On September 13, 2019, Lorelee Kendall Boone Galvez of Redmond, Oregon, passed away peacefully at home. She was born on July 18, 1929, in Barrington, New Jersey, to James and Irene Boone. This past July she celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends.
While attending Whittier College in California, Lorelee met Richard Michael Galvez. Eloping to Las Vegas in September 1949, their marriage led to a 57 year union before Richard preceded her in death in June of 2006.
Richard joined the U.S. Navy and for 26 years Lorelee and family traveled throughout the United States. Upon retiring as a Captain in 1977, they built their dream log home on 10 acres north of Redmond.
Throughout her life, Lorelee was active in the Presbyterian churches the family attended. She sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, helped with youth groups and was a deacon. She also served as a cub scout den mother, girl scout leader and supported her children in all their endeavors. Lorelee treasured holidays, special family gatherings and celebrations. A love for travel, family pets and animals in general, as well as music, especially live concerts and movie musicals, was passed down to her children. She enjoyed decorating for the holidays, cooking, baking and sewing too.
In 1906, Lorelee’s grandparents, Burt and Mable Kendall moved to Redmond from North Dakota. They owned a dairy farm north of Redmond and a mercantile in town. Both grandparents were founding members of the Redmond Community Presbyterian Church. Lorelee’s mother, Irene Kendall Boone taught at Redmond Union High School for over 30 years.
Lorelee is survived by her sister, Janet Ayres of Metolius, four children and their spouses; Jami (Galvez) and John Wright of San Diego, Debra Galvez of Redmond, Richard, Jr. and Janet Galvez of Salem, and Pat and Becky Galvez of Virgin, Utah; grandchildren, David, Carrie, Amanda, Meghan, Spencer, Adrianne, Melinda, Brandon and Tony plus fourteen great-grandchildren. She loved and touched them all deeply.
A private family cemetery internment was held on Friday, November 8, 2019, at the Redmond Cemetery and Lorelee was laid to rest beside her loving husband, Richard. Donations may be made to Redmond, Oregon Hospice.