Jan. 3, 1916 - Dec. 22, 2002
Mildred L. McGirr, 86, died Dec. 22 at Blue Mountain Nursing Home in Prairie City.
She was born Jan. 3, 1916, George and Lottie Gibbs at a ranch 6 miles from Galena. She was the second of eight children.
Her education was accomplished at Bates, Prairie City, John Day, Medford and at Long Creek, where she graduated.
In 1933, she married Leland McGirr and they resided at Fox until 1941, when they purchased the old Carter homestead in Long Creek.
Mrs. McGirr opened her home to many young people and was involved in 4-H activities such as sewing, knitting, leathercraft and the horse club. Her hobbies also included playing bunco and gambling.
For more than 20 years she baked birthday cakes for the Blue Mountain Nursing Home. After taking a decorating class with Bonnie Allen and Ruth Piquet, Mrs. McGirr and her friends began a wedding cake business that evolved into making anniversary cakes for the some of the same people. In 1958, one wedding cake was carried on daughter Pat's lap by train to San Rafael, Calif., for daughter Betty Lou's wedding.
Mrs. McGirr is survived by two daughters, Patricia Still of Vale, Betty Craven of Portland; son, Bud McGirr of Long Creek; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Naomi Bond of Winnemucca, Nev.; two brothers, Delmont Gibbs of Tucson, Ariz., and Jim Gibbs of Benton City, Wash.; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; three brothers, Clayton, Leland and Orville; and sister, Billie.
A graveside service was held Dec. 27 at Fox Cemetery followed by a reception at Fox Schoolhouse.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Long Creek Ambulance or Fox Cemetery. Driskill Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.