Lena Gladys (Freeman) Myers, 98, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.
She lived life to its fullness and squeezed every bit out her life. She faced each and every day happy and ready for whatever the day would bring. Lena had a good sense of humor and loved to “joke” around. This trait could have come from the fact that she had three older brothers. This was true even on her last morning.
Lena was born on Oct. 25, 1914 at the Freeman/Stone Cabin Ranch (now the Pitcher Ranch) on Buck Creek in Silver Lake to James LeRoy Freeman and Isa Marguerite Corum Freeman. She was the Granddaughter to Samuel and Lulu Corum; who first settled the Silver Lake Valley in 1870s. The original ranch is still in the Corum Family.
She loved playing forward in her favorite sport, basketball, with and against her older brothers. Lena was the leading scorer for her team. She graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1933.
From 1944 to 1946 Lena served as a Corporal surgical technician in the 460th Army Air Forces at Hamilton Field, Calif. She earned the Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and American Campaign Medal. She was so proud that she was able to serve America during WWII. Lena recalled her time in the first open heart operation on a man named Luck!
She earned her pilot license by soloing in eight hours. Then in September 1948 Lena married Eugene (Brownie); they owned the Deschutes Dental Lab in Bend, and worked together for 30 years. They enjoyed hunting. Lena told her “antelope” story until the end. Brownie and Lena also spent many hours commercial fishing off the Oregon and Alaska coast.
Lena enjoyed volunteering at the High Desert Museum, until she resigned to care for her elderly mother who lived to 103 years old.
Lena enjoyed family gatherings. She was always a great hostess and her home was open to all family members. Some of her hobbies included hunting, dancing, reading, scrapbooking, collecting antiques and Indian artifacts, gardening and genealogy.
She was a member of the Deschutes Pioneers’ Assoc. and followed her mother’s footsteps by being crowned Queen in 1997. She was also a member of V.F.W Auxiliary, Deschutes Historical Society, Royal Neighbors, Fork Rock Homesteaders, Fork Rock Historical Society and League of Woman Voters.
Lena, being borne before woman’s right to vote, always held a strong sense of civil duty and helped with all elections.
Lena was preceded in death by her husband; four brothers; two sisters.
Survivors include her son Sam; daughter Sheila of Bend; granddaughter Larisa and great-grandson Jonathan, of Alaska; Grandson Jubal, great-grandson Cruz and great-granddaughter Azalea of Montana; Many extended family members in Oregon, Washington, California and New York.
Lena enjoyed visiting with her Great-Grandchildren in Montana and Alaska and all her beloved “extended” family until her last days.
At Lena’s request, she will be laid to rest next to her husband at Pilot Butte Cemetery.
Lena was loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
Services will be Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 at 10 a.m. Last goodbyes and viewing at Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home at 11:30 a.m. Funeral procession starting at Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home 12 p.m. Graveside Service with Military Honors at Pilot Butte Cemetery, 1375 NE Forbes Road, Bend 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Celebration of Life at Bend VFW, 1503 NE 4th Street, Bend. lunch will be served
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following: Fort Rock Valley Historical Society, Att: Ms Judy Fine P.O. Box 84, 64696 Fort Rock Road, Fort Rock 97735, www.fortrockoregon.com, Deschutes Pioneers’ Assoc., Att; Scholarship Fund, c/o Ms. Barbara Buxton, 2861 NW Polarstar Ave., Bend 97701 or the Deschutes County Historical Society, 129 NW Idaho Ave., Bend 97701.