Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
May 26, 2016
By Pat Edwards
Thank you to Bruce and Gary McDonald who took on the task of installing a tall flagpole at the I.O.O.F./Rebekah Cemetery south of Territorial Road this past week. The flag flying over the graves of special friends and relatives will be long appreciated by many of us.
Memorial Day weekend 2016 is now in the books. It’s always a special time of the year. Not only does it signal the beginning of summer for many of us, it allows each of us to recognize and honor the veterans who have given their lives while serving our country. Jim and I have many veterans in our family who served, but only one in recent generations who died while in the military. We use Memorial Day to not only honor Jim’s nephew, Donald Raymond Stewart, Jr., but each of our loved ones who are no longer with us. Our son Rob started the tradition of loading bouquets of flowers in his car and taking his daughters to each of the four local cemeteries where our family members are buried or where their ashes are interred. I frequently accompany them. We always start at McCulloch Cemetery on Briggs Hill Road where my great grandfather was buried in 1939 and where my mother has lain at peace since 2012. We have also added a memorial marker there for my father who asked that his ashes be scattered. Then it’s on to Lane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill Cemetery and the Springfield Memorial Gardens. We don’t have family members in any of the three Lorane cemeteries, but we do have very special friends in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Thank you, Rob, for beginning this tradition for us. I think that it’s so important to not only look to the future, but to remember the past as a way to determine where we are in the present.
I understand that Margaret Ream had surgery this past week and is now at home and healing. We hope that her recovery is fast and that this strong, lovely woman will return to enjoying family and leading her busy life soon.
Bridgett Johnson-Elliott reports that her mother and father (Linda Johnson and Pat Elliott) are both recovering nicely. Both have experienced major health issues recently and Linda, who had heart surgery a few weeks ago, is “taking it slow and soaking in the rich blessings of life,” according to Bridgett.
While I’m updating you on our Lorane residents who are experiencing health issues, I’d like to give an update on Jo-Brew for those who have gotten to know her through her years as a columnist for the Creswell Chronicle. As many of you know, Jo and I co-authored our two books on the history of U.S. Highway 99. We’ve worked closely together for over 4 years now and have become quite close. She has been experiencing some health issues of her own in the past year, but we are still being invited to give talks and presentations on our books throughout Oregon. Recently, we gave a talk to the Seasoned Adult Enrichment Program at Clackamas Community College in Milwaukie. The turnout of 30+ people was humbling. Highway 99 generates a great deal of interest and memories, especially with people of our generation who grew up before I-5 was built.
Two weekends ago, we went to the McMinnville Library where we had another good-size gathering. For each of us, it’s not so much about selling books, but about sharing our stories with others. It’s a new experience for both of us and one we will continue to enjoy for as long as we are asked and are able. Here’s hoping that this amazing woman gets better soon!