Lora Ann Kirby
October 11, 1926 - September 9, 2012
Lora Ann (Copper) Kirby, a lifelong Hood River resident, passed away peacefully in her home Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, surrounded by family and friends after a brief illness of fast-growing cancer.
Ann was born on Oct. 11, 1926, at her maternal grandparents’ home in Clatskanie, Ore., to Catherine (Sutherland) and Robert A. Copper. Immediately after her birth she returned to Hood River, Ore., where she lived the rest of her life.
She attended elementary school at Frankton and graduated from Hood River High School in 1944.
Ann attended Oregon State College for two years following high school. On Nov. 30, 1947, she wed “Butch” Harold C. Kirby in front of her parents’ fireplace on Country Club Road.
Her working career as a bookkeeper began even while she was in high school as she kept the books for Rainbow Logging, her father’s company, followed by keeping books for his mill at Wamic, Ore., and then Wamic Lumber Company in The Dalles. When Ann’s father turned the lumber yard over to his son, Ann worked in the office of Diamond Fruit until she retired.
Ann has been a longtime member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church where she was an active member of the Altar Guild and taught Sunday School for many years. In March of 1954 she was a founding member of the “The Bridge Club” of Hood River and was a sub for several other bridge clubs in the area. She played with The Bridge Club until her recent illness.
Ann is survived by her husband of 64 years, Harold Kirby; a brother, Robert D. Copper (Susan), of The Dalles, Ore.; a sister, Cathie Whitlow (Leonard), of Tigard, and sister-in-law Jenny Copper, the widow of her brother Don; her children: son, George Kirby, and daughters, Sally Pritchett (Dyrk) and Barbara Sigl (Duane), all of Hood River.
She also leaves seven grandchildren: Robert, Lora, Daniel, Jennifer, Katie, Adam and Sarah, as well as eight great-grandchildren.
Ann’s family requests that contributions be made in her name to either St. Mark’s Episcopal Church or the Hood River Heart of Hospice, sent in care of Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031.
A service to honor Ann is planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 400 11th St., Hood River.
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