OBIT Lissman webNila Nadine Lissman, 80, passed away Nov. 2 in Burns of natural causes.

Nadine was born April 14, 1933, in Almena, Kan., to Alva Earl Hines and Sylvia Vernetta Bell.  She moved from Kansas to Gooding, Idaho, where her family survived a rare tornado that lifted their home from the foundation. Her dad ended up with a broken back after it picked him up. They lost their home, but the rest of the family was safe.  From Gooding,  they moved to a farm between Ontario and Nyssa, where she attended high school in Ontario.

She married Raymond Russell Lissman, then moved several times before moving to Seneca for 14 years, where they had six children. They then moved to Canyon City, to let the five children attend high school without riding the bus 26 miles one way to school. When the logging declined, it was on to Burns, where the last child graduated from Burns High School.  Nadine worked for the Harney County Senior Citizen Center, and then opened an adult foster care home to take care of her mother, and then moved on to taking care of many other cherished people.  Her family was the most important thing in her life.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Russell Lissman; her children, Nila McPhetridge of Burns, Dan Lissman of Ontario, Carolyn Gubser (Bill) of Condon, Darlene Needham (Jerry) of Burns,  Sylvia Wilcox (Jerry) of Vale; three generations of grandchildren, and a large extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alva and Sylvia Hines; brother, Oliver Hines; and her youngest son, Kris Earl Lissman, on Nov. 11, 2012.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at LaFollette’s Chapel in Burns.

Contributions in Nadine Lissman’s memory may be made to the Harney County Senior Citizen Center, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR. 97720. Condolences to the family can be sent online at

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