Baker City, 1934-2019
Marjorie May (Hensley) Tibbets, 84, a longtime Baker City resident and cherished mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, died peacefully on March 14, 2019, at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.
A celebration of Marjorie’s life reception will take place on May 31, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Baker City.
Marjorie was born on July 10, 1934, at Eagle Valley, near New Bridge, to Naomi May and Charles Moscoe Hensley. As the eldest of three siblings, she was often tasked with helping her father tend to the stock and crops, with the help of her childhood best friend, a horse named Prince. Marjorie attended schools in Pine Valley and Baker, before graduating from Baker High School in 1952.
On June 15, 1966, Marjorie wed Kenneth Tibbets of The Dalles. Together, in a three-bedroom house on Elm Street, they raised their blended family of eight children. To help make ends meet, she tended bar at Scotty’s Tavern and later was a housekeeper for several years at the Sunridge Inn.
There was always plenty of meat in the freezer, because Margie was a crack shot with a rifle and an excellent hunter. She was known to pick a dry spot under a tree and patiently wait all day for a deer or elk to happen by. The Tibbetses filled many a tag in her and Ken’s favorite hunting spots on Lookout Mountain, White River (near Dufur), and others that are to remain nameless. They frequented fishing holes at Phillips Lake, Wolf Creek Reservoir, the John Day, the Snake and the Columbia, with Marge usually out-fishing everyone. Many summer days were also spent in the mountains hunting for morel mushrooms and picking huckleberries, or just camping with the family.
Before his passing in 2009, Ken and Marge spent most of their last 20 years together living like nomads in their travel trailer, starting with a trip through the coasts of Oregon and Washington, across the Olympic Peninsula and up into Canada to the headwaters of the Columbia River and Banff. This was a trip that she recounted details of often, and with a familiar twinkle to her eye. From there it was a cycle of seasonal migrations: wintering with their daughter and grandson who lived outside of Portland, spring and summer were spent camp-hosting and fishing at Giles French Park near Rufus, and come fall, they would join family at deer camp, then elk camp. They often had a grandson in tow, and were never without the company of a good dog or two. Her story would not be complete without mentioning her favorite dogs, Tosha, Chami, Blue, Tucker and Duke, whom she loved so much.
Margie exuded warmth like the shining sun on an early spring morning. Whether it was sending over a batch of devilled eggs, a meal, baking you a cake for your birthday, writing you a thoughtful letter, or offering to lend money (then refusing to take repayment), she always had her loved ones on her mind. Her nature was without fault. With an honest kindness, she had something pleasant to say about most everyone.
A pinnacle of self-sufficiency and resilience, she beat cancer and lived for many years with a heart condition that couldn’t slow her down. Her motor was always running, whether in fluid conversation, or doing chores, she was seldom idle. Her lawn, flower garden, and home were always among the best kept in town. She was superbly resourceful, an excellent cook, and in her middle years a decent golfer. Until her last few days, she was so full of energy and a zest for life, that it is hard to believe that she could be gone. Gram will be greatly missed, and remembered well.
Marjorie is survived by her children, Tommy Gilbert of Baker City, Robert Gilbert of Washougal, Washington, Donald Gilbert of Boardman, Steven Haney of Echo, Sandra Vanderpool of Baker City, and Vickie McAdams (Max) of Baker City; her stepdaughter Tammie Lee (Dana) of Salem; her stepson, Kenny Tibbets (Margaret) of Eugene; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and her brother Edward Hensley of Weiser, Idaho.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Naomi VanSickle and Moscoe Hensley; her sister, Betty Red; and her husband, Kenneth Tibbets.
For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Marjorie, the family suggests Best Friends of Baker (animal rescue and adoption) through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com.
Sharlene Kay Crabtree, 77, of Bend, a beautiful mom, granny, gma, maga, sister, aunt and friend, died March 6, 2019, after a difficult journey with Parkinson’s disease.
Friends are invited to a celebration of life for Sharlene on Sunday, March 31 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Riverhouse (Deschutes Room) in Bend.
Sharlene was born on March 12, 1941, in rural Kansas and moved with her family to Salem in her teens. She graduated from North Salem High School and married shortly after graduation. The relationship ended and she took an office job and worked full time while raising her two young daughters. She was a hard worker and instilled a strong work ethic in all of us, her family said.
She met the love of her life while working for a restaurant in Albany and married Huey “Doug” Crabtree in 1967. Doug drug her along on outdoor adventures that she came to love. They had great fun fishing, camping, and playing with family and friends. Doug and Sharlene moved to Bend in 1979 when Doug opened his own welding shop. They loved and laughed together for 32 years until Doug passed away in 1999.
Sharlene started work in the accounting department at Western Communications (the parent company of the Baker City Herald) in 1981 and grew with the company to become the director of human resources until her retirement in 2011. Her career was very important to her and she was proud of the role she held. She cared deeply about the people that she worked with throughout the organization.
Sharlene loved to spend time with friends and family. She had a dry sense of humor and loved a good joke. She enjoyed going to craft classes with her sister, finding a great garage sale or bargain, spending time with her grandkids, shopping in Portland with her girls, planting flowers, trips to the beach, reading romance novels, making desserts and sipping a glass of wine. She hated losing at bunco, but always had a great time planning the party and spending time with her friends.
Mom was the anchor of her family, taking care of and supporting everyone. She took great pride in sharing stories and p ictures of her daughters and grandkids. She always knew the best way to spoil us and was our biggest fan and cheerleader. She was smart, funny, kind, thoughtful and loving. We miss her greatly and know she will always be with us.
She is survived by daughters, Kim (AJ) Johnson and Connie (Bob) Looney; her grandchildren, Meagan Looney (Holden), Kendal (Kim) Johnson and Sarah Looney; her sister, LaDonna (Nick) Daviscourt; her brother, Vishwananda Ron Eisele; and her nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Doug; and her parents, Richard and Glenna Eisele.