OBIT Baird workedRuby Ione (Oard) Baird passed away Feb. 26.

She was born April 3, 1923, to Charles and Bertha Oard in Albritton, and was the last remaining sibling of 10 children.

Ruby met her life companion and soul mate (Emory Hale Baird) after he arrived by rail in Crane on his way to his future job at the Sod House during the Civil Conservation Corps relief program.

Ruby and Hale were married in Burns May 17, 1942. Ruby became an Army Air Corps wife and moved about the West Coast with Hale during his active-duty military period.

After Hale returned back to the States, they moved to Bonneville, when Hale became the purchasing agent for Bonneville Dam.

But Ruby missed and longed for the sage and juniper of Harney County, so they returned to Burns and entered a hardware business with Ruby’s sister, Ethyl, and brother-in-law, “Jinks” Harris.

They retired in 1981 and enjoyed the “snowbird” migration to Arizona and back during the winter and early spring months for the next 20-plus years.

Ruby enjoyed hunting, fishing and the “Great Outdoors,” as well as coffee with her many “special friends.”

She is survived by her four children, Phyllis, Dick, Jim and Beverly; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Ruby was proceeded in death by her husband, Hale, in 2010.

There are no services planned at this time. A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.


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