Mary Elizabeth Kirkland

Dec. 20, 1917-Nov. 17, 2003

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Former Hermiston resident Mary Elizabeth Kirkland, 85, died on Nov. 17, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska.

She was born Dec. 20, 1917 in Kearney, Neb. Mary was the daughter of Claude and Myrtle Page and one of 16 children.

Her family wrote, "Mary has lived a wonderful life in the name of God and she was greatly loved and supported by her family. Mary arrived in Alaska four and a half years ago for a visit and fell in love with our state and a little church in Eagle River called the Eagle River Church of God. Since then she has been an active member of the church which she cleaned almost daily until it sparkled (she wouldn't let anyone else touch it). Mary has been dubbed 'Grandma Mary' and 'G.G.' by her friends and loved ones.

Mary was a very feisty woman who once at the age of 83 drove herself from Eagle River to Nikiski to visit her grandchildren and see the ocean. Mary is the same loving person who would often jump on a plane to visit family. If Mary wanted to do something be it walking, driving, you name it, she did it. Mary was helpful, independent loving and God help her, stubborn. Mary was known by the church as the ?Little Prayer Warrior' who prayed for one and all."

Mary is survived by six children: Jesse James, Louise Henderson, Frank James, Lorraine Bance, Barbara Seybold, Gerrie Bosijoli. She was preceded in death by one child, Dretha Meyers. Mary has 36 grandchildren, with four deceased; 75 great-grandchildren with four deceased; and 8 great greatgrandchildren.

A memorial service was held Thursday, Nov, 20 at Eagle River Church of God, 17108 Hanson Road, with Rev. Bobby Jones officiating.

Arrangements were made with Evergreen's Eagle River Funeral Home, 11046 Chugiak Drive, Eagle River, Alaska.

Richard William

"Dick" Landry

Nov. 22, 1935-Nov. 13, 2003

HERMISTON — Richard William "Dick" Landry died Nov. 13, at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston at the age of 67.

Dick was born Nov. 22, 1935, in Lynn, Mass., to Anthony and Auruora (Druin) Landry. He had been a resident of Hermiston for the past 26 years.

He was raised in Lynn and joined the U.S. Air Force at the age of 17 and served in Korea and Vietnam. He retired from the service in 1973.

He moved to La Grande in 1975 and taught himself small engine repair. In 1978, he moved to Hermiston and worked at PGG running their small engine repair department.

He married Lorna "Louene" Haynes in La Grande on Aug. 17, 1957. He attended the Seventh-day Adventist Church and was a former Optimist. He was also a former member of the Eagles Lodge in La Grande and raised turkeys in Hermiston.

Dick was always helping people and fixing things.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Louene of Hermiston; brother, Jim Landry of Lynn, Mass.; and sisters, Grace, Eva and Rosemarie, all of Lynn, Mass.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Aurora Landry; four brothers, Eugene, George, Alfred and Raymond; and three sisters, Clair, Betty and Beatrice.

At his request, no services will be held. Disposition was by cremation.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.

Lois Irene Lanphear

March 19, 1932-Nov. 18, 2003

HERMISTON — Lois Irene Lanphear died Tuesday, Nov. 18, at her home in Hermiston at the age of 71.

She was born March 19, 1932, in Stratford, N.D., to Henry and Hattie Adler Hoeft, and raised and attended schools in South Dakota.

Lois married James D. Lanphear on Nov. 17, 1953, in Aberdeen, S.D. They lived in Igloo, S.D., until Dec. of 1965 when they moved to Hermiston where they have lived since.

She was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hermiston. She enjoyed camping, crocheting, baking, soap operas, and spending time with her family and friends. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as taking care of and doing things for others.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, James "Jim" Lanphear of Hermiston; daughter and her husband, Debbie and Pete Patnode of Hermiston; daughter, Peggy Lanphear of Hermiston; three grandchildren, Casey, Cari and Dustin; four great-grandchildren; brothers and their wives, Leonard Hoeft of Grand Junction, CO., Henry and Hilda Hoeft, Jr.of Phoenix, Ariz., Allen and Connie Hoeft of Stratford, S.D., and Harwood and Betty Hoeft of Walnut Grove, Calif.; sisters and their husbands, Shirley Glugla of Stratford, S.D., Charlotte and Wayne Kramp of Florissant, CO., Lois' twin sister Lorraine and Weary Wilbur of Groton, S.D., Elaine and Larry Curtis of Johnson City, Tenn., and Pamela and Doug Melton of Florissant, CO.; aunt, Esther Smith of Aberdeen, S.D.; and several nieces and nephews.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents and an infant son.

A funeral service was held Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, at 1 p.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hermiston. Burial followed at the Hermiston Cemetery.

Those who wish may make contributions to the Vange John Memorial Hospice at 645 W. Orchard Ave., Hermiston, Ore., 97838; or the American Cancer Society in care of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston at P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, 97838.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.

Caroline Hill Rasmussen

May 13, 1918-Nov. 17, 2003

HERMISTON — Caroline Hill Rasmussen died Monday, Nov. 17, at her home in Hermiston at the age of 85.

She was born in Silver Lake on May 13, 1918, to Oliver and Vida Hill. The family moved to Portland and, after attending school, Caroline married Jimmy Hubbard in the early 1940s.

After her first husband died, Caroline married Verner Rasmussen in Portland in 1960. She had worked for KOIN TV and then the Portland School District.

After Verner Rasmussen retired from the Merchant Marines as a captain, they moved to Hermiston in 1971 to be closer to hunting, which they both enjoyed.

She was a member of the Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile. She had many interests, enjoyed traveling, hunting, playing cards and working in her yard. She never had any children, but she loved all children. She loved people and loved to have people over to her home.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jimmy Hubbard, in 1956; second husband, Verner Rasmussen, in 1990; and two sisters, Charlotte Ellison and Cecile Biggerstaff.

Mrs. Rasmussen had been ill for the past eight years. She had been taken care of by the Robert Kessel, Sr. family (Mary Roth) in Caroline's own home, and many wonderful caregivers.

At her request, there will be no memorial service. Disposition was by cremation.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vange John Memorial Hospice at 645 W. Orchard Ave., Hermiston, 97838.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Eliza Snyder

Jan. 11, 1923-Nov. 18, 2003

STANFIELD — Mary Eliza Snyder died Tuesday, Nov. 18, at her home in Stanfield at the age of 80.

Mary was born in Weston on Jan. 11, 1923, to William and Bessie Davis Beaton. She had been a resident of Stanfield for the past 50 years.

She drove school bus in Stanfield for 14 years. She married Jack C. Snyder on Oct. 28, 1941, in Walla Walla, Wash.

She was a member of the Pollyannas for over 50 years. She loved to watch her children and grandchildren's sports events, gardening and her roses, to bowl and to "go" places either close by or across the country.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack C. Snyder. She is survived by a son, John P. Snyder of Stanfield; daughters, Sandra A. Blais of Stanfield, Barbara J. Snyder of North Bend, Wash., and Cristine L. Frazier of Hermiston; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, at Burns Mortuary Chapel of Hermiston at 10 a.m. Disposition was by cremation.

Memorials may be made to the Vange John Memorial Hospice at 645 W. Orchard Ave., Hermiston, 97838.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.

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