Sending loving thoughts to Ellie, Addie and friends and students of LaNaya. I was so fortunate to cheer on her beloved ducks at Autzen Stadium with her.
LaNaya was a dedicated professional, regularly attending the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance annual meeting. The national convention was an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues from all over the US. Here she is in North Carolina having dinner with Dr. Judy Ausherman from Cleveland State University, and Dr. Collin Brooks who now holds a faculty position at University of West Georgia
LaNaya loved Oregon and animals. Here at the beach she is feeding the seagulls from our room.
My fond memories of LaNaya go back to when I first met her at UofO in 1964. Although there may have been long periods of time physically apart over the years, whenever we reunited it was like no time at all had passed! She was a true sister at heart. I have a cache of special memories of times with dear, bright, fun LaNaya… and those memories will bring a smile to my face. May the best of LaNaya continue to shine through in others!!
I loved your Mom. She was one of my most favorite customers at South Salem US Bank. We over the years had so many wonderful conversations. She was such a lady. She loved your and hero grandaughter with immense passion. Truly a great example of how to live your life. My condolences to you. I know she will be so missed.
In honor of LaNaya we will be donating $1,000 to Meals On Wheels Portland Oregon Chapter.
Thank you, LaNaya for supporting me in health education. Love, Cheyenne Freeman (WOU 2006) and husband, Dave Ellingson.
LaNaya was such an advocate and lover of animals. She loved the Oregon Zoo and we considered her part of our family. The education programs she has supported spark hope, curiousity and wonder for the natural world. Thank you, LaNaya, for helping us inspire people to take action for wildlife and wild places around the world. You will be missed!!