George William Chambers died on July 23.

He was born on March 18, 1930, in Emmett, Idaho.

Chambers lived in Burns for several years before moving to Emmett.

He enjoyed bowling, hunting and spending time with his family and friends. He always had time for everyone, even a stray cat.

Chambers is survived by his children, Ken  Chambers and wife Emma of Nevada, Diane Ray and husband Bill of Montana, Howard Chambers of Emmett, Rob Chambers and wife Mary Lou of Emmett, Jeff Chambers of Illinois, and Julie Erikson and husband Steve of Illinois; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Hazel Altie Griffith died on Aug. 9.

She was born on Feb. 8, 1914, in Los Angles, Calif., to George and Lyda Benton, the fifth of eight children.

She married Fred Emmet Griffith in California, and then moved to Harney County in the early 1930s, after they purchased the Anderson Valley Ranch from Miller and Lux Cattle Company.

Griffith and her husband had three children, Margaret, John and William. They were divorced during World War II.

She later married William M. Griffith, and they continued to work the ranch for many years.

In 1943, Griffith moved to Crane to enroll her children in school. During that time she rented the Denman Hotel and boarded the highway workers who were paving the road from Burns to Folley Farm. For the next few years, Griffith spent her winter months in Crane and summers at the ranch.

She later worked at Wenzels Grocery Store in Burns,  the U.S. Forest Service as a cook, and then the BLM as a fire lookout. She also managed the Leathers Gas Station for many years.

Griffith spent several years in New Mexico before returning to Burns and managing the Nite Owl Cafe and the Gayway Cafe. She then settled into retirement.

Griffith loved to fish, and she knew all the best fishing holes in Harney County. She was an avid gardener, and always had a beautiful flower garden. She spent many hours landscaping and tending her yard.

Her later years were spent living in the Aspens.

Griffith is survived by her children, Margaret Farley and William Griffith; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her parents; one brother; six sisters; and her son, John Griffith.

Contributions in Griffith’s memory may be made to the Holy Family Catholic Church Parish Hall building fund, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Camille Amber (Weare) Harte, 54, of Prineville, died on July 29.

She was born on March 26, 1957, as Camille Horst in Bismarck, N.D., then she was adopted at age 9 by Dr. Clifford Weare and his wife, Phyllis, in Burns.

As a young girl, Harte loved to swim, play tennis and volleyball and run on the cross county track team in high school. After receiving her GED, she moved to San Diego, Calif., then to Hawaii.

Returning to Burns, Harte worked at the Pine Room as a server and a card dealer.

In 1990, Harte moved to Illinois, where she learned to drive commercial trucks. From there she made her way to Great Falls, Mont., where she met her husband, Greg, while driving for Earl Foss Trucking.

They married in August 1993, and a year later moved back to the northwest, where she drove tanker trucks for Washington Trucking in Vancouver, Wash.

In 2009, Harte and her husband moved to Prineville, where she enjoyed her passion for horses, joining the Prineville Ridge Riders and Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition. Her love of animals also led her to volunteer at the Humane Society of the Ochocos.

Harte is survived by her husband, Greg Harte; mother, Phyllis Weare; sister, Sally Edney-Weare; and brothers, Bill, John, Tom and Mike Weare.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Crook County Library in the Broughton Room.

Contributions in Harte’s memory may be made to the Humane Society of the Ochocos and the Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition. Whispering Pines Funeral Home is  in charge of the arrangements,  185 N.E. 4th St., Prineville, OR 97754;  541-416-9733.

Austin Tyler Wink 2010-2011

Posted on August 17th in Obituaries

Austin Tyler Wink, 9- months, died on Aug. 5, at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash.

Wink was a little man with a big heart. In life he wanted nothing more than to make others smile and laugh. Whether family, friend or stranger, he ensured everyone had a smile on their  face. Through various medical appointments and hospitalizations he continued to touch everyone’s hearts. He was such a brave little man and will always be a part of many people.

Wink is survived by his parents, Shauna (Wiley) Wink and Edward L. Wink of Spokane, Wash.; sister, LeahLynn Cates-Wink of Merlin; maternal grandparents, Ronald and Suzanne Wiley of Terrebonne; paternal grandparents, Toni and Brad Emerson of Irrigon and  Edward and Annette Wink of Kennewick, Wash.; maternal great-grandmother, Etta Mae Varns of Omaha, Neb.; paternal great-grandmother, Letha Wink of Kennewick, Wash.; and numerous other family members.

Funeral services were held on  Aug. 12, at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston, with burial in the Hermiston Cemetery.

Contributions in Wink’s memory may be made to the Mitochondrial Research Guild at Seattle Children’s Hospital, in care of Mitochondrial Research Guild, P.O. Box 761, Lynnwood, WA 98046.

A condolence book is available at:

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, was in charge of arrangements.

Rose Derrick 1944-2011

Posted on August 17th in Obituaries

Rose Derrick died on July 29.

She was born on Aug. 17, 1944.

Derrick was a good mother and friend. She played music throughout her life, and worked at Edward Hines Lumber Mill.

Derrick is survived by her children, Lori Black, Tammie Minniear, Donald Black, Tina Black, James Black, Angela Montgomery and Charles Montgomery; brother, James Derrick and Arkley Derrick; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews

A memorial service for Dennis Gideon will be held Aug. 20, at 1 p.m. at the Burns Elks Lodge.

Family and friends are invited to attend. A small potluck lunch will be served.

For more information, call Michele Jones at 208-608-2509.

Mary Anne Hawley-Norris, 73, of Roseburg, died on Aug. 1.

