Nov. 5, 1930 - Mar. 15, 2013
Barbara Marie (Morgan) Stone of Bend, Oregon, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on March 15, 2013. She was 82.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Cascade Bible Church, located at 52410 Pine Drive in La Pine, OR. Friends and relatives are warmly invited.
Barbara was born November 5, 1930 in Portland, OR, the only child of Harold L. and Lena (Finney) Morgan. She grew up in the Portland area and attended Woodstock Elementary and Washington High School, graduating in 1948. On March 12, 1950, she married Maurice Stone, and together raised three sons. Barbara's passing occurred just three days after their 63rd wedding anniversary.
In 1952 the couple, with infant son, Jim, moved to a wheat and cattle ranch near Lexington, OR. Two years later, they moved to La Grande, OR where sons Terrell and Daniel were born. She later coerced Maurice to enroll at Eastern Oregon College, now a State University.
Barbara worked in the banking and finance industry for much of her professional career, first at the La Grande branch of US bank, and then transferring to the Prineville branch in 1966. It was there that she entered the Bank's management train- ing program, requiring her family to move to Portland, where she worked for several Portland area banks for a short time.
In 1985, both Maury and Barb retired and moved to Redmond to a 5 acre plot that was the remnant of an early homestead in the area. As ”empty nesters”, they remodeled their 1911 farmstead house before moving to Bend, OR in 2005.
While living in Redmond, Barbara was appointed to the Housing Works (abn Central Oregon Regional Housing Authority) Board of Commissioners by the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners in 1986. She served as a member of the Board for 20 years. Her commitment helped create and expand permanent housing options for vulnerable citizens throughout the region. During her time on the Board, the number of families served was expanded from approximately 200 to over 1,500.
In 2010 ”Barbara's Place”, Redmond's first supportive six-unit apartment complex that would provide permanent housing for homeless adults with mental illness, was named in her honor in recognition of her tireless passion to ”foster dignity” for Central Oregonians.
To speak of her qualities one would have to admire her hospitality, advocacy of the underdog, generosity, and unfailing love to her family. She also successfully worked her way up in the world of women in the workforce.
Barbara is survived by her husband of 63 years, Maurice Stone of Bend, OR; and three sons, James (wife Patricia) Stone of La Pine, OR, Terrell (wife Alessandra) Stone of Padua, Italy, and Daniel (wife Charlotte) Stone of Longview, Washington. Other survivors include six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Autumn Funerals, Bend is in charge of the arrangements; 541-318-0842;