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Obituaries: Sept. 12, 2018

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Published on September 11, 2018 4:30PM

Alice McKinnis

Alice McKinnis

Laura Payne

Laura Payne

Alice McKinnis


April 6, 1927 - Aug. 31, 2018

Alice McKinnis passed away on Aug. 31, 2018, with her loving husband, Wayne, and family by her side. Alice and Wayne were married on Dec. 17, 1955. Wayne and Alice lived most of their adult lives in John Day. They relocated to Bend in 2008 to spend their later years. In January of 2018, they moved to Medford to be closer to family. Alice is preceded in death by her daughter, Beverly Smith. She leaves behind her husband, Wayne; sons Rob and Brian McKinnis; and daughter, Sandy Durrell. She has nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held later this fall.


Laura Payne


It is with great sadness that the family of Laura Payne (aka Janet Stewart) announces her passing on Sept. 8, 2018, at the age of 63.

She is survived by Mom and Dad, Freda and Gene Lyman; children Shane and Dawn; grandchildren Noah, Zoey, Jessica, Andrea, Kelsey, Joshua and Cory; her ex-husband and friend Stephen Payne; siblings Margaret (Hal), Walter and Shelia; aunts Carolyn and Frances; nephews Tom and Ron; nieces Tara (Kamau), Leanna (Marcus), Savanna (Bryce) and Mariah; and many other family members and friends.

She would do anything for anybody. Before she returned to Oregon she was a volunteer at St. Vincent’s in Caldwell, Idaho, and the Boswell Senior Center in Corcoran, California. She also volunteered for the Humane Society as she had such a great love of animals.

She will be remembered and loved by many.

A celebration if life will be held at 325 Highlan Drive Northeast, Mt. Vernon, at noon on Sept. 16, 2018.



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