Patricia J. (Jann) Lingren, born March 18, 1938, in Hood River, Ore., passed Dec. 24, 2010, in Portland, Ore.
Jann spent Christmas Eve with her family at her daughter's home in Portland. Late that night, as Marni read to her, she let go, and her valiant struggle ended.
Jann was a member of the second generation of four generations born in Hood River. She graduated from Hood River High School in 1956 and attended college in South Dakota and at Lewis and Clark in Portland. Although she moved her family to Portland in 1974, Hood River was always home.
Jann was the only child of Melvin (Mel) R. Lingren and Genevieve (Gen) R. (Crump) Lingren. Mel and Gen built the Hood River airport in the 1940s and owned and operated Aero Spray with the help of Jules Stanton until selling the business in the 1970s. Jules married Gen's little sister, Zelda (Crump) Stanton, who still resides in Hood River.
When her health allowed, Jann lived her life "out loud." She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1965 and fought the disease for the majority of her life. She was an amazingly strong woman who taught her daughters to be strong as well.
Jann refused to give in; nothing and no one could stop her from doing what she wanted and needed to do once her mind was set. She didn't have enough strength left to fight cancer.
Jann Lingren is survived by four daughters: Kimberly (Kim) J. Lingren-Prosser, Melanie (Marni) J. Zea, Jennifer (Jenny) L. Eddy and Rebecca (Becky) I. Talbot; nine grandchildren: Tammar, Brandon, Alicia, Travis, Steven, Ryan, Jordan, Lily and Christopher. Jann was blessed with four great- grandchildren as well: Nevaeh, William, Ian and Ozma.
She is also survived by her Aunt Zelda, cousins Bruce, Nanette, Patty, Karen, Joanie, Mimi, Susan and more. There are many family members and friends: Lingrens, Hangos, Hukaris and a number of "Finns" that will remember Jann with affection and hopefully laughter.
A memorial to celebrate Jann's life is planned on her birthday, March 18. Friends and family will be contacted with details. Inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To our Mom: We thank you for the strength of a mountain, the wisdom you shared at Lost Lake, teaching us that love is unconditional, and providing us with the skills to be loving, forgiving and really good moms.
Corbin Brooke Shays, 44, died on the evening of Jan. 4, 2011, after a courageous fight against brain cancer. He was at home in Mosier, Ore., surrounded by his wife and two children.
Born in Massachusetts on Nov. 11, 1966, to E. Michael Shays and Nancy Shurmon Shays, he was the youngest child of three. Corbin spent his childhood in New Canaan, Conn., and his youth in Hillsborough, Calif., graduating from Aragon High School in 1985. He attended Principia College, and graduated from Whitman College in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in history.
Corbin married Melissa Allen, of Morgan, Utah, in 2002. He worked in Portland and Hood River County as a builder and his work was recognized for its breakthrough design by the City of Portland.
An accomplished athlete, he learned how to windsurf on the Isle of Jersey, in the Channel Islands, and taught snow ski lessons in France and at Mt. Hood Meadows. He was also an avid road biker and kiter, and continued participating in these activities even during his illness and treatment with perseverance and patience.
Corbin was passionate about his love for mountains, living in Mosier and the view of the Gorge from his home. He explored the world, including hiking the Silk Road in Asia, but said that even after all his travels and the activities he was passionate about, he loved being a father best.
Corbin is survived by his wife, Melissa Allen Shays; his sons, Kai Oliver Shays, 4, and Tate Allen Shays, 1; his parents, Michael and Nancy Shays of Normandy Park, Wash.; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Timathea Shays Workman and Lyle Workman of Glendale, Calif., and Heather Shays Powell and Brooks Powell of Normandy Park, Wash.; his nephews and nieces, Devon Powell, Amanda Powell and Reed Powell, of Normandy Park, Wash., and Wyatt Shays Workman, of Glendale, Calif.; his in-laws, Ray and Amy Allen, of Morgan, Utah, and his brother-in-law, Chad Allen, of Morgan, Utah; and many close and supportive friends.
A celebration of Corbin's life will take place Jan. 15 at Springhouse Cellar, 13 Railroad Ave., Hood River, at 1 p.m. There will be a benefit party that evening at 7 p.m. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers a memorial college fund has been established for Corbin's children. Make checks payable to College America Kai Shays #82103608 Tate Shays #85362833 and mail to: Koenig Financial Group, FBO: Kai and Tate Shays, 120 Fifth Ave. S., Suite B, Edmonds, WA 98020.
Corbin lived to make the world a better place while he was in it. His life touched many and he will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, son and brother, and loyal friend; a man with a great sense of humor, a graceful strength, and a thoughtful, generous nature. He is loved and will be missed.
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersons-tributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.