Lostine resident, Rena Bork, died Oct 4, 1987 at her home. She was 95.
Rena was born at Anatone, Wash., on Sept. 24, 1892, the daughter of David Jacob and Mary Melvina Cross Miller. She lived most of her girlhood on the Grande Ronde River, just a short distance from the Oasis. Her parents farmed a ranch on Buford Ridge. She went to the Star school and worked for the Bakers who operated the store at Flora.
On Oct. 17, 1909 Rena married Rudolph Bork at Flora. He had a homestead on Day Ridge. They later purchased a ranch two miles north of Flora where they lived until 1939. They moved to Alder Slope and in 1943 moved to the Lostine area, where they spent the remainder of their lives.
Rudolph and Rena joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1962.
Rena liked to raise a garden and worked hard until 93 years old, when she had to quit her favorite hobby. She made the remark, “When I can’t dig in the dirt, and raise a garden, you just as well bury me.” She raised house plants, African violets and geraniums and made quilts.
She is survived by two sons, Marvin of Nine Mile Falls, Wash., and Roy of rural Lostine; two grandsons, one step granddaughter, five great grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson, and three great-great-step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband on March 15, 1975.
Funeral services were held at the Bollman Funeral Home, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1987, with President Robert Barney officiating. Interment was in the Lostine Cemetery with the dedication of grave by Dallas McCrae.
Pall-bearers were Doke, Cole, Charles Frazier, Elmer Pullen, Don Stonebrink, Marvin Maxwell and Roy Shelton.
Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday October 8, 1987