Presthus, Lori 57 Nov. 13, 1956 Nov. 20, 2013 Lori was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., and moved to Southern California as a child, with her parents, during the 1960s Golden State migration. Early in life, it became evident that Lori was a gifted and passionate musician and artist. She developed a love for the cello, freehand drawing and painting, with a special interest in the natural world of plants and birds as her subjects. Lori attended Cal Poly State University at San Luis Obispo and graduated with a B.A. in Early Childhood Development. While attending college, she met her future husband, Cole Presthus. Just prior to graduating, Lori fell ill and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, which had also previously taken her mother and grandmother. Lori underwent emergency surgery and follow-up radiation treatment; her strength and courage shined through as she bravely fought and beat the cancer. In June of 1980, 18 months later, Lori and Cole were married where they lived in Grants Pass. Lori played cello with the Rogue Valley Symphony and student-taught in the Grants Pass School District. She also was one of two teachers at a private preschool, TinkerBell Preschool, inspiring scores of children by sharing her love of art, music and her joyful appreciation of life. After moving to Portland with her husband in 1987, Lori's music career flourished. Lori joined the recently formed Portland Baroque Orchestra, a musician-run co-op at that time, and continued to play with the orchestra for the next 25 years. Lori was a brilliant performer with a natural beauty and grace. She was an accomplished recording artist, accompany- ing many other artists and groups and performing solo on her own CD albums. During this time she continued to teach cello to children and expressed her love of nature through her watercolor paintings and her many flower and vegetable gardens. As paintings and other artwork began to overtake their house, her friends and cello students encouraged her to show and sell her artwork. Like a flower, her art business blossomed and her works are now found in over 50 galleries across the United States. Lori radiated a vibrant love, adventure and genuine compassion for all people and creatures and had a wonderful and engaging sense of humor. She was a uniquely intuitive and sensitive soul who enjoyed bird watching and hiking with her friends. Three and one-half years ago, she fell ill with digestive tract problems relating back to the radiation treatment she had received 35 years prior. After seven months of illness and seeing a dozen doctors, she made a tremendous recovery. Later on, she often remarked how the next two and a half years of her life were her happiest and most productive in all respects. During those years, Lori and Cole had moved to a rural country home fulfilling a lifelong dream of Lori's to paint and make music surrounded by nature's beauty. Sadly, in July of this year, her digestive system failed again. Treatments that had previously been successful proved ineffective and she was later diagnosed with a return of cancer. Lori lived her life passionately and fully, surviving cancer for 35 years. She passed away at home on Nov. 20, 2013. Lori is survived by her husband, Cole Presthus; loving brothers, Doug, Alan and Phillip Gordon; and many nephews and nieces. Please remember Lori by living life to the fullest and by loving, respecting and caring for all, even the smallest of God's creatures. Remembrances may be donated to the Prescott Bluebird Recovery Project, the Al Andalus Ensemble, with whom she loved to make music, the Portland Baroque Orchestra or the American Cancer Society.
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