PENDLETON - Amy Bedford, an owner of the East Oregonian Publishing Company - corporate parent of the Chinook Observer and the Daily Astorian - died Tuesday, July 18, 2006, in Pendleton at the age of 94.

Bedford was the sister of former Astoria resident Eleanor Forrester and the aunt of Daily Astorian Publisher Steve Forrester.

"Over several decades, Amy embodied The East Oregonian's commitment to Pendleton," said Forrester. "She was a woman of style, intelligence and generosity, and all of that benefited our company and her community."

Hailed as a visionary by Pendletonians, Bedford led a drive of three decades to create the River Parkway, which runs along the banks of the Umatilla River through Pendleton. She was the prime mover in creation of the Arts Center of Pendleton - a restoration of the town's Carnegie Library - and she was a founding member of the Oregon East Symphony. In 1988, she received the Governor's Arts Award.

Amy Elizabeth Aldrich was born in Pendleton in 1912, the daughter of Edwin Burton and Elsie Conklin Aldrich. She earned a degree in business administration from Oregon State College in 1933. Following the death of her husband, J.M. Bedford Jr., in 1949, Bedford returned to Pendleton, where she managed The East Oregonian's commercial printing operation. She was the longtime corporate secretary of the East Oregonian Publishing Co.

Bedford's daughter Jacqueline Bedford Brown is secretary-treasurer of the East Oregonian Publishing Co. Her granddaughter Kathryn Bedford Brown has written a health column for the company's newspapers and sits on the corporate board of directors.

A memorial service will be held on a date to be announced.

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