service for Lorene Claire Halstead will be held at 2pm on
Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Gates Community Church located at
40070 Gates School Rd. in Gates, Oregon with private placement
at Fairview Cemetery.
Lorene was born on March 23, 1931 in
Boise, Idaho to Andrew and Velva (Watt) Coon. She was the
youngest of two children, the eldest being her brother LeRoy.
Her brother would be her first best friend in life. They would
enjoy growing up in Idaho building tree houses, riding in go
carts, rockhounding and playing sports. Lorene liked to be active,
playing basketball and softball, her love of sports holding
true throughout her entire life.
During WWII her family moved
to San Diego for 4 years and then returned back to Idaho. In
1947 Lorene would meet the love of her life through random
circumstances. Her cousin was taking a road trip with his good
friend Richard “Dick” Halstead from upstate New York when
their car broke down in Boise. Lorene and Dick met and became
pen pals, corresponding over the next year until they married
on August 14, 1948. They decided to take their honeymoon in
upstate New York so Lorene could meet her new extended family.
During this time she would write about their adventures of a
“city girl” and “farm boy” in a journal to which the
family still has today. Eventually, they would move to Oregon
where Dick could attend Bible College at NCU in Eugene. As a
pastor, Dick was called to wherever the Lord led him and
Lorene; she would help Dick with Sunday school and Bible study
In 1965 they moved to Nash, Oklahoma, followed by
McMinnville, Oregon in 1968 and ending up in Mill City.
Throughout these moves they began a family and as a mom,
Lorene was dedicated. Together, she and Dick loved to get
their children involved in games like Pinochle, Dominos,
Aggravation or Shoot Caroms. On Sunday nights after the days
church activities were done, Lorene would make a huge batch of
popcorn in her roasting pan and as a family they would have
Disney movie night. They also enjoyed many fishing trips and
typically Lorene would out fish anyone. Later when the kids
were older, Lorene decided to go back to school at Chemeketa
and became a Registered Nurse. She was incredibly dedicated to
her studies after going back to school later in life.
graduation, her first nursing position was at St. Benedictine.
When Dick was called to be the pastor at the Nezperce
Christian Church 1980, the family left their home in Mill
City, Oregon and moved to Nezperce, Idaho where Lorene
accepted a position as the Director of Nursing at the
Grangeville Convalescent center, an assisted living facility.
Lorene and Dick moved back to their home in Mill City, Oregon
when they retired in 1990, and later transitioned to the
Turner Retirement Home in Turner, Oregon in 2004. On October
2, 2016, Dick passed away and Lorene would stay at their home
in Turner for one more year before moving to the Elmcroft in
In addition to all she did professionally and at
home, Lorene held many hobbies. She was an avid reader, oil
painted, made latch hook rugs and later on in life make her
own greeting cards. Ever since she was a young girl she
continued to love sports, watching University of Oregon and
Boise State Broncos football, Portland Trail Blazers
basketball, and Seattle Mariners baseball. Overall, throughout
her life, Lorene just loved to travel, and be active. Whether
it was walking somewhere, spending time with family or being
involved in her church, Lorene embraced life and lived each
day to the best she could until God called her home on May 14,
2019 in Stayton. She will always be remembered primarily for
her sense of humor, and missed by everyone whose life she
She was preceded in death by husband, Richard
“Dick” Halstead, Sr.; daughters, Sharlene Hoffmaster and
Lori Ann Halstead; brother, LeRoy Coon. She is survived by her
children, Marilyn Ferguson, Sherry Perdue, Richard “Rick”
Halstead, Jr.; her sister-in-law, Mary Coon; her son-in-laws,
Darrel Hoffmaster, Tom Ferguson; her daughter-in-law, Julie
Halstead; 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
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