Recent Stayton Obituaries





Loralee “Lee” Lau
June 15, 1928 – October 22, 2012

Stayton – Lee, 84, died Monday in Stayton. She was born in LaGrande, and lived in Sheridan, Glendale, CA., Eugene, Salem and moved to Stayton in 1974. Lee received her bachelor degree from U of O, and her masters from OCE (now Western Oregon).

She married Jim Welch in Eugene after college. Later, Lee married Ernst Lau in 1974; he preceded her in death in 2006. She worked as an English teacher at Stayton High School for 20 years. Lee was a member of the Santiam Heritage Foundation. She wrote the book “Smudged Type: The Life And Times Of Sam Simpson” in her retirement years. Lee enjoyed reading, knitting, gardening, traveling, being with her close friends, historic preservation, and she was known for always having a smile.

She is survived by daughters Sarah Welch of Stayton and Regan (Dave) Hillesland of Stayton, step-brother Palmer Byrkit of Portland, and step-sister Barbara Hibbert of Star Valley, AZ., also Moe Lau and family and Monique Lau. At her request no services will be held. Private interment will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Sheridan. Contributions may be made to the Brown House c/o Santiam Heritage Foundation Inc. PO Box 161 Stayton, OR. 97383. The family wishes to say thanks to Willamette Valley Hospice and Lee’s caretakers Carissa, Yvonne, and Rachel. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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