wallowa County's Leap area for awhile, then they
moved to Wallowa. Mrs. Clark had many careers but the one she loved the
most was being a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Survivors include her husband Bill of 49 years; a son, Doug Clark and
his companion Sherine of Hailey, Idaho; a daughter Roxanne Clark and her
companion Ivan Thacker of Wallowa; and four grandchildren, Drew and Machelle
Clark of Moscow, Idaho, and Sara Shoopman and Tyson Clark of Wallowa.
At her request the family had cremation. Contributions in leu of flowers
may be made to Bill Clark for the Grandchildren, PO Box 354, Wallowa, OR
Inez M. Yerkes
Inez M. Yerkes, died of cancer on Feb. 21, 2000, at Providence Hospital
Mrs. Yerkes was born Feb. 14, 1924, in Slade, Ky. Her maiden name was
Brown. Prior to living in Wallowa County, she resided in Dayton, Ohio.
She moved to Enterprise in 1970, she was a licensed practical nurse and
worked for Wallowa County Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1992. Prior to
marrying Roland Yerkes on Feb. 21, 1975. She was married to Otha Morrison
on Oct. 12 1946.
She was preceded in death by her husband Otha Morrision, who died in
1972, and her son Ronald Morrison who died in 1971.
She is survived by her daughter Linda Neace and son-in-law Jim Neace
and granddaughter Amy Magness, all of Portland; grandsons Scott Blessing,
Portland, and David Blessing of Colorado Springs, Colo.; four great-grandchildren,
Christopher and Austin Magness and Keenan and Amanda Blessing; stepchildren,
Charles (Fonda) Yerkes, Graham, Wash., Mary Duncan, Port Orchard, Wash.,
and Kathy Bruno, Pleasanton, Calf.; sister, Eunice Lambert of Dayton, Ohio;
and nieces, Donna Lambert, Patricia Schulke, and Ema Haggerty, all of Dayton,
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 4, 2000 at Mountain
View Christian Church in Joseph.
Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio. The family
suggest remembrance to the American Cancer Society in her name.
Iva Fay Weaver
Wallowa County native Iva Fay Weaver, 93, died Feb. 24, 2000, at Pleasant
View Care Center in Enterprise.
She was born Sept. 6, 1906 at Leap, the daughter of Frank Autho and
Iva Jane "Fisher" Downing. She married James W. Weaver, Dec. 1, 1925, in
Enterprise. He precedes her in death on March 23,1995. She is also preceded
in death by two infant brothers. Her life was centered around her family
and farming. Iva and her husband farmed on Alder Slope and Arkansas Hollow
out toward Ant Flat.
She is survived by her daughter Kathryn and son-in-law Dale Tankersly
of Boise, Idaho; granddaughters, Wanda Gustafson and Yvonne Morrison; grandson,
Shane Tankersly; six great- grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 6, at 2 p.m. at the Bollman
Funeral Home, with interment to follow at Enterprise Cemetery. Memorial
contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of choice in care
of the Bollman Funeral Home.
Orville A. Botts
Orville A. Botts, 80, of Pendleton died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, in Weston.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 1, at Burns Mortuary
in Pendleton. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart
Association or to a charity of the donor's choice through Burns Mortuary.
Mr. Botts was born Dec. 7, 1919, in Flora to Earl and Blanche Forbes
Botts. He grew up in Flora and attended school there.
In 1941 he entered the service in the Army Air Corp. He served in the
European Theater in World War II.
On July 3, 1948, he married Frances M. Miller in Winnemucca, Nev. The
couple lived in Burns and the Milton-Freewater area before settling in
Pendleton in 1971.
Mr. Botts was employed with Edward Hines Lumber Company while residing
in Burns. After moving to the Milton-Freewater area he was employed with
the Umapine School District in Maintenance and as a bus driver until 1971.
In 1971 he went to work for Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton
as maintenance and grounds keeper until his retirement in 1984.
He enjoyed camping and fishing and spending time with friends and family,
especially his four grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Frances Botts; a daughter and son-in-law,
Blanche and Keith Dames of Pilot Rock; a son and daughter in-law, Dale
and Janis Botts of Milton-Freewater; four grandchildren and numerous nieces
and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother.
Delbert Wesley Wart, 83, of Enterprise, died Feb. 26, 2000, at Wallowa
He was born March 17, 1916, in Joseph to George Washington and Ida
Francis (Graham) Wart.
He married Edna Opal Martin in June 1940. After her death in 1990,
he married Mae Esbenshade on Aug. 31, 1994.
Except for one year in a Portland shipyard and two years in the World
War II European Theatre, Delbert lived his entire life in Wallowa County.
From July 20, 1943, to November 4, 1945, Delbert belonged to a cavalry
tank division that landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. After D-Day, he spent
time in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe
and G033-WD45. He was also in the Battle of the Bulge and rode his tank
into Berlin. He was awarded the European African Ardennes Easter Service
Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.
At age 14, Delbert started working for local ranches breaking horses.
