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Baker City, Oregon
Anna Marie Morris, 98, of Baker City, died Dec. 31, 2003, at her home.
Her funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Sister Kay Marie will officiate. The funeral will be followed by a graveside service at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Anna was born March 7, 1905, at St. Paul, Minn., to Steve and Ella Domby, who were Hungarian immigrants. When Anna was a young girl she came to Malheur City with her parents and two sisters. The family settled on a homestead there. She attended grade school at Malheur City, and later came to Baker City, where she worked for room and board. She attended the St. Francis Academy through the eighth grade.
When her dad died she returned to the ranch in Malheur City to help. While at the ranch she met Wayne, and they were married in 1932. Wayne and Anna celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 8, 1982.
Anna was a member of the Catholic Church. She was a housewife and rancher, and lived at the Snake River, Cambridge, Malheur City and Bridgeport before she settled in Baker City in 1958. She loved the white-faced Hereford cattle and good quarter horses. Her great-grandchildren nicknamed her “Grandma Cookie” because she always had her cookie jar full, and milk in the fridge. She had a sign in her kitchen saying “Free Hugs and Cookies.” She loved visitors, and she made sure they never left hungry. Anna said a visitor could do more to make you feel good than any ole pill.
The family would like to thank Anna’s caregivers, friends and family who made it possible for her to stay at home.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Bertha and Darrell Bales; her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Rocky; five grandchildren, Bradley Bales, Brian Bales and his wife, Karen, Dan Morris and his wife, Amy, Jeff Morris, and Lori Halsey and her husband, Tim; eight great-grandchildren, Kelly, Kevin, Drew, Morgan, Jake, Justin, Marissa and Anthony; and two brothers, Victor Domby of Bend and Paul Domby of Ontario.
Anna was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; her parents, Steve and Ella Domby; her brothers and sisters, Ella Capps, Louise Bronson, Clara Scott, Ethel Archuleta, Steve Domby and Francis Domby, and five other brothers and sisters who died in infancy.
Contributions in Anna’s memory may be made in her name to St. Francis Cathedral, 2235 First St., Baker City, or to the charity of one’s choice, in care of Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 2, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor