Aloha 'Cookie' Ensign
Aloha "Cookie" Ensign, of Madras, Oregon, passed March 17, 2021, at the age of 93. She was born July 3, 1927, to parents Henry and Mary Barton, in Guyman, Oklahoma.
The family moved often during her childhood, from Oklahoma to Colorado, then to Richfield, Washington and eventually settling down in Portland. In Portland, at 13-years-old she met the love of her life, Donald R. Ensign. Only 14 years himself, Donald nicknamed Aloha "Cookie." Leaving Portland to join her father in 1940, Cookie was introduced to Pat Lack, her stepmother. Pat was a major influence to Cookie and set the foundations that shaped her in the values that Cookie's city life later represented: dedication to family, good manners, integrity and respect to others, were some of the traits which Pat imprinted upon Cookie as a young woman. She remained with Pat and together they relocated to San Francisco, California, after her father passed.
Cookie remained in contact with Donald for several years by mail and he joined her in San Francisco in 1946, eloping to Reno, Nevada, to be married. Returning to Oregon, the newlyweds waited several years to begin their family. They had three sons, Darrell, Malin, and Dale. The boys were raised on the Oregon Coast and the Central Valley until 1969. Donald and Cookie relocated to southeast Alaska, with Donald working in the logging industry and commercial fishing. While working in Alaska they raised two of their eight grandchildren.
Their now extended family relocated to Central Oregon in the late `70s, and Cookie continued to raise her grandchildren and great-grandchildrens lives with the same foundations her late stepmother had imprinted on her.
Cookie was well known and highly sought after as a child care provider her entire life. This dedication to the early training of young lives brought her personal joy and fulfillment. Many of the Central Oregon communities, Madras, Metolius and Culver, whom Cookie provided personalized care for, have gone on to become successful members of our society.
Cookie was a loving wife and mother, and respected child care provider. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Her hobbies included cooking and baking, puzzles and childcare services.
Cookie was the oldest of seven children and is survived by her youngest sister, Shirley VanHagen of Portland; sons, Darrell Ensign of St. Angelo, Texas, Malin Ensign of Madras, and Dale Ensign of Sheridan; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and six great-great- grandchildren.
Cookie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 57 years, Donald; and granddaughter, Gretchen.
A kind and gracious lady, she will be missed greatly by her family, many friends and their families, and our community.
Services will be held April 10, at the Madras Seventh Day Adventist Church. Burial will be at the Willamette National Veterans Cemetery in Portland. Memorial contributions may be made in the name Aloha "Cookie" Ensign to Portland Shriner's Hospital, phone number 971-544-3338, attn: Linda.