Emilie was born Oct. 15, 1944, in Bagley, Minn., to Gladys Lilian (Ehlers) Rhen and Nils Gustaf Emil Rhen. Her only sibling, Rodney Rhen, was 5 years old when she was born.
Emilie started grade school in Leonard, Minn., and in 1950, the family moved to Hines, where she attended Hines Grade School. In 1952, they moved back to Leonard, then in 1953, the family spent a few months in Williston, N.D., before returning to Leonard. She later graduated from Clearbrook High School in 1962. She finally settled in Oregon in 1965, and in 1971, her only son was born.
Emilie drove the 4-C bus until May of 1979 when she started working for UPS. She was known throughout Harney County as simply Emmy, the UPS Lady. Emilie took a lot of pride in her work. Christmas was, of course, the busiest time of year and the worst of road conditions, but Emilie always made sure everyone got their presents before she went home to enjoy Christmas with her family. On June 6, 1995, she married John Ebar Sr. Emilie’s vacations were spent driving back to Minnesota to spend time with family and friends. She loved simply being around her aunts, uncles and cousins and listening to them tell stories. Emilie was always there to help, whether family or friend, she made many contributions and donations throughout Harney County, usually anonymously. She loved taking care of her grandchildren, as they were the love of her life.
Emilie enjoyed hunting and fishing, but she truly loved playing golf and cards with her family and friends at Valley Golf Club. After her retirement from UPS in 1999, she became more involved with the Valley Golf Club as a board member.
Emilie is survived by her husband of 20 years, John Ebar Sr.; brother; Rodney Rhen and wife Loraine; son, Justin Aamodt and wife, Nikki; stepsons, John Ebar Jr. and wife, Rozanne, and Joe Ebar; grandchildren, McKiah, Riley Aamodt and Emil Aamodt; step-grandchildren, McKenzie Ebar, Chris Rutledge, Mitchel Ebar and Michelle Ebar; nieces, RaeAnn and husband, John Jacobson, Tracy and husband, Duane John; and nephew, Devin and wife, Laura Rhen.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Fredrick and Augusta Rhen, and Henry and Hilda Elhers; parents, Emil and Gladys Rhen; two aunts; and six uncles.
Emilie’s final message to her family and friends: You know I loved you all, but some more than others. I hope you live life to the fullest, be loving and kind, be generous, always put God and family first. Remember this, always forgive. You may not forget, but always forgive, you’ll be a better person for it.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Peace Lutheran/St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Immediately following the service at the church, everyone is invited to the Valley Golf Club at 345 Hines Blvd.
Contributions in Emilie’s memory may be made to the Harney County Hospice, Valley Golf Club or a charity of one’s choice. You can sign the online guest book at www.lafolletteschapel.com.