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  • Mary E. Birkey

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  • Mary Birkey passed away at home Friday, December 21, 2012, following a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born Mary Elaine Willcox, March 16, 1930, in Searles, N.D. to Jesse and Ellen Willcox, the youngest of five children. The family moved to Ashland, Ore. in 1936, and then to Bandon, Ore. in 1946, where Mary graduated from high school. Mary and Donald Birkey were married December 18, 1949, and they settled in Central Point with their son Rick in 1967. Mary was strong in her faith and a devoted member of Gold Hill United Methodist Church. She loved animals and was an avid birder.
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