Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon
Caren “Sue” Liebe, 40, of Hermiston, died March 11, 2005, at her home.
There was a celebration of life gathering for her March 16 at the Hermiston Community Center. Disposition was by cremation. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lostine Cemetery. There will be a potluck gathering afterward at the Odd Fellows Hall at Wallowa. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Liebe was born on March 15, 1964, at Enterprise to Fred and Darleene Rafferty. She was a 1981 graduate of Riverside High School at Boardman, where she was a natural-born leader. She was involved in various extracurricular activities, including yearbook staff, pep club, pep band, science club and Spanish club.
She was a devoted athlete, participating in varsity-level volleyball, softball and tennis. She even tried her hand at golf. She was a member of the Girls Athletic Association and in her senior year, her fellow students voted her “Most Athletic Female.”
She also excelled in scholastic endeavors. She was an honor student, a member of National Honor Society and a Student Council member. She was a Girls State participant and she received the Citizenship Education award her senior year.
She remained involved at school with children in many activities, whether she was helping teach, coaching or encouraging team players.
After moving to Hermiston, she continued her love of sports by participating in softball and co-ed softball, where she earned the name “Top Gun.” While playing softball, she met Sonny Liebe. They fell in love and were married on March 27, 1991, at Tacoma, Wash.
Although she was always involved with children in the community, her love and devotion was to her children, David and Mykel, who always came first in her life.
She was self-employed as a licensed tax consultant at Hermiston for several years. She was active in Hermiston Little League, the Blue Mountain Volleyball Association, Bethlehem Lutheran Preschool and numerous other community functions.
Survivors include her husband, Albert Lewis “Sonny” Liebe Jr., her son, David Jacob Liebe, and her daughter, Mykel Raeann Liebe, all of Hermiston; her mother, Dee Stubblefield of Baker City; brothers, Rolin Ray Gorbett of Benton City, Wash., and Timothy David Rafferty of Prosser, Wash.; a sister, Cheryl Ann Post of Pendleton; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Fred Rafferty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vange John Memorial Hospice or to TLC Home Health of Hermiston.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 25, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor