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Lena McRae

Lena McRae Lena Sampson Scow McRae passed away in Eureka, California on March 17. 2014 at the age of 105. She is survived by her stepson, Donald R. McRae (wife, Donaldine); stepdaughter, Arlene Hartin; step grandchildren, Briana Kahoano, Ian, Dana and Kenna McRae and John Hartin, six step grandchildren; nephew, Lawrence Sampson of Eureka; niece, Ann Madson of Willow Creek and their families, relatives in Norway and special friends including Stanley and Nell Lane, Nova Cramer; her long time friend and assistant, Peggy Long and several other good friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Anne Sampson; her husbands, George Scow and Don McRae; her brothers, Sig and Erling Sampson and their wives; her aunt, Hilda Omdahl; step-son-in-law, Bill Hartin; special friend, Bill Britt, who she enjoyed spending time at Willow Creek with and many other good friends. Lena was born on February 27, 1909 in a small homesteader's shack on a prairie near Horswill, North Dakota. (Horswill has moved to a new town, Regent, established in 1910.) In 1920 the family moved near Valley City, North Dakota. In 1924 they moved to California and settled in Eureka. She attended the Winship Junior High and Eureka High Schools. Over the years, she worked for Northern Redwood Lumber Company in Korbel, California Barrel Company, the Model Cafe, Rialto Coffee Shop, Eureka Inn, and the Deluxe Club. For three years she owned her own cocktail lounge, the 101 Club, in Rio Dell. She enjoyed being a hostess both at her jobs and at home. She loved to travel. She and her friend Bea spent about three years traveling all over the United States. She then came home to care for her father, who was dying of cancer. She later went to work for Dr. Goodman and Dr. Davis. She and her husband, Don, went on several trips together including four cruises and about 40 countries. She continued to travel after his passing, including a trip to Norway, two more cruises and a trip to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. She later spend 11 winters at Venture Out, near Mesa, Arizona. She was a past member of the Women of the Moose, the Emblem Club, Fram Lodge, Sons of Norway, Eastern Star, White Shrine, and the Daughters of the Nile. She loved to dance and spent many happy nights at the Moose Lodge and the Friendship Circle. Her last years were spent at Frye's Care Home. Her family wishes to thank Dolly and her staff for their wonderful care of Lena. A private memorial service will follow at a later date. Donations may be made to the . Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com and click on obits.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard on Mar. 30, 2014
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