Ardys Ruth Houston Close
March 09, 2011

   Ardys Ruth Houston Close, 77, passed away March 7, 
2011 in Prineville.

   A celebration of life will be held Friday, March 11 
at 2 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge in Prineville. Mardee 
Carter will officiate. Private graveside service was held 
at Juniper Haven Cemetery.

   Ardys was born at home to Van and Helen (Bennett) Houston 
on May 8, 1933, in Prineville.

   She graduated from Crook County High School in 1951, 
valedictorian of her class. She then attended the 
University of Oregon as a music student. She later attended 

   She married Dwight Robirds in 1958 and they were later divorced. 
She married Clarence (Corn) Close in 1979. He predeceased her in 2004.

   Ardys was a bookkeeper and prepared taxes up until her death. She 
worked for Dick McRae, and later Jerry Blank, before opening her own 
office in 1974.

   She was an active member of the Eagles Auxiliary group, the Veteran's 
Auxiliary, and the Prineville Golf and Country Club. She was a member of 
the Crook County Historical Society, and in 2007 named Pioneer Queen, 
an honor of which she was very proud.

   She is survived by daughters, Anita (Mark) Endresen of Silverton, Ore., 
and Linda (Kim) Christensen of Bend. She is also survived by four grandchildren, 
Keri Grimes of Bend, Jeremy Smalling and his wife Sarah of Oklahoma City, Okla., 
Kassie Dedmon and husband, Jerry of Bend, Aaron Post and wife, Merisa of Bend; 
and four great grandchildren; sister, Erma Henriksen, of Anchorage, Alaska 
and brother Glenn Houston, of New Plymouth, Idaho.

   She was preceded in death by her oldest daughter, Alona Smalling in 2003.

   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pioneer Memorial Hospice 
or Redmond-Sisters Hospice or a charity of one’s choice. Prineville Funeral 
Home is in care of arrangements