Catherine Fine

Born: Fri., Nov. 3, 1922
Died: Sun., Oct. 24, 2010

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Catherine Fine, 87 of Frenchglen passed away on Sunday, October 24th, at the home of her daughter Susan in Pilot Rock, Oregon. Surrounded by love from her family, and her dog, Zorro, she peacefully entered into Heaven. Catherine was born in Burns, Oregon to Joseph and Sophia Jennie McDonald on November 3, 1922. She spent her earlier childhood years living in Frenchglen at the Hotel, and attending grade school. She attended High School at St. Francis Academy, coming home only for the Holidays, on the train. Her ambition in life was to become a veterinarian, as she loved animals but was told she needed to come home and help her parents run the Frenchglen Hotel. On June 20, 1944 Catherine married Jack Fine. In 1949 they were devastated when their first child, Earlene drown. To help fill the emptiness and void after losing a child, Jack bought Catherine a gun and a dog. And thus began the love of hunting. In 1951, Catherine and Jack bought a ranch at the base of the Steens Mountain. They worked together with an invested interest of raising a family. Catherine was a housewife, and mother to four children. She enjoyed working on the ranch as well as being involved in many community activities. Catherine and Jack loved to hunt together and play music at country dances. Catherine would play the piano while Jack played the accordion. In November of 1963, Jack was killed in a tragic accident leaving Catherine a widow. Catherine had to face the challenge of raising four young children. She was determined and committed to continue ranching, and provide her children with the life style she and Jack had initially planned. Her courage, wisdom, and positive outlook on life guided her through those difficult years. She was the first to tell you how proud she was of her children, in all of their accomplishments. In 1977, she sold her ranch except for five acres; there she placed a modular home, and planted her yard with trees and flowers. Catherine did not believe in retirement; she was busy all the time. She was involved over the years in the Cowbelles, both locally and State. She was the Harney Co. President three times, and the State Cowbelle President. She served on the Harney County Hospital board for 12 years, supporting the building of a new hospital. Catherine lived and worked in Frenchglen her entire life. She loved it there! She loved visiting with people, and sharing the history which she knew so well. Whether she was pumping gas at the Frenchglen Mercantile, serving lunch at the Frenchglen Hotel or making a latte at Joe Mama's, she always had time to say, Hello! Joe Mama's was her pride and joy. She loved when people would ask "Where did the name come from?" With pride, she would say, "Joe owns it and Mama runs it!" Her hamburgers were known as the best burgers in Harney County! The conversations outside under the big olive tree were moments she cherished with her family, friends of Harney County, and new friends who would come back each year. The most precious treasures she had were her grandchildren. She loved having her grandchildren come and visit. Whether it be to hunt, fish, relax or for the holidays. As soon as Joe Mama's closed for the season, Catherine would take turns going to each of her children's homes. Everyone looked forward to her arrival, since she was an excellent cook, and great company! She loved to travel with her late friend Dorothy Sherburn. Their favorite past time was playing the slots! Catherine was absolute strength, the center of our family, and the foundation that our lives were built upon. She cradled each of us, she held our hands, she lead us on a path of life to be honored, and she will always hold a special place in our hearts. Catherine is survived by her brother, Finley Judy in Lincoln City, Or, her daughter Annette Fred Currey in Kennewick, Wa, her son Joe Candise Fine in Tucson, Az, her daughter Susan Kenny Norquist in Pilot Rock, Or, her son Ross Fine in Milton Freewater, Or. Grandchildren; Dustin Crystal Currey, and Brandon fiancée Nicole in Kennewick, Wa, Darby Billie Scott in John Day, Or, Curran Fine in Vancouver, Wa, Kevin Fine fiancée Jie in Seattle, Wa, Colby Norquist in Pendleton, Or, Chance Norquist and Elizabeth Norquist in Pilot Rock, Or, Sonia Don Schoorl, in Battle Mountain, Nv, Travis Katie Currey in Ontario, Or, and Chad fiancée Kara in Vale, Or, Eight Great Grandsons, Sister in Laws, Mildred Fine of Burns, Or, and Mary Fine of Mt. Vernon, Or. And numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday October 30, 2010 at First Baptist Church in Burns, Or. Inurnment was held at the Burns Cemetery. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton and LaFollette's Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

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