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Barbara Raney, 69, a longtime Huntington and Baker City resident, died Jan. 11, 2004, in Baker City.
There will be no funeral.
Barbara Jean was born on Feb. 3, 1934, to Roy Grant and Helen Koolukosky Phillips at Sioux City, Iowa. She was raised in Iowa and graduated from Sioux City High School.
She moved to Baker City in 1958 and went to work for the Democrat-Herald. She was employed in the classified and circulation departments for 13 years.
After her children were grown and on their own, she decided to go back to school. She attended Eastern Oregon University and majored in psychology.
In 1985 she moved to Huntington. She married Percy Raney at Winnemucca, Nev., in 1987 and they made their home in Huntington. She and Percy loved to do everything together, whether it be camping, fishing or gardening.
Barbara also enjoyed craft work. She enjoyed volunteering for the Senior Center as well as the elementary school at Huntington.
In the year of 2000, due to her failing health, she moved in with her daughter in Baker City. Barbara had a wonderful sense of humor. Her family and friends were very special and most important in her life.
Survivors include her children, Laurie Jean and Mike Iverson of South Carolina, Vickie Lynn Wagoner of Phoenix, Ariz., Carrie Lee and her husband, Scott Maliwauki of Baker City and Eric Phillip Olson of Huntington; grandchildren, Cassandra K. Olson of Huntington, Chris Wagoner of Phoenix, Ariz., and Gordon Buchanan of South Carolina; great-granddaughters, Lauren Ashley and Kellen Cheyenne Buchanan; and special companion, her little dog, Mitzi.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Sherrie Kaye Olson, who died in January of 1978 at the age of 15; and her beloved husband, Percy, who died in 1995.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 30, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor