Mary E. Crowley — 1921-2010

Posted on November 24th in Obituaries

Mary E. Crowley, 88, died on Oct. 23 at the Hospice House in Bend.

She was born on Oct. 31, 1921, in the Bronx, New York City, to Pasquale, Jr. and Luigina DeFelice Pagliuca, Italian immigrants who named her Maria.

Crowley graduated from New York City schools, and worked at several jobs until her wanderlust led her to join the Navy WAVES in 1942. She served as an aviation machinist’s mate at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas. When the war ended in 1945, she returned to New York City briefly, but then moved to Southern California.

In 1947, Crowley began working in Yosemite National Park during the summers, and attending school at the University of Southern California. During this chapter of her life she met her future husband, Gerry Crowley, who was also working at Yosemite. They were married in San Francisco, Calif., on Jan. 28, 1950. Crowley then transferred to UCLA, where she graduated with a bachelor of science in home economics in 1951.

Crowley and her husband moved to West Covina, Calif., where they raised three children. She enjoyed her life as a homemaker and was active in her church and as a community volunteer. Crowley loved to dance and participated in both ballroom and square dance clubs. Sewing, swimming, camping and travel were other strong interests.

In 1989, after her husband’s retirement, they moved to Bend. Crowley became active in St. Francis of Assisi Parish, and continued to travel, spend time with her children and grandchildren and participate in outdoor activities. Recently, she joined a WAVES reunion group.
Crowley is survived by her husband, Gerry; sister-in-law, Rose Pagliuca of New York; daughters, Suzanne Thomas and husband Scott of Burns and Paula Hansen and husband Curtis of Covina, Calif.; son, Dave Crowley and wife Marian of Las Vegas, Nev.; and grandchildren, Monica, Adrian, Melanie, Lucas, Katie, Erica and Ryan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Alfred, infant daughter, Lisa; and infant grandson, Glendan.

Contributions in Crowley’s memory may be made to Partners in Care Hospice Homes, 2075 N.E. Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701.

Autumn Funerals was in charge of arrangements.

George Harald Nobel 1936-2010

Posted on November 17th in Obituaries

George Harald Nobel died on Nov. 8, in Burns.

He was born on Feb. 22, 1936, in Ross, Calif., to Frank and Bertha Nobel.

As a young boy, Nobel moved to Burns with his family. After graduating from Burns Union High School in 1954, he worked at Edward Hines Lumber Company for a couple of years.

In 1958, Nobel enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he received a Rifle Sharp Shooter award. After leaving the army, he returned to Burns, where he met his wife, Patricia Thompson. They were married on July 8, 1963, in Carson City, Nev.

Nobel worked the green chain in the sawmill, and as a forklift mechanic for 31 years for Edward Hines Lumber Company and Snow Mt. Pine. After retiring from the mill, he spent several years building fence for the U.S. Forest Service, and logging with his son, Bob.

Nobel was very active in the community. He served on the Hines City Council and was a life-long member of the Burns Elks Lodge #1680.

From his life-long home in Hines, Nobel enjoyed going hunting, fishing, camping, doing wood work, working in his yard and being with his friends. He will be remembered as a great husband, father and friend.

Nobel is survived by his daughter, Regina Nobel of Hines; son, Bob Johnson and wife Debbie of Burns; nephew, Fred Thompson of Washington; brothers, Joe Nobel of Eugene, Ernie Nobel of Klamath Falls, Carl Nobel of Sterling, Alaska, and Ben Nobel of Oroville, Calif; and sister, Linda Reynolds of Hines. He is also survived by grandchildren, Ty Johnson of Burns, Samantha Gillespie of Corvallis, and Derek Nobel-Woodfin of Hines.

A memorial service for Nobel will be held on Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. at the Burns Elks Lodge. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Harney County Home Health and Hospice, or the Burns Elks Lodge #1680, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

Melba Marie Mitchell 1949-2010

Posted on November 17th in Obituaries

Melba Marie Mitchell, 62, died on Nov. 5 in John Day.

She was born on Sept. 17, 1949, in Hermiston to Robert Clarence Reid and Gladys Everta Jones.

Mitchell is survived by her father, Robert Reid; daughters, Cindy Tayloe of Pendleton, and Windi Deiter and husband Chris of John Day; grandchildren, Kyle Wayne, Rachelle, Katie, Kyler, Courtnie Jo, Zack, Cole, Morgan and Torie; three sisters and one brother.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Gladys and son, Terry.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Driskill Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Catherine Fine 1922-2010

Posted on November 3rd in Obituaries

Catherine Fine, 87, of Frenchglen, died on Sunday, Oct. 24, at her daughter’s home in Pilot Rock.

