Ellen Kyle Bastian

Ellen Kyle Bastian

March 23, 1945 - February 15, 2017

Ellen Bastian passed away peacefully February 15, 2017 in Grants Pass, Oregon with her family by her side. She was born in Xenia, Ohio to Charlie and Dottie Kyle and moved to Oregon with her parents in 1960. She attended Lake Oswego High School where she was active in several clubs. She attended Southern Oregon College where she met her husband, Ken, the love of her life. The two were married in June, 1965 and originally moved to Klamath Falls. They subsequently moved to Medford, Ore. where they lived for 31 years. Following retirement they moved to Chiloquin, Ore. where Ken built their dream home and they resided for 17 years. They moved to Grants Pass in 2016.

Ellen enjoyed camping, fishing, and hunting with her family. Her two special outings were to Crater Lake and the Oregon coast, which she did as often as time allowed. She was a wonderful and dedicated mother, a superb homemaker, and a fantastic baker. Her cherry pies were known by extended family and friends across the country! Family reunions and gatherings were favorite times where she readily mixed it up with the more rambunctious attendees. She was a voracious reader, enjoying a wide variety of genres. Ellen had a ready laugh and a warm, welcoming smile. She was an example of how to be loving and present. You knew that you were always welcome and she brought out the best in you. She will be remembered fondly.

Ellen is survived by her husband, Ken of Grants Pass; daughter, Michelle of Medford; son, James also of Grants Pass; and two grandchildren, CJ and Autumn.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Josephine Community Libraries, Inc. (JCLI).

Private interment services were held locally. A memorial service celebrating Ellen’s life will be held later in the summer. Please sign the family's guestbook at

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