Dorothy Himelwright Trezona passed away Sept. 15, 2000, in Aloha.
Dorothy was born Feb. 14, 1917, to Fred and Vesta Himelwright of Joseph,
and graduated from Joseph High School and Northwest Business College in
Spokane. She taught business classes at the college and later at Joseph
Dorothy married Robert Trezona in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, in 1940. To
this union were born three children, Carol, Joyce, and Bob. She worked
for Dean Erwin Real Estate and Insurance and later for the Wallowa County
Title Company. In 1968, she relocated to Portland. She continued to work
in insurance for 21 years, retiring in 1989 at the age of 72.
Dorothy was a talented musician and a gifted pianist. She and her three
sisters played duets, trios, and eight hand piano numbers. She was a member
of the Enterprise Christian Church and later was a member and organist
at the St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Enterprise. She was a member of
the Hurricane Creek Grange for more than 60 years, a member of the Eastern
Star, and the Alpha Iota Sorority.
She is survived by her children, Carol Trezona of Portland, Joyce Trezona
of West Linn, Bob Trezona and wife Julie of Hamilton, Mont.
She is also survived by grandchildren, Jason Le Corre and his wife
Jennifer, and great-granddaughter Madeleine Marie of Hillsboro; Jordan
Le Corre, Wilsonville; Casey Trezona and great-grandson Nithaniel of Bulls
Gap, Tenn.; Traca, her husband Hank Zellers and great-grandchildren Kyla
and Dylan of Bulls Gap; and sisters Beula and husband Stan Sager, Grangeville,
Idaho, and Maxine Kooch, Enterprise.
Her parents, a sister, Eunice McKinley, and an infant grandchild preceded
her in death.
Memorials may be made through the Bollman Funeral Home to the Hurricane
Creek Grange, Wallowa County Museum, or the Alpha Iota Sorority, Portland
Alumnae Chapter, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise, OR 97828. Graveside services
were held Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at the Enterprise Cemetery.
Inez E. "Ducky" Warnock, 67, of Milton-Freewater, passed away at her
home on May 17, 2001.
Inez was born March 19, 1934, in Joseph to Harvey W. and Nellie Ann
Nuxoll Scott. She attended grade school in Joseph, Stanfield, VanPort and
Portland. She attended Roosevelt High School in Portland, graduating in
1952. She worked at Montgomery Ward in Portland in the accounting office
from 1951 to 1958.
In 1958 she married Kenneth Dale Warnock, and they moved to San Jose,
Calif., where Mr. Warnock worked for Crocker Bank. In 1960 the couple moved
to Milton-Freewater where they owned and operated the Outwest Motel form
1960 to 1977. Mrs. Warnock went to work for Smith Frozen Foods, Inc. in
1978, where she continued working until her retirement in 1999.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1990.
Mrs. Warnock enjoyed reading and doting on her two grandchildren. She
was a member of Loyalty Chapter #175 Order of Eastern Star and Daughters
of the Nile.
She is survived by two daughters, Toni Warnock of Reno, Nevada, and
Lori Fox of Weston; a son, Tom Warnock of Portland; a twin sister, Ina
Ann "Debbie" Sandlin of Enterprise; a sister Joan Lee Repplinger of Beaverton;
two grandchildren, T.J. Fox and Tara Fox, both of Weston; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Warnock was preceded in death by her parents.
Services were held May 21, followed by a graveside service on May 22
at Prairie Creek Cemetery in Joseph.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shrine Hospital Burn Center
or the Doernbecher Children's Hospital through Munselle-Rhodes Funeral
Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.
Karin Elaine Skillings died May 14, 2001, at the age of 74 years at
Wallowa Memorial Hospital.
She was born Nov. 12, 1926 to Swedish immigrants Frank and Matilda
Oberg Johnson in Warren. She attended grade school in Warren, and high
school in Scappoose, Seaside and Garibaldi.
"Elaine" attended Oregon State University one year before her marriage
to Wallace Kirk in 1946. She and her husband moved from Columbia County
in 1972 to Wallowa, and Kirk died in 1975. Elaine graduated from Eastern
Oregon University in 1978. She then married Darrell Skillings in 1980 and
later divorced. Elaine worked as a junior accountant, and was a homemaker,
an avid gardener, and a member of the American Iris Society.
