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On November 13, 2007, Lorna Jean Schaper lost a two-year battle to stage-4 ovarian cancer. She is missed by her family, friends, and co-workers.

She was born Lorna Jean Hebron in Oskaloosa, Iowa, March 30, 1942 the daughter of Forest Lynn and Marjorie (Strong) Hebron. Her family moved to Washington before her first birthday. She attended schools in Richland and Kennewick, Washington before moving to Seattle. She graduated from West Seattle High School in 1960, then attended Seattle Pacific College and Edison Technical School. She earned an Associate of Arts in Applied Sciences at Seattle Central Community College.
She was married in February 24, 1961 and worked for Boeing until leaving to be a full-time Mother. Her passion was teaching elementary children as an Instructional Assistant for 22 years in Seattle Public Schools – Coe, TT Minor, Cooper, Cleveland High, and Summit k-12 Schools. She worked in a number of reading assistance programs and supervised recess, until illness forced her to leave in June, 2007.

She enjoyed hobbies such as camping, cross stitch, knitting, puzzles, reading the Seattle Times, sewing, and sudoku. As an accomplished seamstress she once made matching suits for her Husband and Son. She enjoyed her condo with its views of Elliot Bay and the commercial traffic, especially tugboats. She traveled to several states by private plane and enjoyed vacations at Sun Cove in Orondo, (Eastern) WA, Florida, and Hawaii. She was a Mariner’s Baseball fan and an avid fan of the Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey Team as a season ticket holder since their inception as the Breakers in 1977.

She participated in church through out her life singing in the church choir at Gatewood Baptist Church, teaching 3rd grade Sunday School class while at McMicken Heights Baptist Church. As a counselor, she took teens to Youth for Christ rallies and volunteered at a Billy Graham Crusade. As a member at Elim Baptist Church in Wallingford, she held different positions including Financial Secretary until the time of her death.

She is survived by her brothers Ronald (Virginia), Curtis (Mary), Richard (Lilly), and Gordon (Debbie) Hebron, and her Son, Scott (Patricia) all of the Seattle-Tacoma area.

Special thanks to the Elim Baptist, Gilda's Club, Swedish Cancer Institute, especially Dr. Milder and Dr. Rivkin (who saved her life in Sept-2007), Ballard Treatment Center, ICU, and the countless people that helped care for Lorna.

Gifts in rememberance of Lorna can be given to Elim Baptist Church, Altantic Street Center, or Gildas Club Seattle

Memorial service will be Dec. 1, 2007 11:00am at
Elim Baptist Church
2410 N 46th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-4354

Copyright 2007 Schaper

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Tributes and Condolences
A Christmas Tree for Lorna   / Gini Hebron (sister-in-law)
Dear Scott and Paddy, Thanks for encouraging me to write. About 30 years ago Lorna crotcheted star snow flakes for Ron and I when we were first married and didn't have much to put on the tree. This year I pulled out the snowflakes which I ...  Continue >>
She will be missed   / Barbara Nelson (friend)
Knowing Lorna was a delight.  She always tickled me with her ways... I always felt no matter when we talked that we had just hung up the phone or just said goodbye.  The conversation seemed to always start somewhere in the middle (her ...  Continue >>
Contribution for Lorna   / Ken Hackett (Catholic Relief Services )
I am pleased to notify you that Catholic Relief Services has received a contribution made in loving memory of Mrs. Lorna Jean Schaper to support CRS project: Reinforcement of the training center in Benin. CRS Benin provides technical and material sup...  Continue >>
Cart-Wheels  / Dick Allyn
Lorna's brothers said she turned cart-wheels as a kid.  That happened at Boeing , too.  She worked for me several years...and we were friends ever since.  She circled around all of us.  Myrna & I miss her.
Dear Scott,   / Hilary Greenstreet (Friend)
Dear Scott,Thank you so much for the beautiful memorial service you put together for your mother.  My husband, Jeff, and I felt deeply moved and appreciative of the slide show, the beautiful music, and the wonderful testimonials.I didn't want to...  Continue >>
Lorna will be truly missed!  / Gini Hebron (sister-in-law)    Read >>
In loving memory..  / Jan Wheeler (A friend )    Read >>
A Special Friend  / Mary O'Connor (friend)    Read >>
Remembering my Mom  / Scott Schaper (Son)    Read >>
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Last Moments  

At the end of August 2008, Lorna went on a week long cruise to Alaska with her Son, Scott, and, his wife, Paddy.  Lorna thought that she would be able to walk around the cruise ship, but quickly discovered that she would need to use a wheelchair most of the time.  We arrived in Seattle at 10A September 7th.  After calling to setup an appointment, we were at the doctors office at Noon, and, shortlys after that Lorna was admitted to Swedish hospital.

She was too sick to enjoy the her hospital room view of Elliot Bay and cruise ships.  On Monday September 10th, her regulary Oncologist told her that she was not in good shape.  Lorna never did learn that the Oncologist told Scott that his prognonsis was that she would live for days or weeks.  After that Lorna dictated a list for Scott.

Lorna's discharge from the hospital included Paddy used the Family Medical Leave Act to give her time to take care of Lorna.  Many additional care givers gave Scott and Paddy help during September, October and November.  Her family was overwhelmed by the countless people who helped care for Lorna. 

On the morning of Monday Nov. 12, Lorna was having great difficulty breathing.  She called her doctor and then 911.  After her first Medic One ride, she was admitted to the Swedish Hospital were Paddy, joined her.  Lorna was able to tell Paddy what happened, and was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit.  The first guess was that she had pneumonia, which she was aggressively treated for.  She was up and down Monday and was able to say a few short sentences Monday evening after Scott returned from California that included communicating her love and "I want to go home".  The following day she became worse losing the ability to talk and it was concluded that her breathing issue was due to cancer.  She died peacefully that evening with Scott and Paddy at her side.

Copyright 2007 Schaper

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