She was born in Burns on Nov. 3, 1922, to Joseph and Sophia (Jennie) McDonald.

Fine spent her earlier childhood years living in Frenchglen at the hotel and attending grade school. She attended high school at St. Francis Academy, coming home only for the holidays, on the train. Her ambition in life was to become a veterinarian, as she loved animals but was told she needed to come home and help her parents run the Frenchglen Hotel.

On June 20, 1944, she  married Jack Fine. In 1949, they were devastated when their first child, Earlene drown. To help fill the emptiness and void after losing a child, her husband bought Fine a gun and a dog; thus began her love of hunting.

In 1951, she and her husband bought a ranch at the base of the Steens Mountain. They worked together with an invested interest of raising a family. Fine was a housewife and mother to four children. She enjoyed working on the ranch as well as being involved in many community activities. She and her husband loved to hunt together and play music at country dances. Fine would play the piano while her husband played the accordion.

In November 1963, her husband was killed in a tragic accident leaving Fine a widow. She had to face the challenge of raising four young children. She was determined and committed to continue ranching, and provide her children with the lifestyle she and Jack had initially planned. Fine’s courage, wisdom and positive outlook on life guided her through those difficult years. She was the first to tell you how proud she was of her children in all of their accomplishments.

In 1977, Fine sold her ranch except for five acres; there she placed a modular home, and planted her yard with trees and flowers.

Fine did not believe in retirement — she was busy all the time. She was involved over the years in the CowBelles, both locally and state. She was the Harney County President three times, and the State CowBelle President. She served on the Harney County Hospital board for 12 years, supporting the building of a new hospital.

Fine lived and worked in Frenchglen her entire life. She loved it there. She loved visiting with people and sharing the history,  which she knew so well. Whether she was pumping gas at the Frenchglen Mercantile, serving lunch at the Frenchglen Hotel or making a latte at Joe Mama’s, she always had time to say, hello.

Joe Mama’s was her pride and joy. She loved when people would ask, “Where did the name come from?”  With pride, she would say, “Joe owns it and Mama runs it!”  Her hamburgers were known as the best burgers in Harney County. The conversations outside under the big olive tree were moments she cherished with her family, friends of Harney County and new friends who would come back each year.

The most precious treasures Fine had were her grandchildren. She loved having her grandchildren come and visit. Whether it be to hunt, fish, relax or for the holidays.

As soon as Joe Mama’s closed for the season, Fine  would take turns going to each of her children’s homes.

Everyone looked forward to her arrival, since she was an excellent cook and great company. She loved to travel with her late friend Dorothy Sherburn. Their favorite past time was playing the slots.

Fine is survived by her brother, Finley and wife Judy of Lincoln City; daughters, Annette Currey and husband Fred of Kennewick, Wash., and  Susan Norquist and husband Kenny of Pilot Rock; sons, Joe Fine and wife Candise of Tucson, Ariz., and Ross Fine of Milton Freewater; and grandchildren, Dustin Currey and wife Crystal, Brandon Currey and fiancee Nicole, Darby Scott and wife Billie, Curran Fine, Kevin Fine and finacee Jie, Colby Norquist, Chance Norquist, Elizabeth Norquist, Sonia Schoorl and husband Don, Travis Currey and wife Katie and Chad Currey and fiancee Kara.

She is also survived by eight great-grandsons, sister-in-laws, Mildred Fine and Mary Fine, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life was held for Fine on Oct. 30 at First Baptist Church in Burns. Inurnment was held at the Burns Cemetery. LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of arrangements.  You may sign the guest book on line at:

Nikki Renae Sutton 1990-2010

Posted on November 3rd in Obituaries

Nikki Renae Sutton, 19, died on Oct. 7 as a result of a single vehicle accident near Nampa, Idaho.

She was born on Oct. 11, 1990, in Bishop, Calif., to John L. Sutton and Julie A. Sutton Anderson.

She was raised by her mom and stepdad, Nick Anderson, and had a special bond with her step-dad. Sutton would often use Anderson for her last name.

Sutton spent her grade school and middle school years in Redding, Calif., and her high school years in Nampa, Idaho. She was a freshman at the College of Western Idaho at the time of her death.

Sutton loved floating the Boise River and was excited about being interviewed last spring on channel 7 TV about the challenges of floating the river.  She loved swimming at Lucky Peak Reservoir and camping with friends.

She loved the excitement of the Boise State football games and decorated her car to display her spirit. Sutton also loved eating hot Cheetos and her 1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass.

Sutton enjoyed traveling and seeing new sights. A highlight of last summer was her family vacation to Disneyland and to Bishop, the home of her birth and her mom’s youth. Last year, she attended a family reunion in the Seattle area and visited the Space Needle there. She had planned a trip to New York next year to see the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building.

