Obituaries: Arlene Gay Oliver

Obituaries: Arlene Gay Oliver

Arlene Gay Oliver, of John Day, died Sept. 8, 2006, at her home.-She was 83.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006, at Canyon City Cemetery, with Mrs. Julie Reynolds officiating. A reception followed at the John Day Golf Club.

-Mrs. Oliver was born Aug. 29, 1923, at the Belshaw Ranch home four miles west of John Day, to Vera Belshaw Gay and Alec R. Gay.-

She attended Cummingsville Grade School 15 miles west of Mt. Vernon, Grant Union High School in John Day and Oregon State University in Corvallis.

-She was a charter member of the Grant County Cow Belles, Oregon Cow Belles and American National Cow Belles, serving as president of both county and state organizations and vice-president of the American National Cow Belles.

-Mrs. Oliver was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #77 in John Day, Daughters of the Nile, John Day Golf Club and St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Canyon City.- She was a member of Hebron Rebekah Lodge #6 and the Order of Eastern Star, when they were active in Canyon City.- She served on the Grant County Fair Board for many years.

-Mrs. Oliver was actively engaged in the ranching, livestock and business with her husband, Joe.-In her later years, she was instrumental in forming the Grant County Family Heritage Foundation, which was dedicated to improving the facilities at the Grant County Fairgrounds for the benefit of Youth In Agriculture in Grant County.-The new Heritage Building is a result of these efforts.

-She is survived by daughter Gay and her husband, Gary Kuykendall, of Canby; daughter Kay Oliver of Bend; son J.C. Oliver and wife Tinka of Bear Valley; one granddaughter, Kati Jo Oliver, of Bear Valley; three grandsons, Greg Kuykendall and wife Jill and great-grandson Aidan Kuykendall of South Korea; Troy Hansen of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Joseph Alec Oliver of Bear Valley.-

-She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, and parents, Vera and Alec Gay.

-Memorial contributions may be made to the Grant County Family Heritage Foundation through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

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