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Born April 26, 1920, in Brush Prairie, Wash., to Lona and Rudolph Reinertson, Lorna was the oldest of seven children. Her family moved to Burns in 1930, and she graduated from Burns Union High School in 1938. After high school, she was employed as a billing clerk at Edward Hines Lumber Company, and later worked as a bookkeeper for her father’s shoe store.
While living in Burns, Lorna met her best friend’s brother, Edward Arnold Clore, they fell in love, and married on June 7, 1943, while he was on leave from the Army Air Corp during WWII. In 1943, her husband was transferred to a base near Tampa, Fla., where they spent the first two years of their married life. Their first daughter, Cheryl, was born in July 1945, and shortly thereafter, with the war being over, they were able to return home to Eastern, Oregon. Daughters, Joan and Kay, joined the family in 1948 and 1953. Throughout her life, Lorna was an encourager of her three daughters’ educational journeys. Whether serving as a room mother and baking cupcakes for a school celebration, attending special programs during their elementary school years or encouraging them to broaden their horizons by attending college and traveling, she was there with her advice as well as support.
Lorna was a leader in the local Lutheran community, planning and hosting women’s organizational events and teaching Bible studies. She was also a member of the local garden club, and always had a beautiful yard with a bounty of colorful flowers.
After her husband retired, they moved to Creswell in 1975, and lived there more than 25 years. Following his death in 2001, she joined the Willamette Oaks Retirement Community in Eugene. In 2009, she made a final move to Medford to live near daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Mark Goeres, who supported and cared for her in her last years.
Lorna’s first love was her family, then her home. She took pride in the accomplishments and successes of her family; they were a testament to her.
She is best remembered by friends and extended family for hosting lovely lunches, tea parties and patio dinners, and for having an open-door policy to anyone who wanted to stop by for a cup of coffee or tea and a chat. To her children and grandchildren, she was also an accomplished seamstress, making quilts, clothes and aprons to commemorate special times and holidays.
Lorna loved the warm winter weather in California and Arizona, and traveled south often. Later in life, Hawaii became her favorite travel destination. She could often be found in a Hawaiian blouse, on or off the islands, and had a vast array of photo albums and postcards from the islands that she loved to share.
A long-standing Oregon resident, she will be missed by family, friends and all who knew her.
She is survived by two sisters, Ann Dewey of Eugene, and Corrine Bunyard (Don) of Coos Bay; two daughters and a son-in-law, Joan Thompson (David) of Redmond, Kay Goeres (Mark) of Gold Hill, and Larry Baker (Jan) of Gresham; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward, and her daughter, Cheryl.
A memorial service in her honor will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Eugene.