At this time, he shod his first of over 20,000 horses. He was a carpenter
for 30 years and during this period of time he also ranched, packed hunters
in for Gene Marr, and worked for the Wallowa County Road Department. After
retiring, Delbert still stayed busy. He was caretaker of the Wallowa County
Fairgrounds for 5 years and drove bus for the Oregon Department of Human
Resources and Community Connections as a volunteer. He also worked at Red's
Horse Ranch after retiring.
Delbert's other achievements include being a life member of the VFW
and Liberty Grange, riding the first qualified ride of the first Chief
Joseph Days rodeo in 1946, and being a co-founder of Mule Days. He was
honored as Mule Days grand marshal in 1999. He was a member of the Chief
Joseph Days committee for many years, a member of the Wrangler riding club
during its entirety and participated in at least two Appaloosa Trail Rides.
Delbert was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ida Wart;
his wife, Opal Wart; his sister Leona; and his brothers, Jake and George
He is survived by his wife Mae of Enterprise; son, David of McMinnville;
sister, Aleta Melville of Enterprise; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren;
six step grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces
Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 4, at the Enterprise
Cemetery. Memorial contribution in his memory maybe made to the charity
of choice in care of the Bollman Funeral Home.
Ralph Hendricks Justice, 85, of Walla Walla, Wash., died Feb. 23, 2000,
at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center
in Walla Walla.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary Regional Cancer
Center through the funeral home.
Mr. Justice was born July 13, 1914, in West Clarkston, Wash., to James
G. and Amanda C. Cox Justice. He attended schools in Enterprise and worked
in the area after graduating from Enterprise High School in 1932.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and served as an airplane maintenance
technician with the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was stationed
in the European Theater, including in France, Tunisia, Sicily and Central
Europe. A sergeant, he was discharged in 1945 and received the Bronze Star,
Good Conduct and American Defense Service medals.
In 1946, he married Edna Mae Renfrow in Walla Walla. He was a foreman
with Continental Can and retired after 30 years. Mrs. Justice died in 1972.
A special interest was race horses, and he raced his own thoroughbreds.
He also enjoyed crossword puzzles and was an avid reader. He was former
member of the VFW Post No. 992, BPOE No. 287 and FOE No. 26.
Survivors include two stepdaughters, Peggy Sullivan of Spokane and
Sally Martin of Meridian, Idaho; a stepson, Charles Hunter of Tortola,
British Virgin Islands; a brother, George Justice of Enterprise; his longtime
companion, Josephine Grassi; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 27, at the Herring Groseclose
Funeral Home in Walla Walla, with burial following in Mountain View Cemetery.
VFW Grant Farmer Post #992 conducted a ritual service.
Clair R. Driggs, 66, passed away April 13, 2000, at Northwest Medical
Hospital in Springdale, Ark.
Clair was the fourth of 11 children born to Bruce Driggs and Mary (Grapper)
Driggs in Alta Vista, Kansas, on Nov.16, 1933. The family moved to Sandpoint,
Idaho, during the Dust Bowl when Clair was a child. Clair moved to Wallowa
County in 1965 and worked for numerous ranchers in the Wallowa area.
He married Cheryl Peterson Taylor March 16, 1973. They moved to Missouri.
in 1976 and then to Arkansas in 1982 where they had a dairy farm.
Clair is survived by his wife Cheryl; father and mother-in-law, Mr.
and Mrs. Robert O. Peterson of Wenatchee, Wash., formerly of Wallowa and
Lostine; 11 sons, Don, Bruce, John, Jim, Kevin, Greg, Bucky, Kenny, Jimmy,
Kelly, and Tony; six daughters, Patti, Toni, Wanda, Cindy, Lori, Torie
and families; some 60 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; four
brothers; two sisters; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Memorial services were held at the Old Union Cemetery in Cincinnati,
Jodie D. McCarty, 49, of Baker City and formerly of Wallowa and La
Grande, died May 24, 2000, at her home following a long illness.
Mrs. McCarty was born Aug. 24, 1950, in La Grande to Joe and Phyllis
Conner. She was raised in Wallowa, and spent her life in La Grande, Baker
City and Grass Valley, Calif.
She married Jim McCarty in La Grande in 1978. She was active in Beta
Sigma Phi Sorority, and spent many years in the escrow and title business,
most recently at Elkhorn Title in Baker City.
Survivors include husband Jim McCarty of Baker City; mother Phyllis
Conner, Wallowa; brother; Kenneth Conner, Keizer; grandmother Inez McCrae,
Wallowa; daughters, Monica McPherson of Albany, Melissa Kellem of Branson,
Mo., and Karen McCarty of La Grande; son Mike McCarty of Seattle, Wash.;
four grandchildren; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded
in death by her father.
Memorial services were held May 30, with burial at the Wallowa Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Mountain States Tumor Institute at 151 E.
Bannock, Boise ID 83712, or in care of Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950
Place St., Baker City OR. 97814.
Ruth Anne Barton of Umatilla died at her home on Aug. 9, 2000, at the
age of 81 years.
Ruth was born on July 7, 1919 in Trenary, Mich., to Vance and Elizabeth
She graduated from high school in Trenary, Mich., in 1937 as salutatorian.
