Maude Pearl Coombes

April 1, 1904-Dec. 8, 2001

BAKER CITY — Maude Pearl Coombes died Dec. 8, in the St. Elizabeth Health Service’s emergency room in Baker City.

She was born April 1, 1904, in Pine Hill, Ken., to John Clark and Liza Edwards Johnson, the last of 12 children. She moved from Kentucky to St. Maries, Idaho, then to the Republic, Wash., area where she met and married Oscar Cullen Coombes on May 12, 1922. They lived in various places in Washington until the fall of 1928 when they moved to Sparta. They lived in various places in Eastern Oregon until 1940 when they established their home in Salmon Creek near Baker City. They left the area during the war years and went to Stanfield to help in the war effort, but kept their home in Salmon Creek for their permanent residence.

She and Oscar were married just short of 66 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Clark and Liza Edwards Johnson; her husband, Oscar; brothers, Alonzo, Freeman and Gay Johnson; sisters, Ida, Georgia, Laura and Dora; daughter Erma Gray; granddaughter, Jean Haluber; and great-grandson, Virgil Knight.

She is survived by Donald Coombes of Haines, Benjamin and Doris Coombes of Stanfield, Jasper and Lois Coombes of Richland, Ore., George and Perry Coombes of Silegmon, Mo., Edward and Elise Coombes of Winchester, Idaho, and Jabudah and Alan Grossmiller of Baker City; 30 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; 30 great-great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Gertrude Spencer of Troy, Idaho, Dorothy Stuart of Omak, Wash., and Vertha Berry of Woodland, Wash.; as well as several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002, at 2 p.m. at the Baker City Christian Church. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Disposition was by cremation.

Contributions may be made to a charity of choice in care of Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore., 97814.

Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel of Baker City is in charge of the arrangements.

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