Miscellaneous Wallowa County, Oregon Obituaries


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Dorothy Trezona 
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 High School.
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, 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 since.
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 her memory.

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 Sweet Home.
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 87.
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 Lostine.

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 Planning.
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.

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 in Enterprise.
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 97828.

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 Campbell Kinsley.
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 Enterprise.
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 Home.

Catherine Hulse
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
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, OR 97132.

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