La Grande, Oregon
Mary Rayburn, 71, of Portland and formerly of La Grande, died April 5. A funeral will begin at 6 p.m. today at Adam’s Chapel in the River View Cemetery, Portland.
She was born Mary Tyschenko Aug. 20, 1935, in Chernin, Ukraine. She immigrated to the United States in 1951, settling in Weiser, Idaho.
In 1955 she moved to La Grande, where she married Claude Eldon Rayburn in 1956. She was nationalized in 1960 and graduated from what is now Eastern Oregon University in 1964. The Rayburns moved to Portland in 1974.
Passionate about many things, Mrs. Rayburn lived a spirited, full life. She was an active member of the St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church and taught school in the Portland School District.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Vivian Ann and Jeffrey Odell; brother, Nick Shur; two grandchildren and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1998.
Memorials may be made to the St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Holman’s Funeral Service of Portland.
The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending April 14, 2007 Published: April 14, 2007