Obituaries for week of 12-29-04
Mary Katherine Puckett, a longtime resident of Prineville, died Christmas Day, 2004. She was 91 years old.
Mary was born in Klamath Falls, June 24, 1913, to Bert and Emma Stiles. She married Etsell Woodrow (Bud) Puckett on June 9, 1934. Bud preceded her in death in 1960.
Surviving are sons and daughters-in-law, Neil and Mickey Puckett, David and Bonnie Puckett, Dan and Penny Puckett, Sam and Cleta Puckett, Nathan and Peggy Puckett, John and Louise Puckett, Steve and Dee Puckett, Ed Puckett, and Woody and Carolyn Puckett.
Also surviving are daughters and sons-in-law: Carolyn and John Chandler, Sarah and Bob Miller, Mary and Leroy Hanes, Esther and Ben Niemela, and Diane and Don Marvin. Mary is also survived by one sister, Addy Chamberlin, and brothers, Bob Stiles, Bill Stiles and Don Stiles. She also leaves 40 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Mary worked for a number of years for Pacific Fruit. She also was a cook at the Nazarene Daycare Center until her retirement at 78 years of age. She enjoyed gardening, reading, crochet, and cooking. Mary was a member of the Church of the Nazarene. Her love for her large family was only exceeded by her love for her Lord. She served as church financial secretary until her passing. She has played the piano and organ at church for over 60 years. According to family and friends, she will always be remembered for playing "The Star of the East" at Christmastime. There was no one who knew Mary who didn't know they were loved.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, four brothers, two grandsons, one infant son and infant twin daughters.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 31, at 12 p.m., at the Church of the Nazarene followed by a graveside service at Juniper Haven Cemetery at 2 p.m. There will be a dinner served at the Church of the Nazarene following the graveside service and all are welcomed. Visitation will be held at Prineville Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 30.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Church of the Nazarene in Prineville. Prineville Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral arrangements.
Culver resident William Cletus Smith died Dec. 18, 2004, at the age of 85.
Mr. Smith was born Aug. 28, 1919, in Ketchum, Okla., to parents Arthur and Callie (Baker) Smith.
Mr. Smith moved to California in the early 1940s. On June 6, 1946, he married Luliah Pool in California and worked as a fireman in Port Chicago, Calif., for 14 years. They moved to Culver in 1959, where he worked in home construction, ran a dairy, and later was a building inspector.
He founded the Opal City Dance Hall and the Smith Family Band, and his special interests included team roping, hunting, pitching horseshoes, and raising and training horses.
Survivors include his sons, Garry Smith of Madras and Sheldon Smith of Culver; daughter, Sharon Gibson of Culver; brothers, Jack Smith of Wasilla, Alaska, and Harvey Smith of Antioch, Calif.; sisters, Zetta Pool of Redmond, Maxine Saska of Veneta, Okla., and Betty Embry of Palmer, Alaska; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, daughter Brenda, and two brothers.
Funeral services were held Dec. 27, at the Redmond Chapel of the Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home.