BALESMary (Mieko) Bales, passed away Aug. 6, 2017, at nearly 92 years of age.

She was born in Japan on Nov. 15, 1925, and was the eldest of four siblings: two brothers and a sister. Shortly after WWII, she met and married the love of her life, Charles (“Wimpy”) Bales in August of 1947. A year later, she gave birth to her first daughter, Helen (Lilly) of Florence.

When Helen was three months old, Charles packed up his young bride and their infant daughter and made the 15-day trip by ship to the United States — and Mary never looked back. She only made one trip back to see her family about 40 years later; she considered the United States to be her home and the family she gained upon marrying Charles, her new family.

In addition to daughter, Helen, Mary has a second daughter, Karoline Beck who, with her husband John Beck, live in Bend, Ore. She also has a son, James (Jimmy) Bales who, with wife (Mary) Jeannie Bales, live in Creswell, Ore. 

Mary has two grandsons, Jason Bauder, of Coos Bay, Ore.; and Tony Kies of Aloha Ore;and four granddaughters: Tiffini Traylor who, with her husband Nate and two sons (Tyndale and Corwin), live in Granada Hills, Calif.; Crystal Bales who, along with her son, Ryan and two daughters (Ashlyn and Kendall), live in Eugene, Ore.; Hollie Bales, and her two sons (Jeremy and Jordan), who live in Riverside, Calif.; and Courtney Braubuger who lives with her husband, Jake, in Florence, Ore.

Mary also had numerous nieces and nephews who she greatly loved and enjoyed.

A small informal gathering of friends and family will be held at Burns’s Riverside Chapel on Saurday, Aug. 26, at 2 pm.

At nearly 92 years of age, Mary deserves a special celebration of her long life. Everyone in attendance is encouraged to share fond memories or funny stories that they have about Mary.

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