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Official Obituary of

Edith Gaynelle (Stewart) Orner

February 18, 1929 ~ March 8, 2024 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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Edith Gaynelle Orner Tribute

Edith (Edie) Orner of Albany passed away March 8, 2024, at the age of 95.

She led a full and busy life until her death. She was born to Harry A. and Hazel Stewart in Portland and graduated from Jefferson High School in Portland. After high school, she attended Linfield College where she earned her BA and Oregon State University where she earned her MA in Education and her teaching certificate. She met her first husband Gordon Grant Cota during their sophomore year and married in 1948. They divorced in 1959.

After earning her teaching certificate, she started out as a Social Studies/English/Drama Teacher in

Corvallis in 1959. She directed a school-wide play production every year and took groups of students to

Ashland to see Shakespeare's plays. In 1965 she married Frank Sciaccotti and was widowed in 1974. During her years as an educator, Edie was proud to have been active in the Corvallis and Oregon Education Associations and the Oregon teachers’ union for 20 years. She was appointed by the Oregon Education Association to be the teacher representative to the State Board of Education for a two-year term where she met monthly with the Oregon State Board of Education and shared the teachers’ point of view. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma professional honor society of leading women educators and served as Honorary Secretary and President, locally. In 1980, Edie married Jack Orner and they shared many wonderful times and travels together. She travelled the world seeing about 35 countries. Her favorite trip was to Eastern Turkey with Jack on a Rick Steves tour. Jack passed away with Alzheimer's in 2001.

Edie’s greatest passion was working toward Health Care for All since the 1980s. In 1987 she was on the

Health Care Board of Oregon. She has chaired meetings, lobbied legislators, tabled information booths at a market or fair and even stood on street corners with a sign promoting health care for all. Edie always said she didn’t want to leave this planet before she saw universal, single-payor health care for all.

Another passion was Edie’s church. She was a spiritual woman having attended the Good Samaritan

Episcopal Church in Corvallis since 1960 and she served on the vestry for four years. She also served as

the church librarian for many years.

Edie was active in AAUW where she assumed the roles of President and secretary of the local chapter.

She participated in a group called “Great Discussions” which focused on political and current events as

well as a book club. She kept abreast of all candidates running for office and ballot measures and willingly shared information with others.

A special passion Edie passed to her daughters and grandchildren was a love for the outdoors. She went

camping often and for her 70th birthday, she did a llama trek in the Wallowa Mountains where she hiked

with her family. Outside of work, political activities and church, she continued to play bridge and did yoga regularly. Even at 90 years of age, she could get up off the floor by herself thanks to yoga!

Edie is survived by her two daughters: Christine Mason and Kathleen Andrews; three grandchildren:

Allison Kingfisher, Reid Fisher and Chelsea Alava; three great-grandchildren: Dakota Fisher, Maverick

Fisher and Jorah Hoffman.

A memorial service will be held at the Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Corvallis on Saturday, March

16, 2024 at 1pm with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Good

Samaritan Episcopal Church or to Health Care for All Oregon.

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Memorial Service
March 16, 2024

1:00 PM
Good Samaritan Episcopal Church
333 NW 35th Street
Corvallis, OR 97330


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