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Joan Petry

December 17, 2019


Joan Petry, 80, a longtime resident of Baker City, Oregon died Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at home surrounded by her family.  A private family gathering will take place at a later date.

Joan was born on August 17, 1939, in La Grande, OR to Archie and Augusta Searles.  Her family moved to Baker City in the early 1950’s where she lived her entire life.  Joan met her husband, Durward Petry in Baker City and they were married on November 23, 1956.

Joan loved music and in her in younger days would sing and play the guitar at local establishments.  She instilled her love of music in her children.

Joan lived for her family and always wanted to make sure they were safe, happy, and loved.  When her children were younger, she enjoyed going to the family cabin in Cornucopia.  Most of her children’s childhood memories were the happy memories of spending time with the family at Cornucopia.  

Joan worked most of her life and retired from Albertsons after working there for 21 years.  After retirement she enjoyed going to Parker, Arizona with good friends.  She loved dancing and playing Pinochle.

Joan was a member of the Eagles #3456.  She loved the outdoors, especially going mushroom hunting and picking huckleberries.   She also enjoyed going to the casinos and spending time with her children.  Joan was particularly proud of all her 10 grandchildren and her 10 great grandchildren. She will dearly missed by all who knew her.

Joan is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Durward H. Petry.

 Survivors include her children, Cindy Marie and her husband, Steve McLean, Tammy Joanne and her husband Darin Larson, Jeffery Durward and his wife, Carol Petry, and Kimberly Kaye and her husband Robert D. Browning; 10 grandchildren, Gregory, Hilary, and Peggy McLean, Ashley, Anthony and Alyson Rino, Jerame and Courtney Petry, Karissa and Kasey Knaus and 10 great grandchildren; three sisters, Fern Homan of Union, OR, Eileen Holman of Beaverton, OR  and Darlene Martin of Port Orchard, WA; brother in law Larry and wife Nita Petry of Cle Elum, WA. 

For those who would like to make a memorial donation in honor of Joan the family suggests Heart n’ Home Hospice (Opal Foundation) through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services PO Box 543, Halfway, Oregon 97834.  Online condolences can be shared at

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