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Jesse Lynn Baxter

February 7, 2019

Jesse Lynn Baxter, 30, formerly of Halfway, Oregon and Baker City died suddenly Thursday, February 7, 2019 in Pendleton, Oregon. A Celebration of Jesse's life will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019~2 p.m. at the Harvest Christian Church in Baker City, Oregon. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck reception to be held immediately following the service at the church.
 Jesse Lynn Baxter was born on March 20, 1988 in Sitka, Alaska to Dan and Melody Baxter. She spent her first 4 years of life in Sitka, commercial fishing on the family fishing boat, Venus. The family moved to Halfway, Oregon where she was homeschooled along with her 5 younger siblings until her high school years where she took art, Spanish and writing at Pine Eagle High.

From an early age Jesse was a natural at almost everything she did. She thrived in sports, winning Best All Around Gymnast, at her very first gymnastic meet in Burns, Oregon at the age of 8, and went on to win two state titles in her teen years; one with Baker City girls All-Star Softball team, another with Pine Eagle girls basketball team. Jesse’s other passions included scrapbooking, writing poems and life experiences, she loved documenting everything. She would spend hours making photo collages of her friends and family that covered her walls.

She had the biggest heart you could imagine, and always was overly generous. Giving gifts was the highlight of her life, even when she had little to give, she would take time to make something herself and you could always feel how much of her heart really went into it, it was all personal with Jesse, no matter who or what, she truly cared.

She attended EOU after receiving her GED in 2005. She left college early to care for her grandma, Helen Baxter, who was fighting cancer.

This was the beginning of Jesse’s passion of caring for the elderly. Jesse always had the biggest heart, taking care of everyone else first, her 5 siblings, animals, anything with a pulse, she was saving it. She worked the next few years in assisted living centers following her grandmas passing.

Jesse loved the beach, sun and the ocean. She wasn’t fond of winters but always thrived when the sun was shining warm. She loved sand, collected it and would bring it home from every family vacation. The beach was her happy place.

Jesse always wanted to be a mother and have a family. At the age of 25 she was blessed with the most beautiful baby boy, Taylor John Baxter, who was the joy of her life. In her last few years she met the love of her life and fiancé, Marcus Allen Nelson. They had a home together in Pendleton, Oregon, and had plans to be married in the near future.

Jesse was preceded in death by her grandma Helen Baxter, grandparents Gilbert and Gail Meyer, Pastor Bob Benton, Friend & brother at heart Taylor Royce Wood.

Jesse is survived by her son, Taylor Baxter, fiancé Marcus Nelson, and her beloved family. Parents Dan & Melody Baxter, siblings, Josh, Callie, Abby, Ben and Sam Baxter along with many extended relatives, grandparents, aunts, uncles, beloved cousins and friends.

Thank you all for your love and support.

Rest Easy Our Beautiful Jesse<3

For those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of Jesse may do so to help with service expenses, or for Taylor's future may do so to Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834. Online condolences may be shared at

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