Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
April 12, 2018
By Pat Edwards
I was so saddened this past week to see the obituary for one of my favorite long-time Lorane residents, Beth Booth. She celebrated her 100th birthday last August and passed quietly away at her home on Stony Point on Easter Sunday.
She lived a remarkable life. She was a regular customer at our store in the late 1970s and ‘80s when I was running it. She came to the store each week to get grain for her beloved horses and other necessities and we would catch up on the news of our respective families. She was an intelligent, vibrant woman who had a soft spot in her heart for animals of all kinds as well as people.
I remember so well the time she wanted to take a trip for a couple of weeks, but was wanting to find someone who she knew would take good care of her home and animals while she was away. It happened that my mother and stepfather, who were spending their first years of retirement in a motorhome, traveling around the country, were going to be in our area during that time. When Beth met them, they immediately bonded and they made arrangements to stay in her home while she was gone.
During that time, I remembered her home as being a wonderfully comfortable, peaceful place. Her spinning wheel was the focal point in her living area and she had many of the items she had knitted from the wool she spun decorating it. To me, it felt like a safe haven mirroring the woman who lived there.
This amazing woman continued to ride and drive her beautiful Morgan horses through her 95th year before she finally hung up her bridle. Our condolences go out to Beth’s loving family. She will be missed by many.
I also want to send out a get-well message to my fellow newspaper columnist, Lil Thompson, who writes the Lorane news for the Cottage Grove Sentinel. She had major back surgery this past week and I hope that she’s up and feeling better soon.
The Ladies of the Lorane Christian Church are sponsoring a Bake and Craft Sale to be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Lorane Grange on Saturday, April 28. For anyone who wants to participate, the table fees are $5. Knowing the reputation the church ladies have for yummy baked goods, you’ll want to get there early!
If you have questions, please call 541-556-6223 for more information. It’s a great opportunity to start out the “sale’n” season since it will be indoors and will take place, rain or shine. Help support the wonderful programs the church puts on for the Lorane community each year.
Just a quick aside to anyone who has cats or kittens that are in need of spaying or neutering… the Petco Foundation has just given a grant to Willamette Animal Guild (WAG) to supplement spaying and neutering of cats. While the funding lasts, the fees for cats is only a $10 co-pay for males or a $20 co-pay for females. We have taken the feral cats and kittens that wind up at our store over the years to WAG. They do an excellent job and I highly recommend them. Information and an application form can be found on their website at wagwag.org. Please be a responsible pet owner.