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Iris was born in 1934 in Lynden, Wash., to John and Hazel Boyd. After graduating from high school, Iris enlisted in the Navy. This is where she met and married Theodore G. Landin. After three children and a military move to the Air Force Radar Base in Burns, the two divorced.
Iris made Burns her home, where she worked many jobs, including waiting tables, cooking and typing menus. Then, she was hired on at Edward Hines Lumber Mill. She worked at the mill for 27 years before being forced into early retirement.
That didn’t stop her, however. She opened a business downtown, High Desert Sound, and later on she started a second-hand store in Hines, which she ran for several years.
Iris also, in her downtime, made sure that she put a headstone on as many children’s graves as she could. At least 10 graves have a stone that reads, “Granny Loves You.”
Iris is survived by her brother, Dale Nordby of South Carolina; daughters, Nanette “Bunny” Winter of Burns, and Ivy F. Conger of Ontario; son, Ted G. Landin of Prineville; grandchildren, Amy Cooper, Andrea Reason, Jamey Landin, Jeff Conger, Brandon, Brian and Seth Landin; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Hazel Nordby of Ferndale, Wash.; father, John Boyd of Sunnyside, Wash.; brothers, Terry Boyd of Bellingham, Wash., and Louis Nordby of Ferndale, Wash.; granddaughter, Natasha Langston of Burns; and great-grandson, Anthony D. McVey of Burns.
Iris will be remembered for her love of animals, children, family, and her country.
A military burial will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the Burns Cemetery, followed by a family and friends potluck at the Valley Golf Club in Hines.