We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Prineville Funeral Home
Phyllis Short, 96, of Prineville, Oregon died on Thursday, August 12, 2021. She had been vaccinated earlier in the year, but was infected by the variant Covid strain and died in isolation at St Charles Hospital in nearby Bend.
Phyllis was born on September 15, 1925 in Brinsmade, North Dakota to Oscar Hiaasen and Helen Berg. Her family moved to the west coast in 1932, and eventually settled in Prineville. She had been a lifelong resident of Prineville, and met and married John Short, her lifelong companion in 1945.
She loved to golf, camp, fly fish, and be outdoors, whether on Summit Prairie, on the High Desert, at the beach or taking road trips. She loved and lived for winter holiday season, a time of traditions and festivities. She was a fierce gardener.
She and her husband built their home outside Prineville, on Short Lane. There they raised two children, daughter Susan in 1947 and son Jerry in 1951. After her husband died in 1983, Phyllis travelled extensively, alone or with friends or family, making 2 treks to Alaska, pukking a trailer with her dog Hustle.
She took part in many aspects of life in town, worked at several jobs, volunteered at the court house and museum, helped start a social women’s group, and took care of her mother. She was a long-standing member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church from its inception.
She was preceded in death by her husband John, her older brother Kirk Hiaasen, older sister Jerry Brockway, and her daughter Susan. She is survived by brother Oscar Grant Hiaasen, sisters Betty Reid and Sandra Young, her son Jerry Short, her daughter’s child Kathy Reed, and Kathy’s son Jaxon. She leaves behind numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, and many more.
Please remember her by becoming valiant fighters of the Covid pandemic - get vaccinated, wear masks, be cautious when in groups. A memorial will be planned in the Spring, when the bloom is on the sage.