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Nila Lafferty Carnes Nila L. Carnes of Pilot Rock, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2012 at Suttle Care & Retirement in Pendleton, OR. Nila was born on March 5, 1919 to Charles and Bessie Lafferty in Trent, Alberta, Canada. She resided in this area most of her life, living with various relatives, following the early death of both parents before she reached the age of nine, attending St. Joseph's Academy in Pendleton and graduating from Pilot Rock High School in 1937. Nila married Hubert Carnes on January 19, 1937 and raised their children in Pilot Rock. During those years she worked at the Pilot Rock Pharmacy, took in numerous foster children, including many newborns and ran the "Carnes Corner" Day Care Center from 1962 until 1979. Over those years she had more than 60 boys and girls in foster care and over 200 children in Day Care. Her life revolved around her family. She served seven years of volunteer library service at the Pilot Rock Elementary School and St. Helen's Catholic Church. She enjoyed her bridge groups, her garden, traveling and knitting and crocheting. She received many honors for her work in Foster Care and was selected as Mother of the Year by the Gamma Nu Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha in 1990. She and Hubert celebrated 60 years of marriage in 1997. She was affectionately known by her family and the many children she helped raise as "Gram". Many children were loved, hugged and cared for by this extraordinary woman. Nila will long be remembered for her dedication to children and the love, care and compassion with which she dealt with the hundred who passed through her home. Nila is survived by her children, Gwen Martin of Redding, CA, Ronald (Skip) of Lebanon, OR, Glenda Beldin of Pendleton, Stephen O. of Pilot Rock, Denise Wheeler of Vancouver, WA, Michael of Washougal, WA, Patty Prince of Pendleton and Steve A. of Pendleton. She is also survived by her sister Eva Hofmister formerly of Walla Walla, 22 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother Charles, a brother Arthur, a son Donald, a son Charles Pake and an infant grandson Christian. Services will be held at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton Friday, June 15th at 10:00 A.M. Memorials may be sent to the Pilot Rock Education and Community Foundation, PO Box174, Pilot Rock, OR 97868.

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