Georgia Ellen Kahn of Hines died on Saturday, March 8, at her home in Hines.

She was born on Oct. 21, 1923, in Spokane, Wash., to George Otis Adams and Louise Davis Adams. She is a descendant of Oregon and Washington pioneers and moved with the family from Craigmont, Idaho, in 1930.

Kahn graduated from Eugene High School and from the University of Oregon in 1948, with a bachelor of arts degree in phycology.obit-kahnbw.jpg

After working with the YWCA in St. Louis and Phoenix and the Red Cross in Okinawa, Japan and Madigan Hospital at Fort Lewis, Wash., she returned to the University of Oregon and secured her master’s degree in heath education. She moved to Burns and was a girls physical education teacher at Burns High School.

In Burns she met and married Howard Fredrick Kahn on June 1, 1962, her parents 52nd wedding anniversary, in Eugene. They adopted two boys, David and Guy, who reside in Hines.

Kahn loved working with people. She belonged to Burns Chapter #40 Order of Eastern Star, was a Past Matron and served many years as secretary. She also belonged to Nydia Temple, Daughters of the Nile, Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers, Genealogical Forum of Oregon and for many years was active with the Harney County Senior Center of Burns calling bingo. Her passion was genealogy.

Kahn is survived by her husband, Howard Kahn; sons, William Downing of Concord, Ohio, David and Guy Kahn of Hines; daughters-in-law, Benilda and Katie Kahn of Hines; and daughter, Jean Cotton of Elma, Wash.

She is also survived by seven grandchildren; brother, Bruce Adams of Milwaukie; and sister, Betty Rutherford of Eugene.

A celebration of life will be held at the Harney County Senior Center on Saturday, March 29, at 11 a.m. All family and friends are invited.

Private burial will be in the Eugene Masonic Cemetery, in Eugene. Contributions in Kahn’s memory may be sent to the Harney County Senior Center of Burns and the Burns Chapter #40 Order of Eastern Star.


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