Mabel Roland Asher, 94, of Prairie City, a former Baker City resident, died January 10, 2005, in Prairie City.
Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Private vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Visitations will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Mabel was born on Jan. 18, 1910, in Wheeler County. She was the oldest of five children.
Mabel lived in the Wheeler County area from birth until shortly before her marriage. Like many children of the era, Mabel rode a horse to at least one school she attended, and loved to talk about that.
After her marriage to Fred Asher during the Depression, she started moving where he found jobs. Fred was an engineer and worked for the Bureau of Public Roads constructing roads, dams and bridges, and in later years worked for the Department of Interior.
During their marriage, they lived in Idaho, Utah, Montana, Washington and Oregon. Mabel and Fred were the parents of three children, Verne, Rod and Beverly.
After Fred’s retirement in the 1950s, they settled in Baker City, near Mabel’s sister. During many of the years while living in Baker, they were snowbirds and spent their winters in Arizona, usually near their daughter.
After Fred’s death, Mabel moved to Reno to be near her son, Rod, and his family. Rod died in 1997. She moved to John Day in 1999 and resided at Valley View Assisted Living.
Mabel was always a homemaker, and was an excellent cook and enjoyed sewing. She belonged to the Episcopal Church and was active in church affairs wherever she lived. Red was her favorite color.
Survivors include her children, Verne Asher and his wife, Carolyn, of John Day, Beverly Worthman and her husband, Charles, of Dewey, Ariz., daughter-in-law, Shirley Asher of Reno, Nev.; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Dick Naud of Klamath Falls; six grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred; her son, Rod; two brothers and one sister.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephens Episcopal Church or to a charity of one’s choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 14, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor