LA?GRANDE - Ruth Lorene Carter, 89, of La Grande, formerly of Long Creek, died July 19, 2009, at a care facility in La Grande. Graveside services were held July 25 at the Long Creek Cemetery, following a viewing at Long Creek Community Church.

She was born June 23, 1920, in Hood River, to Joseph and Nell (Parrish) Green.

On April 15, 1940, she married Robert "Bob" Lincoln Carter in Walla Walla, Wash. They owned and operated cattle ranches in Long Creek, Mt. Vernon and Prairie City. They raised Hereford cattle and sold bulls and breeding stock throughout the Northwest. Good cows and good cow dogs were their stock and trade.

In May 1980, they moved to La Grande to be near family. Mrs. Carter belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Order of Eastern Star in John Day.

Survivors include daughters, Jacqueline (Fred) Burnette, Volla Kay (Jim) Loveland, Lavita Ann (Kenney) Hutchison and R. Nellie (Richard) Hibbert; 12 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two sisters, Colleen Simmons and Elouise "Tootsie" Simmons.

Memorial contributions may be made to the hospice of one's choice in care of Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center, 1502 7th St., La Grande, OR 97850.

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