Bertha Robinson, 94. died May 13 in McMinnville, surrounded by her family.
Born in Pleasanton, Neb., on Aug. 20, 1918, to William and Mary Pearson, Bertha was the youngest of five children. 
She married Kenneth Donaly in 1933, and they had their son, Michael, in 1940. A few years later, they moved to Warrenton, where their daughter, Sheila, was born. After the war, they moved to Astoria, where they purchased and ran a chicken farm. 
After Kenneth’s untimely death in 1956, Bertha married family friend and educator John Robinson. The Robinsons lived in Florence, then Milwaukie. 
In 1972, the Robinsons took their lives in a whole new direction. They moved to Crane, taking jobs as dorm patron and matron of a small public boarding school for ranch students from southeastern Oregon and northern Nevada. They split their time between the school and helping John’s aging mother with her cattle ranch nearby.
After inheriting the ranch, and while still overseeing its operation, the Robinsons moved to McMinnville in 1988, where John passed away in 1998. Bertha lived independently in her home until she moved to The Villas at age 92.
Bertha was an active bridge player and reader. She also loved to travel. During her lifetime she took several trips and cruises to Europe as well as the Panama Canal, Hawaii, Japan, Hong Kong and South America. Her favorite trip was a Greek Island and Italian cruise taken with 15 of her friends and relatives in 2010.
Bertha also loved to entertain and was often the life of the party with her quick wit, infectious laugh and warm smile. Nothing gave her more joy than to be with her friends, family and extended family. 
Bertha is survived by her son, Michael Donaly; daughter-in-law, Becky; daughter, Sheila McCluskey; son-in-law, Vernon; and  grandchildren, Brad Donaly, Lance Donaly, Shellie Lewis, Kenneth Boyer, and Patrick McCluskey; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 390 NE 2nd Street, McMinnville, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22. Interment will be held at Oceanside Cemetery, Astoria/Warrenton.
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Eva Jean Blake 1951-2013

Posted on May 22nd in Obituaries
Eva Jean Blake, 62, died on May 16 at her home.
Eva was born on January 18, 1951, in Caldwell, Idaho to Edgel E. Roper and Emogene M. McBride.
“Jeanie” loved life but went to be with her daughter, JoJo, and son, Shawn. Even though she had to leave what she loved to do the most, and that was spending time with her husband and true love, Darrel.
Eva Jean Blake is survived by her husband, Darrel Blake of Burns; sons, Billy Riley of Winnemucca, Nev. and Ronnie Riley of Parma, Idaho;  17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
You can sign and send your condolences online for the family at LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Gene Dale Parker,   84, died March 27 at his home in Tigard following a long illness.
Gene was born December 19, 1928, in Burns.
He was the seventh of seven children, born to James Melvin Parker and Sarah Katherine Bennett.
Gene is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two sons, Alton Dale Parker and wife, Marion, of Tualatin, and Chris Parker and wife, Judy, of Seattle, Wash.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Alberta, Mildred and Melvina;  and three brothers, Gordon, Jimmy and Emery.
The family is honoring his wishes for no service.

Floyd L. Hollis died on Thursday, May 17, at his home.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, in the Burns Cemetery. 
Contributions in Floyd Hollis’ memory may be made to HHOPE, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, Oregon 97720.  
You can sign and send your condolences on-line for the family at LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

A memorial service for David Rossberg will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at the Crane Fellowship Church in Crane.
A potluck will follow.

T.R. Hilton, 54, of John Day, died May 8 at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the Grant Union High School gymnasium.

Contributions may be made to Grant County Ambulance Special Fund through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

Perry Ott, 89, died Sunday, May 12.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Spurlock Ranch in Riverside.

A full obituary will follow at a later date

Mary Ellen Blackburn, 91, of John Day, died Tuesday April 30, at Valley View Assisted Living in John Day. 
Mary was born on March 18, 1922, in Juntura, the daughter of John Patrick and Catherine (Grealish) Joyce. She was educated in Juntura and was the only graduate in her class of 1940. After high school, she attended Marylhurst College where she received a teaching degree. She taught elementary school at Drewsey, a one-room school house on a cattle ranch in McDermitt, Nev., Vale, Portland, Bellevue, Wash. and various schools in the Lake Washington School district. She taught from 1943 until she retired in 1987.
On August 11, 1943, in San Diego, Calif., she was married to June Homer “Jay” Blackburn. She was an active member of the Catholic Church wherever she lived. She was a volunteer with St. Vincent DePaul, St. Agnes Guild and many other church organizations. In the 1960s, she went back to college and earned a master’s degree from Seattle University. She was an avid reader, especially of historical fiction. She enjoyed traveling to Europe and Ireland and was very proud of her Irish heritage. She moved to John Day in the winter of 2007 and was very active at Valley View Assisted Living, and in her late 80s she took up a new hobby of painting in watercolors.
She is survived by her three daughters, Marylin Berschauer (James) of Ephrata, Wash., Kathleen Spinks (Bill Ray) of Austin Junction, and Barbara Kearns (Dennis) of Moses Lake, Wash.; two sisters, Kathleen Wilber of Drewsey and Barbara Caldwell of La Grande; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and one brother, Raymond Joyce.
 A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, May 4, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in John Day. Committal services were held at Sunset Cemetery in Ontario on Monday, May 6.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in her memory to the Blue Mountain Hospice in c/o Driskills Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR. 97845.

Gerald Erwin Kirkpatrick, 69, died Wednesday, April 24.
Gerald was born in Caldwell, Idaho, on August 23, 1944.
Gerald graduated from Burns Union High School and joined the National Guard, from which he was honorably discharged. 
Gerald is survived by his daughters, Lori of Austin, Texas, and Gerrilynne of San Deigo, Calif.; and his grandchildren, Mia and Ezra.
A memorial will be held later in the year.

Jennie Alice Reed, 73, formerly of Lebanon, died Sunday, May 5, at a care home in Burns.
Jennie was born in Omaha, Neb., on Oct. 28, 1939, the daughter of Harold and Ora (Clucas) Reed. She grew up in Nebraska and California. She moved to Lebanon in 1982, where she resided until moving to Burns in 2004.
Jennie loved going to church and out to dinner.
She is survived by a brother, Donald Reed of Payson, Ariz.; sisters, Edna Joanne Sandell of Burns and Beverly June Smail of Lebanon; friend, Norma Wodtli; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Frank Reed; two sisters, Frances Jane Turner and Ora Jeanne Shelton.
A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Lebanon I.O.O.F. Cemetery. 
Huston-Jost Funeral Home is in care of final arrangements.

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