OBIT Baird workedPlease join the family of Ruby I. Baird at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., for a celebration of her life.

Share your memories and view her life’s journey through pictures.

Refreshments will be served.


Carol Ruth Simpson, 72, of Grants Pass, passed away Friday, March 7, after a long battle with cancer.

Simpson was born Aug. 16, 1941, in Okanagan, Wash., to Rex and Ruth Houtz. She started grade school in a one-room schoolhouse in Izee. After her father died in a logging accident, she moved with her mother and sister to John Day, where they lived for a brief period before settling in Burns. She graduated from Burns High School in 1959, and attended Eastern Oregon State College (now University) for two years. She transferred to Western Oregon State College (now University) and earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1963. Upon graduation, she moved from Burns to Grants Pass, where she began her career by teaching first grade at Roosevelt Elementary School.

On July 25, 1965, in Grants Pass, she married Ferris Simpson. They enjoyed traveling, and toured Europe in the summer 1966. They had two sons, and spent many hours at soccer and basketball games, cross-country meets and other athletic events that their boys were involved in. She taught in Grants Pass for more than 30 years, with the majority of that time being at Highland Elementary School. Although she retired in 1998, she spent many years after that at Highland Elementary School substitute teaching, volunteering, and visiting with friends. She attended Edgewater Christian Fellowship and was a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization. Upon retiring, she and her husband traveled to five continents. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, crafts, gardening, sewing, volunteering in her grandchildren’s classrooms, and trips to the Oregon coast. She especially enjoyed spending time at her cabin on the Rogue River in Union Creek, and was always up for a trip to the Oregon coast. In the 50-plus years Carol lived in Grants Pass, she never forgot her Eastern Oregon roots, and loved visiting her sister and nieces who reside there.

She is survived by her husband, Ferris Simpson; two sons, Scott of Eugene, and Craig of Grants Pass; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce.

A memorial service was held March 15 at Edgewater Christian Fellowship, with private interment at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Condolences may be sent to the family at Contributions may be made to Edgewater Christian Fellowship, 101 Assembly Circle, Grants Pass, OR 97526; or to Lovejoy Hospice, 939 S.E. Eighth St., Grants Pass, OR 97526; or to the American Cancer Society, 31 W. Sixth St., Medford, OR 97501.

Lloyd Emil Larson passed away March 19.

Lloyd was born Jan. 21, 1922, in Ione, Wash., to Oscar Emil Larson and Helga Katherina Danielson. He grew up in Klamath Falls, with one brother, Oscar, and two sisters, Eileen and Evelyn.

When he was a youngster, the family lived on the Klamath reservation. In 1936, they moved into Klamath Falls, so their dad could work for Warehouse Lumber Co. Many happy memories went along with the childhood adventures. The family moved to Prineville in 1939, where Lloyd graduated two years later. Just out of high school, he went to Oregon State University (OSU) and joined Theta Xi fraternity.

When Pearl Harbor was bombed, he and many others went to Portland and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942. In 1946, he was honorably discharged, and he returned to OSU to continue his college education. It was in June 1949 that he married Elaine Alice Quinn, and the following year, they got busy raising 10 children, all born within 12 years.

Lloyd was always a lumberman, doing every job associated with the manufacturing and selling of lumber. Leisure time was spent bird hunting, fishing, and enjoying athletics with his family. The family moved around a lot, living in Oregon, Washington, California and Canada. No matter where the family moved, the Catholic Church played a big part in making any new town home. The family was very active within the church, so friends were made quickly. Lloyd was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and the Elks.

He is survived by one sister, Evelyn of Powell Butte; sons, Joseph, John and Steve of Spokane, Wash., and Daniel and wife, Jane, of Wilsonville; daughters, Jan Larson, Julie Brown, and Ann Choate and husband, Mike, of Burns, Mary Stevens of Seattle, Wash., and Virginia Snyder and husband, Bill, of Aloha.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Oscar; sister, Eileen; son, Dennis; and his wife, Elaine.

Dale James Hutchinson, 63, of Oregon City, passed away March 25 in Depoe Bay, surrounded by his family.

He was born Nov. 26, 1950. In addition to living in Burns and Crane at times, Dale also lived in Nevada, Idaho, and Southwest Washington.

He is survived by his wife, Lorre; sons, Matt and Emmet; step-sons, Dean and Kevin Baker; and four siblings, including Mike Hutchinson, owner of Hutch’s Western Bazaar in Burns.

Dale and Mike’s father, James Ralph Hutchinson of Burns, also passed away recently, on Dec. 23, 2013.

Bonita Master 1945-2014

Posted on April 2nd in Obituaries

Bonita “Kiwi” H. Masters, 69, of Burns, passed away March 18.

A local service has been held. A service in New Zealand will be held at a later date.

Baird Funeral Home of Bend was in charge of funeral arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of “Kiwi” at any US Bank.

