Lucille Marie Horn
So, how to tell Mickey's life story? Dates, facts, and figures can serve as mileposts, but her life's true colors can be found in her unique and personal qualities:
The only child of James and Marie Finn, raised in Chicago, saw the Cubs at Wrigley Field, became a legal secretary, flawless speller, and crossword puzzler until the end.
Met Hal at the Aragon Ballroom (three years her junior - such a cougar!), had a two-week whirlwind romance (on the weekends) until engaged, then were married from 1950 until his passing in 1995. Had four children: Kathy, in 1952, Larry, in 1954, Jim, in 1957, and Theresa, in 1963.
Moved to Scappoose in 1963, into the downstairs of the house Hal built, before he finished the upstairs. Was deeply devoted to husband and family, sustained numerous camping trips to Central Oregon, helped raise countless black labs, and found countless ways to serve the countless salmon brought home by her husband, and also served her famous mac 'n' cheese and pineapple-rhubarb pie.
Was a life-long Catholic, non-smoker, non-drinker, and non-cusser (but gambler?... well, maybe just a bit, especially on Reno bus trips with the Portland Fire Department gang).
Served as Scappoose Senior volunteer, unwittingly allowed her teenage daughter to attend a Van Halen concert ("Oh, wasn't that Van Cliburn?"), took long romantic walks with Hal around West Scappoose… to escape the amplified noise their sons were making in the basement, and later took long romantic cruises around the western USA in their Buick Reatta, in their golden years.
Was partial to Paul Newman, "The Sound of Music," Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, and anyone who could sing "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" or "I'll Be Home for Christmas."
Is survived by her four children, plus 12 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren (no service is presently planned).
Such a resume would not necessarily qualify for a Nobel Prize. But what a life well-lived!