Dorothy “Eloise” McKittrick, 93, a lifetime Baker County resident, died Nov. 30, 2002, at Baker City.
There will be no memorial service at this time. A memorial gathering is being planned for next summer.
Mrs. McKittrick was born Feb. 26, 1909, at the Wingville home of her pioneer parents, Robert Lee and Edith Lammert-Stewart. When she was 2 years old, her family moved to their Bowen Valley ranch where she lived while attending the Stewart Elementary School and Baker High School, graduating in 1927.
On March 22, 1930, she married Oran McKittrick at La Grande. They were married 52 years.
After their marriage they lived in Baker City, where her husband worked for the Democrat-Herald (now the Baker City Herald) until 1949. Mrs. McKittrick worked several years for Harrison’s Fountain and Parson’s Pharmacy in the 1940s.
In 1949, Eloise, Oran and their son, Bobb, moved to the Stewart family ranch in Bowen Valley, which they operated until their retirement in 1973. Mrs. McKittrick continued to reside at the ranch home until 1992 when she moved to Baker City.
Mrs. McKittrick was an active member of the Oregon Trail Riders during the 1940s and the 1950s. She loved animals and was an excellent horsewoman.
She was a member of several mounted drill teams during the 1940s. For several years in the 1960s, she chaperoned the annual 4-H club trail rides. During the 1980s, she volunteered as a server at the senior citizen lunches and as an assistant at the county library.
Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Teckla McKittrick of San Mateo, Calif.; two grandsons, Mike McKittrick and his wife, Nancy, of El Cajon, Calif., and Ladd McKittrick and his wife, Lynne of Tigard; great-grandsons, Remington and Colt McKittrick of El Cajon, Calif.; niece, Bonnie Simpson of Ketchum, Idaho; nephews, Jack Jacobson, and wife, Marsha, of Baker City, Bill Stewart and wife, Thelma, of Richland, Dale McKittrick and wife of Mesquite, Nev.; and Jim McKittrick and wife, Nancy, of Eugene; and many great- and great-great- nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Oran in 1982; her son, Bobb in 2000; her nephew, Oscar Jacobson; her brother, George Stewart; and two sisters, Margaret Dinwiddie and Marian Jacobson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker County Library 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, December 6, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor