Marjorie Baird Randall, 90, of Ontario, a former Baker City resident, died March 2, 2002, at the Presbyterian Community Care Center in Ontario where she had been a resident for the past five years.
Private cremation was under the direction of the Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel in Ontario. Her memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of the Presbyterian Community Care Center in Ontario. Interment for her and her husband, Jim, will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.
Marjorie and her twin sister, Margaret, were born to Frank D. Baird and Mary Lee Huyette Baird on Oct. 30, 1911, in Sumpter. Their mother died soon after the birth of the twin girls.
Marjorie lived in Sumpter until after the Sumpter fire in 1917 when the family members moved to Baker City and where her father continued his business. Marjorie was a 1929 Baker High School graduate and later graduated from what was at the time Eastern Oregon Normal School, now Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.
She taught in the primary grades starting in rural schools and for more than 10 years in the Baker school system.
In 1946, she and her twin sister, Margaret, moved to Portland and taught there for a few years. In 1949, she married Jim Randall of Baker City.
The couple spent most of their married life in northern Arizona, which they both loved. They later moved to Ontario for their retirement years to be closer to family.
The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary among their many friends at the care center. Jim died suddenly at their home in Ontario on Aug. 30, 2001.
Marjorie’s family expressed its appreciation to the Presbyterian Care Center and to the staff for the loving care she received over the years and for the love that was expressed during her final illness.
She especially cherished her 50-year membership in Esther Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star.
Marjorie is survived by her twin sister, Margaret Lewis of Salem; her half-sister, Aileen Huntsman of Seattle, Wash.; and her sister-in-law, Flo Chamberlain of Caldwell, Idaho.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 8, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor