Tag: Gloria Edwards

Sweet Lorane Community News, October 14, 2021

Fern Ridge-Tribune News
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 14, 2021
By Pat Edwards

Unfortunately, our Kansas City trip did not turn out the way we had hoped. Oh, we had a great visit with family the first night we got there on Wednesday… and we were able to attend the beautiful wedding… and Jim did look extremely handsome… but it did not end well.

The day after we arrived, our daughter, Gloria, got a phone call from her sisters saying that Gloria’s beautiful English Mastiff dog, Cappy, was not doing well. He seemed to be suffering separation anxiety when we left. He wouldn’t eat and was reluctant to go outside. As Gloria’s constant companion, and normally a sweet, loving dog, he became despondent and a bit surly. By the day of the wedding on Friday, we knew that something was terribly wrong with him. Kelly and Michele suspected he had suffered a stroke and was becoming more and more unresponsive. They tried getting him in to see every veterinarian in Lane County, but could not be guaranteed an appointment. Finally, on the day of the wedding, his regular vet told them to bring him in at 2:45 that afternoon and they would try to see him as soon as they were able.

With Kelly and Michele’s help and Jim’s and my full support, they were able to get us an early flight out on Saturday morning so Gloria could return home to be with Cappy, in hopes that he would respond to her presence. As soon as our plane landed at 11:30 that morning, Kelly took Gloria to the vet’s office where Cappy had spent the night, and Michele drove Jim and I home. As soon as she saw him, Gloria realized that Cappy was basically “gone.” He was breathing, but there was no recognition and no response to any kind of stimuli. As she held him, sobbing—and as her sister, Kelly, held her—Cappy was mercifully allowed to cross the “Rainbow Bridge.” Our whole family is heartbroken.

Too many times, Jim and I have had to say “goodbye” to our own very special “fur-babies.” It’s perhaps one of the hardest things we’ve had to do in life. Over the years, pets have been special members of our family who gave unconditional love and it’s so hard when we lose them. Many have been rescues, so our time with them is frequently much shorter, as it was for Gloria and Cappy. In these days of the pandemic, political tensions, mask mandates, distrust of life-saving vaccines and stress of everyday living, our pets are important family members that provide a steady, comforting sense of normalcy to our lives.

Jim and I relish the joy we were greeted with when we arrived home. Toby and BB (our dogs), and Jo-Jo and Oreo (our house cats)—even our outdoor kitty, Xena—were all, obviously, happy to see us. They provide a stability that we especially need in this phase of our lives.

Bless them all, and Rest in Peace, Sweet Cappy.

Sweet Lorane Community News, February 6, 2020

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
February 6, 2020
By Pat Edwards

The Crow Booster Club is organizing the 2020 Crow High School Alumni’s Basketball Games. They are scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 29, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Crow High School gymnasium. Participants are charged a $10 fee which will go towards the district’s athletic programs in all of the schools.

Check-in is at 4:30 p.m. and, depending on sign-ups, there will be at least one women’s game at 5:30 p.m. followed by two men’s games. The Booster Club will also provide full concessions and some raffles. Those interested in playing should contact the school or Marissa McNutt Cooper right away as rosters have already begun to be filled.
They will be having two open gyms for anyone wanting to get back into the swing of things, on Sunday February 16th and Sunday the 23rd from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Crow High School.

This is such a fun event. Jim and I spent so many years watching our four kids and six grandkids playing not only basketball, but football, volleyball, baseball and competing in track meets. Our son, Rob Edwards, and our grandson, Kevin Stevens, have participated in the alumni games almost every year they have been played since graduating, and sitting in those stands again and cheering them on brings back so many wonderful memories for us.

I’ve tried to get our daughters, Gloria Edwards and Michele Edwards Kau, who still live in the area, to sign up to play again, but they prefer to be remembered from their “glory days” and both profess to be completely out of shape, although I don’t tend to believe that.

Our granddaughters, Stephanie Kau Furlong, Linsey Kau Haxby, and Hayley Kau, were outstanding athletes at Crow, too, but I haven’t been able to convince them to come out and allow Grandma and Grandpa Edwards to relive some of those special games they played… and Steph and Lins definitely won’t be playing this year since both are providing us with two new great-grandbabies soon.

Our other two granddaughters, Hannah and Natalie Edwards, didn’t attend C-A-L schools—they attended Creswell High School—but we were able to watch them play during their middle school years and they too have generated some wonderful memories for us.

Our family’s youth have tended to gravitate towards athletics, 4-H, and even some drama club events. Almost all of them played in the school bands and Natalie was quite active in the Creswell Middle School choir. But, regardless of each child’s interest, we have always been strong believers in the participation of these extracurricular activities and we have seen first-hand how they can build confidence, respect, responsibility and teamwork that have provided structure and a sense of purpose as they enter adulthood. We applaud each of the participating alumni and hope to be in the stands for another year on February 29th to cheer you on.

The annual Lorane Parent’s Night Out, sponsored by the Lorane Eta Theta Rho Girls’ Club #94, will be happening at the Lorane Rebekah Hall on Valentines Day, February 14, from 5:00 to 10:30 p.m. This group of responsible young girls will be offering free babysitting/daycare in a safe environment for the evening so the local (Lorane and Crow) moms and dads can go on a date or just relax at home, if they want. Adult advisors will also be on hand to chaperone. For information, contact head advisor, Tara Wigle at 541-520-4151 (cell) or 541-935-5245 (home).

There will also be an open house with Crow-Applegate-Lorane School Board on February 13 at 6:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

The Lorane Grange’s Spaghetti Dinner and Family Bingo for this month will be on Saturday, February 22 starting at 5:30 p.m. for dinner; 6:30 p.m. for bingo. We hope to see you there.

Sweet Lorane Community News, January 11, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 11, 2018
By Pat Edwards

I just heard that a beloved former Lorane resident, Delores Corcoran, passed away recently. She and her husband Vince lived on a 20-acre farm in the Mill Camp area south of Lorane until a few years ago when they decided to downsize. Our daughters, Gloria Edwards and Michele Kau, helped them locate a new and smaller home in town and I’d like to use some of Gloria’s words in this column today.

Delores Corcoran

Delores and Deanne Corcoran

“Sadly, we lost yet another long-time resident of Lorane—Delores Corcoran. Michele and I were blessed to get to know her and we grew to absolutely love both Delores and Vinny (Vincent). I see this picture with Delores and her daughter Deanne and it makes my cry… it is SO reflective of her. She had a beautiful soul and was married to the love of her life. There was no doubt they were each other’s best friend for the 52 years they were married. It brought me so much joy to personally spend time with them during our house hunting adventures! She will be dearly missed. Rest in peace Dolores Corcoran—you were definitely one of the good ones!”

Then, from the Crow Booster Club comes this request for donations: “On December 7, 2017 our high school Cougar Jacob Brown was playing basketball with the Crow High School team at Lowell and suffered a season-ending injury. He required ambulance transportation to the hospital where he was found to have a tibia-fibula compound fracture to his leg (both lower bones in multiple breaks). This required surgical repair, hospitalization, prolonged healing with severe limitations on use and function, multiple medical visits with many more to come to be able to return his prior level of function.

According to the booster club, “We have also learned that unfortunately, many of the medical bills will not be covered by their medical insurance. The Crow Booster Club is initiating a fundraiser for the Brown family to help them through this time. We are collecting donations through the end of January. One hundred percent of all donations designated to the ‘Jacob Brown Fund’ will be provided to the family.

“Any and all donations will make a difference. Checks should be made out to Crow Booster Club and sent to Crow Booster Club, P.O. Box 1228, Veneta OR 97487 or given to a Crow Booster Club member. If you have any questions please send an email to crowboosterclub@yahoo.com or reach out to any Crow Booster Club member.”

Another local fundraiser for the young Veneta boy, Hunter Heineman, who was killed in a recent motor vehicle accident was held at Yukon Jacks in Veneta this past weekend. I have no doubt that our communities will reach out to the families of these young residents. It is so heart-breaking when our children are lost or hurt. We never know when it could be our own.

RoryOn a happier note, I have been spending a few days this past week puppy-sitting our little 2-month-old “grandpuppy” named Rory. She belongs to Michele and Brian Kau who recently brought her home from Roseburg. This beautiful, happy, not-so-little soul is a combination Akbash and Border Collie. The Akbash is a large white guardian dog similar to a Great Pyrenees that are used by sheep farmers to guard their herds. She currently looks like a black and white fluff-ball with huge tan eyebrows and she enchants each of us who have gotten to know her. Like all grandkids, we occasionally get her during the days, but can send her home with “mom and dad” at night. It’s been a win-win for now until she’s old enough to be able to spend her days in the big fenced yard around Michele and Brian’s home with Duke while they are at work.

Happy January, all!