She attended Battle Creek College for one year, and then attended nurses
training in Kalamazoo, Mich., graduating in 1943 as a registered nurse.
She moved to St Petersburg, Fla., where she met and later married Gregory
F. Barton on Jun. 29, 1944. They moved to Oregon in 1944 and Ruth worked
as a nurse in Enterprise for several years until she took time off to raise
her seven children.
In 1962 they moved to Umatilla. She began work at Good Shepherd Hospital
in Hermiston in 1964 and then retired in 1975.
Ruth was a long-time member of the Umatilla Assembly of God Church,
where she had served as secretary and Sunday school teacher for many years.
Ruth enjoyed singing, gardening, needlework, crafts, making dolls, and
spending time with her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Gregory F. Barton; sons,
Keith Barton of Walla Walla, Wash., Scott Barton, Umatilla, Tim Barton,
La Grande, and Randy Barton, Hanover, Ind.; daughters, Marilee Moores,
Moses Lake, Wash., Wendy Tunison, Caldwell, Idaho, and Gwen Emerson, Nampa,
Idaho; brothers, Jack Pew, St. Petersburgh, Fla., and Bill Davis, Trenary,
Mich.; sisters, Mary Leibner, Mullette, Lake, Mich., Helen Cook, Cheney,
Wash., and Irma Elmore, Schwartz Creek, Mich.; 16 grandchildren; one great
grandaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents.
Graveside funeral services were held Aug. 11, 2000, at Desert Lawn
Memorial Cemetery, Irrigon. Those who wish may make contributions in Ruth's
memory to the Umatilla Assembly of God Church.
Jennie May Moys, 97, of Enterprise, died on August 9, 2000. She was
born on Dec. 25, 1902, in the Paradise area of Wallowa County to Lou and
Maggie (Prichard) Wilsey. She was a homemaker and worked as a cook in many
restaurants in Wallowa County. She was a life-time member of V.F.W. 4307
Auxiliary, and loved to fish.
In 1920 Jennie married Ervin H. Moys, who preceded her in death in
1969. Her parents and a sister, Opal Hooker, also preceded her in death.
She is survived by daughters, Macel Fisher of Wallowa, Janet Homan
of La Grande and Linda Crane of Union; and brothers Herman Wilsey of Carmichael,
Calif., and Marvin Wilsey of California.
Services were Aug. 12, 2000, with burial at the Enterprise Cemetery.
A memorial service Cy Kooch will be held Aug. 19, 2000, at 1 p.m. at
the Enterprise Cemetery. Cy passed away on July 30, 1999, at the age of
The service will include transporting his ashes to the cemetery by
the Kooch Clydesdales and wagon. All friends and family are welcome to
Clarence J. Stonebrink, 92, passed away Sept. 24, 2000, at Wallowa
Valley Care Center in Enterprise. Clarence was born Oct. 19, 1907, near
Dayton, the first of 14 children born to George W. Stonebrink and Grace
E. Edwards. When Clarence was three years old, the family moved to the
Leap area of Wallowa County, where they lived and farmed until 1921.
In May 1921 the Stonebrink family moved to northeastern New Mexico.
On the move, at age 13, Clarence drove a four-horse team and wagon. His
mother drove their Model T Ford, bringing the smaller children, while his
father and younger brother drove the other livestock and wagon. This trip
took 90 days. Clarence farmed and did custom combining with his father
until 1928 when he married Lettie Mae Worley; they were later divorced.
Six children were born, and one daughter preceded him in death in 1934.
Due to the drought and dust bowl in New Mexico, in 1933 Clarence moved
his family with horses and wagon to Steamboat Springs, Colo., where they
resided and farmed until 1941, when the family moved to Oregon and settled
on a farm near Yamhill. Here he was also involved in his own logging operations
in the Willamette Valley. In 1953, Clarence moved back to the Leap area
of Wallowa County where he has been involved in farming and ranching ever
In 1955, he married Vera E. Larsen, who preceded him in death in 1997.
Clarence joined the Odd Fellows Lodge at Grenville, N.M., in 1929,
and was a Past Noble Grand of both the Odd Fellows Lodges at Yamhill and
Enterprise. At age 57 he achieved a life-long dream of learning to fly
a plane and was a member of the Chief Joseph Flyers Club. Another hobby
was playing the guitar and for about 30 years he went once a week to play
old-time music with other musicians for the folks at the Wallowa County
He is survived by four brothers, Clyde of Enterprise, Roy of Yamhill,
Earl of Newberg, and Berle of Washougal, Wash.; five sisters, Gladys Biffle
of Clayton, N.M., Viola Miller of Craig, Colo., Nina Borroz of Vancouver,
Wash., and Geneva Hodges and Frances Tessman, of Newberg; daughter Ethel
Miller of Spanaway, Wash.; sons Wayne of Yamhill, James and Donald of Wallowa,
and Glen of Dallas; a stepdaughter, Joyce Morton of McMinnville; and numerous
grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Oct. 7, 2000, at Bollman Funeral Home
at 10 a.m., with vault internment at the Enterprise Cemetery. Memorial
donations may be made to the charity of choice in care of Bollman Funeral
Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise OR 97828.