Whenever cousins, Josh, Tanya and Sam Williams, came to visit from their family ranch, she loved taking them all, including her siblings, to a movie in Nampa.

Sutton had a special bond with her mom, a single mother, and was very protective and very gracious to her. She would often call several times a day to see how Mom was doing or just to say “I love you.” She always made a point to be home in the afternoon when her mom arrived home from work to greet her and ask her how her day went.
Sutton is survived by her mother, Julie Anderson, of Nampa; dad, Nick Anderson of Biwabik, Minn., biological father, John Sutton; sister, Shayna Sutton; brother, Trevor Anderson; grandparents, Richard and Elaine Ryan, and Don and Kitty Anderson; aunt and uncle, Linda and Travis Williams of Drewsey; cousins, Josh, Tanya and Sam Williams of Drewsey; and numerous other great-uncles, aunts and cousins.

A funeral service was held on Oct. 14 at the Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel in Nampa. Memories and condolences may be sent to:

In lieu of flowers contributions in Sutton’s memory may be made to Terry Reilly Clinic, P.O. Box 9, Nampa, ID 83653.

Donald Max Vaughan 1927-2010

Posted on November 3rd in Obituaries

Donald Max Vaughan, 83, died of cancer on Oct. 13 at his home in Burns.

He was born on March 13, 1927, in Vale, to Harry and Vera (Hainline) Vaughan.

Vaughan grew up in a large family — five brothers and four sisters — doing ranch and farm work.

A few months after turning 18, in June 1945, Vaughan entered the U.S. Army. He was trained in construction equipment and was deployed to occupied Japan, where he served as an M.P.

After serving in the army, he returned to Vale. He met his future wife, Thelma Evans at a Harney County Rodeo.

Along with his friend, Roy Travis, and his bride’s sister, Faye Evans, they were wed in a double ceremony on Dec. 8, 1951.

Vaughan worked for a time driving truck for the stockyards in Vale. In 1955, shortly after their third son was born, the family moved to Burns, where he took a job with the Harney County Road Department. Vaughan made a career as a grader operator and road foreman. He retired from the county in 1989, after 34 years of service.

He spent his retirement hunting, fishing and watching sports.

Vaughan is survived by his wife, Thelma of Burns; sons, Brian Vaughan and wife Becky of Bend and Kenny Vaughan of Burns; and daughters, Jeanne Strange and husband Bruce of Kimberly, and Paula Vaughan and Jeff Rohwer of Burns.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Eric Vaughan, J.C. Strange, Stephanie Lippert, Bruce Strange, III, Lisa Salazar, Hannah Rohwer, Jeffry Rohwer, Robert Rohwer, Donny Rohwer, Laura Conard, Jennifer Kavanduch and Dana Ressell; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father; son, Rodger; infant grandson, Evan Vaughan; brothers, Hank, Chuck and Marvin; and sisters, Juanita and Lois.

Services were held on Oct. 17 at the Harney County Senior Center in Burns.

Frank Tomoaki Eki 1912-2010

Posted on October 27th in Obituaries

Frank Tomoaki Eki, 98, died on Oct. 15, surrounded by his family.

He was born on June 5, 1912, in Portland, to Tanizuchi and Koto Eki.

After his father died when he was 3, Eki was raised by his grandmother in Japan while his mother remained in the Portland area to support the family.  In 1926, at the age of 14, he returned to Portland, where he attended school to learn English and began working to support himself and his mother and sister.

In 1936, when working as a grocery clerk in Portland, Eki met Betty Nakashima.  They were married on March 28, 1937. Their first son, Douglas, was born in 1939.

Eki and his wife purchased a grocery store, but after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the U.S. Government issued an Executive Order requiring all persons of Japanese descent in the Portland area to report with only the possessions they could carry to the assembly center at the Portland Stockyards, which had been converted into temporary living quarters.  Eki, his wife and son stayed at the assembly center until they were sent to Tule Lake internment camp in California a few months later.

In 1943, approximately a year after arriving at Tule Lake, Eki volunteered to work on the Oregon and Northwestern Railroad in Harney County in hopes of earning a better wage to provide for his family. Despite his lack of any experience with the railroad (and the lack of running water and electricity), Eki managed to build with his own hands a simple house for his family. He then sent for his wife, son and newborn daughter, Donna Mae, who had been born in December 1943 in the Minidoka, Idaho, internment camp to which the family had been moved.
The family then settled in the Trout Creek railroad maintenance camp for the Edward Hines Lumber Company, where Eki worked his way up from section hand to foreman, and eventually to roadmaster. His wife worked as crew cook until moving into town when the camp was closed.

