Chloris "Babe" Amidon

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Chloris "Babe" Amidon, age 88, passed away peacefully on Sept. 13, 2012, in Klamath Falls, Ore.
A celebration of her life conducted by Rob Devens will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at 11 a.m. at O'Hair Funeral Chapel. Cremation has been performed.
Babe, the youngest child of Robert and Amanda Crowley, was born on Dec. 3, 1923, and was raised in Long Creek, Ore. Following graduation from Long Creek Union High School in 1939, she attended business school in Portland, Ore., and went on to work as a bookkeeper.
She met Howard Amidon on a blind date and they married on Sept. 19, 1942. Shortly after their marriage, Howard left to serve in the Navy during WWII. When he returned, they continued working in Portland until 1954 when they moved to Klamath Falls where they started Amidon's Business Machines.
Babe worked as a bookkeeper for the business and later for a second business, Amidon's Office Equipment for most of her career. She spent a few years as a stay-at-home mom to raise her four daughters. She also started her own business, A-Coin Cleaners in 1961.
Babe was an industrious woman and never had idle hands. She enjoyed reading, playing cards, panning for gold and, in retirement, traveling in a fifth-wheel with Howard. While she may not have really enjoyed cooking and baking, there were always three squares on the table and a jar full of chocolate chip cookies.
In 2011, Babe moved to Quail Park at Crystal Terrace where she was well cared for by the dedicated staff until her death.
She will be missed by her children and their spouses Carol and Mike Benke, Janita and Jim Cope, Pamela and Randy Kemp, and Peggy and Mark Chirgwin; grandchildren and their spouses Mark and Roberta Benke, Mary Benke, Caryn Benke, Mike and Amy Zarosinski, Torrey Cope, Jared and Amanda Kemp, Dezra and Dan Jacobini and Ray Chirgwin; special family friends David Plummer, Blake Hughes, Laith Alnori and Natalie Hemphill; great-grandchildren Gino, Leena, Anteny, Kaelin, Ty and Morgan; and a sister Edra Duvall.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, and two sisters, Fern and Oral.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to a .
Published in Herald And News on Oct. 7, 2012
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