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Ora Lee Katherine Beard

Services for Mrs. Beard will be at 1 p.m. Friday, June 11, at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service in Salem. Interment will be at Restlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Beard, of Keizer, died Saturday, June 5, 2010. She was born in Pueblo, Colorado, and was one of three children born to Amil and Julia Frey. She graduated from Ordway High School and completed one year at Pueblo Junior College. While attending college she was employed by New Era Weekly Newspaper.

Her parents sold the farm to move to Oregon, but her father died before the move happened. Her mother, sister and her made the move in December of 1947. She was employed at the Oregon Department of Transportation for 39 years and retired on April 30, 1990.

She married Melvin G. Beard on December 28, 1956 at the First United Methodist Church on State Street. They were married for more than 40 years.

Ora Lee was a member of Beta Sigma Phi of the Marion-Polk Council for 53 years. She enjoyed spending time with family in various activities, especially shopping trips to Portland and trips to Hawaii; Leavenworth, Wash.; the Colorado Rockies and a visit to the family farm in Lincoln County, Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Amil and Julia Frey, and her husband, Melvin Beard. She is survived by her sisters, Flora Kuntz and Juanita Bryan; brother-in-law Duane Kuntz; nieces, Nova Smith, Nina Stockwell, Tamie Warner; Nephew Randy Bryan, and 4 great-nieces, and 2 great-nephews.