Margy was born at Harney County Hospital Jan. 29, 1951. She was the third of four children born to Arthur L. (Bill) and Dixie D. Runnels of Burns.
Margy attended Burns Grade School and graduated from Burns Union High School in 1969, then attended Oregon College of Education in Monmouth for two years. She transferred to Treasure Valley Community College, where she completed nurses’ training, working summers as a dispatcher. Upon graduation, she moved to Salem to work at Salem Memorial Hospital and become certified as a respiratory technician. She then worked in this capacity at St. Charles Hospital in Bend for five years.
Margy’s next move was to The Dalles to work at Columbia Basin Nursing Home. During this time, she met her future husband, Dick Cyphers. Margy and Dick were married Nov. 26, 1983, in Dufur Methodist Church.
Dick and Margy then lived in Portland for two years, where Dick completed his education. This period was especially meaningful to Margy, as she was able to spend time with her beloved sister, Marcy Selid, Marcy’s husband, Mark, and their two children. The Cyphers returned to The Dalles in 1988. In 1995, they welcomed their son, Peter.
In 1997, the family relocated to Burns to be nearer Margy’s parents. Margy spent the rest of her working life at Harney District Hospital and High Desert Medical Center, where her skills and compassionate care were highly regarded.
Since 2012, Margy suffered from respiratory illness, which became worse when she and Peter were on a church mission in Mexico.
Margy grew up in First (Faith) Baptist Church in Burns, where she accepted Jesus as her savior. She spent her life serving and caring for others. She loved planting flowers, reading, doing latchhook and embroidery, and going to garage sales. She especially enjoyed the Runnels’ annual family trips, including to Yellowstone Park, the Wallowas, the Oregon coast, and an Alaskan cruise.
She is survived by husband, Dick; son, Peter; mother, Dixie; brother, Dick (Dawna) of Nyssa; stepchildren, Ryan Cyphers and Mandy Cyphers; Marcy’s children, Stephanie Ostrom and Chris Selid; Dick Runnels’ children, Nicole Kellogg and Toby Runnels; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Margy was preceded in death by her brother, Steve (1970); sister, Marcy (1991); father, Bill (2007); and brother-in-law, Mark Selid (2011).
The family expresses special gratitude to Margy’s cousins who helped so much during the past year of her illness: Jo Katagi of Vancouver, B.C., and Charles and Judi Bailey of Vancouver, Wash.
Donations in Margy’s memory may be made to Faith Baptist Church, Harney County Senior Center, or Harney County Home Health, c/o LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.
A memorial service for Margy Cyphers will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at Faith Baptist Church. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.