Margaret Harris, 87

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Margaret J. Harris, 87, of Walla Walla, Wash., formerly of Grand View, died Nov. 12, 2004, at the Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla.

Graveside services will be Friday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m. at the Riverside Cemetery in Grand View, with Pastor John Curtis of the Bethel Nazarene Church in Nampa officiating. Internment will follow the services.

Harris was born April 10, 1917, in Bruneau, the daughter of Albert and Ruby Royce Harley. She was only five years old when she started grade school in Little Valley. She and her brother rode horseback five miles to school every day, and she missed only two days of school because of deep snow. She graduated from Bruneau High School when she was 16.

Harris went on to the Normal School at Gooding for two years and received a teaching certificate. From there she taught all eight grades in a one-room grade school for two years at Oreana.

She married John J. Bachman of Oreana in 1937. They made their home in the Oreana and Castle Creek area until John's death in 1967.

In 1939, a son, Merle, was born, and in 1945 a son, Wayne, was born.

She owned and operated a cattle operation on Castle Creek from 1940 until 1972. Her husband, John Bachman, preceded her in death.

She worked at the Caldwell Memorial Hospital from 1968 to 1972.

In 1974 she married Robert W. Harris of Grand View, and they resided in Grand View until December 2000, when they moved to the Walla Walla Odd Fellows Home.

She was an active 4-H and home extension leader in the Oreana and Castle Creek communities. She was also active in the Owyhee County Cattleman's Association, Owyhee County Historical Society and the Grand View Senior Citizens, where she and Bob spent many happy occasions, her family said. She was on the election board for several years at Oreana and then at Grand View.

She loved fishing, traveling with friends, gardening, bowling and especially playing cards.

She is survived by: her husband, Robert Harris; two sons and daughters-in-law Merle K. and Margaret Bachman of Marsing, and Wayne and Joann Bachman of Craigmont; two stepsons and daughters-in-law, Lynn and Carol Harris of Athena, Ore., and Larry and Helena Harris of Waitsburg, Wash.; a step-daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Tedd deLong of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandson, and three step-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Owyhee County Historical Society, Murphy, Idaho, or the Grand View Senior Center, or to a charity of choice through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, Oregon 97862.