Wednesday April 2

Posted on April 2nd in Community Calendar

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 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Community Center, 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 xisting programs and recruitment efforts.

High Desert Park and Recreation District board of directors meets the first Wednesday of each month in their office at Ponderosa Village, at 7 p.m.

Burns Elks Lodge, 118 N. Broadway, meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Non-denominational Bible services are held Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Hines City Hall. Ministers are Jane Buell and Cheryl Emborg.

Free cardio-kick classes are offered Wednesday evenings, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Faith Baptist Church. The classes are good for beginning to moderate workouts, and everyone is welcome. For more information call 541-573-7777.

Be a quitter…a tobacco quitter, that is! Join this support group to develop strategies to quit successfully and access all the resources available to help you. The support group will meet each Wednesday, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Harney District Hospital board annex conference room. For more information, contact Harney District Hospital’s Jamie Blute at 541-573-8342.

Bring babies to Lapsit Storytime at Harney County Library, 80 W. D St., each Wednesday at 10 a.m. Enjoy music, stories, rhymes and fingerplays especially for babies and toddlers.

Storytime for preschoolers is scheduled at the Harney County Library, 80 W. D St., each Wednesday at 10:30  a.m. Contact the Harney County Library for more information, 541-573 6670.

A Women’s AA meeting is held every Wednesday at noon at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns.

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

ALANON, a support group for friends and families of alcoholics, meets each Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns. Please use the back door on the south side of the building. All interested are welcome.



Thursday April 3

Posted on April 2nd in Community Calendar

Celebrate National Poetry Month Thursday, April 3, at Harney County Library! Madras author, Jarold Ramsey, will lead a celebration of William Stafford with a personal introduction to the writer and his poetry. Everyone is invited to join in this statewide promotion of a former Oregon Poet Laureate by reading a Stafford poem, one of your own or just enjoying what others read. Program begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free. Refreshments will be served. 

Burns Butte Sportsmen’s Club meets the first Thursday of each month at the State Office Building, 809 W. Jackson, at 7 p.m.

Free income tax preparation and assistance is available for taxpayers age 60+ and low and middle-income taxpayers of any age through the AARP Tax-Aide program. Trained volunteers will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday, until April 15. at the Harney County School District No. 3 administrative office to prepare tax returns or assist with questions. For more information, call Sam Caizza at 541-573-3262.

A Walking Class is held each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. indoors at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.

Kiwanis Club of Burns-Hines meets for a no-host luncheon at noon each Thursday at Bella Java, 314 N. Broadway in Burns.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at noon each Thursday at Hines City Hall, 101 E. Barnes. Call 541-573-2896.

Alcoholics Anonymous holds an open, big book and discussion meeting each Thursday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Church of the Living Water.

Friday April 4

Posted on April 2nd in Community Calendar

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, District 9, meets the first, third and fourth Friday of each month. Call Micky, 541-573-2515, for time and place.

Reading Club meets at the Harney County Library each Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Open to 2nd- through 5th-grade students. For more information, call 541-573-6670.

A recovery group, “Celebrate Recovery,” meets each Friday at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene, 311 Roe Davis Ave. in Hines. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. The main meeting is held at 6 p.m. and small group sessions are at 7 p.m. For more information, call 541-573-7100.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Friday at Symmetry Care at 5 p.m.

Saturday April 5

Posted on April 2nd in Community Calendar

There will be a “Make An Offer” fundraising yard sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in the Slater School cafeteria. The fifth graders are putting on the yard sale, and all proceeds will go toward their field trip.

A Veterans lunch will be served at the Hampton Station Cafe the first Saturday of each month. RSVP  by calling Shelley at 541-420-0828.

Diabetes Support Group meets at the Harney County Health Building, 420 N. Fairview, the first Saturday of each month at 2 p.m.

Waggin’ Tales is held the first and third Saturday of the month at Harney County Library from 2-3 p.m. Please call the library, 541-573-6670, for an appointment if your child would like to read with a dog.

Harney County Arts and Crafts Association meets the first Saturday of each month in the basement conference room of the Harney County Courthouse. On Saturday, April 5, they will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Use the rear building entrance. Artists of any age and artistic medium are welcome to attend. The first hour will be an art workshop led by Amos Burk featuring working with wire. Contact Karen Hendrickson at 541-413-0124 for more information.

A free benefit concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Burns High School. The event is a senior project, raising money for the Kids Club of Harney County. Donations will be accepted.

Sunday April 6

Posted on April 2nd in Community Calendar

A free community dinner, eat in or take out (no strings attached), will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Burns Christian Church, 125 S. Buena Vista. Call 541-573-2216.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Sunday at 7 p.m. at Foursquare Church for 12×12 study.

Whaddya Think?

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  • Condor (12%)
  • Flamingo (4%)
  • Toucan (3%)

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