Rae Jean Wyatt of Oroville passed away on Wednesday, July 18 at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. She was born at home in the house her father and grandfather built in Oroville on Aug. 21, 1931. She lived most of her life in Oroville. Her parents were Don Allen and Murl James Allen.
Rae Jean graduated high school in 1949 and married Leonard “Ted” Hirst. They later divorced and she lived with her parents and raised six children.
When her father had a debilitating stroke at the age of 57, she cared for him. After he passed away in 1965 and her youngest started kindergarten, she began working at the Round Up Caf&#233;. She learned to wait tables and be a fry cook. In 1986 she married Frank Wyatt in Oroville. Over the years she cooked at the Kozy Kitchen, the Peerless and Fao’s. She retired in 2007 at the age of 77. She said she most enjoyed working for her brother-in-law Bob Hirst and his wife Margaret. If you ever had a breakfast at Fao’s a.k.a Yo-Yo’s, Rae Jean cooked it. Rae Jean was a charter member of the Oroville Eagle’s Auxiliary.
Rae Jean is survived by her children: Tedi Fletcher (Norris), Debra Hunter, Kim Hirst (Betty), Kirk Hirst and Julie Sylvester (Buck); grandchildren: Kristin Sarmiento (Mariano), Alicia Seyhanli (Naci), Cori Thompson (Steve), Kim Allen Hirst (Anita), Gary James Hirst (April), Disa Hirst (Willy), Kathy Hunter (TJ), Bryce Sylvester (Kelly), Dara Sylvester; and 13 great grandchildren
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Gary Allen; husband, Frank Wyatt; and daughter Candace Lea.
Graveside services will be held at the Oroville Riverview Cemetery Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 11 a.m. A potluck luncheon is to follow at the Oroville Eagles. Memorials may be made to the Oroville Ambulance Fund.
Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket in care of arrangements.