Charlotte Leonora Ward, 86, of Baker City, Oregon passed away at her residence in Meadowbrook Place on August 10, 2017. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Mt. Hope Cemetery at 11:00 AM with Cary Huston officiating the service. .
She was born to Clyde and Leonora Ward on July 6, 1931 in Baker, Oregon. Charlotte attended schools in Baker and graduated from Baker High School in 1949 and went on to attend Oregon State College(University) graduating in 1953 in the School of Pharmacy.
As a young adult she was a member of the Oregon Trail Riders Drill Team, riding her pinto horse “Vivo” in the local rodeos. She was a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority, a member of the Lambda Chi Sigma International Pharmacy Fraternity for women and a lifetime member of the Oregon State Alumni Association. Charlotte was the past president and life member of the Soroptimist International of Baker County,a life member of the Baker County Historical Society,and a member of the Sumpter Valley Railroad group.
Charlotte and her mother bred, raised and trained toy and standard poodles. They showed many of the poodles at the AKC confirmation and obedience shows. She was a 4-H leader for the Bow Wow Barkers dog club for many years. Charlotte always had a great love for dogs and owned many different breeds of dogs during her life. Her faithful miniature Schnauzer Jasper has brought her much joy in the past few years.
She started her career as a pharmacist at Glass Drug in LaGrande and worked there until 1961, at which time she returned to Baker City to work at Levinger Rexall Drug store until 1983. She worked part time at the Safeway pharmacy until retiring. She was a caregiver for her mother for several years.
She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and her gardens were beautiful. She liked to travel and went to many places including South America, Spain, Mexico, Russia, Germany and many locations in the United States.
Throughout her life she shared a love for the family ranch and farm. Staying involved by managing the mail, hosting business lunches, picking up parts and helping wherever she was needed. She enjoyed spending time with her family and was supportive of the many activities in which they were involved in, attending many of the events. They enjoyed her excellent cooking. She was a woman of strength, kindness and grace.
She is survived by her brother Ralph Ward (Alice), nieces and nephews Kathy Ward Crawford (Harold), Mark Ward (Lisa) Craig Ward (Cherie) Julee Ward Huston (Cary), Karen Ward Martin (David), and 12 grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Clyde, mother Leonora, brother Alvin and nephew Steven.
Should friends and family desire, memorial contributions may be made to Best Friends of Baker City or to the OSU Foundation through Gray's West & Co. at 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814