She is survived by her four daughters, Maureen Philbrook and son-in-law
Ron of Wallowa, Tilda Kirk of St. Helens, Phyllis Nagden of Othello, Wash.,
Patricia Nystrom of Inkom, Idaho, ten grandchildren, six great grandchildren,
and a brother LeRoy Johnson of St. Helens.
A graveside service was held May 19, in Bramlet Cemetery in Wallowa.
Contributions may be made to the Wallowa Memorial Hospital in care of Bollman
Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise, OR 97828.
Helen Ralls passed away May 17, 2001, at Wallowa Memorial Hospital.
She was born at Halfway on October 19, 1914. At her request there will
be no any services. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Clyde
and Gladys Fleenor of Enterprise; and nephew Claude Fleenor of Enterprise
and niece Meleece DeRoest of Seattle, and their children.
Donations may be made to the Alpine House in Joseph in her memory.
Betty Rose Day, 74, of Vancouver, Wash., died July 18, 2001. Betty
was born Aug. 24, 1926, in Joseph and her father and family helped settle
Wallowa County. She grew up and lived in Joseph until moving to the Pendleton
area in 1964. She worked at Pendleton Woolen Mills for 20 years, retiring
in 1986. She then moved with her husband Ken to Vancouver, Wash.
She served as caregiver to her husband until his death in 1984, and
was a member of the First Evangelical Church in Vancouver. She also enjoyed
jig saw puzzles, playing the organ and loved music Her family and friends
were important to her.
She is survived by her son Ed Day of Vancouver, Wash., and a daughter,
Roxana M. Breitenbauch of Washougal, Wash. She was preceded in death by
her husband and one brother.
A celebration of life was held on July 23, 2001. Memorials are suggested
to the Red Cross in her name.
Reta Pauline Boyd Beardsley, 81, a former Wallowa County resident,
died in Portland on June 8, 2001. She was born in Roseburg on March 14,
1920, the eldest child and daughter of Frank A. Boyd and Lora Shinn Boyd.
She was the granddaughter of early Wallowa County pioneers; John O. Boyd
and Placidia Boyd, Robert A. Shinn and Rosetta Shinn. When she was about
six months old the family returned to their homestead near Joseph. She
attended grade and high school in Enterprise and graduated in 1938.
She went to business school in Portland, and worked for the Home Insurance
Co. until she married Bruce Beardsley in October 1948. They lived in Portland,
Illinois and New Jersey until Bruce retired in 1967. They traveled in Europe
and the United States until 1976 when they bought a home in Salem. Bruce
died in 1985 and Pauline continued living in Salem until she was hospitalized
in December 2000. She returned to Wallowa County for Boyd family reunions
and her 60th high school reunion.
She is survived by her sisters, Frances Burbridge, Denver, Colo., Roberta
Johnson, Vacaville, Calif., a brother Gene K. Boyd, Hayden Lake, Idaho,
and a stepson John Beardsley, his wife Janet, three granddaughters, one
grandson, and two great grandsons.
Her ashes will be placed in the Boyd family plot at the Prairie Creek
Cemetery in a private ceremony.
Beverly Ann Gore, 67, of Wallowa, passed away Oct. 27, 2001.
She was born Dec. 1, 1933, in Reamer, Minn., to Homer and Lucille (Chapman)
Thorne. Beverly worked as an Informational Officer at Tri-Met. She was
a member of the Mormon Church.
Survivors include son Keith of Portland, brothers John Thorne of Wallowa
and Merllyn Thorne of Oregon City, sister Phyllis Stewart of Wolfe Creek,
and grandchildren Kristopher Hatch of Milwaukie and Casey Hatch. She was
preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial services were held Oct. 30 in Wallowa. Donations in her memory
may be made to the charity of choice or Hospice in care of the Bollman
Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise OR 97828.
Margaret Louise Snuffer, 92, passed away at the Wallowa Valley Care
Center in Enterprise on Oct. 20, 2001.
Margaret was born Dec. 21, 1909 in Sheridan, Madison County, Mont.,
to Oscar Samuel Paige, who came west from New Hampshire, and Nellie Kathleen
(Marshall) Paige of Montana. The Paige family lived in Montana until Margaret
was about five years old and then they came to Oregon via a train. They
resided then in Baker where Margaret got her education through grade eight.
At that time she was needed at home to care for her younger siblings.
At age 24, she and Ernest Snuffer from Promise were married on Sept.
1, 1934, at Weiser, Idaho, with her sister Elizabeth and brother-in-law
Thomas McGinnis present.
Margaret and Ernest lived most of their years together on their farm
at Wallowa, where they raised two daughters. Margaret's life had been dedicated
to her family. The labors of a farm wife are not easy and she did all her
tasks to the maximum. Large gardens were raised and preserved. Large meals
were served to family and harvest crews.
Ernest died in 1974, leaving Margaret a widow for 27 years. She maintained
the farm so that family could come see her and still know their heritage.
Children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren have known the joys
of "Grandma's Farm" at Wallowa.
Margaret left a legacy of spiritual faith, compassion, responsibility,
reliability and just pure love.
Survivors include her two daughters, Ann and Lynn, who blessed her
with a family of four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sister
Elizabeth McGinnis of Tualatin; brothers Gene Chadwick of Baker and Clifford
Paige of Chico, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded
in death by Ralph, Paul and Sam Paige, Kathryn Zufelt, and Fern Woods.
Services were held Oct. 27, with interment at the Promise Cemetery
CECIL MAE BAILEY
Cecil Mae Bailey, longtime resident of Wallowa County, passed away
Oct. 25, 2001, at Wallowa Memorial Hospital.
She was born in John Day to Harry and Myrtle McKern of Mt. Vernon,
Oreg. She was the eldest of four daughters. Cecil graduated from Mt. Vernon
High School, where she met her future husband, Bill Bailey. They were married
in 1939 in Lewiston, Idaho and have been married 62 wonderful years.
Cec and Bill moved to Wallowa County in 1947 and made their home in
Joseph. Cecil Mae was very active in Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile,
and was an organizer for the Order of Rainbow for Girls in Joseph, serving
as its first Mother Advisor. Cecil was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi.
In the early 1960's, Cecil and Bill moved to Imnaha, where they have lived
Cecil Mae was a devoted wife, and enjoyed music, her flowers, neighbors
and friends and her nieces and nephews. She especially enjoyed her niece
Lana, who was the joy of her life and along with Bill, was her caregiver
for the past two years.
Survivors include her loving husband Bill; sister and brother-in-law
Harryette and Erle Anderson of Albany; brother-in-law George Justice of
Enterprise; sister-in-law Lola Jacobs of John Day; and nieces and nephews,
Lana and J.R. Arnold of Imnaha, Connie and Bruce Harpole and Jeff and Kelly
Anderson of Albany, and Merlyn and Donna Black of Livermore, Calif. She
is also survived by numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews,
who loved their Aunt "Cece" a lot.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters, Dorothy
Coots Justice and Dollie Lee Reinertson.
Services for Cecil Mae will held at Bollman Funeral Home, on Thursday,
Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. Contributions may be made to the charity of choice in
Linda Lee Carlson, 59, of Lebanon passed away on Monday Dec. 17, 2001,
at her home.
Linda was born Nov. 8, 1942, in Oregon City, the daughter of Duane
and Wilma (Haun) Gorbett. She lived in Canby throughout her childhood where
she attended school.
She married Richard Carlson in November 6, 1965. In 1973, she moved
with her family to Enterprise where she worked as an office manager for
her husband for many years. She moved to Lebanon in 1997, when she and
her husband purchased and ran a farm and an orchard.
She has been very active in a worldwide Christian fellowship since
1977. She was a private pilot and enjoyed flying. She enjoyed spending
time with and was very involved with her family.
She is survived by her husband, Richard of Lebanon; father Duane Gorbett
of Woodburn; two daughters, Angela Train of Lebanon and Ginger Campf of
Tualatin; a son, Richard Carlson of Coos Bay; three sisters, Darlene Woolhiser
of Bend, Beverly Gorbett of Woodburn and Leann Rowlett of Portland; and
two grandchildren, Malinda and Brianna Train of Lebanon.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, at 11 a.m. at
the Huston-Jost Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Lewis Cemetery near
The family requests that memorial contributions be sent to the American
Cancer Society or to Lebanon Community Hospital Hospice, and direct them
to the Huston-Jost Funeral Home, 86 W. Grant St., Lebanon OR 97355.
Louise Alice Purinton of Newberg died Dec. 20, 2001, at the age of
Louise was born the daughter of William Edward and Mary Elizabeth (Stills)
Cooper in Troy on Feb. 19, 1914. Louise came from a family of six girls
and three boys, growing up and attending school in the Wallowa County area.
In 1930 Louise was married to Dwight Warren Purinton and they made
their home in Troy and Lostine, where she worked as a Licensed Practical
Nurse. Dwight preceded her in death on March 27, 1975.
For a short time she lived on the Oregon Coast and then in 1986 she
moved to Newberg to be near her niece, Rose, and nephews, Glen and Bill
Cooper. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Newberg and a
faithful attendee. She enjoyed writing poetry and wrote many poems. Louise
enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews as much as they enjoyed
spending time with her.
Surviving are one brother Richard Cooper of Castle Rock, Wash.; many
nephews and nieces; and those who have come to know and appreciate her
where she has lived and worked. Three brothers and five sisters preceded
her in death.
Services were held Wednesday, Dec. 26, in Newberg. A concluding service
will be held Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, at 2 p.m. at the Lostine Cemetery in
Bill L. Cramer, 72, of Boise, Idaho, died Dec. 16, 2001, in Boise.
Bill was born on Dec. 10, 1929, in Wallowa, the only child of Mattie
Christiansen and Willard Webb Cramer. He graduated from Wallowa High School
in 1947, attended Eastern Oregon Community College and graduated from the
University of Oregon in 1955.
Bill served in the U.S. Navy in Puerto Rico and returned to Oregon
to marry Joan Davis in 1953. It was a lifelong partnership. Bill worked
for Blue Cross for 37 years including 12 years with Blue Cross of Oregon
and 25 years with Blue Cross of Idaho. He held several management positions
before his retirement in 1992 as the Director of Underwriting and Corporate
Bill loved golf, traveling, reading, spending time at the cabin in
the Wallowa Mountains, rooting for his Oregon Ducks and his favorite animal,
Cat. Bill was a faithful loving husband, protective father and grandfather
and loyal friend.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joan; daughters, Caron Gallagher
and husband Michael of Golden, Colo.; and Carla Latta of Boise, Idaho;
a son Chris and his wife Julie of Boise; and six grandchildren, Kevin,
Matt and Kelli Gallagher, Jon Latta and Cory and Katelyn Cramer.
No services are planned at this time. A private family memorial service
and scattering of cremains will take place in the Spring of 2002 when the
flowers are blooming in the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon, his
first and last home.
Ora Dell Berry, 95, of Wallowa, died at the Wallowa Valley Care Center
in Enterprise on Jan. 30, 2002. Ora was born Sept. 21, 1906 in Wallowa
to Phillip Prince and Sara (Reed) Prince. She spent her life as a homemaker
and was a member of the Christian Church in Wallowa. She married John Wesley
Berry, who died in 1973. Ira was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary,
Kruse Unit 72, and a life member of Past Noble Grande of Carnation Rebekah
Lodge No. 157, IOOF of Wallowa County.
Ora always had a helping hand and heart to give where it was needed.
She loved the outdoors, the trips to the hunting cabin the trips to Mt.
Adams for huckleberries, and the trips to Richland to fish and camp.
Survivors include her daughter Lovelle Ranta of Puyallup, Wash., a
brother Lester Prince of Union, and a sister Eva Dern of Wallowa, three
grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by
her parents, her husband, six brothers and five sisters.
Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Christian Church in
Wallowa at 11 a.m., with Mel Byers officiating. Interment will be at the
Wallowa Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the Wallowa Valley
Care Center, in Enterprise.
E.F. "BILL" COOL
Known as Bill to all who knew him, Eldon Floyd Cool passed away in
his sleep Jan. 29, 2002, at the age of 92 at Wallowa Valley Care Center
Born fifth in line of 11 children in Indiana, the family arrived in
Ione around 1919, living there until Bill was grown. In the early years,
Bill sheared sheep from Arizona to Montana every year, meeting Edna in
Three Forks, Mont. in 1933. After their marriage in 1934, Bill and Edna
followed the sheep until 1942. The summer of 1935 Bill packed and worked
as a fire lookout for the Forest Service until 1940, while still shearing
sheep in the spring.