Eki had two more sons, Elliott in 1945, and Norman  in 1952. During their teen years, both boys worked with their dad and brother on the railroad.

Through  hard work, Eki and his wife were able to accomplish their dream of  providing a higher education and vocational training for their children.

After more than 30 years of service to the railroad, Eki retired in 1975. He moved to Burns, where he and his wife resided until 1993, when they moved to Gresham to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Eki is survived by his wife of 73 years, Betty Eki; children, Doug Eki of Troutdale, Donna Mae Yount of Tigard, Elliott Eki of Walla Walla, Wash.,  and Norman Eki of Gresham; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren (with two more on the way); two great-great-grandchildren;  and many relatives in Japan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Funeral services for Eki were held on Oct. 23 at Gresham Memorial Chapel in Gresham. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Odyssey Hospice, 8625 SW Cascade Ave., Suite 500, Beaverton, OR 97008.

Catherine Fine, 87, of Frenchglen, died on Sunday, Oct. 24, in Pilot Rock at her daughter’s home.

A memorial service is pending for Saturday, Oct. 30. Please call LaFollette’s Chapel, 541-573-2731, for the time and place of the services.

You may sign the online guest book at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton and LaFollette’s Chapel are in charge of arrangements.

Ron Harding 1938-2010

Posted on October 20th in Obituaries

Ron Harding died on Oct. 12 at St. Edward Mercy Medical Center in Ft. Smith, Ark.obit-harding.jpg

He was born on March 28, 1938, in Carnegie, Okla., to Samuel and Eva Lea (Messer) Harding.

Harding was raised in Carnegie until the age of 3, when the family moved to California, Oregon and later Ozark, Ark., where he graduated from high school in 1956.

Harding served his country in the Navy and was stationed in Hawaii. He married Beth Albright on Dec. 20, 1963, in Weatherford, Okla., where they made their home. He and his wife later moved to Enid, Okla., and Ft. Smith, Ark., where he worked for the Gerber Corporation. He received his bachelor of science degree in zoology from Oklahoma State University in 1972.

In 1974, Harding and his family moved to Oregon, where he worked as a wild horse management specialist before retiring in 1996.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, training horses, doing church work and collecting antiques.

Harding is survived by his wife, Beth Harding of  Hines; daughter, Julie Harding of Weatherford, Okla.;  brother, Jerry Harding and wife Karon of Warrensburg, Mo.;  sister, Sissie Van Pelt and husband Charlie of Branch, Ark.; and grandchildren, Nicholas and Rachel Bennett.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dale Harding; and son, E. Ron Harding, II.

There will be a memorial service at Faith Baptist Church on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. Call the church at 541-573-7777 for more information.

A celebration of life for  Harding was held on Oct. 16, at The Chapel of First United Methodist Church, Weatherford, Okla., with Kirt Dauphin officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Harding’s memory may be made to the Faith Baptist Church Scholarship Fund in Hines.

Ruth Elizabeth Jones-Crayne died in a car accident on Oct. 1 near the Harney County Fairgroundobit-jones-crayne.jpgs.

She was born in Portland on Jan. 5, 1993, to Gretchen Margaret Jones and Loren Crayne.

Jones-Crayne lived in Portland until she was 2 years old and then moved to Bend following her father’s death. At the age of 11 she moved to Burns, where she attended Slater Elementary School for fifth grade. She finished seventh grade at Hines Middle School and then transferred to Burns High School. Jones-Crayne was attending Silvies River Charter School, working toward graduation from high school at the time of her death.

Jones-Crayne gave birth to her daughter, Keira Rose, on June 13, 2010, at Harney District Hospital.

She was a member of the Burns Christian Church and had attended church camp for many summers. Jones-Crayne worked at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in the summer. She had many friends and was well loved.

She was a good mother, making her baby daughter her top priority. She enjoyed spending time with her friends, art, volunteering for Save-a-Stray and had participated in 4-H.

Jones-Crayne is survived by her 4-month-old daughter, Keira; mother, Gretchen;  aunts, Bobbe Jones and Karin Fitzgerald and husband retired judge James Fitzgerald; cousins, Dennis, Cathy and Kevin Fitzgerald, Denise and George Trefry, Debra and Tom Amodio, and Norman Griffin; and many second cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Loren Crayne; and grandmother, Lida Jones.

There will be a memorial service for Jones-Crayne at the Burns Christian Church on Friday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. for all her family and friends. Contributions in her memory may be made to ODOT Transportation Safety Division. Checks should include Team Safety Harney County on the memo line. All contributions can be mailed to LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

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