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Theresa (Merkle) Ward 1928-2017

Theresa (Merkle) Ward passed away Feb. 21.

Theresa was born Oct. 1, 1928, in Tacoma, Wash., to Henry Merkle and Lillian Anslow Merkle. Theresa met and later married Jim Ward. In 1957, Jim and Theresa and their four children moved to Burns and started the county’s first radio station, KRNS. They were fortunate enough to raise their children in Burns. Throughout their married life, they traveled extensively.

Theresa is survived by her brother, Bernard Merkle; sister, Virginia Webb; four children, Diane Smith of Hines, Gary Ward of Pendleton, Pat Ward of Hermiston, and Cindy Grasty of Hines. She was blessed with eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, who lovingly referred to her as “Grandma The Great.” Mom, Theresa, will always remain great in our hearts.

The Rosary will be said at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4, followed by a memorial service at 10 a.m. at the Holy Family Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Harney County Senior Center.

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