Lorna Lee Dayen, 74, of Richland, died June 28, 2004, at Sunnyside Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Clackamas.
Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor
Lennie Spooner will officiate. There will be a reception afterward in the church fellowship hall.
Lorna was born on Feb. 24, 1930, at Albia, Iowa, to Earl and Helen Canning Alexander. Lorna was very special to all who knew her. She shared the love and grace that God had given her with everyone she knew. Her love for the Lord and her faith never wavered.
She read her Bible and prayed for her family and friends every morning. She believed that the Lord was waiting for her prayers each morning. It was her first priority. It was obvious that Christ dwelled in her. She emitted the love and grace of Christ from the moment she first opened her eyes each morning.
Her magnificent smile was a clue to the peace she had in her heart. She was drawn to others as others were drawn to her. She never thought of judging anyone. Her family and friends are left with a living example of how to apply Bible doctrine to their lives.
The last 12 years of her life she resided on a small farm at Richland. She loved the beauty and quietness of Eagle Valley. She loved to see the wildlife on her farm each day. She appreciated the creative genius of her Lord, Jesus Christ.
“We know that Lorna is in a better place, but we ache for her presence,” her family members said. She is greatly missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Edward Dayen of Richland; her mother, Hellen Canning Dollis; three sons, Grant Williams, and his wife, Sherrii, Craig Williams and Ronald Dayen; two daughters, Laurie Dayen and Leslie Dayen; and eight grandchildren, Christopher Williams, Anthony Ward, Kelcey Williams, Aaron Ward, Dusty Staake, Sarah Dayen, Mallory Williams, and Cameron Dayen.
She was preceded in death by her father, Earl Scott Alexander in 1971; and by four uncles, Merle Smith, Clarence Canning, Ralph Alexander and Orrie Alexander; and by one aunt, Genevieve Canning.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Oregon 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, July 9, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor