Marian Margrett Radabaugh, 88, of Baker City passed away July 8, 2019 at her home. She requested only a private family service.
Marian was born on October 19, 1930 to William Dewey and Vernice Bradley Rick, in Vancouver BC, Canada. She lived as a small child in Kelowna BC before moving to Republic, Washington where her father worked in mining. When she was a pre-teenager, her parents moved to Coeur d'Alene, ID. She spoke many times of loving to swim with her brother and sisters in Coeur d'Alene Lake and became an excellent swimmer, especially under water. After leaving Idaho, her parents moved to Baker County and settled at the Macy Mine on the Powder River foothills. While living there Marian attended Eagle Valley School in Richland, Or. She made many long term friends there and talked of them and the good times they had together. She also told us stories of the difficult life at the Macy. Her mother had to pack water to the garden that she raised and Marian and her brother Bill worked with her dad in the mine. But, though it was hard work, they worked well together and had fun times.
When Marian was in the 9th grade her parents moved to Baker and she attended schools there. She also had her first job at the Clubs Fountain on Washington St. off of Main. She worked there for a couple of years in her late teens. During this period of her life, Marian was introduced to Raymond C. Radabaugh, of Baker, by her sister Audrey. This started a loving relationship and marriage that spanned better than 63 years of life sharing and caring for each other and their family.
Marian had passions and hobbies that included baking and cooking, especially for others. She would bake a minimum of five loaves of bread per baking. When asked why she baked so many for two or four people, she just said that that was the best recipe. She also made great cinnamon rolls, which friends and my (Keith's) co-workers loved, not to mention her peanut butter cookies. She also loved gardening and her flowers and flowering bushes. Her favorite being the lilac bushes in her yard and the ones unlike hers she saw in town. She would also keep an eye out for fruit that she could can in the fall, and would ask me to talk to the owners of the fruit and find out if we could pick some if they were going to go to waste. One of her favorites was elderberry and another was chokecherry.
She also loved fishing and could usually out fish her partners at the game. She enjoyed going to Anthony lake almost as much as Murray Reservoir for fishing destinations in the spring and early summer. She also loved fishing on the Oxbow Reservoir for bass. And when not fishing, she just loved taking rides to different areas of Baker and Grant Counties to sight see and reminisce about past adventures and we never grew tired of hearing the stories over and over again, although she would say, "I suppose you're tired of hearing the same old stories", and I would always tell her they were good stories to hear many times!
We will all miss her very much each and every day, as we enjoyed her each and every day.
Marian's family, which she loved and would do anything for, blossomed into one daughter, Sheila M. Fordrung and her husband John of Sequim, Washington, two son's, Bruce A. Radabaugh and his wife Anne of Luttenburg, Germany, Keith W. Radabaugh and his wife Jodie of Baker City, Oregon. She also loved and remembered each birthday of her 8 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Marian had one brother, Bill and three sisters; Dorothy, Elathine and Audrey. She spoke of all her family often and missed them all very much.
Marian was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ray, all of her siblings and her grandson Jason Radabaugh.
If anyone would wish to donate on Marian's behalf, in lieu of flowers, please donate to the Heart 'n Home Hospice through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834. Online condolences may be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com
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