The Observer. (La Grande, Or.) 1968-current, August 20, 2022, WEEKEND EDITION, Page 5, Image 5

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Elgin Lions gather for annual picnic
The Observer
ELGIN — Members of
the Elgin Lions met at the
home of the club’s pres-
ident, Barbara Hawes,
and her husband, Daryl
Hawes, for their annual
picnic dinner. The hosts
supplied the barbecued
chicken, while others
brought in an assortment
of side dishes, salads and
deserts, according to an
annoucement from the
Marilee Lake
La Grande
Marilee Lake, 78, of La Grande, died Aug. 17, 2022,
at her residence. A viewing is planned for Aug. 24 from
6-7 p.m. at Loveland Funeral Chapel, La Grande. A
graveside service will be held Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. at the
Island City Cemetery. Casual dress is preferred by the
family. Arrangements are by Loveland Funeral Chapel
& Crematory, La Grande.
Elgin Lions Club/Contributed Photo
Douglas Z. Larsen
For information on the senior cen-
ter’s meal programs, including having
lunches delivered by Meals on Wheels,
call the kitchen 541-605-5556.
The menu for Aug. 22-26 is:
Monday: chicken Alfredo, pasta,
garlic bread, steamed winter blend
vegetables, fresh fruit.
Tuesday: baked potato bar, chili,
salad greens, steamed vegetables, fresh
fruit slices.
Wednesday: pork roast, mashed
potatoes with brown gravy, steamed
carrots, baked apples.
Thursday: Reuben sandwich,
potato salad, sliced veggie sticks, fresh
fruit, cookie.
Friday: chicken strips, steak fries,
coleslaw, cowboy baked beans, fresh
DELANO: Cedar Delano, born July 27, 2022, to Rebecca Delano and Sam Delano,
of La Grande.
FITE: Stella Fite, born Aug. 6, 2022, to Larissa Lee Jensen and Wacey Lane Fite, of
La Grande. Grandparents are Misty and Kenny Fite and Camee and Dane Jensen.
JACKSON: Kaydence Reece Jackson, born July 31, 2022, to Alistacia Jackson and
Jason Jackson, of La Grande. Grandparents are Terry and Lisa Anderson and Cyn-
thia Jackson.
KNIGHT: Jack Knight, born Aug. 2, 2022, to Brandi Marie Scott and Kael C. Knight.
Grandparents are Jasper Scott, Nancy Scott, Kevin Knight and Jessica Knight.
LANKFORD: Lawson Jack Lankford, born Aug. 9, 2022, to Jessica Jeanne Lankford
and Colby Alan Lankford, of La Grande. Grandparents are Craig and Trina Lank-
ford and Mike and Sandy Bennett.
MOULTON: Drew Matthew Moulton, born Aug. 5, 2022, to Breanna Moulton and
Matt Moulton, of La Grande.
MURPHY: Jasper Qosalat Murphy, born Aug. 4, 2022, to Katie Marie Murphy and
Jackson Donald Murphy, of La Grande. Grandparents are Stuart and Deborah
Harris and Darreld and Lorna Murphy.
9:45 a.m. — La Grande police responded to G & V Supply, 1507
Jeff erson Ave., and arrested Michael Lance Bouska, 32, for fi rst-de-
gree arson, reckless burning and second-degree criminal mischief.
10:12 a.m. — A caller reported fi nding a ferret on the 2700
block of Birch Street, La Grande.
1:19 p.m. — A La Grande resident reported identity theft.
Police made contact and took a report.
5:51 p.m. — A caller reported a restraining order violation on
the 3200 block of Alder Street, La Grande. An offi cer made contact
and took a report.
10:20 p.m. — A Union County sheriff ’s deputy responded to
the area of 10500 Tilos Court, La Grande, on a complaint about a
loud party. The deputy counseled the people involved.
1:57 a.m. — La Grande police responded to Third Street and
G Avenue on a report of a loud disturbance. An offi cer counseled
the party involved.
3:07 a.m. — A caller reported a possible vehicle break-in on
the 2300 block of Cove Avenue, La Grande. Offi cers responded
and arrested Adam Joseph Holdsworth, 41, for criminal mischief,
disorderly conduct, off ensive littering and resisting arrest.
7:39 a.m. — La Grande police responded to the 2200 block
of Adams Avenue on a call about a domestic disturbance. Police
warned one person for harassment and disorderly conduct.
2:10 p.m. — La Grande police responded to Moy’s Dynasty,
1914 Adams Ave., on a call about a burglary. Police took a
4:29 p.m. — A Union County sheriff’s deputy responded to
a residence on the 2400 block of Riddle Road, La Grande, on a
report of a person who died. The sheriff’s office took a report.
9:20 p.m. — A caller reported a fight on the 2100 block of Fir
Street, La Grande. An officer responded and took information.
Enjoy live music before
lunch at the Union
County Senior Center
27th annual Celebrate La
Grande End of Summer
Block Party is set for
Thursday, Sept. 8, from
5-7 p.m. This year the cel-
ebration will take place at
Riverside Park, corner of
North Spruce Street and
Fruitdale Road. This annual
family-friendly event off ers
free hot dogs, chips, bottled
water, ice cream and activi-
ties to all.