Moving to Wallowa County in 1940, Bill and Edna bought a ranch on the
Divide where they farmed and raised cattle. They moved near Enterprise1948,
so his daughter Louise could attend school, and the family lived in Enterprise
and Joseph until 1957 when they bought the Prairie Creek Ranch, farming
and raising cattle until he retired in 1977.
Bill enjoyed fishing, camping and traveling with wife Edna during his
retirement. Even though he only had seven grandchildren, 25 called him
"Grandpa Bill." Even in the nursing home he was known to all the children
who visited as the "Cool Mr. Cool."
Survivors included his daughter and son-in-law Louise and Aldo Kunz,
son and daughter-in-law Dan and Linda Cool, six grandchildren, eight great
grandchildren, sister Mabel Miller of post Falls, Idaho, and numerous nieces
and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Edna in 1999, grandson
Josh Cool in 1995, three sisters and six brothers.
Funeral services were held Feb. 1 with private interment at Prairie
Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Home
Health in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise OR
Delbert A. Quesenberry, 83, of Pendleton, formerly of Enterprise, died
Feb. 2, 2002.
Delbert was born March 25, 1918, in Enterprise to Henry Allen and Bertha
V. Ownbey Quesenberry. He graduated from Enterprise High School, and married
Eula I. McAfee on May 9, 1941 in Sparks, Nev. He did lots of trapping,
hunting and fishing. He and his wife operated the Trading Post at Wallowa
Lake for 20 years, and was manger of the Elks Lodge in Enterprise for several
years. He like to play cards.
Survivors include his wife Eula of Pendleton; daughter Nancy Forth
of Pendleton; granddaughter Stacy Sewell and great-grandson Brendan Sewell,
both of Burlington Wash.; and four stepgrandchildren.
Services were held Feb. 5 at the Community Church in Enterprise, with
interment at the Enterprise Cemetery.
Flora Alice James
Flora Alice James died July 19, 2002, at a Spokane, Wash., area hospital.
Flora was born at Colville, Wash., on March 24, 1920 to Henry C. and Alice
After marrying Bainard “B. W.” James, Flora drove cat skidding logs
and ran a log loader during WWII. After living in Republic, Wash., for
several years, the James settled in Enterprise, where they continued to
log until 1970 when they switched to cattle ranching and grain farming.
Mrs. James is survived by her husband B. W. James of Enterprise; son
and daughter-in-law Randy and Barbara James of Enterprise; daughter and
son-in-law Connie and Edward Sullivan of Pomeroy, Wash.; and grandchildren
Chad and Angel Sullivan of Pomeroy, Wash., and Dustin and Cody James of
A funeral service was held July 24 at the Bollman Funeral Home with
interment following at the Enterprise Cemetery. Memorial contributions
in Mrs. James’ memory may be made to the Cancer Fund, care of Bollman Funeral
A memorial service for former county resident Catherine (Katie) Hulse,
80, of Coeur d’ Alene, ID, will take place at the Lostine Presbyterian
Church on Saturday, August 17 at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Jerry Raedeke will officiate.
All family and friends are invited to attend.
Burton B. Burkhart
Burton B. Burkhart, 83, of Joseph, died August 9, 2002 at Wallowa Memorial
Hospital in Enterprise. Private funeral services are pending at this time
and a more complete obituary will be published next week.
Slim Bronson, 92, of Imnaha, died August 11, 2002 at home. Memorial
services are being planned for a later date and a more complete obituary
will be published next week.
Wingert Craig Walker
Wingert Craig Walker, 57, died August 5, 2002 at home in Newberg. Craig
was born to Wingert “Dee” and Frances Marion (Isom) Walker in Enterprise
on March 4, 1945. After graduating from high school in 1963 in Ontario,
Mr. Walker moved to Portland, married Debbie Harris, lived in Aloha and
finally settled in Newberg. He enjoyed Wallowa Lake, golfing, and spending
time with family and friends.
Craig is survived by a son, Thomas Walker of Banks; a daughter, Tera
Hilton of Newberg; his mother, Frances Walker of Newberg; two sisters,
Janis Drinkwater of Oregon City and Kris Bauman of Newberg, two grandchildren
and three nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, Wingert Walker.
Memorial services were held Saturday, August 10 in the First Presbyterian
Church in Newberg. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian
Church of Newberg, care of Attrell’s Newberg Chapel, 207 Villa road, Newberg,