Mary Louise (Dolby) Wirth, age 85, passed away on January 18, 2021.
Mary Lou was born in Baker City, Oregon, on April 8, 1935, to her parents, Ford and Mary (Colton) Dolby.
She attended school in Keating for 1st grade. She then attended 2nd through 4th grades in Portland, OR during WWII while her father Ford worked in the shipping yards. After the war, she moved back to Medical Springs and grew up at the Dolby Ranch on the Powder River. She went to Keating for 5th through 7th grades, then attended Baker High School.
Mary Lou married Robert "Bucky" Wirth on November 15, 1952. They had three children, John, Jim, and Vickie. Mary Lou and Bucky spent 65 years together raising their children and ranching in Medical Springs, Oregon. Their love of family and the outdoors has been passed down through many generations. Mary Lou took great pride in her beautiful yard and plentiful garden. Her home was always filled with the smells of that season's bounty as she processed the majority of their food.
Mary Lou spent many of her years baking for family and friends. She won numerous competitions for cake baking. Mary Lou loved to make wedding cakes and was sought after by everyone she knew for the honor of receiving one. She did amazing detail work, and every cake was a piece of art. Her Parker House Rolls (white rolls) were the best ever made. She cherished her grandchildren and was always willing to give cooking lessons and pass her craft on. She also was very involved in Baker County Cattlewomen and spent many years helping with their cow pie fudge and serving breakfast during events. She volunteered for the community every chance she got when not busy working on the ranch fencing, changing pipes, or doing any of the other countless ranching chores.
Mary Lou is preceded in death by her loving husband, Bucky Wirth; parents, Ford and Mary Dolby of Medical Springs; Brother, Ronnie of Baker; and Sister Dorothy at birth.
She is survived by sons, John (Janice) Wirth and Jim (Lori) Wirth, all of Medical Springs; daughter, Vickie (Cal) Foster of Bowen valley; grandchildren: Joey Wirth of Caldwell, Idaho; Jackie Wirth, Jason (Mandy) Wirth, Angie (David) Hays, Kim (Corey) Jonas all of Medical Springs; and Dan (Tanna) Ferree of Bowen Valley; sister Betty Jean Dwyer of Medford; She is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.
No Service will be held at this time. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. She will be buried in the Big Creek Cemetery, next to Bucky, overlooking their home.
A special thank you to the staff at St. Alphonsus in Boise, ID, for their care in her final days. Thank you also to the Baker County EMT's for all your help.
Thank you to everyone that has sent cards and well wishes. We really appreciate all of you. She was loved by so many.
Memorial contributions may be made to Baker County Livestock Producers Foundation through Gray's West & Company Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Avenue, Baker City, OR 97814.
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