Juanita E. Reed 1923–2012

Posted on October 10th in Obituaries

Juanita E. Reed died Sept. 26 at Harney District Hospital in Burns.

Juanita was born April 13, 1923, to Etta and Orland Turner in Crane. She grew up in Harney County and graduated from Crane High School in 1941.

After high school, she moved with her family to a ranch near McDermitt, Nev. She then continued her education in San Francisco, Calif., earning her dental assistance degree.

In January 1952, Juanita married Raymond M. Reed and instantly had a new family with two step-daughters, Betty and Romona. She also had two children of her own: son, Marvel, and daughter, Randy.

In 1960, Juanita and her family moved to Yerington, Nev. Juanita moved to Burns in 2007.

Juanita enjoyed working in her yard. She loved to sew, crochet and knit. Her family said they reaped the rewards from her many craft projects.

Juanita is survived by her children and step-children; seven step-grandchildren, Yvonne, Kenny, Kelly, JoAnne, Tami, Andy and Kristy; two granddaughters, Michelle Tye and Sheree Retherford; three great-grandchildren, Jordie, Ledger and Hailey; and numerous step-great-grandchildren.

Juanita was preceded in death by her former husband Raymond; parents, Orland and Etta; and brother, Leo.


Joshua Nephi Kevin Johnson died surrounded by his family Sept. 20.

He was born March 17, 1996, in Newberg to Irene “Nichole” and Kevin Johnson. He was welcomed by siblings Karsten, Kira, Brolin, Nicholette and Selene Johnson.

Joshua grew strong and loved life. He smiled a lot and was mischievous at times. When he was 2, he had a four-day seizure that stripped him of a normal life.

At age 3, Joshua and his family moved to Burns. He attended school at Fillmore and loved his classmates and teachers. Later, he attended Slater and then Hines Middle School. Finally, Joshua attended a few months at Burns High School before becoming too weak to attend.

Joshua loved food, classical music and when his dad would sing to him at night. Red balloons would make him smile.

He had unconditional love toward all of his many wonderful teachers, friends and family members. He loved to walk around the school and give everyone hugs.

Joshua spent his final days at home with his family.

He is survived by his mother, Nichole; father, Kevin; sisters, Nicholette, Selene and Kira; brothers, Karsten and Brolin; and his grandparents, aunts, uncles and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his cousins, Nicholas Johnson and Tyler Graham.


Jay Patrick Winn 1975–2012

Posted on October 10th in Obituaries

Jay Patrick Winn died Sept. 30.

Jay was born Oct. 20, 1975, at Harney County Hospital in Burns.

As a young boy, he was rough, tough and adventurous. He attended grade school in Burns and Hines. His parents moved quite a bit in his early years, but Harney County was always home to him. Jay started hunting with his dad about the same time that he started wrestling. His love of the outdoors and hunting was equaled only by his love of sports.

Jay attended high school in Burns. While he was very bright, the only reason he consented to attend school was so that he could participate in football, wrestling and baseball. He was a stand-out athlete with an incredible work ethic.

After high school, he attended Western Oregon University where he played football for one season.

Jay then began to prepare to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was called to serve in the California Riverside Mission. Those two years greatly influenced the rest of his life.

He returned home in March 1999 and soon met and married the love of his life, Alison “Ali” Ruth Huddleston. They were married Aug. 14, 1999, in the Dallas, Texas, Temple.

The couple then moved to Cleveland, Miss., to attend Delta State University. While Ali concentrated on completing her degree, Jay was busy educating the Delta State football team on how to play football the proper, “Oregon” way.

After Ali received her diploma in 2000, the couple moved back to Burns, and Jay started his career in construction.

Jay and Ali proceeded to have a family together. First were two sons, Michael Jonathan and Justin Daniel. Then they were blessed with their only daughter, Kasey Lee, who was followed by two more sons, Thomas Jay and Kaleb James.

Jay loved being a husband and a dad. Everything he did was for his family or his friends. Jay’s favorite thing to do was hunt or fish with people he loved. He was an enthusiastic coach for his boys in wrestling and football.

Jay is survived by his wife and children; parents, William and Judy Winn; siblings, Jaymie Hampson, Daniel Winn and Myla SkunkCap; grandparents, Donna Tackman and William Winn; and a large, extended family of nieces, nephews and in-laws.


Vicki Lee Hughes 1949–2012

Posted on October 10th in Obituaries

Vicki Lee Hughes died Sept. 25 at her home in Burns.

Vicki was born April 24, 1949, to Jim and Gladys Gardner in Burns.

Vicki and her family resided in Drewsey for many years before moving to Redmond.

Vicki married Robert Dean Hughes on Dec. 24, 1968. The couple resided in Redmond before moving to Klamath Falls. They then moved to Burns, where they lived for the past 16 years.

Vicki liked sewing and talking with family and friends. She is most remembered by family and friends for her great cooking.

She is survived by her husband, Robert D. Hughes; daughters, Jennifer Hughes and Deanna Wilson both of Burns; grandchildren, Travis Hatley of La Grande, Samantha and Candace Hatley of Klamath Falls and Kevin and Robert Hughes of Burns.

A private memorial service will be held in Burns by family and friends.

Contributions in Vicki’s name can be made in care of LaFollette’s Chapel to Harney County Home Health & Hospice or The Ronald McDonald House Charities.


Patricia Dee Foulon 1940–2012

Posted on October 10th in Obituaries

Patricia Dee Foulon, 71, died at home on Sept. 30 from ovarian cancer.

Pat was born Nov. 26, 1940, in Klamath Falls to Edward and Dorothy (Anderson) Foulon.

She graduated from Medford High School in 1959 and was employed by First Interstate Bank of Oregon for 32 years.

Upon retirement, she did childcare for 18 years, and it was her most rewarding time.

Pat is survived by her mother, Dorothy Crandall of Klamath Falls; her life companion, John Leehmann of Burns; son, Scott (wife Lizzie and daughter Emily) Foulon of Lincoln, England; brothers and their wives, Ray and Linda Foulon of Medford and Bill and Robin Foulon of Klamath Falls; sisters and their husbands, Carol and Mark Chaney of Troutdale, Rene and Gary Borden of Prineville and Annette Anhorn of Portland; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and two special friends, Deanna Russell of Medford and Bobbi Jo Heany of Burns.

Pat was preceded in death by her father, Edward Foulon.

No services will be held, but there will be a family celebration of life in the spring.

Contributions in Pat’s memory may be made to Harney County Hospice.

LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Martha Marie Pitkin 1924-2012

Posted on October 3rd in Obituaries

Martha Marie Pitkin, 88, died April 15 in Meridian, Idaho, surrounded by her children.

Martha was born Jan. 26, 1924, in Burns to Lithuanian immigrants Peter and Marie Kvekshas.

She was a woman who had a deep love of God, great humility, wisdom and gentle strength.  She had a great sense of humor, enthusiasm for life and a tenacious spirit for finding the goodness and joy in people and life’s challenges.  She had a great love for her family and friends, with dark chocolate and Mexican mochas following close behind.

Her life in the small town of Burns was filled with wonderful memories and friends.  She attended St. Francis Academy in Baker for her high school years.

She later worked at Edward Hines Lumber Mill in Hines before marrying Donald Eugene Pitkin on May 5, 1948.  Martha and Don raised nine children.  The family moved to Meridian, Idaho, in 1963 where Martha and Don continued to reside and raise their family.

She was born and raised Catholic and was a member of Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Meridian, Idaho, at the time of her death.

Martha is survived by her children and their families, Suzanne (Mike) Revak and Keri, Kelley, Adam, Shawna and Stephanie of Fernley, Nev.; Deborah (Mark) Klein of Reno, Nev.; Stephen Pitkin of Long Beach, Calif.; Christopher Pitkin of Ketchum, Idaho; Mary (Larry) Ossenkop and John and Michelle of Boise, Idaho; James (Kimberly) Pitkin and Natalie, Nicholas, Scott and Garrett of Middleton, Idaho; Elizabeth Meyer and Casey, Jake and Danny of Caldwell, Idaho; and Michael Pitkin of Meridian, Idaho;  great-grandchildren, Kedrick and Gavin, sister-in-law, Norma (Greg) Thiel of Nyssa; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother in Lithuania; her parents, Peter and Marie; her daughter, Ramona; and husband, Donald.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Burns Cemetery.  A luncheon will follow at the Holy Family Catholic Church Parish Hall.


Death notice — Jay Winn

Posted on October 3rd in Obituaries

A funeral service for 36-year-old Jay Winn will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hines at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Happy Valley Cemetery in Diamond.

Jay was killed in a semi-truck accident in Wyoming on Sept. 30.


Harold E. Beaubien of Redmond died Sept. 27.

Services will be held at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 1720 NW 19th St. in Redmond. Rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4. Funeral Mass will be Friday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m., with inurnment to follow at 2 p.m. at Terrebonne Pioneer Cemetery. Arrangements by Autumn Funerals in Redmond.


A wake and celebration of life for Jim Reeves will be held Friday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Burns. There will be an open mic for anyone who would like to relate a story or comment about Jim. For more information, contact John BigKnife at 541-647-0288.


Mary (Mimy) Cecilia Woolridge, 86, died Aug. 29.

She was born Nov. 21, 1925.

Mimy held strong to her Burns roots for all her life, never forgetting all the family and friends that called this Eastern Oregon town home.

She always loved her children with a special unconditional love. Her friends were her friends forever.

Mimy’s sisters stayed close to Mimy until the very end. The girls, including their late sister, Elisa, were unusually devoted as sisters and never missed an opportunity to be together.

Mimy’s last days were surrounded with love, thanks to her family. These last days were made all the more special by the loving, caring women at Ashley Manor in Burns where Mimy lived with her sister Rosie.

In addition to the unconditional love she gave so freely, Mimy will always be remembered for her sense of adventure. From her horse, to her airplane flying lessons, to moving by herself to California at the age of 70, Mimy was one of a kind. Having no fear, she was full of self-confidence, and she always knew that life had a lot more to give her.

Mimy is survived by her children, Marquita Yriarte, Chris Yriarte and Tony Yriarte; granddaughter, Ann Michelle Yriarte; step-children, Kent, Scott, Wayne and Gretchen Wooldridge; sisters, Rosie Runnels and Jo Hagedorn; and nieces and nephews, Becky Glerup, Pam Glerup, Pete Runnels, Billy Runnels, Angie Tiller, Melanie Epping, Elisa and John Hagedorn, Gina Greco and Danny Ramirez.

A rosary was held Sept. 21 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Burns. The Mass of Christian burial took place at the church Sept. 22. Internment followed immediately after mass.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Holy Family Catholic Church in Mimy’s name.


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