She was born on Nov. 27, 1937, in Vallejo, Calif., to Norval and Elizabeth Gundershaug, the eldest of six children.

Hawley-Norris was raised in Lodi, Calif. In June 1959, she married A.L (Link) Hawley and resided in Harney County and Burns for over 26 years.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Stanford University in 1965, and worked for many years in nursing and home health.  After the death of her first husband, she went back to school to earn her master’s degree in nursing and become an Adult Nurse Practitioner at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) in 1988.

She married Gale Norris of Sutherlin in January 1989, and resided in the Sutherlin and Roseburg area ever since. After the death of her second husband in May 1999, Hawley-Norris retired from Douglas Community Hospital and volunteered for many organizations over the years. She volunteered at Mercy Hospital Volunteer Services, Wildlife Safari in Winston, Roseburg Lions Club, TOPS Club, the P.E.O. Sisterhood, the Calapooia Reflections Museum in Sutherlin and the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

Hawley-Norris is survived by her children, Elizabeth Charley and husband Kevin of Lebanon, Lincoln Hawley and wife Jeannie  of Van Buren, Ark.,  Lisa Hawley of Roseburg,  Scott Norris and wife Vicki of Canby,  and Doug Norris and wife Teresa Norris of Roseburg.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Christopher Hawley of Prescott Valley, Ariz., Jocelyn and Jared Charley of Lebanon, Cole Norris and wife Kristen of Canby and Josiah, Mahala, Eli and Alema Norris of Roseburg; and great-grandchildren, Brayden Wright, Selene Hawley and Nikoli and Brie Norris.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Hawley-Norris’ memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Mary Yeteve Ackerman died on July 30 in Klamath Falls.

She was born on July 29, 1920, in Burns, to Clarence Nelson and Zella May (Irving) Young.

She was married to Robert (Bob) Henry Ackerman.

Ackerman enjoyed knitting, sewing, gardening, painting and drawing. She was a devoted mother and wife, and an independent soul.

Ackerman is survived by children,  Robert Young Ackerman, James Nelson Ackerman, Marga Rita Smith, Cyna Lisa Ackerman and Paul William Ackerman; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

No formal services will be held.

Nancy Hardie-Nylin 1947-2011

Posted on August 10th in Obituaries

Nancy Hardie-Nylin died on July 21 in Condon.

She was born on Aug. 1, 1947, in The Dalles to Bill and Donna (Klindt) Hardie.

When she was a baby, Hardie-Nylin lived on the family wheat ranch at Trailfork, 14 miles southeast of Condon. She then spent two years in the Phillipines, where her dad and great-uncle started a dairy.

After two years overseas, the family returned to the family ranch, and Hardie-Nylin’s three siblings were born. Her childhood was busy as she cleaned house, cooked, was often in charge of her younger siblings and tended livestock. Her family was her number-one priority.

Over the years she invited many friends to the ranch — college friends, co-workers and students. She was proud to show off her ranch home and her family.

She graduated from Condon High School in 1965, and attended Oregon State University. She later transferred to Marylhurst College for two years, and then returned to Oregon State to receive a bachelor’s degree in education in 1970.

Hardie-Nylin’s career in education started at the Christie School near Lake Oswego, and continued to The Dalles, Crane, Redmond, Burns, Goldendale, Wash., and finally to White Salmon, Wash.

She received a master of science in counseling in 1982, and went on to earn the National Certified Counselor award in 1984. While teaching in Burns she was involved in organizing the Special Olympics in the area and was active at the state level. She also organized Head Start and child care programs at Burns High School. Her commitment to her work earned Hardie-Nylin the Harney County Educator of the Year award in 1985.

After marrying Ken Nylin at the Lonerock Church in 1993, she sold real estate for several years. She also helped her husband finish the inside work on his house near Mt. Adams.

Hardie-Nylin is survived by her father, Bill Hardie; step-mother, Anne Hardie; sisters, Suzanne Hyde and husband Robbie, and Georgia VanWinkle and husband Jim; brother, John Hardie; step-son, Gary Nylin; and mother-in-law, Betsy Nylin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ken; mother, Donna, and uncle, Earl Hardie.

A graveside service was held on July 26, at the Condon Cemetery.

Larry G. Richards 1937-2011

Posted on August 3rd in Obituaries

Larry G. Richards died on Tuesday, July 26, at his home on the Burns Paiute Reservation, from cancer.

He was born on April 10, 1937, to Ethel Louie.

Richards attended Slater Elementary and Burns Union High School. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp and served from 1956 to 1958.  He was on active duty in the Marines until his honorable discharge on July 12, 1962.

Richards was well-known for being a Golden Gloves Boxer. He was coached by two of the best — Marc Osa and Bill Thornburgh.

In 1972, Richards became the first Tribal Police Officer on the Burns Paiute Reservation. He also served as Tribal Chairman and Councilman.

Richards worked at Edward Hines Lumber Company, and then the United States Forest Service until his retirement. He later went back to work for Choate Construction, working until Fall, 2009.

Richards enjoyed  spending time with his family, sharing silly moments, traveling to the Pendleton Round-Up and watching the annual parade, rodeo and race meet.

He will be remembered as a very kind, humble and unselfish man. Richards would help others in their time of need, or help with tribal projects that he saw needed to be done.

Richards is survived by his wife, Genevieve Richards; children, Shelly Richards, Todd Richards, Jody Richards, Renee Thomas, Vonnie Sam, Theresa Curtis and Rose Curtis; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Contributions in Richards’ memory can be made to the Harney County Cancer Society Fund, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.  LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of funeral arrangements.

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