Lorna M. Warnock Hallsted Regula
Lorna Hallsted Regula, 93, of Oregon City, passed away December 12, 2019 with her family at her side.
She was born the sixth of eight children to Arthur and Ceneith Scoggan Warnock outside Amity, Oregon. Attending elementary school in McMinnville, she then graduated from Laurelwood Adventist Academy in 1944, making friends there she would keep for a lifetime. Her piano skills led to the acquaintance of Ersel Hallsted and his local church choral group. They married and farmed for several years close to home. Son Stephen was born in 1946, followed by Kent in 1948. Daughter Julie was born in 1952.
In the early 1960s, Ersel joined Del Monte Foods and for the next decade they moved frequently with his assignments. With their first move, Lorna started working for the Seventh Day Adventist Texas Conference Office. With their next moves, Lorna found positions in the Central California Conference, and then at the North Pacific Union Conference. She worked for the church for 30 years. A skilled executive secretary and cherished co-worker, she was known for her calm demeanor, dependability, modesty, and gentle laugh.
Lorna and Ersel's retirement was filled with the joy of farming a few acres of land in Eagle Creek, travel, family, friends and the Sandy Adventist Church. When they downsized, the Woodburn Community SDA Church gained a new piano accompanist. At the time of Ersel's death in 2007, they were married for 63 years.
Music was a vital part of Lorna's life. If she wasn't practicing piano or organ for the church, she was whistling or humming. She loved popular ballads and Portland Pops Concerts. Few knew she also played a rocking boogie-woogie.
She loved animals and babies of all species. The stories of how her favorite pygmy goat frequently came in the house were family legend. Her last kitty was special. Not only because he was a rascal, but he was a gift from her brother Stan.
After Ersel's death, Lorna volunteered for Hospice and at several elementary classes. At 85, she went to Zambia on a church mission. Upon her return, Lorna became reacquainted with Bill Regula, a member of a previous church, also recently widowed. After a thoughtful courtship, they married in 2011. Bill brought a lot of joy to Lorna's life. His family became her "bonus" family. With their beloved cats, Fred and Charley, they made a cozy, welcoming home in Star, Idaho and Oregon City, Oregon.
Family, friendships and gardens were all things Lorna cultivated with love, care, and commitment. She had a special fondness for her "coastie" family in Tillamook. Once you were in Lorna's circle of friends, you were held fast and felt her unconditional love. In a new home, she didn't feel settled until there was a little soil tilled up to plant a few vegetables and berries.
She was predeceased by her parents, siblings Robert V. Warnock, Hazel W. Johnson, Eloise W. Nyseth, Kenneth A. Warnock, Glenn R. Warnock, R. Stanley Warnock, husband, Ersel F. Hallsted, son Stephen; and lifelong friend Beverly Townsend.
She is survived by her brother Melvin Warnock, Denver, Colorado; sister-in-law, Susan Warnock, Pomerene, Arizona; husband Bill Regula, Oregon City, Oregon; son Kent Hallsted (Marcy Manning), Eureka, California; daughter Julie Hallsted, Gresham, Oregon; granddaughter, Amanda Plyley (Hansford Hair), Portland, Oregon; scores of nieces and nephews; and long-time close friends Barbara Haney and Myrna Wagner.
A private interment at Hopewell Cemetery will be at a later date.
Donations in Lorna's memory may be made to the Woodburn Community SDA Church, PO Box 276, Woodburn, Oregon, 97071.