Obituary for Nov. 28, 2012

By Baker City Herald November 28, 2012 09:11 am

Rose Anna King

John Day, 1923-2012

Rose Anna King, 89, of John Day, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 17, 2012, at  Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day.

Her memorial service will be scheduled later .

Rose Anna was born on June 2, 1923, at Baker City  to Victor and Vera McGarey Bergeson. She was a 1941 Baker High School graduate. She married Richard Nicholson O’Brien at Baker City on Feb. 19, 1949. He died on July 2, 1959 at Reno, Nev. 

She married Leonard J. King of Pendleton on June 22, 1972. Leonard died on June 5, 1985 at Reno, Nev.

Rose Anna worked for Idaho Power Co., the U.S. Forest Service and operated two small businesses. She was also a homemaker and a housewife in her later years.

Her hobbies included gardening, sewing and all sorts of arts and crafts, family members said. She most recently took up drawing and watercolor painting. She won a blue ribbon at the Grant County Fair for a rooster she painted in 2011. 

She loved a good game of chance and was extremely fond of Bingo. Collecting antiques was a passion and she saw the value in things no one else appreciated. She loved a good drive in the country and spent many hours driving around Pendleton in her later years.

Rose Anna was a volunteer for many years at the former Pendleton Community Hospital working in the gift shop and wherever she could be of service. She received an award for having more than 6,000 hours of service. 

As the wife of a Pendleton Round-Up director, she was involved in the Hall of Fame and donated many hours to that organization.

After the death of her first husband, she was forced to raise her son alone, get a job and move from her home.

She did just that and did a great job, family members said.

“No greater accomplishment can be asked of anyone than to take good care of family,” they said.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Vera Bergeson; a brother, George Bergeson; a sister, Alice Mae Hughes; first husband Richard N. O’Brien; and second husband, Leonard King.

Survivors include her son Richard Burke O’Brien of Prairie City; stepdaughter, Patricia Bryan of Houston; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Eye Clinic through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.