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Jessie B. (Tibbs) Tarter

Published on November 21, 2017 9:01AM



Jessie B. (Tibbs) Tarter died peacefully in her sleep on November 18, 2017, in Hermiston, Oregon, at the age of 96.

Jessie is survived by sons Norman, Milton-Freewater, Rodney (wife Leann), Hermiston, and Randy, Bothell, Washington; grandchildren Donald, Tammy, Trent, Scott, Rodrick, Melanie, Jeff, Nick ,Jake, Natalie, Josie, Kelli, Julie and Riley; 18 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald, daughter Patty Jo and a grandson, Ty. Jessie was also preceded in death by her other seven siblings and husband Donald’s eight siblings. She was the last of the greatest generation of the Tibbs and Tarter families.

Jesse was born on January 19, 1921, in Baker City, Oregon, to James and Martha Tibbs. She graduated from high school in Haines, Oregon, in 1939 and later with a degree as a beautician in La Grande, Oregon.

She married Donald Tarter in Weiser, Idaho, on August 6, 1941, and during World War II they moved to Vancouver, Washington, where Donald built war ships. After the war they returned to Eastern Oregon where they farmed and ranched in the Baker Valley. They moved to Stanfield in 1953, where Donald began working for Union Pacific Railroad and Jesse ran the farm. Her children remember her making cream to sell to Mayflower milk in Hermiston. In the mid-1960s her mother Martha bought her one wiener pig, Jesse raised it, had it bred and sold at litter of wiener pigs. That is how she bought the family their first color TV.

Jesse was an accomplished baker and often her pies, Christmas candies and cookies were in high demand. She was a warm and loving individual who loved nothing more than her family. Any family get-together with children around her would bring a smile to her face. She liked watching the Seahawks and bull riding. The only time she might get slightly upset with a stray great- or great-great-grandchild was when she was watching either and they would wander in front of the TV.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Burns Mortuary chapel in Hermiston, Oregon. Burial will follow at the Hermiston Cemetery, Hermiston, Oregon.

Please sign the online condolence book at burnsmortuaryhermiston.com

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon, is in care of arrangements.


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