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Averett, Tom Joseph – Obituary

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Tom Joseph Averett, 72, of Austin, a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 13, 2002, at his home.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., in John Day. The Rev. Darryl Johnson will officiate.

Mr. Averett was born on Jan. 13, 1930, at Weiser, Idaho, to Ray Henry and Oma White Averett. He lived at Weiser and New Meadows, Idaho, before moving by train to Bates at the age of 6. He lived at Camp Creek near Galena with his family. They lived in a tent in Peter O’Rorke’s field for two years before moving to Bates.

He attended elementary schools at Galena, Bates and Baker City and Baker High School.

Mr. Averett worked as a logger, retiring in 1998. He married Rosalee Wright on Aug. 26, 1950, at the United Methodist Church in Baker City.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge. He enjoyed hunting and driving in the country and he loved to spend time with his grandkids and his best friend, Merrit Woodley.

Survivors include his wife, Rosalee Averett of Austin; sons, Dan Averett of Canyon City and Tom Averett of Dundee; a brother, Don Averett of Portland; a sister, Ella Rose Darlington of Pendleton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Averett; and his mother, Oma White.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grant County Hospice through the Driskill Memorial Chapel.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, December 20, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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