Obituaries for week of 4-25-07
Marjorie Beth Copley
Longtime area resident Marjorie Beth Copley, of Culver, died April 16, at age 79.
Mrs. Copley was born Sept. 9, 1927, to parents Clarence and Margaret Granteer in Great Falls, Mont. She moved to Central Oregon from Portland in August of 1959.
From 1968 to 1985, she worked as a licensed practical nurse for Dr. Carlos Kemper at Madras Medical Group. On Dec. 21, 1971, she married Lawrence Copley, in Culver.
She enjoyed celebrating life with her family, playing pinochle, and bowling.
Mrs. Copley is survived by her husband Lawrence, of Culver; five daughters, Marjorie Long of Madras, Marlene Marshall of Bend, Maggie Hillyer of Ocean Park, Wash., Marie Waltemate of Long Beach, Wash., and Sharon Ollendorf of Prineville; two brothers, Lee Grantier of Madras, and David Granteer of Florida; two sisters, Carol Reininger of Boise, Idaho, and Gloria Jeter of Okanagen, Wash.; 13 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Graveside services were held Friday, April 20, at 1 p.m. at Deschutes Memorial Gardens, with Deschutes Memorial Chapel in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Culver resident Shirley Patricia (Denison) Hempel died of cancer April 20, 2007. She was 73.
Mrs. Hempel was born Sept. 2, 1933, in Shelby, Mont., to parents "Smoke" and Nellie Denison. She graduated from Shelby High School. On Sept. 1, 1960, she married Roy G. Hempel in Shelby.
She enjoyed hunting, camping, and holding elk barbecues and fish fries with family and friends. She was an avid sports fan of ball games, and loved to read and draw.
Survivors include her husband, Roy Hempel of Culver; brother, "Smokey" Denison Jr. and his wife Twila of Idaho Falls, Idaho; sons and daughters-in-law, Roy Jr. and Sue Hempel of Powers, Mike and Debbie Hempel of Culver; daughters and sons-in-law, Jody and Marv Thomas of Drain, Connie and Don Robertson, Sharla Brimmer, and Shelley Hempel, all of Madras; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son Robert Dean Hempel, daughter Roxanne (Hempel) Seed, and grandson Robert Cecil Shader.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 27, at Gray Butte Cemetery. Viewing will be at Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home in Madras from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 25 and 26, and Friday morning, April 27. Bel-Air is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Cancer Center of St. Charles in Bend, or Mountain View Hospice in Madras.