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Lorel Meyers

Posted: Thursday, Nov 8th, 2012

Lorel Meyers
Lorel Meyers, 56, of Siletz, Ore., died of breast cancer on Nov. 3, 2012 at her home.

She was born Jan. 23, 1956 to Ralph Meyers and Orel (Wood) Meyers in Portland, Ore. Lorel grew up in Portland, where her interest in the culinary arts flourished, and she became co-owner of a café called The Metro in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.

In 1986, she met her future husband in Newport, Ore. on a blind date at The Red Octopus Theatre Company’s production “What a Woman Wants.” Within a month, the two were secretly engaged to be married. Lorel and her 4-year-old son Dylan, relocated near Siletz.

Through courtesy of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, she was wed July 23, 1988 on the ceremonial grounds of the Siletz Nation. After a brief stint at the Canyon Way Restaurant, she worked as a dinner chef for the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport, where she was employed for more than 20 years. She was an award-winning chef whose wedding cakes, desserts, and other signature dishes were well known.

At home, she adapted to life in a rural setting near Siletz. With the help of friends, including the owner of the Three Ring Farm in Logsden, she established a small herd of dairy goats. She had three dogs, Elsa May and Pei, and Bob.

She was a supporter of the arts. She was a master gardener, school volunteer, and car pool driver. Following a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2000, she decided to attend nursing school with the hope of participating in third world medical missions. She was enjoying and excelling in her pre-nursing classes when a breast cancer metastasis required her to change plans.

Most importantly, she nourished everyone she met with acceptance, honesty, wisdom, love, and a quick and ribald sense of humor. For Lorel, the most important task was the nourishing of her children. Nowhere was this more obvious than how she chose to use the opportunity afforded by her 12-year fight with breast cancer, which, in turn, modeled the values she hoped to see in her children.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Meyers of Portland; and her mother, Orel (Woods) Meyers recently of Siletz.

She is survived by her husband, John Arnold of Siletz; children, Dylan Phillip Meyers currently of Siletz, Iris Elizabeth Solveig (Arnold) Meyers of Portland, and Jonah Arnold of Centralia, Wash.; brother, Phillip (Jerry Finley) Meyers, of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister-in-law Elizabeth Arnold of Seattle, brothers-in-law, Dan Arnold of Richland, Wash., Vik Arnold of Kamp Kolob, Utah, and Robert (April) Arnold of Concrete, Wash.; mother-in-law Solveig Arnold of Seattle; “daughter,” Takae Saito, of Japan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Lorel’s going away party will follow at the Newport Visual Arts Center near the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport.

Affordable Burial and Cremation is handling arrang--ements.

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