Greta Dorain Lovell passed away peacefully in her home in Toledo, Oregon Thursday, December 14th at the age of 80. She was surrounded by the love of family and friends as she prepared herself and those she would leave behind for her departure from this world.
Greta is predeceased by her brother Harvey “Norm” Hallowell of Bay City, Oregon, and her parents, Della and Harvey Hallowell of Beaver Creek, Oregon.
Greta is survived by “Skip” Lovell, her husband of 24 years. They were married in Virginia City, Nevada on September 4th, 1993.
Greta is lovingly remembered by her children Dale, Debra, David and Robin (her children with deceased husband Jack Branson), grandchildren Ben, Effie, Erin and Amy and her great-grandchildren Tanner, Madelyn, Hailey, Jaden, Jaymesyn, Rudy and Cecilia. Greta was fondly known as “Gregon” (a variation of “grandma” uttered by one of her little ones years ago) and always greeted the grandchildren with hugs, kisses, and her many beautiful glass dishes freshly filled with sweets.
Greta was born in Cathlamet, Washington, on September 4, 1937. She graduated from Waldport High School in 1954. She went on to be trained as a florist and owned and operated Branson’s Flowers and Nursery in Toledo.
Greta enjoyed gardening, collecting antique glassware, knitting/crocheting, and genealogy. Her ample yard was filled with blooms, fruits, and berries of all varieties. When Gregon offered a slice of pie filled with her home-grown fruit, it was always eagerly accepted. Greta kept the interior of her home as ornate and colorful as her gardens, with antique lamps and glassware displayed expertly in every room a guest may enter. In times past, Greta enjoyed travel, exploring ghost towns, trips to the Steens Mountains, and square dancing. She maintained detailed records of her family, frequently and proudly sharing her many photo albums, carefully captioned and dated, that recorded birthdays, graduations, celebrations and adventures of a large extended family and close friends. Her family and its rich history was most dear to Greta.
Family and friends are invited to gather on March 10th, 2018 from 12-4 at the Yachats Commons in Yachats, Oregon, for a celebration of life.