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She was born Nov. 2, 1921, to Charles and Fannie Holloway Barnes in Burns. She was the first of six children, including a set of twins. Ferne was raised on the family ranch just south of Frenchglen. She attended grade school in Frenchglen, and would walk one and a quarter miles to school most days. She attended Crane Union High School in Crane, staying in the dormitory. She was not able to go home very often, except for holidays, because of the distance and lack of transportation. In the summers, she would help during haying season by cooking for her father’s hay camps at Brenton Cabin and the P Ranch.
During WWII, she worked at the Portland ship yard doing office work and later worked for CC Anderson, a clothing company in Boise, Idaho. After WWII, she married Noel L. Cagle, whom she met before the war when he came west with the CCC to work on projects on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
They lived in Salinas, Calif., for a while where their son, Charles, was born. They moved back to Harney County and worked for Joe Fine on the Roaring Springs Ranch. Later, they were hired on at the refuge and lived at Three Mile, Buena Vista Station, and Sod House, where their daughter, Nancy, was born. After retiring, they moved to Hines.
Ferne’s passions were gardening and flowers. For many years, she entered flowers in the county fair. She was a clerk for the Frenchglen School District, a member of the Harney County CattleWomen, the Sunrise Garden Club, American Auxiliary, and was a life time member of the Elks Lodge No.1680.
She is survived by brother, Don “Jiggs” Barnes, and his wife, Lucille, of Burns; sisters, Jen Otley of Happy Valley, and Donna Jordan and husband, Lauren, of Pilot Rock; son, Charlie, and his wife, Lorna, of Burns; daughter, Nancy, and her husband, Tom, of Bonanza; grandsons, Jason, Bryan, Wes, Clint; great-grandsons, Dominic and Aidan; great-granddaughters, Laila, Addy and Bailey; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ferne was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Fannie; her husband, Noel; and two sisters, Thelma Otley and Jo Urizar.
Contributions in Ferne Cagle’s memory may be made to the Harney County CattleWomen Scholarship Fund or to a charity of one’s choice, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. Go to www.lafolletteschapel.com to sign the guestbook and send your condolences to the family.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal/Peace Lutheran Church in Burns.