Born Lora Patricia Henley, to Wallace and Ruby (Brandstetter) Henley, on April 23, 1951, she became one of ten children that lived a vagabond life full of harsh realities and character building adventures; living all over Texas as a child, surviving Copperheads, storms and poverty. They moved to Washington State in 1965, in a car full of kids and belongings. Lora worked various jobs over the course of her short life, picking cotton as a small child while living in Texas. Locally she worked at Cedargreens, Simplot, Stan’s Merry Mart, a fish counter at the PUD for many years before retiring and, of course, the one she loved the most, being a mother. Her greatest joy in life was family, ever the mediator and glue that held things together. She will be remembered as a forgiving, loving and always devoted daughter, wife, sister, auntie, mother, grandmother and friend. She leaves behind three children, who each knew they were the favorite and who can honestly say that their mother was the best mother of all; five adoring grandchildren who love their “Grandy”, “Granny” and “Grandma” and she loved them all more than they could ever imagine. She adored her brothers and sisters, their children and so on. She was sweet and kind with a genuine interest in people, places and things; clouds, animals, trees, languages, food, crafts of all kinds, gardening (Master Gardener), history, the Bible, homemaking and music. She loved to sing and play the guitar to her children and grandchildren. She was an amazing author and daydreamer; countless stories and poems made up as she went along, thrilled her grandchildren as they snuggled warm in bed or lay outside under the stars taking in the fresh air. One will never forget her yummy breakfasts and her constant plans to bring us all together under one roof. She was a people person, who loved learning about each and every one as individuals, who listened with her heart and applied the commandment, “Love thy neighbor”, generous with her time and unconditional love. She held our hands, wiped our tears, built us up and gave it to us straight. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, her greatest desire was to live her life according to God’s will and in doing so, she lived her life as an amazing example of love, forgiveness and integrity. We will miss her loving hand guiding us through life and her never ending supply of wisdom; “You can catch more flies with honey”, “Only boring people get bored”, “Wash your hands”, “Don’t borrow trouble” and “It will all come out in the wash”.
Diagnosed with ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease, April 25, 2013, her shocking diagnosis sent us reeling. Unbelievable to us then, but a painful reality now. After a brave and valiant effort to endure, Lora lost her precious life to this horrific disease, December 23, 2013, surrounded by her family and close friends. The sum total of one’s life is not in their social standing or what they’ve left behind to be divided. It is made up of friends and family and a million moments shared with one another; loving, laughing, living and crying. She spent her life doing all these things with us and we will miss her presence each and every day. She was our greatest champion, fiercest protector and loyalest of fans. We are proud to be her children, and to have had such an amazing mother makes our loss even harder to bare. We love you, Momma!
Lora was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and three brothers. She is survived by her three children, Jessica (Walt) Hough, Clint Copeland and Emily (Toby) Copeland Farris; five grandchildren, Vanessa Keran, Sam Copeland, Alex Hough, Sophie Hough and Maddie Copeland; her brothers, Charles (Goldie) Henley of Bakersfield, CA, William (Edith) Henley of Wenatchee, WA, Dale (Christi) Henley of Whidbey Island, WA, her sisters, Evelyn Moore of Chico, TX, Jewel (John) Candrea of Cuba, MO and Laveta Henley of Spokane, WA.
We want to give a special thanks to her sister, Laveta Henley and her niece, Morefire Huctwith, who uprooted their lives and immersed themselves in ours. This has been a difficult journey and we are so grateful that you chose to face it head on with us. We love you and could not have done it without you. Thank you to the kind nurses and silly bath girls, who brightened Mom’s day and ours! A heartfelt thank you to her loving doctor, Dr. Barbara Bates. Thank you to her dedicated friends who made it a point to visit. She especially loved Thursdays at 1:00 p.m., with her dearest friend, Lorraine Otto and her Thursday night family Watchtower studies with her brother, Bill and sister-in-law, Edith. Thank you to our cousin, the lovely Kristen Crisman, for cleaning up after us. Thank you to her bestie for life, Debbie Weimers, for always coming when called, and a special thank you to her five amazing grandchildren, for their strength, support and love. We are so proud of you!
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2013, at the Wenatchee Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. In honor of Lora, we request that the color purple be incorporated into your attire or perhaps a lovely scarf; the lady loved her scarves! Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guest book at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements are by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home.