Madge Bern

Baker City, 1932-2018

Madge Bern, 85, of Baker City died April 6, 2018, at her home.

A memorial service will be scheduled later.

Madge was born on Nov. 6, 1932, at Murphy, Idaho, to Walker and Elvina Horton. She grew up in and graduated high school in Idaho.

A date set up by her grandparents proved fateful, as she fell in love with her husband, Robert “Bob,” who worked for her grandpa. They later married on Feb. 28, 1951.

Madge lived in many places including Anchorage Alaska, Bandon, Coos Bay, and Baker City. She worked as a certified nursing assistant and at one time owned an adult foster home.

Madge love all kinds of flowers and gardening, which is probably one of the reasons why her favorite color was green. She was a dedicated Jehovah’s Witness and was baptized with her husband Bob on Oct. 20, 1966.

Highlights in her life included when her grandbabies and when great-grandsons Jeriah and Jesse were born. Madge reveled in being a grandma. She loved watching her great-grandson Jesse grow and play. They were very close and loved reading, watching animal shows and just being with each other.

Madge is survived by her daughters: Sandy and her husband, Chang Robison, Celia and her husband, Daniel Lindley, and great-grandson Jesse Jean Lindley, all of Baker City; her daughter, Sarah, and her husband, Clyde Plunkett, their sons Javan and his wife, Angela, and two great-granddaughters, Arianna and Brianna; and other son Jalem and his wife, Amie, and great-grandson Jonathon of Alaska; granddaughter Rebecca Bern and her husband, Aaron Lee, and great-granddaughter Daja and great-grandson Olen R Lee of Lewiston Idaho; furbabies Rowdie, Butch, and Joy, and granddog Smokey.

Madge was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Bern; her son, Robert Jean Bern Jr.; her great-grandson, Jeriah Nelson Lindley; and her sisters, Ellen Crampton and LaVesta Swinger.

For those who would like to make a memorial donation in honor of Madge the family suggests Best Friends of Baker (animal rescue) through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at