Nonprofi t organizations
Edith M. Gross
Edith M. Gross, 100, of La Grande, died Aug. 16,
2022, at a local care facility. Arrangements are by Love-
land Funeral Chapel & Crematory, La Grande.
RIGHT: Jim Way, left, and Kathy
Oliver stop for a glass of punch
at the Elgin Lions Club’s 2022
annual summer picnic.
LA GRANDE — Lunch is served at
the Union County Senior Center, 1504
N. Albany St., La Grande, on week-
days. The meal is open to the public.
Dine-in meals are served from
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; suggested
donation is $4 for age 60+, $7 for all
others. Takeout meals are available
from noon to 1 p.m. at the kitchen’s
back door; to-go meals are $7.
Downtown celebration
seeks nonprofi t
La Grande
After the meal, the
group had a meeting
during which they made
some future plans. These
plans include putting on
a free pie and ice cream
event for the community
in October. The club also
will be collecting school
supplies for local elemen-
tary students.
music before lunch has
returned to the Union
County Senior Center,
1504 N. Albany St., La
Grande. Come to the center
at 10:45 a.m. and enjoy the
free music: The BlueMoun-
taineers play every Tuesday,
and Terry LaMont performs
on the second and fourth
Wednesdays of the month
— see LaMont play Aug.
24. Lunch is served from
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on
Shannon Golden/The Observer
Terry LaMont, right, and Monica Paul perform in Union City Park
during the Grassroots Festival on Aug. 13, 2022. LaMont plays twice a
month at the Union County Senior Center in La Grande.
are encouraged to partic-
ipate in the block party.
Those interested in dis-
playing their materials and
explaining their function to
the citizens of La Grande
may call or text Haley Hines
at 541-786-5285 or email
Cove Drive In hosts
ring-toss tourney and
live music Aug. 20
COVE — Alongside
the Cove Cherry Fair on
Saturday, Aug. 20, there
will be a ring-toss tour-
nament at the Cove Drive
In beginning at 4:30 p.m.
The entry fee is $4 for each
two-person team. The win-
ning team will take home
all the money. Sign up at
the restaurant. At 6 p.m.
Darla Sue Thomas
August 7, 1945 - August 12, 2022
Darla Sue Thomas, 77, of La Grande, passed away
on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, at her residence. At her
request, there will be no service.
Darla was born on Aug. 7, 1945, in Vancouver,
Washington, to Donald and Shirley (Adams) Priest. She
attended Mount Vernon High School in Oregon, where
she played volleyball and softball and received awards
in both sports. She married Billy J. Helton who later
passed. She then married Tony C. Thomas who passed
in 2016.
Darla had many jobs through her life. She worked at a
nursing home, bakery stores and was a sales associate at
Walmart. She enjoyed all kinds of crafts like crocheting,
embroidering, and knitting, but her favorite pastime
was playing with her grandchildren, going fishing and
baking goodies with them.
Darla is survived by her daughters, Kristina Vincen
and Toni Dubose; siblings, Jody Allen Priest (Margaret)
of Washington and Becci Freeman of Alaska; seven
grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Shirley
(Johnston) Priest; first husband, Billy J. Helton; second
husband, Tony Thomas; sister, La Von Johnson; son,
Billy J. Helton Jr.; and grandson, Billy Helton.
Wicked Mary will take the
stage to cap off a festive day
in Cove.
Cove Drive In is across
the street from the Ascen-
sion School Camp and
Conference Center, 1104
Church St., where the
annual Cove Cherry Fair is
held. The event is an all-day
family-friendly festival fea-
turing food, vendors, activi-
ties, games, contests, music
and a parade. See the day’s
full schedule at www.cov-
Cosmopolis, Washington
Douglas Z. Larsen, 28, of Cosmopolis, Washington,
died Aug. 11, 2022, in La Grande. Arrangements are by
Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory, La Grande.
Larry Waters
Larry Waters, 79, of Joseph, died Aug. 17, 2022,
at a local care center. A graveside service will be
held Aug. 27 at 11 a.m. at Prairie Creek Cemetery,
Joseph. Arrangements are by Bollman Funeral Home,
Aug. 20 — GLORIA BAINTER: 10 a.m. rosary
and 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial, St. Katherine
Catholic Church, Enterprise; luncheon follows.
Aug. 20 — DORIAN ‘DORN’ COX: 2 p.m. grave-
side service, Union Cemetery (casual dress preferred);
a barbecue follows at Georgia Cox’s home.
Aug. 21 — CHERYL COE: 11 a.m. celebration of
life, Elgin Stampede Grounds (casual dress preferred).
Aug. 24 & Aug. 26 — MARILEE LAKE: Aug.
24, 6-7 p.m. viewing, Loveland Funeral Chapel, La
Grande; Aug. 26, 10 a.m. graveside service, Island City
Cemetery (casual dress preferred).
Aug. 26 — KENNETH WEBB: 10 a.m. graveside
service, Union Cemetery.
Aug. 27 — LARRY WATERS: 11 a.m. graveside
service, Prairie Creek Cemetery, Joseph.
