Thelma Barnes (Barnes) Otley

Born: Wed., Apr. 1, 1925
Died: Thu., Feb. 23, 2012


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Mar. 02, 2012
Location: Burns Elks Lodge #1680


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Funeral Services for 86 year old Thelma Barnes Otley will be held on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Burns Elks Lodge #1680

Thelma Barnes Otley died on February 23, 2012 at the Harney District Hospital.  She was born on April 1, 1925 in Burns, Oregon to Charlie and Fannie Holloway Barnes.

She was the third of six children and was raised on the family ranch near Frenchglen, Oregon.  She attended grade school in Frenchglen and would walk with her siblings 1 ¼ miles to school about every day.  She attended high school in Crane, Oregon staying in the dormitory and not be able to come home very often because of the long distance and lack of transportation except for Holidays.  After high school, Thelma worked at the Edward Hines Mill as a Switchboard Operator before marrying her friend and partner Darrell “Red” Otley.  They lived in Happy Valley all their married life until November 2011, when they sold their Steens Mt. Ranch and moved to Hines, Oregon.  Thelma and Red celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on December 21, 2011 at their new home in Hines that they purchased after the sale of the ranch.  She cherished her life on the ranch working hard to maintain that lifestyle.  Thelma was a dedicated, hard working ranch wife and mother raising her three children.  She spent many years cooking large meals in the summer for the hay crew; while raising a garden and nurturing her yard that she loved and reluctantly shared with the local deer.  Thelma also had a great love for “Red’s” paintings and was one of his biggest fans, encouraging him for many years.

Thelma was the Diamond School Clerk for over 30 years; was a member of the Sunrise Garden Club; volunteered much of her time to the Diamond Community by donating and sharing some of her favorite pies, salads and rolls for different community functions.

The past 16 months Thelma lived in The Aspens in Hines but loved her new home in Hines and would go there as she could.  She loved her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren very much.

Thelma will be greatly missed by her family and friends.  Thelma is survived by her husband, Red Otley; her three children; Janyce and husband Dan Courtney of Drewsey; Ross of Diamond; Rod and Debra of Burns; brother Don “Jiggs” Barnes and wife Lucille of Burns; siters, Fern Cagle of Hines, Jennie Otley of Princeton and Donna and husband Loren Jordan of Pilot Rock  Grandchildren; Debbie and Kirk Mylander, Rena Sitz, Jeff and Jennifer Sitz, Shane and Crystal Otley, Sterling and Kim Otley, Morgan Otley & Family, Lisa and Brenda Otley. Jamie & Mitch Siegner & Family, Chad & Katie Courtney. Thirteen great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents Charlie and Fannie Barnes, sister, Jo Urizar and son-in-law James Sitz, Jr.

Contributions in Thelma Otley’s memory can be made to the Harney County Cattle Women Scholarship Fund or the Water For Life in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, PO Box 488; Burns, Oregon 97720.

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