June 29, 1928 - September 6, 2020
Wilhelmina Maria “Babe” Yraguen, 92, of Vale, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, Sept. 6, 2020. She was born on June 29, 1928, in Ontario, Oregon to her Dutch parents, Marinus and Paula Heinink Smit. She was raised on the family farm at Cairo Junction and attended grade school at Valleyview, a small country school between Cairo and Nyssa. Her high school years were spent in Baker, Oregon where she attended St. Francis Academy Catholic High School. She graduated in 1946 after spending four years as a sassy student and cheerleader known as “Willie” for the fightin’ Leopards.
We once asked her if she received a good education in Baker and she said the only thing that she learned in Baker was how to smoke . . .