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Lois Mae Erickson

December 5, 1928May 22, 2019

Lois Mae Erickson was born on December 5, 1928 and passed away on May 22, 2019.

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Leslea Caudle-Ridenour

May 26, 2019

Although Lois and my dad (Gordon Caudle Sr) never married, she was the closest I ever had to a step mother. I have fond memories of her dating back to when I was very young and she still had her poodles GiGi and Nicki. She always treated me with kindness and love, offering support whenever she could.

When my mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, Lois went out of her way to speak with Karen and share her experiences from her own battles with Breast Cancer. I will never forget her saying, "Dr.'s are truly "practicing medicine." It is critical that you educate yourself about the disease and question the suggested methods of treatment." To this day, I think of those words whenever I have a health concern for myself or my children.

Lois shared her life experiences and set the example of a strong, independent woman. I always admired her and will cherish her memory.

I firmly believe she is reunited with my dad and other loved ones who have already passed. My heart is full of empathy for all of you as I know too well the hardships of the loss. I pray each of you embrace the positive influences she had on so many and find peace with her passing sooner than later.

Warmest Regards,
Leslea Caudle-Ridenour

G Caudle jr

May 25, 2019

It was a confusing time for me.
I was 13 years old and moving in with Gordon Sr which disrupted Lois and Gordon's life.
She didn't want to raise another child as she had already raised hers.
She moved out of the house they were living in together but Lois and Gordon were still best of friends and I still got to be apart of Lois's life.
Because of Lois I'll never forget going to Linda's house swimming, playing tennis and meeting Kim.
Because of Lois I'll never forget going to Marks house and playing with Brian and Stacey and eventually becoming great friends with BJ.
Because of Lois I met Greg - to me he was the wild one and yet successful; I remember thinking OK wild and successful- I am in.
We all had Christmas eves together, Thanksgiving and Shilo Ranch time all because of Lois.
Because of Lois, my first hunting experience was with Mark at your uncles place in Western Oregon. And because of that; hunting has become my addiction.
Because of Lois and the connections we all had, I became the Director of Maintenance at Shilo which has since propelled me to bigger titles and responsibilities.
Because of Lois who had faith and belief in me, Brian and I built the "concrete jungle" (inside joke) in Rockaway.
I remember Lois coming to Gordon Sr's funeral and saying he was my friend!!!!!!
I pray they are reconnected because I know they enjoyed each others company.
I want to say thank you to Greg, Linda and Mark for accepting me as a punk kid who admired the heck out of all of you, which drove me to be better than I ever thought I could be; ultimately this was because of Lois who after all ended up raising another child - I will never forget her.