Ruth Lorraine (Hubbard) Chester was able to admire the bright autumn leaves from her window and enjoy her favorite season as she spent the last days of her life, which came to a close on Nov. 2, 2018. The foliage reminded her of her treasured childhood home in Viola, Ore., near Estacada.
Lorraine died at Parkhurst Place in Hood River with her daughter, Lorre, at her side. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. on Nov. 8 at Mt. View Cemetery in Oregon City. Plans are being made for a memorial service in Hood River on Nov. 17.
Lorraine was born Sept. 14, 1925, in Clackamas, Ore., to Lew and Mona Hubbard. She grew up in Viola, surrounded by the forests and creeks she enjoyed playing in and around with her older brothers. Lorraine graduated from Estacada High School in 1943 and then lived and worked in Oregon City.
Lorraine had a son, Gary Kestler, born in 1947, from her first marriage to Lyle Kestler. Gary was killed in Vietnam in 1968. This loss affected Lorraine deeply for the rest of her life.
She married Robert Lincoln Chester in Stevenson, Wash., on Dec. 6, 1955. Their daughter, Lorre Marie, was born in 1959. Bob died in 2007 in Oregon City. Lorraine lived in Oregon City until 2012, her home for more than 50 years, before moving to Hood River. She had many friends wherever she lived and enjoyed being a good neighbor. Lorraine was a proud fan of country and western music.
She worked as a server for many years at restaurants in Clackamas County, including many years at the famed supper house The Castle, which was located in Jennings Lodge. On the wall of her home for many years was a treasured memento of that time, a 1960s-era menu from The Castle. Lorraine would speak fondly of her years working for Wally Seid’s restaurant in downtown Oregon City, where she began working the day World War II ended. Lorraine had gone in for a meal and in the excitement, Wally asked her to tend to the register, and immediately hired her full-time.
Lorraine’s grandsons gave her special joy, and she was a skilled cook who took pride in her meal preparations. She would often go from working a dinner shift to planning and preparing an elaborate meal for her family. Thanksgiving, Christmas and birthday dinners at the Chester home were multi-course smorgasbords.
Lorraine is survived by her daughter, Lorre Chester-Rea (Kirby), and grandsons, Connal Rea of Hood River and Delaney Rea of Portland; her nephew, Louie Hubbard (Theresa) of Salem; niece, Connie Blasko (Dan) of McMinnville and nephew, Don Garrett (Vivian) of Milwaukie; and stepdaughter, Cindy Williams (Ed) of Arizona. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Louis Hubbard and Clinton (Sonnie) Hubbard. The town of Hubbard, Ore., was founded by pioneer members of the family.
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