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PENDLETON – A rop-
ing event on Saturday, June
27, will celebrate the life of
George Hixson, a noted cat-
tleman and rodeo roper who
died last April.
Friends are invited to
bring “a George story” to
the George Hixson Good-
bye Roping at the Mustanger
Grounds in Pendleton. The
roping starts at 10 a.m. and
a potluck barbecue starts at
noon; the meat will be pro-
Hixson was born in
1923 in Colorado, where
he ranched, and in 1968 he
moved his family to Long
Creek. He raised roping cat-
tle, mules and horses.
He and his wife, Evelyn,
who survives, have lived in
Pendleton since 2000.
He was known for his
love of rodeo, and for en-
couraging young people in
For information on the
event, call Wally at 541-379-
2433 or Mark at 541-377-
AA meetings on hold
Blue Mountain Eagle
LONG CREEK – The
Friday night Alcoholics
Anonymous meetings at
Long Creek Communi-
ty Center are on hold for
the time being, and may
be resumed at a later
For more information,
B REAKING N EWS A LERTS
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Nov. 24, 1920 – May 19, 2015
BEND – Gladyce Cannon, 94, for-
merly of Mt. Vernon, died May 19 in Bend.
A Celebration of Life will be at 2 p.m.
Saturday, June 6, at Allison Park Christian
Church, 1520 Echo Hollow Rd., Eugene.
Mrs. Cannon was born Nov. 24, 1920, to
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She spent most of her childhood and
young teenage years on a farm. She attend-
ed a one-room grade school, and then a county high school in Taylor.
At 16, she and her parents moved to Oregon, settling in Elmira. She
graduated from Elmira High School in 1938.
She married and had two daughters.
In Mt. Vernon, she was a homemaker and worked part-time in
Shop. She also owned and helped operate a theater and apartment
building in Vale.
In 1960, the family moved to Eugene, where she lived for 55 years.
She worked at Agripac Cannery for 17 years, and after retiring,
was a precinct poll worker during elections. She was an accomplished
seamstress and involved with church activities, serving as a Sunday
every year until she was 93. Her hobbies included poetry, history, trav-
eling, eating out and family gatherings.
She was a member of Allison Park Christian Church.
Survivors include daughter, Rosalee Reynolds of Bend; grand-
children, Julie Ann (Allen) King, David Reynolds and Matt Reed
III; great-grandson, Matt Reed IV; one great-great-grandson; brother,
and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathleen Smith; grand-
son, Clinton Reed; sisters, Eleanor Lewis, Gretchen Lubcke and Ra-
Humane Society, 88530 Green Hill Rd., Eugene, OR 97402.
March 17, 1927 – May 21, 2015
Alene Yates, 88, died May 21 at her
Mt. Vernon home with family by her side.
A viewing was held May 27 at Driskill
Memorial Chapel, and the funeral service
on May 28 at Living Word Christian Cen-
A procession to Canyon City Cemetery
Alene Annie Lois Horton was born
March 17, 1927, in Cook County, Ga.,
next to the youngest of 10 children, to
Martha Ida Bishop and Henry Mitchell
Horton. Her name was eventually shortened to Alene Anne Horton,
as the Social Security Administration would not allow such a long
She lived for a time with her oldest sister, Hazel Tyson, in Tifton,
Ga., working as a waitress during the summer, and then returning
while working as a waitress in a diner in Moultrie, Ga. When she
saw him walk into the restaurant, she told her friend “There’s the
man I am going to marry.” They married six weeks later in Tifton,
while he was stationed with the U.S Army Air Corps at Spence Field
They had three children, and eventually settled in New Mexico.
In 1986, they moved from Los Lunas, N.M., to Oregon, and
spent the rest of their lives in a log house on 30 acres at the end of
Widows Creek Road between Mt. Vernon and Dayville.
She enjoyed sewing and quilting, and made many quilts and af-
ghans for her family, as well as mending and altering clothing. The
couple enjoyed gardening, and always had a large garden. They
canned much of the fruit and vegetables to share with others.
The joy of her life was her family. She and her husband enjoyed
ing or a business venture. She was known for her Southern cooking
among friends and family.
Survivors include her sons, Harold (Lois) Yates of Concordia,
Mo., and Dan Yates of Pang Burn, Ark.; daughter Tollene (Gerald)
Russell of Mt. Vernon; and 11 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren
and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, several brothers and
sisters; a granddaughter, and a great-granddaughter.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Blue Mountain Hospice
or Gospel for Asia through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Can-
yon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.
Feb. 5, 1929 – May 5, 2015
Clifford E. Reich, 86, longtime Monument resident, died
May 5, in Walla Walla, Wash. A memorial service was held May
31 at the Long Creek Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Mr. Reich was born Feb. 5, 1929, in Park City, Utah, to Ben
and Myrtle Reich. He attended Southwestern University in
Keene, Texas, for several years.
He married Irene Ethel Kurz, with whom he had two children.
He worked in construction, made church furniture and did
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maintaining the ranch he and his wife shared.
Survivors include children, Pearl Reich Spencer of Monu-
ment and Danny Earl Reich of Walla Walla; nine grandchildren;
seven great-grandchildren; and siblings, Roosevelt Reich of
Stevens, Wash., and Guyla Reich of Paradise, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Irene, and
Fred Stoltz, 78, died May 28 at his John Day home. No ser-
vices are planned at this time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the John Day Se-
nior Center in care of Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon
Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.
A celebration of life for Kerry Sharp, who died Jan. 4, will
be 1-3 p.m. Sunday, June 7, at Magone Lake.
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Paul Duane Woodworth, 91, of Prairie City passed away on May 24, 2015, at his
home surrounded by family. A Funeral Service will be held at the Prairie City Baptist
Church on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at 10:30am. Interment will follow at the Prairie
City Cemetery. Friends and family are then invited to join them for a reception.
Paul was born Feb 24, 1924, in Albion, Nebraska as the first child of Henry and Marie
Woodworth. He spent his early years on the family farm in Albion. Because of the
Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, the family came west in 1939. In 1942, on his
18th birthday, Paul left high school early to serve in the U.S. Army. He was in E
Company of the 187th Infantry Division during the turbulent early years of WWII.
Paul served from 1942-1946 in New Guinea and Luzon in the Pacific. He was an
accomplished infantryman, sharp shooter, glider pilot, and parachutist. He received
the Bronze Star and Purple Heart among other medals while serving during the war.
Many years later he would finish his high school education and attend the police
academy in Monmouth, Oregon in order to enter police work.
Paul married his wife Maxine in 1950 and were involved in farming before moving to
Prairie City in 1953. Paul worked in the logging industry and as a policeman for many years until retiring in 1989. For 9 years,
while his boys were young, he was a Little League baseball coach. In his middle years he served with the Grant County Search and
Rescue team, two terms on the City council, and as Mayor of Prairie City twice. He also served as the Chief of Police for the City,
and as a long time hunter’s safety instructor. In addition, he served as an EMT and volunteer ambulance driver until giving up the
job in 2004 at the age of 80.
Under his leadership as mayor in the 1970s, he secured a federal grant and oversaw the building of the Prairie City fire station and
City; worked to establish the Depot RV Park in Prairie City. In 1976 Paul started the Christmas program for the Prairie City needy
families, which is still an active program today. For the country’s 1976 bi-centennial, Paul came up with the idea to create the City’s
4th of July parade and festivities, which continues to be an enjoyable event for the community. He was also an active member of
Prairie City Baptist Church. He was a youth Awana program games coordinator. He also enjoyed cooking for the men’s meetings,
and helped serve with the church food pantry.
Paul loved to camp, hunt, and fish, and told stories of the ones that got away. It was always said of him that he was passionate
about “the hunt” and could go uphill faster than guys half his age when elk hunting. He enjoyed helping one son out on his ranch,
visiting the mountain cabin owned by another son, and seeing the grandkids come for a visit. His favorite pastime in his elder
years was playing fetch with his dog Rosco, watching outdoor programs and baseball on TV, and he enjoyed looking at the pristine
scene of the Strawberry mountain range out his front room window. He also looked forward to catching a few trout with his
fishing buddy Joe. He was passionate about community government and its leadership, and took an active position in serving
Paul is survived by his wife Maxine along with five children and their spouses; Stan (Doreen) Woodworth of Burns, OR, Ken (Jan)
Winder of Newberg, OR, Les (Pam) Woodworth of Prairie City, Mark (Judy) Woodworth of Bend, OR and Vanessa and (Glenn)
Verheyen of Fruitland, ID. A sister Phyllis Hobson of Grants Pass, OR as well as several nieces and nephews. The Woodworths
have 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are his parents, a brother, a sister, son David, and two infant granddaughters.
The family would like to send a big thank you to the Prairie City Baptist Church family for their many kindnesses and support
during this difficult time. We’d also like to acknowledge the caring and compassionate team from Blue Mountain Hospice as well
as a special thank you to Paul’s fishing buddy, Joe Phippen, who was so faithful to help out these past few months.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Prairie City Christmas Fund, The American Legion Prairie City
Chapter or to the Prairie Baptist Church Food Bank through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd. John Day, OR 97845.
Paid for by the family of Paul Woodworth
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