Mary Ellen Morin, 86, died October 19, 2017 in her beautiful blue room at Settler’s Park with her daughter and son-in-law at her side. Her battle with cancer is finally over and she has been reunited in heaven with her loving husband, Ray.
Mary was born on July 13, 1931 in Boise, Idaho to Elbert (Stub) and Ruth Howard. The family later welcomed four boys – Elbert, Gerald, Robert and Kenneth. Young Mary couldn’t say “brother” so Elbert and Gerald became Buzz and Bubba and those nicknames stayed with them for life.
The family moved from Boise to Sumpter, Oregon when Mary was four years old. Her father worked on the dredge until it shut down.
She met and married Dean Cavin and they welcomed a son, Kenny Dean in May of 1951. That marriage ended in divorce.
Mary became a rancher’s wife when she met and married Norman Hansen, a long time Sumpter boy. They had a daughter, Debbie in 1955.
Living on the ranch in Sumpter Valley was a full time job. Mary fed and housed many a hay hand and was known for her wonderful cooking. She kept an immaculate home even though at times there was a half frozen calf lying in front of the heat vent.
She was a wonderful mother and taught her children the value of hard work. Kenny tended to stay in the house when he wasn’t playing sports but to Mary’s dismay, Debbie preferred being outside with the animals.
Mary was very active in Eastern Star and the Baker County CowBelles. She loved card parties, potlucks, knitting, crocheting, needlework, and dances. Mary’s leg was amputated due to a cancer she was fortunate to survive, but the way she could dance most people never even noticed that.
When her marriage to Norm ended she married Ray Morin and gained two step-sons, Greg and Bruce.
Mary worked at the Credit Bureau in Baker until her and Ray bought their own logging company. Mary was always busy running for parts, flagging and doing the books. They moved to several locations until finally settling in Ukiah, Oregon. Ray retired and Mary worked in the restaurant there. They were very active in many community organizations and the Baptist Church.
They moved to Baker City to help Debbie run her restaurant. Ray’s health was failing and they wanted to be closer to family and doctors. Ray passed away in 2006 and Mary moved back to Ukiah for a short time. When her health declined she moved home to Baker City to live with Jim and Debbie.
She put up a good fight and even though cancer won the battle, she won the war. She was proud to be a Christian and she is now dancing in heaven – happy, healthy and with two legs!
Mary is survived by her brother Buzz Howard and his wife Dorothy; her brother Bubba Howard and his wife, Viola; her daughter Debbie and son-in-law Jim; her stepsons Greg and Bruce; her grandchildren Charley and his wife Jessica, Seth, Tabitha and Katie Klassen, Desi Stout, Ashley Thomas and Ross and Katy DeMastus; her beloved great-grandchildren that brought so much joy to her life and her childhood friend Delores Roper with whom she shared a birthday. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, great friends and extended Morin family. And of course, her beloved dog Cookie who was her faithful companion to the end.
She was preceded in death by her parents Stub and Ruth, her two youngest brothers Robert and Kenny, and her beloved son Kenny Dean.
The celebration of Mary’s life will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at Gray’s West & Co., followed by a potluck supper at Coles Tribute Center.
Contributions may be made in Mary’s memory to the Veterans Memorial Club- Post #3048 through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Avenue, Baker City, OR 97814.
The family would also like to thank Settler’s Park Assisted Living and Heart ‘N’ Home Hospice for the loving care they provided for Mary. She was a spitfire and will never be forgotten!