Aug. 27 — VIRGINIA McLAUGHLIN: 1 p.m.
celebration of life, Union County Senior Center, La
Grande (casual dress preferred).
Aug. 27 — DICK DECKERT: 2 p.m. memorial
service, Cove United Methodist Church.
Aug. 28 — GERRY McLAIN: 4-7 p.m. celebration
of life, M. Crow, Lostine.
Sept. 3 — NYLE ROLLINS: 1 p.m. celebration of
life, Fred Beeman Park, Island City.
Sept. 4 — JEFF BOND: 1 p.m. celebration of life,
Lone Hawk Ranch, 57899 Highway 237, Union.
— Calendar courtesy of Loveland Funeral Chapel, La Grande
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Eulenna Cheryl Coe
Virginia Faye Brown Larsen
November 28, 1945 - August 12, 2022
April 13, 1934 - August 15, 2022
Eulenna Cheryl Coe, 76, of
Elgin, passed away on Friday,
Aug. 12, 2022, at her residence.
A celebration of life will be held
on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, at 11
a.m. at the Elgin Stampede Hall.
Cheryl was born in Pendleton,
Oregon, on Nov. 28, 1945, to
Walter Corley and Eulenna
Seehafer. She graduated from
Ione High School in 1963, she
and her best friend, Betty Lou, graduated nursing
school in 1965. Cheryl married Kenneth Dale Coe on
May 2, 1970. They were the first ones to be married
at the Elgin Christian Church. For many years, Cheryl
worked at Boise Cascade, working graveyard pulling
green chain. Ken worked days at the Husky Station
and Cheryl worked nights so they could juggle kids.
Ken and Cheryl purchased Consolo’s Pizza Parlor and
operated it for several years, until the fire at Odie’s.
Cheryl then opened TLC Estates, an adult foster
care home, where she cared for people who needed
help but not to the level of a nursing home. She truly
loved nursing and caring for people. She later returned
to working at Valley View Nursing Home in La Grande,
also graveyard shift up until May 2013. She loved to do
many things. Years ago, she played on the volleyball
town team and was at one time the secretary for the
Elgin Stampeders. She was an active member of the
Elgin Health District Board, a member of the Lions
Club and she was even a star - Eastern Star that is.
She loved to go the mountains, picking huckleberries,
hunting, fishing and snowmobiling to mention some.
Cheryl is survived by her two daughters, Melissa
Coe, Carmen Pearson and son-in law Mike Pearson of
Elgin; grandchildren, Christopher Allen Mata, Brittany
Edgmand, Ashley Lynn Gentry, Jamie Norton, Jesse
Gentry and many great-grandchildren. Not to mention
so many close friends in the community. She is preceded
in death by her husband of 43 years, Kenneth Dale Coe,
her mother, Eulenna “Lennie” Vaughn, father, Walter
Corley, and her stepfather, Charles Vaughn.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her
honor to the Elgin Lions Club at P.O. Box 1175, Elgin,
Oregon, 97827 or Elgin Fire Department’s Operation
Santa, P.O. Box 431, Elgin, Oregon, 97827.
Online condolences may be made to the family at
Virginia Faye Brown Larsen
passed away peacefully at her home
in Beaverton, Oregon, on Monday,
Aug. 15, 2022. She rejoined her
husband on their 70th wedding
She was born on April 13, 1934,
in La Grande, Oregon, to Kenneth
Loraine Brown and Velma Pearl
McCall Brown. She joined her
big sisters Margaret Brown Taylor and Patricia Brown
Hansen. She grew up in La Grande and graduated from
La Grande High School.
The summer after graduation, on Aug. 15, 1952, she
married her high school sweetheart, Evan L. Larsen.
They are the parents of four daughters.
In 1965, they moved to Pendleton, Oregon, where
Evan went into business with his brother, Darvell,
owning Penland Bros. Moving Co., which was later
renamed Larsen Transfer Co. Then they owned and
operated Pendleton Bowling Lanes.
She loved her children and grandchildren (including
her great- and great-great-grandchildren). She loved
roses, lighthouses, hummingbirds and gardening. She
crocheted, loved music and painted. She had a quick
smile and wit.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints. She served all her life in many
different church positions. After moving to the Portland
area, she and Evan were service missionaries at Deseret
Industries and then in the Portland, Oregon, LDS
She is survived by her daughters, Debra (Darwin)
Rasmussen of Middleton, Idaho, Christine Baxter
Wood of Pendleton, Oregon, Carol (Tom) Preston of
Pendleton, Oregon, Teresa (Jim) Dunlop of Aloha,
Oregon; 21 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 3
great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Margaret Taylor,
sisters-in-law, Dawn Larsen and Marie Larsen Baker,
and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth,
in 1967, mother, Velma (when Virginia was 13 years
old), husband, Evan, sister, Patricia Hansen, and
granddaughter, Lori Baxter.
There will be a graveside service on Friday, Aug.
19, at Grandview Cemetery in La Grande, Oregon. A
family memorial service will be broadcast on Sunday,
Aug. 21, at 3 p.m. Pacific time.