Sherman County eNews #310


  1. Edythe Eileen Ryf Moreau 1932-2019

  2. Sherman County Prayer Gathering 2020 Schedule

  3. Influenza Season

  4. Relationships

  5. Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program Seeks Applicants

  6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

 “May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us in all our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy.” —George Washington (1790)

1. Edythe Eileen Ryf Moreau 1932-2019

flower.rose.starEdythe Eileen Ryf was the fourth of six children born to John Ryf and Gladys Marguerite (Clark) Ryf. Born May 28, 1932, in Ridgefield, Washington, Eileen died December 18, 2019 in Baker City, Oregon.  Her childhood was full of sibling antics, school parties and dances, picking strawberries, and a deep love of family.

Eileen graduated from Ridgefield High School and went on to earn her teaching degree from Central Washington College in Ellensburg, Washington. It was on a double-date during her college years in Ellensburg, where she met a fine young man, George Moreau – who was friend Betty’s date – and the rest, as they say, was history.

George and Eileen were married June 11, 1955, in Seattle, WA, where Eileen was teaching second grade. The young teacher invited her entire class to the wedding, where the happy students occupied the front pew. George and Eileen first resided on the family ranch in Ellensburg. Later, an opportunity came about for the couple to stake their claim in Moro, Oregon, where the Moreau family lived until 2016. Two daughters were born to George and Eileen: Julee Ann and Jill Marie.

Eileen taught in a number of the elementary schools in Sherman County, but is probably best remembered for her role as the 5th-6th grade teacher in Rufus. Eileen was involved with her church, 4-H, and numerous community boards, including a reign as Moro’s mayor. She was appointed by Gov. Vic Atiyeh to the Fair Dismissal Appeals Board for the State of Oregon.

Preceding Eileen in death were her parents, John and Gladys Ryf, four siblings including John, Rose Marie, Clifford and Phyllis, and Eileen’s daughter Jill who died in 1983 and husband George, passing in 1991.

Eileen is survived by her brother, Ed Ryf and his wife Ellen; brother-in-law Frank Moreau, and sisters-in-law Marene Morrison and Frankie Melvin; daughter Julee and her husband David Hicks; Grandchildren include Annelle Hicks, and William Hicks and Will’s wife, Lindsey (Timmons) Hicks.

Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 9:30 am on January 2, 2020, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wasco, OR (807 Barnett Street Wasco, OR 97065). A luncheon at the Wasco parish hall will be held at 11:00 am and burial will follow at the Moro Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Sherman County Education Foundation (C/O Anderson’s Tribute Center, Celilo Chapel, 204 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, OR, 97058).

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center • Celilo Chapel 204 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.

2. Sherman County Prayer Gathering 2020 Schedule


January 8             Rufus Baptist Church, Rufus        August 5

February 5          First Baptist Church, Grass Valley July 1

March 4                Presbyterian Church, Moro         September 2

April 1                   Church of Christ, Wasco                October 7

May 7 (Thursday) Kent Baptist Church, Kent        November 4

June                      Methodist Church, Wasco            December 25

This will be my final post since the Sherman County eNews will be shut down.

~Red Gibbs

3. Influenza Season

hand.wash2North Central Public Health District (NCPHD) has received information showing that influenza season has come early to Wasco County. It is NOT TOO LATE to get vaccinated if you haven’t received your flu shot. Vaccination is the best way to prevent spread of the flu.

It is very important that we protect those most vulnerable to influenza. If you have a fever and upper respiratory symptoms, please delay visits to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, day care facilities and hospitals until at least 24 hours after your fever subsides.

If you visit a clinic or hospital because you are sick, please wear a mask, and continue to wear a mask in public until you have been fever free for 24 hours.

The preventive measures listed below will also help stop the spread of flu, but because people infected with the flu may infect others 1 day before they become sick, vaccination is still the best way to avoid catching and spreading the flu:

 Cover your cough and sneeze.

 Wash your hands often, using soap and warm water.

 Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

 Limit close contact with those that are sick.

 Stay home when you’re sick. Protect others at school and work by staying home at least 24-hours after a fever (100+ degrees) subsides.

 Clean surfaces. Flu germs can live for hours on hard surfaces. Make sure your home and workspace are wiped down frequently, especially where children are playing.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, headache, chills, fatigue, and sometimes nausea (more often in children than adults). Many respiratory viruses have similar symptoms, but influenza tends to be more severe. Having the flu is NO fun and can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. For more information visit

4. Relationships

What can you do when you want to improve your marriage or close relationship, but your significant other seems to be content with the way things are?

Marriage or other close relationships offer us unique opportunities to grow. Sometimes, though, conflict arises when partners in romantic relationships have different visions of what the relationship should be like and different ideas about the direction it should take. When this happens, co-creating a future can be quite the challenge.

If you think your close relationship could use some work but your partner doesn’t, what do you do? Well, for starters, you don’t start blaming them for disagreeing with you and neither should you assume that there is something wrong with you. What you can do, instead, is share your visions with each other. Can you describe, as specifically as possible, without blaming or judging, just how you see the problem? Can you describe, just as specifically, what you see the future as being?

Sometimes professional couples counseling can be a great help in opening faulty lines of communication. Whether you decide to get help or not, make sure you stay focused on a vision of how the relationship will look when it is fixed, and maintain a non-blaming, non-judgmental attitude throughout. It isn’t always easy, but if you can take the emotion out of the situation long enough, the situation becomes clearer and possibly easier to manage when decisions need to be made.

Remember that disagreement doesn’t have to mean someone is wrong, and conflict can lead to greater harmony if it is handled properly. Think of it as clearing the rocks and brush out of the way, on your path to your shared future. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program Seeks Applicants

Oregon.Flat.poleApplications are now being accepted for the 2020 award year for the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program. The application deadline is May 1, 2020. Families throughout Oregon who have continuously farmed portions of their family acreage for the past 100 or 150 years are invited to apply.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program began in 1958 to honor farm and ranch families with century-long connections to the land. To qualify for a century or sesquicentennial award, interested families must follow a formal application process. Members of the Application Review Committee review each application against the qualifications, which include continuous family operation of the farm or ranch; a gross income from farm use of not less than $1,000 per year for at least three years out of five prior to application; and family members must live on or actively manage the farm or ranch activities. Application documentation may include photos, original deeds, personal stories, or other historic records. These records help support Oregon’s agricultural history by providing valuable information about settlement patterns and statistics on livestock and crop cycles. All documents are archived for public access.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch application and program guidelines are available at, or by contacting Andréa Kuenzi at 503-400-7884 or

Successful applicants receive a personalized certificate with acknowledgment by the Governor and the director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and a durable metal roadside sign to identify the family’s farm or ranch as having historic Century or Sesquicentennial status. Each family will be honored during a special ceremony and reception at the Oregon State Fair on August 29, 2020.

Every Oregon farm and ranch has a unique history and special family story. The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch program encourages agriculture families to share these stories of century-long connections with a broader audience. By promoting family stories, rich cultural heritage is passed down to future generations while educating Oregonians about the social and economic impact of Oregon agriculture. To date, 1,227 families have formally received the Century designation and 46 families have received the Sesquicentennial Award.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program is administered by the Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education. It is supported by a partnership between the Oregon Farm Bureau, the State Historic Preservation Office: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon State University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives Research Center, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and by generous donations of Oregonians. For information about the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program, contact Andréa Kuenzi Program Coordinator, at 503-400-7884 or

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