Lorna Searle (1937 - 2019)

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Memorial service
Saturday, Jun. 1, 2019
11:00 AM
Spruce Hill Community Church
4820 Walker Rd
Colorado Springs, CO
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April 25, 2019
Lorna K. J. Searle, beloved wife, mother, aunt and grandmother, passed away peacefully on April 25th. Born in Seattle to Charles and Roberta Fishel, she had lived in Colorado for the past 50 years, mostly on ranches at Evergreen, Walsenburg and for the past 32 years near Monument. She attended high schools in Issaquah, Washington and Modesto, Calif., and was a cheerleader at both schools. She attended Washington State College and Seattle Pacific College.
While at Seattle Pacific Lorna met Stan (a student at the University of Washington). They were married 61 years ago. They owned advertising agencies in Aberdeen, Washington and Modesto, California, before he took a job in magazine publishing in Oklahoma City. They were co-founders of Communications Publishing Corp., which relocated to Englewood in 1969 at the urging of Gov. John Love. The company published national trade magazines and operated cable television systems in several states. After the firm became publicly traded, as Cardiff Communications, Lorna served on the Board of Directors. She and Stan personally acquired the cable system serving Monument, Palmer Lake, Gleneagle and Black Forest.
The Searle family has raised registered cattle in Colorado since 1974, with Lorna taking an active role. She was a founder of the Mountain States Texas Longhorn Association, serving as its president, and a Director of the International Texas Longhorn Association. As co-publisher of the Texas Longhorn Journal, she traveled extensively, also hosting cattlemen's tours to Spain and Kenya.
Family travels included the British Isles, Southern Africa, Central America, Switzerland and Iceland. African trips included photo safaris in Zimbabwe and Botswana and ballooning above the Serengeti. As a part time resident of the Cayman Islands, she spent her days snorkeling and reading-along with some wave running and golf. She liked a variety of sports, including tennis, golf and bowling, as well as horseback riding-and was a dedicated Broncos fan. Christian ministry was "part of who she was," from an early age. The Navigators, Youth for Christ and Cook Communications Ministries, as well as local church and neighborhood Bible Studies, were important to her. In recent years, before being sidelined by a pharmacy mistake, she devoted herself to leading the Fibromyalgia Recovery Foundation, which she founded with the support of Dr. Paul St. Amand and Dr. George Juetersonke. Thousands of people are "getting their lives back," as a result of this ongoing outreach.
Lorna's highest priority-despite diverse outside interests-was raising five kids, plus a foster son. The reflection in them of Lorna's personality is testimony to "a life well lived." Her trademark concern for others began when, as a young girl, she committed to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. His influence was evident throughout her life, even as failing health limited verbal communication. The kindness and skills of her care givers at New Dawn Memory Care were consistent with Lorna's own cheerful disposition.
Lorna was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Bobbie Anacker and daughter Shelley Barber. She is survived by her husband Stan, children Lorna Robles of Santa Barbara, Calif.; Charles, Sharon and Stanley M. Searle II (Monty) all of Monument; son-in-law Bob Barber of Walsenburg and foster son Mark Day (Dee) of Colorado Springs. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Barbara Searle of Seattle, Lynda Searle of Littleton, Colo. and Marilyn Hopper of Portland, Oregon, and brother-in-law Vernon Anacker of Seattle.
Her nephews are Vern Anacker of Seattle, Gayne Anacker of Highland, Calif., Sheldon Searle of Brentwood, Tenn., Doug Searle of Bon Aire, Matt Searle of Ellicott, Colo., Steve Hopper of Portland, Scott Searle of Englewood, Colo. and Jeff Searle of Highlands Ranch, Colo. Her nieces are Victory Schouten of Freeland, Wash.; Cynthia Bond of New York, Loy Searle of Los Angeles, Robbin Smith, of Boone, Iowa; Kathy Lewis of Evergreen, Colo., Lisa Dillon of Denver, Sandy Swarner of Seattle, Connie Holscher and Kristin McVeigh of Portland, Ore.
Grandchildren are Jonathon Day, Matthew Day, Laura Mason, Cleo Fishel, Emily Wegert, Eli Searle, Mike Searle, Margaux Robles, Caitlin Searle, Nigel Robles, Irene Robles, Sarah Searle and Zane Barber. Great grandchildren are Brenden, Kylie, Jack and Nora Day; Mollie Mason; Rowan and Salem Searle.
A Memorial Service will be held Sat., June 1st at 11:00, at Spruce Hill Community Church, 4820 Walker Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80908. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Lorna may be made to the Fibromyalgia Recovery Foundation, 2510 Paseo Verde, Colorado Springs, CO 80904.

Published in The Gazette from May 5 to May 15, 2019
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