Mavis Florence Oard passed away Oct. 6 at her home in Buchanan.
She was born Aug. 10, 1926, in Alturas, Calif. She grew up on a ranch near Mud Lake with her parents, Samuel and Blanche Dunn. Mavis had a brother, Larry A. Dunn. She also grew up with her aunt, Ollie Fleener, yet they were so close in age, Mavis considered her a sister.
Mavis attended Crane Union High School. While attending Crane, she met her high school sweetheart, James Richard Oard, or Rich, as people called him. They were married after Rich finished his service in the Navy during World War II.
Once married, Mavis and Rich moved from Harney County to California, so they could attend school. In 1947, Mavis and her family moved back to Buchanan, where she lived ever since. Shortly thereafter, Mavis gave birth to her only child, Sheila Annette Oard.
Mavis had a gift for business, and createdmuch of the history surrounding Buchanan. Buchanan was first put on the map in 1893 as a stage stop, and was later a post office in 1911. When the Oard family moved to Buchanan in 1932, they opened a gas station, hotel, and an equipment sales and repair shop. However, when Mavis joined the Oard family, she took Buchanan by storm. She changed that little gas station into a museum, where she displayed her vast collection of last-century relics, such as old pianos, antique dolls, furniture and guns from before the first World War. She also opened a jewelry store, where she sold authetic Indian art and jewelry. Mavis prided herself on being able to keep current with the jewelry trends. With her outgoing personality and infectious laugh, Mavis drew thousands of customers into her little shop. It was often said that Mavis could sell a rock to a millionaire. Undoubtedly, Mavis is what made Oard’s Gallery and Museum so unique. The store will continue to run as usual, because that was what she wanted, and her spirit will live on.
Mavis is survived by her daughter, Sheila Annette Pollreisz of Portland; two grandchildren, Kasha Castillo of San Diego, Calif., and Karlee Hoffart of Portland; and three great-grandchildren, Dakota Hoffart, Kai Hoffart and Isabella Castillo. She is also survived by her brother, Larry Dunn of Diamond.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Donations in Mavis Oard’s memory may be made to either the Harney County Cattle Women’s Association or the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.