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Pauline (Hodges) Barry

January 30, 2012 by

Pauline (Hodges) Barry, 88,  passed away in Redmond on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012.
Pauline Barry was born Oct. 21, 1923 at Klamath Falls to Buford and Madeline Hodges. They moved to Drews Valley to work for the Peterson and Johnson Lumber Company when Pauline was six years old and lived there until they moved into Lakeview when Pauline started high school. Pauline started the first grade in Lakeview and had Jenny Carol for her first grade teacher. Pauline stayed in Lakeview schools until she was 17 years old and dropped out to marry the love of her life Jerry Barry Jr.  They were married until Jerry’s Death in 2005.
Pauline and Jerry lived a very interesting life. Jerry was in many different businesses and Pauline was the one who always kept the books in order. They had a wood delivery business after World War II. Then Jerry moved on to operate a logging business for many years. They bought a cattle ranch in Plush in 1955. They eventually ran cattle on Hart Mountain, Guano Valley and Warner Valley.
What Pauline and Jerry are most known for was their success in the Christmas tree business. They started in 1941 and after the war years continued the business until Jerry’s death. Jerry and Pauline became icons in the business. Originally they cut wild white fir trees around Lakeview. They then went on to be one of the first to grow cultured trees in the Willamette Valley. They became one of the top ten growers in the United States and furnished a Christmas tree for the White House. The business required so much attention, they moved to Salem.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jerry; brother Sam Hodges; sister Mildred Robbins.
Pauline is survived by son and daughter-in-law Dennis and Diane Barry of Redding, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law Judy and Terry Skjersaa of Redmond; four grandchildren; five great- grandchildren.
Pauline and Jerry endowed the Jerry and Pauline Barry Family Scholarship. This scholarship is primarily for Lake County Students majoring in Agriculture or Forestry at Oregon State University.  Gifts may be made in memory of Pauline Barry, in support of the JERRY AND PAULINE BARRY FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP at the Oregon State University Foundation, 850 SW 35th Street, Corvallis 97333-4015.

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