Obituary: Catherine Fine

Catherine Fine

PILOT ROCK — Catherine Fine, 87, of Frenchglen died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, at the home of her daughter Susan in Pilot Rock, surrounded by her family and her dog Zorro. A celebration of life was held Saturday, Oct. 30 at the First Baptist Church in Burns. Inurnment was held at the Burns Cemetery.

Mrs. Fine was born Nov. 3, 1922, in Burns to Joseph and Sophia (Jennie) McDonald. She spent her earlier childhood years living in Frenchglen at the Hotel, and attending grade school. She attended high school at St. Francis Academy, coming home only for the holidays. Her ambition in life was to become a veterinarian, as she loved animals, but was told she needed to come home and help her parents run the Frenchglen Hotel.

In 1944 she married Jack Fine. In 1949 they were devastated when their first child Earlene drowned. In 1951, the Fines bought a ranch at the base of Steens Mountain, and they worked together with an invested interest of raising a family. She was a housewife and mother and enjoyed working on the ranch as well as being involved in many community activities.

In 1963 Jack was killed in a tragic accident, leaving her a widow. She continued to run the ranch to provide for her four children. In 1977 she sold her ranch except for five acres, where she placed a modular home. She lived and worked in Frenchglen her entire life, later pumping gas at the Frenchglen Mercantile, serving lunch at the Frenchglen Hotel and making lattes at Joe Mama’s. In the off-season she would visit her children in turns.

 Mrs. Fine is survived by her brother Finley in Lincoln City; daughters Annette Currey in Kennewick, Wash., and Susan Norquist in Pilot Rock; sons Joe Fine in Tucson, Ariz., and Ross Fine in Milton Freewater; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandsons; two sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Burns Mortuary of Pendleton and LaFollette’s Chapel were in charge of arrangements. Sign the guest book online at

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