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Lorraine Dorothy Amsberry
October 20, 1926 – October 18, 2018

Beaverton - Lorraine was joyfully welcomed into heaven on Oct. 18, 2018 where she joins her late husband, Mel (deceased, 2012) in a grand reunion of friends and family.  Our family so treasured this woman that we decided to share a collage of her for you.

A daughter-in-law recalls once grocery shopping with Lorraine when she noticed how deep into conversation Lorraine was with someone in the check out.  She thought they must be old friends … such was the tenor and length of their conversation.  She asked Mom when they were outside who this person was.  Mom replied, smiling, “Never met him before.”

“Grandma’s little laugh always brought a smile to my face instantly, and I can still hear it in my head when I think about it. Something very calming … it made me feel like I belonged in her presence and reminded me that she wanted me (personally) to be there with her.”

“There are no words to describe my vast appreciation for the love of Christ you had and the way you instilled those same values into your family. Grandma, I love you so much. I love your infectious laugh, your smile, and especially the way you have inspired me to care for others like you did. If I can be half the woman you were, then I think I'll be better off than most.”

“Grateful she taught me about angels, miracles, the value of good friends, a good laugh, and how to love hard.”

“She was a ready smile, warm, affectionate, rooted in faith, authentic, deeply loyal, open, childlike and forgiving.  The bottom line is she made me feel loved, like I belonged and like I was a precious child of God.  What an Incredible Gift!”

“She enjoyed the moment.  Once, on a family trip, she swung a laundry bag to playfully hit my brother in the head.  Turns out there was a camera in it and my brother went reeling.  She felt bad and made sure he was okay … all the while trying to stop laughing.”

“She was Resilient. I know she always may not have had an easy life. She left her parents and became a nurse, graduating from Georgetown Nursing School. She was in the Army and served her country. She then moved across the country to Oregon, and She and Mel raised 8 boys!!!  I just want to repeat the SHE RAISED 8 INCREDIBLE MEN!!! She was “out-of-this-world" devoted to Mel. She stood by his side and cared for him during some very difficult times.”

Lorraine’s Hospice Nurse remarked, “In my 30 years of doing hospice, she has been my favorite patient.”

In both living and dying, she touched so many people.  Please join us in celebrating this life!  The funeral mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, October 26 at 11am at Immaculate Conception Church in Stayton.  (Rosary will be at 10:15 am and a luncheon following the service.) In lieu of flowers, please donate to Oregon Right to Life or the Regis/St. Mary’s Foundation.  Thank you. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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