June Darlene Pitts Moon, 79, died on May 13 in Burns.
She was born on June 21, 1931, in Independence, Kan., to Ernest and Goldie Pitts.
Moon moved to Oregon from Kansas in 1944, when she and her brother, Orville, moved in with their Aunt Leona in Klamath Falls. She attended school there, graduating from Klamath High School. While living there, Moon worked in several jobs including at the historic Twin Theaters movie house. While at the theater, she met her soon-to-be husband, Joe Moon, who was attending college at OTI. They were married on July 23, 1950, in Klamath Falls.
Moon and her husband made their home on the Moon Ranch in the Double O Valley, until Joe was inducted into the army in 1955. After he got out of basic training, the couple moved to Seattle, Wash., where they lived until 1957. Following his discharge, Moon and her husband moved back to Double O, where they took over the ranch and started their own family — son, Donald; daughter, Barbara; and son, Geren.
Moon enjoyed working the ranch beside her husband and family. She especially enjoyed her sheep, dogs, cats and watching grandchildren grow; not necessarily in that order.
During spring turnout, Moon was often found walking behind the herd, pushing baby calves out to spring pasture. When asked if she needed a horse, she would reply, “Then who would bring the truck?”
When she wasn’t helping push calves, Moon could be found in her kitchen. She loved to cook; and she loved big brandings when neighbors and friends came to help. She also enjoyed cooking at the holidays with homemade rolls, candy, pies, cakes and more. No one ever left her table hungry.
Moon was a dedicated, strong individual. When her husband was diagnosed with multiple-sclerosis, she cared for him until his death. She also cared for her mother-in-law, showing endless love for her family.
Moon is survived by her brothers, Orville Pitts and wife Betty from Doris, Calif., and Kenny Pitts and family; son, Geren and friend Candace from Double O; grandchildren, Josh, Miranda, Jeanne and Chrissy Moon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Goldie Pitts, brothers, Donald and Marvin, son, Donald, daughter, Barbara, and husband, Joe.
A funeral service was held at LaFollette’s Chapel on Friday, May 20, with committal in the Burns Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory can be made to the Harney County Senior Center, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.