Nature 09

Tiz Landers

November 17, 2019



     Tiz Landers, 80, longtime Halfway and Richland resident, died at her home in Richland with her family at her side on Sunday, November 17, 2019. A Family Gathering will be held at a later date.

     Tiz Jaraldine was born in Halfway, Oregon on October 3, 1939 to LeRoy and Leslie Smelcer, the youngest of four children. Tiz was raised on the Smelcer Ranch in Pine Town, Oregon.   She attended 1st thru 8th at Pine Town School and then went on to Halfway High.

     At the age of 15, Tiz met Byrl Landers and they were united in Marriage on December 2, 1959 in Weiser, Idaho.  They had three children; James (Gene) Leslie and Steven (Steve).  Tiz and Byrl started ranch and dairy life in Halfway until 1964 when they moved to Vanderhoof, B.C. Canada, where she continued the ranch style life.  While in Vanderhoof she was involved with the saddle club; going to rodeo's, gymkhana events and loved to barrel race.  Tiz loved to use a little off color flare and referred to most as ol' ..... or little ...... as those close to her know how to fill in the blank. 

     In 1973 the family moved back to Pine Valley to help her parents on the Smelcer Ranch.  Then they started the Landers Dairy and reopened the Lyric Theatre for a number of years.  After that Tiz went to work in Baker, Oregon at McDonalds and also worked at Marvin Wood Products. 

     After retiring Tiz moved to Richland, Oregon where she enjoyed her garden and flowers.  She also liked to travel and made several trips to Alaska where she had bought properties to spend summers up there.  She also loved to go gold panning and hunting.  In general Tiz just loved life and being in the outdoors.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy & Leslie Smelcer; sister Volney Smelcer Facto and husband Byrl Landers (2019)

     Tiz is survived by her two sisters Jane Smelcer Buttice and Benita Smelcer Thompson; children Gene and his wife Lori, Leslie and her husband Rick Morris, Steve and Molly Landers; 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. 

     For those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of Tiz, the family suggests MISTI Cancer Center in Fruitland through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834.  Online condolences may be shared at

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