Aumsville – Nyria,
92, died Sunday, May 8 in Aumsville. She was born in
Walberswick, Suffolk, England and grew up in the UK. Nyria
moved to Burns in 1947 to Pendleton in 1983 and settled in
Aumsville in 1998. She met her husband during World War II,
while serving as a RN. She
was married to Lt. Col. USAF Harry A. Withers, Jr. on April
27, 1947 in Springfield, Oregon. They made their home on the
family cattle ranch in Burns, Oregon, where they raised their
always put her family before herself and had an enormous
amount of humility. A devoted grandmother to seven, she made
each feel like they were her one and only. She embraced her
life and had a one of a kind sense of humor, never deterred
from sharing her opinions or beliefs. Although she often spoke
seriously about WWII, she had humor in sharing her childhood
and past ranch-life experiences. Generous and kind, she was
always warm and inviting and taking care of those around her.
was an avid reader and PBS English mystery connoisseur,
especially during the rainy Oregon springtime. She was an
adventurous cook, willing to try new recipes and would call to
share good ones for others to try. She loved making food for
others, notably biscotti. She absolutely loved tea, seafood,
lemon drops, broad beans, brown bread, cookies (esp. ginger),
sherry, Marmite, and Nutella (not necessarily in that order).
She enjoyed many trips to the beach, like she did as a child.
She cherished trips to visit family, to the Caribbean, to
Mexico and to islands off the coast of Washington.
gardens were absolutely gorgeous, where she spent most of her
time. She was always willing to try growing something new each
year, and could never have enough plants. She returned to
school to train as a florist in 1968, and pursued this
vocation for 25 years. She painted ceramics and canvas on and
off throughout her life, which she shared with those around
her. She loved cats and always had a dog by her side to keep
her company. She loved staying up late and getting up early.
She was truly one of a kind who will be dearly missed and is
her life, she was a member of the Episcopal Church, Daughters
of the Nile, and the P.E.O. Sisterhood.
Nyria is survived by
daughters: Dawn (Dennis) Frank of Aumsville, Gail (Bill)
Schneider of Mt. Pleasant, SC and Jennifer (Rick) Cromwell of
Thousand Oaks, CA; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, on August 4,
1981, and her son Ian Tozer Withers on January 28, 2010.
A private family
service will be held at a later date. Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.