Lora C. Esselstyn

Born: Mon., Mar. 19, 1928
Died: Sun., Apr. 18, 2010

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Lora Esselstyn - a longtime resident of Pendleton, Oregon, walked through the gates of heaven to meet her beloved husband Rodney Esselstyn on Sunday, April 18, 2010. She was 82 years old. At her request, no services will be held. Contributions in memory of Lora may be made to the American Cancer Society and sent in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. Read the full obituary or sign the guestbook at www.burnsmortuary.com The family would like to express their thanks to Patty Alexander, members of the Living Word Christian Center, St. Anthony Hospice and Willowbrook Terrace Care Center. A special thanks to Sun Ridge Retirement for their compassionate and affectionate care that made the last three months of her life so special. Lora was born on March 19, 1928 in Union, Oregon at Catherine Creek to Art and Mable Moudy. She had one sister and two brothers. She left the farm at the age of fifteen and moved to Pendleton, Oregon where she was a waitress for many years. She raised her children in Pendleton and Florence, Oregon. She had also worked as a Butcher at the Albertson's grocery store in Pendleton for about 13 years before her retirement in 1990. She enjoyed spending time at Wildhorse Casino, but her pride and joy was her grandchildren; Shane, Wendy and Michelle Wohlford Cain, Chris and Nicole Reber, and great-granddaughter Kylee. Lora was a very happy fun loving lady who cared deeply for her friends and family. She was the loving mother of Bill Wohlford of Pendleton, OR, Deb Wohlford Reber of Newberg, OR, Velda Wohlford Horner of Pendleton, OR, daughter-in-law Arena Wohlford, son-in-laws: Richard Horner and Rich Reber, sister in-law Barb Moudy, sister Fae Moudy Hampton of Sisters, OR, as well as her grandchildren; Shane, Wendy and Michelle Wohlford Cain, Chris and Nicole Reber, and great-granddaughter Kylee. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Rodney Esselstyn, her parents Art and Mabel Moudy, as well as her brothers Everett and Steve Moudy.

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John V Hays
   Posted Wed April 21, 2010
Lara was a great lady, and a great mother. Was a great waitress and made the Pendelton Elks sucessful during my years as Manager. She will be missed. Love to all her children. John V.Hays

Annie Perry
   Posted Thu April 22, 2010
I have many fond memories of Lora, working, playing and having fun in general, she will be missed

Vivian Draper Larsen
   Posted Thu April 22, 2010
I grew up and went to school with Lora. My sympathy to Lora's family for their loss. I'm sorry to hear such sad news

Tedde White Holcomb
   Posted Thu April 22, 2010
My sympathies to Lora's family. I'll always remember that during the last few years she shared her photos of her husband Rodney and his danceband for my family's collection and establishing a music scholarship at Blue Mountain Community College in memory of my dad, Ted White. I'm grateful, as are the students who received them and the families of the past members of the danceband who received copies of those old photos. Bless you all.

Merdy Hamper
   Posted Fri April 23, 2010
I fondly remember Lora for the fun times and the laughter we shared over the years. May God bless and be with the family..

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