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Rosetta Marie Riley, 69, of Prairie City (formerly Haines) passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day. At her request, no services will be held.
Rosetta was born in Ontario, OR March 16, 1948 to Margie May Gengler & Myles Pryse Riley. She was raised by her grandparents, Nick & Nettie Gengler, in Prairie City.
On September 14, 1963 Rosetta married James William Combs. Together they had two sons. They later divorced. On May 5, 1972 Rosetta married Danny Joe Hammond. Together they had one daughter. They later divorced.
Rosetta was a wonderful wife, mother & homemaker. She was also a talented cook, baker & cake decorator. She was a room mother and member of the PTA when her sons were in school. She loved the outdoors, especially in the fall, family picnics and animals. Rosetta loved spending time with her grandchildren. She had an extra special relationship with her grandson, RJ Bryant. From being there when he was born, dancing him around the room when he was a baby, to his high school graduation, she was a constant in his life. His mammaw will forever be in his heart.
Rosetta had an enormous heart for animals. Over the years she took in countless strays, both dogs and cats. It didn’t matter how tough she had it, she always had a home for a homeless or abused animal.
Rosetta is survived by her significant other, Jerry Mitts of Haines; daughter Danetta (Clayton) Lewis of Prairie City; sons Brian (Karen) Combs of Baker City, Jim (Cami) Combs of Baker City; eight grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; sisters Vernetta Stewart of Seattle, WA, Barbara Jones of Salem and Marly Ross of Idaho and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, father and stepfather Jerry Baughman; grandparents Nick & Nettie Gengler; Sister Loretta Casselman and one nephew.
For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Rosetta the family suggests either Hope 4 Paws of Grant County or Best Friends of Baker, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834. Online condolences may be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com