Barbara Yaggie, 76, of Richland, died Nov. 10, 2000, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
A private family memorial service will be scheduled later this spring at the Summers Ranch. The family asks that no flowers be sent at this time.
Mrs. Yaggie was born Aug. 12, 1924, at Little Rock, Ark., to Leonard and Beatrice Cast. In 1943, she married Ralph D’Adamo. They moved to San Diego in 1949 and had three daughters.
She was a homemaker. Her youngest daughter married and left home in 1972.
She then pursued a career and went to work for the San Diego School District. She retired in 1985 after marrying Jack Yaggie, also of San Diego.
The couple then began traveling in their motor home. Their first visit to the Richland/Halfway area was in 1985 to spend time with Barbara’s daughter, Debbie, and son-in-law, Gordon Summers, on their ranch.
The Yaggies fell in love with this area and began spending more and more time here each year, leaving only in the winter months for San Diego. They have lived on the Summers Ranch at Richland for the past four years.
Mrs.Yaggie was an accomplished artist in multiple areas. She oil painted, designed and made clothing, knitted, crocheted and was a gourmet cook. In recent years, despite severe rheumatoid arthritis, she did cross-stitch and needlepoint, often painstakingly working on a project for a year as gifts to her family for Christmas.
She entered many of her works in the Baker County Fair, and always received a blue ribbon, which pleased her. She loved her family and her little dog, Dolly. She and her husband adopted the dog six years ago when her oldest daughter, Donna, died.
Survivors include her husband, Jack Yaggie of Richland; daughters, Debbie Summers of Halfway and Julie Hamilton of Portland; step-daughters Fran Yaggie of Baker City and Dale Laskowitz of Columbia, Md.; six granddaughters; one grandson; and two great-granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her two brothers, her first husband and one daughter.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 17, 2000
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor