Velma Fay Masterson, 86, of Baker City, died May 1, 2007, at Settler’s Park.
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Her graveside memorial will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Pastor Bill Shields of the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church will officiate.
Velma was born March 29, 1921, at Durkee to Joseph Edward and Mabel Grisdale Tyler. The family moved to Halfway when Velma was a young child.
She attended grade school at Dry Creek and was a 1939 graduate of Pine Valley Union High at Halfway. She married Clyde Masterson on Nov. 5, 1941, at Weiser, Idaho. She lived most of her life at Halfway except for five years spent at Union.
When she was younger, Velma worked at restaurants and would tell her family stories of making pies for the diners. She had also worked at the grocery stores, in the drug store, and finished her working career at US National Bank.
She was a very proud woman who loved children and her family; she even helped to raise lots of kids besides her own. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed making meals and holiday meals for her family.
Velma loved horses and enjoyed working with cattle. Her horses brought her a lot of joy and she loved to ride.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde; a son, Robert; her parents; four brothers; one sister; her grandson, Charley; and a granddaughter, ZaLena Jo.
Survivors include her children, Fred and his wife, Linda, Tom and his wife, Marlene, Bev DuBosch and her husband, Norm, Mike and his wife, Betty Jo, and daughter-in-law, Kris Masterson; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Halfway Ambulance and EMTs through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 15, 2007
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor