Mary Wanda (Lawson) Bivens died on Dec. 26.

She was born on Aug. 14, 1933, in Bald Knob, Ark., to Clarence and Lular Lawson.

She was 5-feet, 1-inch tall, loved to bake, loved White Shoulder perfume and loved to buy red shoes, even if she never had a chance to wear them. There was always room at her table for you to eat, or just sip a cup of coffee or a glass of ice tea.

Bivens was a Certificated Nursing Assistant and a member of the Women’s Auxiliary League of Burns.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Jerry Elmer Bivens of Burns; son, Jerry Bivens and wife Carol of California; daughters, Wanda Moralez and husband Richard,  and Annette Riebau of Washington; sister, Irene Underwood of California; grandchildren, Sarah Bivens and Hillary Moralez; and numerous  nieces and nephews.

Bivens was preceded in death by her parents; older brother, Charles Edward Lawson; and older sister, Lilly.

\A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Jan.  6, at 1 p.m. at LaFollette’s Chapel, 322 W. Monroe, Burns. Coffee  and tea will be served at the home of her husband by her daughters following the memorial.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bivens’ memory may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary, Post #10, in care of Opal Filteau, P.O. Box 546, Burns, OR 97220.


Viola Jenkins, 93, died on Dec. 26 at her home in Redmond, with her family by her side.

She was born on May 7, 1917.

Jenkins and her husband,  Elmer lived in the Burns area for many years. They owned a trucking company and the Broadway Florist shop.

In 1964, Jenkins entered the Boise State College nursing program and graduated with a registered nursing degree in 1967. She worked at the Burns hospital until she moved to Central Oregon in 1969. She retired from nursing at 71 years of age.

After retiring, Jenkins continued to work her mini-farm in Redmond, raising cattle, pigs and chickens. She loved gardening and was proud of her home that she paid for as it was built.

She will be remembered for her variety of hats, her sharp wit and humor.

Jenkins is survived by her son, Donald Dean Phillips of Albany; daughter, Dawn Marlene Jenkins Southcotte of Redmond;   stepdaughter, Eldene Denise Sellars of Eugene; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Nevin of Springfield; and two nieces, one nephew and several great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Donald D. Phillips and Elmer Thomas Jenkins.

At her request, graveside memorial services with be held in April.


Leslie Gail Pray (Hofstetter) Storley, 47, died on Dec. 24, at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho. A celebration of life memorial will be held for her on Jan. 7 in Donnelly, Idaho, at 2 p.m.

Lanie Ellen Kilborn Grogan died on Jan. 4. A graveside service will be held at Greenwood Cemetary in Bend on Friday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m.


The Harney County Farm Bureau will hold their January meeting on Jan. 5, at Country Companies Insurance board room. Board training will be at 4 p.m. and the regular meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Melodi Molt at 541-573-1519.

Harney County Court meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Harney County Courthouse, 450 North Buena Vista, at 10 a.m.

The Harney County Community Response Team (CRT) meets the first Wednesday of every month from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Community Center located at 484 N. Broadway. The CRT consists of anyone interested in what is going on in the county as it relates to business and industry. County, city and tribal leaders provide general information to the public regarding existing programs and recruitment efforts.

Storytime at Harney County Library is held each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 541-573-6670.

Bring babies to Lapsit Storytime at Harney County Library each Wednesday at 10 a.m. Enjoy music, stories, rhymes and fingerplays especially for babies and toddlers.

Burns Elks Lodge, 118 North Broadway, meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Four Square Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns.


Death notice — Mary Glerup

Posted on December 29th in Obituaries

Mary Glerup, 87, died on Saturday, Dec. 25, at The Aspens. Services are pending with LaFollette’s Chapel.


Death notice — Mary Bevins

Posted on December 29th in Obituaries

Mary Bevins died on Sunday, Dec. 26, at Harney District Hospital. Arrangements are pending with LaFollette’s Chapel.


Gary Gurmindersinghsidhu, 46, died on Sunday, Dec. 26, at Harney District Hospital. Arrangements are pending with LaFollette’s Chapel.


Death notice — Bill Woodfin

Posted on December 29th in Obituaries

Bill Woodfin died on Sunday, Dec. 26, at OHSU in Portland. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 31, at 2 p.m. at Harney County Church of Nazarene. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Steven James Wagner, 56, died on Dec. 23.

He was born on Nov. 27, 1954, in Prairie City, to Dorothy and William (Bill) Wagner.

Wagner lived the first years of his life in John Day  with his parents and siblings, Lanette, Kerry and Mark, until moving to Burns. He graduated from Burns Union High School in 1973.

After high school, Wagner attended college for a short period of time and worked for the U.S. Forest Service. He began working at Wagner’s Furniture in 1977 until 2003, when he began working at the Oregon Youth Authority.

In March 1979, he married Sharon Watkins and they had four children, Amanda, Jim, Jennifer and Emma. He had two grandchildren, Ava Bunger, and Liam Shepherd, and was awaiting the birth of his newest grandchild any day.
Wagner delighted in watching his children’s successes throughout their lives, especially their sporting events. His children and grandchildren were the love, pride and joy of his life.  He will be remembered as an easy-going, loving man with a unique and wonderful sense of humor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors.

Wagner is survived by his wife, Sharon;  children, Amanda Bunger and husband and Brent of Klamath Falls, Jim Wagner and wife  Miranda of Burns, Jennifer Shepherd and husband  Josh of Mt. Angel, and Emma Wagner of Reno, Nev.; and grandchildren, Ava Bunger, Liam Shepherd and soon-to-be born, baby Wagner. He is also survived by his sister, Lanette Howard of Ogden, Utah; brothers, Kerry Wagner and Mark Wagner of Burns; stepmother, Patti Wagner; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Dorothy and William (Bill) Wagner.

A celebration of  Wagner’s life will be held at Pioneer Presbyterian Church on Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Burns High School sports program or the Hi-Desert Swim Team, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


Chester Ross Baker — 1951-2010

Posted on December 29th in Obituaries

Chester Ross Baker died on Dec. 11 in Burns.

He was born on Sept. 13, 1951, in Burns to Chester and Elsie Baker.

Baker attended Hines Grade School and graduated from Burns Union High School. Following his graduation, he worked for Edward Hines Lumber Company, working his way up to being a sawyer. When his father died in 1981, he took over the running of his family ranch.

Baker enjoyed fishing, hunting and working on cars and tractors.

Baker is survived by his brother, Larry Baker of Tacoma, Wash.; sister, Louella Campo and husband Celestino of Burns; nieces, Lou Ann Deiter and husband Danny of Burns, Megan Deiter of Burns and Mariah Deiter of Bend; cousin, Bonnie Smith and husband Jack of rural Burns; and other family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Elsie Baker; and several aunts and uncles.

At his request, there will be no funeral services. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.


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