Laina Kay Chandler went home to be with Jesus her Savior on March 14, 2008. A Celebration of Laina’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2008, at the Richland Elementary School in Richland, Ore. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception following the service at the Richland Grange. Laina Kay was born in Halfway, Ore., on Oct. 14, 1940 in a house by a one armed doctor. So the story begins. The day she was born was the day the world became a better place. Little did we all know that she would change the lives of those who met her, forever. Our Mom was a beautiful lady who loved the Lord and loved others unconditionally.
One characteristic that she continually taught was “Loving kindness.” When Mom was a young lady, she modeled for J.C. Penney’s, studied theatre and acting, and loved to travel. Her excursions to Hawaii were a fond memory for her and a great story time for us. Her enthusiasm for life was addictive and was passed on to many.
Mom lived her life for others and believed that everybody was somebody. Mom attended Marylhurst University and Portland State University. She received her Bachelor Degree in Education and began her career as a school teacher in Gladstone, Ore. Mom taught Elementary school for 41 years, retiring from Richland Elementary School in Richland, Ore. She gave her life for her love of children. It was our sincere pleasure to share her with others. She found peace and joy in teaching children and giving them courage to face this thing called life.
Mom is survived by her sons, Joshua and wife Cheryl Sprague and Jeremiah Sprague; grandsons, Landon Sprague and Hudson Sprague; Auntie Cara Franzel and Aunt Louise Morgan. She was preceded in death by her parents Alton “Smitty” and Norma Jean Schmidt. Praise the Lord for God sending our family an Angel to care for us, encourage us and teach us the way we should go. We will see you soon Mom, Sleep tight.
Those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of Laina may do so to Scleroderma Foundation or Lakes Bible Academy through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, March 27, 2008
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor