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Medical Springs, Baker County, Oregon
Vivian Jeannette Foye, 93, a resident of the Evergreen Health Home in La Grande died Oct. 3, 2005.
Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 15, 2005, at her home at Medical Springs, 50551 Big Creek Road.
Vivian was born on Aug. 21, 1912, at Union to Ben H. and Mildred Schoenauer Jory. Her early years were spent mostly in Eastern Oregon. She attended schools at Mission, Umatilla and Hermiston and was a 1931 Union High School graduate.
She married Nesden Wright Foye on Aug. 9, 1935. Except for a short time spent at Oakland, Calif., during the Depression, she spent the rest of her life at Medical Springs. Vivian and Ned operated the Ox Bow Guest Ranch in the 1940s. At that time the Medical Springs Highway was being paved and they cooked for the road crew.
During the 1950s, they owned and operated the store at Medical Springs. Vivian served as postmaster there for 28 years, retiring in the fall of 1978.
She was a member of the National Auxiliary of Postmasters and a member of the Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers. Her Jory ancestors came to Oregon in one of the wagon trains of 1847.
Cooking, gardening and photography were some of her lifelong pursuits. The mountains and wildlife were always a source of pleasure to her. She raised African violets and gave them to many people.
She loved having her neighbors stop by for a visit or to pick up their mail at the store. Her family was a great joy to her and she was a trusting, loyal friend to her many friends and neighbors.
She received loving care and consideration at the Evergreen Health Home in La Grande for the past three years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ned; her son, Ned Jr.; her brother, Vernon “Bud” Jory; and sisters, Maxine and Louise.
Survivors include her daughter, Janice Baxter, and her husband, Jerry, of Medical Springs; grandchildren, Layne Roberts of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Kent Baxter of Beaverton, Kurt Baxter of Provo, Utah, Danalee Jensen of Nyssa, Kitt Baxter of Medical Springs, Ryan Baxter of Cleveland Heights, Ohio; her daughter-in-law, Judy Foye of Yakima, Wash.; grandchildren, Brad Foye and Scott Foye of Yakima, Wash., and Kim Foye and Kyle Foye of Salt Lake City; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 14, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor