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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for June 20, 2011


Obituaries for June 20, 2011

Norna Walker

Norna Vernice Ensminger Walker, 92, a longtime Hereford resident, died June 14, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave.

The rosary will be said at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the cathedral. There will be a reception afterward in the church basement.

Norna was born on Sept. 12, 1918, at Muddy Creek. She was the fifth of five daughters born to George and Amy Savage Ensminger. She grew up and attended schools at Haines and Muddy Creek and graduated from Muddy Creek High School. 

She married Ralph L. Walker on Oct. 31, 1938. They ranched in the Hereford and Whitney areas for many years. After selling the ranches in 1969 they returned to Baker Valley.

Norna worked for many years at Cedar Manor nursing home and at the Blue and White Café in Baker City.

She lived for the love of her life, Ralph Walker. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1988 at the Baker Elks Lodge.

She loved ranch work, cooking, gardening, friends and family. Norna spent happy times with Ralph at their cabin up Muddy Creek.

She treasured visits from her many friends and family. One of Norna’s great moments in her life came when Western Horseman published a poem she had written while working cattle with Ralph on the ranch, her family said.

After retirement, Ralph and Norna lived on Main Street in Baker City. In recent years she lived at Elkhorn Village, Meadowbrook and St. Elizabeth Health Care Center where she had many new friends.

Survivors include many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; one great-great-great-niece; and countless friends and other family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Ralph, her husband of 59 years; sisters, Myrtle Aldrich, Mae Van de Vanter, Belva Ensminger and Orel Aldrich.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church or to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West and Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City OR 97814.


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