Ella Stepp, 76, of Baker City, Oregon passed away on Friday March 3, 2017 at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Baker City, Oregon. A traditional funeral service will be held on March 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints in Baker City, Oregon. Her interment will follow on March 15, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Evergreen Memorial Park in McMinnville, Oregon. Arrangements have been entrusted to Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel.\n\nOn August 10, 1940 in Pike, Oregon, a precious baby girl, Ella Louisa, join the household of John and Rosenna Powell and big brother Christopher. One of Ella's earliest memories was playing in the dirt, building dams and highways with Chris. Several years later the two "little girls", Bernice and Beverly, completed the family circle. Ella always referred to these sisters as "the little girls"\n\nAs a responsible big sister, Ella took the "little girls" with her to the strawberry and beans field where Ella picked and the girls played at the end of the rows. She fixed lunches, gathered play things and carried a blanket for them to play on as she worked. When arriving at the fields, she instructed them to stay where she could see them as she picked. At the finish of her day, she took the "little girls" home to feed and bathe them, and awaited the return of her parents from their places of work. Ella was a great help to her mother in their household. As the oldest girl, she fulfilled her role with duty and love to their family.\n\nBeing conscientious and dependable, Ella did well in school and continued carrying her load in the family. She excelled in PE and always loved to play games; thus on to Oregon State University where she earned a Physical Education and Health degree.\n\nElla taught her first two years in Nevada and then moved here to Baker where she taught and coached Middle School for 29 years. Among her treasured memories is an ID bracelet with the word "Coach" on the face and BB 87 on the back. This was given to her by the team. The bracelet is well worn. She also experienced a year of teaching in Guatemala at an exclusive private school. Her Administrator liked the way she taught so much he asked the other American teacher to follow Ella's example. She engaged the children in games to teach them English and because the children were playing they learned the language quickly.\n\nDuring her years of teaching, every summer Ella traveled. Truly, she was a world traveler from Europe and The British Commonwealth to Central America, the Holy Land twice, from China to Canada, plus most of the United States and our own National Parks. Her traveling increased her love and appreciation of the beauty of the earth which is reflected in her paintings.\n\nHer last years here in Baker City were full of love and joy for Ella. She had plenty of time to do the things she loved most; family history, gardening, serving others, and painting.\n\nElla served others in each of her passions. She traveled to Utah yearly to attend Roots Tech and a Family History Conferences at BYU, plus she went to Ed Week. She relished in learning gospel principles and serving especially in the temples. She gardened with Keith Long in his huge space and orchard. They gave away much more produce than they kept for themselves. Many widows and older people are going to miss the buckets of beans, squash, and apples they so generously gave. After lunch, Keith and Ella would take a drive and look for wildlife and birds. Ella kept a notebook about these travels, recording the weather and the number of deer, elk, antelope, birds they saw each day. How she loved and took so much pleasure in this time.\n\nWhen cold weather came, Ella's activities moved inside to paint and to attend bazaars. She sold painting's, prints and lots of wooden Santas. Ella was a happy worker. Even is the winter months if the road was open, she and Keith took their country ride.\n\nElla's last year of battling cancer was a prime example of her undaunted spirit. Her faith carried thru "Kemo". She called of the Priesthood for blessings, and she monitored closely her health. We walked around and around inside this church building, the doctor told her to keep working her legs. She followed their directions and she won her fight. Ella appreciated deeply the service given her during this time. When she lost her hair, her sister Beverly crocheted her a sky blue hat with spangles. She wore that hat every day. She called it her Sister Hat. Ella won her war with cancer and went on to enjoy another year cancer free.\n\nThe last afternoon Ella spent in the Boise Temple, she just glowed.\n\nElla was proceeded in death by her father, John Powell of Yamhill her first husband, Mason Payne, and two brothers-in-law Joseph Worden and Reg Cox.\n\nShe is survived by her mother, Rosenna Powell, two step children, Kimberley Horgan and Shannon Stepp, her brother Christopher Powell, two sisters, Bernice Meadors, and Beverly Cox; three nephews, Michael Worden, Dwayne Worden and Robert Cox. Three nieces, Jennifer Cox, Kathryn Cox and Caroline Cox; many great nieces and nephews.