Lorene Alice Colton (Wiester), 77 a longtime resident of Baker County died February 10th, 2018 surrounded by her family in Boise, Idaho.
There will be a viewing at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place Street, Baker City from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on February 15th, 2018. The Rosary will be held Thursday evening at 7:00 pm at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday February 16th, 2018 at 11:00 am at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral with a reception following the service. Interment will follow at 2:00 pm at Mount Hope Cemetery Baker City, Oregon.
Lorene was born July 29th, 1940 in Seattle, Washington to Harold William and Emily Irene Wiester (Street). In 1951 when Lorene was 10 years old, her family moved to Baker City where they bought a ranch on Mill Creek Road to raise sheep. Shortly after moving to the Baker Valley, Lorene’s father Harold met a fellow sheep rancher named Charlie Colton and their families became fast friends. Charlie’s second oldest son, Robert, would always lend a helping hand keeping their sheep out of the Baker watershed. Little did she know at the time that young man would become the love of her life. She graduated from St. Francis Academy in 1958 as Class Valedictorian. Robert and Lorene were married October 11, 1958, at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker. They raised six children out on the family ranch.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 59 plus years, Bob Colton, sister Sharon Burke (Bill); brother Stephen Wiester (Debi); brother-in-law Fred Colton (Joan), brother-in-law Gordon Colton (Connie), sister-in-law Kathy Sherman (David); six children, daughter Nancy Staten (Chuck), daughter Karen Merdassi, son Michael Colton (Kathy), son Edward Colton, son Kenneth Colton (Jennifer), daughter Mary Colton (Eric) and 19 Grandchildren, 21 Great Grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Lorene was proceeded in death by her parents, Harold and Irene Wiester.
Lorene loved to spend her time working on the ranch, raking hay, tending sheep, and helping calve in the spring. She loved to travel the world with her friends and family. Her adventures took her to Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Alaska, Ireland, and all around the United States. Every summer she looked forward to trips into the Eagle Cap Wilderness picking huckleberries, picnics and camping. One of her most enjoyable hobbies was nurturing her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was involved in many church activities including the Altar Society, Book Club Study Group, and was the bookkeeper for St. Francis de Sales Folk Group. Bob and Lorene also enjoyed volunteering at Community Connections serving lunch.
She knew that a successful rancher is one that has a wife that works in town so she became the Welcome Wagon Hostess for Baker. She then worked at the Chancery Office for Bishop Thomas Connelly. When the Chancery Office moved to Bend, she went to work at Pioneer Bank as a teller/new accounts until she retired in 2000 to work by Bob’s side out on the ranch.
Lorene had such a kind heart, warm smile, and loving embrace for everyone she knew. She was so caring and compassionate for those around her. She taught us all the true meaning of kindness. Her unconditional love was one we could always count on.
Memorial Contributions can be made in her honor to the Rachael Pregnancy Center or to the Shriners Hospital for Children through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814.